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1929-1930 1929-1930 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) The Big House (1930) Disraeli (1929) The Divorcee (1930) The Love Parade (1929) Best Actor in a Leading Role George Arliss Disraeli (1929) Wallace Beery The Big House (1930) Maurice Chevalier The Big Pond (1930) Ronald Colman Bulldog Drummond (1929) Ronald Colman Condemned (1929) George Arliss [...]

Blume in Love (1973)

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Blume in Love (1973) It’s a comedy romance set in California during the Vietnam era when free love was hip and social responsibility was topical or at least made one feel guilty if they weren’t committed to making the world a better place. Produced written and directed by Paul Mazursky (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)) who also plays a divorce lawyer in Beverly Hills it stars George Segal Susan Anspach Kris Kristofferson [...]

Corn is Green The (1945)

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Corn is Green The (1945) One of my favorite Bette Davis films has her playing Miss Lilly Moffat a career school teacher in a small Welsh mining town. Lilly recognizes a special intelligence in one of her students Morgan Evans (John Dall who received his only Academy Award nomination – Best Supporting Actor – in his first film!) and does everything she can including manipulating the town squire (Nigel Bruce) to provide him an [...]

Philadelphia Story The (1940)

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Philadelphia Story The (1940) Katharine Hepburn‘s comeback role after being labeled box office poison earned Jimmy Stewart his only Best Actor Oscar and also won the Best Writing Screenplay Oscar. Directed by George Cukor (Oscar nominated) this Oscar nominated film contains the famous scene with Cary Grant shoving Kate down through the front door of the house. Hepburn plays an heiress who threw out her husband (Grant) after a short time a [...]

Amadeus (1984)

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Amadeus (1984) This is an incredible story about Mozart and true or not I thoroughly enjoyed it. Best Actor F. Murray Abraham won gold on his only (to date) nomination playing Amadeus’ rival. Tom Hulce was Oscar nominated in the title role. Milos Forman won his second Best Director Oscar (the first was for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)). The film won five other Oscars including Screenplay Writing. #53 on AFI’s 100 [...]

January 2005 – Canadian Actors

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January 2005 – Canadian Actors Saturday January 1 – Reunited theme 6:00 PM Psycho (1960) 8:00 PM Casablanca (1942) 10:00 PM Same Time Next Year (1978) – only listed here because it’s a TCM premiere; I’m not recommending it. 12:15 AM My Favorite Wife (1940) – an hilarious Oscar nominated story co-written by Leo McCarey (Going My Way (1944)) about a woman (Irene Dunne) who returns after seven years from being thought [...]

Hustler The (1961) – full review!

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Hustler The (1961) – full review! Produced & directed by Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men (1949)) who co-wrote the screenplay (with Sidney Carroll) which was based on Walter Tevis’s novel this above average drama about pool players pool halls and those that frequent them also includes a dysfunctional romantic relationship between two of its lead characters played by Paul Newman (in the title role) and Piper Laurie. Newman [...]

Spiral Staircase The (1946)

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Spiral Staircase The (1946) A serial killer is on the loose that chooses his victims for their imperfections. Dorothy McGuire is mute working as a live-in servant for a wealthy old woman played by Ethel Barrymore (who received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination). Also living in the mansion are her sons Professor (George Brent) and Steve Warren (Gordon Oliver) the Professor’s secretary (Rhonda Fleming) who’s dating Steve and [...]

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

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Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939) Directed by Anatole Litvak this straightforward anti-Nazi propaganda film was based on real events involving a New York spy ring and four of its members that were convicted of spying on behalf of the German government. After about 45 minutes of set-up and character establishment Edward G. Robinson is introduced as the FBI agent who ends up unraveling the ring. Francis Lederer George Sanders Paul Lukas and Sig [...]

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

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Heaven Can Wait (1978) This remake of the classic Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) won an Oscar for Art Direction-Set Decoration. The film’s producer co-director (with Buck Henry) & co-screenwriter (with Elaine May) Warren Beatty stars as football quarterback Joe Pendleton who’s mistakenly taken early to the afterlife by an escort (Henry). So he’s put back on Earth (by James Mason) in the person of a billionaire named [...]
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