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Brief Encounter (1945)

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Director David Lean earned the first Academy recognition for his career when he received a Best Director Oscar nomination and a Screenplay Writing nomination he shared with Anthony Havelock-Allan & Ronald Neame for this essential romance drama starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Johnson received her only Oscar recognition a Best Actress nomination for her role as a British housewife in an unexciting marriage such that a “brief [...]

Too Many Husbands (1940)

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Too Many Husbands (1940) Released less than two months prior to a similar (& essential) comedy My Favorite Wife (1940) this one was based on a W. Somerset Maugham play (with a screenplay by Claude Binyon) that begins with the same concept but the overall story and its execution isn’t nearly as good. It was produced and directed by Wesley Ruggles (Cimarron (1931)) and though its principle cast is almost as strong as the later film it [...]

The Last Emperor (1987)

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The Last Emperor (1987) Pretty good film biography about Pu Yi the last of the Emperors of China (more interesting than most documentaries). It won all NINE Academy Awards for which it was nominated like Gigi (1958) Best Picture and two for Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist (1970)) for Best Director & Screenplay Writing among them. Based on the autobiography by Henry Pu-yi – the title character it’s a story of the boy that was chosen [...]

The Falcon Takes Over (1942)

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The Falcon Takes Over (1942) The third film in the Falcon series Though the Raymond Chandler novel Farewell My Lovely was more famously used to revive – transform singing hoofer Dick Powell’s career when it was adapted by director Edward Dmytryk and screenwriter John Paxton into Murder My Sweet (1944) a couple of years hence and became a vehicle for an aged Robert Mitchum in 1975 the first screen version of it was used to make this third [...]

John Qualen

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John Qualen John Qualen is not readily identifiable by many classic movie fans even though this prolific character actor was part of John Ford’s famed stock company and appeared in more than 130 feature films and dozens of television programs. Born on December 8th 1899 in Vancouver British Columbia Canada to Norwegian parents Qualen grew up in Elgin Illinois. Shortly after his twenty ninth birthday he got his first break playing a Swedish [...]

Captain Newman M.D. (1963)

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Captain Newman M.D. (1963) Gregory Peck plays an Army doctor (the title character) that heads up Ward 7 the psychiatric unit at a U. S. Military base in Arizona in 1944. Not unlike Operation Petticoat (1959) before it nor MASH (1970) after this story uses war as a backdrop for a comedy with dramatic elements. Though this one is set far from enemy lines it incorporates many of the same elements & themes by telling the stories of the patients [...]

Blockade (1938)

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Blockade (1938) Directed by William Dieterle (The Life of Emile Zola (1937)) and written by John Howard Lawson this below average war drama attempts to evoke sympathy for the struggles of peasants during the Spanish Civil War. Henry Fonda plays a simple farmer named Marco who becomes a leader in the resistance against the invaders who would take their land and livelihood. Leo Carrillo plays his sheepherder friend Luis and Madeline Carroll plays [...]

In Which We Serve (1942)

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In Which We Serve (1942) Producer director (with David Lean) and original screenplay writer Noel Coward earned an Honorary Award for this outstanding production achievement to go along with the only other Academy recognition he received in his career for this film: Best Picture & Best Writing Oscar nominations. He also played the lead role British Navy Captain Edward V. Kinross in this excellent war drama about the special love seamen have [...]

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) This remake by director Alfred Hitchcock of his 1934 film employs James Stewart Doris Day Bernard Miles Brenda de Banzie Daniel Gélin as Louis Bernard Alan Mowbray and Reggie Maldar (playing the Peter Lorre character from the first) among others. Stewart and Day are "married with child" (Hank played by Christopher Olsen) learn a secret on vacation causing Hank to be kidnapped. The many memorable scenes [...]

Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

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Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) Using Jules Verne’s novel about modern transportation and the resultant “shrinking globe” James Poe John Farrow and S.J. Perelman won an Oscar for their adapted screenplay. Producer (& Elizabeth Taylor’s third husband) Michael Todd whose film technique Todd-AO was used for only the second time in this movie won his only Oscar (he was killed less than a year later in a plane [...]
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