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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) The best of director John Ford’s (and actor John Wayne‘s) U.S. Cavalry trilogy which includes Fort Apache (1948) & Rio Grande (1950) this essential Western won Cinematographer Winton Hoch his second of three Oscars (on three nominations). Hoch’s sweeping views of Utah’s Monument Valley and beautiful blue cloud dotted skies are unforgettable. It’s based on stories by James Warner [...]

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

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Cool Hand Luke (1967) The best prison drama ever? Undoubtedly! Paul Newman in the title role of Lucas ‘Luke’ Jackson (AFI’s #30 hero) received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination and George Kennedy won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing the tough Dragline who’s at first at odds with newcomer Luke until he sees the man’s “never give up” fight in their mismatched boxing bout. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg it was [...]

Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) – full review!

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Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) – full review! Directed by Michael Curtiz with a screenplay by Warren Duff and Robert Buckner this historical drama Western was one of Warner Bros.’s first Technicolor films. Not only does it cover a subject I had not seen previously discussed the harmful practice of using hoses to wash away entire hillsides to find gold but it’s delightful to see so many known actors in color for the very first [...]

Tender Mercies (1983)

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Tender Mercies (1983) Robert Duvall earned his Best Actor Oscar playing Mac Sledge an alcoholic country and western singer and songwriter who finds solace and eventually love at a remote roadside motel run by a young war widow (and mother of a six year old boy Sonny; Allan Hubbard’s only role) Rosa Lee played by Tess Harper. Placing no real demands on him other than he not drink while doing odd jobs for her she provides him with just what [...]

The Great Diamond Robbery (1954)

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The Great Diamond Robbery (1954) This – the last MGM film of Red Skelton – minor comedy was directed by Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld (1936)) and written by Martin Rackin and László Vadnay . In addition to the headliner comedian the cast includes Cara Williams James Whitmore Kurt Kasznar and Reginald Owen among others. Skelton plays an accomplished diamond cutter (!) that has worked for Bainbridge Gibbons (Owen) for 20 years. Found [...]

Titanic (1943) – full review!

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Titanic (1943) – full review! A German (language with subtitles) propaganda film that makes outrageous assertions about the tragic history of this famous (titled) White Star Line ship initially thought to be unsinkable. In fact Werner Klingler had to assume directorial duties of this fictionalized historical drama when Herbert Selpin who co-wrote the screenplay with Walter Zerlett-Olfenius made some critical comments about his own [...]

Young and the Brave The (1963)

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Young and the Brave The (1963) Except for the fact that it was shot in letterbox format this film is not unlike a TV “Movie of the Week” given it’s pedestrian direction and cinematography. It was directed by Francis Lyon an Oscar winning co-editor of the John Garfield boxing film Body and Soul (1947) and sometime feature film director who directed several TV series before and one after he did this one. The story and screenplay [...]

September 2006 – William Holden

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September 2006 – William Holden The Mouse That Roared (1959) – a TCM premiere! The Conformist (1970) aka Il Conformista (1970) – an all new capsule review! Married Bachelor (1941) – an all new full review! Tender Mercies (1983) – an all new capsule review! Breaker Morant (1980) – all new comments in TCM Picks Beyond the Rocks (1922) – all new comments in TCM Picks Peeping Tom (1960) – an all new [...]

Affairs of Anatol The (1921)

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Affairs of Anatol The (1921) Produced (and directed) by Cecil B. DeMille “by Jeanie Macpherson suggested by Arthur Schnitzler’s play of the same name (appreciation of their literary assistance is extended to Beulah Marie Dix and Elmer Harris)” this silent comedy-drama features Wallace Reid in the title role; Gloria Swanson plays his wife Vivian Spencer. The film includes several experiments in color some scenes are tinted and (at [...]

Kind Lady (1935)

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Kind Lady (1935) Quite a bit different from the superior 1951 remake starring Ethel Barrymore this original thriller-drama features Aline MacMahon in the title role of Mary Herries a generous wealthy war widow who’s too trusting for her own good such that she’s taken advantage of by an unscrupulous starving artist Henry Abbott played by Basil Rathbone. It was directed by George Seitz with a screenplay by Bernard Schubert that was [...]
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