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Love Me Tonight (1932)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Love Me Tonight (1932) A four star delight starring Maurice Chevalier Jeanette MacDonald Charlie Ruggles Charles Butterworth Myrna Loy and C. Aubrey Smith. Added to the National Film Registry in 1990. "Isn’t It Romantic" is #73 on AFI’s 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time. Chevalier is a tailor owed money by aristocrat Ruggles so he follows Ruggles’ order of 15 suits to his chateau. There the princess (MacDonald) is being [...]

Day the Earth Stood Still The (1951)

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Day the Earth Stood Still The (1951) Directed by Robert Wise with a screenplay by Edmund North that was based on a story by Harry Bates this above average sci-fi thriller was added to the National Film Registry in 1995. The drama which begins with a flying saucer landing in Washington D.C. involves an alien visitor named Klaatu (Michael Rennie) who along with his bodyguard robot Gort (Lock Martin) has come to Earth shortly after our World had [...]

Born to Be Bad (1950) – full review!

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Born to Be Bad (1950) – full review! Who does 33 year old Joan Fontaine think she’s fooling playing a business college student? Other than that incredulity and the fact that others are so easily manipulated by her seemingly inconsequential acts and words she plays a conniving bitch to rival Anne Baxter’s title character in that year’s All About Eve (1950) though Fontaine’s cute little smiles and feigned (yet [...]

Timber Stampede (1939)

September 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Timber Stampede (1939) Directed by David Howard and written by Morton Grant from stories by Bernard McConville and Paul Franklin this George O’Brien B Western is about two crooked eastern businessmen that scheme to steal the rich stock of timber near a cattleman territory known as Wagon Wheel. O’Brien is joined by fellow RKO regulars Chill Wills and Marjorie Reynolds as well as Monte Montague (among others). Scott Baylor (O’Brien) and [...]

Smilin’ Through (1932)

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Smilin’ Through (1932) Directed by Sidney Franklin who later produced the Oscar winning Mrs. Miniver (1942) this film was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. It’s a story of redemption and/or about forgiveness told partially through flashbacks this film stars Leslie Howard as an old English gentleman who recalls wistfully his long lost love Moonyeen (Norma Shearer). He is a wealthy man and there is a place on his estate where [...]

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 [...]

Macario (1960)

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Macario (1960) Directed by Roberto Gavaldón who also co-wrote the screenplay this foreign fantasy drama tells the story of a poor Mexican woodcutter who is unable to provide enough food to feed his family such that they are slowly starving to death. His wife and mother to his many children washes clothes in a futile effort to help make ends meet. When her self sacrificing husband says that he will no longer eat until he can afford an entire [...]

Camille (1921)

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Camille (1921) Alla Nazimova stars in the title role of this film which was newly scored by Peter Vantine winner of TCM’s Young Composers Competition. I found this to be much less interesting than the classic version with Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor from 1936. In this classic story Armand (Rudolph Valentino) is captivated by the young woman of chance Camille (Nazimova) who is being escorted by men of wealth. As she descends a staircase he is [...]


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1939 1939 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Gone with the Wind (1939) Dark Victory (1939) Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) Love Affair (1939) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Ninotchka (1939) Of Mice and Men (1939) Stagecoach (1939) The Wizard of Oz (1939) Wuthering Heights (1939) Best Actor in a Leading Role Robert Donat Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) Mickey Rooney Babes in Arms (1939) Clark [...]

Oklahoma! (1955)

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Oklahoma! (1955) If you’ve never seen this don’t miss it! I find it unbelievable that none of its songs (from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II) made AFI’s 100 Top Movies Songs of All Time list. Shirley Jones’s first film won Oscars for Best Music and Sound Recording and it’s Editing & Color Cinematography were also nominated. It features a terrific cast including Gordon MacRae Rod Steiger (in his only [...]
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