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Deep Valley (1947)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Deep Valley (1947) Directed by Jean Negulesco whose next film Johnny Belinda (1948) would earn him his only Oscar recognition (a Best Director nomination) with a screenplay co-written by Stephen Morehouse Avery (The Gay Deception (1935)) this below average drama’s high point is its recognizable cast which includes the lovely & delicate Ida Lupino Dane Clark Wayne Morris Fay Bainter Henry Hull and Willard Robertson. Unfortunately the [...]

Movies about the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

August 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

Movies about the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) Ever since the release of legendary director D.W. Griffith’s controversial epic The Birth of the Nation (1915) based on Thomas F. Dixon Jr.’s (play and) novel titled The Clansman: An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan and featuring silent star Lillian Gish and future Oscar winner Donald Crisp (among others) classic Hollywood seems to have avoided taking on the KKK to expose its wicked acts or its [...]

Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) – full review!

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Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) – full review! Directed by Michael Curtiz with a screenplay by Warren Duff and Robert Buckner this historical drama Western was one of Warner Bros.’s first Technicolor films. Not only does it cover a subject I had not seen previously discussed the harmful practice of using hoses to wash away entire hillsides to find gold but it’s delightful to see so many known actors in color for the very first [...]

Human Comedy The (1943)

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Human Comedy The (1943) Writer William Saroyan won an Oscar for his first effort an original story which earned this film a Best Picture & Best Director nomination for Clarence Brown as well as one for B&W Cinematography and its lead actor Mickey Rooney. The film opens with the recently deceased (two years ago) Mr. Macauley voice of Ray Collins describing his home town of Ithaca California. It’s during World War II and though he [...]

Our Very Own (1950)

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Our Very Own (1950) Four years before Jane Wyatt was to settle in as the perfect mother next to Robert Young’s title character in the TV series “Father Knows Best” she played an unbelievably understanding one in this drama produced by Samuel Goldwyn directed by David Miller and written by F. Hugh Herbert. The film received an Academy Award nomination for its Sound Recording. Fred Macauley (Donald Cook) and his wife Lois (Wyatt) [...]

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

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A Man For All Seasons (1966) A pretty good film about a man who sticks to his principles when everyone else has abandoned theirs for convenience power wealth and/or the status quo. Does the audience for this film exist today (would anyone "get it"?). The film its lead actor (Paul Scofield) its director (Fred Zinnemann From Here to Eternity (1953)) Ted Moore’s Color Cinematography (his only nomination) its Color Costume Design and [...]

Janie (1944)

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Janie (1944) What would otherwise have been an average B comedy produced to provide light entertainment and escape for World War II audiences is actually quite remarkable when viewed today. First it was directed by Michael Curtiz who though no stranger to directing B movies earlier in his career had just won an Academy Award the previous year (Casablanca (1942)) with his fourth Best Director nomination. But the best reason for watching this film [...]

Frankenstein (1931)

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Frankenstein (1931) The original one to be seen if you haven’t before you won’t be disappointed. Added to the National Film Registry in 1991. With Boris Karloff as the titled monster created by the doctor (Colin Clive) who brings him to life shouting "it’s alive!" & Mae Clarke. Directed by James Whale. #87 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movies list. #56 on AFI’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies list. "It’s [...]

Counter-Attack (1945)

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Counter-Attack (1945) Produced and directed by Zoltan Korda with a screenplay by John Howard Lawson (Blockade (1938)) from an adaptation by Janet Stevenson and Philip Stevenson (Story of G.I. Joe (1945)) of Pobyeda a play by Ilya Vershinin and Mikhail Ruderman this psychological war drama features Paul Muni as Alexei Kulkov a Russian soldier who along with a female resistance fighter as his assistant Lisa Elenko (Marguerite Chapman) finds [...]

Network (1976)

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Network (1976) "I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore" (#19 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list) says the Best Actor Oscar winner Peter Finch (the first posthumous winner his last film) in this Oscar winning story by Paddy Chayefsky which looks behind the scenes into the world of network television. Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight swept the Actress Oscars that year making this only the second [...]
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