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How Green Was My Valley (1941)

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How Green Was My Valley (1941) The lovely Maureen O’Hara starred in this John Ford epic about a pre-union mining town. Ford won his second consecutive Best Director Oscar (also his third in seven years) beating Hitchcock with The Grapes of Wrath in 1940. He went on to win his fourth (and final) Best Director Oscar in another film starring Ms. O’Hara (The Quiet Man (1952)). This film beat Citizen Kane (1941) Here Comes Mr. Jordan [...]

Blockade (1938)

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Blockade (1938) Directed by William Dieterle (The Life of Emile Zola (1937)) and written by John Howard Lawson this below average war drama attempts to evoke sympathy for the struggles of peasants during the Spanish Civil War. Henry Fonda plays a simple farmer named Marco who becomes a leader in the resistance against the invaders who would take their land and livelihood. Leo Carrillo plays his sheepherder friend Luis and Madeline Carroll plays [...]

‘G’ Men (1935) – full review!

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‘G’ Men (1935) – full review! Directed by William Keighley with a screenplay by Seton I. Miller (The Criminal Code (1931)) from a story by future Academy Award winning producer Darryl F. Zanuck (who earned his first Academy recognition with a Best Writing Original Story Oscar nomination) this above average crime drama features James Cagney as a client-less lawyer turned ‘G’ (for government) man an employee of the Department [...]

Peeping Tom (1960)

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Peeping Tom (1960) Ahead of its time this above average thriller about a voyeuristic cinematographer who films the women he terrorizes and then kills while the camera is rolling was so scandalous in its day that it actually ruined the career of its British director (and uncredited producer) Michael Powell. His reputation was subsequently restored and revered in part because of another director Martin Scorsese who sought him out and found Powell [...]

Hatari! (1962)

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Hatari! (1962) Produced and directed by Howard Hawks with a screenplay by Leigh Brackett that was based on a story by Harry Kurnitz (What Next Corporal Hargrove? (1945)) this adventure comedy drama set in Africa is notable for Russell Harlan’s Color Cinematography which was Oscar nominated (his third of six unrewarded Academy Award nominations in this category) and Henri Mancini’s original song “Baby Elephant Walk”. The [...]

Gigi (1958)

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Gigi (1958) Of all the films which won the Best Picture Oscar one has to wonder how this ho hum musical earned all nine Oscars for which it was nominated. Was it just a weak year or did The Defiant Ones (1958) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) cancel each other out as well? It’s a mystery. Director Vincente Minnelli the Original Song “Gigi” its Musical Score and Adapted Screenplay were among the other Oscar winners. Leslie Caron [...]

Alfie (1966)

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Alfie (1966) Michael Caine earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination in the title role. The film’s about a morally bankrupt British playboy who realizes just enough about who he is and what he’s doing to feel guilty about it. Along the way he seduces and/or encounters several women he dubs “birds” including Millicent Martin who even wants to introduce Alfie to her husband (?!) Shelley Winters a financially comfortable [...]

Lead Actors in Oscar’s Best Picture Winners

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Lead Actors in Oscar’s Best Picture Winners Several (male) actors have appeared in more than one movie that won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences highest award (e.g. the Best Picture Oscar); in fact a few have acted in back-to-back winners! Not surprisingly though some of the best known actors from the studio era never appeared in an Academy Award winning Best Picture. For instance Fred Astaire Richard Burton James Cagney [...]

Hamlet (1948)

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Hamlet (1948) 1948 saw the first foreign film to ever win Best Picture honors from the Academy. It was also the first time anyone ever directed themselves to an Oscar – Laurence Olivier won for Best Actor in the title role (as the director Olivier was only nominated losing to John Huston). Supporting actress Jean Simmons who plays Ophelia was also nominated. The film received two other Oscars (B&W Art Direction-Set Decoration & [...]

Great Lover The (1931)

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Great Lover The (1931) Directed by Harry Beaumont (The Broadway Melody (1929)) this average drama stars Adolphe Menjou in the title role as an Italian opera star and infamous lover who “discovers” an American opera student played by Irene Dunne on his return cruise from Italy. Jean Paurel (Menjou) renowned as much for his womanizing as his Don Giovanni meets the attractive Diana Page (Dunne) asking him for lunch at the opera house [...]
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