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Gaslight (1940) – full review!

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Gaslight (1940) – full review! aka The Murder in Thornton Square (1940) or Angel Street Directed by Thorold Dickinson with a screenplay by A.R. Rawlinson and Bridget Boland that was based on the play by Patrick Hamilton this above average British thriller is tighter (half an hour shorter) than the Academy Award nominated American remake which earned Ingrid Bergman her first Oscar four years later. Anton Walbrook plays the role of the [...]

Dr. Socrates (1935)

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Dr. Socrates (1935) Just before Paul Muni got his chance to play the titled doctor in The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935) the role which earned him his Best Actor Academy Award he played the title role in this crime drama as Dr. Lee Cardwell. William Dieterle directed both films; their other two collaborations were also titled roles for the actor: in the Oscar winning Best Picture The Life of Emile Zola (1937) and as Juarez (1939). This [...]

Hollywood Remakes

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Hollywood Remakes Remakes are part of Hollywood – they always have been and they always will be. Good stories are worth retelling but should good (even classic) movies be remade? The subject is certainly one which is continually discussed and indeed argued among classic film fans; most of us can name dozens of gratuitous (All the King’s Men (2006)) or name only remakes (Steve Martin’s made a handful) which incite us to rail [...]

Citizen Kane (1941)

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Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles’s masterpiece film is somewhat of an unauthorized biography of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst (but don’t believe how he portrays Marion Davies’s character!) including his politics. It stars Welles in the title role Dorothy Comingore Joseph Cotten Agnes Moorehead Ruth Warrick Ray Collins Everett Sloane George Coulouris and Paul Stewart (among others). Herman J. Mankiewicz and Welles [...]

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 [...]

Patton (1970)

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Patton (1970) “Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.” Director Franklin Schaffner won the Best Director Oscar on his only nomination for this Best Picture Oscar winner which brought home four more Oscars including Adapted Screenplay Writing (shared by Francis Ford Coppola). George C. Scott was the first Best Actor to [...]

Chatterbox (1936)

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Chatterbox (1936) Directed by George Nicholls Jr. with a screenplay by Sam Mintz (Skippy (1931)) based on a story by David Carb this B movie comedy drama features Anne Shirley in the title role as Jenny Yates a simple Vermont country girl who’s always dreamt of being a stage actress. Her mother had been one 20 years earlier playing a part on stage in “Virtue’s Reward”. Ironically a New York acting company has been [...]

Oklahoma Kid The (1939)

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Oklahoma Kid The (1939) An entertaining Western directed by Lloyd Bacon which features a pretty good ‘sooner’ land rush scene and stars James Cagney in the title role Humphrey Bogart as the “bad guy” who wears black Rosemary Lane as the girl Donald Crisp as her father the judge Charles Middleton and Ward Bond among others. Featuring a story by Wally Kline & Edward Paramore who wrote the screenplay with Warren Duff [...]

Devil’s Disciple The (1959)

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Devil’s Disciple The (1959) This is rather odd historical fiction based on a play by George Bernard Shaw (Pygmalion (1938)) with some great performances by three heavyweight actors and one actress set during the Revolutionary War. Burt Lancaster plays a preacher married to Janette Scott’s character who’s more or less “forced” to fight against the British when their leadership (particularly the Major played by Harry [...]

The Great Diamond Robbery (1954)

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The Great Diamond Robbery (1954) This – the last MGM film of Red Skelton – minor comedy was directed by Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld (1936)) and written by Martin Rackin and László Vadnay . In addition to the headliner comedian the cast includes Cara Williams James Whitmore Kurt Kasznar and Reginald Owen among others. Skelton plays an accomplished diamond cutter (!) that has worked for Bainbridge Gibbons (Owen) for 20 years. Found [...]
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