Dallas (1950) – full review!

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Dallas (1950) – full review! Directed by Stuart Heisler (who’d received his only Oscar nomination for Tulsa (1949) for Special Effects) and written by John Twist this needlessly complex and talky Western with a B movie feel that includes some comedy (intentional or otherwise) might please only fans of its lead actor Gary Cooper who plays a familiar role as a wronged man waging a solo battle of revenge. Coop plays Blayde [...]

Palm Beach Story The (1942)

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Palm Beach Story The (1942) Joel McCrea is a poor struggling architect who’s trying to find an investor for his futuristic airport concept. His beautiful wife (Claudette Colbert) who is fed up with his lack of success suggests that they’d be better off separating until he does better. Though he doesn’t agree she leaves him the next morning while he’s recovering from a hangover. Exploiting her assets she boards a train full of [...]

Johnny Eager (1942)

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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 [...]

Topper Returns (1941) – full review!

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Topper Returns (1941) – full review! Less than an hour into this movie the character played by Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson (whose mildly racist part as the stereotypical scared Negro chauffeur; I guess Willie Best was unavailable) utters something like “this is getting pretty monotonous” which accurately sums up this third and last of the Topper comedy films. Without Cary Grant (only in the original Topper (1937)) [...]

Kansan The (1943)

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Kansan The (1943) Directed by George Archainbaud with a screenplay by Harold Shumate that was based on a novel by Frank Gruber this action packed B Western features Richard Dix in the title role as John Bonniwell. The film’s Score was nominated for an Academy Award (Gerard Carbonara’s only Oscar nominations). The cast also includes Jane Wyatt Albert Dekker Eugene Pallette Victor Jory and Robert Armstrong (among others) in significant [...]

Story of Vernon and Irene Castle The (1939)

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Story of Vernon and Irene Castle The (1939) Though somewhat fictionalized this drama was based on Mrs. Castle’s memoirs about the lives of her and her husband a famous trend-setting dance duo from the early 20th century. It is also a more serious story for a Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers pairing than their previous films and marks the beginning of a 10 year hiatus of their working together on-screen. Directed by H.C. Potter and adapted [...]

If Winter Comes (1947)

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If Winter Comes (1947) Directed by (twice Oscar nominated producer) Victor Saville this A.S.M. Hutchinson novel was adapted by Marguerite Roberts and Arthur Wimperis (Mrs. Miniver (1942)) into an average drama about a kind man whose actions are misinterpreted in his small conservative English town at the beginning of World War II. This man is a writer whose outspoken patriotic views earn him a great deal of respect in his community before [...]

Last Angry Man The (1959)

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Last Angry Man The (1959) Paul Muni received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for this his final film role; the film’s B&W Art Direction-Set Decoration was also Oscar nominated. Directed by Daniel Mann and based on the novel by Gerald Green it was adapted by Richard Murphy (The Desert Rats (1953)). The drama also marks the screen debut of Billy Dee Williams. Muni plays Dr. Sam Abelman an aged cantankerous Jewish doctor that lives [...]

1931-1932

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1931-1932 1931-1932 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Grand Hotel (1932)   Arrowsmith (1931) Bad Girl (1931) The Champ (1931) Five Star Final (1931) One Hour with You (1932) Shanghai Express (1932) The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) Best Actor in a Leading Role Wallace Beery The Champ (1931) and Fredric March Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) Alfred Lunt The Guardsman (1931) Best Actress [...]

1935

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1935 1935 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Alice Adams (1935) Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) Captain Blood (1935) The Informer (1935) The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935) Les Misérables (1935) Naughty Marietta (1935) The Personal History Adventures Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger (1935) [...]
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