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Airport (1970)

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Airport (1970) O.K. so it’s not a very good movie. But it is the film that popularized the modern star studded disaster movie and for that we should be grateful? Well at least it served as the basis for the hilarious spoof – Airplane! (1980). This thriller about a bomber on an airplane was based on a best selling novel by Arthur Hailey. It features Burt Lancaster (the airport manager) Dean Martin (as the pilot that ought to tell you [...]

Picture of Dorian Gray The (1945)

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Picture of Dorian Gray The (1945) Adapted from the Oscar Wilde novel by its director Albert Lewin this essential drama features amusing dialogue most of which is spoken by George Sanders (in particular) as Lord Henry Wotton – including "forgive me for the intelligence of my argument; I’d forgotten that you were a Member of Parliament." It stars Hurt Hatfield (his signature role) as Dorian Gray a man who’s seemingly [...]

Gun Law (1938)

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Gun Law (1938) George O’Brien plays Marshal Tom O’Malley in this B-Western directed by David Howard and written by Oliver Drake. He happens upon the notorious Raven (Edward Pawley) in the desert and discovers that he’s the target of the outlaw’s plans. But after getting the drop on the Marshal the Raven drinks some bad water and dies. After O’Malley is saved from a similar fate by a Parson and his daughter Ruth (Rita Oehmen) he decides [...]

Arrowsmith (1931) – full review!

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Arrowsmith (1931) – full review! Produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by the soon-to-be-great John Ford with an Academy Award nominated screenplay from Sidney Howard (who finally succeeded in adapting Sinclair Lewis’s novel for the screen) this is probably one of the weaker Best Picture nominees. Richard Day’s Art Direction and Ray June’s Cinematography give it a (return to) silent film quality which was probably [...]

Caddy The (1953) – full review!

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Caddy The (1953) – full review! Directed by Norman Taurog (Skippy (1931)) with a story by Danny Arnold who also wrote the screenplay with Edmund Hartmann this Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin comedy is full of laughs especially if you like Lewis’s antics: his many voices & physical humor. If you’re a fan of golf you will enjoy seeing Ben Hogan & Sam Snead (among others) swinging the clubs. The cast also includes Donna Reed [...]

The Skin Game (1931) – full review!

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The Skin Game (1931) – full review! Directed by Alfred Hitchcock who along with his wife Alma Reville adapted the John Galsworthy play the film’s title (in lieu of its more modern definition) refers to something akin to "an eye for an eye" where everyone turns out blind in the end. In other words no one has "clean hands" in the final accounting of this kind of grudge match. This average drama is not as bad as I [...]

Edward G. Robinson

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Edward G. Robinson Edward G. Robinson was born in Bucharest Romania on December 12 1893. Though he’d begun his Hollywood acting career years earlier (first appearing onscreen during the silent era) it was director Mervyn LeRoy’s Little Caesar (1931) that made him a star. Playing the title role of a diminutive gangster that wanted to be a big shot Robinson gave his character Enrico Bandello an energy akin to James Cagney’s portrayal of Tom [...]

Hawaiians The (1970)

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Hawaiians The (1970) Based on the James Michener novel Hawaii this sequel (to Hawaii (1966)) received a Best Costume Design Oscar nomination. It follows the life of ‘Whip’ Hoxworth played by Charlton Heston and those he comes in contact with through many years on the islands before they became our 50th state including the introduction of the telephone and early automobile. Directed by Tom Gries with a screenplay by James R. Webb (How the [...]

RKO B Westerns

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RKO B Westerns RKO Radio Pictures made dozens of B Westerns with either George O’Brien or Tim Holt in the lead role; they even made one (The Renegade Ranger (1938)) that starred both of them with Rita Hayworth (the year before she had her breakout role as Richard Barthelmess’s wife in Howard Hawks’s Only Angels Have Wings (1939) with Cary Grant and Jean Arthur)! O’Brien had been a silent film star in director John [...]

Dangerous When Wet (1953)

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Dangerous When Wet (1953) Directed by Charles Walters (Lili (1953)) and written by Dorothy Kingsley (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)) this Esther Williams film also stars her future husband Fernando Lamas who swims with her during this musical romantic comedy. Though absent much of the spectacular synchronized swimming that’s a staple in virtually all of her other films this one does feature an extended animated sequence in which [...]
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