Last Picture Show The (1971)

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Last Picture Show The (1971) Former TCM Essentials host Peter Bogdanovich received his only recognition (to date) from the Academy with Oscar nominations for directing and adapting this Larry McMurtry novel with the author who shared the latter nomination. Several of the film’s actors’ performances were also recognized: Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman swept the Supporting Actor awards on their only nominations; they were competing [...]

Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) – full review!

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Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) – full review! Directed by Michael Curtiz with a screenplay by Warren Duff and Robert Buckner this historical drama Western was one of Warner Bros.’s first Technicolor films. Not only does it cover a subject I had not seen previously discussed the harmful practice of using hoses to wash away entire hillsides to find gold but it’s delightful to see so many known actors in color for the very first [...]

Trailin’ West (1936)

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Trailin’ West (1936) Featuring Dick Foran as the “Singing Cowboy” and his horse Smoke (unbilled). Paula Stone from Treachery Rides the Range is the girl in this one too. Also appearing is Henry Otho the favorite foil of the “Singing Cowboy”? Although Jim Thorpe (yes that Jim Thorpe) appears in the credits as Black Eagle if he’s in the film at all it’s for all of three seconds in a montage of the Indians [...]

Land Beyond the Law (1937)

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Land Beyond the Law (1937) Dick Foran (the “Singing Cowboy”) plays ‘Chip’ Douglas the rowdiest of hands on Slade Henaberry’s (Cy Kendall) ranch and unaware that his boss is crooked. That is until Chip’s disapproving father (Tom Brower) is killed by Henaberry’s henchman Tascosa (Harry Woods) who was rustling Mr. Douglas’s cattle at the time. The story is set in the 1870’s in Bitter Creek New Mexico Territory. The [...]

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. [...]

Kiss Me Kate (1953)

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Kiss Me Kate (1953) A musical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and the play co-written by Sam & Bella Spewack (My Favorite Wife (1940)) this Dorothy Kingsley (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)) screenplay was directed by George Sidney. Multiple Oscar winners Andre Previn and Saul Chaplin received merely an Academy Award nomination for this movie’s Score. Howard Keel plays Fred Graham an [...]

Gun Law (1938)

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Gun Law (1938) George O’Brien plays Marshal Tom O’Malley in this B-Western directed by David Howard and written by Oliver Drake. He happens upon the notorious Raven (Edward Pawley) in the desert and discovers that he’s the target of the outlaw’s plans. But after getting the drop on the Marshal the Raven drinks some bad water and dies. After O’Malley is saved from a similar fate by a Parson and his daughter Ruth (Rita Oehmen) he decides [...]

Bandit Ranger (1942)

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Bandit Ranger (1942) Cattle rustling is a problem affecting a small town in the old West. A ranger is sent to clean things up but he is killed on his way to the town. Tim Holt (the “man in black” who is actually the good guy) shows up just after the ranger is shot. He learns the man’s name Frank Mattison and is asked by him to give his stenciled money belt to his sister (Joan Barclay) who will be arriving soon on the [...]

Deep Valley (1947)

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Deep Valley (1947) Directed by Jean Negulesco whose next film Johnny Belinda (1948) would earn him his only Oscar recognition (a Best Director nomination) with a screenplay co-written by Stephen Morehouse Avery (The Gay Deception (1935)) this below average drama’s high point is its recognizable cast which includes the lovely & delicate Ida Lupino Dane Clark Wayne Morris Fay Bainter Henry Hull and Willard Robertson. Unfortunately the [...]

Rocky (1976)

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Rocky (1976) Titled boxer Balboa (AFI’s #7 hero) helped this film and its director John Avildsen win Oscars. What if Oscar nominated Best Actor Sylvester Stallone had accepted the $150000 the producers offered him to let Ryan O’Neal play the lead? Thankfully we’ll never know. The fight scene was filmed in reverse order starting with the fifteenth round and Stallone and Weathers in heavy make-up. As filming continued the make-up [...]
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