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Bachelor Party The (1957) – full review!

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Bachelor Party The (1957) – full review! One might be tempted to label this drama “dated” however as was typical screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky provided it with a story that is both insightful and (still) enduring today. Though the setup is rather contrived (a 30+ year old virgin male find himself about to be married to a more experienced war widow that also happens to be his distant cousin) every man questions: who he is what [...]

Three on a Match (1932) – full review!

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Three on a Match (1932) – full review! Directed by Mervyn LeRoy with a story by John Bright and Kubec Glasmon (The Public Enemy (1931)) and a screenplay by Lucien Hubbard (The Star Witness (1931)) this 60+ minute drama features many of the actors and actresses who would become Warner Bros.’s biggest stars early in their careers. The story moves so quickly utilizing several film montages of newspaper headlines to mark the passage of time [...]

Come Blow Your Horn (1963) – full review!

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Come Blow Your Horn (1963) – full review! Directed by Bud Yorkin who co-produced this slightly above average light comedy with Norman Lear who wrote the screenplay adapting a play by Neil Simon who earned his first motion picture screen credit it stars 47 year old Frank Sinatra playing a 39 year old older brother to a 21 year old character played by Tony Bill and the son of Lee J. Cobb’s (though Cobb himself was only 51 at the time) [...]

Captain Blood (1935)

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Captain Blood (1935) This is my favorite pirate movie & the film that helped Errol Flynn make a name for himself. And it’s an earlier teaming of Flynn Olivia de Havilland Basil Rathbone and director Michael Curtiz than The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) too. The film was Oscar nominated for Best Picture as was director Curtiz its Screenplay (Casey Robinson earned his only Academy recognition for adapting the Rafael Sabatini novel) [...]

Of Human Bondage (1946)

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Of Human Bondage (1946) Directed by Edmund Goulding this second adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s novel was adapted by Catherine Turney. Paul Henreid plays a clubfooted failed artist gentleman who becomes a medical student that’s obsessed with a low class waitress played by Eleanor Parker. Alexis Smith plays a novelist friend who wishes her relationship with Henreid could develop into something more. Patric Knowles & Marten [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Spy Who Came In from the Cold The (1965)

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Spy Who Came In from the Cold The (1965) Produced and directed by Martin Ritt (who inexplicably received only one Best Director Oscar nomination in his career two years earlier for Hud (1963)) this John le Carré Cold War spy novel was adapted by Paul Dehn (Seven Days to Noon (1950)) and Guy Trosper (The Pride of St. Louis (1952)) into a pretty good thriller notable for its atmospheric feel and Oscar nominated B&W Art Direction-Set [...]

Golden Boy (1939)

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Golden Boy (1939) Thanks to Barbara Stanwyck who believed the young actor could pull off the title role William Holden burst on the screen as violinist Joe Bonaparte (his star making role) with a talent for boxing which is exploited by the promoter-manager Tom Moody (Adolphe Menjou); he uses his mistress-assistant Lorna Moon (played by Stanwyck) to seal the deal by seducing the would-be prizefighter. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian who also [...]

Turn Back the Clock (1933)

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Turn Back the Clock (1933) Directed by Edgar Selwyn who co-wrote the screenplay with Ben Hecht (Underworld (1927) & The Scoundrel (1935)) the story is a very clever exploration into the “what if” as in “what if I made a different choice at a pivotal moment in my life” and what would have happened. It stars Lee Tracy (The Best Man (1964)) as the man who gets the opportunity to “see” how his life may have [...]
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