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Barbara Stanwyck: The Signature Collection

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Barbara Stanwyck: The Signature Collection Executive Suite (1954) Annie Oakley (1935) – full review! My Reputation (1946) – full review! East Side West Side (1949) – there are a lot of characters in this melodrama based on the Marcia Davenport novel (scripted by Isobel Lennart and directed by Mervyn LeRoy) perhaps too many and the four prominent names above the title – Barbara Stanwyck James Mason Van Heflin and Ava [...]

Cockeyed Miracle The (1946)

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Cockeyed Miracle The (1946) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon with a screenplay by Karen DeWolf that was based on a play by George Seaton (The Song of Bernadette (1944)) this average B movie fantasy comedy (aka Mr. Griggs Returns) features a recognizable cast and a friendly ghost story. Sam Griggs (Frank Morgan) dies of heart failure before everything in his family is in order including their financial situation. Unbeknownst to his wife Amy (Gladys [...]

Three Smart Girls (1936)

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Three Smart Girls (1936) Cute comedy with music that served as the screen debut-showcase for the talented teenage singer-come-actress Deanna Durbin who’d gone on to work at Universal Pictures after Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer chose to make a star of Judy Garland instead; the two had more or less auditioned in the MGM short Every Sunday (1936). It was directed by Henry Koster and written by Adele Comandini who earned her only Academy recognition [...]

Shadow of a Woman (1946)

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Shadow of a Woman (1946) The plot and the acting performed by its cast make it very difficult to stay engaged in this below average noirish drama making it a poor “thriller”. As convoluted unusual and somewhat confusing as the story is to begin with the characterizations also don’t provide anyone with whom an audience can identify with or trust such that one just doesn’t care about them or what happens. Directed by Joseph [...]

Postman Always Rings Twice The (1946)

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Postman Always Rings Twice The (1946) Starring the beautiful Lana Turner as Cora Smith and the always exciting John Garfield as Frank Chambers this film noir classic is a must-see! Turner is married to a small businessman Nick played by Cecil Kellaway stuck in a dull life when (who should happen into their diner?) Garfield arrives. What happens next is no mystery. You’ll also see an interesting performance by Hume Cronyn as Arthur Keats [...]

Hud (1963)

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Hud (1963) Another fabulous film by Martin Ritt who directs this Larry McMurtry story. Paul Newman received his third Best Actor Oscar nomination playing the (title role) son who can’t live up to his father’s (Melvyn Douglas as Homer Bannon) expectations while he harasses the hired help Alma Brown played by Patricia Neal. Academy Awards for Douglas (the first of his two for Supporting Actor; the other was for Being There (1979)) Neal [...]

42nd Street (1933)

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42nd Street (1933) This behind the scenes story of life on Broadway was nominated for a Best Picture (and Sound Recording) Oscar and features all the stars of the day including Ruby Keeler Dick Powell Warner Baxter Bebe Daniels George Brent Guy Kibbee Una Merkel Ned Sparks Allen Jenkins and Ginger Rogers in all their glory. It’s the quintessential film about those who dream of becoming a star on the world’s biggest stage & the [...]

Pirates of the Prairie (1942)

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Pirates of the Prairie (1942) Directed by Howard Bretherton and written by J. Benton Cheney and Doris Schroeder from a Berne Giler story this B movie Tim Holt Western features goofy crooner Cliff Edwards as ‘Ukulele Ike’ a sidekick-like character who sings a couple of short tunes while he strums his guitar. Holt plays Larry Durant a deputy marshal who’s sent in undercover to untamed Spencerville to investigate a corrupted [...]

Easy Virtue (1928)

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Easy Virtue (1928) Two sources other than imdb.com list this film as a 1927 film which was released before The Ring (1927) hence the sequence on this website. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock this average silent drama was based on a Noel Coward’s (In Which We Serve (1942)) play. It’s a typical story about a woman Larita Filton (Isabel Jeans) whose reputation is besmirched per an (implied?) extra-marital liaison. Whether Larita ever had [...]

Red Shoes The (1948)

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Red Shoes The (1948) Directed and written by frequent collaborators Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (49th Parallel (1941)) who adapted it from a Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale this essential drama is the story of a young woman (Moira Shearer in her film debut) determined to make it as a prima ballerina and having the talent to make it. But of course love interrupts her quest for perfection introducing the age old [...]
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