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Ball of Fire (1941)

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Ball of Fire (1941) Produced by Samuel Goldwyn this hilarious essential comedy was directed by Howard Hawks. Its screenplay was written by Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder who collaborated on many great award-winning films though it was Wilder & Thomas Monroe who wrote this original story that received an Oscar nomination for their work on this film. Stanwyck (Best Actress) Alfred Newman’s Score and the film’s Sound Recording [...]

Alfie (1966)

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Alfie (1966) Michael Caine earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination in the title role. The film’s about a morally bankrupt British playboy who realizes just enough about who he is and what he’s doing to feel guilty about it. Along the way he seduces and/or encounters several women he dubs “birds” including Millicent Martin who even wants to introduce Alfie to her husband (?!) Shelley Winters a financially comfortable [...]

Being There (1979)

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Being There (1979) Melvyn Douglas (Hud (1963)) earned his second (and last) Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for playing Peter Sellers’s well-connected (though ill and dying) billionaire benefactor in this comedy that appears at #26 on AFI’s 100 Funniest Movies list. Sellers plays the mentally challenged Chance the Gardener come Chauncey Gardner who (perhaps not so) curiously becomes an influential political insider even though as a [...]

Tearjerkers

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Tearjerkers What makes you cry? O.K. I know if you pull out a nose hair with tweezers you will probably shed a tear. But what kind of movie brings tears to your eyes? Unless you tend to view movies from a strictly controlled and objective viewpoint chances are you experience a variety of emotions when watching a film. Of course Hollywood knows this and has therefore learned how to manipulate you: they use visuals words a soaring soundtrack and [...]

Three Musketeers The (1948)

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Three Musketeers The (1948) Directed by George Sidney with a screenplay by Robert Ardrey that was based on the Alexandre Dumas novel this particular screen adaptation of the famous story earned an Academy Award nomination for its Color Cinematography (Robert H. Planck’s second of four unrewarded Oscar nominations in that category) and is notable for lead Gene Kelly’s acrobatic portrayal of D’Artagnan the fourth musketeer. [...]

Mystery of Mr. X The (1934) – full review!

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Mystery of Mr. X The (1934) – full review! A zippy little crime mystery with a humorous element that makes for an enjoyable hour and a half of entertainment. Directed by writer Edgar Selwyn this Philip MacDonald story and adaptation which received a screenplay treatment from Howard Emmett Rogers stars Robert Montgomery Elizabeth Allan Lewis Stone Ralph Forbes and Henry Stephenson (among others). The acting is first rate particularly from [...]

Freshman The (1925)

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Freshman The (1925) A terrific silent film featuring the many talents of one of the greatest comedians of the time. Harold Lloyd plays a young man who dreams of getting into college being a famous athlete and impressing the co-eds. However when he shows up on campus and exhibits his specially designed introduction he quickly becomes an object of ridicule by the other young men (including Brooks Benedict & James Anderson the football star) [...]

Saturday’s Children (1940)

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Saturday’s Children (1940) “Saturday’s child has far to go” … Directed by Vincent Sherman and based on the play by the Pulitzer Prize winning author Maxwell Anderson who received an Oscar nomination for co-writing All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) this somewhat uneven comedy-drama explores married life and boasts a terrific cast. Julius (Four Daughters (1938)) & Philip Epstein wrote the screenplay. Career [...]

One Crowded Night (1940)

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One Crowded Night (1940) Should be re-titled “One Coincidence After Another!” Never have I seen a film with so many improbable coincidences one after the other until I threw up my hands in disgust. If this was a comedy it might actually have been funny. Anne Revere and Paul Guilfoyle were the only names I recognized before I watched the film though I also recognized J.M. Kerrigan when I did. Directed by Irving Reis with a screenplay [...]

Flying Fortress (1942)

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Flying Fortress (1942) The beginning of the film introduces us to three characters we will come to know throughout the film. “Spence” (Richard Greene) is a rich bachelor who’s passion is trick flying. However for some reason he’s hired a pilot “Sky” Kelly (Donald Stewart) who is in the back seat of the plane while Spence is helping another man do some trick flying over New York. The plane crashes and Kelly is [...]
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