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America’s Greatest Movies

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America’s Greatest Movies AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 MOVIES (1998) – This is the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1500 leaders of the American movie [...]

Real Glory The (1939)

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Real Glory The (1939) This Samuel Goldwyn (co-)produced Henry Hathaway directed action adventure film will remind classic movie fans of the director’s The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) which like this one also stars Gary Cooper and even Gunga Din (1939) released almost 9 months earlier that same year. This one is set in the Philippines some distance from Manila in lieu of the British Colony of India in 1906 (shortly after the San [...]

All Fall Down (1962)

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All Fall Down (1962) Directed by John Frankenheimer this William Inge (Splendor in the Grass (1961)) screenplay about relationships in a dysfunctional family features a pretty good cast: Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront (1954)) Karl Malden (A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)) Angela Lansbury (The Manchurian Candidate (1962)) Brandon De Wilde (Shane (1953)) and Warren Beatty (Bonnie and Clyde (1967)). While it may serve as a parable about how NOT [...]

Henry Goes Arizona (1939)

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Henry Goes Arizona (1939) Hank Conroy (Frank Morgan) is a vaudeville performer looking for work (from Theatrical Agent Cliff Clark uncredited) when he receives notice from his landlady to whom he owes back rent that his half brother has died and left him a ranch in Arizona. So Henry Goes to Arizona. On the bus ride to the desert community he is frightened by stories that his brother was murdered shot in the back. Jim Thorpe appears uncredited as [...]

Grace Kelly Collection

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Grace Kelly Collection Purchase this DVD Collection at Mogambo (1953) The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1955) – full review! Dial M for Murder (1954) The Country Girl (1954) To Catch a Thief (1955) High Society (1956) Buy this DVD Collection [...]

Big Heat The (1953)

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Big Heat The (1953) Directed by Fritz Lang with a screenplay by Sidney Boehm (The Atomic City (1952)) this above average crime thriller stars Glenn Ford as a straight-laced cop in a corrupt city he believes is run by a fastidious gangster named Mike Laguna (Alexander Scourby). Almost immediately Detective Sergeant Dave Bannion (Ford) has a personal reason to bring down Laguna and his right hand thug Vince Stone (Lee Marvin) – they were [...]

Frank Sinatra – The Early Years

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Frank Sinatra – The Early Years Double Dynamite (1951) an RKO title that not too subtly refers to the assets of its top billed Howard Hughes discovery Jane Russell is a subpar comedy that was directed by Irving Cummings (In Old Arizona (1928)) and written by Melville Shavelson from a story by Leo Rosten. It’s about an ordinary bank clerk (third billed Frank Sinatra) that improbably receives a gambling windfall from a bookie (Nestor [...]

Road House (1948)

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Road House (1948) Here are my thoughts about screenwriter-producer Edward Chodorov’s Road House (1948) – starring Ida Lupino Cornel Wilde Celeste Holm and Richard Widmark (in his third film) – which was directed by Jean Negulesco. The title was unfortunately reused for a Patrick Swayze –vehicle some 40 years later so I thought that reviewing this classic might help those who’ve only seen the 1989 movie to forget. Although it features a [...]

On Moonlight Bay (1951)

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On Moonlight Bay (1951) It doesn’t take very long to realize while watching this musical comedy that the filmmakers were trying to recapture the magic of Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). Set in Indiana and adapting Booth Tarkington’s frequently utilized “Penrod Stories” director Roy Del Ruth and screenwriters Jack Rose & Melville Shavelson even chose Leon Ames to play the father of this film’s family. Doris Day [...]

Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

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Sullivan’s Travels (1941) A classic essential comedy from writer-director Preston Sturges about a movie director (Joel McCrea) who sets out with "one thin dime" to find out what people are really like in order to make a more meaningful film than he has been. The beautiful blonde actress forever associated with her peek-a-boo hair style Veronica Lake plays a woman he befriends along the way and William Demarest plays a movie [...]
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