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Welcome to Hard Times (1967)

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Welcome to Hard Times (1967) Directed by Burt Kennedy who also adapted the E.L. Doctorow novel this better than average Western stars a 60+ year old Henry Fonda (On Golden Pond (1981)) as a 49 nine year old lawyer who’d run from every trouble he’d ever encountered until he finally has enough. When a “man from Bodie” (Aldo Ray) all but destroys the small town that called Fonda’s character Mayor he decides to rebuild [...]

Teahouse of the August Moon The (1956)

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Teahouse of the August Moon The (1956) Directed by Daniel Mann with a screenplay by John Patrick (The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)) this comedy features Marlon Brando as an Asian one year before he would play a Southerner & U.S. Air Force officer who falls in love with a Korean in Sayonara (1957). Set in post-World War II Okinawa it’s a story about the U.S. military’s occupation and attempts to introduce Western concepts such [...]

Quiet Man The (1952)

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Quiet Man The (1952) John Ford won his fourth and last Best Director Oscar (the film also won for its Color Cinematography) for this another successful pairing of John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara whose famous face slapping attempt is featured in TCM & Chuck Workman’s 100 Years at the Movies (1994) short. She broke her hand when Wayne blocked her blow and had to act in the rest of the movie without a cast! This part comedy part [...]

The World the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

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The World the Flesh and the Devil (1959) The World the Flesh and the Devil (1959) starts out fine before it goes awry. Its most basic flaws are its awkward clumsy attempts to make a social statements – about race and humanity – which are unearned by the depth of its exploration. However given the fact that the movie was released years before the Civil Rights Act was signed by President Johnson in 1964 – something which is [...]

Essential Character Actors

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Essential Character Actors this is a work in progress (and currently male only) please check back later for updates During the studio era character actors were common (and respected) much more so than today. Whether it was MGM Warner Bros. or you name it each company had some stock players that were excellent supporting players whether they were typecast or not. Sometimes it was directors (e.g. like John Ford later copied by Clint Eastwood) who [...]

February 2007 – 31 Days of Oscar

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February 2007 – 31 Days of Oscar Interiors (1978) – an all new capsule review! Cover Girl (1944) – a TCM premiere and an all new full review! Queen Bee (1955) – a TCM premiere! A Passage to India (1984) – a TCM premiere and all new comments in TCM Picks! Hangmen Also Die (1943) – an all new full review! A Gathering of Eagles (1963) – an all new full review! The Battle of Algiers (1965) – I’m [...]

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

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Friendly Persuasion (1956) Produced and directed by the great William Wyler this wholesome family drama about a Southern Indiana Quaker community that struggles with its religious pacifism during the Civil War received a Best Picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It features Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire as Jess and Eliza Birdwell the parents of Josh (Anthony Perkins in his only Oscar nominated performance [...]

Keep ‘Em Rolling (1934)

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Keep ‘Em Rolling (1934) This is a story of a man and his horse;-) Walter Huston plays a somewhat wild Sergeant in the pre-World War I cavalry. He gets busted down to Private after yet another drunken brawl. Shortly thereafter a new wild horse gets brought to the base and Huston has found a kindred soul. He works tirelessly to train the horse something only he could do and is so consumed with the task that he stops drinking and lets [...]

Mysterious Doctor The (1943)

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Mysterious Doctor The (1943) Directed by Ben Stoloff with an original screenplay by Richard Weil this tame almost comical B movie ‘thriller’-mystery is set in the moors of England during World War II. The residents of the small town of Morgan’s Head are a superstitious lot who fear the wrath of a long dead miner whose headless body is said to still haunt a local tin mine (e.g. as a ghost); this keeps them from working in the [...]

Right of Way The (1931)

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Right of Way The (1931) Produced & directed by Frank Lloyd (The Divine Lady (1929)) adapted by Francis Edward Faragoh (Little Caesar (1930)) this below average drama features more overacting than most silent films and more dialogue than most talkies twice as long; the film runs a scant 65 minutes. There are some opening credits as well as other descriptive placards (this is a remake of two silent versions 1915 & 1920) displayed [...]
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