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Winchester ’73 (1950)

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Winchester ’73 (1950) The first and arguably the best of the many (director) Anthony Mann – James Stewart (actor) collaborations most of which were Westerns – this one’s an essential (and one of the best from this genre)! With a story by Stuart Lake (The Westerner (1940)) and a screenplay by Borden Chase (Red River (1948)) and Robert Richards the plot revolves around the titled gun. Stewart plays Lin McAdam who wins the [...]

Affairs of Anatol The (1921)

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Affairs of Anatol The (1921) Produced (and directed) by Cecil B. DeMille “by Jeanie Macpherson suggested by Arthur Schnitzler’s play of the same name (appreciation of their literary assistance is extended to Beulah Marie Dix and Elmer Harris)” this silent comedy-drama features Wallace Reid in the title role; Gloria Swanson plays his wife Vivian Spencer. The film includes several experiments in color some scenes are tinted and (at [...]


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1946 1946 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Henry V (1944) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) The Razor’s Edge (1946) The Yearling (1946) Best Actor in a Leading Role Fredric March The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Laurence Olivier Henry V (1944) James Stewart It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Lary Parks The Jolson Story (1946) Gregory Peck The [...]

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) Director Frank Capra’s classic about a baseball/tuba playing common man (Gary Cooper of course) who inherits a fortune but is determined to give it away because he’s “pixelated”. Jean Arthur plays a reporter who pretends to be his confidant but (unknown to him) writes stories which portray his as a fool selling lots of newspapers. Unforgettable courtroom scenes the funniest ever? And [...]

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) Finally a version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s much acclaimed series adapted to the screen and done well. This film won all ELEVEN Oscars for which it was nominated including Best Picture Best Director (Peter Jackson) and Adapted Screenplay yet none in the acting categories. The second sequel to win BP after The Godfather: Part II (1974). Gollum’s (Andy Serkis’s) hauntingly spoken [...]

Elmer Gantry (1960)

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Elmer Gantry (1960) Burt Lancaster and Shirley Jones (Supporting) won Oscars for their acting in this powerful (also nominated) film starring Jean Simmons about religious sham artists or not. Arthur Kennedy and Dean Jagger also star. Director Richard Brooks won a Best Writing Oscar; Andre Previn’s (Gigi (1958) among others) Score was nominated. Purchase this DVD now [...]

Sayonara (1957)

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Sayonara (1957) The story is about the restrictions placed upon American servicemen stationed in Japan during the Korean War – “there will be no sanctioned fraternization between Americans and the natives” – and racism. Red Buttons as Joe Kelly and Miyoshi Umeki (later TV’s Mrs. Livingston on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father) as Katsumi in her film debut earned Supporting Actor/Actress Oscars (their only [...]

Each Dawn I Die (1939) – full review!

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Each Dawn I Die (1939) – full review! Directed by William Keighley with a screenplay written by Warren Duff and Norman Reilly Raine (The Life of Emile Zola (1937)) this drama features James Cagney George Raft and Jane Bryan (among others). What begins as a fairly interesting story becomes rather muddled and unbelievable toward its end though it’s definitely NOT formulaic. However there’s no faulting the acting whether [...]

Becky Sharp (1935)

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Becky Sharp (1935) Directed by Rouben Mamoulian with a screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh (Little Caesar (1931)) this drama is noteworthy for two things: it features Miriam Hopkins’s only Oscar nominated performance (Best Actress) she plays the title role; and it’s the first features length 3-strip Technicolor film which looks it despite a restoration. Other than that it’s a terribly dated drama about a sassy [...]

Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)

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Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) This lavish overlong version of Vicki Baum’s play which had previously won the Academy Award for Best Picture as Grand Hotel (1932) is at its best when Ginger Rogers and Walter Pidgeon (in the Greta Garbo-John Barrymore roles) are on the screen. Rogers plays Irene Malvern a lonely career actress who’s in New York for a childhood friend’s wedding and the premiere of her latest movie and Pidgeon plays [...]
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