Three Came Home (1950) – full review!

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Three Came Home (1950) – full review! Directed by Jean Negulesco (Johnny Belinda (1948)) with a screenplay by Nunnally Johnson (The Grapes of Wrath (1940)) this true story drama was adapted from author Agnes Newton Keith’s autobiographical account of her family’s experience as P.O.W.’s (prisoners of war) of the Japanese Army in Borneo during World War II. Though there’s no mystery to the outcome given its title the film [...]

Divine Lady The (1929)

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Divine Lady The (1929) This acclaimed silent features great naval battle sequences especially for the time and won Frank Lloyd (Cavalcade (1933)) his first of two Best Director Academy Awards. The film’s Cinematography and Corinne Griffith’s performance also received nominations (her only). There are four songs (sung by Griffith presumably) in the film which we hear making this a silent hybrid. Joan Bennett and Grant Withers are evidently [...]

Penthouse (1933)

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Penthouse (1933) An essential comedy mystery drama from director W.S. Van Dyke this film features a screenplay by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Warner Baxter is a wealthy man about town who is also a successful lawyer. One that has just helped secure an innocent verdict for a known criminal played by Nat Pendleton. Pendleton is so thankful he offers Baxter a bonus and a place in his organization. Baxter declines because although he knew [...]

Clash of the Wolves (1925)

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Clash of the Wolves (1925) This silent adventure Western features the dark coated German Shepherd dog star Rin Tin Tin as a wolf pack leader known as Lobo; it was directed by Noel Mason Smith and written by Charles A. Logue. Rinty had to wear booties on his front paws and sported a beard (incognito as a dog) during some of the action which includes lots of running a jump over chasm climbing a fence a jump off a building onto a man on horseback [...]

Story of Dr. Wassell The (1944) – full review!

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Story of Dr. Wassell The (1944) – full review! Produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille this slightly above average biographical drama features Gary Cooper in the title role as the Navy doctor that saved the lives of nearly a dozen wounded United States sailors from the Japanese invasion of Java during World War II. Crewmen from the USS Marblehead that could not walk to board the evacuation ships under their own power were left on the [...]

Fall of the Roman Empire The (1964)

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Fall of the Roman Empire The (1964) An outstanding story of honor virtue power and corruption and a pretty good period piece about this part of Roman history. Alec Guinness is a good Caesar Marcus Aurelius who chooses Livius (Stephen Boyd) as his successor instead of his son Commodus (Christopher Plummer) with devastating results for himself. Sophia Loren James Mason as Timonides Anthony Quayle John Ireland Omar Shariff and Mel Ferrer round out [...]

Hour of the Gun (1967) – full review!

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Hour of the Gun (1967) – full review! Overrated! I’d read that this was thought to be one of the best Westerns from the latter half of the 1960’s a contention with which I would strongly disagree. I’d take virtually any of the Sergio Leone spaghetti Westerns over this one in a heartbeat. Producer-director John Sturges (Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)) decided to revisit his much better directed Gunfight at the O.K. Corral [...]

Girl Most Likely The (1957)

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Girl Most Likely The (1957) This musical version of Tom Dick and Harry (1941) is one of the few remakes which is better than the original and Jane Powell is the reason. Her characterization of the title character Dodie is far superior to Ginger Rogers’s performance in the first movie. Directed by (Academy Award nominated art director) Mitchell Leisen with a screenplay by Devery Freeman (based on Paul Jarrico’s original Oscar nominated [...]

Male Animal The (1942)

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Male Animal The (1942) This is a very funny film about the lives we choose offering one woman a peek at what things may have been like if she’d chosen differently. Olivia de Havilland married the more stable intellectual played by Henry Fonda. However during college she’d been courted by a football jock played by Jack Carson. Carson returns to campus where Fonda is now a tenured professor to cheer the current team during homecoming [...]

Road Agent (1952)

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Road Agent (1952) Directed by Lesley Selander and written by Norman Houston this average Tim Holt (using his own name) B Western also features Richard Martin as Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty. Tim plays an unusual (for him) “Robin Hood”-like character in the title role (a road agent is effectively a highway robber) who along with his sidekick helps some ranchers avoid paying the excessive toll road fees imposed by Milo Brand [...]
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