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August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

1928-1929 1928-1929 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture The Broadway Melody (1929) Alibi (1929) The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) In Old Arizona (1928) The Patriot (1928)   Best Actor in a Leading Role Warner Baxter In Old Arizona (1928) Chester Morris Alibi (1929) Lewis Stone The Patriot (1928) George Bancroft Thunderbolt (1929) Paul Muni The Valiant (1929) Best Actress in a [...]

Hard Way The (1943)

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Hard Way The (1943) Joan Leslie stars as a woman with average (singing) talent that Jack Carson wants to make a star. Carson and partner Dennis Morgan are traveling vaudeville song & dance men with marginal talent themselves and Carson thinks he’s discovered just what their act needs – this “kid” with spunk. Ida Lupino playing Leslie’s sister uses Carson’s interest in (attraction to) her sister to help [...]

Topper Takes a Trip (1938)

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Topper Takes a Trip (1938) Produced by Hal Roach and directed by Norman McLeod this first sequel to the successful Topper (1937) fantasy comedy has more than Cary Grant missing from it. Even though Constance Bennett as the ghostly socialite Marion Kerby Roland Young in the title role (first name Cosmo) Billie Burke as Topper’s wife Clara and Alan Mowbray as Wilkins (their butler) return from the original this one seems too focused on its [...]

Song of the Saddle (1936)

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Song of the Saddle (1936) Features the “Singing Cowboy” initially as the “The Singing Kid”. Dick Foran started this role right after playing Boze Hertzlinger in The Petrified Forest with Leslie Howard Bette Davis Genevieve Tobin and Humphrey Bogart! The story starts off with a land rush scene like Cimarron (1931). Like The Oklahoma Kid (1939) some malfeasance occurs regarding the land claiming process with Phineas Hook [...]

Miracle Woman The (1931) – full review!

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Miracle Woman The (1931) – full review! Directed by Frank Capra this drama is quite a bit darker and less optimistic than the films the director would find success with in future years. The subject matter alone – those that exploit the religious beliefs of others for their own financial gain – is atypical of the (substantially) more American themes for which he would make his mark. John Meehan along with frequent Capra [...]

Astaire & Rogers Collection Volume 2

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Astaire & Rogers Collection Volume 2 Flying Down to Rio (1933) The Gay Divorcee (1934) Roberta (1935) Carefree (1938) The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) – full review! Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

The Wrong Man (1956)

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The Wrong Man (1956) If you’ve read any of the biographies about Alfred Hitchcock at all you know of his fear of being locked up and his distrust of the police. This film is the perfect manifestation of those fears and ironically it’s based on a true story. In fact the movie opens with the director’s shadowed figure speaking "what you are about to hear is absolutely true" or words to that effect in lieu of his typical [...]

Executive Suite (1954)

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Executive Suite (1954) A very good behind the scenes look at the corporate board room (of a furniture producer) and the decision making process when a company’s "close to the vest" chairman dies suddenly without a succession plan in place. The inevitable back-stabbing and politicking are played brilliantly by William Holden (the up and coming executive) Frederic March (the penny pinching accountant-type executive) Walter Pidgeon [...]

Alexis Zorbas (1964)

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Alexis Zorbas (1964) aka Zorba the Greek (1964) Anthony Quinn picked up his last Academy Award (Best Actor) nomination in the title role (and his career’s signature performance) playing opposite Alan Bates in this above average drama about an uptight Englishman who meets the titled ‘joie de vivre’ Greek that changes his life. Bates’s character is a writer who receives a small inheritance an abandoned mine on the Greek island of [...]

War Nurse (1930)

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War Nurse (1930) Obviously a very early film whose director is still getting used to directing sound pictures using worded placards liberally throughout. The first third of the film sets the stage: women from all walks of life in the United States of America decide to help with the war in France by volunteering as nurses. Very quickly thereafter and in France the women must adjust to their new harsher realities by turning an old stable into a [...]
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