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Dodsworth (1936)

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Dodsworth (1936) A favorite of many this William Wyler directed film based on the Sinclair Lewis novel features great acting by Walter Huston (his first Academy Award nominated performance Best Actor) Ruth Chatterton Paul Lukas Mary Astor David Niven Spring Byington and Maria Ouspenskaya (her first Best Supporting Actress nomination). Huston plays an aging businessman who takes his younger wife (Chatterton) abroad for a second honeymoon. But [...]

Two Arabian Knights (1927)

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Two Arabian Knights (1927) Produced by Howard Hughes this terrific silent film won its director Lewis Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)) the one and only Best Director Comedy Picture Academy Award ever given. It stars William Boyd (“Hop-Along Cassidy”) and Louis Wolheim (also in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)) as two American soldiers during World War I who rescue an Arabian princess (Mary Astor). Also featured [...]

Penthouse (1933)

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Penthouse (1933) An essential comedy mystery drama from director W.S. Van Dyke this film features a screenplay by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Warner Baxter is a wealthy man about town who is also a successful lawyer. One that has just helped secure an innocent verdict for a known criminal played by Nat Pendleton. Pendleton is so thankful he offers Baxter a bonus and a place in his organization. Baxter declines because although he knew [...]

Sing and Like It (1934)

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Sing and Like It (1934) A cleverly written comedy with a familiar story: a mobster wants to get into show business in order to feature a female act he likes. However the twist in this one is that the female isn’t the mob’s moll but a singer whose song makes the boss so sentimental he cries. Directed by William A. Seiter with a screenplay by Marion Dix and Laird Doyle that was based on a story by Aben Kandel the cast includes a lot of [...]

Till the End of Time (1946) – full review!

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Till the End of Time (1946) – full review! Directed by Edward Dmytryk based on a Niven Busch (In Old Chicago (1937)) novel with a screenplay by Allen Rivkin this returning World War II veteran drama was released nearly 4 months before Samuel Goldwyn’s star studded The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Oscar winner. Though this RKO film doesn’t have any real star power besides Robert Mitchum and perhaps Dorothy McGuire it deals [...]

Farmer’s Daughter The (1947)

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Farmer’s Daughter The (1947) This political campaign film saw Loretta Young receive her Best Actress Oscar & Charles Bickford also get nominated. It focuses on a young Swedish-American woman (Ms. Young) who leaves the family farm to go to the "big" city to earn an education but is bilked out of her money on the way and finds herself working as a maid to a US Senator (Joseph Cotten). During a rally for him she speaks up for [...]

The Godfather Part II (1974)

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The Godfather: Part II (1974) The first sequel to win the Academy Award for Best Picture another very popular "family" film. Five acting Oscar nominations (including Al Pacino Michael V. Gazzo Lee Strasberg and Talia Shire) but only Best Actor Robert DeNiro took home the (supporting) gold on his first nomination. Director Coppola won the Best Director Oscar and shared Adapted Screenplay Writing Oscar with novelist Mario Puzo. Added to [...]

Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) – full review!

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Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) – full review! Directed by Robert Wise (West Side Story (1961) & The Sound of Music (1965)) with a screenplay by Abraham Polonsky (Body and Soul (1947)) and Nelson Gidding (I Want to Live! (1958)) this excellent crime drama stars Ed Begley (Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)) Robert Ryan (Crossfire (1947)) and Harry Belafonte as three would-be bank robbers who find themselves fighting against each other such that [...]

Key Largo (1948)

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Key Largo (1948) A classic film which tells the story of a veteran (Humphrey Bogart) now seaman that is forced into a situation in which he must decide whether to get involved by helping the owner of a Florida inn (Lionel Barrymore) & his daughter (Lauren Bacall) when their place is used by a gangster (Edward G. Robinson) hanging out during a hurricane! Claire Trevor won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal as the gang’s [...]

Hour of the Gun (1967) – full review!

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Hour of the Gun (1967) – full review! Overrated! I’d read that this was thought to be one of the best Westerns from the latter half of the 1960’s a contention with which I would strongly disagree. I’d take virtually any of the Sergio Leone spaghetti Westerns over this one in a heartbeat. Producer-director John Sturges (Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)) decided to revisit his much better directed Gunfight at the O.K. Corral [...]
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