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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) O.K. now everybody whistle. A long film about “keeping a stiff upper lip” following orders and leadership earned David Lean his first Best Director Oscar (though Howard Hawks was originally asked to direct it). Can you image Cary Grant (as was originally planned) in lieu of William Holden? Alec Guinness received his only Best Actor Oscar; Sessue Hayakawa his only nomination. This Academy Award [...]

Lilies of the Field (1963)

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Lilies of the Field (1963) Sidney Poitier won his Best Actor Oscar on his second (and last to date) nomination playing Homer Smith an out-of-work construction worker that helps a group of foreign (East European) Catholic nuns build their church and learn to speak English. Lilia Skala earned her only Academy Award nomination (Supporting Actress) playing the head Mother Superior Maria. There are lots of wonderful touching moments and funny [...]

1944

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1944 1944 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Going My Way (1944) Double Indemnity (1944) Gaslight (1944) Since You Went Away (1944) Wilson (1944) Best Actor in a Leading Role Bing Crosby Going My Way (1944) Charles Boyer Gaslight (1944) Barry Fitzgerald Going My Way (1944) Cary Grant None But the Lonely Heart (1944) Alexander Knox Wilson (1944) Best Actress in a Leading Role Ingrid [...]

Wizard of Oz The (1939)

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Wizard of Oz The (1939) I used to watch this annually when I was a child didn’t you? Judy Garland singing “Over the Rainbow” #1 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time and an Oscar winner to boot was nearly cut from the film! The film’s score which features “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead (#82 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time) also won the Oscar. Mervyn LeRoy’s film was nominated for Best [...]

Confidential Agent (1945)

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Confidential Agent (1945) Directed by Herman Shumlin Robert Buckner (Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)) adapted the screenplay from the Graham Greene (The Fallen Idol (1948)) novel of the same name. Unfortunately this war time drama fails to connect. In fact it leaves one feeling that it could have been better given the cast … perhaps Greene’s story is to blame. There’s evidence of some serious editing however to get the film in under [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Alfie (1966)

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Alfie (1966) Michael Caine earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination in the title role. The film’s about a morally bankrupt British playboy who realizes just enough about who he is and what he’s doing to feel guilty about it. Along the way he seduces and/or encounters several women he dubs “birds” including Millicent Martin who even wants to introduce Alfie to her husband (?!) Shelley Winters a financially comfortable [...]

Woman’s World (1954)

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Woman’s World (1954) This Jean Negulesco-directed drama about big business was released several months after the better known Executive Suite (1954). The film was a relatively early CinemaScope production that followed the director’s earlier and more successful use of the technology: How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and Three Coins in a Fountain (1954). Therefore it begins with some lavish sweeping aerial shots of New York City [...]

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 [...]
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