Rebecca (1940)

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Rebecca (1940) Manderlay’s housekeeper Mrs. Danvers is 31st on AFI’s Top Villain list in this movie about expectations & disillusionment. It was the first film Alfred Hitchcock made in Hollywood his only one to win Best Picture; he never won a Best Director Oscar! David O. Selznick’s second straight BP Oscar and the first of only THREE Hitchcock films he produced after initially luring him to Hollywood with a FOUR picture [...]

Gary Cooper: The Signature Collection

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Gary Cooper: The Signature Collection Sergeant York (1941) The Fountainhead (1949) Dallas (1950) – full review! Springfield Rifle (1952) – full review! The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959) – full review! Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

Stars in My Crown (1950)

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Stars in My Crown (1950) Directed by Jacques Tourneur much of this excellent Western drama’s story is narrated by Marshall Thompson as the now grown-up boy who’s played by Dean Stockwell in the rest of the film. It’s a terrific period piece with McCrea as a gospel preacher Josiah Dozier Grey in a small rural town that emphasizes (sometimes at the point of a gun) fair treatment and ethical ways to his nephew (Stockwell) and his [...]

Vertigo (1958)

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Vertigo (1958) The title means dizziness or describes a confused state of mind this is a film about that and obsessive love which many critics say was director Alfred Hitchcock’s best though only in retrospect since it wasn’t initially very well received. It was the last of the four collaborations between "Hitch" and James Stewart. The blonde this time was played by Kim Novak (because Vera Miles was pregnant and [...]

Pal Joey (1957) – full review!

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Pal Joey (1957) – full review! Originally intended for Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth back in the 1940’s this sanitized version of the more risqué stage Musical romance drama was finally brought to the screen starring Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak (see her in San Francisco settings just before she would appear in Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958)) with Hayworth playing the older woman in the love triangle instead. It features three great [...]

Young Philadelphians The (1959) – full review!

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Young Philadelphians The (1959) – full review! This outstanding drama which was directed by Vincent Sherman and written by James Gunn who adapted Richard Powell’s intricate novel The Philadelphians features (supporting actor) Robert Vaughn’s only Academy Award nominated performance; Harry Stradling Sr.’s B&W Cinematography also received a nomination as did the film’s Costume Design (Howard Shoup’s first [...]

Straight Place and Show (1938)

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Straight Place and Show (1938) Directed by David Butler based on a play co-written by Damon Runyon with a screenplay co-written by Allen Rivkin and additional dialogue provided by Lew Brown this below average B comedy stars the Ritz Brothers a cheap imitation of the more famous Marx Brothers. Though both sets of brothers have a leading man Harry Ritz is not nearly on par with Groucho and Al & Jimmy seem to have no distinct personality traits [...]

Paper Moon (1973)

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Paper Moon (1973) Directed by Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show (1971)) with a screenplay by Alvin Sargent this essential comedy-drama features the screen debut of Tatum O’Neal with her father Ryan. The two play con artists who prey on gullible persons during the Depression. Ten year old Tatum who became the youngest ever Oscar winner for her Supporting Actress performance competed against (among others) Madeline Kahn who plays [...]

Diary of Anne Frank The (1959)

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Diary of Anne Frank The (1959) This powerful film features Millie Perkins in the title role of the story everyone should know. Joseph Schildkraut (The Life of Emile Zola (1937)) plays her father and Shelley Winters won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing Mrs. Van Daan the mother of another family who shares the hidden apartment with the Franks. The rest of the cast is terrific too including Lou Jacobi as Mr. Van Daan Richard Beymer (West [...]

Young and the Brave The (1963)

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Young and the Brave The (1963) Except for the fact that it was shot in letterbox format this film is not unlike a TV “Movie of the Week” given it’s pedestrian direction and cinematography. It was directed by Francis Lyon an Oscar winning co-editor of the John Garfield boxing film Body and Soul (1947) and sometime feature film director who directed several TV series before and one after he did this one. The story and screenplay [...]
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