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Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory Vol. 3

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Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory Vol. 3 Hit the Deck (1955) is an MGM CinemaScope musical that bears a striking resemblance to the studio’s earlier hits Anchors Aweigh (1945) and On the Town (1949) without having any memorable songs or dance sequences of its own. Originally it was a Broadway smash that was filmed in 1930 by RKO which later adapted it for the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers vehicle Follow the Fleet (1936) using Irving [...]

Leadership in Movies

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Leadership in Movies When I earned my Masters in Business Administration a small business owner friend of mine shared his – and apparently others’ – experience and brief assessment of newly minted MBA graduates: they’re frequently wrong but never in doubt. As amusing as this is one can learn a great deal in any advanced degree program if one applies oneself. While not everything one learns in any school is applicable in the real world [...]

Torpedo Run (1958)

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Torpedo Run (1958) Directed by Joseph Pevney and written by William Wister Haines and Richard Sale this average World War II submarine drama stars Glenn Ford and Ernest Borgnine; Ford is the commander of a submarine and Borgnine is his first officer. Like most in this genre Ford plays a tortured determined sub captain who’s chasing a “holy grail”-like target in this case a Japanese “flat top” a new aircraft carrier [...]

Don’t Bet on Blondes (1935)

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Don’t Bet on Blondes (1935) Directed by Robert Florey with story & screenplay by Isabel Dawn and Boyce DeGaw this short (less than an hour) comedy starring Warren William is a lot of fun a delightful little movie with rich characterizations which should entertain most especially those fans of the stylish actor. Though you probably won’t find yourself laughing out loud you should enjoy spotting several familiar faces throughout [...]

One Hit Wonders of the Academy Awards

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One Hit Wonders of the Academy Awards While there have been quite a number of budding actors and actresses that have received Academy recognition – e.g. a nomination or even an Oscar – for their very first movie roles some non-actors have also been rewarded similarly. Although it doesn’t happen very often over the years there have been persons with unique talents and/or attributes that have been chosen – for their excellence in another [...]

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) This Best Picture Oscar winning film about veterans returning home from World War II includes disabled Army veteran Harold Russell (in his screen debut) who received two Oscars (Best Supporting Actor and Honorary for bringing hope & courage to his fellow veterans) for his performance the only time an actor has received two Oscars for the same performance. Producer Samuel Goldwyn’s greatest success [...]

Sea Hawk The (1940)

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Sea Hawk The (1940) One of the best pirate movies you’ll ever see (though not quite as good as Captain Blood (1935) in my opinion). One of the many director Michael Curtiz-actor Errol Flynn collaborations which also features great (of course) performances by Claude Rains Flora Robson Donald Crisp Alan Hale Henry Daniell Una O’Connor J. M. Kerrigan James Stephenson & Brenda Marshall (seen in some obscure films). Howard Koch and [...]

Old Acquaintance (1943)

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Old Acquaintance (1943) Bette Davis is a serious literary writer who’s enjoyed mild success. She returns to her hometown to visit her childhood friend played by Miriam Hopkins who’s married to John Loder. Hopkins’s character yearns for a life of her own outside of the trappings of her husband and daughter and is inspired by her friend’s visit to try and get her trashy romance novel published. Davis helps her out and of [...]

Submarine Movies

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Submarine Movies I saw something rather unique the other day when I was watching one of those World War II propaganda films wrapped around a romance drama a love triangle that involved Tyrone Power Anne Baxter and Dana Andrews; the movie (Crash Dive (1943)) featured a human periscope! Late in the story the captain of an American submarine (played by Andrews) on a sabotage mission finds that his boat’s eyes – the periscope – has [...]

July 2005 – Audrey Hepburn

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July 2005 – Audrey Hepburn Friday July 1 – Cars in the Movies (The Dawn of the Automobile Age) 6:00 AM It’s Love I’m After (1937) 8:00 AM The Charge Of The Light Brigade (1936) – Directed by Michael Curtiz this film features a Michael Jacoby (who co-wrote the screenplay) original story that was based on Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem. It stars Errol Flynn Olivia de Havilland David Niven Patric Knowles Henry [...]
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