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James Cagney: The Signature Collection

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James Cagney: The Signature Collection The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941) Captains of the Clouds (1942) – full review! The Fighting 69th (1940) Torrid Zone (1940) The West Point Story (1950) – full review! Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume 2

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Forbidden Hollywood Collection Volume 2 Purchase this DVD Collection now at The Divorcee (1930) A Free Soul (1931) – full review! Three on a Match (1932) – full review! Female (1933) – is a pre-code drama that turns the male stereotype around by having Ruth Chatterton play an executive that’s all business by day but a man-eater by night. As Alison Drake the head of an automobile manufacturing company that was started by her now [...]

Topper (1937)

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Topper (1937) Directed by Norman McLeod with a screenplay co-written by Eric Hatch (My Man Godfrey (1936)) this essential screwball comedy features Roland Young in the title role; the role which would earn him his only Academy Award nomination (Supporting Actor). The film’s Sound Recording was also nominated. But the stars of this fantasy are Constance Bennett and Cary Grant; they play an irresponsible carefree younger couple named Marion [...]

Topper Takes a Trip (1938)

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Topper Takes a Trip (1938) Produced by Hal Roach and directed by Norman McLeod this first sequel to the successful Topper (1937) fantasy comedy has more than Cary Grant missing from it. Even though Constance Bennett as the ghostly socialite Marion Kerby Roland Young in the title role (first name Cosmo) Billie Burke as Topper’s wife Clara and Alan Mowbray as Wilkins (their butler) return from the original this one seems too focused on its [...]

Waterloo Bridge (1940) – full review!

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Waterloo Bridge (1940) – full review! Directed by Mervyn LeRoy based on Robert Sherwood’s play with a screenplay by S.N. Behrman Hans Rameau and George Froeschel this classic tear-jerking wartime love story starring Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh (reportedly her favorite) was Oscar nominated for its B&W Cinematography and Original Musical Score. The second film version of Sherwood’s play after Waterloo Bridge (1931) with [...]

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) – full review!

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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) – full review! This account of the events leading up to and including the historical shootout between Wyatt Earp and the former dentist come gambling gunfighter afflicted with tuberculosis (that becomes the Marshal’s friend) Doc Holliday versus Ike Clanton and associates in Tombstone Arizona is notable for the onscreen relationship portrayed between its two leads Burt Lancaster as Marshal Wyatt Earp [...]

Royal Wedding (1951)

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Royal Wedding (1951) The first film by director Stanley Donen though he’d co-directed On the Town (1949) with Gene Kelly was written by Alan Jay Lerner (released the same year he earned his first Oscar for writing An American in Paris (1951) which featured Kelly in the title role). This Arthur Freed production stars Fred Astaire and Jane Powell replacing Judy Garland who was finally fired by MGM management for repeatedly missing or [...]

Waterloo Bridge (1931) – full review!

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Waterloo Bridge (1931) – full review! This original version of the Robert Sherwood play is quite different than the more famous MGM remake starring Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor. The story is more efficiently told and without flashbacks such that this film is nearly half an hour shorter. It was directed by James Whale and the screenplay was written by Benn Levy and Tom Reed (Night People (1954)). The most notable aspect of this movie is [...]

Topper Returns (1941) – full review!

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Topper Returns (1941) – full review! Less than an hour into this movie the character played by Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson (whose mildly racist part as the stereotypical scared Negro chauffeur; I guess Willie Best was unavailable) utters something like “this is getting pretty monotonous” which accurately sums up this third and last of the Topper comedy films. Without Cary Grant (only in the original Topper (1937)) [...]
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