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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 [...]

Hell’s Angels (1930)

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Hell’s Angels (1930) This is truly an historical film which not only contains the only color footage of Jean Harlow in a movie and helped make her a star ("would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable?") but some of the best WW I airplane aerial sequences ever put on the screen (it was nominated for a Cinematography Oscar). Of course this is due to the fact that aviator gazillionaire Howard Hughes produced directed [...]

If Winter Comes (1947)

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If Winter Comes (1947) Directed by (twice Oscar nominated producer) Victor Saville this A.S.M. Hutchinson novel was adapted by Marguerite Roberts and Arthur Wimperis (Mrs. Miniver (1942)) into an average drama about a kind man whose actions are misinterpreted in his small conservative English town at the beginning of World War II. This man is a writer whose outspoken patriotic views earn him a great deal of respect in his community before [...]

Red Lily The (1924)

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Red Lily The (1924) Directed by Fred Niblo with a screenplay by Bess Meredyth that was based on the director’s story this silent drama features Ramon Novarro and Enid Bennett (Niblo’s wife) as young lovers who are unfortunately separated (while eloping) until some time much later when they’re reunited only to find that they’ve led much different (yet equally tragic) lives. Sidney Franklin and Wallace Beery are among those who [...]

Lusty Men The (1952) – full review!

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Lusty Men The (1952) – full review! The plot of this Nicholas Ray directed film “feels” much like a good boxing movie however the setting for this one is rodeos not rings. Robert Mitchum’s character spent 20 years on the circuit before a Bramer (mean & nasty) bull crippled him. While returning to the place of his youth now a broken down farm owned by Burt Mustin’s character he meets Wes & Louise Merritt (Arthur [...]

Joan Crawford Collection: Volume 2

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Joan Crawford Collection: Volume 2 Purchase this DVD Collection now at Sadie McKee (1934) – is a very good melodrama that features Joan Crawford in the title role. It was directed by Clarence Brown (A Free Soul (1931)) and based on a story by Vina Delmar that was scripted by John Meehan (The Divorcee (1930)). Sadie is the daughter of the well-to-do Alderson’s cook Mrs. McKee (Helen Ware) and when young lawyer Michael Alderson (Franchot Tone) [...]

Gay Divorcee The (1934)

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Gay Divorcee The (1934) In the old days if your marriage wasn’t working you could hire a correspondent someone with whom your husband could catch you in order to obtain a divorce. Ginger Rogers is just such a gal so her Aunt (Alice Brady) hires an Italian (played by Erik Rhodes) who’s actually a happily married man himself as the professional to do the trick. But there is a mix-up and American dancer Guy Holden (Fred Astaire) is [...]

1943

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1943 1943 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Casablanca (1942) For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) Heaven Can Wait (1943) The Human Comedy (1943) In Which We Serve (1942) Madame Curie (1943) The More the Merrier (1943) The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) The Song of Bernadette (1943) Watch on the Rhine (1943) Best Actor in a Leading Role Paul Lukas Watch on the Rhine (1943) Humphrey Bogart Casablanca [...]

Secret Fury The (1950)

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Secret Fury The (1950) Directed by (actor turned director) Mel Ferrer and featuring a cameo by (no relation) Jose Ferrer this Lionel Houser screenplay was based on a story by Jack Leonard (The Narrow Margin (1952)) and James O’Hanlon and features Claudette Colbert Robert Ryan and stage actress (and sometimes writer) Jane Cowl. Pianist Ellen Ewing (Colbert) is just about to marry David McLean (Ryan) when the ceremony is interrupted by an [...]

The Razor’s Edge (1946)

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The Razor’s Edge (1946) A man’s search for the meaning of life is captured in this Darryl F. Zanuck production directed by Edmund Goulding and screenwriter Lamar Trotti’s (Wilson (1944)) interpretation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel. The film was nominated for Best Picture (and B&W Art Direction-Interior Decoration) by the Academy and won Anne Baxter an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category; Clifton Webb (Laura (1944)) [...]
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