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Chatterbox (1936)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Chatterbox (1936) Directed by George Nicholls Jr. with a screenplay by Sam Mintz (Skippy (1931)) based on a story by David Carb this B movie comedy drama features Anne Shirley in the title role as Jenny Yates a simple Vermont country girl who’s always dreamt of being a stage actress. Her mother had been one 20 years earlier playing a part on stage in “Virtue’s Reward”. Ironically a New York acting company has been [...]

Suspicion (1941)

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Suspicion (1941) This is the first movie that the "Master of Suspense" (Alfred Hitchcock) used Cary Grant as his leading man and it’s certainly the weakest in the four film series (perhaps in part because the suspicion is whether or not Mr. Grant’s character is the bad guy!). It’s the second (and last) time he used Joan Fontaine as his leading lady though her understated performance earned her several awards including [...]

Cimarron (1960) – full review!

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Cimarron (1960) – full review! This big sprawling epic remake of the Academy Award Best Picture winner Cimarron (1931) was directed by Anthony Mann based on the same Edna Ferber novel but with a much different screenplay from Arnold Schulman. The first half of the story is focused on Yancey ‘Cimarron’ Cravat who seems to know everyone and starts just before the Oklahoma land rush of 1889 while its second half focuses more on [...]

Tomorrow the World! (1944) – full review!

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Tomorrow the World! (1944) – full review! Directed by Leslie Fenton with a screenplay by Leopold Atlas (Story of G.I. Joe (1945)) and (“soon to be blacklisted” as one of the Hollywood Ten for refusing to testify to the House Un-American Activities Committee) Ring Lardner Jr. (Woman of the Year (1942)) this above average drama features a compelling performance by Skip Homeier (reprising his role from the Broadway play) who plays [...]

Swiss Family Robinson (1940)

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Swiss Family Robinson (1940) I haven’t actually seen this entire movie. My family just watched Walt Disney’s 1960 version on DVD which contains 20 minutes of excerpts from this film. According to Disney bought the rights and all known copies (from RKO) of this original to prevent comparisons with his remake. So what I’ve attempted to summarize what’s on the Disney DVD below. It was directed by Edward Ludwig and [...]

Lady Eve The (1941)

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Lady Eve The (1941) Directed by Preston Sturges the whole cast is terrific and includes (many from Sturges’ other great films): Henry Fonda Barbara Stanwyck Charles Coburn Eugene Pallette William Demarest Eric Blore and Al Bridge (uncredited). The script was Oscar nominated. Added to the National Film Registry in 1994. #55 on AFI’s 100 Funniest Movies list. #26 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Love Stories list. Fonda is a wealthy naive [...]

Disney’s LL Remake Trilogy

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Disney’s LL Remake Trilogy I recently watched The Parent Trap (1961) again – thanks to TCM – with my daughter since it’s a movie we both enjoy and we’ve also watched The Parent Trap (1998) a couple of times together as well. TCM’s December 2008 Spotlight – The Family Classics – not only featured the original but also included the two other Disney productions that the studio later remade with (pre-rehab) Lindsay [...]

Song of the Saddle (1936)

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Song of the Saddle (1936) Features the “Singing Cowboy” initially as the “The Singing Kid”. Dick Foran started this role right after playing Boze Hertzlinger in The Petrified Forest with Leslie Howard Bette Davis Genevieve Tobin and Humphrey Bogart! The story starts off with a land rush scene like Cimarron (1931). Like The Oklahoma Kid (1939) some malfeasance occurs regarding the land claiming process with Phineas Hook [...]

Anna Christie (1930)

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Anna Christie (1930) Greta Garbo’s first talkie is also a fairly entertaining adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s classic story of a woman trying to escape her lurid past. Her father (George Marion) who thinks his daughter has led a clean life receives a letter from her that she’s coming to visit & stay with him. His dumpy girlfriend (Marie Dressler) moves out of the barge which he’d been sharing with her to keep up [...]

Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962) – full review!

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Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962) – full review! Directed by Charles Walters (Lili (1953)) with a Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur (The Scoundrel (1935)) play that was adapted by Sidney Sheldon (The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)) this below average Musical does features a lot of good circus action. It also marks the last film of this type which features Doris Day. Stephen Boyd plays her eventual love interest; Jimmy Durante plays her [...]
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