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Americanization of Emily The (1964)

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Americanization of Emily The (1964) Directed by Arthur Hiller (Love Story (1970)) with a screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky (Marty (1955)) that was based on William Bradford Huie’s novel this essential anti-war comedy drama stars James Garner Julie Andrews (in the title role her only B&W film) Melvyn Douglas James Coburn Keenan Wynn as an old sailor Judy Carne Sharon Tate (uncredited) and more. It was nominated for B&W Art Direction-Set [...]

Night and Day (1946)

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Night and Day (1946) Michael Curtiz directed this below average fictionalized musical biography of Cole Porter which earned an Academy Award nomination for its Ray Heindorf-Max Steiner musical Score. Written by Charles Hoffman Leo Townsend and William Bowers with an adaptation by Jack Moffitt it features several uninspired renditions of Porter’s music and stage productions including the Yale fight song (“Bulldog”) “What [...]

Men of America (1932)

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Men of America (1932) Smokey Joe Miller (Charles ‘Chic’ Sale) who once helped tame the West runs a gas station convenience store in the country far removed from the gangster crime in the cities. Now he and his daughter (Dorothy Wilson) are members of a community which includes a World War I veteran Jim Parker (William Boyd) who’s courting his daughter an Italian immigrant (Henry Armetta) an Indian (Alphonse Ethier) and a mish [...]

Blood on the Sun (1945)

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Blood on the Sun (1945) Produced by his brother William and directed by Frank Lloyd (The Divine Lady (1929)) this slightly above average James Cagney thriller will hold your attention all the way through its hokey ending. Set before the outbreak of World War II an American newspaper editor (Cagney) working in Japan who refuses to publish their government’s propaganda becomes involved in the attempted exposure of a secret document detailing [...]

Perla La (1947)

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Perla La (1947) Directed by Emilio Fernández who shared screenplay credits with Jack Wagner and John Steinbeck (A Medal for Benny (1945)) author of the novel “The Pearl” on which it’s based this Mexican drama stars Pedro Armendáriz and the beautiful María Elena Marqués as a poor married couple with child whose lives are forever changed when he finds an over-sized pearl. You may recognize Armendáriz from any number of [...]

Now Voyager (1942)

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Now Voyager (1942) Great cast and an even better film. Bette Davis in an Academy Award nominated (for Best Actress) performance plays a woman who "blooms". Paul Henreid and Claude Rains play the men who help her "transform" from a young "old maid" into a beautiful woman. Gladys Cooper who plays Davis’s mother received her first (of three unrewarded) Best Supporting Actress nomination(s); Bonita Granville Lee [...]

Rack The (1956)

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Rack The (1956) Directed by Arnold Laven this Stewart Stern (Teresa (1951)) screenplay was based on a teleplay by Rod Serling the Emmy Award winning creator of TV’s The Twilight Zone. It stars Paul Newman as a Korean War veteran who returns home after years as a P.O.W. to face a court martial trial for collaborating with the enemy. It’s a very good drama with an excellent credible performance by Newman and the rest of the [...]

Single Standard The (1929) – full review!

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Single Standard The (1929) – full review! Produced and directed by John S. Robertson based on Adela Rogers St. Johns (What Price Hollywood? (1932)) novel with adaptation & scenario by Josephine Lovett (Our Dancing Daughters (1928)) this average Greta Garbo silent also stars Nils Asther and Johnny Mack Brown. Garbo plays a debutante whose first love affair with a chauffeur ends in tragedy. This colors her future relationships which [...]

Forbidden Planet (1956)

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Forbidden Planet (1956) One of the science fiction gems from the 1950’s starring Walter Pidgeon as Dr. Morbius who lives with his lovely daughter Altaira (Anne Francis) on the titled planet. Commander John Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his spaceship crew (including Richard Anderson & Earl Holliman) arrive from the Earth and the story plays out like William Shakespeare’s The Tempest though Irving Block & Allen Adler are the [...]

Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939)

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Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939) A love story with Ingrid Bergman which is worth seeing even though Leslie Howard is in it;-) Also features Cecil Kellaway. Bergman a student of Kellaway’s is also the piano teacher for Howard’s daughter (Ann Todd). He becomes infatuated with her such that he invites her to go on tour with him (he’s a concert violinist). Of course they have an affair. He becomes estranged from his wife but the [...]
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