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Peyton Place (1957)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Peyton Place (1957) Small town life and sex are themes in this long well known soap opera based on the novel from housewife Grace Metalious. I only knew the reputation of this film and its Oscar nominated story until it premiered on TCM in late 2004 when it was shown for the first time in 30 years (due to legal entanglements). It features several interweaving story-lines including Hope Lange as the daughter of white trash drunkard Arthur Kennedy [...]

Dark Angel The (1935) – full review!

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Dark Angel The (1935) – full review! Produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by Sidney Franklin with a screenplay by Lillian Hellman and Mordaunt Shairp that was based on the play by Guy Bolton (continuity by Claudine West) this slightly above average romantic drama features Merle Oberon’s only Academy Award nominated performance (for Best Actress). Richard Day won his first Oscar (on his fourth nomination) for Art Direction; Thomas [...]

Gladiator (2000)

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Gladiator (2000) Though not as good as Spartacus (1960) and with a storyline that shares many elements with The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) this Oscar winning epic was obviously the best picture from this year and hence won the Academy’s top prize. Best Actor Russell Crowe’s Maximus is #50 on AFI’s hero list. Those responsible for the film’s Costumes Sound and Special Effects also took home Oscars. Director Ridley Scott [...]

Acting for an Oscar

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Acting for an Oscar A couple of years ago I wrote that one of the surest ways to earn an Academy Award – or at least an Oscar nomination – was to portray a prostitute. Another surefire way (there are several) of getting Academy voters’ attention is to play a physically or mentally handicapped character particularly if the story is about how the individual overcame their (real or perceived) disability to triumph in the end. Without even [...]

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) A great film for the whole family covering all the seasons but especially the Halloween and Christmas holidays. I actually grew up in St. Louis myself though not at the turn of the 20th Century like in this film. Great songs from its star Judy Garland including the title song (around the time of the 1904 World’s Fair) the Academy Award nominated Trolley Song (#26 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time) [...]

Without Reservations (1946)

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Without Reservations (1946) A so so story about a writer (Claudette Colbert) who writes a novel that becomes the rage. On her way (by train and then car) to Hollywood where her book is to be made into a movie she meets the perfect unknown man (John Wayne) and military officer to portray her protagonist on-screen. Unfortunately for her without knowing who she is he shares his view that the ideas expressed in her popular book are nonsense. However [...]

First Auto The (1927)

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First Auto The (1927) Directed by Roy Del Ruth with a screenplay by Anthony Coldeway (Glorious Betsy (1928)) this silent written by the Irving G. Thalberg Award winning producer Darryl F. Zanuck (‘G’ Men (1935)) tells the story of how the automobile replaced the horse as the primary means of transportation etc. in our society. The life of a man who’s both a livery stable owner and a winning racehorse trainer (in lieu of the buggy whip [...]

Red-Headed Woman (1932) – full review!

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Red-Headed Woman (1932) – full review! What was probably a scandalous sensation in its day is now rather flat and dated. This pre-code drama directed by Jack Conway and written by Anita Loos from a Katharine Brush novel features Jean Harlow in the title role as Lillian ‘Red’ Andrews a girl from the other side of the tracks that uses her physical beauty and sexuality to ensnare men to get what she wants (the things money can [...]

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

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A Man For All Seasons (1966) A pretty good film about a man who sticks to his principles when everyone else has abandoned theirs for convenience power wealth and/or the status quo. Does the audience for this film exist today (would anyone "get it"?). The film its lead actor (Paul Scofield) its director (Fred Zinnemann From Here to Eternity (1953)) Ted Moore’s Color Cinematography (his only nomination) its Color Costume Design and [...]

Wagon Train (1940)

September 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Wagon Train (1940) Academy Award nominated best assistant director Edward Killy led this transition from RKO B Western veteran George O’Brien to Tim Holt in the leading role. Written by Bernard McConville with a screenplay by Morton Grant it’s also the only one I can remember in which crooner Ray Whitley is shot and killed. Whitley who wrote his own songs and played Holt’s amiable singing sidekick in several such Westerns plays wagon [...]
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