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Set-Up The (1949)

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Set-Up The (1949) Directed by Robert Wise this highly thought of relatively short boxing film (which plays out in real time) stars Robert Ryan as an aging boxer (‘Stoker’) whose wife played by Audrey Totter hopes she can convince him to quit before he’s badly beaten again. She can no longer stomach watching his being battered. Against her pleadings Stoker thinks he can win another fight to relive that thrill at least one more time. [...]

Devil’s Disciple The (1959)

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Devil’s Disciple The (1959) This is rather odd historical fiction based on a play by George Bernard Shaw (Pygmalion (1938)) with some great performances by three heavyweight actors and one actress set during the Revolutionary War. Burt Lancaster plays a preacher married to Janette Scott’s character who’s more or less “forced” to fight against the British when their leadership (particularly the Major played by Harry [...]

Sandpiper The (1965)

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Sandpiper The (1965) Perhaps best known for its Johnny Mandel-Paul Francis Webster Academy Award winning song “The Shadow of Your Smile” and beautiful picture postcard vistas of Big Sur California this average Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton romance drama was directed by Vincente Minnelli. It was written by its producer Martin Ransohoff adapted by Irene & Louis Kamp and features a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo (The Brave One [...]

The Birds (1963)

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The Birds (1963) Perhaps the first film from director Alfred Hitchcock that I ever saw; some friends and I thought we were getting away with something sneaking to watch it on TV late one night during a sleep over (only to have nightmares once we were finally able to fall asleep). This thriller is the first of two consecutive films that he used blonde "actress" Tippi Hedren; Rod Taylor also stars with support from Jessica Tandy Suzanne [...]

Secret Heart The (1946)

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Secret Heart The (1946) Directed by Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld (1936)) with writing credits which include Rose Franken & William Brown Meloney (story) and Anne Morrison Chapin & Whitfield Cook screenplay this average drama features a notable cast which includes Claudette Colbert Walter Pidgeon June Allyson and Lionel Barrymore. Chase Addams (Robert Sterling) has just returned home from the war. He greets his girlfriend Kay [...]

Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962) Directed by five time Best Director Oscar nominee Sidney Lumet and written by Eugene O’Neill this "play" features some of Katharine Hepburn‘s best acting for which she received her ninth of twelve Best Actress nominations. However to fail to mention the other three fine performances by the cast’s veteran male actors Ralph Richardson (The Heiress (1949)) double Supporting [...]

Cockeyed Miracle The (1946)

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Cockeyed Miracle The (1946) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon with a screenplay by Karen DeWolf that was based on a play by George Seaton (The Song of Bernadette (1944)) this average B movie fantasy comedy (aka Mr. Griggs Returns) features a recognizable cast and a friendly ghost story. Sam Griggs (Frank Morgan) dies of heart failure before everything in his family is in order including their financial situation. Unbeknownst to his wife Amy (Gladys [...]

Janie (1944)

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Janie (1944) What would otherwise have been an average B comedy produced to provide light entertainment and escape for World War II audiences is actually quite remarkable when viewed today. First it was directed by Michael Curtiz who though no stranger to directing B movies earlier in his career had just won an Academy Award the previous year (Casablanca (1942)) with his fourth Best Director nomination. But the best reason for watching this film [...]

Picture of Dorian Gray The (1945)

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Picture of Dorian Gray The (1945) Adapted from the Oscar Wilde novel by its director Albert Lewin this essential drama features amusing dialogue most of which is spoken by George Sanders (in particular) as Lord Henry Wotton – including "forgive me for the intelligence of my argument; I’d forgotten that you were a Member of Parliament." It stars Hurt Hatfield (his signature role) as Dorian Gray a man who’s seemingly [...]

Lifeboat (1944)

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Lifeboat (1944) Alfred Hitchcock received his second of five unrewarded Best Director Academy Award nominations for this creative war drama that was written by John Steinbeck who earned his first (of three unrewarded) Best Writing Oscar nomination for his Original Story. Glen MacWilliams received his only Academy recognition when his B&W Cinematography was Oscar nominated. Jo Swerling (The Pride of the Yankees (1942)) wrote the film’s [...]
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