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Stranger in Town A (1943)

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Stranger in Town A (1943) Directed by Roy Rowland and co-written by Isobel Lennart (The Sundowners (1960)) this above average B-movie comedy drama stars Frank Morgan (in the title role) as a supreme court associate justice on a much needed vacation that can’t keep from meddling in a small city’s affairs when he sees injustices being committed. Richard Carlson plays a lawyer who’s running for mayor against the town’s [...]

Hook The (1963)

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Hook The (1963) Directed by George Seaton (The Country Girl (1954)) with a screenplay by Henry Denker that was based on a novel by Vahé Katcha this intense Korean War drama appropriately features Kirk Douglas as Sergeant P.J. Briscoe who’s tasked with executing a North Korean pilot prisoner he refers to as ‘the gook’ (Enrique Magalona in one of only three films in which he appeared). The prisoner who had just killed Lieutenant Troy [...]

Divorce American Style (1967)

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Divorce American Style (1967) What a great cast what a lame movie. Produced by Norman Lear who co-wrote the story & screenplay with Robert Kaufman and directed by Bud Yorkin this disappointing comedy serves as yet another example of movie-makers’ inability to fully realize the many talents of Dick Van Dyke who with only a couple of exceptions appeared in bad movies throughout his film career. Thankfully television producers were able to [...]

Written on the Wind (1956)

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Written on the Wind (1956) This is the Douglas Sirk directed soaper that earned Dorothy Malone and Robert Stack their only recognition from the Academy; Malone won the Supporting Actress Oscar playing Marylee Hadley Stack was nominated in the Supporting Actor category for playing her brother Kyle. The film’s title song was also Oscar nominated. George Zuckerman based his screenplay on the Robert Wilder novel. The Hadleys are a rich oil [...]

Kid From Brooklyn The (1946)

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Kid From Brooklyn The (1946) Samuel Goldwyn produced this Technicolor remake of the Harold Lloyd comedy The Milky Way (1936) for his contract star Danny Kaye; Norman Z. McLeod directed while Don Hartman (Road to Morocco (1942)) and Melville Shavelson adapted the earlier film’s story. The plot is virtually identical to the original (follow the link above for more details) except that it adds several theatrical numbers for Vera-Ellen and [...]

5 Fingers (1952)

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5 Fingers (1952) This is a terrific little spy thriller – set in Turkey during World War II – starring James Mason as a British embassy manservant (of the ambassador) that wants so desperately to become a gentleman a man of means that he commits espionage by selling top & most secret documents to the Germans. It’s based on a true story chronicled in the L.C. Moyzisch book Operation Cicero. Its director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About [...]

Detective Story (1951)

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Detective Story (1951) This outstanding crime drama was produced and directed by William Wyler. It was based on a play by Sidney Kingsley and features an Academy Award nominated screenplay by Robert Wyler (the producer’s brother) and Philip Yordan (Dillinger (1945)). Director Wyler was also nominated as were Eleanor Parker’s lead actress and Lee Grant’s (screen debut and her first of four Oscar nominations in the category) [...]

November 2005 – Joan Fontaine

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November 2005 – Joan Fontaine Tuesday November 1 – Directed by John Huston 6:00 AM Angels In The Outfield (1951) – this original version of the divine assisted baseball team is an enjoyable comedy worth seeing if you haven’t. The lead cast includes Paul Douglas Janet Leigh (miscast too young!) Keenan Wynn Lewis Stone and Spring Byington. The supporting players include Hall of Fame ballplayers Ty Cobb & Joe Dimaggio as [...]

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 [...]

Burn ‘Em Up O’Connor (1939)

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Burn ‘Em Up O’Connor (1939) Directed by Edward Sedgwick based on Sir Malcolm Campbell’s novel “Salute to the Gods” screenplay by Milton Merlin & Byron Morgan this film features the ever annoying Dennis O’Keefe in the title role first name Jerry as an obnoxious country bumpkin that becomes a race car driver. The underrated Nat Pendleton is the highlight of the film playing (as usual?) the dumb sidekick of [...]
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