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Desperate Journey (1942)

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Desperate Journey (1942) Don’t take this one too seriously just sit back and enjoy this World War II action adventure which features a great cast. Directed by Raoul Walsh this Arthur T. Horman original screenplay is about an Allied bomber which is hit by enemy fire that has to crash land behind enemy lines. Its crew led by Errol Flynn must then find their way back to friendly territory. Along the way they disrupt as many Axis operations as [...]

Age of Consent The (1932)

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Age of Consent The (1932) Directed by Gregory La Cava (My Man Godfrey (1936) & Stage Door (1937)) and executive produced by David O. Selznick the screenplay for this Martin Flavin play was written by Sarah Y. Mason (Little Women (1933)) & Francis M. Cockrell. The film is a dated drama about “free love” on college campuses. There are a couple of scenes where the characters are seen discussing this and that while sitting on a [...]

Pride of the Marines (1945)

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Pride of the Marines (1945) John Garfield plays Al Schmid a single friend of married couple Jim & Ella Merchant (Jim Ridgely & Ann Doran) and their teenage daughter Loretta (Ann Todd). Like happily married people are wont to do they set Al up on a blind date against his will with Ruth Hartley (Eleanor Parker). But after resisting getting involved with her they begin dating. One day at Al’s workplace where he is a welder he learns [...]

Swan The (1956) – full review!

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Swan The (1956) – full review! Directed by Charles Vidor with a screenplay by John Dighton (Roman Holiday (1953)) this average romantic drama with comedic elements stars Grace Kelly (The Country Girl (1954)) in the title role as a Princess who hopes to (marry to) become a Queen. Ironically production on this film was wrapped up (at the Biltmore House in North Carolina) just before Christmas when Prince Rainier of Monaco who had been [...]

Dude Cowboy (1941)

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Dude Cowboy (1941) This Tim Holt B Western was written by Morton Grant and directed by David Howard. The story revolves around counterfeiting and Holt is joined by his frequent sidekicks Ray Whitley as Smokey who sings at least 3 songs intermixed with the ‘action’ and Lee ‘Lasses’ White as (Professor) Whopper (Hatch) who provides the comic relief along with Helen Holmes who plays Aunt Althea Carter a fairly refined woman that’s [...]

Kameradschaft (1931)

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Kameradschaft (1931) A year after directing the enlightening World War I drama Westfront 1918 (1930) Georg Wilhelm Pabst directed this foreign language (with subtitles) drama about “comradeship” between French and German miners who work the same coal mine on opposite sites of the border. Like director John Ford’s subsequent Oscar winner How Green Was My Valley (1941) the film gives one a very real sense of (the family) life in [...]

Madame X (1966)

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Madame X (1966) Another Douglas Sirk like “soaper” (though this one is directed by David Lowell Rich with a screenplay by Jean Holloway that was based on the play by Alexandre Bisson) this film (like Imitation of Life (1959)) also stars Lana Turner in a role made famous in an earlier picture by a different actress (Gladys George among other versions). Turner plays a girl from the other side of the tracks that marries a rising [...]

Perfect Gentleman The (1935)

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Perfect Gentleman The (1935) Directed by Tim Whelan and written by Edward Childs Carpenter this average B movie comedy drama features Frank Morgan in the title role one which seems perfect for the kind of characters he’s know to play. Major Horatio Chatteris (Morgan) is a “B.S.” artist of the highest degree. With no means of support he’s developed a charming persona and a rhetoric filled with colorful stories which enable [...]

Two for the Road (1967)

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Two for the Road (1967) If you haven’t been married for a dozen years or more you may want to move on … otherwise I think you’ll find this film to be: An insightful look at marriage told in a nonlinear way as a road picture (the couple is always traveling) by director-producer Stanley Donen and featuring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney. This (comedy romance) drama is a series of vignettes brilliantly edited together [...]

Fighting 69th The (1940)

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Fighting 69th The (1940) Directed by William Keighley with an original screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine (The Life of Emile Zola (1937)) Fred Niblo Jr. (The Criminal Code (1931)) and Dean Franklin this average World War I features an all star cast led by James Cagney in a somewhat against type role as a street tough loner who turns “yellow” in combat. Pat O’Brien plays Father Francis Duffy (naturally) who refuses to give up on [...]
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