It Should Happen to You (1954) – full review!

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It Should Happen to You (1954) – full review! Directed by George Cukor (My Fair Lady (1964)) with a story & screenplay by three time Oscar nominated writer Garson Kanin this above average comedy stars the uniquely talented Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday (1950)) Peter Lawford and Jack Lemmon in his screen debut (showing signs of his “outburst ability” for which he’d become famous)! It also earned Jean Louis (The Solid [...]

Meet John Doe (1941)

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Meet John Doe (1941) An outstanding political film by director Frank Capra featuring great acting by Gary Cooper Barbara Stanwyck and Edward Arnold. Cooper is a common man exploited by a newspaper writer (Stanwyck; writer Jean Arthur exploited Cooper in an earlier Capra film) and its owner (Arnold) who becomes the voice of the people railing against the status quo. Walter Brennan plays a friend of Cooper’s. James Gleason plays [...]

Prairie Law (1940)

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Prairie Law (1940) Directed by David Howard writing credits include: Bernard McConville (story) and Doris Schroeder & Arthur V. Jones (screenplay). This below average B Western is about the unique justice of the wild West including water rights the conflicts between farmers and cowmen a crooked judge and (of course) a hero. Brill Austin (George O’Brien) is a rancher who freely offers his springs’ water to the new settlers even though [...]

Waterloo Bridge (1931) – full review!

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Waterloo Bridge (1931) – full review! This original version of the Robert Sherwood play is quite different than the more famous MGM remake starring Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor. The story is more efficiently told and without flashbacks such that this film is nearly half an hour shorter. It was directed by James Whale and the screenplay was written by Benn Levy and Tom Reed (Night People (1954)). The most notable aspect of this movie is [...]

All-American Co-Ed (1941)

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All-American Co-Ed (1941) This B Musical Comedy was produced and directed by three time Academy Award nominee for Dance Direction LeRoy Prinz and earned songwriter Lloyd Norlin his only Academy Award nomination for his song “Out of the Silence”; Edward Ward’s Score was also Oscar nominated. Like many of these sub-hour Hal Roach Studios productions its original story (by Prinz and Hal Roach Jr. adapted by Kenneth Higgins; [...]

Conquest (1937)

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Conquest (1937) Directed by six time (career directing) Oscar nominee Clarence Brown with a screenplay co-written by Samuel Hoffenstein (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)) this average historical costume drama earned Charles Boyer as Napoleon his first of four Best Actor Oscar nominations; Cedric Gibbons’s & William Horning’s Art Direction was also nominated. Greta Garbo plays his lover the Polish Countess Marie Walewska; Josephine is never [...]

Mating Game The (1959)

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Mating Game The (1959) Directed by George Marshall this average comedy with a contrived romance features the physical comedy of Debbie Reynolds five years before she played the rambunctious title character in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) for which she earned her only Oscar nomination. Persnickety Tony Randall plays an I.R.S. agent sent to investigate a “horse trader” farmer played by Paul Douglas (his last feature film role) [...]

Wonder Man (1945) – full review!

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Wonder Man (1945) – full review! This showcase for the many (unique) talents of the singing dancing comedian actor Danny Kaye also won an Oscar for its Special Effects; its Score Sound (Gordon Sawyer’s first) and the Song “So in Love” (sung by Vera-Ellen) also received Academy Award nominations. This slightly above average fantasy musical comedy was produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by Bruce Humberstone. It’s [...]

Stand-In (1937) – full review!

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Stand-In (1937) – full review! This spoof (satire) of how the Hollywood studio system used to work (behind the scenes) is filled with clichés and slapstick comedy; it will entertain most classic movie fans at least for the first two thirds or so before it bogs down. Just before Leslie Howard was to play Professor Henry Higgins in Pygmalion (1938) he played a similar character in this one Atterbury Dodd a Wall Street wizard mathematician [...]

The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)

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The Falcon Strikes Back (1943) The fifth film in the Falcon series Directed by Edward Dmytryk (Crossfire (1947)) this is Tom Conway’s first film as the Falcon and he’s got a new sidekick Goldie (Cliff Edwards) and houseboy (Richard Loo) though he retains his journalist girlfriend Marcia Brooks (Jane Randolph). The police inspector (Cliff Clark) and his detective (Edward Gargan) also return from the preceding Falcon film The [...]
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