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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) A great film for the whole family covering all the seasons but especially the Halloween and Christmas holidays. I actually grew up in St. Louis myself though not at the turn of the 20th Century like in this film. Great songs from its star Judy Garland including the title song (around the time of the 1904 World’s Fair) the Academy Award nominated Trolley Song (#26 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time) [...]

Two Against the World (1936)

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Two Against the World (1936) Also titled One Fatal Hour (1936) and not to be confused with the 1932 film of the same name! Directed by William McGann this inferior remake to the Academy Award nominated Best Picture Five Star Final (1931) replaces Edward G. Robinson with Humphrey Bogart and Boris Karloff with Harry Hayden else the rest of the cast (save the always reliable Henry O’Neill) is forgettable. The setting is changed from a [...]

March 2006 – Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald

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March 2006 – Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald Wednesday March 1 – 31 Days of Oscar continues 5:15 AM Princess O’Rourke (1943) – an all new capsule review! 7:00 AM Rhapsody In Blue (1945) – full review! 9:30 AM Imitation Of Life (1959) – though vastly inferior to the 1934 version with Claudette Colbert & Louise Beavers this film is still probably worth your time. This one stars Lana Turner and Juanita [...]

World War II Collection Vol. 2 – Heroes Fight for Freedom

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World War II Collection Vol. 2 – Heroes Fight for Freedom Purchase this DVD Collection now at Air Force (1943) – full review! Command Decision (1948) Hell to Eternity (1960) – The true story of Guy Gabaldon starts rather slowly then features an overlong "Marines partying in Hawaii" sequence before it gets to the heart of the story in Saipan. Never heard of Gabaldon? Neither had I until I saw this fictionalized [...]

Sea Hawk The (1940)

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Sea Hawk The (1940) One of the best pirate movies you’ll ever see (though not quite as good as Captain Blood (1935) in my opinion). One of the many director Michael Curtiz-actor Errol Flynn collaborations which also features great (of course) performances by Claude Rains Flora Robson Donald Crisp Alan Hale Henry Daniell Una O’Connor J. M. Kerrigan James Stephenson & Brenda Marshall (seen in some obscure films). Howard Koch and [...]

Jimmy the Gent (1934)

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Jimmy the Gent (1934) Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca (1942)) with a story co-written by Ray Nazarro (Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)) this comedy-drama features the first pairing of James Cagney (Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)) and Bette Davis one year before she would win her Best Actress Oscar for Dangerous (1935) though this is decidedly a “lightweight” role. Cagney in the title role plays a two-bit operator who finds phony [...]

Ace in the Hole (1951)

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Ace in the Hole (1951) aka The Big Carnival (1951) Predating other such (similar and) prescient films as A Face in the Crowd (1957) Network (1976) and even (to a lesser degree) It Should Happen to You (1954) this Billy Wilder produced and directed drama accurately captures the kind of media circus that would become common around a tragic event which draws the kind of gawking public that is fascinated by train wrecks. Unfortunately the [...]

Act of Violence (1948)

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Act of Violence (1948) Directed by Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity (1953) & A Man For All Seasons (1966)) this thrilling drama stars Van Heflin (Johnny Eager (1942)) as a man who finds himself being pursued by another (Robert Ryan – Crossfire (1947)) from his past. His wife is played by Janet Leigh (Psycho (1960)) and a woman who later assists him is played by Mary Astor (The Great Lie (1941)). Under Zinnemann’s masterful [...]

Tarnished Angel (1938)

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Tarnished Angel (1938) Directed by Leslie Goodwins with a screenplay by Jo Pagano from Saul Elkins’s story and adaptation this interesting B movie drama is somewhat similar to The Miracle Woman (1931) and other (later) films of the kind. It begins with the introduction of several ‘shady’ characters and the law and then features a compelling performance from Sally Eilers in the title role as a phony evangelist who changes. Lee Bowman Ann [...]

Mortal Storm The (1940)

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Mortal Storm The (1940) This is a pretty good film about the power of fascism illustrated by how it changes a family and a pre-World War II town in Europe. But what makes this movie so special in my mind is its cast. Frank Morgan is a professor who’s the head of the family which includes Margaret Sullavan and Robert Stack. James Stewart is dating Sullavan and Robert Young is friends with he and Stack. Bonita Granville and Maria Ouspenskaya [...]
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