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Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

August 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939) Directed by Anatole Litvak this straightforward anti-Nazi propaganda film was based on real events involving a New York spy ring and four of its members that were convicted of spying on behalf of the German government. After about 45 minutes of set-up and character establishment Edward G. Robinson is introduced as the FBI agent who ends up unraveling the ring. Francis Lederer George Sanders Paul Lukas and Sig [...]

Gazebo The (1959) – full review!

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Gazebo The (1959) – full review! Directed by George Marshall based on a story by Alec Coppel (The Captain’s Paradise (1953)) with a screenplay by George Wells (Designing Woman (1957)) this slightly above average black comedy crime story is intricately written to cleverly tie everything together before its end making for a satisfying entertaining film. Leads Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds are supported by Carl Reiner and John McGiver [...]

Stars in My Crown (1950)

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Stars in My Crown (1950) Directed by Jacques Tourneur much of this excellent Western drama’s story is narrated by Marshall Thompson as the now grown-up boy who’s played by Dean Stockwell in the rest of the film. It’s a terrific period piece with McCrea as a gospel preacher Josiah Dozier Grey in a small rural town that emphasizes (sometimes at the point of a gun) fair treatment and ethical ways to his nephew (Stockwell) and his [...]

The Falcon’s Alibi (1946)

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The Falcon’s Alibi (1946) The twelfth film in the Falcon series Although Rita Corday portrays a character named Joan like she did in the previous Falcon film this time her last name is Meredith (not Marshall) in her sixth (and final) appearance in the series. Vincent Barnett plays Goldie. A couple of known actors also appear: Jane Greer (Out of the Past (1947)) and Elisha Cook Jr. (The Maltese Falcon (1941)) as well as several actors that [...]

Casablanca (1942)

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Casablanca (1942) “Here’s looking at you kid” what can one say about a movie proclaimed to be the best ever? Of course the film’s cast is outstanding! Humphrey Bogart Ingrid Bergman Paul Henreid Claude Rains Conrad Veidt Sydney Greenstreet Peter Lorre S.Z. Sakall and John Qualen. This Best Picture Oscar winner actually should have competed with Mrs. Miniver in 1942 since it premiered in New York in November of that year. [...]

Sports Movies and the Academy Award for Best Picture

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Sports Movies and the Academy Award for Best Picture As noted in February 2010 in the Personal Journal section of the WSJ there haven’t been very many sports-related movies nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. While the sport of boxing has received the most attention from the Academy only two other sports have had more than a single nominee among the year’s best over its 82 year history: America’s former and current pastimes – baseball [...]

Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) – full review!

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Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) – full review! Directed by Roy Rowland and written by Isobel Lennart (Love Me or Leave Me (1955)) this average musical comedy romance’s Score received an Academy Award nomination. Though it features the beautifully talented Cyd Charisse as an aloof ballet dancer who’s just discovering the world outside of her own sheltered existence Dan Dailey seems an odd (unworthy?) choice as her top billed [...]

Deep Valley (1947)

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Deep Valley (1947) Directed by Jean Negulesco whose next film Johnny Belinda (1948) would earn him his only Oscar recognition (a Best Director nomination) with a screenplay co-written by Stephen Morehouse Avery (The Gay Deception (1935)) this below average drama’s high point is its recognizable cast which includes the lovely & delicate Ida Lupino Dane Clark Wayne Morris Fay Bainter Henry Hull and Willard Robertson. Unfortunately the [...]

Rag Man The (1925)

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Rag Man The (1925) Linda Martinez winner of TCM’s 4th Annual Young Composers Competition provided the brand new score for this silent film starring Jackie Coogan the title character … I guess it should be called “the Rag Boy”;-) Jackie Coogan plays Timothy Kelly an orphan that’s just escaped from a burning orphanage and thought to be dead. He’s a smart little kid who ends up sleeping the night in a junk [...]

Torrent (1926)

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Torrent (1926) The title refers to a flood that occurs in the small town where most of the film’s action takes place. It draws the two romantic leads closer and the special effects are pretty good given the time the film was made. This Greta Garbo silent drama her first American (MGM) film also stars Ricardo Cortez as the son of a domineering mother played by Martha Mattox. The wealthy matriarch Dona Bernarda Brull (Mattox) is upset about [...]
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