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Hangmen Also Die! (1943) – full review!

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Hangmen Also Die! (1943) – full review! This World War II propaganda thriller featuring a better than average plot and tolerable jingoism was co-produced and directed by Fritz Lang who also co-wrote its story (with Bertolt Brecht) that was adapted by John Wexley. Set in occupied Czechoslovakia the drama begins with the (unseen) assassination of the ruling Nazi official German officer Reinhard Heydrich (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski) known [...]

1935

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1935 1935 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Alice Adams (1935) Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) Captain Blood (1935) The Informer (1935) The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935) Les Misérables (1935) Naughty Marietta (1935) The Personal History Adventures Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger (1935) [...]

My Darling Clementine (1946)

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My Darling Clementine (1946) By Julie My Darling Clementine, Directed by John Ford, is loosely based around Wild West legends the Earp Brothers; (Wyatt, Virgil, Morgan and James) the Clanton Gang, and Doc Holliday, and follows events which led to the gun fight at the O.K Corral. Our main characters are Henry Fonda starring as Wyatt Earp, Victor Mature as Doc Holliday, and Linda Darnell as Chihuahua. Countless movies made been made about the [...]

Westfront 1918 (1930) – full review!

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Westfront 1918 (1930) – full review! Directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst with a screenplay by Peter Martin Lampel and Ladislaus Vajda which was based on a novel by Ernst Johannsen this above average foreign World War I drama with subtitles is every bit as good as the Academy Award winning Best Picture All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). Even though its storytelling is not as straightforward and its film-makers were not as skilled at [...]

Hasty Heart The (1949) – full review!

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Hasty Heart The (1949) – full review! Directed by Vincent Sherman with a screenplay by Ranald MacDougall (Mildred Pierce (1945)) that was based on the play by John Patrick (The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)) this slightly above average drama features the Academy Award nominated Best Actor performance by Richard Todd (his only) and what has to be one of best performances ever given by actor Ronald Reagan as well. Patricia Neal in only [...]

Defiant Ones The (1958)

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Defiant Ones The (1958) This Academy Award nominated film was an early race relations look at two prisoners one White – one Black who escape yet are chained to each other. Both Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier received Best Actor Oscar nominations. Theodore Bikel who plays the lawman leading the pursuit and Cara Williams who plays a woman they meet along the way that helps them picked up their only nominations (in the Supporting [...]

White Heat (1949)

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White Heat (1949) It’s hard to say what the best acting performance (captured on film) by James Cagney was. Initially typecast as a tough little "bad" guy from the streets of New York (e.g. Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)) with something to prove he exhibited terrific range particularly later in his career from his Best Actor Oscar winning portrayal of George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) to another biographical [...]

His Kind of Woman (1951)

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His Kind of Woman (1951) Howard Hughes was the executive producer of this film-noir crime drama thriller (with some comedic elements); John Farrow (Wake Island (1942)) was its director. It was written by Frank Fenton and Jack Leonard and stars Robert Mitchum Jane Russell Vincent Price Tim Holt Charles McGraw Marjorie Reynolds Raymond Burr Leslie Banning Jim Backus Philip Van Zandt John Mylong and Carleton Young. Mitchum plays a ‘down on his [...]

Topper Takes a Trip (1938)

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Topper Takes a Trip (1938) Produced by Hal Roach and directed by Norman McLeod this first sequel to the successful Topper (1937) fantasy comedy has more than Cary Grant missing from it. Even though Constance Bennett as the ghostly socialite Marion Kerby Roland Young in the title role (first name Cosmo) Billie Burke as Topper’s wife Clara and Alan Mowbray as Wilkins (their butler) return from the original this one seems too focused on its [...]

Riders of the Range (1950)

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Riders of the Range (1950) Directed by Lesley Selander and written by Norman Houston this B movie Tim Holt Western also includes his regular lady’s man sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty (Richard Martin). As the titled characters Holt plays Kansas Jones; he and Chito find themselves looking for work in Cedar Hill Arizona not far from Mesa City site of a George O’Brien B Western almost a dozen years earlier. Once in Cedar [...]
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