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Born to Dance (1936) – full review!

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Born to Dance (1936) – full review! Directed by Roy Del Ruth with a story co-written by Sid Silvers who plays the unluckily married sailor ‘Gunny’ Sacks this average Cole Porter musical features a singing James Stewart in only his tenth film! Porter received the first of four Best Music Oscar nominations (without a win) for his Song “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (sung by Virginia Bruce); the previous year’s Oscar [...]

1931-1932

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1931-1932 1931-1932 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Grand Hotel (1932)   Arrowsmith (1931) Bad Girl (1931) The Champ (1931) Five Star Final (1931) One Hour with You (1932) Shanghai Express (1932) The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) Best Actor in a Leading Role Wallace Beery The Champ (1931) and Fredric March Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) Alfred Lunt The Guardsman (1931) Best Actress [...]

Girl Crazy (1943)

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Girl Crazy (1943) Filled with Gershwin tunes like “Embraceable You” & “I’ve Got Rhythm” it stars Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in one of their many enjoyable pairings. The cast also includes June Allyson (who sings at the beginning then disappears) TV’s Nancy Walker (a humorous role naturally) Guy Kibbee as Garland’s grandfather and Tommy Dorsey (as himself). This is a fairly good musical with an [...]

Dirty Harry (1971)

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Dirty Harry (1971) Clint Eastwood’s (police) Inspector Harry Callahan was voted the American Film Institute’s #17 Hero and for good reason: tired of his department’s bureaucracy in dealing with violent criminals he becomes a vigilante of sorts with a (Smith & Wesson) .357 magnum revolver. His boss Police Lieutenant Bressler (played by Harry Guardino) while not happy is more tolerant of Callahan’s methods than his chief (John Larch) [...]

General Died at Dawn The (1936)

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General Died at Dawn The (1936) If not for all the grandstanding speeches contained within its dialogue this adventure drama might have been better. As it is it’s notable for earning Akim Tamiroff his first of two unrewarded Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominations. Cinematographer Victor Milner (Cleopatra (1934)) also picked up an Oscar nomination as did the film’s Score. Directed by Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western [...]

Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

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Manhattan Melodrama (1934) Directed by W. S. Van Dyke (The Thin Man (1934) & San Francisco (1936)) & George Cukor (My Fair Lady (1964)) uncredited with a screenplay co-written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve (1950)) this film is reported to be the one that Myrna Loy fan John Dillinger went to see at a Chicago theater after which he was gunned down by the FBI. Arthur Caesar’s Original Story won an Oscar. It also contains the [...]

Saddle the Wind (1958)

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Saddle the Wind (1958) Directed by Robert Parrish (who’d won an Oscar for editing Body and Soul (1947)) with a screenplay by the future multiple Emmy winner (and TV’s Twilight Zone creator) Rod Serling this slightly above average Western stars Robert Taylor as a reformed gunfighter come rancher whose kid brother wants to walk in his former footsteps. John Cassavetes plays the younger brother and Julie London plays the brother’s [...]

Born to Be Bad (1950) – full review!

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Born to Be Bad (1950) – full review! Who does 33 year old Joan Fontaine think she’s fooling playing a business college student? Other than that incredulity and the fact that others are so easily manipulated by her seemingly inconsequential acts and words she plays a conniving bitch to rival Anne Baxter’s title character in that year’s All About Eve (1950) though Fontaine’s cute little smiles and feigned (yet [...]

Ride the High Country (1962)

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Ride the High Country (1962) An above average Western featuring two of the genres most recognizable stars Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott (in his last film). Both men have a history together as outlaws but McCrea has gone straight and is now in charge of getting the gold from the mines to the bank. To help him he hires his old friend Scott who along with a young hothead (Ron Starr) is in town dressed up like “Buffalo Bill” and [...]

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) More complex than your average “boy and his dog” family drama this essential fantasy adventure won four Oscars and received five other Academy Award nominations; somehow Best Picture honors went to Gandhi (1982) instead. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison each of whom were nominated the film took home gold in the Best Effects Sound Effects Editing Best Effects Visual Effects Best [...]
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