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Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory Vol. 3

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Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory Vol. 3 Hit the Deck (1955) is an MGM CinemaScope musical that bears a striking resemblance to the studio’s earlier hits Anchors Aweigh (1945) and On the Town (1949) without having any memorable songs or dance sequences of its own. Originally it was a Broadway smash that was filmed in 1930 by RKO which later adapted it for the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers vehicle Follow the Fleet (1936) using Irving [...]

Green Pastures The (1936)

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Green Pastures The (1936) Directed by Marc Connelly (based on his play) and William Keighley this all-Black cast biblical drama includes musical accompaniment by the Hall Johnson Choir. As told to some rural Black Sunday School children (George Reed’s character) several stories of the Old Testament Bible are creatively recreated and somewhat contemporarily realized in flashback sequences. Rex Ingram plays three characters: De Lawd (God) [...]

The French Connection (1971)

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The French Connection (1971) The first R-rated film to win the Oscar for Best Picture; Gene Hackman (“Popeye” Doyle is AFI’s #44 hero) won his first and only Best Actor Oscar playing an intense cop trying to bring down a narcotics smuggler. Director William Friedkin won his only Oscar though he was later nominated for The Exorcist (1973). Many classic scenes including a harrowing car chase and the complete dismantling of a car [...]

Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) – full review!

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Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) – full review! Directed by Michael Curtiz with a screenplay by Warren Duff and Robert Buckner this historical drama Western was one of Warner Bros.’s first Technicolor films. Not only does it cover a subject I had not seen previously discussed the harmful practice of using hoses to wash away entire hillsides to find gold but it’s delightful to see so many known actors in color for the very first [...]

Their Own Desire (1929)

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Their Own Desire (1929) Directed by E. Mason Hopper this early talkie (also released as a silent) uses a few placard for scene changes. It features Norma Shearer’s first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Shearer plays the daughter of Belle Bennett and writer Lewis Stone who treats her as the son he never had. They play polo together. However after 23 years of marriage her 45 year old father has fallen for another woman Mrs. [...]

Julia Misbehaves (1948) – full review!

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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 [...]

Lady for a Day (1933)

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Lady for a Day (1933) If you’ve only seen the inferior remake (also by director Frank Capra who received an Oscar nomination for this one) called Pocketful of Miracles (1961) you won’t want to miss this. May Robson’s "Apple Annie" was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar as was the picture and the story adapted from the Damon Runyon story. Warren William is a gangster who must have Annie’s blessing an apple before [...]

1938

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1938 1938 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture You Can’t Take It with You (1938) The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938) Boys Town (1938) The Citadel (1938) Four Daughters (1938) La Grande illusion (1937) Jezebel (1938) Pygmalion (1938) Test Pilot (1938) Best Actor in a Leading Role Spencer Tracy Boys Town (1938) Charles Boyer Algiers (1938) James [...]

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) A visually stunning film told in several distinct yet interconnected parts with an excellent score … though the world didn’t turn out quite like this at least not yet;-) Keir Dullea in his career role as Dr. Dave Bowman and Gary Lockwood as Dr. Frank Poole travel into deep space to Jupiter in order to explore the origin of a strange black monolith (the object which connects the film’s story-lines) [...]
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