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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) A powerful essential historical drama from producer-director Stanley Kramer (written by Abby Mann) about the post World War II trials of German officers as war criminals. The cast couldn’t be better headlined by Spencer Tracy as the judge in the case(s) and Burt Lancaster as one of the accused. It features Maximilian Schell’s Academy Award winning performance (on his first nomination) as the defense [...]

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 [...]

Wake Island (1942)

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Wake Island (1942) Directed by John Farrow who later shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Around the World in 80 Days (1956) this war film fictionally depicts the truly heroic efforts by the Marines who were able to repel overwhelming Japanese forces for a time after they’d attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941. The film director Farrow writers W. R. Burnett & Frank Butler as well as (Supporting) actor William Bendix for his [...]

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 [...]

Sheepman The (1958) – full review!

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Sheepman The (1958) – full review! Directed by George Marshall and written by William Bowers & James Edward Grant (who earned an Oscar nomination for their story & screenplay written directly for the screen) this above average Western comedy features Glenn Ford in the title role. Though three of the other leads are Shirley MacLaine Leslie Nielsen & Mickey Shaughnessy the rest of the cast is full of familiar faces (like [...]

Young and the Brave The (1963)

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Young and the Brave The (1963) Except for the fact that it was shot in letterbox format this film is not unlike a TV “Movie of the Week” given it’s pedestrian direction and cinematography. It was directed by Francis Lyon an Oscar winning co-editor of the John Garfield boxing film Body and Soul (1947) and sometime feature film director who directed several TV series before and one after he did this one. The story and screenplay [...]

M (1931)

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M (1931) This excellent early film by director Fritz Lang and starring Peter Lorre is a classic thriller. It’s the story of a serial child killer on the loose whose crimes are disrupting things so much the “Mob” is as interested as the police in solving the case and catching “M”. Sequences and suspense play out like an early Hitchcock film including memorable imagery and a trial scene with speech near the end that [...]

Teahouse of the August Moon The (1956)

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Teahouse of the August Moon The (1956) Directed by Daniel Mann with a screenplay by John Patrick (The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)) this comedy features Marlon Brando as an Asian one year before he would play a Southerner & U.S. Air Force officer who falls in love with a Korean in Sayonara (1957). Set in post-World War II Okinawa it’s a story about the U.S. military’s occupation and attempts to introduce Western concepts such [...]

Dawn Patrol The (1938)

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Dawn Patrol The (1938) A thrilling remake of the 1930 Howard Hawks’s film about World War I flying aces and the leaders who must send these men on dangerous missions. This one features a terrific cast including Errol Flynn Basil Rathbone David Niven Donald Crisp and Barry Fitzgerald (among others). Director Edmund Goulding used some footage from the original movie. Similar to the (later) Clark Gable film Command Decision (1948). This one [...]

Wings (1927) – full length review!

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Wings (1927) – full length review! This very first (and only) winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture Production (a category that has since become known as Best Picture) is the only silent film to win the award and the only one to win an Oscar for Best Effects Engineering Effects (for Roy Pomeroy). That same year another silent Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) aka Sunrise (1927) won the only Academy Award for Best Picture Unique [...]
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