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Meet John Doe (1941)

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Meet John Doe (1941) An outstanding political film by director Frank Capra featuring great acting by Gary Cooper Barbara Stanwyck and Edward Arnold. Cooper is a common man exploited by a newspaper writer (Stanwyck; writer Jean Arthur exploited Cooper in an earlier Capra film) and its owner (Arnold) who becomes the voice of the people railing against the status quo. Walter Brennan plays a friend of Cooper’s. James Gleason plays [...]

RKO B Westerns

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RKO B Westerns RKO Radio Pictures made dozens of B Westerns with either George O’Brien or Tim Holt in the lead role; they even made one (The Renegade Ranger (1938)) that starred both of them with Rita Hayworth (the year before she had her breakout role as Richard Barthelmess’s wife in Howard Hawks’s Only Angels Have Wings (1939) with Cary Grant and Jean Arthur)! O’Brien had been a silent film star in director John [...]

Kind Lady (1935)

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Kind Lady (1935) Quite a bit different from the superior 1951 remake starring Ethel Barrymore this original thriller-drama features Aline MacMahon in the title role of Mary Herries a generous wealthy war widow who’s too trusting for her own good such that she’s taken advantage of by an unscrupulous starving artist Henry Abbott played by Basil Rathbone. It was directed by George Seitz with a screenplay by Bernard Schubert that was [...]

Northwest Rangers (1942)

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Northwest Rangers (1942) As I was watching this I knew I’d seen something very similar to it before but the setting was so different that it took me a while to think of it. It was Manhattan Melodrama (1934) with Clark Gable & William Powell in lieu of James Craig and William Lundigan. That one also had Myrna Loy instead of Patricia Dane and a less prominent actor as the villain (the Assistant DA) than John Carradine. Plus Jack Holt figures [...]

A Walk in the Sun (1945)

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A Walk in the Sun (1945) Already revered for making the seminal anti-war (World War I) film and the third Academy Award Best Picture winner All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) producer-director Lewis Milestone selected Harry Brown’s novel (and screenwriter Robert Rossen) to make this highly thought of WW II drama which tells a story about the Lee platoon of the Texas Division (United States Infantry) that came ashore at an Italian beach near [...]

Rose Tattoo The (1955)

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Rose Tattoo The (1955) A powerful performance by the woman this story was written for Anna Magnani who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in it. It also has Burt Lancaster who plays a rather exuberant character. Nominated for a total of 8 Oscars including Best Picture it won three. Based on the Tennessee Williams play. Magnani plays a woman who smothers her husband so much he has an affair. Then he is killed caught smuggling. So she [...]

My Fair Lady (1964)

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My Fair Lady (1964) One of "my favorite movies" though it should have starred Julie Andrews who starred with Rex Harrison on Broadway. In a bit of Oscar irony Ms. Andrews won the Best Actress Oscar playing Mary Poppins (1964) and Ms. Hepburn wasn’t even nominated. Alan Jay Lerner’s musical adaptation of Bernard Shaw’s classic Pygmalion (1938) story. The film won 8 (out of 12 nominations) Oscars including Best Picture [...]

Great Escape The (1963)

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Great Escape The (1963) Based on a true story by Paul Brickhill this epic adventure about a mass escape planned by Allied officers being kept in an elite German P.O.W. camp especially designed to prevent it is a great World War II movie spectacle. John Sturges directed the film whose screenplay was in part written by James Clavell. The all star cast makes every storyline interesting and includes: Steve McQueen James Garner Richard Attenborough [...]

Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) – full review!

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Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) – full review! Directed by John Sturges (Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)) this average Western set in 1863 combines elements of the Civil War with the struggle against the Mescalero Indians in settling the West. The Union Army maintains the titled stockade for some Southern Confederate prisoners in Arizona (actually filmed in Death Valley California). Given the remote desert location the prisoners aren’t [...]

Road to Utopia (1946)

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Road to Utopia (1946) Directed by Hal Walker (Souls at Sea (1937)) and written by Norman Panama & Melvin Frank (who earned an Oscar nomination for their Original Screenplay) this typical (Bob) Hope & (Bing) Crosby ‘road’ comedy naturally also features Dorothy Lamour. This time the trio are in Alaska with a map to a gold mine. The map had been stolen from Lamour’s father (Will Wright uncredited) by Sperry (Robert Barrat) & [...]
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