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Our Town (1940)

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Our Town (1940) Directed by Sam Wood (Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)) this Best Picture Oscar nominated drama is a pretty good adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s well known Pulitzer Prize winning play. Of course Wilder adapted it along with Frank Craven (who also appears in the film as the Stage Manager that narrates – speaking directly to the camera) and Harry Chandlee. It stars Martha Scott who received her only Academy Award recognition [...]

January 2006 – Robert Montgomery

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January 2006 – Robert Montgomery Sunday January 1 – Sinbads – HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 6:15 AM The Clock (1945) – an above average film about a G.I. (Robert Walker) who’s got a two day leave in New York and falls in love with a young woman (Judy Garland). James Gleason plays a milkman who enables their romance by driving them around. Gleason’s real wife Lucile plays his wife in the film. Keenan Wynn also appears. [...]

Double Life A (1947)

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Double Life A (1947) A knockout (Oscar winning Best Actor) performance by Ronald Colman this "Othello"-based story actually earned celebrated writers Garson Kanin & Ruth Gordon their first Best Writing Original Screenplay nomination as well; director George Cukor was also nominated. Edmond O’Brien Shelley Winters and Ray Collins also appear. Colman is an actor who becomes the characters he plays. He becomes so consumed by [...]

Of Human Bondage (1934)

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Of Human Bondage (1934) Better than average this film stars Bette Davis (write in Academy Award Best Actress nomination!) as an unlovable waitress who’s pursued by club-footed artist come medical student played by Leslie Howard who loves her at his peril. She runs off with Alan Hale’s character only to later return to him pregnant. He breaks his relationship with Kay Johnson’s character because of his obsession with [...]

Cornered (1945)

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Cornered (1945) Directed by Edward Dmytryk (Crossfire (1947)) this film is a mess. First it stars Dick Powell (!) as a blustering ex-P.O.W. Canadian pilot (!). After the war he’s bent on trying to find the man who killed his wife of only 20 days (must have been some woman!). The plot is unbelievable and so confusing with so many twists and turns you’ll get whiplash trying to keep up if you’re even interested enough to try. Plus [...]

Harder They Fall The (1956)

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Harder They Fall The (1956) This great boxing movie features Humphrey Bogart’s last on-screen performance. He plays Eddie Willis a has-been sportswriter that’s hired to promote an Argentinian boxer named Toro Moreno (Mike Lane) by the fighter’s owner Nick Benko played by Rod Steiger. Benko has arranged bouts for Toro against bums or others who will take a fall to enable his “boxer” to earn a title fight. This sets [...]

Robbers of the Range (1941)

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Robbers of the Range (1941) This Tim Holt B-Western was directed by Edward Killy and written by Morton Grant and Arthur V. Jones from a story by Oliver Drake. Holt plays rancher Jim Drummond who assumes the name of a notorious gunslinger named Curly Yantis (initially played by Malcolm McTaggart) in order to infiltrate J.R. Rankin’s (LeRoy Mason) gang. Rankin ostensibly working for a railroad run by Colonel Lodge (George Melford) decides to [...]

Billy Budd (1962) – full review!

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Billy Budd (1962) – full review! Better known today as a two-time winner of the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award Peter Ustinov also produced directed and/or wrote a handful of other films in which he usually appeared as an actor as well. Bringing this classic Herman Melville seafaring novel about good vs. evil to the big screen was his last production; Ustinov directed it played one of the main characters and (along with DeWitt Bodeen) [...]

Sing and Like It (1934)

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Sing and Like It (1934) A cleverly written comedy with a familiar story: a mobster wants to get into show business in order to feature a female act he likes. However the twist in this one is that the female isn’t the mob’s moll but a singer whose song makes the boss so sentimental he cries. Directed by William A. Seiter with a screenplay by Marion Dix and Laird Doyle that was based on a story by Aben Kandel the cast includes a lot of [...]

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 [...]
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