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Wuthering Heights (1939)

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Wuthering Heights (1939) One of the many great films from this year producer Samuel Goldwyn’s first great success was somewhat overshadowed by GWTW. Emily Bronte’s classic story about tragic yet enduring love between Cathy (Merle Oberon) & Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier). Olivier and Geraldine Fitzgerald (Supporting) were nominated for Oscars as was director William Wyler. Gregg Toland did win for B&W Cinematography. David [...]

Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) – full review!

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Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) – full review! The title of this above average Western refers to a train that Kirk Douglas’s Marshal Matt Morgan must make at the end of the drama. But first the lawman wait most of the day for the train and then face a gauntlet to get to the station with his prisoner – Earl Holliman as Rick Belden – much like Van Heflin had to with Glenn Ford in 3:10 to Yuma (1957). Whereas Ford was the [...]

1943

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1943 1943 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Casablanca (1942) For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) Heaven Can Wait (1943) The Human Comedy (1943) In Which We Serve (1942) Madame Curie (1943) The More the Merrier (1943) The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) The Song of Bernadette (1943) Watch on the Rhine (1943) Best Actor in a Leading Role Paul Lukas Watch on the Rhine (1943) Humphrey Bogart Casablanca [...]

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

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To Be or Not to Be (1942) An hilarious satire produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch from the story by Melchior Lengyel (Ninotchka (1939)). Jack Benny and Carole Lombard (her last film) star as the leaders of a Polish acting troupe that works to foil the Nazis during World War II in occupied Warsaw. The actors themselves are of the over-the-top variety so part of the comedy is in the portrayal of the Nazis as buffoons who can be fooled by such [...]

Red Shoes The (1948)

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Red Shoes The (1948) Directed and written by frequent collaborators Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (49th Parallel (1941)) who adapted it from a Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale this essential drama is the story of a young woman (Moira Shearer in her film debut) determined to make it as a prima ballerina and having the talent to make it. But of course love interrupts her quest for perfection introducing the age old [...]

Point Blank (1967)

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Point Blank (1967) This is supposedly a landmark film of sorts remade by Mel Gibson as Payback (also good) in 1999. I just think it’s an enjoyable film to see certainly worth watching if you haven’t seen it (with Lee Marvin Angie Dickinson Keenan Wynn Carroll O’Connor John Vernon and James Sikking). Marvin is a man who gets out of prison after a botched job. He’d been betrayed by John Vernon who also stole his wife! So he [...]

Magnificent Ambersons The (1942)

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Magnificent Ambersons The (1942) Much controversy surrounds this film and the creative control fights between director Orson Welles and the studio. The last time I saw this on TCM it looks like the studio succeeded in making it less than screenplay writer (& narrator) Welles had intended. Still worth watching though it received four Academy Award nominations including for Best Picture and Agnes Moorehead her first of four unrewarded Best [...]

20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

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20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) This terrific telling of the frequently produced Jules Verne story won Oscars for its Special Effects and Color Art Direction-Set Decoration; it’s a live action Disney feature which also earned Academy Award winning editor Elmo Williams (High Noon (1952)) his last Oscar nomination. James Mason plays Captain Nemo who’s given up on the surface world such that he aims to destroy any warships he [...]

Stranger in Town A (1943)

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Stranger in Town A (1943) Directed by Roy Rowland and co-written by Isobel Lennart (The Sundowners (1960)) this above average B-movie comedy drama stars Frank Morgan (in the title role) as a supreme court associate justice on a much needed vacation that can’t keep from meddling in a small city’s affairs when he sees injustices being committed. Richard Carlson plays a lawyer who’s running for mayor against the town’s [...]

Arrangement The (1969) – full review!

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Arrangement The (1969) – full review! It’s ironic that Kirk Douglas’s frequent co-star Burt Lancaster starred in a similar drama about a corporate executive’s mid-life crisis (the origins of this term now used frequently for such men?) one year earlier titled The Swimmer (1968). Both films are unusual introspective and lack wide appeal the latter being superior to this overlong melodrama that was based on the popular [...]
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