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High Sierra (1941)

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High Sierra (1941) Directed by Raoul Walsh with a screenplay co-written by John Huston this film features the stereotypical aging ex-con Humphrey Bogart as Roy "Mad Dog" Earle who’s planning to pull one more big heist. Arthur Kennedy is part of the new gang; the beautiful Ida Lupino is also a co-conspirator who falls for Bogie. Along the way Bogart meets a young girl (Joan Leslie) who needs an operation also meeting her guardian [...]

Obliging Young Lady (1942)

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Obliging Young Lady (1942) A couple of stars and several recognizable character actors make this face paced comedy tolerable. Casting Edmond O’Brien in a comedy may have been the first mistake plus some of the gags are positively juvenile. However it is probably worth seeing if only for the few and far between grins. O’Brien who plays a reporter returning from an assignment meets Linda Norton (Ruth Warrick whose first film was [...]

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 [...]

Hi Nellie! (1934) – full review!

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Hi Nellie! (1934) – full review! Directed by Irving G. Thalberg Award winner Mervyn LeRoy and featuring a screenplay co-written by Abem Finkel (Sergeant York (1941)) this crime comedy-drama was later remade with Ronald Reagan as Love is in the Air (1937) then again with George Brent in You Can’t Escape Forever (1942) and finally as The House Across the Street (1949) with Wayne Morris. This one stars Paul Muni who would win an Oscar [...]

Desert Passage (1952)

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Desert Passage (1952) Another in the series of several unconnected B Westerns starring Tim Holt using his own name with sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty played by Richard Martin. This one also features several other recognizable character actors including Walter Reed John Dehner Clayton Moore (TV’s The Lone Ranger) and Denver Pyle. The film itself is average and nothing special though it does provide enough intrigue for an [...]

Kim (1950)

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Kim (1950) Based on a Rudyard Kipling novel this film boasts a red-headed Errol Flynn as Mahbub Ali protector of the titled boy character played by Dean Stockwell. Directed by Victor Saville who earned two Oscar nominations as the producer for The Citadel (1938) & Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) it tells the tale of how the orphan Kim helps the British fight rebels in India. The screenplay was co-written by Helen Deutsch (Lili (1953)). The cast [...]

Clash By Night (1952)

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Clash By Night (1952) Directed by Fritz Lang this Clifford Odets play adapted by Alfred Hayes stars Barbara Stanwyck as a cynical woman who returns home to live with her younger brother Joe (Keith Andes). Joe is not real happy about it and prefers that his girlfriend Peggy (Marilyn Monroe) not be exposed to the negative influence of her worldly ways. With limited options she’s marries cannery business owner Jerry D’Amato (Paul Douglas) [...]

Maytime (1937)

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Maytime (1937) Directed & co-produced by Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld (1936)) with a screenplay by Noel Langley this musical romance drama marks co-stars Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy’s third (of nine?) film together. They’re joined in the cast by John Barrymore Herman Bing Rafaela Ottiano and Sig Ruman (among others). Herbert Stothart’s Score and Douglas Shearer’s Sound Recording received Academy Award [...]

Adventures of Don Juan (1948) – full review!

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Adventures of Don Juan (1948) – full review! Directed by Vincent Sherman with a screenplay by George Oppenheimer (The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)) and Harry Kurnitz (What Next Corporal Hargrove? (1945)) that was based on the Herbert Dalmas story this average adventure drama not only marks the last swashbuckler role for Errol Flynn (at 39 years old) appropriately playing the title character but also the actor’s last of more than a [...]

Under Capricorn (1949) – full review!

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Under Capricorn (1949) – full review! I think it’s a shame that this Alfred Hitchcock film was such a bomb at the box office and with critics if only for the reason that few may have seen Margaret Leighton’s performance as Milly the Flusky family’s maid. She gives the character an evilness with even more depth that Judith Anderson’s “Mrs. Danvers” (recognized as #31 villain by the American Film [...]
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