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Perfect Gentleman The (1935)

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Perfect Gentleman The (1935) Directed by Tim Whelan and written by Edward Childs Carpenter this average B movie comedy drama features Frank Morgan in the title role one which seems perfect for the kind of characters he’s know to play. Major Horatio Chatteris (Morgan) is a “B.S.” artist of the highest degree. With no means of support he’s developed a charming persona and a rhetoric filled with colorful stories which enable [...]

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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Beauty and the Beast (1991) This Walt Disney Feature was the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; in fact it was the only one until the category was expanded to 10 nominees in 2010 (the studio’s Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) have subsequently been recognized; both of these won Best Animated Feature Film of the Year as a consolation prize). The movie did win for Best Music Original Score; its title song [...]

Letter The (1940)

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Letter The (1940) Bette Davis gives her typical powerhouse (and Best Actress Academy Award nominated) performance in this essential drama as a woman accused of killing a man she claims was in self-defense. Herbert Marshall plays her husband who engages his lawyer (James Stephenson his only Oscar nominated performance Supporting) to defend her. Howard Koch adapted W. Somerset Maugham’s play which takes place on a rubber plantation. The film [...]

Actress The (1953) – full review!

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Actress The (1953) – full review! Perhaps best known today as an Academy Award winning Best Supporting Actress Ruth Gordon (Rosemary’s Baby (1968)) wrote an autobiographical play titled Years Ago that she adapted for the screen to make this comedy drama that features the film debut of Anthony Perkins. Directed by George Cukor the story is about Gordon’s desire to become an actress despite her upbringing in a lower middle class [...]

Ace in the Hole (1951)

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Ace in the Hole (1951) aka The Big Carnival (1951) Predating other such (similar and) prescient films as A Face in the Crowd (1957) Network (1976) and even (to a lesser degree) It Should Happen to You (1954) this Billy Wilder produced and directed drama accurately captures the kind of media circus that would become common around a tragic event which draws the kind of gawking public that is fascinated by train wrecks. Unfortunately the [...]

Men of America (1932)

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Men of America (1932) Smokey Joe Miller (Charles ‘Chic’ Sale) who once helped tame the West runs a gas station convenience store in the country far removed from the gangster crime in the cities. Now he and his daughter (Dorothy Wilson) are members of a community which includes a World War I veteran Jim Parker (William Boyd) who’s courting his daughter an Italian immigrant (Henry Armetta) an Indian (Alphonse Ethier) and a mish [...]

Network (1976)

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Network (1976) "I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore" (#19 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list) says the Best Actor Oscar winner Peter Finch (the first posthumous winner his last film) in this Oscar winning story by Paddy Chayefsky which looks behind the scenes into the world of network television. Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight swept the Actress Oscars that year making this only the second [...]

Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse The (1938) – full review!

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Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse The (1938) – full review! Directed by Anatole Litvak with a screenplay co-written by future director John Huston (who would receive his first Oscar nomination for co-writing another Edward G. Robinson title role in Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940)) this above average comedic crime drama featuring Robinson also stars Claire Trevor (who had just received the first of her three Supporting Actress nominations [...]

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

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Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Like Suspicion (1941) Hitchcock decided to cast a traditional "good guy" actor (in this case Joseph Cotten) as his villain who has come to visit his sister’s house to elude two detectives (MacDonald Carey & Wallace Ford) on his trail. It’s said to be one of the director’s favorites because it brought murder and violence "back into the house where it rightfully belongs." It also [...]

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 [...]
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