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Love Letters (1945) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Love Letters (1945) – full review! Let me apologize in advance if this synopsis is not up to my normal high standards; I watched this film six months ago when it premiered on TCM in August 2006 and have done my best to recall it all this time later (which is not my normal practice). I believe that the following gives an accurate “feel” for the elements of its plot if not the letter perfect detail one can usually expect from my [...]

Lover Come Back (1961)

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Lover Come Back (1961) This Oscar nominated story (co-written by Stanley Shapiro – Pillow Talk (1959)) by director Delbert Mann (Marty (1955)) is one of the many delightful comedies from the triumvirate of Doris Day Rock Hudson and Tony Randall. This one has Day playing ad executive Carol Templeton who’s furious for having just lost an account to Jerry Webster (Hudson) a master of “landing” the decision making male [...]

Gunplay (1951)

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Gunplay (1951) Lacking the usual action and featuring several plot holes this B movie Tim Holt Western also includes his regular lady’s man sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty (Richard Martin). It was directed by Lesley Selander but written by Ed Earl Repp not Norman Houston. Despite its substandard quality the story does feature a strong female character played by Joan Dixon; Mauritz Hugo and Robert Wilke appear in their usual [...]

Right of Way The (1931)

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Right of Way The (1931) Produced & directed by Frank Lloyd (The Divine Lady (1929)) adapted by Francis Edward Faragoh (Little Caesar (1930)) this below average drama features more overacting than most silent films and more dialogue than most talkies twice as long; the film runs a scant 65 minutes. There are some opening credits as well as other descriptive placards (this is a remake of two silent versions 1915 & 1920) displayed [...]

Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)

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Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) The DVD contains this opening statement: “The restoration you are about to see replicates Director John Huston’s original stylized color design which uses muted color and a warm golden tone to reflect the atmosphere and drama of the story. The feature appeared in theaters for just one week with this original color design before the studio imposed a full color treatment for general release which did [...]

See Here Private Hargrove (1944)

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See Here Private Hargrove (1944) Based on a book by Marion Hargrove of his exploits at Fort Bragg during boot camp the film features Robert Walker in the title role. Keenan Wynn and William “Bill” Phillips (among others) play fellow soldiers in his unit. Chill Wills is their Sergeant Cramp. At the beginning of the film Hargrove is a newspaper writer who is constantly getting in trouble with his editor boss played by Ray Collins. Once [...]

Grand Hotel (1932)

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Grand Hotel (1932) One of the first big star extravaganzas (Garbo two Barrymores Crawford Beery Stone and Hersholt) which ironically failed to earn ANY other Academy Award nominations (the only Best Picture winner with this distinction). It’s a story about the lives of several people in a very plush hotel where “nothing ever happens”. It was directed by Edmund Goulding and based on William Drake’s version of Vicki [...]

Conformist The (1970)

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Conformist The (1970) aka Il Conformista (1970) Director Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor (1987)) earned his first Oscar nomination for his screenplay adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s bizarre story about a young Italian man (Jean-Louis Trintignant) with a conflicted sexual history who’s about to be married (to Stefania Sandrelli’s character) that’s also just joined Mussolini’s secret police such that he must now murder [...]

Swan The (1956) – full review!

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Swan The (1956) – full review! Directed by Charles Vidor with a screenplay by John Dighton (Roman Holiday (1953)) this average romantic drama with comedic elements stars Grace Kelly (The Country Girl (1954)) in the title role as a Princess who hopes to (marry to) become a Queen. Ironically production on this film was wrapped up (at the Biltmore House in North Carolina) just before Christmas when Prince Rainier of Monaco who had been [...]

The Marlon Brando Collection

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The Marlon Brando Collection Julius Caesar (1953) The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) The Formula (1980) Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]
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