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Films about Fathers

August 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

Films about Fathers As a father I’m particularly “affected” by films which portray relationships between fathers and their children particularly their daughters. No I’m not talking about Godfathers or other “sick” fathers like John Huston’s in Chinatown (1974) nor do I mean pathetic fathers like Kevin Spacey AND Chris Cooper in American Beauty (1999). I mean movies which show a more idealized view of the [...]

My Favorite Wife (1940)

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My Favorite Wife (1940) This classic screwball comedy was directed by Garson Kanin and co-written by Leo McCarey (Going My Way (1944)) who shared an Academy Award nomination for this Original Story with (husband & wife) Bella and Sam Spewack (their only nomination); the film’s B&W Art Direction and Roy Webb’s Score were also Oscar nominated. Cary Grant stars as a man who has just convinced a judge (Granville Bates) that his [...]

Annie Get Your Gun (1950) – full review!

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Annie Get Your Gun (1950) – full review! This much troubled production of the highly successful Broadway musical finally came to pass with Betty Hutton in the title role of Miss Oakley Howard Keel as her sharpshooting rival & love interest Frank Butler and Louis Calhern as showman Buffalo Bill Cody. Judy Garland had been originally cast as Annie before her physical and emotional breakdown and collapse and Frank Morgan had been Buffalo [...]

Out of the Fog (1941) – full review!

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Out of the Fog (1941) – full review! Directed by Anatole Litvak (The Snake Pit (1948)) and based on the Irwin Shaw (The Talk of the Town (1942)) play “The Gentle People” this above average drama’s screenplay was co-written by Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men (1949)) Irving G. Thalberg winner Jerry Wald and Richard Macauley. It features an outstanding cast of lead actors and many recognizable character actors as [...]

Prairie Law (1940)

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Prairie Law (1940) Directed by David Howard writing credits include: Bernard McConville (story) and Doris Schroeder & Arthur V. Jones (screenplay). This below average B Western is about the unique justice of the wild West including water rights the conflicts between farmers and cowmen a crooked judge and (of course) a hero. Brill Austin (George O’Brien) is a rancher who freely offers his springs’ water to the new settlers even though [...]

Back From Eternity (1956) – full review!

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Back From Eternity (1956) – full review! Produced and directed by John Farrow (Wake Island (1942)) in the same year that he’d win his only Academy Award sharing the Best Adapted Screenplay Writing Oscar for Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) this remake of director Farrow’s earlier RKO film Five Came Back (1939) features the same Richard Carroll story but this one’s screenplay was written by Jonathan Latimer instead. It’s a [...]

Streetcar Named Desire A (1951)

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Streetcar Named Desire A (1951) Brando’s pleading wail “Stella! Hey Stella!” (#45 of AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list) is just one of the many great lines in this essential Tennessee Williams drama; another is Vivien Leigh’s “I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers” (#75 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list). Directed by Elia Kazan (Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)) Williams’s [...]

Sayonara (1957)

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Sayonara (1957) The story is about the restrictions placed upon American servicemen stationed in Japan during the Korean War – “there will be no sanctioned fraternization between Americans and the natives” – and racism. Red Buttons as Joe Kelly and Miyoshi Umeki (later TV’s Mrs. Livingston on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father) as Katsumi in her film debut earned Supporting Actor/Actress Oscars (their only [...]

Back to God’s Country (1919)

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Back to God’s Country (1919) Directed by David Hartford this Nell Shipman drama is about an animal-loving woman and her struggles against a murderous brute that invades the peaceful home she shares with her father and later a “back to nature” author in the Pacific Northwest. The print I saw on TCM is pretty bad quality-wise at the beginning but it does get better (even though some of the text one is supposed to be able to read [...]


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1946 1946 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Henry V (1944) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) The Razor’s Edge (1946) The Yearling (1946) Best Actor in a Leading Role Fredric March The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Laurence Olivier Henry V (1944) James Stewart It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Lary Parks The Jolson Story (1946) Gregory Peck The [...]
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