Claudette Colbert

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Claudette Colbert Claudette Colbert was born Lily Claudette Chauchoin in Paris France in 1903; her family moved to the United States when she was three. Her first onscreen appearance was a starring role in her only silent film director Frank Capra’s (now lost) flop For the Love of Mike (1927) her last was a return to the big screen as Troy Donahue’s mother in Parrish (1961). Though she could be seen throughout the latter half of the [...]

To Sir with Love (1967) – full review!

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To Sir with Love (1967) – full review! One of only a handful of films produced and directed by writer James Clavell who later won an Emmy for his 1980 TV miniseries Shogun. Clavell adapted an E.R. Braithwaite for this above average drama that enabled Sidney Poitier to come full circle: from being a disruptive student of Glenn Ford’s in Richard Brooks’s Blackboard Jungle (1955) to playing a British Guana-born engineer educated [...]

Warner Bros. Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics

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Warner Bros. Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics Little Caesar (1931) <-link to review | link to video clip -> Little Caesar The Public Enemy (1931) <-link to review | link to video clip -> The Public Enemy The Petrified Forest (1936) <-link to review | link to video clip -> The Petrified Forest White Heat (1949) <-link to review | link to video clip -> White Heat Public Enemies: The Golden Age Of The Gangster Film [...]

Nothing Sacred (1937)

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Nothing Sacred (1937) This rather average yet still amusing screwball comedy was directed by William A. Wellman (A Star is Born (1937)) and co-written by Ben Hecht. Fredric March plays an ambitious reporter who unknowingly writes a false story about a small town girl played by Carole Lombard who’s supposedly dying. She was diagnosed by a local “quack” (Charles Winninger) while he was drunk. Because of the publicity she gets an [...]

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) This remake by director Alfred Hitchcock of his 1934 film employs James Stewart Doris Day Bernard Miles Brenda de Banzie Daniel Gélin as Louis Bernard Alan Mowbray and Reggie Maldar (playing the Peter Lorre character from the first) among others. Stewart and Day are "married with child" (Hank played by Christopher Olsen) learn a secret on vacation causing Hank to be kidnapped. The many memorable scenes [...]

Exit Smiling (1926)

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Exit Smiling (1926) Directed by Sam Taylor with a Marc Connelly (Captains Courageous (1937)) story this silent marks the screen debut of comedienne Beatrice Lillie who made barely a handful of pictures in her career. In this film her character Violet is a wannabe leading actress in a train traveling troupe of players which stops in a small town and picks up fugitive Jimmy Marsh played by Mary Pickford’s brother Jack. Violet who plays a [...]

Old Dark House The (1932)

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Old Dark House The (1932) Directed by horror genre (soon to be) legend James Whale based on a novel by J.B. Priestley with a screenplay by Benn W. Levy this offbeat comedy drama (thriller) entertains with its wonderful cast and memorable dialogue. It makes this reviewer wonder if The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) cult classic spoof used this film as its basis. If like me you saw the latter film first you’ll find this one to be a laugh [...]

Secret Agent (1936) – full review!

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Secret Agent (1936) – full review! One of director Alfred Hitchcock’s weaker early films loosely based on two of W. Somerset Maugham’s Ashenden stories and a play by Campbell Dixon based on a third; Charles Bennett adapted them for the screen Ian Hay and Jesse Lasky Jr. provided additional dialogue and the director’s wife Alma Reville also contributed. It’s a mystery thriller with a romance drama angle between John [...]

Free Soul A (1931)

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Free Soul A (1931) A pre-code classic starring Clark Gable Norma Shearer Lionel Barrymore and Leslie Howard. The first 45 minutes or so (don’t blink it sizzles) and the dialogue are especially great. Directed by Clarence Brown who along with Shearer earned an Oscar nomination; Barrymore won (on his ONLY acting nomination!) as Best Actor in a Leading Role. Gable is Ace Wilfong a mob leader that lawyer Stephen Ashe (Barrymore) successfully [...]

Spy Who Came In from the Cold The (1965)

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Spy Who Came In from the Cold The (1965) Produced and directed by Martin Ritt (who inexplicably received only one Best Director Oscar nomination in his career two years earlier for Hud (1963)) this John le Carré Cold War spy novel was adapted by Paul Dehn (Seven Days to Noon (1950)) and Guy Trosper (The Pride of St. Louis (1952)) into a pretty good thriller notable for its atmospheric feel and Oscar nominated B&W Art Direction-Set [...]
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