Lady and the Tramp (1955)

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Lady and the Tramp (1955) This delightful animated Walt Disney Production details the first year (or two) of the life of a sweet domesticated female cocker spaniel named Lady (voiced by Barbara Luddy) and her various encounters: with her ‘humans’ – owners Jim Dear (Lee Millar) and ‘Darling’ (Peggy Lee) – and especially the streetwise stray terrier she fancies named Tramp (Larry Roberts). Ms. Lee sings (and/or wrote with Sonny Burke) [...]

Picnic (1955)

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Picnic (1955) Great holiday film (Labor Day) about a drifter played by William Holden and his effect on a small town which includes Kim Novak Betty Field Rosalind Russell and Arthur O’Connell (who received his first of his two unrewarded Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor) Susan Strasberg and Cliff Robertson. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by William Inge with a screenplay from Daniel Taradash (From Here to [...]

Tanks a Million (1941)

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Tanks a Million (1941) There have been a lot of bad films that have received Academy Award nominations over the years and this has to be one of the worst. Directed by Fred Guiol and written by Paul Girard Smith Warren Wilson & Edward Seabrook this B movie from producer Hal Roach earned Edward Ward another Oscar nomination when his Score was nominated. It’s a nothing special comedy which features William Tracy in a leading role; his [...]

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) This Musical biography of George M. Cohan earned James Cagney his only Best Actor Oscar (out of three nominations) and Walter Huston his third nomination though his first for Supporting Actor (he was to win his only Oscar on his next & last nomination for Supporting Actor in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre seven years later). Cagney is balletic as the famous song & dance man composer writer producer & [...]

Cleopatra (1934)

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Cleopatra (1934) A lavish spectacle (perhaps not as famous as the 1963 version) that I’m afraid was a bit of a disappointment when I finally got to see it. It’s one of director-producer Cecil B. DeMille’s many extravaganzas which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (and 3 others). It does features Claudette Colbert in the title role and a stunning wardrobe as well as some incredible sets (though the inside of her [...]

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 [...]

The Skin Game (1931) – full review!

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The Skin Game (1931) – full review! Directed by Alfred Hitchcock who along with his wife Alma Reville adapted the John Galsworthy play the film’s title (in lieu of its more modern definition) refers to something akin to "an eye for an eye" where everyone turns out blind in the end. In other words no one has "clean hands" in the final accounting of this kind of grudge match. This average drama is not as bad as I [...]

Sons of the Desert (1933) – full review!

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Sons of the Desert (1933) – full review! My favorite of the Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy films (#96 on AFI’s 100 Funniest Movies list) also features comedian Charley Chase as the conventioneer who pulls gags on all the other attendees. It was directed by William Seiter and written by (frequent actor) Frank Craven; Byron Morgan provided continuity. Laurel & Hardy are members of Kiwanis-like club called the “Sons of the [...]

Easy Virtue (1928)

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Easy Virtue (1928) Two sources other than imdb.com list this film as a 1927 film which was released before The Ring (1927) hence the sequence on this website. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock this average silent drama was based on a Noel Coward’s (In Which We Serve (1942)) play. It’s a typical story about a woman Larita Filton (Isabel Jeans) whose reputation is besmirched per an (implied?) extra-marital liaison. Whether Larita ever had [...]
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