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World War II Collection Vol. 2 – Heroes Fight for Freedom

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World War II Collection Vol. 2 – Heroes Fight for Freedom Purchase this DVD Collection now at Air Force (1943) – full review! Command Decision (1948) Hell to Eternity (1960) – The true story of Guy Gabaldon starts rather slowly then features an overlong "Marines partying in Hawaii" sequence before it gets to the heart of the story in Saipan. Never heard of Gabaldon? Neither had I until I saw this fictionalized [...]

We’re Only Human (1935)

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We’re Only Human (1935) Directed by James Flood and based on the Thomas Walsh story Husk with a screenplay by Rian James this below average crime drama features one dimensional characters and a lead acting performance by Preston Foster that’s so overdone that he must have been thinking this was a silent film. Foster plays a pigheaded lone wolf detective who’s so emotionally unstable that it’s a credibility stretch to [...]

Burn ‘Em Up O’Connor (1939)

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Burn ‘Em Up O’Connor (1939) Directed by Edward Sedgwick based on Sir Malcolm Campbell’s novel “Salute to the Gods” screenplay by Milton Merlin & Byron Morgan this film features the ever annoying Dennis O’Keefe in the title role first name Jerry as an obnoxious country bumpkin that becomes a race car driver. The underrated Nat Pendleton is the highlight of the film playing (as usual?) the dumb sidekick of [...]

Wake Island (1942)

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Wake Island (1942) Directed by John Farrow who later shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Around the World in 80 Days (1956) this war film fictionally depicts the truly heroic efforts by the Marines who were able to repel overwhelming Japanese forces for a time after they’d attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941. The film director Farrow writers W. R. Burnett & Frank Butler as well as (Supporting) actor William Bendix for his [...]

Sounder (1972)

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Sounder (1972) One of the earliest films I can remember loving in my youth (even though I thought it was going to be a movie about a dog) which I watched again recently on TCM. Another masterpiece from director Martin Ritt and an essential drama. Both lead actors Paul Winfield & Cicely Tyson received their only Oscar nominations; the film and screenwriter Lonnie Elder III (also receiving his only Academy recognition) who adapted William [...]

Rogue Cop (1954)

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Rogue Cop (1954) Directed by Roy Rowland with a screenplay by Sydney Boehm (The Atomic City (1952)) this above average crime thriller earned John Seitz the last of his seven Cinematography Oscar nominations one of which was for filming the Oscar winning Best Picture The Lost Weekend (1945). The cast is a recognizable one which includes Robert Taylor Janet Leigh George Raft Steve Forrest Anne Francis Alan Hale Jr. and Vince Edwards (in one of his [...]

Battleground (1949)

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Battleground (1949) Directed by William Wellman (A Star is Born (1937)) and written by Robert Pirosh this essential war film details the plight of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division trapped in the Ardennes Forest near Bastogne Belgium during the "Battle of the Bulge" created by the Germans last ditch Panzer tank advance during World War II. Pirosh (who wrote from his own experiences) received a Best Writing Oscar for his Story [...]

The Lodger (1927) – full review!

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The Lodger (1927) – full review! Directed by Alfred Hitchcock this silent feature is an early example of the director’s skill in creating suspenseful situations while keeping a (spoiler) secret to the end. The cast is small but it includes Ivor Novello in the title role a popular matinee idol of the time. The story is very simple: a murderer who dubs himself “The Avenger” leaving a calling card on each of his victims is [...]

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 [...]

Braveheart (1995)

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Braveheart (1995) Outstanding … FREEDOM!!! A fictionalized account of William Wallace. Like Costner and Eastwood before him popular actor Mel Gibson got his turn to take home his only Oscars (Director and Producer for this Best Picture winner) on his only nominations so far. But unlike the other two Gibson was snubbed didn’t even receive a Best Actor nomination in this year that Hollywood was obviously on drugs (Nicolas Cage won the [...]
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