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Gazebo The (1959) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Gazebo The (1959) – full review! Directed by George Marshall based on a story by Alec Coppel (The Captain’s Paradise (1953)) with a screenplay by George Wells (Designing Woman (1957)) this slightly above average black comedy crime story is intricately written to cleverly tie everything together before its end making for a satisfying entertaining film. Leads Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds are supported by Carl Reiner and John McGiver [...]

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

May 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) by Julie The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is one of those films I’d happily recommend to friends and family and sit through time and time again whilst others watch it for the first time.  Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz who directed so many other great films, The Barefoot Contessa and Suddenly, Last Summer to name only two, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a film to be watched by family of all ages. Set in England, Gene [...]

Patch of Blue A (1965) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Patch of Blue A (1965) – full review! Directed by Academy Award winning Cinematographer Guy Green (Great Expectations (1946)) who also adapted Elizabeth Kata’s novel “Be Ready With Bells and Drums” this above average drama features Shelley Winters’s second Best Supporting Actress performance (The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)). This time she plays the unsympathetic role of a white trash mother to a sightless 18 year old [...]

Pillow Talk (1959)

August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Pillow Talk (1959) by Julie Pillow talk, starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall, was the first of three films these stars made together. The film also stars Thelma Ritter as an alcoholic house keeper called Alma. Thelma was nominated for Best Actress in a supporting role for Pillow Talk. This charming easy to follow romantic comedy follows interior decorator Jan Morrow (Day) and womanising song-writer Brad Allen (Hudson), who share the [...]

Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

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Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) Directed by Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry (1960)) who also wrote the screenplay for this Tennessee Williams (who has two screenplay Oscar nominations to his credit) play this above average drama with Paul Newman in the title role features Ed Begley’s Academy Award winning Supporting Actor performance (on his only nomination); Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful (1985)) received a Best Actress nomination and [...]

Little Caesar (1931)

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Little Caesar (1931) This Mervyn LeRoy film starring Edward G. Robinson in the title role received an Oscar nomination for Adapted Writing and was added to the National Film Registry in 2000. It features the "100 Years at the Movies" scene (shown frequently on TCM) in which gangster Robinson asks "Mother of mercy is this the end of Rico?" (#73 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list). Robinson’s Caesar Enrico Bandello [...]

Patterns (1956) – full review!

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Patterns (1956) – full review! It’s curious to me that very few corporate boardroom dramas exist and that the two best were released within a couple of years of each other. Like Executive Suite (1954) this Rod Serling teleplay (which he also adapted for the big screen) is an excellent business behind-the-scenes story that holds up today because of it authenticity. Van Heflin plays Fred Staples a sharp plant manager who is brought in [...]

Political Campaign Films

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Political Campaign Films Why “Political Campaign Films” and not just “Political Films”? Well the second term is a bit to vague and perhaps all encompassing depending upon your point-of-view. And I believe there may be some insight to be gained into politics if we examine how political campaigns have been portrayed throughout the years in classic film. As our society has changed and our sources for news have grown the [...]

Dark Victory (1939)

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Dark Victory (1939) Bette Davis stars as a rich woman who discovers she has developed a brain tumor (something with which I have personal experience). The excellent cast includes George Brent Humphrey Bogart Geraldine Fitzgerald Ronald Reagan and Henry Travers. Ms. Davis Max Steiner’s Score (he did go up that staircase with her) and the film itself were nominated for Academy Awards. Directed by Edmund Goulding the George Emerson Brewer [...]

Tom Jones (1963)

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Tom Jones (1963) The editing and background music in this film are/were unique and something to behold. Although you may have seen some of the techniques copied (unfortunately the only film which comes immediately to mind with regards to the editing is Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)) I feel fairly certain that freeze frames (with narrative voice-overs) characters playing (even talking) to the camera and the lyrical wipes & fades [...]
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