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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) This Best Picture Oscar winning film about veterans returning home from World War II includes disabled Army veteran Harold Russell (in his screen debut) who received two Oscars (Best Supporting Actor and Honorary for bringing hope & courage to his fellow veterans) for his performance the only time an actor has received two Oscars for the same performance. Producer Samuel Goldwyn’s greatest success [...]

The Paradine Case (1947)

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The Paradine Case (1947) This was the last of the tumultuous director Alfred Hitchcock/producer David O. Selznick collaborations and it shows. Poorly cast with Gregory Peck (again) were Charles Laughton as a judge & Ethel Barrymore as his wife Ann Todd (a standout performance) Charles Coburn and Alida Valli. Additionally Louis Jourdan plays a role in his only Hitchcock film while Leo G. Carroll appears in his fourth of six. A woman (Valli) [...]

Without Reservations (1946)

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Without Reservations (1946) A so so story about a writer (Claudette Colbert) who writes a novel that becomes the rage. On her way (by train and then car) to Hollywood where her book is to be made into a movie she meets the perfect unknown man (John Wayne) and military officer to portray her protagonist on-screen. Unfortunately for her without knowing who she is he shares his view that the ideas expressed in her popular book are nonsense. However [...]

One Two Three (1961)

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One Two Three (1961) An hilarious Billy Wilder film. East meets West capitalism and communism explained and some fast talking by the film’s star James Cagney. A must see! Cagney plays a Coca Cola executive in West Germany near the wall (that used to be). He and his wife (Arlene Francis) "babysit" Cagney’s boss’s (Howard St. John) daughter (Pamela Tiffin) who behaves irresponsibly and falls in love with East German [...]

Shane (1953)

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Shane (1953) Directed by George Stevens (A Place in the Sun (1951) & later Giant (1956)) this classic Western stars Alan Ladd in the title role that of a gunfighter attempting to escape his past by becoming a laborer for struggling farmer family. Van Heflin (Johnny Eager (1942)) plays the head of that family his wife is played by Jean Arthur (The More the Merrier (1943)) in her last movie role (and five years after she was in Billy [...]

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 [...]

Pat and Mike (1952)

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Pat and Mike (1952) Directed by George Cukor and earning husband & wife writers Ruth Gordon & Garson Kanin their third and last Best Writing Oscar nomination (without a win) this comedy-romance features another successful teaming of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Mike (Tracy) the manager of a boxer (Aldo Ray) meets Pat (Hepburn) when he notices what a great golfer she is. He also learns that she’s quite an accomplished [...]

Hot Millions (1968) – full review!

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Hot Millions (1968) – full review! Directed by Eric Till with a story & screenplay written directly for the screen that earned Ira Wallach & lead actor Peter Ustinov (Topkapi (1964)) their only Writing Academy Award nominations this dated comedy has an ironic conclusion. Fans of Ustinov’s characterizations complete with fumbling mannerisms intended to make one wonder if he (e.g. his character) is bumbling idiot or a genius [...]

Sandpiper The (1965)

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Sandpiper The (1965) Perhaps best known for its Johnny Mandel-Paul Francis Webster Academy Award winning song “The Shadow of Your Smile” and beautiful picture postcard vistas of Big Sur California this average Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton romance drama was directed by Vincente Minnelli. It was written by its producer Martin Ransohoff adapted by Irene & Louis Kamp and features a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo (The Brave One [...]

The Mysterious Desperado (1949)

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The Mysterious Desperado (1949) If brawling is your thing this B movie Tim Holt Western (directed by Lesley Selander written by Norman Houston) is for you. The cast includes Tim’s regular sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty (Richard Martin) Edward Norris as Chito’s cousin Ramon and Movita as his fiancée Luisa Frank Wilcox playing his typical bad guy role – this time as a Santo Domingo county California land administrator [...]
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