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Glenn Miller Story The (1953) – full review!

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Glenn Miller Story The (1953) – full review! This fictionalized biography of the titled arrangement composer trombone player and famed band leader won Leslie I. Carey (The Mississippi Gambler (1953)) an Academy Award for Best Sound Recording. The Joseph Gershenson-Henry Mancini Score was also nominated (the first nominations for either) as was the Story and Screenplay by Valentine Davies (It Happens Every Spring (1949)) and Oscar Brodney [...]

Forbidden Planet (1956)

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Forbidden Planet (1956) One of the science fiction gems from the 1950’s starring Walter Pidgeon as Dr. Morbius who lives with his lovely daughter Altaira (Anne Francis) on the titled planet. Commander John Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his spaceship crew (including Richard Anderson & Earl Holliman) arrive from the Earth and the story plays out like William Shakespeare’s The Tempest though Irving Block & Allen Adler are the [...]

Little Foxes The (1941)

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Little Foxes The (1941) Outstanding Bette Davis film in which she plays a driven woman with a weak husband (played by Herbert Marshall) who fights for everything in a wealthy family. This William Wyler directed gem also includes Teresa Wright (in her first film!) and Dan Duryea. Ms. Davis Ms. Wright and Patricia Collinge (also her first film) received Oscar nominations as did director Wyler the picture and Lillian Hellman’s Screenplay. Ms. [...]

Awful Truth The (1937)

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Awful Truth The (1937) Leo McCarey won his first Oscar on his first Academy Award nomination for directing this essential screwball comedy (the best from this genre?) starring Irene Dunne Cary Grant and career third wheel Ralph Bellamy. Technically as the film’s co-producer with Everett Riskin he had simultaneously received a nomination for Best Picture (this film lost to the William Dieterle directed The Life of Emile Zola (1937) in an [...]

Tale of Two Cities A (1935)

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Tale of Two Cities A (1935) Producer David O. Selznick’s great screen version of this Charles Dickens classic received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and stars Ronald Colman Elizabeth Allan Reginald Owen Basil Rathbone Donald Woods and Edna May Oliver (love her!) among others. Editor Conrad Nervig (Eskimo (1933)) was also nominated. The film opens with Colman as the man facing the guillotine who tells the story in flashback. He is [...]

Braveheart (1995)

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Braveheart (1995) Outstanding … FREEDOM!!! A fictionalized account of William Wallace. Like Costner and Eastwood before him popular actor Mel Gibson got his turn to take home his only Oscars (Director and Producer for this Best Picture winner) on his only nominations so far. But unlike the other two Gibson was snubbed didn’t even receive a Best Actor nomination in this year that Hollywood was obviously on drugs (Nicolas Cage won the [...]

My Son My Son! (1940)

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My Son My Son! (1940) Directed by Charles Vidor and written by Lenore Coffee (Four Daughters (1938)) this lengthy father & son (melo)drama features Madeline Carroll Brian Aherne Louis Hayward Laraine Day Henry Hull and Josephine Hutchinson (among others). The words which sum up this film are actually spoken by Day’s character about 90 minutes into it – “it’s all so complicated”. There are just too many [...]

It’s Love I’m After (1937)

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It’s Love I’m After (1937) Directed by Archie Mayo Casey Robinson (Captain Blood (1935)) adapted this silly Maurice Hanlin story about two stage stars who are romantically involved yet never seem to get married; they’ve failed to make it almost a dozen times! The couple is played by Leslie Howard and Bette Davis. Things get complicated when a young woman’s (Olivia de Havilland) infatuation with Howard threatens her [...]

Hi Diddle Diddle (1943)

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Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) Andrew Stone produced directed and wrote the story (which was adapted by Edmund Hartmann and Frederick Jackson) for this wartime screwball comedy featuring an Academy Award nominated Score by Phil Boutelje (The Great Victor Herbert (1939)). Also notable is the appearance of Pola Negri in the cast; this was her first film in years and her last until her final role in The Moon-Spinners (1964). Adolphe Menjou Martha Scott [...]

Brother Orchid (1940)

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Brother Orchid (1940) Directed by Lloyd Bacon with a screenplay by Earl Baldwin from a story by Richard Connell this crime comedy drama features Edward G. Robinson in the title role aka Little John T. ‘Johnny’ Sarto a gang leader who decides to retire then tries to find class by traveling. After losing his money abroad he returns 5 years later to find things have changed in his organization now run by Jack Buck (Humphrey Bogart) who [...]
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