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This Happy Breed (1944) – full review!

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This Happy Breed (1944) – full review! After having worked together successfully on the war drama In Which We Serve (1942) producer Noel Coward and director David Lean did so again on this “slice of life” (comedy) drama about a British family; they would repeat their success with Blithe Spirit (1945) and Brief Encounter (1945). This one was based on Coward’s play (and his own life experiences from 1919 to 1939) which was [...]

Young Bess (1953)

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Young Bess (1953) An historical account (however fictionalized) about Queen Elizabeth I from childhood to assuming the throne upon “Bloody Mary’s death. Jean Simmons plays the title role the daughter of Henry VIII (Charles Laughton) and Ann Boleyn (Elaine Stewart) shown briefly before meeting her fate. An uncredited baby then child actress (Noreen Corcoran) plays Bess during the years when the King was systematically eliminating his [...]

The Marlon Brando Collection

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The Marlon Brando Collection Julius Caesar (1953) The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) The Formula (1980) Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

Hard Fast and Beautiful (1951)

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Hard Fast and Beautiful (1951) Directed by Ida Lupino with a screenplay by Martha Wilkerson that was based on a novel by John R. Tunis this B movie sports drama is one of very few films that feature the game of tennis. It stars Claire Trevor as Millie Farley an ambitious woman whose daughter Florence played by Sally Forrest is good enough to beat her peers some men and all-comers in her area on the court. Her talents are noticed by a [...]

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 [...]

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

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To Be or Not to Be (1942) An hilarious satire produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch from the story by Melchior Lengyel (Ninotchka (1939)). Jack Benny and Carole Lombard (her last film) star as the leaders of a Polish acting troupe that works to foil the Nazis during World War II in occupied Warsaw. The actors themselves are of the over-the-top variety so part of the comedy is in the portrayal of the Nazis as buffoons who can be fooled by such [...]

Vagabond Lady (1935)

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Vagabond Lady (1935) Directed by Sam Taylor this comedy written by Frank Butler (Going My Way (1944)) stars Robert Young Reginald Denny Evelyn Venable Frank Craven and Berton Churchill. R. D. Spear (Churchill) is the dignified owner of a department store whose son Johnny (Denny) is courting Josephine the daughter (Venable) of his father’s less responsible college chum named Spiggins (Craven) who Spear keeps on as the store’s janitor. [...]

Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)

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Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941) Tay Garnett directed this drama which comes off as a female version of Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) though this one was based on a Bess Streeter Aldrich novel that was adapted by Stephen Vincent Benet; Sheridan Gibney (The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935)) and Adelaide Heilbron wrote the screenplay. Edward Ward’s Score received an Academy Award nomination. Sentimental and not particularly affecting the story [...]

1950

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1950 1950 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture All About Eve (1950) Born Yesterday (1950) Father of the Bride (1950) King Solomon’s Mines Sunset Blvd. (1950) Best Actor in a Leading Role José Ferrer Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) Spencer Tracy Father of the Bride (1950) James Stewart Harvey (1950) Louis Calhern The Magnificent Yankee (1950) William Holden Sunset Blvd. (1950) Best Actress [...]

Sayonara (1957)

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Sayonara (1957) The story is about the restrictions placed upon American servicemen stationed in Japan during the Korean War – “there will be no sanctioned fraternization between Americans and the natives” – and racism. Red Buttons as Joe Kelly and Miyoshi Umeki (later TV’s Mrs. Livingston on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father) as Katsumi in her film debut earned Supporting Actor/Actress Oscars (their only [...]
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