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Dive Bomber (1941) – full review!

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Dive Bomber (1941) – full review! This last of the twelve (director) Michael Curtiz-Errol Flynn (actor) collaborations is a drama which details the research that went into solving two aviation problems experienced by pilots just before the United States’ involvement in World War II: blackouts caused by pulling too many g-forces and altitude sickness caused by flying too high. A dive bomber is a pilot who flies his airplane to a high [...]

The Sting (1973)

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The Sting (1973) A very entertaining Depression Era con man film complete with twists turns and plenty of index finger nose rubbing. This marvelously constructed caper comedy with an outstanding cast won the Academy Award for Best Picture; Julia Phillips (along with husband Michael and Tony Bill) was the first female producer to even be nominated. Besides featuring the second & last classic pairing of acting heavyweights Paul Newman & [...]

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

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Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Sidney Lumet directed this star-studded murder mystery thriller; Paul Dehn (Seven Days to Noon (1950)) wrote the screenplay adapting the Agatha Christie novel to earn his second (and last) Oscar nomination. Albert Finney (Tom Jones (1963)) earned his second of five (four for Best Actor one for Supporting) unrewarded Academy Award nominations for expertly playing Christie’s protagonist Hercule Poirot and [...]

Too Many Husbands (1940)

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Too Many Husbands (1940) Released less than two months prior to a similar (& essential) comedy My Favorite Wife (1940) this one was based on a W. Somerset Maugham play (with a screenplay by Claude Binyon) that begins with the same concept but the overall story and its execution isn’t nearly as good. It was produced and directed by Wesley Ruggles (Cimarron (1931)) and though its principle cast is almost as strong as the later film it [...]

Mary Poppins (1964)

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Mary Poppins (1964) When I watched this film for the umpteenth time with my daughters during a recent family movie night I was struck by several things. For instance combined with the fact that I had just watched The World of Henry Orient (1964) it inspired me to write an essay about Dads. Additionally it made me want to write an extended review of this classic. It’s an excellent film which served as the screen debut for Julie Andrews and [...]

Shadow of a Woman (1946)

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Shadow of a Woman (1946) The plot and the acting performed by its cast make it very difficult to stay engaged in this below average noirish drama making it a poor “thriller”. As convoluted unusual and somewhat confusing as the story is to begin with the characterizations also don’t provide anyone with whom an audience can identify with or trust such that one just doesn’t care about them or what happens. Directed by Joseph [...]

Strike Up the Band (1940)

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Strike Up the Band (1940) Like Babes in Arms (1939) this musical comedy starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland was directed by Busby Berkeley. The film won an Academy Award for its Sound Recording and its Original Song “Our Love Affair” by George Stoll and Roger Edens was Oscar nominated as was their Score. George Pal (uncredited) animated a fruit orchestra sequence for the song. John Monks Jr. and Fred Finklehoffe wrote the [...]

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 [...]

Dark Command (1940) – full review!

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Dark Command (1940) – full review! If the film Stagecoach (1939) got John Wayne noticed in Hollywood this Western (based on the W.R. Burnett novel of the same name) earned the actor a permanent place on casting director’s cards for the genre. Directed by Raoul Walsh with a screenplay written by Grover Jones (The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)) and others the rest of the cast in this average but watchable story was oddly chosen. [...]

Battle of the Sexes The (1928)

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Battle of the Sexes The (1928) Produced & directed by D.W. Griffith this average silent is actually a remake of the director’s 1914 version. It stars Jean Hersholt as a successful businessman that’s pursued by a gold digger to the point that he forgets his family. When he later catches his daughter in the arms of another man he accuses her of embarrassing the family something she reminds him he’s done already. His [...]
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