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Hawaiians The (1970)

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Hawaiians The (1970) Based on the James Michener novel Hawaii this sequel (to Hawaii (1966)) received a Best Costume Design Oscar nomination. It follows the life of ‘Whip’ Hoxworth played by Charlton Heston and those he comes in contact with through many years on the islands before they became our 50th state including the introduction of the telephone and early automobile. Directed by Tom Gries with a screenplay by James R. Webb (How the [...]

Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection Volume II

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Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection Volume II The Maltese Falcon (1941) – Special Edition (includes both earlier versions) Across the Pacific (1942) – full review! All Through the Night (1942) Action in the North Atlantic (1943) – full review! Passage to Marseille (1944) – full review! Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

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". [...]

Robbers of the Range (1941)

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Robbers of the Range (1941) This Tim Holt B-Western was directed by Edward Killy and written by Morton Grant and Arthur V. Jones from a story by Oliver Drake. Holt plays rancher Jim Drummond who assumes the name of a notorious gunslinger named Curly Yantis (initially played by Malcolm McTaggart) in order to infiltrate J.R. Rankin’s (LeRoy Mason) gang. Rankin ostensibly working for a railroad run by Colonel Lodge (George Melford) decides to [...]

Life With Father (1947)

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Life With Father (1947) A delightful charming cleverly written and apparently underrated gem. In a year in which anti-Semitism was apparently the focal point in Hollywood or at least of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences a film about the life of a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant family in 1883 New York City didn’t really get the recognition it deserved when they were handing out nominations or Oscars. Even the National Film Registry [...]

Crowd Roars The (1938)

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Crowd Roars The (1938) Not to be confused with the 1932 film (starring James Cagney as a race car driver) of the same name. Quick summary – a boxing movie about a young boy with a deadbeat father that under the tutelage of a boxing champion becomes a successful boxer himself until he kills his former mentor (trying to make a comeback for financial reasons) in the ring. He then tries to give up the game but is lured back into it by [...]

Claudette Colbert

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Claudette Colbert Claudette Colbert was born Lily Claudette Chauchoin in Paris France in 1903; her family moved to the United States when she was three. Her first onscreen appearance was a starring role in her only silent film director Frank Capra’s (now lost) flop For the Love of Mike (1927) her last was a return to the big screen as Troy Donahue’s mother in Parrish (1961). Though she could be seen throughout the latter half of the [...]

Rio Grande Patrol (1950)

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Rio Grande Patrol (1950) Directed by Lesley Selander and written by Norman Houston this B movie Tim Holt Western features his regular sidekick (whose head is always turned by a pretty lady) Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty played by Richard Martin. The story is more involved and less formulaic than many of their nearly two dozen films which constitute a loosely connected series directed by Selander: the Holt character’s name changes [...]

Hunchback of Notre Dame The (1939)

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Hunchback of Notre Dame The (1939) This is a fantastic drama (another from 1939!) not to be missed based on the Victor Hugo novel adapted by Bruno Frank with a screenplay by Sonya Levien (State Fair (1933)) and starring the gorgeous Maureen O’Hara Cedric Hardwicke Thomas Mitchell Edmond O’Brien Harry Davenport and featuring Charles Laughton’s classic performance (in the title role) as Quasimodo. It was directed by William [...]

May 2006 – Bette Davis

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May 2006 – Bette Davis Monday May 1 – Great Screenplays Glenn Ford’s birthday 6:00 AM The Murder Man (1935) – give it a chance but don’t expect too much; an all new full review! 9:00 AM Small Town Girl (1936) – not bad; an all new full review! 12:15 PM Blackboard Jungle (1955) 4:15 PM The Fastest Gun Alive (1956) – best part is the end 6:00 PM Cowboy (1958) – better than I’d expected; full [...]
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