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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 [...]

Twelve O’Clock High (1949)

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Twelve O’Clock High (1949) Is the ultimate definitive example of military leadership and (if one can believe an IMDb trivia item) it’s even used by a couple of different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces for training officers. This World War II drama features Gregory Peck – in an Academy Award nominated (Best Actor) role – as General Frank Savage who’s assigned to take over a “daylight precision bombing” unit during the [...]

Rancho Notorious (1952)

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Rancho Notorious (1952) Directed by Fritz Lang with a screenplay by Daniel Taradash (From Here to Eternity (1953)) this above average Western has Marlene Dietrich playing a mysterious woman by the name of Altar Keane. Arthur Kennedy is a cowboy on a trail of revenge which eventually leads him to Altar Keane which at first he isn’t sure to which the name refers – a person place or thing. It turns out that Keane is a woman who runs a [...]

Random Harvest (1942)

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Random Harvest (1942) This essential romance drama was one of my best TCM discoveries (e.g. a film I’d never heard of until I started watching the channel). It’s a terrific "soaper" with Ronald Colman (this may have been the first film I saw him in too) as a man who suffers from amnesia and the woman (Greer Garson) who loves him. This is said to be Ms. Garson’s favorite of all her films. The cast also includes Philip Dorn [...]

Family Affair A (1937) – full review!

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Family Affair A (1937) – full review! Directed by George B. Seitz this average comedy drama was the first in the Andy Hardy series and the only one to feature Lionel Barrymore as Judge Hardy before Lewis Stone would take over the role for a dozen or more movies made in the late 1930’s through the middle of the next decade. Director Seitz and actors: Mickey Rooney as Andy Cecilia Parker as Marion Hardy Fay Holden (taking over for this [...]

Foreign Affair A (1948)

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Foreign Affair A (1948) Directed by Billy Wilder with a screenplay he co-wrote with Charles Brackett and Richard Breen (adapted by Robert Harari) that was based on David Shaw’s story this essential comedy drama romance stars Jean Arthur Marlene Dietrich and John Lund. The clever screenplay writing was nominated for an Oscar as was the film’s B&W Cinematography. Arthur plays Congresswoman Phoebe Frost who along with others (played [...]

Breaking Away (1979)

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Breaking Away (1979) Produced and directed by Peter Yates this essential comedy (sports) drama features an Academy Award winning story by Steve Tesich who won the Best Writing Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Oscar on his only nomination. Yates received his first two (of four unrewarded) nominations as well for Best Picture and Best Director. Patrick Williams who wrote the film’s Score also received his only nomination as did [...]

Back From Eternity (1956) – full review!

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Back From Eternity (1956) – full review! Produced and directed by John Farrow (Wake Island (1942)) in the same year that he’d win his only Academy Award sharing the Best Adapted Screenplay Writing Oscar for Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) this remake of director Farrow’s earlier RKO film Five Came Back (1939) features the same Richard Carroll story but this one’s screenplay was written by Jonathan Latimer instead. It’s a [...]

Shadow of Doubt (1935)

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Shadow of Doubt (1935) ‘Sim’ Sturdevant (Richard Cortez) and ‘Len’ Hayworth (Bradley Page) are two show businessmen competing for the same talent and women. Sim also happens to be the nephew of rich woman Melissa Pilson (Constance Collier) who never leaves her home and assumes everyone is after her money. While at home she either plays her organ or cribbage for “money” with her butler Morse (Ivan Simpson) who [...]

They Won’t Forget (1937)

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They Won’t Forget (1937) This is really a terrific Mervyn LeRoy directed film with a screenplay co-written by Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men (1949)) that features a standout (& eccentric) performance by the great Claude Rains in a story based upon the infamous Leo Frank murder trial in Georgia. Otto Kruger Elisha Cook Jr. and Lana Turner (“sweater girl”) appears in her first film. Purchase this DVD now [...]
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