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Saboteur (1942)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Saboteur (1942) An incredibly ambitious film which is almost like a first draft of (maybe) Hitchcock’s greatest film North By Northwest (1959). It contains the familiar “innocent man wrongly accused” etc. theme (as mentioned above in The 39 Steps (1935) description) which ultimately culminates in a thrilling climax at a famous American landmark. Robert Cummings and Priscilla Lane star (though Hitchcock originally wanted Gary [...]

Katharine Hepburn: 100th anniversary collection

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Katharine Hepburn: 100th anniversary collection Purchase this DVD Collection now at Morning Glory (1933) Sylvia Scarlett (1935) – a very unique comedy with romantic elements that features the first of the four Katharine Hepburn-Cary Grant pairings; directed by George Cukor and based on the Compton MacKenzie novel its screenplay was written by Gladys Unger John Collier and Mortimer Offner. Hepburn plays the title role whose character also [...]

Unknown The (1927)

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Unknown The (1927) A Tod Browning directed Lon Chaney silent classic! In this horror drama Chaney plays a criminal who hides his identity by wrapping up his arms such that he appears as an armless man attraction in a traveling circus. He has a helper (John George) the only other one who knows the truth that helps him wrap and unwrap his arms. But he can feed himself and throw knives his act with his feet! He falls in love with his assistant [...]

Free Soul A (1931)

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Free Soul A (1931) A pre-code classic starring Clark Gable Norma Shearer Lionel Barrymore and Leslie Howard. The first 45 minutes or so (don’t blink it sizzles) and the dialogue are especially great. Directed by Clarence Brown who along with Shearer earned an Oscar nomination; Barrymore won (on his ONLY acting nomination!) as Best Actor in a Leading Role. Gable is Ace Wilfong a mob leader that lawyer Stephen Ashe (Barrymore) successfully [...]

The Trouble with Harry (1955)

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The Trouble with Harry (1955) The quintessential "black" humor film from director Alfred Hitchcock. With a story line later copied (poorly I might add) the "trouble with Harry" is that he’s dead and his corpse is a bother. For various reasons Edmund Gwenn (his fourth & last Hitchcock film) John Forsythe Mildred Natwick and Shirley MacLaine (her first film) can’t quite decide what to do with the body; they bury [...]

The Falcon’s Brother (1942)

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The Falcon’s Brother (1942) The fourth film and the transition in the Falcon series The Falcon (George Sanders) goes to meet his brother’s boat arriving from South America only to find out that he’s dead. The police inspector (Cliff Clark) and his detective (Edward Gargan) rule it a suicide by poison; the Falcon surreptitiously finds that it was murder. Sanders also discovers that the body isn’t his brother but [...]

Counsellor at Law (1933)

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Counsellor at Law (1933) Directed by William Wyler this is the best early film of his I’ve seen! The film opens in the hustle and bustle of a law firm in the Empire State Building New York City. It gives a terrific sense of the hurried and harried lives of several individuals in the Simon & Tedesco office as well as the physical layout of the suites themselves. We are introduced to the receptionist/phone operator (Isabell Jewel) the [...]

Suspicion (1941)

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Suspicion (1941) This is the first movie that the "Master of Suspense" (Alfred Hitchcock) used Cary Grant as his leading man and it’s certainly the weakest in the four film series (perhaps in part because the suspicion is whether or not Mr. Grant’s character is the bad guy!). It’s the second (and last) time he used Joan Fontaine as his leading lady though her understated performance earned her several awards including [...]

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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