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Picnic (1955)

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Picnic (1955) Great holiday film (Labor Day) about a drifter played by William Holden and his effect on a small town which includes Kim Novak Betty Field Rosalind Russell and Arthur O’Connell (who received his first of his two unrewarded Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor) Susan Strasberg and Cliff Robertson. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by William Inge with a screenplay from Daniel Taradash (From Here to [...]

Rope (1948)

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Rope (1948) His first color film was also one of "the lost 5 Hitchcock’s" bought back by director Alfred and left as part of his legacy to his daughter Patricia (along with The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) Rear Window (1954) The Trouble with Harry (1955) and Vertigo (1958)) and re-released in theaters around 1984 after a 30-year absence. Long on technique but short of much else though it does mark the first successful pairings [...]

White Cliffs of Dover The (1944)

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White Cliffs of Dover The (1944) Directed by Clarence Brown this patriotic World War II film boasts a cast of a dozen or more familiar faces including Irene Dunne Alan Marshal Roddy McDowall Frank Morgan Van Johnson C. Aubrey Smith Dame May Whitty Gladys Cooper Norma Varden and Peter Lawford. And that’s just the credited cast. Tom Drake June Lockhart Elizabeth Taylor and Ian Wolfe also appear. The story is told mostly in retrospect by [...]

Lover Come Back (1961)

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Lover Come Back (1961) This Oscar nominated story (co-written by Stanley Shapiro – Pillow Talk (1959)) by director Delbert Mann (Marty (1955)) is one of the many delightful comedies from the triumvirate of Doris Day Rock Hudson and Tony Randall. This one has Day playing ad executive Carol Templeton who’s furious for having just lost an account to Jerry Webster (Hudson) a master of “landing” the decision making male [...]

Jour se lève Le (1939) – full review!

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Jour se lève Le (1939) – full review! Directed by Marcel Carné with a screenplay by Jacques Prévert (Children of Paradise (1945)) this average foreign language drama (also known as Daybreak (1940)) stars France’s biggest star Jean Gabin as a factory worker named François who commits murder and then reflects on why he did it while the police close in on him in his apartment. Jules Berry stars as Monsieur Valentin his victim; [...]

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 [...]

Carbine Williams (1952)

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Carbine Williams (1952) 44 year-old James Stewart plays a man in his early 20’s through his mid-40’s (and beyond?) something he was asked to do quite often throughout his career. His characterization is good though he is clearly not youthful enough physically to play the title character in the first third of the film. Chameleon actress Jean Hagan on the other hand ages much more believably (perhaps because she was only 30 at the [...]

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 [...]

Tonight and Every Night (1945)

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Tonight and Every Night (1945) Produced & directed by Victor Saville with a screenplay by Abem Finkel (Sergeant York (1941)) and Lesser Samuels this average wartime musical in glorious Technicolor stars Rita Hayworth (whose singing voice is dubbed by Martha Mears) in her first “name above the title” role. She plays a singer-dancer in a London theater that refuses to close its door or interrupt its performances despite the nightly [...]

Prize The (1963) – full review!

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Prize The (1963) – full review! There’s more than one reason why this slightly above average thriller “feels” like director Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959) it too was written by Ernest Lehman though this one was based on a novel by Irving Wallace and was directed by Mark Robson (Peyton Place (1957)). Instead of using the United Nations in New York City as a backdrop this film’s story uses a Nobel [...]
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