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Four Feathers The (1939)

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Four Feathers The (1939) Directed by Zoltan Korda this A.E.W. Mason novel was adapted by R.C. Sheriff (Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)) to create an entertaining wartime adventure drama that received an Academy Award nomination for its Color Cinematography. A popular story and a remake which would be remade again & again the film stars John Clements as the young British Lieutenant Harry Faversham from a family with a proud military heritage of [...]

Kid Glove Killer (1942)

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Kid Glove Killer (1942) Fresh off his (Supporting Actor Academy Award winning) performance in Johnny Eager (1942) Van Heflin was given the leading role in director Fred Zinneman’s feature film debut; Zinnemann had been directing short films for MGM since 1938. It’s a crime drama mystery written by John Higgins who had help on the screenplay from Allen Rivkin. Heflin plays a police lab sleuth that solves cases by examining the [...]

Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955)

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Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955) Right after "Dragnet (1954) the movie" Jack Webb got the opportunity to produce direct and star in this Prohibition era drama featuring jazz music and singing by Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald each of whom also had a role in its story. In fact Lee earned her only Oscar recognition a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination. The story which features a racketeer that muscles in on Kelly’s [...]

More the Merrier The (1943)

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More the Merrier The (1943) Directed and produced by George Stevens (A Place in the Sun (1951) & still later Giant (1956)) this classic comedy features Jean Arthur as a woman living alone in wartime crowded Washington D.C. who sublets her apartment to Charles Coburn a wealthy businessman that becomes a matchmaker for the young working girl and Joel McCrea an Army aviation expert. Though she had intended on leasing to another young woman as [...]

Too Many Husbands (1940)

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Too Many Husbands (1940) Released less than two months prior to a similar (& essential) comedy My Favorite Wife (1940) this one was based on a W. Somerset Maugham play (with a screenplay by Claude Binyon) that begins with the same concept but the overall story and its execution isn’t nearly as good. It was produced and directed by Wesley Ruggles (Cimarron (1931)) and though its principle cast is almost as strong as the later film it [...]

This Time for Keeps (1942)

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This Time for Keeps (1942) Much like a B movie version of the Andy Hardy series (unless of course one deems that a B movie series) this follow-up comedy drama (using some of the same actors if not the same surnamed characters) to the Herman J. Mankiewicz story Keeping Company (1940) “feels” much like an hour long (1950’s era e.g. unsophisticated) syndicated television family sitcom. It was directed by Charles Reisner with a [...]

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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Shakespeare in Love (1998) Pretty good film the title is the plot but I don’t agree that Saving Private Ryan (1998) should have won the Best Picture Oscar instead (my pick would have been the Best Foreign Language film Life is Beautiful (1998)). Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress gold (with her only nomination to date) and Dame Judi Dench won her only Oscar (Supporting) as well. The film won four other Oscars including Screenplay [...]

Hush… Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)

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Hush… Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964) Produced and directed by Robert Aldrich and written by Henry Farrell who had help with his original story’s screenplay from Lukas Heller this above average horror-thriller drama features Bette Davis in the title role of Charlotte Hollis who like real life’s Lizzie Borden was suspected of killing (indeed beheading) someone in this case her fiancé with an ax such that the local children still [...]

Forbidden Planet (1956)

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Forbidden Planet (1956) One of the science fiction gems from the 1950’s starring Walter Pidgeon as Dr. Morbius who lives with his lovely daughter Altaira (Anne Francis) on the titled planet. Commander John Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his spaceship crew (including Richard Anderson & Earl Holliman) arrive from the Earth and the story plays out like William Shakespeare’s The Tempest though Irving Block & Allen Adler are the [...]

Rocky (1976)

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Rocky (1976) Titled boxer Balboa (AFI’s #7 hero) helped this film and its director John Avildsen win Oscars. What if Oscar nominated Best Actor Sylvester Stallone had accepted the $150000 the producers offered him to let Ryan O’Neal play the lead? Thankfully we’ll never know. The fight scene was filmed in reverse order starting with the fifteenth round and Stallone and Weathers in heavy make-up. As filming continued the make-up [...]
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