Lilies of the Field (1963)

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Lilies of the Field (1963) Sidney Poitier won his Best Actor Oscar on his second (and last to date) nomination playing Homer Smith an out-of-work construction worker that helps a group of foreign (East European) Catholic nuns build their church and learn to speak English. Lilia Skala earned her only Academy Award nomination (Supporting Actress) playing the head Mother Superior Maria. There are lots of wonderful touching moments and funny [...]

Night and Day (1946)

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Night and Day (1946) Michael Curtiz directed this below average fictionalized musical biography of Cole Porter which earned an Academy Award nomination for its Ray Heindorf-Max Steiner musical Score. Written by Charles Hoffman Leo Townsend and William Bowers with an adaptation by Jack Moffitt it features several uninspired renditions of Porter’s music and stage productions including the Yale fight song (“Bulldog”) “What [...]

Kind Lady (1935)

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Kind Lady (1935) Quite a bit different from the superior 1951 remake starring Ethel Barrymore this original thriller-drama features Aline MacMahon in the title role of Mary Herries a generous wealthy war widow who’s too trusting for her own good such that she’s taken advantage of by an unscrupulous starving artist Henry Abbott played by Basil Rathbone. It was directed by George Seitz with a screenplay by Bernard Schubert that was [...]

Kansan The (1943)

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Kansan The (1943) Directed by George Archainbaud with a screenplay by Harold Shumate that was based on a novel by Frank Gruber this action packed B Western features Richard Dix in the title role as John Bonniwell. The film’s Score was nominated for an Academy Award (Gerard Carbonara’s only Oscar nominations). The cast also includes Jane Wyatt Albert Dekker Eugene Pallette Victor Jory and Robert Armstrong (among others) in significant [...]

Life With Father (1947)

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Life With Father (1947) A delightful charming cleverly written and apparently underrated gem. In a year in which anti-Semitism was apparently the focal point in Hollywood or at least of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences a film about the life of a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant family in 1883 New York City didn’t really get the recognition it deserved when they were handing out nominations or Oscars. Even the National Film Registry [...]

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) More complex than your average “boy and his dog” family drama this essential fantasy adventure won four Oscars and received five other Academy Award nominations; somehow Best Picture honors went to Gandhi (1982) instead. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison each of whom were nominated the film took home gold in the Best Effects Sound Effects Editing Best Effects Visual Effects Best [...]

Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962) – full review!

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Billy Rose’s Jumbo (1962) – full review! Directed by Charles Walters (Lili (1953)) with a Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur (The Scoundrel (1935)) play that was adapted by Sidney Sheldon (The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)) this below average Musical does features a lot of good circus action. It also marks the last film of this type which features Doris Day. Stephen Boyd plays her eventual love interest; Jimmy Durante plays her [...]

Champion (1949)

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Champion (1949) This exceptional boxing drama is notable for its many firsts: Kirk Douglas (in the title role) earned the first of his three Best Actor Academy Award nominations Arthur Kennedy received the first of his five Supporting Actor nominations screenwriter Carl Foreman got his first Oscar nod and cinematographer Franz Planer earned the first of his five – none of these men ever took home the gold but editor Harry Gerstad did (the [...]

1937

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1937 1937 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture The Life of Emile Zola (1937) The Awful Truth (1937) Captains Courageous (1937) Dead End (1937) The Good Earth (1937) In Old Chicago (1937) Lost Horizon (1937) One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) Stage Door (1937) A Star Is Born (1937) Best Actor in a Leading Role Spencer Tracy Captains Courageous (1937) Charles Boyer Conquest (1937) Paul Muni [...]

Crossfire (1947)

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Crossfire (1947) An early anti-Semitism film and a thrilling murder mystery with Robert Young Robert Mitchum Robert Ryan and Gloria Grahame. Ryan and Grahame were nominated for Supporting Oscars so was the picture (which lost to the anti-Semitism film – Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) its Writing and director Edward Dmytryk (his only nomination). Young is a homicide detective trying to find out who killed a Jewish man (Sam Levene). It [...]
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