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Dangerous When Wet (1953)

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Dangerous When Wet (1953) Directed by Charles Walters (Lili (1953)) and written by Dorothy Kingsley (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)) this Esther Williams film also stars her future husband Fernando Lamas who swims with her during this musical romantic comedy. Though absent much of the spectacular synchronized swimming that’s a staple in virtually all of her other films this one does feature an extended animated sequence in which [...]

Conformist The (1970)

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Conformist The (1970) aka Il Conformista (1970) Director Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor (1987)) earned his first Oscar nomination for his screenplay adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s bizarre story about a young Italian man (Jean-Louis Trintignant) with a conflicted sexual history who’s about to be married (to Stefania Sandrelli’s character) that’s also just joined Mussolini’s secret police such that he must now murder [...]

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 [...]

May 2006 – Bette Davis

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May 2006 – Bette Davis Monday May 1 – Great Screenplays Glenn Ford’s birthday 6:00 AM The Murder Man (1935) – give it a chance but don’t expect too much; an all new full review! 9:00 AM Small Town Girl (1936) – not bad; an all new full review! 12:15 PM Blackboard Jungle (1955) 4:15 PM The Fastest Gun Alive (1956) – best part is the end 6:00 PM Cowboy (1958) – better than I’d expected; full [...]

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

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Lady and the Tramp (1955) This delightful animated Walt Disney Production details the first year (or two) of the life of a sweet domesticated female cocker spaniel named Lady (voiced by Barbara Luddy) and her various encounters: with her ‘humans’ – owners Jim Dear (Lee Millar) and ‘Darling’ (Peggy Lee) – and especially the streetwise stray terrier she fancies named Tramp (Larry Roberts). Ms. Lee sings (and/or wrote with Sonny Burke) [...]

Blood on the Moon (1948)

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Blood on the Moon (1948) Directed by Robert Wise this slightly above average Western drama is dripping with testosterone though its story is more film noir-like than anything else. The plot follows Jim Garry (Robert Mitchum) as a man who finds himself in the middle of the familiar battle between a rancher and some homesteaders. With few options given the failures in his past he ventures out to accept a job with an old friend Tate Riling (Robert [...]

Annie Oakley (1935) – full review!

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Annie Oakley (1935) – full review! Directed by George Stevens with a story by Joseph Fields & Ewart Adamson that was adapted by Joel Sayre & John Twist this biographical Western drama about the famous sharpshooting woman features Barbara Stanwyck in the title role. Preston Foster plays Toby Walker another “hot shot” that’s Annie’s rival and “on again off again” love interest. Melvyn Douglas plays [...]

Girl Crazy (1943)

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Girl Crazy (1943) Filled with Gershwin tunes like “Embraceable You” & “I’ve Got Rhythm” it stars Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in one of their many enjoyable pairings. The cast also includes June Allyson (who sings at the beginning then disappears) TV’s Nancy Walker (a humorous role naturally) Guy Kibbee as Garland’s grandfather and Tommy Dorsey (as himself). This is a fairly good musical with an [...]

Rack The (1956)

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Rack The (1956) Directed by Arnold Laven this Stewart Stern (Teresa (1951)) screenplay was based on a teleplay by Rod Serling the Emmy Award winning creator of TV’s The Twilight Zone. It stars Paul Newman as a Korean War veteran who returns home after years as a P.O.W. to face a court martial trial for collaborating with the enemy. It’s a very good drama with an excellent credible performance by Newman and the rest of the [...]
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