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On the Waterfront (1954)

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On the Waterfront (1954) This Best Picture Oscar winner was Best Director Elia Kazan’s justification for “ratting” on friends and colleagues to the House Un-American Activities Committee. This crime drama’s (thinly veiled) story is about the onset of the Waterfront Crime Commission’s hearings on union crime and underworld (vs. communist) infiltration. Five acting Academy Award nominations with Brando (Terry Malloy [...]

Milky Way The (1936)

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Milky Way The (1936) Co-directed by Leo McCarey and Norman Z. McLeod (uncredited) this Lynn Root-Harry Clork play was adapted by Grover Jones (The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)) Frank Butler and Richard Connell into what is perhaps Harold Lloyd’s best sound era comedy. Lloyd plays a milkman in this feature one who finds himself thrust into the role of a prizefighter by the manager (Adolphe Menjou) whose boxer (William Gargan) was thought [...]

The Falcon’s Alibi (1946)

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The Falcon’s Alibi (1946) The twelfth film in the Falcon series Although Rita Corday portrays a character named Joan like she did in the previous Falcon film this time her last name is Meredith (not Marshall) in her sixth (and final) appearance in the series. Vincent Barnett plays Goldie. A couple of known actors also appear: Jane Greer (Out of the Past (1947)) and Elisha Cook Jr. (The Maltese Falcon (1941)) as well as several actors that [...]

Grand Hotel (1932)

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Grand Hotel (1932) One of the first big star extravaganzas (Garbo two Barrymores Crawford Beery Stone and Hersholt) which ironically failed to earn ANY other Academy Award nominations (the only Best Picture winner with this distinction). It’s a story about the lives of several people in a very plush hotel where “nothing ever happens”. It was directed by Edmund Goulding and based on William Drake’s version of Vicki [...]

Oklahoma Kid The (1939)

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Oklahoma Kid The (1939) An entertaining Western directed by Lloyd Bacon which features a pretty good ‘sooner’ land rush scene and stars James Cagney in the title role Humphrey Bogart as the “bad guy” who wears black Rosemary Lane as the girl Donald Crisp as her father the judge Charles Middleton and Ward Bond among others. Featuring a story by Wally Kline & Edward Paramore who wrote the screenplay with Warren Duff [...]

An Ethical Analysis of Executive Suite (1954)

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An Ethical Analysis of Executive Suite (1954) Executive Suite (1954) is a classic movie that begins with the following narrated prologue: It is always up there close to the clouds on the topmost floors of the sky reaching towers of big business and because it is high in the sky you might think that those that work there are somehow above and beyond the tensions and temptations of the lower floors. This is to say that it isn’t so. while various [...]

Movie Mothers

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Movie Mothers While writing my essay about Irene Dunne I reflected on two of her later and most memorable roles – playing mother characters in Life with Father (1947) and I Remember Mama (1948) – and recalled several other classic movie moms and the actresses who portrayed them ideally. I then thought it would be appropriate to explore further the best of Hollywood’s studio era film mothers. Whether they were protective [...]

Adventures of Robin Hood The (1938)

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Adventures of Robin Hood The (1938) The screen’s best version of this classic tale has Errol Flynn in the title role Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian Basil Rathbone as his dueling foe Claude Rains as Prince John Eugene Pallette as Friar Tuck and Alan Hale as Little John Patric Knowles as Will Scarlett … all in stunning Technicolor! The film directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca (1942)) won Academy Awards for Art Direction Score [...]

Citadel The (1938)

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Citadel The (1938) Robert Donat’s only other Oscar nominated acting performance is a pretty good story (also Oscar nominated) about a struggling doctor who is tempted by fortune to abandon his ideals. Rosalind Russell Ralph Richardson and a young Rex Harrison (who also plays a doctor) also star in this King Vidor directed film. The picture and its director were also nominated for Oscars. Purchase this DVD now [...]

Hustler The (1961) – full review!

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Hustler The (1961) – full review! Produced & directed by Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men (1949)) who co-wrote the screenplay (with Sidney Carroll) which was based on Walter Tevis’s novel this above average drama about pool players pool halls and those that frequent them also includes a dysfunctional romantic relationship between two of its lead characters played by Paul Newman (in the title role) and Piper Laurie. Newman [...]
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