Gaslight (1944)

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Gaslight (1944) Ingrid Bergman won the first of her three Oscars (Best Actress in this case) on her second nomination playing a newlywed to Charles Boyer’s mysterious character. Boyer was also nominated his third of four Best Actor Academy Award nominations without a win. Bergman’s character fears that she’s going mad when strange things (including sounds) start happening at the family mansion. She finds that her new husband is [...]

Darling Lili (1970) – full review!

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Darling Lili (1970) – full review! Directed & produced by Blake Edwards who co-wrote the story with William Peter Blatty (who would go on to win an Oscar for The Exorcist (1973) screenplay) I would hardly classify this unique film as a Musical (as those on imdb.com have done) but I do agree that it’s difficult to nail down to a single category. Yes Edwards’s wife Julie Andrews is its star and she does sing a number of songs but [...]

Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) – full review!

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Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) – full review! Directed by Mervyn LeRoy (Random Harvest (1942)) with a screenplay by Everett Freeman this above average Esther Williams vehicle is a biographical drama about Annette Kellerman who despite being born with crippled legs became a championship swimmer in her native Australia achieved notoriety for being the first woman to wear a one-piece bathing suit at a public beach (near Boston) and made [...]

Message Pictures

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Message Pictures I think EVERY picture at least in some way is a "message" pictures whether it conveys a point of view of the writer the director the studio or even the actor/actress. For instance Henry Fonda frequently played an "against the establishment" or cynically an "against conservatives" type of role. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) The Ox Bow Incident (1943) and 12 Angry Men (1957) come to mind immediately. [...]

Journey for Margaret (1942)

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Journey for Margaret (1942) This film is the credited screen debut of Margaret O’Brien the title character and also stars Robert Young Laraine Day Fay Bainter and Nigel Bruce. It was directed by W. S. Van Dyke (The Thin Man (1934)). The film begins with an American reporter (Young) and his pregnant wife (Day) arriving in London from war torn Europe. They’ve been chased out of each country invaded by the Germans as they fell with [...]

Secret Heart The (1946)

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Secret Heart The (1946) Directed by Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld (1936)) with writing credits which include Rose Franken & William Brown Meloney (story) and Anne Morrison Chapin & Whitfield Cook screenplay this average drama features a notable cast which includes Claudette Colbert Walter Pidgeon June Allyson and Lionel Barrymore. Chase Addams (Robert Sterling) has just returned home from the war. He greets his girlfriend Kay [...]

Rope (1948)

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Rope (1948) His first color film was also one of "the lost 5 Hitchcock’s" bought back by director Alfred and left as part of his legacy to his daughter Patricia (along with The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) Rear Window (1954) The Trouble with Harry (1955) and Vertigo (1958)) and re-released in theaters around 1984 after a 30-year absence. Long on technique but short of much else though it does mark the first successful pairings [...]

The Deer Hunter (1978)

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The Deer Hunter (1978) This brooding Academy Award winning Best Picture about Vietnam earned Christopher Walken his only Oscar (Supporting Actor) and not only beat out one of the same Coming Home (1978) but also two other very depressing movies Midnight Express (1978) & An Unmarried Woman (1978) nominated that year. Co-producer Michael Cimino also won the Best Director Oscar and was co-nominated for Screenplay Writing. The film also won for [...]

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Jack Nicholson won his first Oscar on his fifth nomination. Best selling author Ken Kesey said he would never watch the movie version of his story about life in a mental hospital and even sued the movie’s producers because it wasn’t shown from Chief Bromden’s perspective like the novel. The second picture ever to win the top five awards (see It Happened One Night (1934)). Added to [...]

Man Who Would Be King The (1975)

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Man Who Would Be King The (1975) I thought I was the only one who really liked this film only to find out that it’s become somewhat of a cult classic. Outstanding performances by Sean Connery and Michael Caine; directed by John Huston who received an Oscar nomination for adapting Rudyard Kipling’s (played by Christopher Plummer) story. Connery and Caine are former British officers now searching for fortune. Their search leads them to a [...]
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