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Vagabond Lady (1935)

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Vagabond Lady (1935) Directed by Sam Taylor this comedy written by Frank Butler (Going My Way (1944)) stars Robert Young Reginald Denny Evelyn Venable Frank Craven and Berton Churchill. R. D. Spear (Churchill) is the dignified owner of a department store whose son Johnny (Denny) is courting Josephine the daughter (Venable) of his father’s less responsible college chum named Spiggins (Craven) who Spear keeps on as the store’s janitor. [...]

Unforgiven (1992)

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Unforgiven (1992) Though I personally prefer watching his spaghetti Westerns it was great to see Eastwood finally get Oscar recognition. A replay of two years prior (ala Costner and his Western) Clint received the Director and Producer (Best Picture) Oscars while losing the Best Actor award on these his first Academy Award nominations! But his Best Actor loss was just bad timing he was up against Pacino who won his only Best Actor Oscar on his [...]

Under Capricorn (1949) – full review!

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Under Capricorn (1949) – full review! I think it’s a shame that this Alfred Hitchcock film was such a bomb at the box office and with critics if only for the reason that few may have seen Margaret Leighton’s performance as Milly the Flusky family’s maid. She gives the character an evilness with even more depth that Judith Anderson’s “Mrs. Danvers” (recognized as #31 villain by the American Film [...]

Winning Team The (1952) – full review!

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Winning Team The (1952) – full review! Directed by Lewis Seiler and written by Merwin Gerard Seeleg Lester and Ted Sherdeman (from a story by Gerard & Lester) this average sports biography features Ronald Reagan as baseball pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander (inducted in to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame as Pete Alexander) and Doris Day as his wife Aimee. This was Reagan’s second and last pairing with Day (the other [...]

Gary Cooper

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Gary Cooper Gary Cooper is a Hollywood legend and one of my favorite actors. He most often played a plainspoken everyman that (frequently) found himself in an heroic-making circumstance. Exuding charm and simplicity this tall handsome actor was perfect for playing humble yokels who were oftentimes (at least temporarily) taken advantage of by streetwise women. He also excelled in portraying loners whether the characters were fictional or real [...]

Warner Archive Collection

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Warner Archive Collection Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG) announced the debut of the “Warner Archive Collection” a selection of movies spanning more than 60 years of filmmaking never before available on DVD. The world’s largest film and television vault is finally open to consumers who can now purchase authentic DVD and digital downloads of more than 1135 classic titles for the first time drawn from Warner Bros. [...]

Prisoner of Zenda The (1937)

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Prisoner of Zenda The (1937) The best of the many versions of this classic "identity theft" story. It stars Ronald Colman in the title/duel role. Madeleine Carroll plays love interest Princess Flavia; C. Aubrey Smith and David Niven play the members of the King’s court who devise the deception to keep Raymond Massey aided by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. from assuming power. Mary Astor also stars. The film received two Academy Award [...]

Sabrina (1954)

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Sabrina (1954) Directed and co-written (with Samuel Taylor & Ernest Lehman) by Billy Wilder this essential romantic comedy stars Humphrey Bogart William Holden and Audrey Hepburn in the title role. It’s a love triangle featuring the three leads which was later remade with Harrison Ford Greg Kinnear and Julia Ormond. This film which won an Oscar for Edith Head’s B&W Costume Design received five other Oscar nominations [...]

Princess and the Pirate The (1944) – full review!

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Princess and the Pirate The (1944) – full review! When producer Samuel Goldwyn lent Gary Cooper & Billy Wilder to Paramount he got to use comedian Bob Hope for two films (this was the second one). To capitalize on the success of the Hope-Bing Crosby “road” pictures he hired Don Hartman (Road to Morocco (1942)) among others to write the screenplay. The result was this affable comedy pirate adventure pairing Hope with the [...]

White Cliffs of Dover The (1944)

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White Cliffs of Dover The (1944) Directed by Clarence Brown this patriotic World War II film boasts a cast of a dozen or more familiar faces including Irene Dunne Alan Marshal Roddy McDowall Frank Morgan Van Johnson C. Aubrey Smith Dame May Whitty Gladys Cooper Norma Varden and Peter Lawford. And that’s just the credited cast. Tom Drake June Lockhart Elizabeth Taylor and Ian Wolfe also appear. The story is told mostly in retrospect by [...]
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