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Seven Men From Now (1956)

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Seven Men From Now (1956) A terrific Western from director Budd Boetticher and writer Burt Kennedy starring Randolph Scott in a role originally intended for uncredited producer John Wayne. Scott plays former sheriff Ben Stride who wasn’t ‘touchy feely’ enough to get reelected and happens upon a couple of greenhorns from the East ‘wimpy’ John and his ‘fetching’ wife Annie Greer (Walter Reed and Gail [...]

Cincinnati Kid The (1965) – full review!

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Cincinnati Kid The (1965) – full review! Directed by Norman Jewison who took over for Sam Peckinpah when he was fired by producer Martin Ransohoff with a screenplay by Ring Lardner Jr. (Woman of the Year (1942)) and Terry Southern (Dr. Strangelove (1964)) that was based on Richard Jessup’s novel this slightly above average drama explores the world of high stakes poker. While the story itself is fairly ordinary & predictable the [...]

Now Voyager (1942)

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Now Voyager (1942) Great cast and an even better film. Bette Davis in an Academy Award nominated (for Best Actress) performance plays a woman who "blooms". Paul Henreid and Claude Rains play the men who help her "transform" from a young "old maid" into a beautiful woman. Gladys Cooper who plays Davis’s mother received her first (of three unrewarded) Best Supporting Actress nomination(s); Bonita Granville Lee [...]

Literary Classics Collection

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Literary Classics Collection The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)/The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) The Three Musketeers (1948) Madame Bovary (1949) Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951) – full review! Billy Budd (1962) – full review! Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

The Razor’s Edge (1946)

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The Razor’s Edge (1946) A man’s search for the meaning of life is captured in this Darryl F. Zanuck production directed by Edmund Goulding and screenwriter Lamar Trotti’s (Wilson (1944)) interpretation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel. The film was nominated for Best Picture (and B&W Art Direction-Interior Decoration) by the Academy and won Anne Baxter an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category; Clifton Webb (Laura (1944)) [...]

Test Pilot (1938)

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Test Pilot (1938) A film which gives one a sense of what it must have been like in the early days of aviation as pilots were employed to test airplanes to their breaking point just prior to World War II. Directed by Victor Fleming (Gone With the Wind (1939)) and co-written by Howard Hawks the film received Oscar nominations for Best Picture Editing and Frank Wead’s (The Citadel (1938)) Original Story. Clark Gable plays the pilot in this [...]

Cheyenne Social Club The (1970) – full review!

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Cheyenne Social Club The (1970) – full review! Produced & directed by Gene Kelly (his last in either of these capacities) with a story written directly for the screen by James Lee Barrett this slightly above average Western comedy with lots of humorous dialogue is also a buddy picture for James Stewart and Henry Fonda (their last on-screen appearance together) whose real life longtime friendship comes through very well. Stewart plays [...]

Three Came Home (1950) – full review!

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Three Came Home (1950) – full review! Directed by Jean Negulesco (Johnny Belinda (1948)) with a screenplay by Nunnally Johnson (The Grapes of Wrath (1940)) this true story drama was adapted from author Agnes Newton Keith’s autobiographical account of her family’s experience as P.O.W.’s (prisoners of war) of the Japanese Army in Borneo during World War II. Though there’s no mystery to the outcome given its title the film [...]

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Perhaps the best adaptation of a novel (by Harper Lee) to the screen ever (won the appropriate Writing Oscar) featuring the role with which Gregory Peck will always be identified Atticus Finch (AFI’s #1 hero); he won the Best Actor Oscar on his fifth and last nomination. The film its director and child actor Mary Badham (“Scout”) were also nominated. An outstanding film about fathers values and the [...]

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The (1939)

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The (1939) Produced by Joseph Mankiewicz and directed by Richard Thorpe with a screenplay by Hugo Butler that was based on the classic novel by Mark Twain this average adventure drama features Mickey Rooney in the title role. Huck lives with the widow Douglass (Elisabeth Risdon) and her sister Miss Watson (Clara Blandick); their Black slave Jim who’s a big part of the story is played by Rex Ingram. [...]
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