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Black Fury (1935) – full review!

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Black Fury (1935) – full review! Directed by Michael Curtiz with a screenplay by Abem Finkel and Carl Erickson that was inspired by Harry R. Irving’s play Bohunk and an account by Judge M.A. Mussmano of the real-life case of Pennsylvania coal miner Mike Shemanski this above average drama earned chameleon actor Paul Muni his third (of seven) Best Actor Academy Award nominations. He would go on to win his only Oscar the following year [...]

Along the Rio Grande (1941)

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Along the Rio Grande (1941) Directed by Edward Killy a Best Assistant Director Oscar nominee in 1934 this Tim Holt B Western was based on a story by Stuart Anthony; the screenplay was written by Morton Grant and Arthur V. Jones. Joined by his usual sidekicks singer Smokey (Ray Whitley) and tall tale telling Whopper (played this time by Emmett Lynn) Holt plays Jeff a trustworthy ranch hand whose boss Pop Edwards (Harry Humphrey) is murdered by [...]

Seven Men From Now (1956)

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Seven Men From Now (1956) A terrific Western from director Budd Boetticher and writer Burt Kennedy starring Randolph Scott in a role originally intended for uncredited producer John Wayne. Scott plays former sheriff Ben Stride who wasn’t ‘touchy feely’ enough to get reelected and happens upon a couple of greenhorns from the East ‘wimpy’ John and his ‘fetching’ wife Annie Greer (Walter Reed and Gail [...]

Annie Get Your Gun (1950) – full review!

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Annie Get Your Gun (1950) – full review! This much troubled production of the highly successful Broadway musical finally came to pass with Betty Hutton in the title role of Miss Oakley Howard Keel as her sharpshooting rival & love interest Frank Butler and Louis Calhern as showman Buffalo Bill Cody. Judy Garland had been originally cast as Annie before her physical and emotional breakdown and collapse and Frank Morgan had been Buffalo [...]

To Be or Not to Be (1942)

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To Be or Not to Be (1942) An hilarious satire produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch from the story by Melchior Lengyel (Ninotchka (1939)). Jack Benny and Carole Lombard (her last film) star as the leaders of a Polish acting troupe that works to foil the Nazis during World War II in occupied Warsaw. The actors themselves are of the over-the-top variety so part of the comedy is in the portrayal of the Nazis as buffoons who can be fooled by such [...]

The Falcon Out West (1944)

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The Falcon Out West (1944) This eighth film in the Falcon series By utilizing other talents from within RKO Studios the Falcon series was given a Western locale similar to those found in so many B Westerns from the same time period with a screenplay from Morton Grant (and Billy Jones) and cinematography by Harry Wild (Army Girl (1938)). Based on the character created by Michael Arlen and directed by William Clemens it features Tom Conway as Tom [...]

Keeping Company (1940)

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Keeping Company (1940) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon (who produced Born Yesterday (1950)) this dated Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane (1941)) story whose screenplay was co-written by Adrian Scott (Crossfire (1947)) is a comedy-drama about married life as told through a family of two parents with daughters their eldest first getting engaged then marrying and having to deal with conflict for the first time in her relationship with her [...]

The Skin Game (1931) – full review!

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The Skin Game (1931) – full review! Directed by Alfred Hitchcock who along with his wife Alma Reville adapted the John Galsworthy play the film’s title (in lieu of its more modern definition) refers to something akin to "an eye for an eye" where everyone turns out blind in the end. In other words no one has "clean hands" in the final accounting of this kind of grudge match. This average drama is not as bad as I [...]

Thunder Road (1958)

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Thunder Road (1958) Directed by Arthur Ripley from a story provided by its uncredited producer and star Robert Mitchum with a screenplay by James Atlee Phillips and Walter Wise this B movie is the definitive moonshine bootlegging drama. Mitchum plays Lucas Doolin who’s returned from serving his country to rural North Carolina where his father Vernon (Trevor Bardette) has continued their family business of making and distributing alcohol [...]

Ship of Fools (1965)

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Ship of Fools (1965) Vivien Leigh’s last film! A star studded extravaganza this time on a cruise ship during the time just before World War II. Story-lines include Ms. Leigh as a lonely forty-something woman hoping she’s still desirable but trying to keep her dignity about it; Simone Signoret who’s on her way to prison romances the ship’s doctor (Oskar Werner) to get narcotics; Jose Ferrer is an anti-Semitic German [...]
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