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Sporting Blood (1940)

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Sporting Blood (1940) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon (who produced Born Yesterday (1950)) screenplay co-written by Albert Mannheimer (also Born Yesterday (1950)) this drama stars Robert Young Maureen O’Sullivan William Gargan (They Knew What They Wanted (1940)) and Lewis Stone (The Patriot (1928)). Noted character actor Tom Kennedy plays a policeman in the racetrack scenes which begin and end the film. Myles Vanders (Young) is a horse owner [...]

High Noon (1952)

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High Noon (1952) Shown in real time surely a challenge for director Fred Zinnemann this Gary Cooper classic also stars Grace Kelly and a terrific supporting cast. "Coop" won his second Best Actor Oscar on his fifth (and final) nomination playing Will Kane (AFI’s #5 hero). The film also won for Editing Musical Score and Song ("Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin’" – #25 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All [...]

Society Lawyer (1939)

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Society Lawyer (1939) Walter Pidgeon plays a “well to do” lawyer who has just helped secure an innocent verdict for a known criminal played by Leo Carrillo. Carrillo is so thankful he offers Pidgeon a bonus and a place in his organization. Pidgeon declines because although he knew Carrillo was innocent of that particular murder he doesn’t want to associate with him. Carrillo assigns two of his thugs to protect Pidgeon anyway [...]

See Here Private Hargrove (1944)

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See Here Private Hargrove (1944) Based on a book by Marion Hargrove of his exploits at Fort Bragg during boot camp the film features Robert Walker in the title role. Keenan Wynn and William “Bill” Phillips (among others) play fellow soldiers in his unit. Chill Wills is their Sergeant Cramp. At the beginning of the film Hargrove is a newspaper writer who is constantly getting in trouble with his editor boss played by Ray Collins. Once [...]

Night and Day (1946)

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Night and Day (1946) Michael Curtiz directed this below average fictionalized musical biography of Cole Porter which earned an Academy Award nomination for its Ray Heindorf-Max Steiner musical Score. Written by Charles Hoffman Leo Townsend and William Bowers with an adaptation by Jack Moffitt it features several uninspired renditions of Porter’s music and stage productions including the Yale fight song (“Bulldog”) “What [...]

Kings Row (1942)

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Kings Row (1942) Features Ronald Reagan’s best acting though the lead actor is Robert Cummings. Some pretty good stuff by Ann Sheridan as well. Cummings and Reagan play boyhood pals Parris & Drake respectively. Parris becomes a psychiatrist learning in part under the tutelage of another doctor (Claude Rains) who has a reclusive daughter (Betty Field); Drake becomes a playboy. Charles Coburn plays another local doctor a sadistic one who [...]

The Paul Newman Collection

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The Paul Newman Collection Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) The Left Handed Gun (1958) The Young Philadelphians (1959) – full review! Harper (1966) Pocket Money (1972) – full review! The MacKintosh Man (1973) The Drowning Pool (1975) Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

Unforgiven (1992)

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Unforgiven (1992) Though I personally prefer watching his spaghetti Westerns it was great to see Eastwood finally get Oscar recognition. A replay of two years prior (ala Costner and his Western) Clint received the Director and Producer (Best Picture) Oscars while losing the Best Actor award on these his first Academy Award nominations! But his Best Actor loss was just bad timing he was up against Pacino who won his only Best Actor Oscar on his [...]

Mark of Zorro The (1940)

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Mark of Zorro The (1940) Great film to watch with your kids or grandkids. Features Tyrone Power in the title role the son of the former "mayor" of a small town who goes away to military school. When he returns as its best student he finds that another ruthless man has assumed his father’s position backed by the sword of Basil Rathbone’s character who is having an affair with the man’s wife (Gale Sondergaard). In part [...]

Goldwyn Follies The (1938) – full review!

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Goldwyn Follies The (1938) – full review! Notable for being in Technicolor this below average Musical was producer Samuel Goldwyn’s failed attempt to recreate the kind of revue that made showman Florenz Ziegfeld famous. Years in planning it was ultimately directed by George Marshall with writing credits attributed to: Ray Golden Ben Hecht Sid Kuller Sam Perrin and Arthur Phillips. Richard Day’s Art Direction and Alfred [...]
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