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Rebecca (1940)

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Rebecca (1940) Manderlay’s housekeeper Mrs. Danvers is 31st on AFI’s Top Villain list in this movie about expectations & disillusionment. It was the first film Alfred Hitchcock made in Hollywood his only one to win Best Picture; he never won a Best Director Oscar! David O. Selznick’s second straight BP Oscar and the first of only THREE Hitchcock films he produced after initially luring him to Hollywood with a FOUR picture [...]

Tomorrow is Forever (1946) – full review!

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Tomorrow is Forever (1946) – full review! Directed by Irving Pichel based on Gwen Bristow’s story with a Lenore J. Coffee (Four Daughters (1938)) screenplay this heart tugging drama stars Claudette Colbert Orson Welles (who gives the film’s best a most credible acting performance) George Brent Lucile Watson Richard Long Natalie Wood and Ian Wolfe among others. It’s November 11 1918 and “the Great War” has just [...]

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1963)

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Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1963) So very funny. Peter Sellers who received his first (of two) Best Actor Oscar nomination plays three different characters (including the somewhat insane ex-Nazi title role and the President of the United States!) but is perhaps upstaged by George C. Scott as the slightly off-kilter General ‘Buck’ Turgidson who rationalizes the killing of millions of innocent [...]

The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)

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The Falcon Strikes Back (1943) The fifth film in the Falcon series Directed by Edward Dmytryk (Crossfire (1947)) this is Tom Conway’s first film as the Falcon and he’s got a new sidekick Goldie (Cliff Edwards) and houseboy (Richard Loo) though he retains his journalist girlfriend Marcia Brooks (Jane Randolph). The police inspector (Cliff Clark) and his detective (Edward Gargan) also return from the preceding Falcon film The [...]

Lifeboat (1944)

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Lifeboat (1944) Alfred Hitchcock received his second of five unrewarded Best Director Academy Award nominations for this creative war drama that was written by John Steinbeck who earned his first (of three unrewarded) Best Writing Oscar nomination for his Original Story. Glen MacWilliams received his only Academy recognition when his B&W Cinematography was Oscar nominated. Jo Swerling (The Pride of the Yankees (1942)) wrote the film’s [...]

An American in Paris (1951)

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An American in Paris (1951) "It’s wonderful it smarvelous" but it’s also an average musical though it does feature 44 (!) elaborate sets and did win six Oscars. It probably won Best Picture by benefiting from a split vote between A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and A Place in the Sun (1951). It does have a great if long dance sequence with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. And Oscar Levant and Nina Foch do provide excellent [...]

Confidential Agent (1945)

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Confidential Agent (1945) Directed by Herman Shumlin Robert Buckner (Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)) adapted the screenplay from the Graham Greene (The Fallen Idol (1948)) novel of the same name. Unfortunately this war time drama fails to connect. In fact it leaves one feeling that it could have been better given the cast … perhaps Greene’s story is to blame. There’s evidence of some serious editing however to get the film in under [...]

Movies about Taxes or the I.R.S.

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Movies about Taxes or the I.R.S. Taxing movies! No not movies which are strenuous to watch (such a list could be endless) but films which feature a tax issue as a key part of its plot and/or has an Internal Revenue Service agent as a prominent character. I decided to further refine my criteria to exclude popular historical tax references – Roman collections (like those at the time of Jesus’s birth) Robin Hood the Boston Tea Party Al [...]

Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell The (1955)

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Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell The (1955) Shown for the first time on TCM in January 2005 this Otto Preminger directed film tells the true (Oscar nominated) story of the successful World War I pilot & officer who predicted the future of air transportation and combat even the events of Pearl Harbor and by whom years before it was realized. With Gary Cooper in the title role and a supporting cast which includes Charles Bickford as the Army [...]

Five Star Final (1931)

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Five Star Final (1931) Directed by Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient Mervyn LeRoy with an adaptation by Robert Lord (One Way Passage (1932)) this newspaper drama was nominated for Best Picture of 1931 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The most notable character in the film is played by Edward G. Robinson who along with his performance in another LeRoy picture that same year (Little Caesar (1931)) showed signs of his [...]
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