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Arrangement The (1969) – full review!

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Arrangement The (1969) – full review! It’s ironic that Kirk Douglas’s frequent co-star Burt Lancaster starred in a similar drama about a corporate executive’s mid-life crisis (the origins of this term now used frequently for such men?) one year earlier titled The Swimmer (1968). Both films are unusual introspective and lack wide appeal the latter being superior to this overlong melodrama that was based on the popular [...]

Back to the Future (1985)

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Back to the Future (1985) Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd star in this comedy sci-fi adventure about time travel "in a DeLorean?" with Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson also playing memorable roles. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump (1994)) who co-wrote the screenplay which was nominated for an Oscar. The film’s Best Effects Sound Effects Editing won an Oscar; its Sound and Huey Lewis’s Original Song "The [...]

Kitty Foyle (1940)

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Kitty Foyle (1940) Ginger Rogers’ Oscar winning performance (on her only nomination) of a “modern” working woman one who falls for a wealthy man (Dennis Morgan) from the “other side of the tracks” whose family isn’t too keen on the idea. His mother is played by Gladys Cooper. It’s really a much longer story than all that following Kitty through her humble beginnings at age 15 to a “grown-up” [...]

Trouble in Paradise (1932)

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Trouble in Paradise (1932) Produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch (The Love Parade (1929)) with an adaptation by Grover Jones (Lady and Gent (1932)) and a screenplay by Samson Raphaelson that were based on a play by Aladar Laszlo this essential romantic comedy was added to the National Film Registry in 1991. It stars Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall as thieves who are ‘two peas in a pod’ and romantic soul mates who meet while trying to [...]

Escape from Crime (1942)

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Escape from Crime (1942) Fast moving relatively short film (based on Picture Snatcher (1933) but actually quite different) with lots of excitement to keep one engaged in the action. A guy (Richard Travis) who took prison mug shots gets out of prison promising not to come back (or at least get caught again) to his police nemesis (Wade Boteler) who he runs into on his way out the door. The guy is picked up by one of his old gang and it appears [...]

Casablanca (1942)

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Casablanca (1942) “Here’s looking at you kid” what can one say about a movie proclaimed to be the best ever? Of course the film’s cast is outstanding! Humphrey Bogart Ingrid Bergman Paul Henreid Claude Rains Conrad Veidt Sydney Greenstreet Peter Lorre S.Z. Sakall and John Qualen. This Best Picture Oscar winner actually should have competed with Mrs. Miniver in 1942 since it premiered in New York in November of that year. [...]

Old Dark House The (1932)

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Old Dark House The (1932) Directed by horror genre (soon to be) legend James Whale based on a novel by J.B. Priestley with a screenplay by Benn W. Levy this offbeat comedy drama (thriller) entertains with its wonderful cast and memorable dialogue. It makes this reviewer wonder if The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) cult classic spoof used this film as its basis. If like me you saw the latter film first you’ll find this one to be a laugh [...]

Kind Lady (1935)

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Kind Lady (1935) Quite a bit different from the superior 1951 remake starring Ethel Barrymore this original thriller-drama features Aline MacMahon in the title role of Mary Herries a generous wealthy war widow who’s too trusting for her own good such that she’s taken advantage of by an unscrupulous starving artist Henry Abbott played by Basil Rathbone. It was directed by George Seitz with a screenplay by Bernard Schubert that was [...]

Heiress The (1949)

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Heiress The (1949) An outstanding film by director William Wyler featuring Olivia de Havilland (To Each His Own (1946)) as a homely (you’ve got to see it to believe it) young woman living at home with her wealthy father (Ralph Richardson) who enforces her insecurities for his own selfish purposes. Their conflict comes to the surface when she is courted by a handsome young man (Montgomery Clift) her father is convinced is only after her [...]

Quo Vadis (1951)

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Quo Vadis (1951) Directed by Irving G. Thalberg Award winner Mervyn LeRoy with a screenplay by S. N. Behrman Sonya Levien (Interrupted Melody (1955)) and John Lee Mahin this slightly above average historical drama is much like Cecil B. DeMille’s The Sign of the Cross (1932). It’s set during the time of the fading Roman Empire and Christianity’s birth. In both films a decorated Roman war hero named Marcus is influenced by a female [...]
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