Born to Sing (1942)

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Born to Sing (1942) Edward Ludwig directed this B movie musical written by Harry Clork and Franz Spencer (aka Schulz) which stars Virginia Weidler (in lieu of Judy Garland) along with Leo Gorcey and a couple of other Dead End Kid/Bowery Boy types like dancing Ray McDonald and Larry Nunn (in lieu of Mickey Rooney). This light and airy MGM escape-fare even features a patriotic Busby Berkeley choreographed finale sung by ill-fated baritone Douglas [...]

Murder at the Gallop (1963)

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Murder at the Gallop (1963) This film was released the same year that lead Margaret Rutherford played Grand Duchess Gloriana XIII in The Mouse on the Moon (1963) which in addition to her Miss Marple role in this one probably contributed to the actress receiving her only Academy recognition; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing the Duchess of Brighton in The V.I.P.s (1963). The film follows Murder She Said (1961) and precedes [...]

Front The (1976)

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Front The (1976) Clever dramatic comedy written directed and even acted (some) by blacklisted artists about blacklisting during the period of time when persons in the entertainment industry were being scrutinized for their communist sympathies and un-American activities. Written by formerly blacklisted writer Walter Bernstein who received his only Oscar recognition with a nomination for his Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen and directed [...]

Springfield Rifle (1952) – full review!

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Springfield Rifle (1952) – full review! Directed by André De Toth (The Gunfighter (1950)) with a screenplay by Frank Davis (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)) and Charles Marquis Warren that was based on a story by Sloan Nibley this average yet colorful (in a cinema-graphic sense) Western stars Gary Cooper as Major Kearney who eventually gets to use a fast loading model of the titled gun to shift the balance of power against some horse [...]

Beg Borrow or Steal (1937)

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Beg Borrow or Steal (1937) Frank Morgan plays a cheap “snizler” Ingraham Steward operating out of the South of France. His estranged wife Agatha (Janet Beecher) and daughter Joyce (Florence Rice) are just “getting by” in the States on what he sends but his daughter is engaged to a “well to do” young man Horace Miller (Tom Rutherford). His wife and the wealthy mother (Cora Witherspoon) of the young man are [...]

Magnificent Ambersons The (1942)

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Magnificent Ambersons The (1942) Much controversy surrounds this film and the creative control fights between director Orson Welles and the studio. The last time I saw this on TCM it looks like the studio succeeded in making it less than screenplay writer (& narrator) Welles had intended. Still worth watching though it received four Academy Award nominations including for Best Picture and Agnes Moorehead her first of four unrewarded Best [...]

Prizefighter and the Lady The (1933)

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Prizefighter and the Lady The (1933) Co-produced and directed by W.S. Van Dyke with an original story by two time Oscar winner Frances Marion (The Champ (1931)) which was adapted by John Lee Mahin and John Meehan (The Divorcee (1930)) this average boxing film features real heavyweight champion Max Baer with Myrna Loy in the title roles. Ring champs Primo Carnera and Jack Dempsey also appear as themselves. Walter Huston plays an ex-manager now a [...]

I Want You (1951) – full review!

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I Want You (1951) – full review! Producer Samuel Goldwyn’s greatest success was the Academy Award winning Best Picture The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) a mature drama about the post World War II climate and what happened when soldiers returned home to their families wives girlfriends and lives. The story is told through three main male characters; one of which was played by Dana Andrews. Four years later America was having to rearm [...]

Heiress The (1949)

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Heiress The (1949) An outstanding film by director William Wyler featuring Olivia de Havilland (To Each His Own (1946)) as a homely (you’ve got to see it to believe it) young woman living at home with her wealthy father (Ralph Richardson) who enforces her insecurities for his own selfish purposes. Their conflict comes to the surface when she is courted by a handsome young man (Montgomery Clift) her father is convinced is only after her [...]

Soldiers Three (1951)

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Soldiers Three (1951) Directed by Tay Garnett based on Rudyard Kipling’s novel with a screenplay co-written by Tom Reed (Night People (1954)) this action adventure comedy evokes memories of Gunga Din (1939) though it’s strictly a “B” quality movie except for some notable members of its cast: Stewart Granger 2-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Walter Pidgeon and David Niven (Separate Tables (1958)). The story concerns the [...]
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