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Kind Lady (1935)

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Kind Lady (1935) Quite a bit different from the superior 1951 remake starring Ethel Barrymore this original thriller-drama features Aline MacMahon in the title role of Mary Herries a generous wealthy war widow who’s too trusting for her own good such that she’s taken advantage of by an unscrupulous starving artist Henry Abbott played by Basil Rathbone. It was directed by George Seitz with a screenplay by Bernard Schubert that was [...]

Blockade (1938)

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Blockade (1938) Directed by William Dieterle (The Life of Emile Zola (1937)) and written by John Howard Lawson this below average war drama attempts to evoke sympathy for the struggles of peasants during the Spanish Civil War. Henry Fonda plays a simple farmer named Marco who becomes a leader in the resistance against the invaders who would take their land and livelihood. Leo Carrillo plays his sheepherder friend Luis and Madeline Carroll plays [...]

See Here Private Hargrove (1944)

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See Here Private Hargrove (1944) Based on a book by Marion Hargrove of his exploits at Fort Bragg during boot camp the film features Robert Walker in the title role. Keenan Wynn and William “Bill” Phillips (among others) play fellow soldiers in his unit. Chill Wills is their Sergeant Cramp. At the beginning of the film Hargrove is a newspaper writer who is constantly getting in trouble with his editor boss played by Ray Collins. Once [...]

Come Blow Your Horn (1963) – full review!

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Come Blow Your Horn (1963) – full review! Directed by Bud Yorkin who co-produced this slightly above average light comedy with Norman Lear who wrote the screenplay adapting a play by Neil Simon who earned his first motion picture screen credit it stars 47 year old Frank Sinatra playing a 39 year old older brother to a 21 year old character played by Tony Bill and the son of Lee J. Cobb’s (though Cobb himself was only 51 at the time) [...]

Unholy Three The (1925) – full review!

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Unholy Three The (1925) – full review! Co-produced and directed by Tod Browning this above average silent crime drama was later remade as a sound picture with two members of the original cast Lon Chaney and Harry Earles. Based on the novel by Tod Robbins with scenario by Waldemar Young (The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)) Chaney plays Professor Echo a ventriloquist who teams with dwarf Earles dubbed Tweedledee and strongman Victor [...]

Face In The Crowd A (1957)

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Face In The Crowd A (1957) Always a timely film a story about demagoguery. Featuring a performance you won’t believe nor soon forget by Mayberry‘s Andy Griffith. Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau provide great support as well in this Elia Kazan directed film. Also see Anthony Franciosa and Lee Remick. Added to the National Film Registry in 2008. Purchase this DVD now [...]

The French Connection (1971)

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The French Connection (1971) The first R-rated film to win the Oscar for Best Picture; Gene Hackman (“Popeye” Doyle is AFI’s #44 hero) won his first and only Best Actor Oscar playing an intense cop trying to bring down a narcotics smuggler. Director William Friedkin won his only Oscar though he was later nominated for The Exorcist (1973). Many classic scenes including a harrowing car chase and the complete dismantling of a car [...]

Double Indemnity (1944)

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Double Indemnity (1944) The penultimate film noir other than perhaps The Maltese Falcon (1941). Fred MacMurray plays Walter Neff an insurance salesman seduced by Barbara Stanwyck’s Phyllis Dietrichson (AFI’s #8 villain) into killing her husband (Tom Powers). Edward G. Robinson is the claims manager Barton Keyes who is assigned to investigate. Noted character actor Porter Hall also appears as a kind of witness to the "act". [...]

Money and the Woman (1940)

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Money and the Woman (1940) Up and coming bank VP Dave Bennett (Jeffrey Lynn) goes to visit the branch that has an outstanding deposit record to figure out why. When he does he and the branch manager Jerry Helm (John Litel) witness the head of that department Charlie Patterson (Roger Pryor) exhibit extraordinary personal service. However when Bennett offers him a promotion Patterson declines the offer and doubles over in pain. Once Patterson [...]

Across to Singapore (1928)

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Across to Singapore (1928) Directed by William Nigh with titles by Academy Award winner Joseph Farnham this silent drama stars Ramon Novarro Joan Crawford and Ernest Torrence. Set in a (New England?) sailing community Novarro and Crawford play childhood playmates who have grown up he into a man almost big enough to sail with his brother’s (Torrence) ship she into a woman old enough to be betrothed. When Torrence’s ship the Nathan [...]
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