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October 2006 – Child Stars

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October 2006 – Child Stars Two for the Road (1967) – a TCM premiere! Goke Body Snatcher from Hell (1968) aka Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro (1968) – a TCM premiere! Private Screenings: Child Stars (2006) – a TCM premiere! The Towering Inferno (1974) – all new comments in TCM Picks Antonio Gaudi (1986) aka Antonio Gaudí (1984) – a TCM premiere! The Dick Cavett Show: Bette Davis (1971) – a TCM premiere! [...]

By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)

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By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) Based on Booth Tarkington’s ‘Penrod’ stories this sequel to On Moonlight Bay (1951) reunites much of its cast to portray a delightfully dated version of post World War I small town America; a family musical comedy directed by David Butler with a screenplay from Irving Elinson and Robert O’Brien that stars Doris Day Gordon MacRae Billy Gray Leon Ames Rosemary DeCamp and Mary Wickes [...]

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 [...]

In This Our Life (1942)

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In This Our Life (1942) Bette Davis plays a particularly nasty bitch in this one a self centered sociopath. First she dumps her fiancé (George Brent) in order to steal the husband (Dennis Morgan) of her sister played by Olivia de Havilland. De Havilland’s character and their mother (Billie Burke) constantly make excuses or apologize for their sister’s or daughter’s respectively behavior because among other things Davis’s [...]

Thief of Bagdad The (1940)

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Thief of Bagdad The (1940) Outstanding Technicolor delight that won Oscars for Color Art Direction & Cinematography as well as Special Effects; Miklós Rózsa’s Score was nominated too (his first). Michael Powell had a hand in directing this remake of the 1924 classic which stars Sabu in lieu of Douglas Fairbanks in the title role. June Duprez plays the Princess – coveted by the evil Jaffar (Conrad Veidt) – that falls in love [...]

The Fighting Gringo (1939)

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The Fighting Gringo (1939) Directed by David Howard and written by Oliver Drake this George O’Brien B Western is a story about a land grab by some Texas “Gringos” from a Mexican land owner. In addition to its star the cast features other RKO regulars like Glenn Strange and Slim Whitaker who plays O’Brien’s trusted colleague Monty. Famed gunfighter Wade Barton (O’Brien) and his gang of twelve happen upon a stagecoach that’s [...]

Yakuza The (1974)

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Yakuza The (1974) Produced and directed by Sydney Pollack (They Shoot Horses Don’t They? (1969)) with a story by Leonard Schrader that adapted by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne (Chinatown (1974)) this average action drama set in Japan stars Robert Mitchum as Harry Kilmer. It’s a Japanese gangster story about honor and fulfilling one’s debts that starts with greed and betrayal. It includes samurai sword battles that pale in [...]

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) A film which begins with a school teacher glorifying war to his young German students who then enlist only to learn the true horror of it during World War I. Participating in this film caused lead actor Lew Ayres to become a conscientious objector during WW II; Louis Wolheim (among others) also appears. The film and its director (Lewis Milestone) won Oscars its Writers (George Abbott Maxwell Anderson and Del [...]

End of the World-Last Man on Earth dramas

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End of the World-Last Man on Earth dramas As part of TCM’s Martin Luther King Day marathon in 2008 the channel showed The World the Flesh and the Devil (1959) one of the earliest of so many “last man on earth” sci-fi dramas that have been produced for the big screen or as “movies of the week” for television over the years. The first one that I can remember seeing was The Omega Man (1971) featuring Charlton Heston (in [...]

Old Maid The (1939)

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Old Maid The (1939) Certainly worthy of some tear-jerking. Miriam Hopkins’s character spurns a soldier (George Brent) who her cousin (Bette Davis) has always liked. While comforting him before he goes off to fight in the Civil War Davis’s character becomes pregnant. When Brent is then killed Davis starts an orphanage to prevent scandal. Later out of financial need Davis seeks Hopkins now a rich widow who helps by adopting her child [...]
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