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Male Animal The (1942)

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Male Animal The (1942) This is a very funny film about the lives we choose offering one woman a peek at what things may have been like if she’d chosen differently. Olivia de Havilland married the more stable intellectual played by Henry Fonda. However during college she’d been courted by a football jock played by Jack Carson. Carson returns to campus where Fonda is now a tenured professor to cheer the current team during homecoming [...]

War Nurse (1930)

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War Nurse (1930) Obviously a very early film whose director is still getting used to directing sound pictures using worded placards liberally throughout. The first third of the film sets the stage: women from all walks of life in the United States of America decide to help with the war in France by volunteering as nurses. Very quickly thereafter and in France the women must adjust to their new harsher realities by turning an old stable into a [...]

Member of the Wedding The (1952)

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Member of the Wedding The (1952) This unusual coming of age drama features the screen debuts of Julie Harris in the title role and Brandon De Wilde. Playing 12 year old Frankie Addams the 27 year old Harris received a Best Actress Oscar nomination (her only recognition from the Academy to date). It was produced by Stanley Kramer and directed by Fred Zinnemann their third and last collaboration following The Men (1950) – Marlon [...]

Crack-Up (1946)

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Crack-Up (1946) Directed by Irving Reis and based on a story by Fredric Brown that was adapted by John Paxton Ben Bengal and Ray Spencer this average film noir drama stars Pat O’Brien Claire Trevor and Herbert Marshall (among others). O’Brien plays George Steele a man who is ‘caught’ breaking into a museum by a police officer who subdues him. It is then learned that Steele is an art forgery expert who gives lectures at [...]

Interrupted Melody (1955)

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Interrupted Melody (1955) This biographical drama won the Best Writing (Story and Screenplay) Academy Award and earned its star Eleanor Parker the last of her three Best Actress Oscar nominations. It’s the true “rags to riches” story of Australian opera singing soprano Marjorie Lawrence who was later stricken with polio and before mounting a comeback. Glenn Ford plays a pediatrician who’s her love interest come husband in [...]

1936

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1936 1936 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture The Great Ziegfeld (1936) Anthony Adverse (1936) Dodsworth (1936) Libeled Lady (1936) Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) Romeo and Juliet (1936) San Francisco (1936) The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935) A Tale of Two Cities (1935) Three Smart Girls (1936) Best Actor in a Leading Role Paul Muni The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935) Walter Huston Dodsworth [...]

The Skin Game (1931) – full review!

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The Skin Game (1931) – full review! Directed by Alfred Hitchcock who along with his wife Alma Reville adapted the John Galsworthy play the film’s title (in lieu of its more modern definition) refers to something akin to "an eye for an eye" where everyone turns out blind in the end. In other words no one has "clean hands" in the final accounting of this kind of grudge match. This average drama is not as bad as I [...]

He Walked By Night (1948)

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He Walked By Night (1948) This above average documentary style crime drama features Richard Basehart in the title role. He plays a cop killer with electronics skills who’s successful at eluding the Los Angeles police department by changing his appearance & modus operandi and even using the city’s extensive sewer system to move around. The opening credits and narrator’s (Reed Hadley uncredited) dialogue indicate that the [...]

Scaramouche (1923)

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Scaramouche (1923) Directed by Rex Ingram this Rafael Sabatini novel was adapted by Willis Goldbeck and was later remade with Stewart Granger Mel Ferrer Richard Anderson Eleanor Parker Nina Foch & Janet Leigh (among others) by George Sidney in a much different adaptation that was released in 1952. Having not read the novel I can only assume that this was a more faithful telling though somewhat less entertaining than the remake. The [...]

We’re Only Human (1935)

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We’re Only Human (1935) Directed by James Flood and based on the Thomas Walsh story Husk with a screenplay by Rian James this below average crime drama features one dimensional characters and a lead acting performance by Preston Foster that’s so overdone that he must have been thinking this was a silent film. Foster plays a pigheaded lone wolf detective who’s so emotionally unstable that it’s a credibility stretch to [...]
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