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Marnie (1964)

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Marnie (1964) Director Alfred Hitchcock had to use Tippi Hedren again when he couldn’t coax Princess Grace Kelly out of retirement in this psychological thriller much like Spellbound (1945). This one involves a woman’s repressed memory that caused her to be frigid which was pretty funny since Sean Connery (after two "James Bond" films) was cast as her husband and he almost rapes her on their wedding night. Oh yeah and [...]

Tulsa (1949)

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Tulsa (1949) Producer Walter Wanger and director Stuart Heisler shared a Special Effects Academy Award nomination for the action in this average (Technicolor) romance drama set in 1920’s Oklahoma; it begins like an advertisement for the titled city and the oil business but ends by making a case for land conservation. Lovely Susan Hayward plays Cherokee Lansing the daughter of a rancher that was accidentally killed by oilmen such that she [...]

Two Sisters from Boston (1946)

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Two Sisters from Boston (1946) This musical comedy which includes opera starts slow but should satisfy those that stick with it. Directed by Henry Koster and written by Myles Connolly (Music for Millions (1944)) with additional dialogue provided by Harry Crane and James O’Hanlon it features the first pairing of June Allyson and Peter Lawford (unless you count Girl Crazy (1943) in which Lawford plays an uncredited boy). The credited cast [...]

Out of Africa (1985)

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Out of Africa (1985) One of the worst movies to win the Best Picture Oscar in my opinion. Simply awful especially Meryl Streep’s accent (though she was Oscar nominated). This biography of Karen Blixen is predictably dull. Another Steven Spielberg snub (The Color Purple (1985) – 11 nominations without a single Oscar win) or just a weak year? It’s as if the Academy was trying to make up with (producer) Sydney Pollack who received [...]

Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

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Gabriel Over the White House (1933) Directed by Gregory La Cava (Walter Wanger & William Randolph Hearst were its uncredited producers) with a screenplay by Carey Wilson (additional dialogue by Betram Bloch) that was based on T.F. Tweed’s British bestseller Rinehard this interesting if flawed fantasy drama features Walter Huston as newly elected President (of the United States) Judson ‘Judd’ Hammond who after an automobile accident [...]

Macario (1960)

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Macario (1960) Directed by Roberto Gavaldón who also co-wrote the screenplay this foreign fantasy drama tells the story of a poor Mexican woodcutter who is unable to provide enough food to feed his family such that they are slowly starving to death. His wife and mother to his many children washes clothes in a futile effort to help make ends meet. When her self sacrificing husband says that he will no longer eat until he can afford an entire [...]

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Jack Nicholson won his first Oscar on his fifth nomination. Best selling author Ken Kesey said he would never watch the movie version of his story about life in a mental hospital and even sued the movie’s producers because it wasn’t shown from Chief Bromden’s perspective like the novel. The second picture ever to win the top five awards (see It Happened One Night (1934)). Added to [...]

One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) – full review!

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One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) – full review! Directed by Henry Koster (who would receive his only Academy recognition for directing The Bishop’s Wife (1947)) this Hanns Kräly (The Patriot (1928)) story was adapted by Charles Kenyon Bruce Manning & James Mulhauser into a successful Deanna Durbin musical comedy that was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and won the Academy Award for its Score. Kräly’s Original Story the [...]

Blackmail (1929) – full review!

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Blackmail (1929) – full review! Directed by Alfred Hitchcock who adapted the Charles Bennett (Foreign Correspondent (1940)) play this slightly above average drama is credited with being the first British sound film. Unfortunately the sound quality is abysmal. After watching it on TCM I learned from Robert Osborne that the lead actress’s (Anny Ondra from Austria-Hungary – now Poland) lines were being dubbed in real-time (by Joan [...]
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