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Bachelor Party The (1957) – full review!

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Bachelor Party The (1957) – full review! One might be tempted to label this drama “dated” however as was typical screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky provided it with a story that is both insightful and (still) enduring today. Though the setup is rather contrived (a 30+ year old virgin male find himself about to be married to a more experienced war widow that also happens to be his distant cousin) every man questions: who he is what [...]

Red River (1948)

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Red River (1948) This is a very good Howard Hawks Western starring John Wayne Montgomery Clift Joanne Dru and Walter Brennan. Wayne is a hard driving task master trying to get his herd of cattle from point A to point B; Clift is his adopted son who’s not so sure there isn’t a better way to run things and rebels. John Ford Wayne’s usual director for this genre is reported to have said "I didn’t know the guy could [...]

Battleground (1949)

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Battleground (1949) Directed by William Wellman (A Star is Born (1937)) and written by Robert Pirosh this essential war film details the plight of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division trapped in the Ardennes Forest near Bastogne Belgium during the "Battle of the Bulge" created by the Germans last ditch Panzer tank advance during World War II. Pirosh (who wrote from his own experiences) received a Best Writing Oscar for his Story [...]

Cornered (1945)

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Cornered (1945) Directed by Edward Dmytryk (Crossfire (1947)) this film is a mess. First it stars Dick Powell (!) as a blustering ex-P.O.W. Canadian pilot (!). After the war he’s bent on trying to find the man who killed his wife of only 20 days (must have been some woman!). The plot is unbelievable and so confusing with so many twists and turns you’ll get whiplash trying to keep up if you’re even interested enough to try. Plus [...]

Jean Arthur

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Jean Arthur Jean Arthur was born Gladys Georgianna Greene on October 17 1900 in upstate New York. She first appeared onscreen in director John Ford’s silent Cameo Kirby (1923) which features John Gilbert in the title role but her career didn’t really take off until she worked with Ford again appearing in the producer-director’s crime comedy The Whole Town is Talking (1935) opposite Edward G. Robinson. Within a year she’d appear in her [...]

Four Daughters (1938)

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Four Daughters (1938) This terrific drama about a man with many daughters received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture Best Director (Michael Curtiz) Screenplay Writing (Lenore Coffee & Julius Epstein adapted the Fannie Hurst novel Sister Act) and Sound Recording. The standout performance was not given by the always great Claude Rains as the father Adam Lemp but by John Garfield as Mickey Borden which earned him a Supporting Actor [...]

Thing from Another World The (1951)

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Thing from Another World The (1951) A sci-fi classic later remade by John Carpenter as The Thing (1982) with Kurt Russell. A large round object has crash landed in the Arctic which is then explored by the Military personnel who maintain a remote research outpost there. Kenneth Tobey plays the Captain in charge who must balance base safety with the scientists’ need to investigate their mysterious find frozen in ice. Fairly dated but [...]

Ride the High Country (1962)

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Ride the High Country (1962) An above average Western featuring two of the genres most recognizable stars Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott (in his last film). Both men have a history together as outlaws but McCrea has gone straight and is now in charge of getting the gold from the mines to the bank. To help him he hires his old friend Scott who along with a young hothead (Ron Starr) is in town dressed up like “Buffalo Bill” and [...]

Three Comrades (1938)

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Three Comrades (1938) One of the best 10 films of 1938 (according to The New York Times Guide to the Best 1000 Movies Ever Made) and one which I enjoyed thoroughly when I saw it on TCM. Robert Taylor Franchot Tone and Robert Young are the three men who all love Margaret Sullavan (who received her only Oscar nomination) in their own way. Guy Kibbee and Monty Woolley also play roles in this essential drama as do Henry Hull & Charley Grapewin [...]

Kiss Me Kate (1953)

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Kiss Me Kate (1953) A musical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and the play co-written by Sam & Bella Spewack (My Favorite Wife (1940)) this Dorothy Kingsley (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)) screenplay was directed by George Sidney. Multiple Oscar winners Andre Previn and Saul Chaplin received merely an Academy Award nomination for this movie’s Score. Howard Keel plays Fred Graham an [...]
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