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Girl Said No The (1930)

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Girl Said No The (1930) … not to be confused with the 1937 film of the same name … Directed by Sam Wood with dialogue by Charles MacArthur this A.P. Younger story was adapted by Sarah Y. Mason into a below average romantic comedy that’s likely to offend men and women alike. It’s not only sexist in the worst way but lead actor William Haines’s character practically forces the object of his desire (played by Leila Hyams) [...]

Man in Possession The (1931)

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Man in Possession The (1931) This marvelous pre-code comedy stars Robert Montgomery and Irene Purcell among others. You may not have heard of Purcell (I hadn’t) she was in barely more than a handful of films. My first thought was how much Jennifer Love Hewitt resembles her! In any case the dialogue in this film is not only pre-code risque but also devilishly clever. It was directed by Sam Wood who would later earn 4 unrewarded Academy [...]

Out of the Fog (1941) – full review!

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Out of the Fog (1941) – full review! Directed by Anatole Litvak (The Snake Pit (1948)) and based on the Irwin Shaw (The Talk of the Town (1942)) play “The Gentle People” this above average drama’s screenplay was co-written by Robert Rossen (All the King’s Men (1949)) Irving G. Thalberg winner Jerry Wald and Richard Macauley. It features an outstanding cast of lead actors and many recognizable character actors as [...]

Cleopatra (1934)

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Cleopatra (1934) A lavish spectacle (perhaps not as famous as the 1963 version) that I’m afraid was a bit of a disappointment when I finally got to see it. It’s one of director-producer Cecil B. DeMille’s many extravaganzas which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (and 3 others). It does features Claudette Colbert in the title role and a stunning wardrobe as well as some incredible sets (though the inside of her [...]

Mogambo (1953)

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Mogambo (1953) Directed by John Ford this better than average remake of screenwriter John Lee Mahin’s adventure drama Red Dust (1932) also stars Clark Gable in the leading male role but replaces Jean Harlow with Ava Gardner and Mary Astor with Grace Kelly as well as altering the story. Instead of Gable running a rubber plantation for its owner and having an affair with the owner’s wife Gable is a big game hunter who has a dalliance with one [...]

Enemy Below The (1957)

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Enemy Below The (1957) One of a handful of films directed by actor Dick Powell with a screenplay by Wendell Mayes (Anatomy of a Murder (1959)) this essential World War II submarine film gives more of the surface Destroyer perspective as a U.S. Navy Captain (Robert Mitchum Story of G.I. Joe (1945)) matches wits with a German U-boat Commander (Curt Jurgens). It won an Oscar for Best Effects Special Effects even though all but the actual depth [...]

Frenzy (1972)

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Frenzy (1972) This terrific comeback for the great director is also on my top 10 (Alfred) Hitchcock list. Barry Foster plays a strangler (who uses his necktie to murder his victims) in this crime thriller which contains several chilling scenes but also features many with some comic relief (especially the scenes with the Scotland Yard inspector and his wife; Alec McCowen and Vivien Merchant). The whole potato truck (“lost my monogrammed tie [...]

MGM vs. Warner Bros.

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MGM vs. Warner Bros. The main difference from the Classic Film era and today is the existence of the studio system then vs. now particularly since (at that time) they owned their own theaters such that audiences identified with the studio brand names in much the same way that we identified with the “big three” TV channels in recent years. I don’t know about you but I don’t really notice (or care) what studio makes which [...]

From Here to Eternity (1953)

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From Here to Eternity (1953) How many times have you seen the scene with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr rolling in the surf? Popular Oscar themes boxing & the beginning of World War II serve as backdrops for this film which garnered Academy Award Best Picture honors and five acting nominations winning Supporting Actor Oscars for Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed (on her only nomination); Montgomery Clift Kerr and Lancaster (his first) were the [...]

October 2005 – Robert Mitchum

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October 2005 – Robert Mitchum Saturday October 1 – Starring Erich von Stroheim 10:00 AM Death Takes a Holiday (1934) 2:00 PM Cleopatra (1963) – an all new capsule review! 6:15 PM Black Narcissus (1947) – Deborah Kerr plays a nun sent to a remote hilltop in the Himalayas to establish a convent on the site of an “ancient” brothel. She is assisted by a local Prince (Sabu) who craves an education and a handsome [...]
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