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Burn ‘Em Up O’Connor (1939)

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Burn ‘Em Up O’Connor (1939) Directed by Edward Sedgwick based on Sir Malcolm Campbell’s novel “Salute to the Gods” screenplay by Milton Merlin & Byron Morgan this film features the ever annoying Dennis O’Keefe in the title role first name Jerry as an obnoxious country bumpkin that becomes a race car driver. The underrated Nat Pendleton is the highlight of the film playing (as usual?) the dumb sidekick of [...]

The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943)

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The Falcon and the Co-eds (1943) This seventh film in the Falcon series This was the second of four Falcon features produced by Maurice Geraghty in which his brother Gerald was a contributing writer; he assisted Ardel Wray with adapting her story based on the Michael Arlen character. In this B crime mystery drama directed by William Clemens Tom Conway plays Tom Lawrence aka The Falcon and actress Isabel Jewell (among others) joins series [...]

Lilies of the Field (1963)

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Lilies of the Field (1963) Sidney Poitier won his Best Actor Oscar on his second (and last to date) nomination playing Homer Smith an out-of-work construction worker that helps a group of foreign (East European) Catholic nuns build their church and learn to speak English. Lilia Skala earned her only Academy Award nomination (Supporting Actress) playing the head Mother Superior Maria. There are lots of wonderful touching moments and funny [...]

November 2006 – Lucille Ball

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November 2006 – Lucille Ball Chatterbox (1936) – an all new full review! Don’t Tell the Wife (1937) – an all new full review! Dick Cavett: Ingmar Bergman – a TCM premiere! Fanny and Alexander (1982) – all new comments in TCM Picks The Omaha Trail (1942) – an all new full review! Sisters (1973) – a TCM premiere! Wild Oranges (1924) – a TCM premiere! Branded to Kill (1967) – a TCM premiere! [...]

Not as a Stranger (1955) – full review!

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Not as a Stranger (1955) – full review! Odd casting which includes a plethora of recognizable character actors in cameo roles some of which are uncredited mark this drama which celebrates the profession of medical doctor; it was also producer Stanley Kramer’s directorial debut. Based on Morton Thompson’s novel its screenplay was written by the husband and wife team of Edward and Edna Anhalt (Panic in the Streets (1950)). The [...]

Westerner The (1940)

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Westerner The (1940) This is a very good Western with an Oscar nominated script directed by William Wyler. Walter Brennan won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar playing the legendary Judge Roy Bean; Gary Cooper plays a "drifter" who tangles with (then somewhat befriends) him. Forrest Tucker Chill Wills Dana Andrews and Charles Halton also appear. Cooper new to town is suspected of being a horse thief. He is befriended by a local lady (Doris [...]

Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962) Directed by five time Best Director Oscar nominee Sidney Lumet and written by Eugene O’Neill this "play" features some of Katharine Hepburn‘s best acting for which she received her ninth of twelve Best Actress nominations. However to fail to mention the other three fine performances by the cast’s veteran male actors Ralph Richardson (The Heiress (1949)) double Supporting [...]

Marty (1955)

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Marty (1955) Paddy Chayefsky’s first of three Best Writing Oscars has Best Actor Ernest Borgnine playing against type in the role that Rod Steiger played on TV two years earlier … a sign that TV had arrived! This Oscar winning Best Picture is an insightful story about loneliness peer pressure and homeliness. The only BP winner to win the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or also the shortest (91 minutes) to win. Director [...]

Guys and Dolls (1955)

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Guys and Dolls (1955) Though I wouldn’t rate it as one of my favorite musicals I think the first scene with Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons in the mission where they make “the deal” is worth the price of admission. What great dialogue! Any doubts I had about Brando in the role were erased after watching it even though his singing was pretty hard to bear. Frank Sinatra & Vivian Blaine also star in this Joseph L. Mankiewicz [...]

Gathering of Eagles A (1963) – full review!

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Gathering of Eagles A (1963) – full review! Directed by Delbert Mann (Marty (1955)) with a story by producer Sy Bartlett that was adapted by Robert Pirosh (Battleground (1949)) the film received an Academy Award nomination for its Sound Effects – lots of hardware on display including the requisite takeoffs and a dangerous landing. “It’s lonely at the top” is the movie cliché that’s recycled in this drama; in [...]
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