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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

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Million Dollar Baby (2004) Co-produced & directed by Clint Eastwood and based on stories by F. X. Toole (“Rope Burns”) which were adapted by Paul Haggis this powerful boxing drama becomes something else in its final third with an emotional impact that snuck up on this reviewer. Starring Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry (1999)) in the title role as a determined “white trash” waitress with a dream and co-starring [...]

Random Harvest (1942)

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Random Harvest (1942) This essential romance drama was one of my best TCM discoveries (e.g. a film I’d never heard of until I started watching the channel). It’s a terrific "soaper" with Ronald Colman (this may have been the first film I saw him in too) as a man who suffers from amnesia and the woman (Greer Garson) who loves him. This is said to be Ms. Garson’s favorite of all her films. The cast also includes Philip Dorn [...]

Dynamic Duos – Studio Era Pairs

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Dynamic Duos – Studio Era Pairs While today the primary reasons for actors appearing together more than twice are sequels and off-screen relationships during the studio era non-sequel and non-marital related onscreen pairings were quite common among actors and actresses. Collaborations between actors on 3 different films were not unusual and those that exceeded this number were something very special: a chemistry to be exploited for the [...]

Two Arabian Knights (1927)

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Two Arabian Knights (1927) Produced by Howard Hughes this terrific silent film won its director Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)) the one and only Best Director Comedy Picture Academy Award ever given. It stars William Boyd (“Hop-Along Cassidy”) and Louis Wolheim (also in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)) as two American soldiers during World War I who rescue an Arabian princess (Mary Astor). Also featured [...]

Family Affair A (1937) – full review!

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Family Affair A (1937) – full review! Directed by George B. Seitz this average comedy drama was the first in the Andy Hardy series and the only one to feature Lionel Barrymore as Judge Hardy before Lewis Stone would take over the role for a dozen or more movies made in the late 1930’s through the middle of the next decade. Director Seitz and actors: Mickey Rooney as Andy Cecilia Parker as Marion Hardy Fay Holden (taking over for this [...]

1937

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1937 1937 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture The Life of Emile Zola (1937) The Awful Truth (1937) Captains Courageous (1937) Dead End (1937) The Good Earth (1937) In Old Chicago (1937) Lost Horizon (1937) One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) Stage Door (1937) A Star Is Born (1937) Best Actor in a Leading Role Spencer Tracy Captains Courageous (1937) Charles Boyer Conquest (1937) Paul Muni [...]

Directing Musicals

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Directing Musicals Not every great Hollywood director attempted to direct a musical during their career but many of them gave the genre at least one chance never to return to it. Though Hitchcock never tried Capra Hawks Huston Mankiewicz Wilder Wyler and Zinnemann did … while Ford aborted most of what was to be his only offering. Not so surprisingly their efforts were above average. When thinking about the Hollywood studio era and the many [...]

Errol Flynn Adventures

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Errol Flynn Adventures Purchase this DVD Collection now at Desperate Journey (1942) Edge of Darkness (1943) – full review! Northern Pursuit (1943) – Warner Bros. recycled the essence of Across the Pacific (1942) this time using Errol Flynn (in lieu of Humphrey Bogart) as a disgraced Mountie that infiltrates a German operation – led by Helmut Dantine (of course) – on Canadian soil. Directed by Raoul Walsh and scripted by Frank [...]

Dances With Wolves (1990)

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Dances With Wolves (1990) A very good film about the vanishing West and Native American life (so good it’s hard to believe that Kevin Costner produced and directed it; his first one too). Costner received his only Academy Award nominations to-date for this film losing only the Best Actor award (to Jeremy Irons Reversal of Fortune (1990) the only time he’s ever been nominated as well). The film won five other Oscars including [...]

Story of Vernon and Irene Castle The (1939)

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Story of Vernon and Irene Castle The (1939) Though somewhat fictionalized this drama was based on Mrs. Castle’s memoirs about the lives of her and her husband a famous trend-setting dance duo from the early 20th century. It is also a more serious story for a Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers pairing than their previous films and marks the beginning of a 10 year hiatus of their working together on-screen. Directed by H.C. Potter and adapted [...]
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