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Thousand Clowns A (1965)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Thousand Clowns A (1965) A very good and very funny (in a cynical sort of way) film which was nominated for Best Picture & Writing Oscars and features the Best Supporting Acting performance by Martin Balsam. The film stars Jason Robards Jr. as an out of work comedy writer and uncle/caretaker of a wise-cracking youth (Barry Gordon) doing so in a very non-traditional way. Barbara Harris and William Daniels play social workers who don’t [...]

Home from the Hill (1960) – full review!

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Home from the Hill (1960) – full review! This big sprawling beautifully shot epic drama with credible acting features early performances by two young actors (with the same first name) that would go on to make names for themselves – George Peppard and George Hamilton. It was directed by Vincente Minnelli (Gigi (1958)) and features a screenplay by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch that recalls their later Academy Award nominated [...]

She Loved a Fireman (1937)

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She Loved a Fireman (1937) John Farrow directed this B movie action drama written by Carlton Sand and Morton Grant. Despite having (singing) Dick Foran Ann Sheridan Robert Armstrong and Eddie Acuff in its cast it’s a below average feature that runs less than an hour. It does contain several action sequences involving firemen their training and battling fires. Foran plays James ‘Red’ Tyler an obnoxious brute that decides to join [...]

Peeping Tom (1960)

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Peeping Tom (1960) Ahead of its time this above average thriller about a voyeuristic cinematographer who films the women he terrorizes and then kills while the camera is rolling was so scandalous in its day that it actually ruined the career of its British director (and uncredited producer) Michael Powell. His reputation was subsequently restored and revered in part because of another director Martin Scorsese who sought him out and found Powell [...]

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) George Roy Hill made a name for himself directing this essential buddy picture pairing heartthrobs Paul Newman and Robert Redford together for the very first time in this Western (adventure crime comedy; even biography). Hill would direct them again in his Oscar winning Best Picture The Sting (1973) four years later. Newman plays Cassidy the business end of their partnership and Redford (more than 11 [...]

Rocky (1976)

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Rocky (1976) Titled boxer Balboa (AFI’s #7 hero) helped this film and its director John Avildsen win Oscars. What if Oscar nominated Best Actor Sylvester Stallone had accepted the $150000 the producers offered him to let Ryan O’Neal play the lead? Thankfully we’ll never know. The fight scene was filmed in reverse order starting with the fifteenth round and Stallone and Weathers in heavy make-up. As filming continued the make-up [...]

Clash of the Wolves (1925)

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Clash of the Wolves (1925) This silent adventure Western features the dark coated German Shepherd dog star Rin Tin Tin as a wolf pack leader known as Lobo; it was directed by Noel Mason Smith and written by Charles A. Logue. Rinty had to wear booties on his front paws and sported a beard (incognito as a dog) during some of the action which includes lots of running a jump over chasm climbing a fence a jump off a building onto a man on horseback [...]

Bachelor Mother (1939)

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Bachelor Mother (1939) Directed by Garson Kanin with a screenplay by Norman Krasna this above average romantic comedy earned Felix Jackson his first and only Academy Award nomination for his Original Story. Kanin (with wife Ruth Gordon) and Krasna received Oscar nominations for their own stories and/or screenplays with Krasna talking home the gold for Princess O’Rourke (1943) a film he also directed. This one stars Ginger Rogers in the title [...]

I Want to Live! (1958)

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I Want to Live! (1958) Susan Hayward finally won her Best Actress Oscar (on her fifth and last nomination) playing Barbara Graham in this “true” story. Ms. Graham was a small-time crook who “hung out” and partied with the wrong type of people. Because of these associations and her own actions she was sentenced to death for her involvement with a couple of killers. Her letters as she fought to escape the gas chamber and [...]

Movie Dentists

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Movie Dentists Doctors of dentistry are not nearly as commonly portrayed in movies I’ve seen as say doctors in general. You too may also have noticed that dentist characters when their profession does appear in a film are typically in comedies. In addition to the obvious slapstick short features from the silent era and/or popular comedy duos and trios (can you say “The Three Stooges”) of their day dentists can be found in these [...]
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