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Peeping Tom (1960)

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Peeping Tom (1960) Ahead of its time this above average thriller about a voyeuristic cinematographer who films the women he terrorizes and then kills while the camera is rolling was so scandalous in its day that it actually ruined the career of its British director (and uncredited producer) Michael Powell. His reputation was subsequently restored and revered in part because of another director Martin Scorsese who sought him out and found Powell [...]

The John Wayne Film Collection

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The John Wayne Film Collection Purchase this DVD Collection now at Allegheny Uprising (1939) – is an average action adventure drama which foretells the kind of conflicts that would lead to the Revolutionary War some years later. Set in 1759 Pennsylvania James Smith (John Wayne) leads a band of rebels from the Conococheague Valley to stop some enterprising businessmen (Brian Donlevy and Ian Wolfe) from trading with the Indians. But the [...]

Perla La (1947)

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Perla La (1947) Directed by Emilio Fernández who shared screenplay credits with Jack Wagner and John Steinbeck (A Medal for Benny (1945)) author of the novel “The Pearl” on which it’s based this Mexican drama stars Pedro Armendáriz and the beautiful María Elena Marqués as a poor married couple with child whose lives are forever changed when he finds an over-sized pearl. You may recognize Armendáriz from any number of [...]

Executive Suite (1954)

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Executive Suite (1954) A very good behind the scenes look at the corporate board room (of a furniture producer) and the decision making process when a company’s "close to the vest" chairman dies suddenly without a succession plan in place. The inevitable back-stabbing and politicking are played brilliantly by William Holden (the up and coming executive) Frederic March (the penny pinching accountant-type executive) Walter Pidgeon [...]

Tender Trap The (1955)

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Tender Trap The (1955) Because this comedy with music portrays the now dated male-female role viewpoints of the 1950’s it’s a less than satisfying experience today; perhaps the best that can be said about it is that it features the Academy Award nominated Jimmy Van Heusen-Sammy Cahn title song. Frank Sinatra is too old to play the swinging bachelor that attracts the prematurely “set in her ways” and too young bachelorette [...]

Strawberry Blonde The (1941)

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Strawberry Blonde The (1941) Directed by Raoul Walsh starring James Cagney Olivia de Havilland Rita Hayworth (in the title role) & Jack Carson and set in a simpler time (around the turn of the 20th Century) this slightly above average romantic comedy drama contains some unusual elements (Cagney’s character is a budding dentist!) but is basically a story about appreciating what you have. Carson as Hugo Barnstead marries Virginia Brush [...]

The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

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The Films of Alfred Hitchcock References: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock by Harris & Lasky; imdb.com; afi.com The Lodger (1927) – full review! Easy Virtue (1928) The Ring (1927) – full review! The Farmer’s Wife (1928) – full review! The Manxman (1929) – full review! Blackmail (1929) – full review! (photo) Juno and the Paycock (1930) – full review! Murder! (1930) The Skin Game (1931) – full [...]

July 2005 – Audrey Hepburn

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July 2005 – Audrey Hepburn Friday July 1 – Cars in the Movies (The Dawn of the Automobile Age) 6:00 AM It’s Love I’m After (1937) 8:00 AM The Charge Of The Light Brigade (1936) – Directed by Michael Curtiz this film features a Michael Jacoby (who co-wrote the screenplay) original story that was based on Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem. It stars Errol Flynn Olivia de Havilland David Niven Patric Knowles Henry [...]

Letter The (1940)

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Letter The (1940) Bette Davis gives her typical powerhouse (and Best Actress Academy Award nominated) performance in this essential drama as a woman accused of killing a man she claims was in self-defense. Herbert Marshall plays her husband who engages his lawyer (James Stephenson his only Oscar nominated performance Supporting) to defend her. Howard Koch adapted W. Somerset Maugham’s play which takes place on a rubber plantation. The film [...]

Streetcar Named Desire A (1951)

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Streetcar Named Desire A (1951) Brando’s pleading wail “Stella! Hey Stella!” (#45 of AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list) is just one of the many great lines in this essential Tennessee Williams drama; another is Vivien Leigh’s “I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers” (#75 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list). Directed by Elia Kazan (Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)) Williams’s [...]
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