Family Affair A (1937) – full review!

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Family Affair A (1937) – full review! Directed by George B. Seitz this average comedy drama was the first in the Andy Hardy series and the only one to feature Lionel Barrymore as Judge Hardy before Lewis Stone would take over the role for a dozen or more movies made in the late 1930’s through the middle of the next decade. Director Seitz and actors: Mickey Rooney as Andy Cecilia Parker as Marion Hardy Fay Holden (taking over for this [...]

Spirit of St. Louis The (1957)

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Spirit of St. Louis The (1957) Directed by the great Billy Wilder (surprisingly) and based on the book by Charles Lindbergh which was adapted by Charles Lederer (the director wrote the screenplay with Wendell Mayes) this slightly above average if overlong biographical drama tells the story of the man who would one day become the first to fly non-stop from New York to Paris in 1927. This historic first transatlantic flight helped to create the [...]

Home from the Hill (1960) – full review!

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Home from the Hill (1960) – full review! This big sprawling beautifully shot epic drama with credible acting features early performances by two young actors (with the same first name) that would go on to make names for themselves – George Peppard and George Hamilton. It was directed by Vincente Minnelli (Gigi (1958)) and features a screenplay by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch that recalls their later Academy Award nominated [...]

I’ll See You in My Dreams (1951)

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I’ll See You in My Dreams (1951) Michael Curtiz directed this musical biography of lyricist Gus Kahn; the screenplay was written by Jack Rose and Melville Shavelson who would go on to share Oscar nominations for The Seven Little Foys (1955) & Houseboat (1958). Cigar smoking Danny Thomas plays Kahn and Doris Day plays his wife the former Grace LeBoy a song demonstrator (e.g. promoter) that wrote the music for his first songs; according [...]

Front Page The (1931)

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Front Page The (1931) This is the original version of what was later remade as His Girl Friday (1940) by Howard Hawks with Cary Grant Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy is quite good in its own right. This comedy stars Pat O’Brien (in the Rosalind Russell role) Adolphe Menjou (in the Cary Grant role) and Peggy Grant (in the Ralph Bellamy role) roughly. O’Brien is Menjou’s star reporter who wants to marry Grant (Peggy;-) and [...]

The Falcon’s Alibi (1946)

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The Falcon’s Alibi (1946) The twelfth film in the Falcon series Although Rita Corday portrays a character named Joan like she did in the previous Falcon film this time her last name is Meredith (not Marshall) in her sixth (and final) appearance in the series. Vincent Barnett plays Goldie. A couple of known actors also appear: Jane Greer (Out of the Past (1947)) and Elisha Cook Jr. (The Maltese Falcon (1941)) as well as several actors that [...]

Seven Days Ashore (1944)

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Seven Days Ashore (1944) A harmless piece of wartime escapism directed by John H. Auer and featuring Wally Brown and Alan Carney one of the least funniest duo ever to “star” in B movies. They made about a dozen films together and this one falls somewhere in the middle of the pack at least chronologically. Quality-wise I’m still waiting to screen one that makes me laugh or even chuckle. When one of the “gals” in this [...]

Scaramouche (1923)

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Scaramouche (1923) Directed by Rex Ingram this Rafael Sabatini novel was adapted by Willis Goldbeck and was later remade with Stewart Granger Mel Ferrer Richard Anderson Eleanor Parker Nina Foch & Janet Leigh (among others) by George Sidney in a much different adaptation that was released in 1952. Having not read the novel I can only assume that this was a more faithful telling though somewhat less entertaining than the remake. The [...]

Day the Earth Stood Still The (1951)

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Day the Earth Stood Still The (1951) Directed by Robert Wise with a screenplay by Edmund North that was based on a story by Harry Bates this above average sci-fi thriller was added to the National Film Registry in 1995. The drama which begins with a flying saucer landing in Washington D.C. involves an alien visitor named Klaatu (Michael Rennie) who along with his bodyguard robot Gort (Lock Martin) has come to Earth shortly after our World had [...]
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