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This Is the Army (1943) – full review!

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This Is the Army (1943) – full review! Michael Curtiz directed this World War II (flag-waving propaganda) Musical which was stitched together with a threadbare script and two Irving Berlin road shows (1918’s “Yip Yip Yaphank” from WW I and “This Is The Army” from WW II) to earn almost $2 million for the Army Emergency Relief fund; Casey Robinson and Captain Claude Binyon wrote the screenplay. The film won an [...]

Fall of the Roman Empire The (1964)

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Fall of the Roman Empire The (1964) An outstanding story of honor virtue power and corruption and a pretty good period piece about this part of Roman history. Alec Guinness is a good Caesar Marcus Aurelius who chooses Livius (Stephen Boyd) as his successor instead of his son Commodus (Christopher Plummer) with devastating results for himself. Sophia Loren James Mason as Timonides Anthony Quayle John Ireland Omar Shariff and Mel Ferrer round out [...]

Memorable Final Performances

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Memorable Final Performances After remembering the most memorable film debuts given by classic film actors and actresses I thought it would be useful to highlight those established career performers who “went out in style”. I’m only including the “swan song” performances from those actors and actresses with significant “bodies of work” who also achieved wide acclaim at some point during their career that [...]

Vagabond Lady (1935)

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Vagabond Lady (1935) Directed by Sam Taylor this comedy written by Frank Butler (Going My Way (1944)) stars Robert Young Reginald Denny Evelyn Venable Frank Craven and Berton Churchill. R. D. Spear (Churchill) is the dignified owner of a department store whose son Johnny (Denny) is courting Josephine the daughter (Venable) of his father’s less responsible college chum named Spiggins (Craven) who Spear keeps on as the store’s janitor. [...]

Oklahoma Kid The (1939)

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Oklahoma Kid The (1939) An entertaining Western directed by Lloyd Bacon which features a pretty good ‘sooner’ land rush scene and stars James Cagney in the title role Humphrey Bogart as the “bad guy” who wears black Rosemary Lane as the girl Donald Crisp as her father the judge Charles Middleton and Ward Bond among others. Featuring a story by Wally Kline & Edward Paramore who wrote the screenplay with Warren Duff [...]

Secrets of the French Police (1932)

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Secrets of the French Police (1932) Produced by David O. Selznick this obscure crime story has “horror flick” elements which make it a rather strange little film. It runs less than an hour but includes some rather interesting details as its most well-known actor Frank Morgan playing a detective tries to solve the case. It’s set in Paris well after the Russian Revolution when the deposed aristocracy was trying to find the [...]

Marshal of Mesa City The (1939)

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Marshal of Mesa City The (1939) George O’Brien is the hero in this B Western – a remake of Richard Dix’s The Arizonian (1935) – that was directed by David Howard written by Jack Lait Jr. and features Virginia Vale as his love interest and Leon Ames (!) as the villain; Henry Brandon plays a ‘Doc’ Holliday-type reformed gunfighter character that assists O’Brien (in the title role). Set in Mesa City Arizona in 1880 Sheriff Judd Cronin [...]

Thief of Bagdad The (1940)

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Thief of Bagdad The (1940) Outstanding Technicolor delight that won Oscars for Color Art Direction & Cinematography as well as Special Effects; Miklós Rózsa’s Score was nominated too (his first). Michael Powell had a hand in directing this remake of the 1924 classic which stars Sabu in lieu of Douglas Fairbanks in the title role. June Duprez plays the Princess – coveted by the evil Jaffar (Conrad Veidt) – that falls in love [...]

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) [...]

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

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Cool Hand Luke (1967) The best prison drama ever? Undoubtedly! Paul Newman in the title role of Lucas ‘Luke’ Jackson (AFI’s #30 hero) received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination and George Kennedy won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing the tough Dragline who’s at first at odds with newcomer Luke until he sees the man’s “never give up” fight in their mismatched boxing bout. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg it was [...]
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