Desperate Journey (1942)

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Desperate Journey (1942) Don’t take this one too seriously just sit back and enjoy this World War II action adventure which features a great cast. Directed by Raoul Walsh this Arthur T. Horman original screenplay is about an Allied bomber which is hit by enemy fire that has to crash land behind enemy lines. Its crew led by Errol Flynn must then find their way back to friendly territory. Along the way they disrupt as many Axis operations as [...]

Frenzy (1972)

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Frenzy (1972) This terrific comeback for the great director is also on my top 10 (Alfred) Hitchcock list. Barry Foster plays a strangler (who uses his necktie to murder his victims) in this crime thriller which contains several chilling scenes but also features many with some comic relief (especially the scenes with the Scotland Yard inspector and his wife; Alec McCowen and Vivien Merchant). The whole potato truck (“lost my monogrammed tie [...]

Glenn Miller Story The (1953) – full review!

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Glenn Miller Story The (1953) – full review! This fictionalized biography of the titled arrangement composer trombone player and famed band leader won Leslie I. Carey (The Mississippi Gambler (1953)) an Academy Award for Best Sound Recording. The Joseph Gershenson-Henry Mancini Score was also nominated (the first nominations for either) as was the Story and Screenplay by Valentine Davies (It Happens Every Spring (1949)) and Oscar Brodney [...]

Hi Nellie! (1934) – full review!

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Hi Nellie! (1934) – full review! Directed by Irving G. Thalberg Award winner Mervyn LeRoy and featuring a screenplay co-written by Abem Finkel (Sergeant York (1941)) this crime comedy-drama was later remade with Ronald Reagan as Love is in the Air (1937) then again with George Brent in You Can’t Escape Forever (1942) and finally as The House Across the Street (1949) with Wayne Morris. This one stars Paul Muni who would win an Oscar [...]

Hell is for Heroes (1962) – full review!

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Hell is for Heroes (1962) – full review! Directed by Don Siegel and co-written by Robert Pirosh (Battleground (1949)) this gritty World War II drama stars Steve McQueen Bobby Darin Fess Parker Harry Guardino James Coburn and Bob Newhart (!) among others. Guardino plays the Sergeant of a group of veterans thinking they’re about to go home. The group includes Darin – the “free enterprise” scrounger who sells needed [...]

Love (1927)

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Love (1927) One of many films based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina this silent is one of two versions featuring Greta Garbo in the title role (the other is a “talkie” Anna Karenina (1935)). Directed by Edmund Goulding with continuity assistance provided by the great Frances Marion this slightly above average drama also features Garbo’s frequent leading man John Gilbert as Captain Alexei Vronsky and Brandon Hurst as [...]

Farmer’s Daughter The (1947)

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Farmer’s Daughter The (1947) This political campaign film saw Loretta Young receive her Best Actress Oscar & Charles Bickford also get nominated. It focuses on a young Swedish-American woman (Ms. Young) who leaves the family farm to go to the "big" city to earn an education but is bilked out of her money on the way and finds herself working as a maid to a US Senator (Joseph Cotten). During a rally for him she speaks up for [...]

Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex The (1939)

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Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex The (1939) A love story really between two “heavyweights”: Elizabeth I (Bette Davis) and the Earl of Essex (Errol Flynn). Essex has returned victorious from Spain but the success of his mission is questioned by the Queen who drained the treasury and taxed her people to support him only to have him return and earn the people’s favor without the needed spoils (funds) of war. Therefore he is a [...]

September 2004 – archive

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September 2004 – archive Wednesday September 1 8:00 PM The Great Ziegfeld (1936) – this biography of the Broadway legend played by William Powell won three Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actress (Luise Rainer as Anna Held). It also stars Myrna Loy as Billie Burke Frank Morgan in a humorous role as Ziegfeld’s competitor AND partner and Fanny Brice & Ray Bolger as themselves. 2:15 AM Libeled Lady (1936) – a [...]

May 2005 – Orson Welles

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May 2005 – Orson Welles Sunday May 1 – Based on Lillian Hellman 8:00 AM Dark Victory (1939) – newly updated capsule review! 10:00 AM Les Girls (1957) – all new capsule review! 12:00 PM Walk Don’t Run (1966) – Cary Grant’s last film a remake of The More The Merrier (1943) 2:00 PM Bell Book and Candle (1959) – the inspiration for TV’s Bewitched series? A publisher played by James Stewart is [...]
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