Chariots of Fire (1981)

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Chariots of Fire (1981) I was a hurdler in high school so this one is special even though it came out after I graduated. Hard to get charged up about the Brits winning track & field gold over the USA in the Olympics though. The first of consecutive Best Picture Oscars taken home by the British (Sir John Gielgud in both); it also won for Screenplay Writing. Supporting Actor Ian Holm and Director Hugh Hudson received their only Oscar [...]

Caddy The (1953) – full review!

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Caddy The (1953) – full review! Directed by Norman Taurog (Skippy (1931)) with a story by Danny Arnold who also wrote the screenplay with Edmund Hartmann this Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin comedy is full of laughs especially if you like Lewis’s antics: his many voices & physical humor. If you’re a fan of golf you will enjoy seeing Ben Hogan & Sam Snead (among others) swinging the clubs. The cast also includes Donna Reed [...]

The Gay Falcon (1941)

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The Gay Falcon (1941) The first film in the Falcon series! George Sanders is Gay Laurence aka The Falcon whose hobbies are women and solving crimes. Unfortunately his high society fiancée Elinor Benford (Anne Hunter aka Nina Vale) is tired of these antics so she’s given him three months to make it in his new more respectable chosen profession as a broker. Allen Jenkins plays the Falcon’s wisecracking sidekick Jonathan G. [...]

Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)

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Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) While Busby Berkeley provided only the choreography for the Mervyn LeRoy directed Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) he directed this Musical and provided its dance direction which earned him his first Academy Award nomination; his “Lullaby of Broadway” number which includes the Harry Warren-Al Dubin Oscar winning Song performed by Winifred Shaw is a spectacle featuring dozens of choreographed pianos! The story [...]

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) This Musical biography of George M. Cohan earned James Cagney his only Best Actor Oscar (out of three nominations) and Walter Huston his third nomination though his first for Supporting Actor (he was to win his only Oscar on his next & last nomination for Supporting Actor in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre seven years later). Cagney is balletic as the famous song & dance man composer writer producer & [...]

Brief Encounter (1945)

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Director David Lean earned the first Academy recognition for his career when he received a Best Director Oscar nomination and a Screenplay Writing nomination he shared with Anthony Havelock-Allan & Ronald Neame for this essential romance drama starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Johnson received her only Oscar recognition a Best Actress nomination for her role as a British housewife in an unexciting marriage such that a “brief [...]

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

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Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Don’t let the odd title scare you this is a must-see rarely shown classic! Besides showcasing the many talents of (now Sir) Alec Guinness this is a very funny quirky film about a man (played by Dennis Price) who systematically eliminates all the heirs in "his" wealthy family that are between him and the coveted title of Duke. Guinness plays each of the eight family members including a woman. One [...]

Picture Snatcher (1933)

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Picture Snatcher (1933) Directed by Lloyd Bacon this slightly above average crime drama starring James Cagney was later remade as Escape From Crime (1942) by B movie director Ross Lederman with Richard Travis in the lead role. Cagney plays Danny Kean a gang leader that gets out of prison and decides to go straight. So he looks up a newspaper editor he’d met Al McLean (Ralph Bellamy) who gives him an opportunity after he literally snatches [...]

Thief of Bagdad The (1940)

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Thief of Bagdad The (1940) Outstanding Technicolor delight that won Oscars for Color Art Direction & Cinematography as well as Special Effects; Miklós Rózsa’s Score was nominated too (his first). Michael Powell had a hand in directing this remake of the 1924 classic which stars Sabu in lieu of Douglas Fairbanks in the title role. June Duprez plays the Princess – coveted by the evil Jaffar (Conrad Veidt) – that falls in love [...]

Jamaica Inn (1939) – full review!

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Jamaica Inn (1939) – full review! I almost didn’t want to review this film for my website because I feel this is one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s poorest efforts. Even though it’s based on Daphne Du Maurier’s novel and features a particularly evil character by Charles Laughton I didn’t find it to be a particularly engaging or satisfying drama. However though it lacks much of the suspense and intrigue [...]
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