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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 [...]

Gaslight (1944)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Gaslight (1944) Ingrid Bergman won the first of her three Oscars (Best Actress in this case) on her second nomination playing a newlywed to Charles Boyer’s mysterious character. Boyer was also nominated his third of four Best Actor Academy Award nominations without a win. Bergman’s character fears that she’s going mad when strange things (including sounds) start happening at the family mansion. She finds that her new husband is [...]

Julia Misbehaves (1948) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Julia Misbehaves (1948) – full review! This last film directed by Jack Conway co-adapted by Monckton Hoffe (The Lady Eve (1941)) and with a screenplay by William Ludwig Harry Ruskin and Arthur Wimperis (Mrs. Miniver (1942)) teams the successful dramatic pair Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in a comedy with Peter Lawford and Elizabeth Taylor and comes out alright! The cast also includes Cesar Romero Lucile Watson Nigel Bruce and Mary [...]

Side Street (1950) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Side Street (1950) – full review! Directed by Anthony Mann and written by Sydney Boehm this film-noir crime drama pairs Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell for the second and last time; their earlier film was the essential They Live By Night (1948). Though this one isn’t on par with that one it’s still quite good highlighted by stark cinematography and a climactic car chase through the relatively empty early morning [...]

Guys and Dolls (1955)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Guys and Dolls (1955) Though I wouldn’t rate it as one of my favorite musicals I think the first scene with Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons in the mission where they make “the deal” is worth the price of admission. What great dialogue! Any doubts I had about Brando in the role were erased after watching it even though his singing was pretty hard to bear. Frank Sinatra & Vivian Blaine also star in this Joseph L. Mankiewicz [...]

It’s Love I’m After (1937)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s Love I’m After (1937) Directed by Archie Mayo Casey Robinson (Captain Blood (1935)) adapted this silly Maurice Hanlin story about two stage stars who are romantically involved yet never seem to get married; they’ve failed to make it almost a dozen times! The couple is played by Leslie Howard and Bette Davis. Things get complicated when a young woman’s (Olivia de Havilland) infatuation with Howard threatens her [...]

Blossoms in the Dust (1941) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Blossoms in the Dust (1941) – full review! Directed by Mervyn LeRoy with a screenplay by Anita Loos that was based on a story by Ralph Wheelwright this slightly above average biographical drama is noteworthy as the first film to pair Greer Garson with Walter Pidgeon; they made eight movies together! Garson earned her second Best Actress Academy Award nomination playing Edna Kahly Gladney who assisted homeless children with finding homes [...]

Bill of Divorcement A (1932) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Bill of Divorcement A (1932) – full review! Katharine Hepburn‘s impressive film debut was directed by George Cukor who would go on to direct the actress seven more times over the next seventeen years. This Clemence Dane play which was adapted to the screen by Howard Estabrook (Cimarron (1931)) and Harry Wagstaff Gribble about “insanity runs in the family” stars John Barrymore as Hilary Fairfield. He’s just escaped [...]

Smiling Ghost (1941)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Smiling Ghost (1941) Directed by Lewis Seiler with a screenplay by Kenneth Gamet and Stuart Palmer that was based on Palmer’s original story this mildly entertaining (B movie) mystery comedy features one of prolific racially typecast character actor Willie Best’s longest on-screen performances. Though billed only eighth Best (in a subservient and fairly stereotypical if expanded role for him) appears and speaks as much as any other [...]

November 2005 – Joan Fontaine

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

November 2005 – Joan Fontaine Tuesday November 1 – Directed by John Huston 6:00 AM Angels In The Outfield (1951) – this original version of the divine assisted baseball team is an enjoyable comedy worth seeing if you haven’t. The lead cast includes Paul Douglas Janet Leigh (miscast too young!) Keenan Wynn Lewis Stone and Spring Byington. The supporting players include Hall of Fame ballplayers Ty Cobb & Joe Dimaggio as [...]
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