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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Director Steven Spielberg (Oscar nominated) followed up his tremendous success Jaws with this unusual science fiction film (including stunning visual effects – winning the Cinematography Oscar) about two people whose lives are powerfully affected and intertwined by their encounter with aliens. Richard Dreyfuss and Melinda Dillon (Oscar nominated) play the two. Teri Garr plays Dreyfuss’ [...]

Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940)

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Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940) Terrific true story of the man who fought against his peers and public opinion to find a cure for syphilis. The Screenplay was Oscar nominated and co-written by John Huston (his first Academy recognition) Heinz Herald (The Life of Emile Zola (1937)) and Norman Burnstine (his only nomination). Edward G. Robinson plays the title role Ruth Gordon plays his wife. The rest of the cast is terrific too including [...]

Beginning or the End The (1947)

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Beginning or the End The (1947) Directed by Norman Taurog (Boys Town (1938)) it features Brian Donlevy as Maj. Gen. Leslie Groves Robert Walker as Colonel Nixon Tom Drake as Matt Cochran Beverly Tyler as Anne Cochran Audrey Totter as Jean O’Leary Hume Cronyn as Dr. Robert Oppenheimer Joseph Calleia as Enrico Fermi Richard Haydn (Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music (1965)) as Dr. Chisolm John Litel as K. T. Keller Henry O’Neill as [...]

Station West (1948)

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Station West (1948) Directed by Sidney Lanfield with a screenplay by Frank Fenton and Winston Miller this noir-like Western stars Dick Powell and Jane Greer and features a cast which includes Agnes Moorehead Tom Powers Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams Raymond Burr and Burl Ives (uncredited) among others. If you like Powell’s wisecracking film noir persona you’ll love the twist on the setting; if you don’t and/or you’re a fan [...]

Spellbound (1945)

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Spellbound (1945) This is another psychological thriller which marks the first (of three) time(s) Mr. Hitchcock was blessed with the talents of Ingrid Bergman. Also cast was Gregory Peck (the first of his two pairings with the director). Peck plays an amnesiac who poses as a doctor in a mental asylum Bergman the one who tries to help him. Leo G. Carroll also plays a prominent role. This was the second film (after Rebecca (1940)) that Hitchcock [...]

Stand By For Action (1942)

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Stand By For Action (1942) Laurence Kirk’s “A Cargo of Innocence” was transformed by Captain Harvey Haislip and R.C. Sherriff (Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)) into a World War II story about a Navy destroyer that rescues a boatload of babies and two pregnant women while on its way to covering a rear admiral’s convoy’s flank in the Pacific. Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld (1936)) co-produced and directed this [...]

Harder They Fall The (1956)

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Harder They Fall The (1956) This great boxing movie features Humphrey Bogart’s last on-screen performance. He plays Eddie Willis a has-been sportswriter that’s hired to promote an Argentinian boxer named Toro Moreno (Mike Lane) by the fighter’s owner Nick Benko played by Rod Steiger. Benko has arranged bouts for Toro against bums or others who will take a fall to enable his “boxer” to earn a title fight. This sets [...]

Comrade X (1940) – full review!

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Comrade X (1940) – full review! Walter Reisch who contributed to the screenplay (and shared an Academy Award nomination in that category) for Ninotchka (1939) earned a Best Writing Original Story Oscar nomination for this similar comedy drama starring Clark Gable and Hedy Lamarr (in lieu of Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas). Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer wrote the screenplay for this one which was directed and co-produced by King Vidor. [...]

Half Naked Truth The (1932)

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Half Naked Truth The (1932) Directed by Gregory La Cava (My Man Godfrey (1936) & Stage Door (1937)) and executive produced by David O. Selznick this film’s writing credits include Corey Ford David Freedman & Harry Reichenbach (for their book “The Anatomy of Ballyhoo: Phantom Fame”) the director and Ben Markson & H. N. Swanson for their story about three carnival persons who make it big in New York. Also noteworthy [...]

So This is College (1929)

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So This is College (1929) Produced and directed by Sam Wood with a screenplay by Al Boasberg and (future director) Delmer Daves with additional dialogue provided by Boasberg and Joseph Farnham (an Academy Award winning title writer) this early talkie comedy sports drama with music features what was effectively Robert Montgomery’s screen debut as Biff. He and Elliott Nugent as Eddie play two senior Southern California football players [...]
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