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Barretts of Wimpole Street The (1934)

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Barretts of Wimpole Street The (1934) Directed by Irving G. Thalberg winner Sidney Franklin (The Good Earth (1937)) and co-written by Claudine West (Mrs. Miniver (1942)) & Donald Ogden Stewart (The Philadelphia Story (1940)) among others this historical drama about the romance between poets Elizabeth Barrett (Norma Shearer The Divorcee (1930)) and Robert Browning (Fredric March Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) & The Best Years of Our Lives [...]

Vacation in Reno (1946)

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Vacation in Reno (1946) Directed by Leslie Goodwins this Charles Kerr story’s screenplay was written by Charles E. Roberts and Arthur Ross (Brubaker (1980)). It’s a below average comedy based on misunderstandings and marriage using a bank robbery and the divorce capital of the country as backdrops. I don’t believe I’ve seen any other films besides The Wizard of Oz (1939) featuring Jack Haley and it’s ironic that [...]

Unsinkable Molly Brown The (1964)

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Unsinkable Molly Brown The (1964) Directed by Charles Walters with a screenplay by Helen Deutsch who had earlier collaborated on Lili (1953) this Richard Morris play was made into a slightly above average Musical comedy starring Debbie Reynolds who earned her only Oscar nomination (Best Actress) for playing the title role. It’s a biographical account of a backwoods tomboy (who survived a flood as an infant!) whose woodsman husband played [...]

Marked Woman (1937) – full review!

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Marked Woman (1937) – full review! Directed by Lloyd Bacon and written by Abem Finkel and Robert Rossen this above average crime drama is based on the real life story of mobster Lucky Luciano who was eventually convicted for pandering by several prostitutes formerly within his employ. Bette Davis plays the title character (though “the mark” isn’t revealed until the film is almost over) Mary Dwight Strauber opposite [...]

To Each His Own (1946)

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To Each His Own (1946) A marvelous sentimental (and now dated) story about a woman that reluctantly gives up her out-of-wedlock baby her unsuccessful quest to get him back and more than two decade effort to remain at least somewhat connected to his life. Olivia de Havilland won her first Academy Award for Best Actress and its producer writer Charles Brackett received an Oscar nomination for his original story. It was directed by Mitchell Leisen [...]

Frank Sinatra – The Early Years

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Frank Sinatra – The Early Years Double Dynamite (1951) an RKO title that not too subtly refers to the assets of its top billed Howard Hughes discovery Jane Russell is a subpar comedy that was directed by Irving Cummings (In Old Arizona (1928)) and written by Melville Shavelson from a story by Leo Rosten. It’s about an ordinary bank clerk (third billed Frank Sinatra) that improbably receives a gambling windfall from a bookie (Nestor [...]

Breaking Away (1979)

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Breaking Away (1979) Produced and directed by Peter Yates this essential comedy (sports) drama features an Academy Award winning story by Steve Tesich who won the Best Writing Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Oscar on his only nomination. Yates received his first two (of four unrewarded) nominations as well for Best Picture and Best Director. Patrick Williams who wrote the film’s Score also received his only nomination as did [...]

She Loved a Fireman (1937)

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She Loved a Fireman (1937) John Farrow directed this B movie action drama written by Carlton Sand and Morton Grant. Despite having (singing) Dick Foran Ann Sheridan Robert Armstrong and Eddie Acuff in its cast it’s a below average feature that runs less than an hour. It does contain several action sequences involving firemen their training and battling fires. Foran plays James ‘Red’ Tyler an obnoxious brute that decides to join [...]

Ladykillers The (1955)

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Ladykillers The (1955) NOT to be confused for the Coen Brothers-Tom Hanks remake (in name only) of 2004! Alec Guinness is the leader of a gang of unusual characters criminals who plot their next “job” while living in a boarding house run by an old (and slightly deaf?) woman played by Katie Johnson. In order not to arouse her suspicions they pretend to be musicians. However when she gets suspicious they decide that they must do away [...]

Hollywood Remakes

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Hollywood Remakes Remakes are part of Hollywood – they always have been and they always will be. Good stories are worth retelling but should good (even classic) movies be remade? The subject is certainly one which is continually discussed and indeed argued among classic film fans; most of us can name dozens of gratuitous (All the King’s Men (2006)) or name only remakes (Steve Martin’s made a handful) which incite us to rail [...]
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