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Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) – full review!

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Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) – full review! A star-studded extravaganza from Warner Bros. the kind of wartime fare that allowed soldiers overseas to see all their favorite stars in those locations where a movie projector could be set-up but a (e.g. Bob Hope) USO-tour could not. Entertaining fluff for the home-front as well directed by David Butler and featuring a full slate of the studio’s stars and more. The razor thin (Everett [...]

Woman Rebels A (1936)

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Woman Rebels A (1936) Directed by Mark Sandrich with a screenplay co-written by Anthony Veiller (Stage Door (1937)) this above average if dated drama is about a young woman in (merry olde?) 19th century England who refuses to accept her position in the World imposed on her by her father. Some years later Katharine Hepburn in the title role becomes an outspoken advocate for women’s rights. The plot includes a romantic angle or two or three [...]

Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) – full review!

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Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) – full review! The title of this above average Western refers to a train that Kirk Douglas’s Marshal Matt Morgan must make at the end of the drama. But first the lawman wait most of the day for the train and then face a gauntlet to get to the station with his prisoner – Earl Holliman as Rick Belden – much like Van Heflin had to with Glenn Ford in 3:10 to Yuma (1957). Whereas Ford was the [...]

The Farmer’s Wife (1928) – full review!

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The Farmer’s Wife (1928) – full review! Written and directed by Alfred Hitchcock (the director’s screenplay was based on a play from Eden Philpotts) this silent comedy (!) begins with the death of the farmer’s wife though the titled character actually refers to said farmer’s ‘replacement’ spouse; the film’s story is about his pursuit of several eligible ladies in the community. Apparently there are two [...]

Cameo Performances (movies that were loaded)

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Cameo Performances (movies that were loaded) There was a time when (and a reason for) Hollywood’s studios made movies that were stuffed with countless performances – or frequently just appearances – by film and/or stage actors comedians singers and other personalities. While the formula was used to sell tickets (and sometimes war bonds) the resulting movies are largely curios that captured the spirit of their times which serve [...]

Bordertown (1935) – full review!

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Bordertown (1935) – full review! Directed by Archie Mayo this film was later remade better as They Drive By Night (1940). It’s based on a Robert Lord (One Way Passage (1932)) story and Henry O’Neill appears uncredited. Paul Muni plays Johnny a poor Mexican working as a mechanic while he puts himself through law school. A rich socialite Dale (Margaret Lindsay) runs into his friend (Arthur Stone) Manuel’s car which becomes [...]

Goodbye Girl The (1977)

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Goodbye Girl The (1977) Neil Simon’s Oscar nominated story about a struggling actor (Richard Dreyfuss) who’s rented an apartment from a man that left his girlfriend dancer (Marsha Mason) and her daughter (Quinn Cummings) behind in it with predictable yet funny & entertaining results. Dreyfuss was the youngest actor ever to win the Best Actor Oscar at that time; Mason Cummings and the film itself also received Oscar nominations. [...]

Elmer Gantry (1960)

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Elmer Gantry (1960) Burt Lancaster and Shirley Jones (Supporting) won Oscars for their acting in this powerful (also nominated) film starring Jean Simmons about religious sham artists or not. Arthur Kennedy and Dean Jagger also star. Director Richard Brooks won a Best Writing Oscar; Andre Previn’s (Gigi (1958) among others) Score was nominated. Purchase this DVD now [...]

Cowboy and the Lady The (1938)

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Cowboy and the Lady The (1938) Produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by H.C. Potter with a story by Leo McCarey & Frank Adams and contributions from several other writers including S.N. Behrman & Sonya Levien (State Fair (1933)) who received the screenplay credits this average romantic comedy won an Academy Award for its Sound; its title song and Score were Oscar nominated. According to Goldwyn biographer A. Scott Berg McCarey told a [...]

Separate Tables (1958)

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Separate Tables (1958) Outstanding drama about the lives of lonely people who’ve chosen to live in a seaside hotel featuring a great cast. It was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture winning two (David Niven for Best Actor with his only nomination & Wendy Hiller for Best Supporting Actress). Deborah Kerr also nominated Rita Hayworth Burt Lancaster and Rod Taylor round out the cast. Delbert Mann who won Best Director for [...]
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