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Masked Raiders (1949)

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Masked Raiders (1949) Directed by Lesley Selander and written by Norman Houston this B movie Tim Holt Western also includes his regular lady’s man sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty (Richard Martin). These men made several one hour programmers for RKO; each feature similar plots that include at least one female role. In this case Marjorie Lord plays Gale Trevett; she wears the pants in the family that includes a young boy Artie [...]

Straight Place and Show (1938)

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Straight Place and Show (1938) Directed by David Butler based on a play co-written by Damon Runyon with a screenplay co-written by Allen Rivkin and additional dialogue provided by Lew Brown this below average B comedy stars the Ritz Brothers a cheap imitation of the more famous Marx Brothers. Though both sets of brothers have a leading man Harry Ritz is not nearly on par with Groucho and Al & Jimmy seem to have no distinct personality traits [...]

Winning Team The (1952) – full review!

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Winning Team The (1952) – full review! Directed by Lewis Seiler and written by Merwin Gerard Seeleg Lester and Ted Sherdeman (from a story by Gerard & Lester) this average sports biography features Ronald Reagan as baseball pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander (inducted in to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame as Pete Alexander) and Doris Day as his wife Aimee. This was Reagan’s second and last pairing with Day (the other [...]

Hard Fast and Beautiful (1951)

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Hard Fast and Beautiful (1951) Directed by Ida Lupino with a screenplay by Martha Wilkerson that was based on a novel by John R. Tunis this B movie sports drama is one of very few films that feature the game of tennis. It stars Claire Trevor as Millie Farley an ambitious woman whose daughter Florence played by Sally Forrest is good enough to beat her peers some men and all-comers in her area on the court. Her talents are noticed by a [...]

The Wild Bunch (1969)

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The Wild Bunch (1969) This Sam Peckinpah directed Western classic – with its star-studded cast – was dubbed a “symphony of violence” and nearly earned an X-rating when it was released but it pales in comparison to the blood guts and gore that one can see in today’s violent features. The director earned his only Academy Award nomination for collaborating on the screenplay with Walon Green who’d written the story with Roy N. Sickner. [...]

Chances (1931)

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Chances (1931) Directed by Alan Dwan with an adaptation by Waldemar Young (The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)) this slightly above average World War I drama borrows a romantic storyline from Hell’s Angels (1930) that of two brothers one carefree and one serious who go off to fight in the same unit while leaving behind a woman they both love. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Anthony Bushnell play the brothers respectively and Rose Hobart plays [...]

American Beauty (1999)

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American Beauty (1999) I had to finally rent this after all the hullabaloo I’d heard about it. It was very good for me primarily because I identify so much with the Kevin Spacey’s Oscar winning characterization of a man who quits his job. A story about life in the suburbs that is if you live on the Left Coast! Won the Best Picture Best Director (Sam Mendes his film debut) Cinematography and Screenplay Writing Oscars. Annette [...]

Hush… Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)

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Hush… Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964) Produced and directed by Robert Aldrich and written by Henry Farrell who had help with his original story’s screenplay from Lukas Heller this above average horror-thriller drama features Bette Davis in the title role of Charlotte Hollis who like real life’s Lizzie Borden was suspected of killing (indeed beheading) someone in this case her fiancé with an ax such that the local children still [...]

Free Soul A (1931)

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Free Soul A (1931) A pre-code classic starring Clark Gable Norma Shearer Lionel Barrymore and Leslie Howard. The first 45 minutes or so (don’t blink it sizzles) and the dialogue are especially great. Directed by Clarence Brown who along with Shearer earned an Oscar nomination; Barrymore won (on his ONLY acting nomination!) as Best Actor in a Leading Role. Gable is Ace Wilfong a mob leader that lawyer Stephen Ashe (Barrymore) successfully [...]

Easter Parade (1948)

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Easter Parade (1948) Fred Astaire is in love with the dancing partner he believes he “created” Ann Miller. When she makes plans to go it alone he sets out to prove he can replace her and picks a nobody (Judy Garland) as his new partner. Gee ya think they’ll succeed? Peter Lawford plays a wealthy friend whose character gets into a quasi love triangle with the ladies; Jules Munshin plays a humorously frustrated French waiter. [...]
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