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Ernst Lubitsch

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Ernst Lubitsch Ernst Lubitsch was born on January 28 1892 in Berlin Germany. Though he suffered a massive heart attack in 1943 he continued to work until his heart failed again; he died two months shy of his 56 th birthday in November 1947. His last project – That Lady Ermine (1948) – was completed by director Otto Preminger. Initially an actor in silent films in his native country Lubitsch came to Hollywood in 1922 after receiving [...]

Journey for Margaret (1942)

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Journey for Margaret (1942) This film is the credited screen debut of Margaret O’Brien the title character and also stars Robert Young Laraine Day Fay Bainter and Nigel Bruce. It was directed by W. S. Van Dyke (The Thin Man (1934)). The film begins with an American reporter (Young) and his pregnant wife (Day) arriving in London from war torn Europe. They’ve been chased out of each country invaded by the Germans as they fell with [...]

Imitation of Life (1934)

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Imitation of Life (1934) A very good film (nominated for Best Picture of the year by the Academy) with one of my favorite actresses the beautiful Claudette Colbert as a struggling woman who teams with her friend (played by Louise Beavers) to succeed with a pancake recipe and using her "Aunt Jemima-like" likeness. However conflicts arise as the women age and their children (played by Rochelle Hudson & Fredi Washington respectively) [...]

Hour of the Gun (1967) – full review!

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Hour of the Gun (1967) – full review! Overrated! I’d read that this was thought to be one of the best Westerns from the latter half of the 1960’s a contention with which I would strongly disagree. I’d take virtually any of the Sergio Leone spaghetti Westerns over this one in a heartbeat. Producer-director John Sturges (Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)) decided to revisit his much better directed Gunfight at the O.K. Corral [...]

Man from Laramie The (1955) – full review!

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Man from Laramie The (1955) – full review! The last of the (director) Anthony Mann-James Stewart collaborations features a complex screenplay which was co-written by Philip Yordan (Broken Lance (1954)) and Frank Burt that was based on a Saturday Evening Post story by Thomas Flynn. The director’s use of scenery (as an integral part of the story) helps this Western earn a slightly above average nod. It’s about an ex-military [...]

The Apartment (1960)

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The Apartment (1960) Corporate ladder climbing is just one of the story lines in this second (of seven) successful pairing(s) of Director Wilder and Lead Actor Jack Lemmon (Oscar nominated). Wilder took home three Oscars (Best Picture Best Director Best Writing – Screenplay) which may have been an attempt by Academy voters to fix their gaffe the previous year when these two were first paired in Some Like It Hot (1959) which wasn’t [...]

Trial (1955)

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Trial (1955) Directed by Mark Robson (Peyton Place (1957)) and written by Don Mankiewicz (I Want to Live! (1958)) this film earned Arthur Kennedy his third of five Oscar nominations (without a win this one for Supporting Actor) for his role as a communist lawyer. The story is about a law professor (Glenn Ford) who must get some trial experience during the summer if he wants to keep his job at the university which has added this new practical [...]

All Fall Down (1962)

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All Fall Down (1962) Directed by John Frankenheimer this William Inge (Splendor in the Grass (1961)) screenplay about relationships in a dysfunctional family features a pretty good cast: Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront (1954)) Karl Malden (A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)) Angela Lansbury (The Manchurian Candidate (1962)) Brandon De Wilde (Shane (1953)) and Warren Beatty (Bonnie and Clyde (1967)). While it may serve as a parable about how NOT [...]

Great Lie The (1941)

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Great Lie The (1941) George Brent’s marriage to concert pianist Mary Astor is annulled allowing him to marry the one he really loves Bette Davis and Astor to pursue her career. Aviator Brent is then thought dead in a plane crash overseas. Astor (whose performance earned her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar her only recognition from the Academy!) learns she’s pregnant by Brent and tells Davis who then convinces Astor to let her adopt [...]

The Falcon in San Francisco (1945)

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The Falcon in San Francisco (1945) The eleventh film in the Falcon series Some familiar actors return to the series in this one though not in recurring roles. Edward Brophy (who appeared in the first Falcon film as a detective and is a fairly recognizable character actor in his own right) plays Goldie and Rita Corday appears in her fifth (out of six total) film in the series though never as the same character. And missing from this film are the [...]
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