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Girl Most Likely The (1957)

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Girl Most Likely The (1957) This musical version of Tom Dick and Harry (1941) is one of the few remakes which is better than the original and Jane Powell is the reason. Her characterization of the title character Dodie is far superior to Ginger Rogers’s performance in the first movie. Directed by (Academy Award nominated art director) Mitchell Leisen with a screenplay by Devery Freeman (based on Paul Jarrico’s original Oscar nominated [...]

Warner Bros. Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary

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Warner Bros. Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary Purchase this Blu-ray Collection at Mean Streets (1973) – Crude rude and socially unacceptable this early film by director Martin Scorsese who adapted his own story with Mardik Martin follows Harvey Keitel as Charlie a small time hood debt collector in the Little Italy section of New York City. Robert De Niro plays his out-of-control violent friend named Johnny Boy. Also seen in the [...]

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 [...]

Baby Face (1933) – full review!

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Baby Face (1933) – full review! Barbara Stanwyck is perfectly cast in the title role of this sexy drama that was recently restored to its scandalous pre-code origins. Alfred Green directed the Darryl F. Zanuck (aka Mark Canfield) story; Gene Markey and Kathryn Scola wrote the screenplay. It’s the story of a woman who grew up in a horrible environment that made her a tramp. But she receives some advice from a local (factory town Erie) [...]

Cleopatra (1963)

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Cleopatra (1963) Really two films in one the first being vastly superior to the second more famous half. Before the intermission the initial two hours of this historical drama focuses on Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) and his relationship with the titled Queen of Egypt (Elizabeth Taylor). The tempestuous (love affair and) relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony (Richard Burton) though it may have been fascinating to audiences of the time [...]

Kid from Texas The (1939)

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Kid from Texas The (1939) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon (who produced Born Yesterday (1950)) this somewhat annoying and infrequently amusing “comedy” was based on a story by Milton Merlin & Byron Morgan screenplay by Florence Ryerson Edger Allan Woolf and Albert Mannheimer (also Born Yesterday (1950)) and features Dennis O’Keefe Florence Rice Jessie Ralph Buddy Ebsen Virginia Dale and Jack Carson among others. William Malone [...]

Cockeyed Miracle The (1946)

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Cockeyed Miracle The (1946) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon with a screenplay by Karen DeWolf that was based on a play by George Seaton (The Song of Bernadette (1944)) this average B movie fantasy comedy (aka Mr. Griggs Returns) features a recognizable cast and a friendly ghost story. Sam Griggs (Frank Morgan) dies of heart failure before everything in his family is in order including their financial situation. Unbeknownst to his wife Amy (Gladys [...]

Movies about Taxes or the I.R.S.

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Movies about Taxes or the I.R.S. Taxing movies! No not movies which are strenuous to watch (such a list could be endless) but films which feature a tax issue as a key part of its plot and/or has an Internal Revenue Service agent as a prominent character. I decided to further refine my criteria to exclude popular historical tax references – Roman collections (like those at the time of Jesus’s birth) Robin Hood the Boston Tea Party Al [...]

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 [...]

Of Human Hearts (1938) – full review!

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Of Human Hearts (1938) – full review! “Of Human Guilt” would be another apt title of this rather heavy handed drama which set in another time could also have been titled “Call Your Mother”. It was co-produced & directed by Clarence Brown the six time Academy Award nominated director whose early sound career included some pretty risque pre-code dramas like A Free Soul (1931) but migrated to more family oriented ( [...]
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