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National Velvet (1944)

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National Velvet (1944) Clarence Brown received his fourth of five Best Director Oscar nominations (0 wins) for this early horse film much recycled & copied through the years. It features a lovely young Elizabeth Taylor playing opposite Mickey Rooney with excellent support provided by Donald Crisp Anne Revere (who won her only Oscar Supporting Actress out of three nominations) Angela Lansbury (in only her second film) Reginald Owen and Arthur [...]

Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)

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Tribute to a Bad Man (1956) Directed by Robert Wise with a screen story and screenplay by Michael Blankfort that was based on a short story by Jack Schaefer this ill-titled Western features James Cagney (in the title role) as Jeremy Rodock a roughhewn man and earlier settler of Wyoming who not unlike the actor did himself breeds and trains horses on his expansive ranch in a valley he calls his own. Cagney was filling in for Spencer Tracy who was [...]

The Apartment (1960)

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The Apartment (1960) Corporate ladder climbing is just one of the story lines in this second (of seven) successful pairing(s) of Director Wilder and Lead Actor Jack Lemmon (Oscar nominated). Wilder took home three Oscars (Best Picture Best Director Best Writing – Screenplay) which may have been an attempt by Academy voters to fix their gaffe the previous year when these two were first paired in Some Like It Hot (1959) which wasn’t [...]

Since You Went Away (1944)

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Since You Went Away (1944) An excellent film about life on the homefront and the struggles therein when men went off to fight World War II. Claudette Colbert gives a fine performance as a “well to do” woman who must struggle with the financial hardships which follow. Great performances by Jennifer Jones and Shirley Temple as her daughters Monty Woolley as the border she takes in Joseph Cotten as a supportive family friend Lionel [...]

Quiet Man The (1952)

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Quiet Man The (1952) John Ford won his fourth and last Best Director Oscar (the film also won for its Color Cinematography) for this another successful pairing of John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara whose famous face slapping attempt is featured in TCM & Chuck Workman’s 100 Years at the Movies (1994) short. She broke her hand when Wayne blocked her blow and had to act in the rest of the movie without a cast! This part comedy part [...]

Leadership in Movies

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Leadership in Movies When I earned my Masters in Business Administration a small business owner friend of mine shared his – and apparently others’ – experience and brief assessment of newly minted MBA graduates: they’re frequently wrong but never in doubt. As amusing as this is one can learn a great deal in any advanced degree program if one applies oneself. While not everything one learns in any school is applicable in the real world [...]

Scarlet Pimpernel The (1934) – full review!

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Scarlet Pimpernel The (1934) – full review! Produced by Alexander Korda and directed by Harold Young with writing credits that include Baroness Emmuska Orczy (her novel) Lajos Biró (The Last Command (1928)) S.N. Behrman Robert Sherwood and Arthur Wimperis this slightly above average adventure comedy features Leslie Howard in the title role aka Sir Percy Blakeney. Merle Oberon (she with the beautiful high forehead) plays Howard’s [...]

Notorious (1946)

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Notorious (1946) One of Hitchcock’s most acclaimed (discussed & analyzed) films. It certainly contains terrific characterizations by its three lead actors: Cary Grant (inexplicably ignored by the Academy) Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains (whose performance did receive a nomination). The love story within is what distinguishes this thriller from his others. Grant’s character must convince the woman he comes to love (Bergman) to [...]

Voice of the Turtle The (1947)

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Voice of the Turtle The (1947) Also known as One for the Book (1947). Written by John Van Druten (Gaslight (1944)) and directed by Irving Rapper this is an above average film not unlike The Clock (1945) with Judy Garland & Robert Walker. It stars Eleanor Parker (Interrupted Melody (1955)) as an actress who lives alone in an apartment in New York. When her boyfriend played by Kent Smith fails to commit to their relationship circumstances lead [...]

Wonder Man (1945) – full review!

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Wonder Man (1945) – full review! This showcase for the many (unique) talents of the singing dancing comedian actor Danny Kaye also won an Oscar for its Special Effects; its Score Sound (Gordon Sawyer’s first) and the Song “So in Love” (sung by Vera-Ellen) also received Academy Award nominations. This slightly above average fantasy musical comedy was produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by Bruce Humberstone. It’s [...]
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