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Public WeddingA (1937)

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Public Wedding (1937) Directed by Nick Grinde this Houston Branch story was made into a below average B picture with Jane Wyman William Hopper Dick Purcell Marie Wilson Berton Churchill Jimmie Fox and Veda Ann Borg among others. Wyman plays the daughter-in-law of the serially married and divorced Churchill the leader of a gang of con men (Purcell James Robbins and Raymond Hatton) that’s frequently had to have been bailed out by her even [...]

1931-1932

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1931-1932 1931-1932 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Grand Hotel (1932)   Arrowsmith (1931) Bad Girl (1931) The Champ (1931) Five Star Final (1931) One Hour with You (1932) Shanghai Express (1932) The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) Best Actor in a Leading Role Wallace Beery The Champ (1931) and Fredric March Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) Alfred Lunt The Guardsman (1931) Best Actress [...]

Silk Stockings (1957)

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Silk Stockings (1957) Though not nearly as good as the original this musical remake of Ninotchka (1939) is entertaining because let’s face it Cyd Charisse isn’t hard to look at and when paired with Fred Astaire one always gets to see memorable dance sequences. Charisse plays the cold Russian woman (Ninotchka) that Garbo played in the original. Though the plot is different Astaire plays the Melvyn Douglas-like role (e.g. the one that [...]

What Every Woman Knows (1934)

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What Every Woman Knows (1934) Directed by Gregory La Cava (My Man Godfrey (1936) & Stage Door (1937)) this J. M. Barrie play was adapted by Monckton Hoffe (The Lady Eve (1941)) John Meehan (Boys Town (1938)) and James K. McGuinness. It stars Helen Hayes (The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)) Brian Aherne (Juarez (1939)) Lucile Watson (Watch on the Rhine (1943)) Donald Crisp (How Green Was My Valley (1941)) and Henry Stephenson among others [...]

Double Indemnity (1944)

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Double Indemnity (1944) The penultimate film noir other than perhaps The Maltese Falcon (1941). Fred MacMurray plays Walter Neff an insurance salesman seduced by Barbara Stanwyck’s Phyllis Dietrichson (AFI’s #8 villain) into killing her husband (Tom Powers). Edward G. Robinson is the claims manager Barton Keyes who is assigned to investigate. Noted character actor Porter Hall also appears as a kind of witness to the "act". [...]

Cavalcade (1933) – full length review!

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Cavalcade (1933) – full length review! Fifty years before Woody Allen’s Zelig (1983) which preceded Robert Zemeckis’s Forrest Gump (1994) by more than a decade itself this sprawling spectacle of a drama features its characters in (or during) various real life historical events (the Boer War the Titanic World War I etc.) to help tell its 33 year story. It earned director Frank Lloyd (The Divine Lady (1929)) his second & last [...]

Mating Season The (1951)

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Mating Season The (1951) This delightfully funny (and ironic) comedy earned Thelma Ritter the second of her six unrewarded Supporting Actress Oscar nominations even though her role is really a leading one. It was directed by Mitchell Leisen (Dynamite (1929)); producer Charles Brackett (Sunset Blvd. (1950)) wrote the screenplay with Richard Breen (A Foreign Affair (1948)) and Walter Reisch (Ninotchka (1939)) from a play by Caesar Dunn. It also [...]

Dodsworth (1936)

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Dodsworth (1936) A favorite of many this William Wyler directed film based on the Sinclair Lewis novel features great acting by Walter Huston (his first Academy Award nominated performance Best Actor) Ruth Chatterton Paul Lukas Mary Astor David Niven Spring Byington and Maria Ouspenskaya (her first Best Supporting Actress nomination). Huston plays an aging businessman who takes his younger wife (Chatterton) abroad for a second honeymoon. But [...]

Have a Heart (1934)

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Have a Heart (1934) Jean Parker plays Sally Moore a young dancer & instructor of children in her craft amid the theaters off Broadway in New York City. She’s engaged to marry Joe Lacy (Paul Page). On the night before their wedding their friends including her roommate Joan (Una Merkel) and her boyfriend Gus (Stuart Erwin) throw a big party for them in the apartment that the girls share. Joe chases Jean around the apartment with a [...]

Romance of Rosy Ridge The (1947)

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Romance of Rosy Ridge The (1947) Directed by Roy Rowland this above average post Civil War drama served as Janet Leigh’s film debut. The titled romance is between Leigh and Van Johnson a stranger who visits her family’s farm in the still divided State of Missouri just months after the “war between the states” had ended. Because the color of his pants not being blue nor gray doesn’t tip off his allegiance to the [...]
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