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Waterloo Bridge (1940) – full review!

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Waterloo Bridge (1940) – full review! Directed by Mervyn LeRoy based on Robert Sherwood’s play with a screenplay by S.N. Behrman Hans Rameau and George Froeschel this classic tear-jerking wartime love story starring Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh (reportedly her favorite) was Oscar nominated for its B&W Cinematography and Original Musical Score. The second film version of Sherwood’s play after Waterloo Bridge (1931) with [...]

Cocoanuts The (1929)

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Cocoanuts The (1929) This Marx Brothers comedy is their first feature length film; it co-stars Kay Francis Margaret Dumont Oscar Shaw Mary Eaton Cyril Ring and Basil Ruysdael. Groucho & Zeppo run a fairly vacant hotel in Sunny Florida but they hope their financial luck will change with the sale of some lots. Chico & Harpo are “employed” to help. Dumont plays a rich woman staying in the hotel the object of Groucho’s [...]

Star Witness The (1931) – full review!

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Star Witness The (1931) – full review! Directed by William A. Wellman and written by Lucien Hubbard (Smart Money (1931)) who earned the last of his Academy recognition with an Oscar nomination for his original story this slightly above average crime drama features a career performance by Charles ‘Chic’ Sale who plays a feisty old Civil War veteran grandpa to perfection. The story’s about a family who witnesses a gang murder right [...]

Spellbound (1945)

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Spellbound (1945) This is another psychological thriller which marks the first (of three) time(s) Mr. Hitchcock was blessed with the talents of Ingrid Bergman. Also cast was Gregory Peck (the first of his two pairings with the director). Peck plays an amnesiac who poses as a doctor in a mental asylum Bergman the one who tries to help him. Leo G. Carroll also plays a prominent role. This was the second film (after Rebecca (1940)) that Hitchcock [...]

Four Girls in White (1939)

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Four Girls in White (1939) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon with a story from Endre Bohem & Nathalie Bucknall and a screenplay by Dorothy Yost this B movie comedy romance drama features Florence Rice Una Merkel Ann Rutherford and Mary Howard in the title roles; they play nursing students hoping to become nurses. Rice’s character Norma Page is the exception she hopes to marry a rich doctor or a wealthy patient of the hospital; Rutherford [...]

Member of the Wedding The (1952)

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Member of the Wedding The (1952) This unusual coming of age drama features the screen debuts of Julie Harris in the title role and Brandon De Wilde. Playing 12 year old Frankie Addams the 27 year old Harris received a Best Actress Oscar nomination (her only recognition from the Academy to date). It was produced by Stanley Kramer and directed by Fred Zinnemann their third and last collaboration following The Men (1950) – Marlon [...]

Come Live With Me (1941)

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Come Live With Me (1941) A beautiful foreigner (Hedy Lamarr) who’s also an illegal alien is being “kept” by a rich married publisher (Ian Hunter) who can’t or won’t get a divorce from his wife (Verree Teasdale) in order to marry her and keep her in the country. So when she meets a struggling author (James Stewart) who’ll do just about anything to survive they agree upon a platonic relationship & marriage [...]

Brother Orchid (1940)

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Brother Orchid (1940) Directed by Lloyd Bacon with a screenplay by Earl Baldwin from a story by Richard Connell this crime comedy drama features Edward G. Robinson in the title role aka Little John T. ‘Johnny’ Sarto a gang leader who decides to retire then tries to find class by traveling. After losing his money abroad he returns 5 years later to find things have changed in his organization now run by Jack Buck (Humphrey Bogart) who [...]

Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection Volume II

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Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection Volume II The Maltese Falcon (1941) – Special Edition (includes both earlier versions) Across the Pacific (1942) – full review! All Through the Night (1942) Action in the North Atlantic (1943) – full review! Passage to Marseille (1944) – full review! Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

Trial (1955)

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Trial (1955) Directed by Mark Robson (Peyton Place (1957)) and written by Don Mankiewicz (I Want to Live! (1958)) this film earned Arthur Kennedy his third of five Oscar nominations (without a win this one for Supporting Actor) for his role as a communist lawyer. The story is about a law professor (Glenn Ford) who must get some trial experience during the summer if he wants to keep his job at the university which has added this new practical [...]
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