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Don’t Bet on Blondes (1935)

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Don’t Bet on Blondes (1935) Directed by Robert Florey with story & screenplay by Isabel Dawn and Boyce DeGaw this short (less than an hour) comedy starring Warren William is a lot of fun a delightful little movie with rich characterizations which should entertain most especially those fans of the stylish actor. Though you probably won’t find yourself laughing out loud you should enjoy spotting several familiar faces throughout [...]

Great Waltz The (1938)

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Great Waltz The (1938) Directed by Julien Duvivier with a screenplay by Samuel Hoffenstein (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)) and Walter Reisch that was based on a story by Gottfried Reinhardt this fictionalized biography-drama of Vienna’s Johann ‘Schani’ Strauss II features Fernand Gravet (aka Gravey) as the prolific composer who is perhaps best known for his waltz The Blue Danube aka “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”. [...]

May 2005 – Orson Welles

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May 2005 – Orson Welles Sunday May 1 – Based on Lillian Hellman 8:00 AM Dark Victory (1939) – newly updated capsule review! 10:00 AM Les Girls (1957) – all new capsule review! 12:00 PM Walk Don’t Run (1966) – Cary Grant’s last film a remake of The More The Merrier (1943) 2:00 PM Bell Book and Candle (1959) – the inspiration for TV’s Bewitched series? A publisher played by James Stewart is [...]

Camille (1936)

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Camille (1936) One of Greta Garbo’s best performances on-screen (especially the ending) can be witnessed in this essential romance drama. She plays a kept woman (by Henry Daniell) that falls in love with another a young admirer played by the dashing Robert Taylor. Lionel Barrymore plays Taylor’s stern father; Jessie Ralph (among others) also appears. Directed by George Cukor (Little Women (1933)) it’s based on the novel by [...]

Desk Set (1957)

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Desk Set (1957) Another entertaining Katharine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy pairing the one is about an efficiency expert (Tracy) assigned to “secretly” investigate implementing an electronic brain (e.g. a computer system) in the reference department of a television network. The head of the department (Hepburn) and her employees (Joan Blondell Sue Randall and Dina Merrill in her first film) who currently “look everything [...]

Idiot’s Delight (1939)

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Idiot’s Delight (1939) Directed by Clarence Brown and written by Robert Sherwood this average “musical” comedy features Clark Gable and Norma Shearer Edward Arnold Charles Coburn Joseph Schildkraut Burgess Meredith and Virginia Grey (among others). Gable (as Harry Van) returns from World War I a song and dance man unemployed. He works job to job until he lands with a traveling group running a mind reading gag with Madame [...]

Royal Wedding (1951)

July 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Royal Wedding (1951) by Julie Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, and Peter Lawford star in this MGM Musical about a brother and sister act who take their Broadway show to England and find love along the way. I love watching Fred Astaire films, he always gets my feet tapping. He was the kind of actor whose presence and talent instantly lift the spirits. Filmed in gorgeous Technicolor, and also featuring the fine voice of Jane Powell, Royal Wedding is a [...]

By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)

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By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) Based on Booth Tarkington’s ‘Penrod’ stories this sequel to On Moonlight Bay (1951) reunites much of its cast to portray a delightfully dated version of post World War I small town America; a family musical comedy directed by David Butler with a screenplay from Irving Elinson and Robert O’Brien that stars Doris Day Gordon MacRae Billy Gray Leon Ames Rosemary DeCamp and Mary Wickes [...]

See Here Private Hargrove (1944)

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See Here Private Hargrove (1944) Based on a book by Marion Hargrove of his exploits at Fort Bragg during boot camp the film features Robert Walker in the title role. Keenan Wynn and William “Bill” Phillips (among others) play fellow soldiers in his unit. Chill Wills is their Sergeant Cramp. At the beginning of the film Hargrove is a newspaper writer who is constantly getting in trouble with his editor boss played by Ray Collins. Once [...]

Westerner The (1940)

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Westerner The (1940) This is a very good Western with an Oscar nominated script directed by William Wyler. Walter Brennan won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar playing the legendary Judge Roy Bean; Gary Cooper plays a "drifter" who tangles with (then somewhat befriends) him. Forrest Tucker Chill Wills Dana Andrews and Charles Halton also appear. Cooper new to town is suspected of being a horse thief. He is befriended by a local lady (Doris [...]
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