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Two Against the World (1936)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Two Against the World (1936) Also titled One Fatal Hour (1936) and not to be confused with the 1932 film of the same name! Directed by William McGann this inferior remake to the Academy Award nominated Best Picture Five Star Final (1931) replaces Edward G. Robinson with Humphrey Bogart and Boris Karloff with Harry Hayden else the rest of the cast (save the always reliable Henry O’Neill) is forgettable. The setting is changed from a [...]

The Fighting Gringo (1939)

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The Fighting Gringo (1939) Directed by David Howard and written by Oliver Drake this George O’Brien B Western is a story about a land grab by some Texas “Gringos” from a Mexican land owner. In addition to its star the cast features other RKO regulars like Glenn Strange and Slim Whitaker who plays O’Brien’s trusted colleague Monty. Famed gunfighter Wade Barton (O’Brien) and his gang of twelve happen upon a stagecoach that’s [...]

Treachery Rides the Range (1936)

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Treachery Rides the Range (1936) Featuring Dick Foran as the “Singing Cowboy” with his trusty horse Smoke. Also notable about this film Jim Thorpe (yes formerly the world’s greatest athlete) appears as the Indian Chief Red Smoke. Several of the stock players who appeared in the previous film are also in this one. The United States government has just signed a treaty with the Indians to protect the buffalo. A Captain in the [...]

Intruder in the Dust (1949)

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Intruder in the Dust (1949) A young boy (Claude Jarman Jr. from The Yearling (1946)) falls into a stream while hunting and is assisted by a proud Black man and property owner (Juano Hernandez) from whom he feels guilty for taking his charity. When the man is later accused of shooting another in the back the boy convinces his lawyer uncle (David Brian) to defend him which he reluctantly does. However he finds his client to be stubbornly [...]

Kiss Me Kate (1953)

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Kiss Me Kate (1953) A musical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and the play co-written by Sam & Bella Spewack (My Favorite Wife (1940)) this Dorothy Kingsley (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)) screenplay was directed by George Sidney. Multiple Oscar winners Andre Previn and Saul Chaplin received merely an Academy Award nomination for this movie’s Score. Howard Keel plays Fred Graham an [...]

Astaire & Rogers Collection Volume 2

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Astaire & Rogers Collection Volume 2 Flying Down to Rio (1933) The Gay Divorcee (1934) Roberta (1935) Carefree (1938) The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) – full review! Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

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 [...]

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Walt Disney’s first full length animated feature film features an Oscar nominated Score by Frank Churchill (among others) that includes: "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (#19 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time) "Whistle While You Work" and "Heigh Ho". Mr. Disney also earned an Honorary Award from the Academy. The film is #49 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movies List [...]

Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) – full review!

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Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) – full review! Directed by John Sturges (Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)) this average Western set in 1863 combines elements of the Civil War with the struggle against the Mescalero Indians in settling the West. The Union Army maintains the titled stockade for some Southern Confederate prisoners in Arizona (actually filmed in Death Valley California). Given the remote desert location the prisoners aren’t [...]

Catered Affair The (1956)

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Catered Affair The (1956) Jane Hurley (Debbie Reynolds) is engaged to marry Ralph Halloran (Rod Taylor). Her mother Agnes (Bette Davis) who didn’t have a big wedding herself would like to live vicariously through her daughter sparing no expense for Jane’s wedding. This not only frustrates Agnes’s working class husband Tom (Ernest Borgnine) who struggles to figure out how he’ll ever be able to afford it but also her [...]
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