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Blood on the Moon (1948)

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Blood on the Moon (1948) Directed by Robert Wise this slightly above average Western drama is dripping with testosterone though its story is more film noir-like than anything else. The plot follows Jim Garry (Robert Mitchum) as a man who finds himself in the middle of the familiar battle between a rancher and some homesteaders. With few options given the failures in his past he ventures out to accept a job with an old friend Tate Riling (Robert [...]

Kid Glove Killer (1942)

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Kid Glove Killer (1942) Fresh off his (Supporting Actor Academy Award winning) performance in Johnny Eager (1942) Van Heflin was given the leading role in director Fred Zinneman’s feature film debut; Zinnemann had been directing short films for MGM since 1938. It’s a crime drama mystery written by John Higgins who had help on the screenplay from Allen Rivkin. Heflin plays a police lab sleuth that solves cases by examining the [...]

Gambit (1966)

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Gambit (1966) Directed by cinematographer Ronald Neame who’d received Oscar nominations for Special Effects screenplay Writing and producing in the 1940’s with a Sidney Carroll (The Hustler (1961)) story and a screenplay by Jack Davies (Those Magnificent Men in the Their Flying Machines (1965)) and Alvin Sargent (who would later win two Oscars for his three screenplay nominations) this clever crime caper comedy would earn three Oscar [...]

Made on Broadway (1933)

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Made on Broadway (1933) Directed by Harry Beaumont (The Broadway Melody (1929)) with a Gene Markey script that was based on a Courteney Terrett story this average comedy drama stars Robert Montgomery Sally Eilers Madge Evans & Eugene Pallette and features several other recognizable actors in other minor (cameo) roles like C. Henry Gordon Jean Parker and Vince Barnett (among others). What begins as an interesting comical tale about a spin [...]

Get-Away The (1941)

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Get-Away The (1941) Jeff Crane (Robert Sterling) is a tough guy who leads with his mouth and bluster. For committing a crime he’s shown being processed into a prison run by Warden Alcott (Henry O’Neill) and given a cell with another hard case Sonny Black (Dan Dailey). We’re then treated to several typical prison flick scenes (could be from The Big House (1930) also looks similar to the sets used in Brute Force (1947)) including a food [...]

Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962) – full review!

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Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962) – full review! Directed by Charles Walters (Lili (1953)) with a Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur (The Scoundrel (1935)) play that was adapted by Sidney Sheldon (The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)) this below average Musical does features a lot of good circus action. It also marks the last film of this type which features Doris Day. Stephen Boyd plays her eventual love interest; Jimmy Durante plays her [...]

Kameradschaft (1931)

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Kameradschaft (1931) A year after directing the enlightening World War I drama Westfront 1918 (1930) Georg Wilhelm Pabst directed this foreign language (with subtitles) drama about “comradeship” between French and German miners who work the same coal mine on opposite sites of the border. Like director John Ford’s subsequent Oscar winner How Green Was My Valley (1941) the film gives one a very real sense of (the family) life in [...]

Gentle Annie (1944)

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Gentle Annie (1944) A turn of the (20th) century Western set in Oklahoma with several well known actors including James Craig Donna Reed Marjorie Main Harry Morgan Paul Langton and Barton MacLane. Morris Ankrum and Noah Beery also appear. It’s a better than average B movie that was directed by Andrew Marton with a screenplay by Lawrence Hazard that was based on a novel by MacKinlay Kantor. Three persons wearing sugar sacks with eye-holes [...]

July 2005 – Audrey Hepburn

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July 2005 – Audrey Hepburn Friday July 1 – Cars in the Movies (The Dawn of the Automobile Age) 6:00 AM It’s Love I’m After (1937) 8:00 AM The Charge Of The Light Brigade (1936) – Directed by Michael Curtiz this film features a Michael Jacoby (who co-wrote the screenplay) original story that was based on Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem. It stars Errol Flynn Olivia de Havilland David Niven Patric Knowles Henry [...]

Comparative Review of the three “Maltese Falcon” movies

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Comparative Review of the three “Maltese Falcon” movies This essay contains SPOILERS! Directed by Roy Del Ruth The Maltese Falcon (1931) (aka Dangerous Female (1931)) was the first film adapted from the Dashiell Hammett (Watch on the Rhine (1943)) novel of the same name (copyrighted in 1930 & renewed in 1957). It is a very good film with Richard Cortez in the role of detective Sam Spade Walter Long as Spade’s partner Miles [...]
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