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Not as a Stranger (1955) – full review!

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Not as a Stranger (1955) – full review! Odd casting which includes a plethora of recognizable character actors in cameo roles some of which are uncredited mark this drama which celebrates the profession of medical doctor; it was also producer Stanley Kramer’s directorial debut. Based on Morton Thompson’s novel its screenplay was written by the husband and wife team of Edward and Edna Anhalt (Panic in the Streets (1950)). The [...]

Shop on Main Street The (1965) – full review!

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Shop on Main Street The (1965) – full review! aka Obchod na korze (1965) This World War II drama from Czechoslovakia won the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award; additionally lead Ida Kaminska was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. It was directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos; both are credited with adapting the story by Ladislav Grosman. Unlike a lot of foreign language dramas the subtitles are non-obtrusive: easy to read without [...]

Dracula (1931)

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Dracula (1931) The original with Bela Lugosi directed by Tod Browning. To see this film for the first time after seeing so many other versions is to appreciate this first one. Lugosi and his eyes as well as the sets the story and to an extent even the early special effects make it memorable. A classic not to be missed … watch it a night with all the other lights in the house turned off for maximum effect! In case you don’t know [...]

Winterset (1936)

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Winterset (1936) Burgess Meredith’s screen debut was directed by Alfred Santell; Meredith had starred in the Maxwell Anderson (All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)) play which received a screenplay treatment from Anthony Veiller. The film received two Academy Award nominations: Perry Ferguson’s first of five unrewarded Oscar nominations for Art Direction and for Nathaniel Shilkret’s Score (his only Academy recognition). The [...]

Clash By Night (1952)

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Clash By Night (1952) Directed by Fritz Lang this Clifford Odets play adapted by Alfred Hayes stars Barbara Stanwyck as a cynical woman who returns home to live with her younger brother Joe (Keith Andes). Joe is not real happy about it and prefers that his girlfriend Peggy (Marilyn Monroe) not be exposed to the negative influence of her worldly ways. With limited options she’s marries cannery business owner Jerry D’Amato (Paul Douglas) [...]

Big Heat The (1953)

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Big Heat The (1953) Directed by Fritz Lang with a screenplay by Sidney Boehm (The Atomic City (1952)) this above average crime thriller stars Glenn Ford as a straight-laced cop in a corrupt city he believes is run by a fastidious gangster named Mike Laguna (Alexander Scourby). Almost immediately Detective Sergeant Dave Bannion (Ford) has a personal reason to bring down Laguna and his right hand thug Vince Stone (Lee Marvin) – they were [...]

Omaha Trail The (1942)

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Omaha Trail The (1942) Directed by Edward Buzzell writing credits for Hugo Butler (Edison the Man (1940)) & Jesse Lasky Jr. story. This average Western features several familiar faces a couple of songs and a typical “circle the wagons” to fend off the Indians sequence during which the white men can’t miss whereas the natives (with the advantage of cover) can’t shoot fish in a barrel. In the days before railroads [...]

Nobody Lives Forever (1946) – full review!

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Nobody Lives Forever (1946) – full review! Directed by Jean Negulesco and written by W.R. Burnett (Wake Island (1942)) this stylish crime drama features John Garfield as Nick Blake a con-man who finds himself falling in love with his latest patsy Gladys Halvorsen played by a remarkably attractive (leggy) Geraldine Fitzgerald. The cast also includes: Walter Brennan as Pop Gruber an aging grifter from Blake’s past Faye Emerson as Toni [...]

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 [...]

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

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Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Strong performances by Clark Gable (also in the previous year’s Best Picture winner) as Fletcher Christian Charles Laughton (unforgettable as Captain Bligh – AFI’s #19 villain) and Franchot Tone as Roger Byam prompted three Best Actor Academy Award nominations from the film which predictably led to the only other Oscar nominated Lead Actor (Victor McLaglen in The Informer (1935)) taking home the [...]
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