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Dial M for Murder (1954)

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Dial M for Murder (1954) Filmed in 3-D though released after the craze had died down this thriller from Alfred Hitchcock is the first of three consecutive films in which the director used Grace Kelly as his female lead. Ray Milland brilliantly portrays a man jealous of his wealthy wife’s affections for another (Robert Cummings) so he plots to have her murdered. In addition to Milland’s chilling performance John Williams does an [...]

Border G-Man (1938)

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Border G-Man (1938) Directed by David Howard with a screenplay by Oliver Drake from the story by Bernard McConville this George O’Brien B Western also features Laraine Day (aka Johnson) who was still a high school student at the time in her third picture (second credited); her next film was RKO’s Painted Desert (1938). One departure from earlier (and later) O’Brien westerns is that this one is set in the year the film was made and [...]

Four Daughters (1938)

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Four Daughters (1938) This terrific drama about a man with many daughters received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture Best Director (Michael Curtiz) Screenplay Writing (Lenore Coffee & Julius Epstein adapted the Fannie Hurst novel Sister Act) and Sound Recording. The standout performance was not given by the always great Claude Rains as the father Adam Lemp but by John Garfield as Mickey Borden which earned him a Supporting Actor [...]

Philadelphia Story The (1940)

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Philadelphia Story The (1940) Katharine Hepburn‘s comeback role after being labeled box office poison earned Jimmy Stewart his only Best Actor Oscar and also won the Best Writing Screenplay Oscar. Directed by George Cukor (Oscar nominated) this Oscar nominated film contains the famous scene with Cary Grant shoving Kate down through the front door of the house. Hepburn plays an heiress who threw out her husband (Grant) after a short time a [...]

Phantom Lady (1944)

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Phantom Lady (1944) Don’t know if you’ll be as entranced as I was watching Ella Raines for the first time in this one but regardless this is a pretty good murder mystery which also stars Franchot Tone and Thomas Gomez. A man (Alan Curtis) is framed for killing his wife. His secretary (Raines) who also happens to be infatuated with him doesn’t believe it and works to clear him by finding “the title character”. She is [...]

The Jungle Book (1967)

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The Jungle Book (1967) Nominated for an Academy Award for its signature song “The Bare Necessities” this Disney classic features the voice talents of Phil Harris Sebastian Cabot George Sanders Sterling Holloway and Louis Prima. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories it was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman and written by Larry Clemmons Ralph Wright Ken Anderson and Vance Gerry. This animated feature was released after Walt [...]

1944

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1944 1944 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Going My Way (1944) Double Indemnity (1944) Gaslight (1944) Since You Went Away (1944) Wilson (1944) Best Actor in a Leading Role Bing Crosby Going My Way (1944) Charles Boyer Gaslight (1944) Barry Fitzgerald Going My Way (1944) Cary Grant None But the Lonely Heart (1944) Alexander Knox Wilson (1944) Best Actress in a Leading Role Ingrid [...]

James Cagney: The Signature Collection

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James Cagney: The Signature Collection The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941) Captains of the Clouds (1942) – full review! The Fighting 69th (1940) Torrid Zone (1940) The West Point Story (1950) – full review! Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

Inherit the Wind (1960)

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Inherit the Wind (1960) Produced and directed by Stanley Kramer (The Defiant Ones (1958)) this essential courtroom drama was based on the real events of (what’s come to be known as) the Scopes Monkey trial: John Scopes was a high school teacher in Tennessee that was arrested for teaching evolution in the classroom celebrated lawyer Clarence Darrow (and the ACLU) came to his defense whereas William Jennings Bryan a former Democratic [...]

Wild Rovers (1971) – full review!

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Wild Rovers (1971) – full review! Co-produced directed AND written by Blake Edwards (!) this above average (if somewhat long and slow in spots) buddy Western starring William Holden and Ryan O’Neal also features a terrific supporting cast that includes Karl Malden Tom Skerritt Joe Don Baker James Olson and Moses Gunn (among others). Ross Bodine (Holden) and Frank Post (O’Neal) are cowboys that work at the R Bar R ranch where [...]
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