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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

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The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) O.K. now everybody whistle. A long film about “keeping a stiff upper lip” following orders and leadership earned David Lean his first Best Director Oscar (though Howard Hawks was originally asked to direct it). Can you image Cary Grant (as was originally planned) in lieu of William Holden? Alec Guinness received his only Best Actor Oscar; Sessue Hayakawa his only nomination. This Academy Award [...]

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

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Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) Harry Segall won an Academy Award on his only Oscar nomination for this original story a fantasy romance comedy that also earned screenwriters Sidney Buchman and Seton I. Miller their only Oscars. Director Alexander Hall received his only nomination as did Supporting Actor James Gleason. Lead actor Robert Montgomery the film and it’s B&W Cinematography were also nominated. It was later remade as Heaven Can [...]

Come Back Little Sheba (1952)

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Come Back Little Sheba (1952) I highly recommend you see Shirley Booth’s Oscar winning performance (in her screen debut!) if you haven’t with Terry Moore (also nominated). Have your hankies ready though for this screen adaptation of William Inge’s (Splendor in the Grass (1961)) play. It’s a sad story of a lonely woman married to an alcoholic (Burt Lancaster) that takes on a young attractive boarder (Moore). The older [...]

Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) – full review!

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Escape from Fort Bravo (1953) – full review! Directed by John Sturges (Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)) this average Western set in 1863 combines elements of the Civil War with the struggle against the Mescalero Indians in settling the West. The Union Army maintains the titled stockade for some Southern Confederate prisoners in Arizona (actually filmed in Death Valley California). Given the remote desert location the prisoners aren’t [...]

All About Eve (1950)

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All About Eve (1950) Bette Davis’ famous line “Fasten your seat belts it’s going to be a bumpy night!” (#9 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list) is just one reason this film about ambition & ruthlessness is remembered. Another is the fact that this Best Picture Oscar winner was the second to receive five acting nominations though only George Sanders won (Supporting Actor). The others nominated in this [...]

Garden of Eden The (1928)

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Garden of Eden The (1928) A young Viennese girl Toni LeBrun (Corinne Griffith) determined not to stay in her current situation living with her aunt and uncle working in their pretzel bakery earns a correspondence course degree as an opera singer. She decides to leave her small town life traveling to Budapest to answer an ad from the Palais de Paris. However the ad was a sham – a way to get girls for cheap stage shows and more for its [...]

Perfect Gentleman The (1935)

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Perfect Gentleman The (1935) Directed by Tim Whelan and written by Edward Childs Carpenter this average B movie comedy drama features Frank Morgan in the title role one which seems perfect for the kind of characters he’s know to play. Major Horatio Chatteris (Morgan) is a “B.S.” artist of the highest degree. With no means of support he’s developed a charming persona and a rhetoric filled with colorful stories which enable [...]

Testament des Dr. Mabuse Das (1933)

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Testament des Dr. Mabuse Das (1933) aka The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933) This is a very unique crime-horror film by director Fritz Lang and a recommended one! Though you may be lost as I was initially it doesn’t take too long to figure out what is going on: the titled character (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) has plans to create havoc and destroy order in the World (not unlike Hitler?). However his detailed instructions have to be carried out by [...]

Becky Sharp (1935)

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Becky Sharp (1935) Directed by Rouben Mamoulian with a screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh (Little Caesar (1931)) this drama is noteworthy for two things: it features Miriam Hopkins’s only Oscar nominated performance (Best Actress) she plays the title role; and it’s the first features length 3-strip Technicolor film which looks it despite a restoration. Other than that it’s a terribly dated drama about a sassy [...]

Cowboy and the Lady The (1938)

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Cowboy and the Lady The (1938) Produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by H.C. Potter with a story by Leo McCarey & Frank Adams and contributions from several other writers including S.N. Behrman & Sonya Levien (State Fair (1933)) who received the screenplay credits this average romantic comedy won an Academy Award for its Sound; its title song and Score were Oscar nominated. According to Goldwyn biographer A. Scott Berg McCarey told a [...]
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