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Mark of Zorro The (1940)

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Mark of Zorro The (1940) Great film to watch with your kids or grandkids. Features Tyrone Power in the title role the son of the former "mayor" of a small town who goes away to military school. When he returns as its best student he finds that another ruthless man has assumed his father’s position backed by the sword of Basil Rathbone’s character who is having an affair with the man’s wife (Gale Sondergaard). In part [...]

West Side Story (1961)

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West Side Story (1961) This updated Romeo and Juliet tale on the streets of New York is the only movie so far to share the Best Director Oscar between two directors Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins (his film debut was also the only film he directed). Can you believe that Elvis was Director Wise’s first choice to play the “Romeo” (Tony played by Richard Beymer) character opposite “Juliet” Maria played by Natalie Wood [...]

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) – full review!

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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) – full review! This account of the events leading up to and including the historical shootout between Wyatt Earp and the former dentist come gambling gunfighter afflicted with tuberculosis (that becomes the Marshal’s friend) Doc Holliday versus Ike Clanton and associates in Tombstone Arizona is notable for the onscreen relationship portrayed between its two leads Burt Lancaster as Marshal Wyatt Earp [...]

5 Fingers (1952)

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5 Fingers (1952) This is a terrific little spy thriller – set in Turkey during World War II – starring James Mason as a British embassy manservant (of the ambassador) that wants so desperately to become a gentleman a man of means that he commits espionage by selling top & most secret documents to the Germans. It’s based on a true story chronicled in the L.C. Moyzisch book Operation Cicero. Its director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About [...]

Slender Thread The (1965)

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Slender Thread The (1965) This first film directed by Sydney Pollack is a realistic suicide hotline drama inspired by a Shana Alexander article for which Stirling Silliphant wrote a screenplay. It earned Academy Award nominations for its B&W Art Direction-Set Decoration and Costume Design. Sidney Poitier plays Alan Newell a student that works at the new suicide prevention center for Dr. Joe Coburn played by Telly Savalas. The story begins [...]

Saturday’s Children (1940)

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Saturday’s Children (1940) “Saturday’s child has far to go” … Directed by Vincent Sherman and based on the play by the Pulitzer Prize winning author Maxwell Anderson who received an Oscar nomination for co-writing All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) this somewhat uneven comedy-drama explores married life and boasts a terrific cast. Julius (Four Daughters (1938)) & Philip Epstein wrote the screenplay. Career [...]

Movies about Taxes or the I.R.S.

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Movies about Taxes or the I.R.S. Taxing movies! No not movies which are strenuous to watch (such a list could be endless) but films which feature a tax issue as a key part of its plot and/or has an Internal Revenue Service agent as a prominent character. I decided to further refine my criteria to exclude popular historical tax references – Roman collections (like those at the time of Jesus’s birth) Robin Hood the Boston Tea Party Al [...]

Stranger in Town A (1943)

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Stranger in Town A (1943) Directed by Roy Rowland and co-written by Isobel Lennart (The Sundowners (1960)) this above average B-movie comedy drama stars Frank Morgan (in the title role) as a supreme court associate justice on a much needed vacation that can’t keep from meddling in a small city’s affairs when he sees injustices being committed. Richard Carlson plays a lawyer who’s running for mayor against the town’s [...]

Hold Back the Dawn (1941)

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Hold Back the Dawn (1941) Charles Boyer is a Romanian playboy stuck in Mexico while he tries to get a VISA to enter the United States a process which normally takes years. He runs into an old friend (Paulette Goddard) who tells him that she gained her U.S. citizenship by conning someone into to marrying her and later dumping him. In walks Olivia de Havilland (who received an Oscar nomination) playing a lonely (how?!) school teacher who’s [...]

Sayonara (1957)

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Sayonara (1957) The story is about the restrictions placed upon American servicemen stationed in Japan during the Korean War – “there will be no sanctioned fraternization between Americans and the natives” – and racism. Red Buttons as Joe Kelly and Miyoshi Umeki (later TV’s Mrs. Livingston on The Courtship of Eddie’s Father) as Katsumi in her film debut earned Supporting Actor/Actress Oscars (their only [...]
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