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Girl Said No The (1930)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Girl Said No The (1930) … not to be confused with the 1937 film of the same name … Directed by Sam Wood with dialogue by Charles MacArthur this A.P. Younger story was adapted by Sarah Y. Mason into a below average romantic comedy that’s likely to offend men and women alike. It’s not only sexist in the worst way but lead actor William Haines’s character practically forces the object of his desire (played by Leila Hyams) [...]

Lilies of the Field (1963)

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Lilies of the Field (1963) Sidney Poitier won his Best Actor Oscar on his second (and last to date) nomination playing Homer Smith an out-of-work construction worker that helps a group of foreign (East European) Catholic nuns build their church and learn to speak English. Lilia Skala earned her only Academy Award nomination (Supporting Actress) playing the head Mother Superior Maria. There are lots of wonderful touching moments and funny [...]

Ronald Reagan: The Signature Collection

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Ronald Reagan: The Signature Collection Knute Rockne All American (1940) Kings Row (1942) The Hasty Heart (1949) – full review! Storm Warning (1951) – full review! The Winning Team (1952) – full review! Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

Literary Classics Collection

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Literary Classics Collection The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)/The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) The Three Musketeers (1948) Madame Bovary (1949) Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951) – full review! Billy Budd (1962) – full review! Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

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 [...]

Red Lily The (1924)

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Red Lily The (1924) Directed by Fred Niblo with a screenplay by Bess Meredyth that was based on the director’s story this silent drama features Ramon Novarro and Enid Bennett (Niblo’s wife) as young lovers who are unfortunately separated (while eloping) until some time much later when they’re reunited only to find that they’ve led much different (yet equally tragic) lives. Sidney Franklin and Wallace Beery are among those who [...]

End of the World-Last Man on Earth dramas

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End of the World-Last Man on Earth dramas As part of TCM’s Martin Luther King Day marathon in 2008 the channel showed The World the Flesh and the Devil (1959) one of the earliest of so many “last man on earth” sci-fi dramas that have been produced for the big screen or as “movies of the week” for television over the years. The first one that I can remember seeing was The Omega Man (1971) featuring Charlton Heston (in [...]

Land Beyond the Law (1937)

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Land Beyond the Law (1937) Dick Foran (the “Singing Cowboy”) plays ‘Chip’ Douglas the rowdiest of hands on Slade Henaberry’s (Cy Kendall) ranch and unaware that his boss is crooked. That is until Chip’s disapproving father (Tom Brower) is killed by Henaberry’s henchman Tascosa (Harry Woods) who was rustling Mr. Douglas’s cattle at the time. The story is set in the 1870’s in Bitter Creek New Mexico Territory. The [...]

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

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3:10 to Yuma (1957) A gripping Western drama with Glenn Ford as the leader of a gang of murdering thieves and Van Heflin as a struggling rancher who must bring him in because he needs the money. Lots of tense drama in this one as Van Heflin’s character “wrestles” with his (wife and) own sense of ethics. Richard Jaeckel is also featured prominently as a member in Ford’s gang. The ending would feel even more contrived if [...]

Midnight Mary (1933) – full review!

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Midnight Mary (1933) – full review! Directed by William Wellman with a screenplay by Gene Markey and Kathryn Scola that was based on a story by Anita Loos this slightly above average pre-code crime drama features a radiant Loretta Young in the title role as Mary Martin. While it doesn’t exactly sizzle with risqué dialogue the film does contain some suggestive scenes. The story is told in flashback with Mary on trial for murder [...]
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