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Love Me Tonight (1932)

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Love Me Tonight (1932) A four star delight starring Maurice Chevalier Jeanette MacDonald Charlie Ruggles Charles Butterworth Myrna Loy and C. Aubrey Smith. Added to the National Film Registry in 1990. "Isn’t It Romantic" is #73 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time. Chevalier is a tailor owed money by aristocrat Ruggles so he follows Ruggles’ order of 15 suits to his chateau. There the princess (MacDonald) is being [...]

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

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A Man For All Seasons (1966) A pretty good film about a man who sticks to his principles when everyone else has abandoned theirs for convenience power wealth and/or the status quo. Does the audience for this film exist today (would anyone "get it"?). The film its lead actor (Paul Scofield) its director (Fred Zinnemann From Here to Eternity (1953)) Ted Moore’s Color Cinematography (his only nomination) its Color Costume Design and [...]

Min and Bill (1930) – full review!

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Min and Bill (1930) – full review! Directed by George Hill with scenario and dialogue co-written by the tremendously talented (and not as well known as she should be) Frances Marion (The Champ (1931)) this above average comedy-drama features Marie Dressler’s Oscar winning Best Actress performance. She plays a self sacrificing woman who raises her floozy friend’s daughter as her own protecting her as a mother would a cub while [...]

Miracle in the Rain (1956) – full review!

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Miracle in the Rain (1956) – full review! It’s a sappy dated sexless romance drama with a fantasy element set during World War II that features a credible performance by Jane Wyman (The Blue Veil (1951)) a typical squeaky clean all-American soldier character from Van Johnson and an adequate supporting cast that includes Fred Clark Eileen Heckart Josephine Hutchinson William Gargan (his last film) Paul Picerni as a Catholic priest and [...]

Kiss The (1929) – full review!

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Kiss The (1929) – full review! Directed by Jacques Feyder with a screenplay by Hanns Kräly (The Patriot (1928)) this Irving Thalberg produced silent was MGM’s last. It stars Greta Garbo & Conrad Nagel and features a young Lew Ayres immediately before he would star in the Academy Award winning Best Picture All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). The cast also includes Holmes Herbert Anders Randolf George Davis and André Cheron. [...]

Little Women (1949) – full review!

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Little Women (1949) – full review! I’d heard this was the weakest screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel. However after 90 minutes of wonderfully sentimental tear-jerking moments to say nothing of the Academy Award winning Art Direction-Set Decoration and Oscar nominated Color Cinematography I thought those assessments must be wrong. Unfortunately the last fourth of the film which focuses primarily on the Jo March [...]

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) A film which begins with a school teacher glorifying war to his young German students who then enlist only to learn the true horror of it during World War I. Participating in this film caused lead actor Lew Ayres to become a conscientious objector during WW II; Louis Wolheim (among others) also appears. The film and its director (Lewis Milestone) won Oscars its Writers (George Abbott Maxwell Anderson and Del [...]

An Ethical Analysis of Executive Suite (1954)

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An Ethical Analysis of Executive Suite (1954) Executive Suite (1954) is a classic movie that begins with the following narrated prologue: It is always up there close to the clouds on the topmost floors of the sky reaching towers of big business and because it is high in the sky you might think that those that work there are somehow above and beyond the tensions and temptations of the lower floors. This is to say that it isn’t so. while various [...]

Straight Place and Show (1938)

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Straight Place and Show (1938) Directed by David Butler based on a play co-written by Damon Runyon with a screenplay co-written by Allen Rivkin and additional dialogue provided by Lew Brown this below average B comedy stars the Ritz Brothers a cheap imitation of the more famous Marx Brothers. Though both sets of brothers have a leading man Harry Ritz is not nearly on par with Groucho and Al & Jimmy seem to have no distinct personality traits [...]

Dinner at Eight (1933)

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Dinner at Eight (1933) All the early 1930’s Hollywood stars are in this one which received NO awards of any type but is a very enjoyable couple of hours (an essential comedy drama)! Marie Dressler and Jean Harlow have perhaps the most memorable scene discussing a book and Harlow’s "profession". Oblivious to most everything else Billie Burke is planning the titled meal in order to improve her social standing. But her husband [...]
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