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Northwest Rangers (1942)

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Northwest Rangers (1942) As I was watching this I knew I’d seen something very similar to it before but the setting was so different that it took me a while to think of it. It was Manhattan Melodrama (1934) with Clark Gable & William Powell in lieu of James Craig and William Lundigan. That one also had Myrna Loy instead of Patricia Dane and a less prominent actor as the villain (the Assistant DA) than John Carradine. Plus Jack Holt figures [...]

Omaha Trail The (1942)

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Omaha Trail The (1942) Directed by Edward Buzzell writing credits for Hugo Butler (Edison the Man (1940)) & Jesse Lasky Jr. story. This average Western features several familiar faces a couple of songs and a typical “circle the wagons” to fend off the Indians sequence during which the white men can’t miss whereas the natives (with the advantage of cover) can’t shoot fish in a barrel. In the days before railroads [...]

Last Hurrah The (1958)

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Last Hurrah The (1958) Spencer Tracy plays Mayor Frank Skeffington an aging incumbent trying to get reelected against the wishes of his party’s political machine in the new era of television. It foreshadows (to some degree) this new medium’s influence in the process for the real life Presidential contest between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon two years later. It was directed by John Ford and features a screenplay by Frank S. [...]

Mokey (1942)

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Mokey (1942) Directed by Wells Root (who co-wrote the screenplay) this below average drama features a nine year old Robert Blake with one of his “Our Gang” co-stars William “Buckwheat” Thomas providing support in addition to stars Dan Dailey and Donna Reed. Plus the maid who looks so much like Hattie McDaniel is actually her older sister Etta. The story is about the titled nicknamed boy Daniel Delano (Blake) who’s [...]

AFI

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Oscar’s Best Snubbed Films  |  Gems  |  100 Years  |  AFI Since 1998, the American Film Institute (AFI) has been commemorating great American movies by making definitive selections and lists of the 100 greatest American movies in various categories. The AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies Series includes: America’s Greatest Movies America’s Funniest Movies America’s Greatest Love Stories America’s [...]

Getting Naked or Crying for an Academy Award or nomination

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Getting Naked or Crying for an Academy Award or nomination When it comes to getting an Academy Award nomination – and even winning the Oscar – actresses who take off their clothes can enhance their chances and actors that cry on screen can improve their odds. Both of these ‘acts’ demonstrate an actor’s “commitment to the role” and they can get rewarded for taking such a risk. Think I’m being cynical read on: Obviously nudity [...]

In Name Only (1939)

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In Name Only (1939) In one of Carole Lombard’s best films (and it’s not even a comedy!) Cary Grant plays a rich man married to a social climbing bore (played by Kay Francis) to whom he’s married “in name only”. One day he meets the widow (Lombard My Man Godfrey (1937)) who has a child that’s been renting a house he owns. Naturally he’s attracted to her (as is she to he) and they begin dating until she [...]

The Sound of Music (1965)

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The Sound of Music (1965) A review of this film 40 years after its release! Capitalizing on two “hot” properties of the early sixties director Robert Wise (West Side Story (1961)) and the infinitely talented Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins (1964)) this film delivers some pure cinematic magic like none before it nor since especially the sequences which feature the songs “Do Re Mi” (#88 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All [...]

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) This Best Picture Oscar winning film about veterans returning home from World War II includes disabled Army veteran Harold Russell (in his screen debut) who received two Oscars (Best Supporting Actor and Honorary for bringing hope & courage to his fellow veterans) for his performance the only time an actor has received two Oscars for the same performance. Producer Samuel Goldwyn’s greatest success [...]

Ladykillers The (1955)

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Ladykillers The (1955) NOT to be confused for the Coen Brothers-Tom Hanks remake (in name only) of 2004! Alec Guinness is the leader of a gang of unusual characters criminals who plot their next “job” while living in a boarding house run by an old (and slightly deaf?) woman played by Katie Johnson. In order not to arouse her suspicions they pretend to be musicians. However when she gets suspicious they decide that they must do away [...]
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