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The Broadway Melody (1929)

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The Broadway Melody (1929) This is an enjoyable though dated musical about two sisters trying to make it on Broadway and their men. It won the Best Picture Academy Award. You’ll also briefly see two venerated character actors early in their careers William Demarest and James Gleason (though both are uncredited). Though MGM was late to the “talkie” revolution the production quality of this musical a popular early genre after the [...]

My Name is Nobody (1973)

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My Name is Nobody (1973) This odd Western comedy stars Henry Fonda and Terence Hill. If you’ve never seen any of the “Trinity” comedy Westerns which feature actor Hill in the title role this is a pretty good example of one. With the added benefit of Fonda (a veteran of so many classic Westerns) and the participation from the great spaghetti Western director Sergio Leone (whose idea served as the basis for this film) this movie [...]

Julia Misbehaves (1948) – full review!

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Julia Misbehaves (1948) – full review! This last film directed by Jack Conway co-adapted by Monckton Hoffe (The Lady Eve (1941)) and with a screenplay by William Ludwig Harry Ruskin and Arthur Wimperis (Mrs. Miniver (1942)) teams the successful dramatic pair Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in a comedy with Peter Lawford and Elizabeth Taylor and comes out alright! The cast also includes Cesar Romero Lucile Watson Nigel Bruce and Mary [...]

Hard Fast and Beautiful (1951)

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Hard Fast and Beautiful (1951) Directed by Ida Lupino with a screenplay by Martha Wilkerson that was based on a novel by John R. Tunis this B movie sports drama is one of very few films that feature the game of tennis. It stars Claire Trevor as Millie Farley an ambitious woman whose daughter Florence played by Sally Forrest is good enough to beat her peers some men and all-comers in her area on the court. Her talents are noticed by a [...]

Mark of Zorro The (1940)

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Mark of Zorro The (1940) Great film to watch with your kids or grandkids. Features Tyrone Power in the title role the son of the former "mayor" of a small town who goes away to military school. When he returns as its best student he finds that another ruthless man has assumed his father’s position backed by the sword of Basil Rathbone’s character who is having an affair with the man’s wife (Gale Sondergaard). In part [...]

Lights of New York (1928)

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Lights of New York (1928) Early talkie (the first feature length film with synchronous dialogue?) that still uses placards to provide informational setting & character breaks every reel or so throughout it. Unfortunately the quality of the plot is fair to poor and the actors obviously had trouble making the transition from silent films. A lot of the dialogue which is poorly written is spoken stilted and one is able to catch some of the [...]

This Is the Army (1943) – full review!

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This Is the Army (1943) – full review! Michael Curtiz directed this World War II (flag-waving propaganda) Musical which was stitched together with a threadbare script and two Irving Berlin road shows (1918’s “Yip Yip Yaphank” from WW I and “This Is The Army” from WW II) to earn almost $2 million for the Army Emergency Relief fund; Casey Robinson and Captain Claude Binyon wrote the screenplay. The film won an [...]

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

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Doctor Zhivago (1965) Produced (with Carlo Ponti) and directed by David Lean this LONG (of course?) epic about lovers & conflict during the Russian Revolution stars Omar Sharif Julie Christie Rod Steiger Geraldine Chaplin Alec Guinness Tom Courtenay (Supporting Actor Oscar nomination) and Ralph Richardson (among others even Klaus Kinski). Beautiful Color scenery sets (e.g. Art Direction-Set Decoration) Cinematography and Costumes as well as [...]

Along the Rio Grande (1941)

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Along the Rio Grande (1941) Directed by Edward Killy a Best Assistant Director Oscar nominee in 1934 this Tim Holt B Western was based on a story by Stuart Anthony; the screenplay was written by Morton Grant and Arthur V. Jones. Joined by his usual sidekicks singer Smokey (Ray Whitley) and tall tale telling Whopper (played this time by Emmett Lynn) Holt plays Jeff a trustworthy ranch hand whose boss Pop Edwards (Harry Humphrey) is murdered by [...]

Man Who Walked Alone The (1945)

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Man Who Walked Alone The (1945) This minor B comedy drama earned an Academy Award nomination for its Score by Karl Hajos (Summer Storm (1944)). It was directed and written (with Robert Lee Johnson) by Christy Cabanne and stars Dave O’Brien and Kay Aldridge a rarity because some of its supporting cast members (Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams Dick Elliott and Tom Kennedy for example) may be better known to movie mavens today than its [...]
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