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Jimmy the Gent (1934)

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Jimmy the Gent (1934) Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca (1942)) with a story co-written by Ray Nazarro (Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)) this comedy-drama features the first pairing of James Cagney (Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)) and Bette Davis one year before she would win her Best Actress Oscar for Dangerous (1935) though this is decidedly a “lightweight” role. Cagney in the title role plays a two-bit operator who finds phony [...]

Hallelujah! (1929)

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Hallelujah! (1929) An early (dubbed after the fact) sound era Musical drama set in the deep South and featuring an all Black cast from director King Vidor who not only wrote its story but received an Academy Award nomination for his direction. Wanda Tuchock and Richard Schayer wrote the screenplay. After being duped into gambling away his family’s cotton crop money to Hot Shot (William Fountaine) under the influence of a juke joint dancer [...]

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

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Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Like Suspicion (1941) Hitchcock decided to cast a traditional "good guy" actor (in this case Joseph Cotten) as his villain who has come to visit his sister’s house to elude two detectives (MacDonald Carey & Wallace Ford) on his trail. It’s said to be one of the director’s favorites because it brought murder and violence "back into the house where it rightfully belongs." It also [...]

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 [...]

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) George Roy Hill made a name for himself directing this essential buddy picture pairing heartthrobs Paul Newman and Robert Redford together for the very first time in this Western (adventure crime comedy; even biography). Hill would direct them again in his Oscar winning Best Picture The Sting (1973) four years later. Newman plays Cassidy the business end of their partnership and Redford (more than 11 [...]

1927-1928

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1927-1928 1927-1928 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Unique and Artistic Production Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness (1927) The Crowd (1928)   Best Picture Production Wings (1927) The Racket (1928) 7th Heaven (1927)   Best Actor in a Leading Role Emil Jannings The Last Command (1928) Richard Barthelmess The Noose (1928)   Best Actress [...]

Great Lie The (1941)

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Great Lie The (1941) George Brent’s marriage to concert pianist Mary Astor is annulled allowing him to marry the one he really loves Bette Davis and Astor to pursue her career. Aviator Brent is then thought dead in a plane crash overseas. Astor (whose performance earned her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar her only recognition from the Academy!) learns she’s pregnant by Brent and tells Davis who then convinces Astor to let her adopt [...]

After the Thin Man (1936)

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After the Thin Man (1936) The first and best IMO of the “Thin Man” sequels. The film reunites William Powell and Myrna Loy and also stars James Stewart. It was nominated for a Best Writing Screenplay Oscar. Purchase this DVD now at or buy the entire DVD collection [...]

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) Produced & directed by Frank Capra based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s story “The Greatest Gift” with a screenplay by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett (The Thin Man (1934)) and Capra plus additional scenes from Jo Swerling (The Pride of the Yankees (1942)) this essential family fantasy drama lost the Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year to producer Samuel Goldwyn’s The Best [...]

Manchurian Candidate The (1962)

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Manchurian Candidate The (1962) Directed and co-produced by John Frankenheimer with a screenplay by George Axelrod (Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)) that was based on the novel by Richard Condon this essential political thriller stars Frank Sinatra Laurence Harvey Janet Leigh and Angela Lansbury (among others). Notable for Lansbury’s evil mother portrayal (AFI’s #12 villain) the film was voted the #67 Greatest Movie of All Time by the [...]
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