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Johnny Eager (1942)

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Johnny Eager (1942) This crime drama which earned Van Heflin the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (on his only Oscar nomination) is actually quite confusing and silly. Most of the rest of the acting is sub-par or over-the-top and even Heflin’s statuette seems to have been earned on fake tears alone. Sure he plays a likable literate drunkard and gets to deliver some pretty good lines (the film’s only?) but his character seems to [...]

Hi Nellie! (1934) – full review!

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Hi Nellie! (1934) – full review! Directed by Irving G. Thalberg Award winner Mervyn LeRoy and featuring a screenplay co-written by Abem Finkel (Sergeant York (1941)) this crime comedy-drama was later remade with Ronald Reagan as Love is in the Air (1937) then again with George Brent in You Can’t Escape Forever (1942) and finally as The House Across the Street (1949) with Wayne Morris. This one stars Paul Muni who would win an Oscar [...]

Grand Hotel (1932)

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Grand Hotel (1932) One of the first big star extravaganzas (Garbo two Barrymores Crawford Beery Stone and Hersholt) which ironically failed to earn ANY other Academy Award nominations (the only Best Picture winner with this distinction). It’s a story about the lives of several people in a very plush hotel where “nothing ever happens”. It was directed by Edmund Goulding and based on William Drake’s version of Vicki [...]

Blood on the Sun (1945)

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Blood on the Sun (1945) Produced by his brother William and directed by Frank Lloyd (The Divine Lady (1929)) this slightly above average James Cagney thriller will hold your attention all the way through its hokey ending. Set before the outbreak of World War II an American newspaper editor (Cagney) working in Japan who refuses to publish their government’s propaganda becomes involved in the attempted exposure of a secret document detailing [...]

One Foot in Heaven (1941)

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One Foot in Heaven (1941) Nominated for a Best Picture Oscar this film is about a pastor (played believably by Fredric March) and his wife (Martha Scott) through many years in service to their communities. It was directed by Irving Rapper based on Hartzell Spence’s book about his father (Peter Caldwell plays the author as a boy age 10; Frankie Thomas at age 18) with a screenplay by Casey Robinson (Captain Blood (1935)). Memorable support [...]

You Can’t Escape Forever (1942)

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You Can’t Escape Forever (1942) Very fast moving drama/comedy with a special cast of well known actors; one of several remakes of Hi Nellie! (1934). Directed by Jo Graham Roy Chanslor’s story was treated by Fred Niblo Jr. (The Criminal Code (1931)) & Hector Chevigny. George Brent is a newspaper editor driven by his ear twitching hunches; Charles Halton is his assist who is intent on replacing him (competing for Brent’s [...]

Objective Burma! (1945)

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Objective Burma! (1945) An entertaining action adventure film World War II drama from director Raoul Walsh starring Errol Flynn (who else?) as the leader of a platoon who parachutes behind enemy lines to achieve a military objective. They then find themselves trapped and unable to be recovered for various reasons. So officer Flynn must find some high ground where his men can hideout until reinforcements can be arranged. Several familiar faces in [...]

Oscar and the Oldest Profession

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Oscar and the Oldest Profession These streets are paved with gold or at least Oscar nominations. Whether the character portrayed was called a fallen woman a good time girl a nightclub (or dance hall) hostess a lady of the evening a courtesan a call girl a streetwalker a prostitute a whore or even an escort an actress playing a woman working in the oldest profession has had a pretty good shot at getting an Academy Award nomination (or golden [...]

H.M. Pulham Esq. (1941)

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H.M. Pulham Esq. (1941) This terrific little gem of a drama puts forth the idea that we all “settle” in life for a life (or person) more “stable” or at least more comfortable (e.g. per our upbringing). Though we may passionately believe we want that something (or someone) else for practical reasons (or other circumstances) we’ll accept “less”. We may even hold onto an old dream which we’ve [...]

Pygmalion (1938)

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Pygmalion (1938) Directed by Anthony Asquith and lead actor Leslie Howard this original screen version of the George Bernard Shaw play that was later made into the better known musical and Academy Award winning Best Picture My Fair Lady (1964) (with Rex Harrison & Audrey Hepburn) features Howard (Berkeley Square (1933)) in the role of the tremendously self confident linguist Professor Henry Higgins and Wendy Hiller in the role of the cockney [...]
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