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Lost Lady A (1934)

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Lost Lady A (1934) Directed by Alfred E. Green and starring Barbara Stanwyck (in the title role) and Frank Morgan this slightly above average drama is about a woman who tragically loses her philandering fiancé just before they were to have been wed causing her to give up on giving life much of a chance until she meets Morgan. He helps her to live again and they marry basing their marriage on honesty in lieu of love. However she does eventually [...]

Leading Ladies Collection Vol. 2

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Leading Ladies Collection Vol. 2 A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966) – produced and directed by Fielder Cook and written by Sidney Carroll (The Hustler (1961)) this above average comedy Western stars Henry Fonda and features Joanne Woodward in the title role. The exceptional cast also includes Jason Robards Paul Ford Charles Bickford Burgess Meredith Kevin McCarthy Robert Middleton and John Qualen. Fonda plays a reformed "on the [...]

Theodora Goes Wild (1936) – full review!

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Theodora Goes Wild (1936) – full review! Directed by Richard Boleslawski with a screenplay by Sidney Buchman this average screwball comedy earned its titled star Irene Dunne her second of five (without ever winning!) Best Actress Academy Award nominations. Editor Otto Meyer earned the first of his two nominations. If the viewer can get through the positively annoying scenes (like Melvyn Douglas’s endless whistling) in the [...]

Hi Nellie! (1934) – full review!

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Hi Nellie! (1934) – full review! Directed by Irving G. Thalberg Award winner Mervyn LeRoy and featuring a screenplay co-written by Abem Finkel (Sergeant York (1941)) this crime comedy-drama was later remade with Ronald Reagan as Love is in the Air (1937) then again with George Brent in You Can’t Escape Forever (1942) and finally as The House Across the Street (1949) with Wayne Morris. This one stars Paul Muni who would win an Oscar [...]

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 [...]

Sins of the Children (1930)

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Sins of the Children (1930) One has to wonder whether Frank Capra saw this above average sentimental drama and was influenced by it since scenes (& themes) from two of his films the Academy Award winning Best Picture You Can’t Take it With You (1938) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) are evident in this one which was produced & directed by Sam Wood. Elliott Nugent who with his father J. C. wrote the story Father’s Day on [...]

BUtterfield 8 (1960) – full review!

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BUtterfield 8 (1960) – full review! Directed by Daniel Mann with a screenplay by John Michael Hayes (Peyton Place (1957)) and Charles Schnee (The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)) this slightly above average if dated drama earned Elizabeth Taylor her first Best Actress Oscar on her fourth nomination. The film’s Color Cinematography was also nominated. She plays Gloria Wandrous a wanton girl with the titled message service that models [...]

Masque of the Red Death The (1964)

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Masque of the Red Death The (1964) Produced and directed by Roger Corman with a screenplay by Charles Beaumont and R. Wright Campbell (Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)) that was based on two Edgar Allan Poe stories (“The Masque of the Red Death” and “Hop-Frog”) this horror classic features Vincent Price as the tyrannical devil worshiping Prince Prospero Hazel Court as his castle-mate Juliana whom he convinces to sell her [...]

How the West Was Won (1962) – full review!

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How the West Was Won (1962) – full review! This epic Cinerama film begins with a flyover over shot of cloud-shrouded Rocky Mountains; narration is provided by Spencer Tracy throughout to connect its disparate storyline. Debbie Reynolds is the only character that survives from beginning to end. She’s part of the Prescott family headed by Karl Malden and Agnes Moorehead who ventures west after having a tough time of it farming ‘rocks’ [...]

More the Merrier The (1943)

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More the Merrier The (1943) Directed and produced by George Stevens (A Place in the Sun (1951) & still later Giant (1956)) this classic comedy features Jean Arthur as a woman living alone in wartime crowded Washington D.C. who sublets her apartment to Charles Coburn a wealthy businessman that becomes a matchmaker for the young working girl and Joel McCrea an Army aviation expert. Though she had intended on leasing to another young woman as [...]
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