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Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) The true story of boxer Rocky Graziano’s rise from juvenile delinquent to world champ starring Paul Newman (who replaced James Dean when he died young). Also featuring Pier Angeli Everett Sloane Sal Mineo and Harold Stone (among others). It won both B&W Cinematography (Joseph Ruttenberg Mrs. Miniver (1942)) and Art Direction Oscars and was nominated for Editing marking Albert Akst’s only Academy [...]

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) An excellent drama from director Mervyn LeRoy – a film that allegedly led to changes in the inhumane conditions on chain gangs in the South. An excellent Academy Award nominated Best Actor performance by Paul Muni too. The movie was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and was added to the National Film Registry in 1991. Muni plays a wrongly accused man who is convicted and imprisoned; he then has to [...]

Chinatown (1974)

June 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chinatown (1974) By Julie Having seen The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Tenant I was already impressed with the Direction of Roman Polanksi. The film was inspired by real events, the character of Hollis Mulwray is based on William Mulholland and a tragic event which occurred during his career at the L.A. Department of Water and Power in the late 1920’s. Chinatown, with a film noir feel to it stars Jack Nicholson as [...]

Tender Trap The (1955)

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Tender Trap The (1955) Because this comedy with music portrays the now dated male-female role viewpoints of the 1950’s it’s a less than satisfying experience today; perhaps the best that can be said about it is that it features the Academy Award nominated Jimmy Van Heusen-Sammy Cahn title song. Frank Sinatra is too old to play the swinging bachelor that attracts the prematurely “set in her ways” and too young bachelorette [...]

Imitation of Life (1934)

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Imitation of Life (1934) A very good film (nominated for Best Picture of the year by the Academy) with one of my favorite actresses the beautiful Claudette Colbert as a struggling woman who teams with her friend (played by Louise Beavers) to succeed with a pancake recipe and using her "Aunt Jemima-like" likeness. However conflicts arise as the women age and their children (played by Rochelle Hudson & Fredi Washington respectively) [...]

Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection Volume II

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Red-Headed Woman (1932) – full review!

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Red-Headed Woman (1932) – full review! What was probably a scandalous sensation in its day is now rather flat and dated. This pre-code drama directed by Jack Conway and written by Anita Loos from a Katharine Brush novel features Jean Harlow in the title role as Lillian ‘Red’ Andrews a girl from the other side of the tracks that uses her physical beauty and sexuality to ensnare men to get what she wants (the things money can [...]

Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) – full review!

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Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) – full review! The title of this above average Western refers to a train that Kirk Douglas’s Marshal Matt Morgan must make at the end of the drama. But first the lawman wait most of the day for the train and then face a gauntlet to get to the station with his prisoner – Earl Holliman as Rick Belden – much like Van Heflin had to with Glenn Ford in 3:10 to Yuma (1957). Whereas Ford was the [...]

Suddenly (1954)

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Suddenly (1954) Directed by Lewis Allen and written by Richard Sale this above average political thriller stars Frank Sinatra as the would-be assassin and leader of a gang who plans to kill the President of the United States. Years before Sinatra acquaintance JFK was assassinated Sinatra was reported to have had this film withdrawn from circulation after November 22 1963. Sterling Hayden is the Sheriff in Suddenly CA who’s told by the [...]

Five Star Final (1931)

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Five Star Final (1931) Directed by Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award recipient Mervyn LeRoy with an adaptation by Robert Lord (One Way Passage (1932)) this newspaper drama was nominated for Best Picture of 1931 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The most notable character in the film is played by Edward G. Robinson who along with his performance in another LeRoy picture that same year (Little Caesar (1931)) showed signs of his [...]
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