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Escape from Crime (1942)

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Escape from Crime (1942) Fast moving relatively short film (based on Picture Snatcher (1933) but actually quite different) with lots of excitement to keep one engaged in the action. A guy (Richard Travis) who took prison mug shots gets out of prison promising not to come back (or at least get caught again) to his police nemesis (Wade Boteler) who he runs into on his way out the door. The guy is picked up by one of his old gang and it appears [...]

If Winter Comes (1947)

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If Winter Comes (1947) Directed by (twice Oscar nominated producer) Victor Saville this A.S.M. Hutchinson novel was adapted by Marguerite Roberts and Arthur Wimperis (Mrs. Miniver (1942)) into an average drama about a kind man whose actions are misinterpreted in his small conservative English town at the beginning of World War II. This man is a writer whose outspoken patriotic views earn him a great deal of respect in his community before [...]

Suspicion (1941)

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Suspicion (1941) This is the first movie that the "Master of Suspense" (Alfred Hitchcock) used Cary Grant as his leading man and it’s certainly the weakest in the four film series (perhaps in part because the suspicion is whether or not Mr. Grant’s character is the bad guy!). It’s the second (and last) time he used Joan Fontaine as his leading lady though her understated performance earned her several awards including [...]

Hatari! (1962)

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Hatari! (1962) Produced and directed by Howard Hawks with a screenplay by Leigh Brackett that was based on a story by Harry Kurnitz (What Next Corporal Hargrove? (1945)) this adventure comedy drama set in Africa is notable for Russell Harlan’s Color Cinematography which was Oscar nominated (his third of six unrewarded Academy Award nominations in this category) and Henri Mancini’s original song “Baby Elephant Walk”. The [...]

The Busby Berkeley Collection Volume 2

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The Busby Berkeley Collection Volume 2 Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936) – Insurance peddler Dick Powell asks Joan Blondell to imagine how life would be “With Plenty of Money and You.” There’s razzle-dazzle aplenty too with Berkeley’s precision-formation “All’s Fair in Love and War.” Purchase this DVD now at Gold Diggers in Paris (1938) – Rudy Vallee’s tap-dancing cuties are mistakenly [...]

Comrade X (1940) – full review!

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Comrade X (1940) – full review! Walter Reisch who contributed to the screenplay (and shared an Academy Award nomination in that category) for Ninotchka (1939) earned a Best Writing Original Story Oscar nomination for this similar comedy drama starring Clark Gable and Hedy Lamarr (in lieu of Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas). Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer wrote the screenplay for this one which was directed and co-produced by King Vidor. [...]

Adventures of Mark Twain The (1944)

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Adventures of Mark Twain The (1944) Directed by Irving Rapper with additional dialogue provided by Harry Chandlee (Sergeant York (1941)) this Harold M. Sherman play co-adapted with Alan Le May stars Fredric March in the title role. It’s an above average fictionalized biography of the famed author & humorist from his humble beginnings in Hannibal Missouri to his final worldwide speaking tour. The cast includes Alexis Smith Donald Crisp [...]

Old Acquaintance (1943)

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Old Acquaintance (1943) Bette Davis is a serious literary writer who’s enjoyed mild success. She returns to her hometown to visit her childhood friend played by Miriam Hopkins who’s married to John Loder. Hopkins’s character yearns for a life of her own outside of the trappings of her husband and daughter and is inspired by her friend’s visit to try and get her trashy romance novel published. Davis helps her out and of [...]

Cyclone on Horseback (1941)

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Cyclone on Horseback (1941) Another Tim Holt western with Smokey (Ray Whitley who sings the songs) and Whopper (Lee ‘Lasses’ White for comic relief) as his character’s trusty sidekicks. This time Holt is Stan Bradford who has just brought 40 head of horses to town for Jeff Corbin (Dennis Moore) so that Corbin can complete his contract stringing a line for the telephone company a bid he won over Cobb Wayne (Harry Worth) who’s none [...]

Bandit Trail The (1941)

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Bandit Trail The (1941) Tim Holt stars in this “B” Western haunted by his usual (and unfunny IMO) silly sidekick Whopper played by Lee ‘Lasses’ White. The film opens with a shootout between the law and Red Haggerty (Morris Ankrum) & others from his brother’s ranch that’s being repossessed by the bank. Resigned to his fate the brother (Eddy Waller) shows up in time to stop the fight but is shot in the process. [...]
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