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The Sound of Music (1965)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sound of Music (1965) A review of this film 40 years after its release! Capitalizing on two “hot” properties of the early sixties director Robert Wise (West Side Story (1961)) and the infinitely talented Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins (1964)) this film delivers some pure cinematic magic like none before it nor since especially the sequences which feature the songs “Do Re Mi” (#88 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All [...]

FBI Story The (1959) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

FBI Story The (1959) – full review! Produced & directed by Mervyn LeRoy with a screenplay by Richard Breen (Titanic (1953)) and John Twist that was based on a book by Don Whitehead this overlong drama begins strongly when its principal character and narrator James Stewart as agent John ‘Chip’ Hardesty tells how the titled agency used it vast yet efficient resources to find the person (Nick Adams) responsible for blowing up [...]

Disney’s LL Remake Trilogy

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Disney’s LL Remake Trilogy I recently watched The Parent Trap (1961) again – thanks to TCM – with my daughter since it’s a movie we both enjoy and we’ve also watched The Parent Trap (1998) a couple of times together as well. TCM’s December 2008 Spotlight – The Family Classics – not only featured the original but also included the two other Disney productions that the studio later remade with (pre-rehab) Lindsay [...]

Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) – full review!

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Last Train from Gun Hill (1959) – full review! The title of this above average Western refers to a train that Kirk Douglas’s Marshal Matt Morgan must make at the end of the drama. But first the lawman wait most of the day for the train and then face a gauntlet to get to the station with his prisoner – Earl Holliman as Rick Belden – much like Van Heflin had to with Glenn Ford in 3:10 to Yuma (1957). Whereas Ford was the [...]

December 2004 – James Stewart

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December 2004 – James Stewart Wednesday December 1 – Typical American Families;-) 6:00 AM Nosferatu (1922) – one of the scariest films ever made (even though it’s over 80 years old!) featuring Max Schreck’s unforgettable performance. 7:30 AM Metropolis (1927) – Fritz Lang’s acclaimed silent! 9:45 AM The Birds (1963) 3:15 PM King Kong (1933) 5:00 PM The Thing From Another World (1951) 10:00 PM Arsenic And [...]

Movie Mothers

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Movie Mothers While writing my essay about Irene Dunne I reflected on two of her later and most memorable roles – playing mother characters in Life with Father (1947) and I Remember Mama (1948) – and recalled several other classic movie moms and the actresses who portrayed them ideally. I then thought it would be appropriate to explore further the best of Hollywood’s studio era film mothers. Whether they were protective [...]

Sea Wolf The (1941)

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Sea Wolf The (1941) Not unlike Charles Laughton’s Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Edward G. Robinson plays a maniacal sadistic Captain of a ship named the Ghost which has garnered quite a reputation. Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca (1942)) this Jack London novel was adapted by Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men (1949)). This excellent drama features Special Effects which were nominated for an Academy Award. John [...]

Invisible Stripes (1939)

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Invisible Stripes (1939) Directed by Lloyd Bacon this crime drama boasts a terrific cast which includes George Raft Humphrey Bogart William Holden Jane Bryan Flora Robson Henry O’Neill Paul Kelly and Lee Patrick in addition to several well known and recognizable character actors who appear uncredited. The story is about two cons Raft & Bogart getting out of prison after serving their time. Raft’s character wants to go straight to [...]

Calamity Jane (1953)

July 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Calamity Jane (1953) By Julie I cannot imagine any other actress than Doris Day playing the part of Calamity Jane in the 1953 Musical of the same name. Full of fun, humour, and great catchy songs including one of Doris Day’s best “Secret Love”, Calamity Jane is a childhood favorite of mine. The Wild West Musical also stars Howard Keel as Wild Bill Hickok, Philip Carey as Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin and Allyn Ann McLerie as Katie Brown. From [...]

All Through the Night (1941)

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All Through the Night (1941) It’s a comedy it’s a drama it’s a patriotic war film – it’s all three! Directed by Vincent Sherman with a screenplay by Leonard Spigelgass and Edwin Gilbert. Humphrey Bogart plays a cheesecake loving New York gangster who ultimately discovers a group of Nazi’s are operating in the city and planning to blow up the U.S. Navy’s newest battleship in the harbor. Conrad Veidt plays [...]
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