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April 2005 – Errol Flynn

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April 2005 – Errol Flynn Friday April 1 – April Fools 6:00 AM MGM’s Big Parade Of Comedy (1964) – I’ve not seen this but it promises to be fun. It features clips from MGM films which highlight funny scenes & dozens of (comic) stars A selection of Laurel & Hardy films including: 7:30 AM Pack Up Your Troubles (1932) – a TCM premiere! 8:45 AM The Devil’s Brother (1933) – a 3 star film! 10:15 AM [...]

Up in Arms (1944) – full review!

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Up in Arms (1944) – full review! Samuel Goldwyn decided to highlight the unique talents of his contract player Danny Kaye in a series of lavishly produced musical comedies that would also include the Goldwyn Girls. This was the first such production (Kaye’s first starring and feature length role) and coincidentally one of the Goldwyn Girls is Virginia Mayo who though uncredited in this one would star with Kaye in several of the others. [...]

Young and Innocent (1937)

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Young and Innocent (1937) This is a surprisingly engaging film in which director Alfred Hitchcock recycles his "innocent accused man on a chase" (with aid from a woman) theme yet uses no actors with which many would be familiar. Nova Pilbeam plays the young girl who’s bound and determined to help the innocent man (Derrick De Marney) despite the fact that her father (Percy Marmont) is the constable. There’s an unforgettable [...]

Public WeddingA (1937)

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Public Wedding (1937) Directed by Nick Grinde this Houston Branch story was made into a below average B picture with Jane Wyman William Hopper Dick Purcell Marie Wilson Berton Churchill Jimmie Fox and Veda Ann Borg among others. Wyman plays the daughter-in-law of the serially married and divorced Churchill the leader of a gang of con men (Purcell James Robbins and Raymond Hatton) that’s frequently had to have been bailed out by her even [...]

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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The Silence of the Lambs (1991) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again this may be the last great movie from Hollywood. It IS the last (3rd overall) to win the top five awards from the Academy (Best Picture Best Director – Jonathon Demme on his only nomination to date Actor Actress and Screenplay Writing). Released in February (before the 1990 AA’s) it is the only film to be released on video before it won Best [...]

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) More complex than your average “boy and his dog” family drama this essential fantasy adventure won four Oscars and received five other Academy Award nominations; somehow Best Picture honors went to Gandhi (1982) instead. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison each of whom were nominated the film took home gold in the Best Effects Sound Effects Editing Best Effects Visual Effects Best [...]

Teahouse of the August Moon The (1956)

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Teahouse of the August Moon The (1956) Directed by Daniel Mann with a screenplay by John Patrick (The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)) this comedy features Marlon Brando as an Asian one year before he would play a Southerner & U.S. Air Force officer who falls in love with a Korean in Sayonara (1957). Set in post-World War II Okinawa it’s a story about the U.S. military’s occupation and attempts to introduce Western concepts such [...]

Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)

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Tribute to a Bad Man (1956) Directed by Robert Wise with a screen story and screenplay by Michael Blankfort that was based on a short story by Jack Schaefer this ill-titled Western features James Cagney (in the title role) as Jeremy Rodock a roughhewn man and earlier settler of Wyoming who not unlike the actor did himself breeds and trains horses on his expansive ranch in a valley he calls his own. Cagney was filling in for Spencer Tracy who was [...]

So This is Washington (1943)

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So This is Washington (1943) Directed by Ray McCarey younger brother of Leo (Going My Way (1944)) this comedy spoofs the government’s Civilian Aid Department which appealed to the common man for help with the war effort (e.g. to invent something of value). The print I saw on TCM shows a National Film Preservation slide at the beginning. The ironic thing about the film is that while it received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound [...]
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