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Room Service (1938)

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Room Service (1938) Directed by William Seiter with a screenplay by Morrie Ryskind this slightly above average Marx Brothers comedy also features Lucille Ball Ann Miller Frank Albertson and Donald MacBride (among others). Though the film lacks a lot of the staples of their earlier films (music Zeppo & memorable quotes besides “jumping butterballs”) it’s still an entertaining 80 minutes. Groucho plays the would-be producer [...]

The Best of Bogart Collection

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The Best of Bogart Collection Purchase this Blu-ray Collection at The Maltese Falcon (1941) Casablanca (1942) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) The African Queen (1951) Purchase this Blu-ray Collection [...]

Happy Years The (1950)

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Happy Years The (1950) Directed by William A. Wellman (A Star is Born (1937)) and based on Owen Johnson’s “Lawrenceville School” stories this “coming of age” comedy drama stars 14 year old Dean Stockwell (Married to the Mob (1988)) as an incorrigible young lad who eventually learns to fit in at a prep school after having been thrown out of at least two others. A rivalry with a “tough” older boy a [...]

My Dream Is Yours (1949)

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My Dream Is Yours (1949) Doris Day’s second film was this Technicolor remake of Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934) which had featured Dick Powell and a story by Paul Finder Moss and Jerry Wald. This comedy musical was produced and directed by Michael Curtiz adapted by Laura Kerr and Allen Rivkin and features a screenplay by Harry Kurnitz (What Next Corporal Hargrove? (1945)) and Dane Lussier; I. aka Friz Freleng directed an animated dream [...]

Phantom Lady (1944)

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Phantom Lady (1944) Don’t know if you’ll be as entranced as I was watching Ella Raines for the first time in this one but regardless this is a pretty good murder mystery which also stars Franchot Tone and Thomas Gomez. A man (Alan Curtis) is framed for killing his wife. His secretary (Raines) who also happens to be infatuated with him doesn’t believe it and works to clear him by finding “the title character”. She is [...]

Boom Town (1940)

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Boom Town (1940) This is one of the many entertaining pairings of Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy; it’s about two “wildcat” oil friends who become competitors and also get involved with two beautiful women Claudette Colbert and Hedy Lamarr. Frank Morgan also figures prominently as a competitor and partner. Directed by Jack Conway with a screenplay by John Lee Mahin (Captains Courageous (1937)) that was based on James Edward [...]

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 [...]

Rose-Marie (1936)

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Rose-Marie (1936) Jeanette MacDonald is Marie de Flor a temperamental opera singer who’s just completed a performance playing Juliet in the fated lover classic from Shakespeare (note the theme;-) Allan Jones played Romeo. When she returns to her dressing room she is angered when she smells that her suitor (David Niven) has been smoking in there something she doesn’t tolerate. In fact she pretty much “rules the roost” and [...]

Ziegfeld Girl (1941)

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Ziegfeld Girl (1941) Three interweaving plot-lines mark this MGM showcase for three of their star actresses of the time: Judy Garland Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner. The famed Florence Ziegfeld is interested in each for his shows though he (nor an actor playing him) is never shown. Instead Edward Everett Horton is used; he plays a trusted Ziegfeld talent manager who’s minimally involved in all three story-lines. He’s interested in [...]

Gunplay (1951)

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Gunplay (1951) Lacking the usual action and featuring several plot holes this B movie Tim Holt Western also includes his regular lady’s man sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty (Richard Martin). It was directed by Lesley Selander but written by Ed Earl Repp not Norman Houston. Despite its substandard quality the story does feature a strong female character played by Joan Dixon; Mauritz Hugo and Robert Wilke appear in their usual [...]
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