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Wild Orchids (1929)

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Wild Orchids (1929) This average Greta Garbo silent was directed by Sidney Franklin who would earn his only Oscar nomination as a director some years later with The Good Earth (1937) but then went on to produce many Oscar nominated films including his Best Picture winning Mrs. Miniver (1942) the same year he picked up the Irving G. Thalberg Award. What makes this particular film somewhat extraordinary are its elaborate sets and high production [...]

Last Picture Show The (1971)

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Last Picture Show The (1971) Former TCM Essentials host Peter Bogdanovich received his only recognition (to date) from the Academy with Oscar nominations for directing and adapting this Larry McMurtry novel with the author who shared the latter nomination. Several of the film’s actors’ performances were also recognized: Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman swept the Supporting Actor awards on their only nominations; they were competing [...]

The Blonde Bombshell

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The Blonde Bombshell What is it about these particular women? All three were successful blonde actresses of their time they were sex symbols that played ditzy characters each was linked personally and/or professionally with both Clark Gable and William Powell and all three died tragically prematurely. Of course it is in part because they died prematurely that we remember them so fondly – there are no pictures images or memories of them as [...]

Topper (1937)

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Topper (1937) Directed by Norman McLeod with a screenplay co-written by Eric Hatch (My Man Godfrey (1936)) this essential screwball comedy features Roland Young in the title role; the role which would earn him his only Academy Award nomination (Supporting Actor). The film’s Sound Recording was also nominated. But the stars of this fantasy are Constance Bennett and Cary Grant; they play an irresponsible carefree younger couple named Marion [...]

Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)

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Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) The DVD contains this opening statement: “The restoration you are about to see replicates Director John Huston’s original stylized color design which uses muted color and a warm golden tone to reflect the atmosphere and drama of the story. The feature appeared in theaters for just one week with this original color design before the studio imposed a full color treatment for general release which did [...]

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) For directing (this) his first film Mike Nichols earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. In fact virtually everyone involved in this essential drama including each of its credited actors received an Oscar nomination. Lead Elizabeth Taylor (BUtterfield 8 (1960)) won her second statuette on the last of her five Best Actress nominations and Sandy Dennis took home the gold for Supporting [...]

Tom Jones (1963)

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Tom Jones (1963) The editing and background music in this film are/were unique and something to behold. Although you may have seen some of the techniques copied (unfortunately the only film which comes immediately to mind with regards to the editing is Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)) I feel fairly certain that freeze frames (with narrative voice-overs) characters playing (even talking) to the camera and the lyrical wipes & fades [...]

Hollywood Canteen (1944) – full review!

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Hollywood Canteen (1944) – full review! Directed and written by Delmer Daves the film received Oscar nominations for original song “Sweet Dreams Sweetheart” Score and Sound. Other than those mentioned below Alexis Smith Joe E. Brown Kitty Carlisle Alan Hale Paul Heinreid as a dishwasher Andrea King and dozens of others credited or uncredited. Follows another story written by Daves but based in New York Stage Door Canteen [...]

Classic Teacher Movies

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Classic Teacher Movies There have certainly been a plethora of classroom teacher movies released in the past 25 years some that spoof the profession and others that celebrate it or real-life persons that have positively influenced their students and (therefore) communities. One can also find many classics which portray the development of a unique relationship between a specialized teacher and their student (Born Yesterday (1950) The Miracle [...]
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