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1937

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

1937 1937 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture The Life of Emile Zola (1937) The Awful Truth (1937) Captains Courageous (1937) Dead End (1937) The Good Earth (1937) In Old Chicago (1937) Lost Horizon (1937) One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) Stage Door (1937) A Star Is Born (1937) Best Actor in a Leading Role Spencer Tracy Captains Courageous (1937) Charles Boyer Conquest (1937) Paul Muni [...]

Young Philadelphians The (1959) – full review!

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Young Philadelphians The (1959) – full review! This outstanding drama which was directed by Vincent Sherman and written by James Gunn who adapted Richard Powell’s intricate novel The Philadelphians features (supporting actor) Robert Vaughn’s only Academy Award nominated performance; Harry Stradling Sr.’s B&W Cinematography also received a nomination as did the film’s Costume Design (Howard Shoup’s first [...]

Best Picture Winners?

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Best Picture Winners? Firstly politics have ALWAYS been a part of the Academy Awards and nominations given. The earliest nominees benefitted from a socialistic system whereby each studio put forth their (single) selection and their bosses demanded loyalty (e.g. block) voting from employees. Over the years there have been other factors from the decency code the Great Depression wars periods where epics or musicals were in vogue and the [...]

Romeo and Juliet (1936)

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Romeo and Juliet (1936) Nominated for a Best Picture Oscar this Irving Thalberg-MGM production was released less than a month before his premature death. It features his wife Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard in the title roles of this Shakespearean classic about two doomed lovers from different feuding families. John Barrymore plays Mercutio; Basil Rathbone is Tybalt. The all star cast also includes Edna May Oliver C. Aubrey Smith and Andy [...]

Riding the Wind (1942)

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Riding the Wind (1942) Tim Holt stars as rancher Clay Stewart in this “B” Western from the 40’s which has the requisite gun play chases on horseback fist fights and mild humor to make for a fairly entertaining hour. The film opens with Burt MacLeod (Earle Hodgins) complaining to his wife Martha (Kate Harrington) about the fact that Henry Dodge (Eddie Dew) has just secured the water rights in the valley where all the ranchers [...]

Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955)

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Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955) Right after "Dragnet (1954) the movie" Jack Webb got the opportunity to produce direct and star in this Prohibition era drama featuring jazz music and singing by Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald each of whom also had a role in its story. In fact Lee earned her only Oscar recognition a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination. The story which features a racketeer that muscles in on Kelly’s [...]

Tea and Sympathy (1956)

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Tea and Sympathy (1956) Deborah Kerr John Kerr (no relation) and Leif Erickson recreated their stage performances in this censored version of Robert Anderson’s play that was directed by Vincente Minnelli. John Kerr plays Tom Robinson Lee a sensitive young college man whose interests are gardening & reading in lieu of more manly pursuits. His father Herb (Edward Andrews) is rather of ashamed of his son’s behavior which has earned [...]

Leadership in Movies

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Leadership in Movies When I earned my Masters in Business Administration a small business owner friend of mine shared his – and apparently others’ – experience and brief assessment of newly minted MBA graduates: they’re frequently wrong but never in doubt. As amusing as this is one can learn a great deal in any advanced degree program if one applies oneself. While not everything one learns in any school is applicable in the real world [...]

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) Produced & directed by Frank Capra based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s story “The Greatest Gift” with a screenplay by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett (The Thin Man (1934)) and Capra plus additional scenes from Jo Swerling (The Pride of the Yankees (1942)) this essential family fantasy drama lost the Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year to producer Samuel Goldwyn’s The Best [...]

Entertainer The (1960)

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Entertainer The (1960) In what is SORT OF a changing of the guard for British film Laurence Olivier plays an aging bad actor Archie Rice at a seaside (locale) theater. This slightly above average character sketch drama was directed by Tony Richardson (one of his first films) and features Alan Bates and Albert Finney in their screen debuts. Opposite Olivier Bates plays the actor’s loyal son Frank (also Archie’s “partner” [...]
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