Search Results for pageA

Marked Woman (1937) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Marked Woman (1937) – full review! Directed by Lloyd Bacon and written by Abem Finkel and Robert Rossen this above average crime drama is based on the real life story of mobster Lucky Luciano who was eventually convicted for pandering by several prostitutes formerly within his employ. Bette Davis plays the title character (though “the mark” isn’t revealed until the film is almost over) Mary Dwight Strauber opposite [...]

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) I didn’t know how talented Howard Keel (from TV’s Dallas) was until I saw this essential Musical a sleeper hit for MGM (the studio had thought their Gene Kelly-Van Johnson-Cyd Charisse production of Brigadoon (1954) would be their big hit that year causing the production qualities of this one to suffer). The story is about a family of mountain men the Pontipee’s whose eldest son Adam [...]

Five Came Back (1939) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Five Came Back (1939) – full review! Directed by John Farrow with a story by Richard Carroll that was scripted by Jerome Cady Dalton Trumbo and Nathanael West this above average adventure drama is one of the first to put an ensemble cast of characters from varied backgrounds in peril – the heart of the story shows how persons’ real character traits are revealed in a survival environment. Later used by director Alfred Hitchcock in [...]

Strange Love Of Martha Ivers The (1946)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Strange Love Of Martha Ivers The (1946) Barbara Stanwyck plays the title role in this drama also starring Van Heflin and Kirk Douglas. As a child Heflin left his small town on a train when it was suspected that he was responsible for a crime. He returns years later to find that the real culprit of the crime Stanwyck is married to the just elected district attorney Douglas though she wears the pants in the marriage given the fact that she [...]

Caddy The (1953) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Caddy The (1953) – full review! Directed by Norman Taurog (Skippy (1931)) with a story by Danny Arnold who also wrote the screenplay with Edmund Hartmann this Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin comedy is full of laughs especially if you like Lewis’s antics: his many voices & physical humor. If you’re a fan of golf you will enjoy seeing Ben Hogan & Sam Snead (among others) swinging the clubs. The cast also includes Donna Reed [...]

Morocco (1930)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Morocco (1930) Marlene Dietrich earned her only Academy Award nomination (Best Actress) for her role in this film playing opposite Gary Cooper and Adolphe Menjou. Director Josef von Sternberg was also nominated as was the Cinematography & Art Direction. Cooper is a soldier in the French Foreign Legion (a group you join to forget or escape your past) who meets then romances provocative nightclub singer Dietrich before he must go on a perilous [...]

Painted Desert (1938)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Painted Desert (1938) Directed by David Howard with a screenplay by John Rathmell and Oliver Drake that was based on a story by Jack Cunningham this B movie George O’Brien Western features Laraine Day (as Laraine Johnson) in one of her first films as his love interest and his last pairing with (sidekick) Stanley Fields. Director Howard writer Drake star O’Brien and singer Ray Whitley made more than a handful of these B Westerns [...]

Flying Down to Rio (1933)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Flying Down to Rio (1933) Notable for the first on-screen teaming of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire this average light Musical comedy’s story revolves around a romantic entanglement between top billed Dolores del Rio and Gene Raymond. It was directed by Thornton Freeland and not only features the Academy Award nominated song “Carioca” but some terrifically creative “airborne” choreographically (e.g. dancing girls on [...]

Edison the Man (1940) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Edison the Man (1940) – full review! How nice it is to sit down and watch a wonderful if fictionalized biography which includes so many of MGM’s great character actors; this movie is not only a film lover’s delight but it’s also appropriate for the whole family. Directed by Clarence Brown who received six unrewarded Best Director Academy Award nominations throughout his career with a story by Hugo Butler and Dore Schary [...]

Entertainer The (1960)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Entertainer The (1960) In what is SORT OF a changing of the guard for British film Laurence Olivier plays an aging bad actor Archie Rice at a seaside (locale) theater. This slightly above average character sketch drama was directed by Tony Richardson (one of his first films) and features Alan Bates and Albert Finney in their screen debuts. Opposite Olivier Bates plays the actor’s loyal son Frank (also Archie’s “partner” [...]
1 2 3 153