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Hatari! (1962)

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Hatari! (1962) Produced and directed by Howard Hawks with a screenplay by Leigh Brackett that was based on a story by Harry Kurnitz (What Next Corporal Hargrove? (1945)) this adventure comedy drama set in Africa is notable for Russell Harlan’s Color Cinematography which was Oscar nominated (his third of six unrewarded Academy Award nominations in this category) and Henri Mancini’s original song “Baby Elephant Walk”. The [...]

Story of Dr. Wassell The (1944) – full review!

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Story of Dr. Wassell The (1944) – full review! Produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille this slightly above average biographical drama features Gary Cooper in the title role as the Navy doctor that saved the lives of nearly a dozen wounded United States sailors from the Japanese invasion of Java during World War II. Crewmen from the USS Marblehead that could not walk to board the evacuation ships under their own power were left on the [...]

Naked Spur The (1953)

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Naked Spur The (1953) This is one of the many great Anthony Mann directed Westerns featuring James Stewart (The Philadelphia Story (1940)) as a bounty hunter that must bring Robert Ryan (Crossfire (1947)) to justice in this Oscar nominated Story (by Sam Rolfe & Harold Jack Bloom their only Academy recognition). The struggle includes & involves a woman played by Janet Leigh (Psycho (1960)) and Stewart’s not so sure where her [...]

If Winter Comes (1947)

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If Winter Comes (1947) Directed by (twice Oscar nominated producer) Victor Saville this A.S.M. Hutchinson novel was adapted by Marguerite Roberts and Arthur Wimperis (Mrs. Miniver (1942)) into an average drama about a kind man whose actions are misinterpreted in his small conservative English town at the beginning of World War II. This man is a writer whose outspoken patriotic views earn him a great deal of respect in his community before [...]

Runaway Brides and Other Interrupted Weddings

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Runaway Brides and Other Interrupted Weddings The musical comedy Cover Girl (1944) features Rita Hayworth in two different roles as singer-dancer Rusty Parker in the film’s present day and as her grandmother Maribelle Hicks in flashback sequences. Within both storylines her character becomes engaged to a wealthy man she doesn’t love and as a bride each leaves her groom at the altar for the poorer man she does. Watching this movie [...]

One Way Passage (1932)

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One Way Passage (1932) A delightful romantic comedy-drama starring William Powell and Kay Francis about two “doomed” people who meet and then fall in love on a cruise ship traveling from Hong Kong to San Francisco. Powell is being returned to San Quentin by a police officer (played by Warren Hymer) for a murder charge; Francis who is being attended to by a doctor (played by Frederick Burton) is terminally ill and not expected to live [...]

War Against Mrs. Hadley The (1942)

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War Against Mrs. Hadley The (1942) Harold Bucquet directed this wartime drama which won a Best Writing Original Screenplay Academy Award for George Oppenheimer on his only Oscar nomination. Fay Bainter stars as the wealthy title character the widow Stella Hadley whose annual birthday celebration in her expansive Washington D.C. home on December 7 1941 is interrupted with news of Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor. But Mrs. Hadley is too [...]

America’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies

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America’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies This is the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies. AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 THRILLS (2001) 1 – Psycho (1960) 2 – Jaws (1975) 3 – The Exorcist (1973) 4 – North By Northwest (1959) 5 – Silence of the Lambs (1991) 6 – Alien (1979) 7 – The Birds (1963) 8 – French Connection (1971) 9 – [...]

To Sir with Love (1967) – full review!

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To Sir with Love (1967) – full review! One of only a handful of films produced and directed by writer James Clavell who later won an Emmy for his 1980 TV miniseries Shogun. Clavell adapted an E.R. Braithwaite for this above average drama that enabled Sidney Poitier to come full circle: from being a disruptive student of Glenn Ford’s in Richard Brooks’s Blackboard Jungle (1955) to playing a British Guana-born engineer educated [...]

Hi Nellie! (1934) – full review!

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Hi Nellie! (1934) – full review! Directed by Irving G. Thalberg Award winner Mervyn LeRoy and featuring a screenplay co-written by Abem Finkel (Sergeant York (1941)) this crime comedy-drama was later remade with Ronald Reagan as Love is in the Air (1937) then again with George Brent in You Can’t Escape Forever (1942) and finally as The House Across the Street (1949) with Wayne Morris. This one stars Paul Muni who would win an Oscar [...]
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