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Great Waltz The (1938)

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Great Waltz The (1938) Directed by Julien Duvivier with a screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)) and Walter Reisch that was based on a story by Gottfried Reinhardt this fictionalized biography-drama of Vienna’s Johann ‘Schani’ Strauss II features Fernand Gravet (aka Gravey) as the prolific composer who is perhaps best known for his waltz The Blue Danube aka “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”. [...]

Algiers (1938) – full review!

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Algiers (1938) – full review! Directed by John Cromwell with a screenplay by John Howard Lawson (Blockade (1938)) this above average romance drama stars Charles Boyer as Pépé le Moko a notorious criminal who’s safe as long as he remains in the problematic (for the authorities) area of the titled North African city called the Casbah. Just so you know Boyer never utters “come with me to the Casbah” the way Chuck Jones’s [...]

1948

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1948 1948 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Hamlet (1948) Johnny Belinda (1948) The Red Shoes (1948) The Snake Pit (1948) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Best Actor in a Leading Role Laurence Oliver Hamlet (1948) Lew Ayres Johnny Belinda (1948) Montgomery Clift The Search (1948) Clifton Webb Sitting Pretty (1948) Dan Dailey When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)   Best Actress in [...]

Yearling The (1946)

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Yearling The (1946) Beautifully shot (Best Color Cinematography & Art Direction Oscars) it gives one a bit of perspective about the way things were on a family farm in the late 1800’s. It features Gregory Peck as the understanding father of his outgoing son a young Claude Jarman (his screen debut); Jane Wyman plays Peck’s wife the overprotective mother of their only surviving (from multiple child births deaths) son. Oh yeah and [...]

Desert Passage (1952)

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Desert Passage (1952) Another in the series of several unconnected B Westerns starring Tim Holt using his own name with sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty played by Richard Martin. This one also features several other recognizable character actors including Walter Reed John Dehner Clayton Moore (TV’s The Lone Ranger) and Denver Pyle. The film itself is average and nothing special though it does provide enough intrigue for an [...]

Going My Way (1944)

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Going My Way (1944) This Academy Award Best Picture winner is a charming story about a new priest played by Bing Crosby who is sent to replace an older priest played by Barry Fitzgerald but insists on doing it his way. The combination of these two actors is so sentimental that both won Oscars for their roles (Fitzgerald won the Supporting Oscar though he too was nominated for Best Actor!). They interact with and/or help others including Frank [...]

Warner Bros. Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics

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Warner Bros. Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics Little Caesar (1931) <-link to review | link to video clip -> Little Caesar The Public Enemy (1931) <-link to review | link to video clip -> The Public Enemy The Petrified Forest (1936) <-link to review | link to video clip -> The Petrified Forest White Heat (1949) <-link to review | link to video clip -> White Heat Public Enemies: The Golden Age Of The Gangster Film [...]

Torn Curtain (1966)

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Torn Curtain (1966) Alfred Hitchcock produced and directed this film (written by Brian Moore); it’s a Cold War thriller that hardly does (thrill that is) and barely resembles the director’s other works excepting one scene in which he succeeds by showing how difficult it is to "kill a man". Having two of the day’s hottest stars Paul Newman and Julie Andrews and running on for more than 2 hours didn’t help it. The [...]

Bells Are Ringing (1960)

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Bells Are Ringing (1960) Judy Holliday’s last movie role five years before her death (which was two weeks shy of her 44th birthday from throat cancer) showcased her singing ability and talent for creating different voices. Her character is an operator at Susanswerphone – a telephone answering service company who can’t keep from meddling in the affairs of her clients. Vincente Minnelli directed her on-screen performance of this [...]

Maltese Falcon The (1941)

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Maltese Falcon The (1941) One of the best detective movies is also one of Humphrey Bogart’s best films (nominated for a Best Picture Oscar two years before Casablanca won) that also features Mary Astor Sydney Greenstreet (his only Academy Award nominated performance in his screen debut) and Peter Lorre. Directed by John Huston who also received an Oscar nomination for writing the screenplay. "The stuff dreams are made of" (#14 on [...]
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