Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming The (1966)

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Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming The (1966) Today it’s really hard to believe that this average (and highly dated) Cold War comedy was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award earning its producer Norman Jewison (who also directed it) his first Oscar nomination. Based on Nathaniel Benchley’s novel Off Islanders the screenplay was written by William Rose (The Ladykillers (1955)) whose work was also nominated as was the [...]

Sins of the Children (1930)

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Sins of the Children (1930) One has to wonder whether Frank Capra saw this above average sentimental drama and was influenced by it since scenes (& themes) from two of his films the Academy Award winning Best Picture You Can’t Take it With You (1938) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) are evident in this one which was produced & directed by Sam Wood. Elliott Nugent who with his father J. C. wrote the story Father’s Day on [...]

Riders of the Range (1950)

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Riders of the Range (1950) Directed by Lesley Selander and written by Norman Houston this B movie Tim Holt Western also includes his regular lady’s man sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty (Richard Martin). As the titled characters Holt plays Kansas Jones; he and Chito find themselves looking for work in Cedar Hill Arizona not far from Mesa City site of a George O’Brien B Western almost a dozen years earlier. Once in Cedar [...]

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

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The Life of Emile Zola (1937) A very interesting film – a somewhat fictionalized biography (per the opening credits) of Emile Zola whose story I was not familiar with until now. He was a French muckraking writer in the late 19th century. The movie is primarily focused on one particular case (perhaps the most prominent of his life?) in which he is taken to trial (libel) for exposing the Army’s conviction of an innocent man for treason [...]

Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection

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Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection Manhattan Melodrama (1934) – full review! Evelyn Prentice (1934) – full review! Double Wedding (1937) – Myrna Loy’s seventh pairing with William Powell was this Joseph L. Mankiewicz produced comedy that was directed by Richard Thorpe which features a screenplay by Jo Swerling. It’s not as good as their earlier films together (nor at least one of their later efforts – I [...]

Tempest (1928)

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Tempest (1928) This silent drama directed by Sam Taylor is a love story which takes place on the eve of the Russian Revolution. John Barrymore stars as a peasant Sergeant Ivan Markov that’s promoted to the Ranks that of Lieutenant with the help of a certain General played by George Fawcett. However when Markov is irresistibly drawn to the General’s daughter Princess Tamara (Camilla Horn) he ends up insulting the “snuck [...]

Bachelor Party The (1957) – full review!

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Bachelor Party The (1957) – full review! One might be tempted to label this drama “dated” however as was typical screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky provided it with a story that is both insightful and (still) enduring today. Though the setup is rather contrived (a 30+ year old virgin male find himself about to be married to a more experienced war widow that also happens to be his distant cousin) every man questions: who he is what [...]

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

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Lady and the Tramp (1955) This delightful animated Walt Disney Production details the first year (or two) of the life of a sweet domesticated female cocker spaniel named Lady (voiced by Barbara Luddy) and her various encounters: with her ‘humans’ – owners Jim Dear (Lee Millar) and ‘Darling’ (Peggy Lee) – and especially the streetwise stray terrier she fancies named Tramp (Larry Roberts). Ms. Lee sings (and/or wrote with Sonny Burke) [...]

Gone With the Wind (1939)

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Gone With the Wind (1939) I couldn’t possibly add any new information about this first color film to win the Best Picture Academy Award in a year which featured so many great films but I’ll try … did you know that George Reeves TV’s original Superman is in the movie? And though the film’s three million dollar cost was dubbed outrageous at the time the comparable amount in 2004 dollars (40 Million) means it was [...]

Petticoat Larceny (1943)

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Petticoat Larceny (1943) B-movie child star Joan Carroll plays a minor in the care of Ruth Warrick like the previous year in Obliging Young Lady (1942). Paul Guilfoyle (One Crowded Night (1940)) plays “Tinhorn” Foster the notorious figure and Al Bridge & Cliff Clark policeman from the Falcon Series appear uncredited. A precocious little girl radio star Joan Mitchell (Ms. Carroll) is bored with the stories’ scripts [...]
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