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Lifeboat (1944)

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Lifeboat (1944) Alfred Hitchcock received his second of five unrewarded Best Director Academy Award nominations for this creative war drama that was written by John Steinbeck who earned his first (of three unrewarded) Best Writing Oscar nomination for his Original Story. Glen MacWilliams received his only Academy recognition when his B&W Cinematography was Oscar nominated. Jo Swerling (The Pride of the Yankees (1942)) wrote the film’s [...]

Hasty Heart The (1949) – full review!

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Hasty Heart The (1949) – full review! Directed by Vincent Sherman with a screenplay by Ranald MacDougall (Mildred Pierce (1945)) that was based on the play by John Patrick (The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)) this slightly above average drama features the Academy Award nominated Best Actor performance by Richard Todd (his only) and what has to be one of best performances ever given by actor Ronald Reagan as well. Patricia Neal in only [...]

Western Heritage (1948)

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Western Heritage (1948) This B movie Tim Holt Western was one of two directed by Wallace Grissell the other (Wild Horse Mesa (1947)) also featured Nan Leslie and Jason Robards (Sr.) in supporting roles in addition to Holt’s typical sidekick Richard Martin as Chito; naturally it was written (as always) by Norman Houston. Holt plays Ross Daggert who’s girlfriend Beth Winston (Leslie) is both the niece of Judge Henry Winston (Robards) [...]

Frankenstein (1931)

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Frankenstein (1931) The original one to be seen if you haven’t before you won’t be disappointed. Added to the National Film Registry in 1991. With Boris Karloff as the titled monster created by the doctor (Colin Clive) who brings him to life shouting "it’s alive!" & Mae Clarke. Directed by James Whale. #87 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movies list. #56 on AFI’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies list. "It’s [...]

Out of the Past (1947)

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Out of the Past (1947) One of those gems that you may have never heard about because it was ignored by the Academy. A terrific film noir starring Robert Mitchum Jane Greer Kirk Douglas and Rhonda Fleming; director Jacques Tourneur’s best film? Written by Geoffrey Homes aka Daniel Mainwaring it was added to the National Film Registry in 1991. Former private eye Jeff (Mitchum) has "retired" changed his name and is now living the [...]

Destry Rides Again (1939)

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Destry Rides Again (1939) This essential comedy Western directed by George Marshall was based on the novel by Max Brand with a story and screenplay by Felix Jackson (Bachelor Mother (1939)) and features an all star cast. James Stewart is the new deputy (and title character) who must "tame" a wild corrupt town with a saloon that features Frenchy played by Marlene Dietrich. Also in the cast are Una Merkel Mischa Auer Charles Winninger [...]

Happy 15th Anniversary TCM!

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Happy 15th Anniversary TCM! Where to begin? In honor of TCM’s 15th Anniversary let me first say “THANK YOU”. Thank you for preserving film’s history for us. Thank you for offering us an escape from the schlock that’s been coming out of Hollywood ever since the summer blockbuster (which seduced its executives) was born and a myopic focus on the “date movie” demographic (and an obsession with a movie’s first weekend’s box office [...]

MGM vs. Warner Bros.

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MGM vs. Warner Bros. The main difference from the Classic Film era and today is the existence of the studio system then vs. now particularly since (at that time) they owned their own theaters such that audiences identified with the studio brand names in much the same way that we identified with the “big three” TV channels in recent years. I don’t know about you but I don’t really notice (or care) what studio makes which [...]

The Wild Bunch (1969)

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The Wild Bunch (1969) This Sam Peckinpah directed Western classic – with its star-studded cast – was dubbed a “symphony of violence” and nearly earned an X-rating when it was released but it pales in comparison to the blood guts and gore that one can see in today’s violent features. The director earned his only Academy Award nomination for collaborating on the screenplay with Walon Green who’d written the story with Roy N. Sickner. [...]

June 2006 – Anthony Quinn

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June 2006 – Anthony Quinn June 1-7 – I’m trying something a little bit different this summer. Because of time constraints (and the fact that I’ve added index pages) this section will now only include links to my newest reviews and brief comments on other films for which I haven’t written (at least) capsules. The Perfect Gentleman (1935) – an all new full review! A Stranger in Town (1943) – an all new [...]
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