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Green Pastures The (1936)

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Green Pastures The (1936) Directed by Marc Connelly (based on his play) and William Keighley this all-Black cast biblical drama includes musical accompaniment by the Hall Johnson Choir. As told to some rural Black Sunday School children (George Reed’s character) several stories of the Old Testament Bible are creatively recreated and somewhat contemporarily realized in flashback sequences. Rex Ingram plays three characters: De Lawd (God) [...]

Executive Suite (1954)

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Executive Suite (1954) A very good behind the scenes look at the corporate board room (of a furniture producer) and the decision making process when a company’s "close to the vest" chairman dies suddenly without a succession plan in place. The inevitable back-stabbing and politicking are played brilliantly by William Holden (the up and coming executive) Frederic March (the penny pinching accountant-type executive) Walter Pidgeon [...]

Topkapi (1964)

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Topkapi (1964) A funny unusual caper film which (along with The Pink Panther (1963)) pioneered many of the robbery stunts you’ve come to see in later films even James Bond movies and ultimately inspired TV’s Mission Impossible. Maximilian Schell Robert Morley and Melina Mercouri star in this film which features Peter Ustinov’s Oscar winning Supporting Actor performance. Directed by Jules Dassin. Purchase this DVD now [...]

Small Town Girl (1936) – full review!

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Small Town Girl (1936) – full review! Directed by William Wellman and featuring Janet Gaynor in the title role a year before the two would collaborate on the first screen version of A Star is Born (1937) this slightly above average comedy romance drama also stars Robert Taylor. Ben Ames Williams’s novel was scripted by John Lee Mahin and Edith Fitzgerald. The cast also includes Andy Devine as Gaynor’s insufferable brother-in-law [...]

Johnny Eager (1942)

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Johnny Eager (1942) This crime drama which earned Van Heflin the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (on his only Oscar nomination) is actually quite confusing and silly. Most of the rest of the acting is sub-par or over-the-top and even Heflin’s statuette seems to have been earned on fake tears alone. Sure he plays a likable literate drunkard and gets to deliver some pretty good lines (the film’s only?) but his character seems to [...]

Single Standard The (1929) – full review!

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Single Standard The (1929) – full review! Produced and directed by John S. Robertson based on Adela Rogers St. Johns (What Price Hollywood? (1932)) novel with adaptation & scenario by Josephine Lovett (Our Dancing Daughters (1928)) this average Greta Garbo silent also stars Nils Asther and Johnny Mack Brown. Garbo plays a debutante whose first love affair with a chauffeur ends in tragedy. This colors her future relationships which [...]

Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

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Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) One of the best horror movie spoofs featuring this famous duo in one of their best comedies. The “boys” play shipping company employees charged with handling the delivery of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) & Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange) artifacts to Frank Ferguson’s museum. Abbott is upset that Costello has a beautiful girlfriend (Lénore Aubert) who only really wants [...]

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 [...]

Classic Movie Kisses

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Classic Movie Kisses Classic films offer us so many memorable moments. When asked recently what I thought some of the most unforgettable on-screen kisses were I naturally thought instantly of Gone With The Wind (1939) and countless other movies starring Clark Gable. Then I thought of these: Queen Christina (1933) – Greta Garbo in the title role kisses Countess Ebba (Elizabeth Young) full on the lips … of course this was a [...]

Thief of Bagdad The (1940)

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Thief of Bagdad The (1940) Outstanding Technicolor delight that won Oscars for Color Art Direction & Cinematography as well as Special Effects; Miklós Rózsa’s Score was nominated too (his first). Michael Powell had a hand in directing this remake of the 1924 classic which stars Sabu in lieu of Douglas Fairbanks in the title role. June Duprez plays the Princess – coveted by the evil Jaffar (Conrad Veidt) – that falls in love [...]
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