E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) More complex than your average “boy and his dog” family drama this essential fantasy adventure won four Oscars and received five other Academy Award nominations; somehow Best Picture honors went to Gandhi (1982) instead. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison each of whom were nominated the film took home gold in the Best Effects Sound Effects Editing Best Effects Visual Effects Best [...]

Good Guys and the Bad Guys The (1969) – full review!

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Good Guys and the Bad Guys The (1969) – full review! This is one of many (comedy) Westerns directed by Burt Kennedy; it was written by Ronald M. Cohen and Dennis Shryack. Robert Mitchum stars as Marshal James Flagg (about whom there’s a ballad that plays throughout the film in the background) an aging lawman whose skills and service helped tame the wild west such that Mayor Randolph Wilker (Martin Balsam) and the residents of his [...]

Death Takes a Holiday (1934)

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Death Takes a Holiday (1934) Directed by Mitchell Leisen and co-written by Maxwell Anderson (All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)) Gladys Lehman (Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)) and others this film was remade as Meet Joe Black (1998) by Martin Brest with Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. Fredric March plays Death who poses as Prince Sirki a guest of Duke Lambert (Guy Standing) for a weekend in order to better understand why people fear him. The [...]

One Crowded Night (1940)

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One Crowded Night (1940) Should be re-titled “One Coincidence After Another!” Never have I seen a film with so many improbable coincidences one after the other until I threw up my hands in disgust. If this was a comedy it might actually have been funny. Anne Revere and Paul Guilfoyle were the only names I recognized before I watched the film though I also recognized J.M. Kerrigan when I did. Directed by Irving Reis with a screenplay [...]

Romeo and Juliet (1936)

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Romeo and Juliet (1936) Nominated for a Best Picture Oscar this Irving Thalberg-MGM production was released less than a month before his premature death. It features his wife Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard in the title roles of this Shakespearean classic about two doomed lovers from different feuding families. John Barrymore plays Mercutio; Basil Rathbone is Tybalt. The all star cast also includes Edna May Oliver C. Aubrey Smith and Andy [...]

Romance on the High Seas (1948) – full review!

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Romance on the High Seas (1948) – full review! Co-produced and directed by Michael Curtiz with a screenplay by Julius & Philip Epstein (Casablanca (1942)) and additional dialogue from I. A. L. Diamond this slightly above average musical comedy was Doris Day’s first film. In it she sings the Oscar nominated Song “It’s Magic” which would become one of her trademarks; Ray Heindorf’s Score was also nominated. [...]

West Point Story The (1950)

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West Point Story The (1950) As opposed to a story about the United States Military Academy this musical romance comedy gave James Cagney a chance to return to the genre since his Best Actor Oscar performance as George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) though one does get a sense of West Point’s storied history and tradition. Ray Heindorf’s Score received an Academy Award nomination. It was directed by Roy Del Ruth with a [...]

December 2006 – Gary Cooper

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December 2006 – Gary Cooper The Conqueror Worm (1968) – a TCM premiere! American Madness (1932) – a TCM premiere! The Face of Another (1966) aka Tanin no kao (1966) – a TCM premiere! Private Screenings: Stanley Donen (2006) – a TCM premiere! Task Force (1949) – an all new full review! Married Before Breakfast (1937) – an all new full review! The Honeymoon Killers (1970) – a TCM premiere! Dr. [...]

Roman Holiday (1953)

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Roman Holiday (1953) Roman Holiday (1953) was filmed on location in Rome Italy and per TCM’s host was shot in black-and-white vs. Technicolor for budgetary reasons. Accordingly since Gregory Peck had already been hired to play an uncharacteristically light (for him) Cary Grant-like role as the male lead his romantic counterpart would have to be played by a relative unknown (e.g. someone producer-director William Wyler could get cheaply). [...]

To Catch a Thief (1955)

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To Catch a Thief (1955) Though not as critically acclaimed as his others this one is among my top 10 favorite Alfred Hitchcock movies. Why? Because Grace Kelly is irresistibly beautiful in it and Cary Grant is as smooth as ever playing a retired cat-burglar who must use his considerable skills to catch "his" impostor. It’s solid entertainment with several memorable scenes including the prophetically dangerous drive along the [...]
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