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Kim (1950)

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Kim (1950) Based on a Rudyard Kipling novel this film boasts a red-headed Errol Flynn as Mahbub Ali protector of the titled boy character played by Dean Stockwell. Directed by Victor Saville who earned two Oscar nominations as the producer for The Citadel (1938) & Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) it tells the tale of how the orphan Kim helps the British fight rebels in India. The screenplay was co-written by Helen Deutsch (Lili (1953)). The cast [...]

Hard Way The (1943)

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Hard Way The (1943) Joan Leslie stars as a woman with average (singing) talent that Jack Carson wants to make a star. Carson and partner Dennis Morgan are traveling vaudeville song & dance men with marginal talent themselves and Carson thinks he’s discovered just what their act needs – this “kid” with spunk. Ida Lupino playing Leslie’s sister uses Carson’s interest in (attraction to) her sister to help [...]

Dark Victory (1939)

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Dark Victory (1939) Bette Davis stars as a rich woman who discovers she has developed a brain tumor (something with which I have personal experience). The excellent cast includes George Brent Humphrey Bogart Geraldine Fitzgerald Ronald Reagan and Henry Travers. Ms. Davis Max Steiner’s Score (he did go up that staircase with her) and the film itself were nominated for Academy Awards. Directed by Edmund Goulding the George Emerson Brewer [...]

The Birds (1963)

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The Birds (1963) Perhaps the first film from director Alfred Hitchcock that I ever saw; some friends and I thought we were getting away with something sneaking to watch it on TV late one night during a sleep over (only to have nightmares once we were finally able to fall asleep). This thriller is the first of two consecutive films that he used blonde "actress" Tippi Hedren; Rod Taylor also stars with support from Jessica Tandy Suzanne [...]

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

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Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939) Directed by Anatole Litvak this straightforward anti-Nazi propaganda film was based on real events involving a New York spy ring and four of its members that were convicted of spying on behalf of the German government. After about 45 minutes of set-up and character establishment Edward G. Robinson is introduced as the FBI agent who ends up unraveling the ring. Francis Lederer George Sanders Paul Lukas and Sig [...]

Masque of the Red Death The (1964)

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Masque of the Red Death The (1964) Produced and directed by Roger Corman with a screenplay by Charles Beaumont and R. Wright Campbell (Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)) that was based on two Edgar Allan Poe stories (“The Masque of the Red Death” and “Hop-Frog”) this horror classic features Vincent Price as the tyrannical devil worshiping Prince Prospero Hazel Court as his castle-mate Juliana whom he convinces to sell her [...]

Dr. Jack (1922)

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Dr. Jack (1922) Directed by Fred Newmeyer with a story co-written by the great Hal Roach this Harold Lloyd silent teams the comedian with his future wife actress Mildred Davis. Davis plays the daughter of a wealthy man (John T. Prince) whose doctor Dr. Ludwig von Saulsbourg (Eric Mayne) lives (off him) handsomely by telling him that his daughter is sick so that he can treat her. Lloyd is titled character actually Dr. Jackson a country doctor who [...]

Trail Guide (1952)

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Trail Guide (1952) Directed by Lesley Selander and co-written by Arthur E. Orloff this average B-Western features Tim Holt using his own name as his character with his sidekick Richard Martin who if you don’t know by now uses the name Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty. Like Target (1952) this one also features Linda Douglas (aka Mary Jo Tarola) in the lead female role. Frank Wilcox Robert Sherwood John Pickard Kenneth MacDonald and [...]

She Loved a Fireman (1937)

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She Loved a Fireman (1937) John Farrow directed this B movie action drama written by Carlton Sand and Morton Grant. Despite having (singing) Dick Foran Ann Sheridan Robert Armstrong and Eddie Acuff in its cast it’s a below average feature that runs less than an hour. It does contain several action sequences involving firemen their training and battling fires. Foran plays James ‘Red’ Tyler an obnoxious brute that decides to join [...]

Shadow of Doubt (1935)

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Shadow of Doubt (1935) ‘Sim’ Sturdevant (Richard Cortez) and ‘Len’ Hayworth (Bradley Page) are two show businessmen competing for the same talent and women. Sim also happens to be the nephew of rich woman Melissa Pilson (Constance Collier) who never leaves her home and assumes everyone is after her money. While at home she either plays her organ or cribbage for “money” with her butler Morse (Ivan Simpson) who [...]
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