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Lost Horizon (1937)

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Lost Horizon (1937) You won’t be disappointed when you watch this Frank Capra fantasy film (from James Hilton’s novel) starring Ronald Colman; Jane Wyatt and Edward Everett Horton are also featured. It was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture and won for Art Direction and Editing. H. B. Warner received his only nomination (Supporting) though you’ll want to find Sam Jaffe in this one. Diplomat Colman’s plane [...]

Strange Love Of Martha Ivers The (1946)

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Strange Love Of Martha Ivers The (1946) Barbara Stanwyck plays the title role in this drama also starring Van Heflin and Kirk Douglas. As a child Heflin left his small town on a train when it was suspected that he was responsible for a crime. He returns years later to find that the real culprit of the crime Stanwyck is married to the just elected district attorney Douglas though she wears the pants in the marriage given the fact that she [...]

No Time for Sergeants (1958)

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No Time for Sergeants (1958) After his stunning film debut as Larry ‘Lonesome’ Rhodes in Budd Schulberg’s A Face in the Crowd (1957) Andy Griffith played Private Will Stockdale in this comedy produced (with Alex Segal) and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. The film followed the Broadway play (of the same name) which was based on a novel by Mac Hyman adapted by Ira Levin for the stage and John Lee Mahin (Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957)) [...]

1941

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1941 1941 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture How Green Was My Valley (1941) Blossoms in the Dust (1941) Citizen Kane (1941) Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) Hold Back the Dawn (1941) The Little Foxes (1941) The Maltese Falcon (1941) One Foot in Heaven (1941) Sergeant York (1941) Suspicion (1941) Best Actor in a Leading Role Gary Cooper Sergeant York (1941) Orson Welles Citizen Kane (1941) [...]

This Is the Army (1943) – full review!

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This Is the Army (1943) – full review! Michael Curtiz directed this World War II (flag-waving propaganda) Musical which was stitched together with a threadbare script and two Irving Berlin road shows (1918’s “Yip Yip Yaphank” from WW I and “This Is The Army” from WW II) to earn almost $2 million for the Army Emergency Relief fund; Casey Robinson and Captain Claude Binyon wrote the screenplay. The film won an [...]

Unknown The (1927)

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Unknown The (1927) A Tod Browning directed Lon Chaney silent classic! In this horror drama Chaney plays a criminal who hides his identity by wrapping up his arms such that he appears as an armless man attraction in a traveling circus. He has a helper (John George) the only other one who knows the truth that helps him wrap and unwrap his arms. But he can feed himself and throw knives his act with his feet! He falls in love with his assistant [...]

Leading Ladies Collection Vol. 2

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Leading Ladies Collection Vol. 2 A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966) – produced and directed by Fielder Cook and written by Sidney Carroll (The Hustler (1961)) this above average comedy Western stars Henry Fonda and features Joanne Woodward in the title role. The exceptional cast also includes Jason Robards Paul Ford Charles Bickford Burgess Meredith Kevin McCarthy Robert Middleton and John Qualen. Fonda plays a reformed "on the [...]

Of Human Hearts (1938) – full review!

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Of Human Hearts (1938) – full review! “Of Human Guilt” would be another apt title of this rather heavy handed drama which set in another time could also have been titled “Call Your Mother”. It was co-produced & directed by Clarence Brown the six time Academy Award nominated director whose early sound career included some pretty risque pre-code dramas like A Free Soul (1931) but migrated to more family oriented ( [...]

Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

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Beyond Tomorrow (1940) Also known as Beyond Christmas (1940) Directed by A. Edward Sutherland with a story by Mildred Cram (Love Affair (1939)) and associate producer Adele Comandini (Three Smart Girls (1936)) who also wrote the screenplay this sentimental Christmastime fantasy boasts a pretty cast that includes: Harry Carey C. Aubrey Smith Charles Winninger Maria Ouspenskaya Helen Vinson Richard Carlson and Jean Parker (among others). Carey [...]

Miracle Woman The (1931) – full review!

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Miracle Woman The (1931) – full review! Directed by Frank Capra this drama is quite a bit darker and less optimistic than the films the director would find success with in future years. The subject matter alone – those that exploit the religious beliefs of others for their own financial gain – is atypical of the (substantially) more American themes for which he would make his mark. John Meehan along with frequent Capra [...]
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