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Gambit (1966)

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Gambit (1966) Directed by cinematographer Ronald Neame who’d received Oscar nominations for Special Effects screenplay Writing and producing in the 1940’s with a Sidney Carroll (The Hustler (1961)) story and a screenplay by Jack Davies (Those Magnificent Men in the Their Flying Machines (1965)) and Alvin Sargent (who would later win two Oscars for his three screenplay nominations) this clever crime caper comedy would earn three Oscar [...]

Masque of the Red Death The (1964)

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Masque of the Red Death The (1964) Produced and directed by Roger Corman with a screenplay by Charles Beaumont and R. Wright Campbell (Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)) that was based on two Edgar Allan Poe stories (“The Masque of the Red Death” and “Hop-Frog”) this horror classic features Vincent Price as the tyrannical devil worshiping Prince Prospero Hazel Court as his castle-mate Juliana whom he convinces to sell her [...]

Man in the Shadow (1957)

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Man in the Shadow (1957) Directed by Jack Arnold (With These Hands (1950)) and written by Gene Coon (from TV’s Star Trek series) this slightly above average drama is about the law in a Texas town which depends on a wealthy landowner for its very survival. Jeff Chandler plays the Sheriff that takes his oath of office seriously enough to challenge Orson Welles the landowner whose ranch is the size of several small European countries. On the [...]

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) For directing (this) his first film Mike Nichols earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. In fact virtually everyone involved in this essential drama including each of its credited actors received an Oscar nomination. Lead Elizabeth Taylor (BUtterfield 8 (1960)) won her second statuette on the last of her five Best Actress nominations and Sandy Dennis took home the gold for Supporting [...]

Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

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Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) Directed by Charles Jarrott based on a Maxwell Anderson (All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)) play and adapted by Bridget Boland John Hale and Richard Sokolove (who jointly earned their only Oscar nominations for their Screenplay) this above average historical drama features Genevieve Bujold in the title role of King Henry (Richard Burton) the VIII’s second wife the former Miss Boleyn. Leads Bujold (whose [...]

Come Live With Me (1941)

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Come Live With Me (1941) A beautiful foreigner (Hedy Lamarr) who’s also an illegal alien is being “kept” by a rich married publisher (Ian Hunter) who can’t or won’t get a divorce from his wife (Verree Teasdale) in order to marry her and keep her in the country. So when she meets a struggling author (James Stewart) who’ll do just about anything to survive they agree upon a platonic relationship & marriage [...]

Male Animal The (1942)

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Male Animal The (1942) This is a very funny film about the lives we choose offering one woman a peek at what things may have been like if she’d chosen differently. Olivia de Havilland married the more stable intellectual played by Henry Fonda. However during college she’d been courted by a football jock played by Jack Carson. Carson returns to campus where Fonda is now a tenured professor to cheer the current team during homecoming [...]

James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition

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James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition Purchase this Blu-ray Collection at East of Eden (1955) – (adapted from Warner Bros. promotional material) – Based on John Steinbeck’s novel and directed by Elia Kazan East of Eden features James Dean as Cal a wayward Salinas California youth who vies for the affection of his hardended father (Raymond Massey) with his favored brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Jo Van Fleet won the [...]

Without Love (1945)

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Without Love (1945) This is a pretty good romantic comedy about an inventor (Spencer Tracy) trying to perfect a high altitude mask for pilots that moves in with a widow (Katharine Hepburn) who owns a big house during World War II’s housing shortage with somewhat predictable results. Directed by Harold S. Bucquet and based on a play by Philip Barry. Actually there is something unique about this Hepburn-Tracy film which doesn’t really [...]

Great Mr. Nobody The (1941)

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Great Mr. Nobody The (1941) Directed by Benjamin Stoloff this unexpected gem features Eddie Albert in the title role. Known best for his supporting roles and later nominated for two Oscars (Roman Holiday (1953) & The Heartbreak Kid (1972)) Albert is the lead in this one which features several other career supporting actors who somehow were never recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences: Alan Hale John Litel Charles [...]
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