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Song of the Saddle (1936)

September 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Song of the Saddle (1936) Features the “Singing Cowboy” initially as the “The Singing Kid”. Dick Foran started this role right after playing Boze Hertzlinger in The Petrified Forest with Leslie Howard Bette Davis Genevieve Tobin and Humphrey Bogart! The story starts off with a land rush scene like Cimarron (1931). Like The Oklahoma Kid (1939) some malfeasance occurs regarding the land claiming process with Phineas Hook [...]

Johnny Eager (1942)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Johnny Eager (1942) This crime drama which earned Van Heflin the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (on his only Oscar nomination) is actually quite confusing and silly. Most of the rest of the acting is sub-par or over-the-top and even Heflin’s statuette seems to have been earned on fake tears alone. Sure he plays a likable literate drunkard and gets to deliver some pretty good lines (the film’s only?) but his character seems to [...]

Divorce – Italian Style (1961)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Divorce – Italian Style (1961) aka Divorzio all’italiana (1961) or Divorce Italian Style (1962) This is a very fun film starring Marcello Mastroianni by director Pietro Germi (both received Oscar nominations) which received the Best Writing Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen Oscar in 1963 as well as numerous other awards. Ferdinando Cefalú (Mastroianni) is married to Rosalia (Daniela Rocca) a woman who is [...]

Black Book The (1949)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Black Book The (1949) aka Reign of Terror (1949) Directed by Anthony Mann with a screenplay by Aeneas MacKenzie and Philip Yordan (Dillinger (1945)) this noirish fictionalized historical drama focuses on the time period just after the French Revolution dubbed the ‘reign of terror when silver-tongued Maximilian Robespierre (played by Richard Basehart) used the people’s confusion and nearly became France’s new dictator. Robert [...]

They Live By Night (1949)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

They Live By Night (1949) An excellent Nicholas Ray directed film noir starring Farley Granger Cathy O’Donnell and Howard Da Silva. Like all film noirs Granger plays a somewhat innocent man who gets caught up in circumstances which he seems hopeless to avoid that get him deeper and deeper in trouble with the law. O’Donnell is his love interest who’s also the sister of one of the criminals (Da Silva) with whom he gets involved. [...]

Anna Christie (1930)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Anna Christie (1930) Greta Garbo’s first talkie is also a fairly entertaining adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s classic story of a woman trying to escape her lurid past. Her father (George Marion) who thinks his daughter has led a clean life receives a letter from her that she’s coming to visit & stay with him. His dumpy girlfriend (Marie Dressler) moves out of the barge which he’d been sharing with her to keep up [...]

Pat and Mike (1952)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Pat and Mike (1952) Directed by George Cukor and earning husband & wife writers Ruth Gordon & Garson Kanin their third and last Best Writing Oscar nomination (without a win) this comedy-romance features another successful teaming of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Mike (Tracy) the manager of a boxer (Aldo Ray) meets Pat (Hepburn) when he notices what a great golfer she is. He also learns that she’s quite an accomplished [...]

La Strada (1954)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

La Strada (1954) A great drama from director Federico Fellini which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film; it’s screenplay co-written by the director and Tullio Pinelli (his first nomination) was also Oscar nominated (Ennio Flaiano also contributed). It stars Anthony Quinn (Viva Zapata! (1952)) as a gruff circus performer a strongman who travels the Italian countryside giving shows. He “buys” a girl (Giulietta [...]

When Ladies Meet (1933)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

When Ladies Meet (1933) Excellent dialogue and compelling interpersonal exploration mark this sophisticated pre-code comedy drama with terrific performances by all the principals in the cast including: Ann Harding Robert Montgomery Myrna Loy Alice Brady Frank Morgan even Sterling Holloway (though very briefly & uncredited as a caddy). Directed by Harry Beaumont (The Broadway Melody (1929)) with a screenplay co-written by John Meehan (The [...]

The English Patient (1996)

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The English Patient (1996) I rented & watched this the day after I saw Gandhi (1982) liked the other film better (’nuff said?). I think Seinfeld got this one right when he parodied it in his episode of the same name. A story about a horribly burned pilot the nurse who tends to his wounds love but primarily adultery during the war … warms your heart doesn’t it? NINE Oscars (like Gigi (1958)) including for Supporting Actress [...]
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