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By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)

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By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) Based on Booth Tarkington’s ‘Penrod’ stories this sequel to On Moonlight Bay (1951) reunites much of its cast to portray a delightfully dated version of post World War I small town America; a family musical comedy directed by David Butler with a screenplay from Irving Elinson and Robert O’Brien that stars Doris Day Gordon MacRae Billy Gray Leon Ames Rosemary DeCamp and Mary Wickes [...]

Ride the Pink Horse (1947)

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Ride the Pink Horse (1947) A rather odd film but one that you’ll find it hard to stop watching once you start. Robert Montgomery who also directed this film plays a man who visits a small town in New Mexico to blackmail a gangster (Fred Clark). Wanda Hendrix plays a girl who distracts him; Art Smith plays an FBI agent who’s on to him. He’s assisted by a local merry-go-round merchant played brilliantly by Thomas Gomez (nominated [...]

Bitter Sweet (1940)

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Bitter Sweet (1940) Directed by W.S. Van Dyke (San Francisco (1936)) Noel Coward’s play (treated by Lesser Samuels) & songs and the 1933 film was remade into this colorful costumer and musical romance drama for Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy (fans). It received Oscar nominations for its Color Art Direction & Cinematography (both of these Academy Awards went to The Thief of Bagdad (1940)). The cast also includes George Sanders [...]

Mrs. Miniver (1942)

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Mrs. Miniver (1942) This terrific film about perseverance & courage helped rally U.S. support for our British allies in World War II. The first film to receive five acting nominations winning two (one for Lead Actress Greer Garson & one for the comely Teresa Wright Supporting Actress) and also earned William Wyler his first (out of three) Best Director Oscar. His other two were earned directing the Best Pictures in 1946 and 1959. Walter [...]

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1942 1942 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Mrs. Miniver (1942) 49th Parallel (1941) Kings Row (1942) The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) The Pied Piper (1942) The Pride of the Yankees (1942) Random Harvest (1942) The Talk of the Town (1942) Wake Island (1942) Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) Best Actor in a Leading Role James Cagney Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) Walter Pidgeon Mrs. Miniver (1942) [...]

Room Service (1938)

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Room Service (1938) Directed by William Seiter with a screenplay by Morrie Ryskind this slightly above average Marx Brothers comedy also features Lucille Ball Ann Miller Frank Albertson and Donald MacBride (among others). Though the film lacks a lot of the staples of their earlier films (music Zeppo & memorable quotes besides “jumping butterballs”) it’s still an entertaining 80 minutes. Groucho plays the would-be producer [...]

In This Our Life (1942)

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In This Our Life (1942) Bette Davis plays a particularly nasty bitch in this one a self centered sociopath. First she dumps her fiancĂ© (George Brent) in order to steal the husband (Dennis Morgan) of her sister played by Olivia de Havilland. De Havilland’s character and their mother (Billie Burke) constantly make excuses or apologize for their sister’s or daughter’s respectively behavior because among other things Davis’s [...]

Private Life of Sherlock Holmes The (1970)

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Private Life of Sherlock Holmes The (1970) Billy Wilder directed and co-wrote (with collaborator I.A.L. Diamond The Apartment (1960)) this somewhat mistitled comedy mystery drama which features Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters. Robert Stephens plays the titled detective Colin Blakely humorously plays his enthusiastic lady’s man assistant Dr Watson and Christopher Lee plays Holmes’s brother Mycroft employed by British [...]

Dodsworth (1936)

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Dodsworth (1936) A favorite of many this William Wyler directed film based on the Sinclair Lewis novel features great acting by Walter Huston (his first Academy Award nominated performance Best Actor) Ruth Chatterton Paul Lukas Mary Astor David Niven Spring Byington and Maria Ouspenskaya (her first Best Supporting Actress nomination). Huston plays an aging businessman who takes his younger wife (Chatterton) abroad for a second honeymoon. But [...]

Beginning or the End The (1947)

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Beginning or the End The (1947) Directed by Norman Taurog (Boys Town (1938)) it features Brian Donlevy as Maj. Gen. Leslie Groves Robert Walker as Colonel Nixon Tom Drake as Matt Cochran Beverly Tyler as Anne Cochran Audrey Totter as Jean O’Leary Hume Cronyn as Dr. Robert Oppenheimer Joseph Calleia as Enrico Fermi Richard Haydn (Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music (1965)) as Dr. Chisolm John Litel as K. T. Keller Henry O’Neill as [...]
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