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Little Caesar (1931)

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Little Caesar (1931) This Mervyn LeRoy film starring Edward G. Robinson in the title role received an Oscar nomination for Adapted Writing and was added to the National Film Registry in 2000. It features the "100 Years at the Movies" scene (shown frequently on TCM) in which gangster Robinson asks "Mother of mercy is this the end of Rico?" (#73 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list). Robinson’s Caesar Enrico Bandello [...]

Search The (1948)

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Search The (1948) Montgomery Clift was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award in his first film! He plays an American soldier in post World War II Germany that befriends a young Jewish boy (Ivan Jandl; his only film) & helps to return him to his mother (Jarmila Novotna) who is also searching for her boy. Aline MacMahon plays a bureaucrat who gets in the middle of it all. The Richard Schweizer (Marie-Louise (1944)) & David Wechsler [...]

Captain Caution (1940)

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Captain Caution (1940) Director Richard Wallace co-produced this action adventure seafaring film with Grover Jones (The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)) who based his screenplay on the Kenneth Roberts novel. Executive producer Hal Roach was evidently trying to capitalize on Warner Bros. successful Errol Flynn pirate films like The Sea Hawk (1940)) which had been released earlier in the year. Unfortunately he didn’t have the lead nor [...]

Adventures of Robin Hood The (1938)

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Adventures of Robin Hood The (1938) The screen’s best version of this classic tale has Errol Flynn in the title role Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian Basil Rathbone as his dueling foe Claude Rains as Prince John Eugene Pallette as Friar Tuck and Alan Hale as Little John Patric Knowles as Will Scarlett … all in stunning Technicolor! The film directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca (1942)) won Academy Awards for Art Direction Score [...]

Joker is Wild The (1957) – full review!

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Joker is Wild The (1957) – full review! Directed by Charles Vidor with a screenplay by Oscar Saul that was based on Art Cohn’s biography this film is “The Story of Joe E. Lewis” a singer whose life was changed during the depression when he refused to follow a nightclub owning gangster’s instructions not to sing in another club. Frank Sinatra plays Lewis whose vocal chords were slashed during the retribution beating [...]

Hunchback of Notre Dame The (1939)

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Hunchback of Notre Dame The (1939) This is a fantastic drama (another from 1939!) not to be missed based on the Victor Hugo novel adapted by Bruno Frank with a screenplay by Sonya Levien (State Fair (1933)) and starring the gorgeous Maureen O’Hara Cedric Hardwicke Thomas Mitchell Edmond O’Brien Harry Davenport and featuring Charles Laughton’s classic performance (in the title role) as Quasimodo. It was directed by William [...]

This Happy Breed (1944) – full review!

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This Happy Breed (1944) – full review! After having worked together successfully on the war drama In Which We Serve (1942) producer Noel Coward and director David Lean did so again on this “slice of life” (comedy) drama about a British family; they would repeat their success with Blithe Spirit (1945) and Brief Encounter (1945). This one was based on Coward’s play (and his own life experiences from 1919 to 1939) which was [...]

Star is Born A (1937)

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Star is Born A (1937) Although some prefer this to the Judy Garland/James Mason version I think both are great. This one stars Janet Gaynor as the talented yet undiscovered actress who makes her way to Hollywood to pursue her dream. The first one to recognize her talent is an aging declining actor (Fredric March) who falls in love with her helps her and marries her before she hits it big. Hence he is overshadowed by her and she’s [...]

Lonelyhearts (1958) – full review!

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Lonelyhearts (1958) – full review! Directed by Vincent J. Donehue (his first and one of his only) and based on the Howard Teichmann play & Nathanael West novel with a screenplay by its producer Dore Schary (Boys Town (1938)) this slightly above average drama is notable for providing character actress and eventual 4 time Academy Award nominee Maureen Stapleton (who’d win on her last nomination for her performance in Reds (1981)) [...]

Roberta (1935)

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Roberta (1935) Pretty good Fred (Astaire) & Ginger (Rogers) film featuring Randolph Scott and Irene Dunne as its romantic leads. Directed by William Seiter this comedy Musical includes the Oscar nominated song “Lovely to Look at” though I think the highlight is Dunne’s singing of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”. Helen Westley is a businesswoman in Paris who also happens to be Scott’s aunt; Dunne’s [...]
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