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Hamlet (1948)

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Hamlet (1948) 1948 saw the first foreign film to ever win Best Picture honors from the Academy. It was also the first time anyone ever directed themselves to an Oscar – Laurence Olivier won for Best Actor in the title role (as the director Olivier was only nominated losing to John Huston). Supporting actress Jean Simmons who plays Ophelia was also nominated. The film received two other Oscars (B&W Art Direction-Set Decoration & [...]

The John Wayne Film Collection

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The John Wayne Film Collection Purchase this DVD Collection now at Allegheny Uprising (1939) – is an average action adventure drama which foretells the kind of conflicts that would lead to the Revolutionary War some years later. Set in 1759 Pennsylvania James Smith (John Wayne) leads a band of rebels from the Conococheague Valley to stop some enterprising businessmen (Brian Donlevy and Ian Wolfe) from trading with the Indians. But the [...]

Born Yesterday (1950)

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Born Yesterday (1950) Judy Holliday gives a knockout career performance as the initially dim-witted ex-showgirl Billie Dawn earning herself the Best Actress Oscar on her only nomination. Broderick Crawford plays her rough and tough self-made businessman boyfriend Harry Brock who hires newspaperman Paul Verrall played by William Holden to teach his "dumb broad" how to act in society so as not to embarrass him in public. Unfortunately [...]

Thin Man The (1934)

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Thin Man The (1934) A terrific comedy and a great hit generating a handful of sequels. The most memorable of the many William Powell-Myrna Loy pairings IMO as the husband-and-wife detective team (Nick and Nora Charles). "The Thin Man" actually refers to a murder victim! Powell and Director W.S. Van Dyke were nominated for Oscars (the first nomination for each of them). The film received a Best Picture nomination; writers Frances [...]

Viva Villa! (1934)

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Viva Villa! (1934) This film won John Waters a Best Assistant Director Oscar on his second and last nomination; it was also nominated for Best Picture & Sound Recording as was Ben Hecht’s adaptation of the material. It stars Wallace Beery (The Champ (1931)) as a fictionalized version of the titled character (Pancho Villa) who fought on behalf of the peons (landless poor people) and Francisco Madero (played in the film by Henry Walthall) [...]

Alfie (1966)

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Alfie (1966) Michael Caine earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination in the title role. The film’s about a morally bankrupt British playboy who realizes just enough about who he is and what he’s doing to feel guilty about it. Along the way he seduces and/or encounters several women he dubs “birds” including Millicent Martin who even wants to introduce Alfie to her husband (?!) Shelley Winters a financially comfortable [...]

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) A powerful essential historical drama from producer-director Stanley Kramer (written by Abby Mann) about the post World War II trials of German officers as war criminals. The cast couldn’t be better headlined by Spencer Tracy as the judge in the case(s) and Burt Lancaster as one of the accused. It features Maximilian Schell’s Academy Award winning performance (on his first nomination) as the defense [...]

Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection

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Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection Purchase this DVD Collection now at Petrified Forest (1936) Black Legion (1937) – Robert Lord who’d won an Academy Award for his original story One Way Passage (1932) received his second and last Oscar nomination for this drama on which he was also an associate producer. Directed by Archie Mayo with a screenplay by Abem Finkel and William Wister Haines the story explores the root causes of hatred [...]

Battle Circus (1953)

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Battle Circus (1953) Written and directed by Richard Brooks from a story by Allen Rivkin and his wife Laura Kerr this precursor to Richard Hooker’s novel (which inspired the movie MASH and TV series M*A*S*H*) focuses on the mobile aspects of a surgical hospital MASH unit number 66 and how it operates much like a circus tents down move to another location tents up etc. during the Korean War. Against this dangerous backdrop is the story of a [...]

House on 56th Street The (1933) – full review!

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House on 56th Street The (1933) – full review! Directed by Robert Florey with screenplay by Austin Parker and Sheridan Gibney that was based on a story by Joseph Santley this slightly above average pre-code drama stars Kay Francis with Ricardo Cortez Gene Raymond John Halliday Margaret Lindsay and (briefly) Frank McHugh among others. Francis plays follies girl Peggy Martin who’s romantically pursued by the (family) wealthy Monte Van [...]
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