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The Great Diamond Robbery (1954)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Great Diamond Robbery (1954) This – the last MGM film of Red Skelton – minor comedy was directed by Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld (1936)) and written by Martin Rackin and László Vadnay . In addition to the headliner comedian the cast includes Cara Williams James Whitmore Kurt Kasznar and Reginald Owen among others. Skelton plays an accomplished diamond cutter (!) that has worked for Bainbridge Gibbons (Owen) for 20 years. Found [...]

High Society (1956)

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High Society (1956) Directed by Charles Walters (Lili (1953)) with a screenplay by John Patrick (The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)) that was based on Philip Barry’s play this Musical remake of Cary Grant & Katharine Hepburn‘s last pairing (The Philadelphia Story (1940)) features Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly as the formerly married couple Dexter Haven & Tracy Lord. Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm play reporters Mike Connor [...]

Blackboard Jungle (1955)

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Blackboard Jungle (1955) Opens with (Bill Haley and His Comets’) "Rock Around the Clock" ushering in rock n’ roll as well as a cast of new young actors and would-be stars (e.g. Jamie Farr & Vic Morrow’s film debut). Directed by Richard Brooks who also adapted the Evan Hunter novel this above average drama features Glenn Ford as Richard Dadier the teacher in "the jungle" of students which includes Sidney [...]

Man from Laramie The (1955) – full review!

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Man from Laramie The (1955) – full review! The last of the (director) Anthony Mann-James Stewart collaborations features a complex screenplay which was co-written by Philip Yordan (Broken Lance (1954)) and Frank Burt that was based on a Saturday Evening Post story by Thomas Flynn. The director’s use of scenery (as an integral part of the story) helps this Western earn a slightly above average nod. It’s about an ex-military [...]

The Razor’s Edge (1946)

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The Razor’s Edge (1946) A man’s search for the meaning of life is captured in this Darryl F. Zanuck production directed by Edmund Goulding and screenwriter Lamar Trotti’s (Wilson (1944)) interpretation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel. The film was nominated for Best Picture (and B&W Art Direction-Interior Decoration) by the Academy and won Anne Baxter an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category; Clifton Webb (Laura (1944)) [...]

Passage to Marseille (1944) – full review!

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Passage to Marseille (1944) – full review! Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca (1942)) reuniting several from that film with a screenplay by Casey Robinson (Captain Blood (1935)) and Jack Moffitt that was based on a novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall this somewhat confusing war drama adventure recognizes the contributions of the Free French in Europe during World War II. Per an armistice signed with Germany France and its [...]

Night and Day (1946)

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Night and Day (1946) Michael Curtiz directed this below average fictionalized musical biography of Cole Porter which earned an Academy Award nomination for its Ray Heindorf-Max Steiner musical Score. Written by Charles Hoffman Leo Townsend and William Bowers with an adaptation by Jack Moffitt it features several uninspired renditions of Porter’s music and stage productions including the Yale fight song (“Bulldog”) “What [...]

Mary Poppins (1964)

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Mary Poppins (1964) When I watched this film for the umpteenth time with my daughters during a recent family movie night I was struck by several things. For instance combined with the fact that I had just watched The World of Henry Orient (1964) it inspired me to write an essay about Dads. Additionally it made me want to write an extended review of this classic. It’s an excellent film which served as the screen debut for Julie Andrews and [...]

May 2005 – Orson Welles

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May 2005 – Orson Welles Sunday May 1 – Based on Lillian Hellman 8:00 AM Dark Victory (1939) – newly updated capsule review! 10:00 AM Les Girls (1957) – all new capsule review! 12:00 PM Walk Don’t Run (1966) – Cary Grant’s last film a remake of The More The Merrier (1943) 2:00 PM Bell Book and Candle (1959) – the inspiration for TV’s Bewitched series? A publisher played by James Stewart is [...]

Two-Faced Woman (1941)

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Two-Faced Woman (1941) Greta Garbo’s last film is less than it might have been; the actress seemed bored with the silly goings-on while at the same time trying too hard in other scenes (including an embarrassing dance sequence). The magical romantic chemistry and near perfect comic timing that she and co-star Melvyn Douglas exhibited in their previous film together – Ninotchka (1939) – was missing as were director Ernst Lubitsch and [...]
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