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Lost Patrol The (1934)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lost Patrol The (1934) A great film familiar because it’s been copied about a troop of men who are trapped in a desert oasis and must survive snipers and each other while waiting for relief that may never come. Directed by John Ford the cast includes Victor McLaglen as the Sergeant Boris Karloff as a religious soldier (somewhat of a fanatic) Wallace Ford Reginald Denny Alan Hale as one of the soldiers who volunteers to go for help and J.M. [...]

42nd Street (1933)

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42nd Street (1933) This behind the scenes story of life on Broadway was nominated for a Best Picture (and Sound Recording) Oscar and features all the stars of the day including Ruby Keeler Dick Powell Warner Baxter Bebe Daniels George Brent Guy Kibbee Una Merkel Ned Sparks Allen Jenkins and Ginger Rogers in all their glory. It’s the quintessential film about those who dream of becoming a star on the world’s biggest stage & the [...]

All My Sons (1948) – full review!

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All My Sons (1948) – full review! Producer Chester Erskine wrote the screenplay for this Arthur Miller play about a son that discovers his financially successful father isn’t all that he seems to be; Irving Reis directed. Burt Lancaster plays the son Chris Keller Edward G. Robinson plays his factory owner father Joe (“if you want to know ask Joe”). Mady Christians plays Joe’s wife Kate Louisa Horton plays [...]

Two Sisters from Boston (1946)

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Two Sisters from Boston (1946) This musical comedy which includes opera starts slow but should satisfy those that stick with it. Directed by Henry Koster and written by Myles Connolly (Music for Millions (1944)) with additional dialogue provided by Harry Crane and James O’Hanlon it features the first pairing of June Allyson and Peter Lawford (unless you count Girl Crazy (1943) in which Lawford plays an uncredited boy). The credited cast [...]

Guns of the Pecos (1937)

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Guns of the Pecos (1937) Featuring Dick Foran as the “Singing Cowboy” with his trusty horse Smoke “the Wonder Horse”. Also appearing in the film is the prolific “B”-movie stock player Eddie Acuff. The setting begins with a placard describing the lawlessness of Texas before the advent of the Texas Ranger. We are then introduced to a small town judge Blake who is “The Law” of the community. He is [...]

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) Directed by Fred Niblo and co-written by Bess Meredyth (A Woman of Affairs (1928)) & Carey Wilson (Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)) among others this outstanding film is actually a remake that was later remade winning the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1959. Though primarily a B&W film this silent features several 2-strip Technicolor scenes (e.g. those with Jesus Christ including his birth & the [...]

Enemy Below The (1957)

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Enemy Below The (1957) One of a handful of films directed by actor Dick Powell with a screenplay by Wendell Mayes (Anatomy of a Murder (1959)) this essential World War II submarine film gives more of the surface Destroyer perspective as a U.S. Navy Captain (Robert Mitchum Story of G.I. Joe (1945)) matches wits with a German U-boat Commander (Curt Jurgens). It won an Oscar for Best Effects Special Effects even though all but the actual depth [...]

All Fall Down (1962)

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All Fall Down (1962) Directed by John Frankenheimer this William Inge (Splendor in the Grass (1961)) screenplay about relationships in a dysfunctional family features a pretty good cast: Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront (1954)) Karl Malden (A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)) Angela Lansbury (The Manchurian Candidate (1962)) Brandon De Wilde (Shane (1953)) and Warren Beatty (Bonnie and Clyde (1967)). While it may serve as a parable about how NOT [...]

Claudette Colbert

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Claudette Colbert Claudette Colbert was born Lily Claudette Chauchoin in Paris France in 1903; her family moved to the United States when she was three. Her first onscreen appearance was a starring role in her only silent film director Frank Capra’s (now lost) flop For the Love of Mike (1927) her last was a return to the big screen as Troy Donahue’s mother in Parrish (1961). Though she could be seen throughout the latter half of the [...]

Ivanhoe (1952)

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Ivanhoe (1952) Directed by Richard Thorpe and based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel of the same name this average romantic drama is set during the same time as the more famous Robin Hood story from which it borrows many of the same elements. Scott’s titled character is played by Robert Taylor a knight conflicted by a love triangle involving his childhood sweetheart (played by a very blonde Joan Fontaine) and a beautiful Jewish girl [...]
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