Carefree (1938)

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Carefree (1938) Better than average Fred and Ginger fare Astaire plays a single psychiatrist who thinks women are silly. His friend played by Ralph Bellamy asks him to help him with his fiancé (Rogers) which he attempts to do through among other methods hypnosis. Of course you probably already know where this will lead and that the movie will include lots of great dancing and (Irving Berlin) songs which it does. One of the few films with [...]

Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) – full review!

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Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) – full review! Directed by George B. Seitz with a screenplay by William Ludwig (Interrupted Melody (1955)) this slightly above average family comedy-drama sprinkled with innocent teenage romance marks the fourth in the (Andy Hardy) series based on Aurania Rouverol’s play (Skidding) which began with A Family Affair (1937). It’s good enough to have been added to the National Film Registry in 2000. Mickey [...]

Red Dust (1932)

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Red Dust (1932) Before he immortalized the role of Rhett Butler in producer David O. Selznick’s Oscar winning blockbuster – the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s celebrated novel – Gone With the Wind (1939) Clark Gable played plenty of other womanizing rogues in the movies like the one he plays in this steamy pre-code drama opposite Jean Harlow the screen’s original blonde bombshell? and Mary Astor. Like GWTW this [...]

Mata Hari (1931)

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Mata Hari (1931) Directed by George Fitzmaurice and co-written by double Oscar winner Benjamin Glazer this fictionalized historical drama stars Greta Garbo in the title role as the infamous World War I spy. Mata Hari is an erotic dancer working in Paris and spying for the Germans. Initially she’s a courtesan for General Shubin (Lionel Barrymore – A Free Soul (1931)). However when the young attractive Lieutenant Rosanoff (Ramon [...]

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) [...]

AFI

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Oscar’s Best Snubbed Films  |  Gems  |  100 Years  |  AFI Since 1998, the American Film Institute (AFI) has been commemorating great American movies by making definitive selections and lists of the 100 greatest American movies in various categories. The AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies Series includes: America’s Greatest Movies America’s Funniest Movies America’s Greatest Love Stories America’s [...]

Buck Privates (1941)

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Buck Privates (1941) This (Bud) Abbott & (Lou) Costello classic was released before the United States involvement in World War II. This comedy featuring the famous duo in one of their first films portrays them as a couple of street salesman who accidentally enlist for one year of service and details their experiences in boot camp. Nat Pendleton plays a police officer that was somewhat responsible for their fate who becomes their Sergeant. [...]

Frankenstein (1931)

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Frankenstein (1931) The original one to be seen if you haven’t before you won’t be disappointed. Added to the National Film Registry in 1991. With Boris Karloff as the titled monster created by the doctor (Colin Clive) who brings him to life shouting "it’s alive!" & Mae Clarke. Directed by James Whale. #87 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Movies list. #56 on AFI’s Most Heart-Pounding Movies list. "It’s [...]

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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A Beautiful Mind (2001) Russell Crowe again? Nope only Oscar nominated this time around … though the film did win the Best Picture Oscar. I liked this movie about John Nash but absolutely LOVED the book (which I read about a year after seeing the film). It’s worth reading if you can make it through it. Very interesting and NOTHING like the movie really. I understand now having read the book why there was such an uproar about the [...]

Dawn Patrol The (1938)

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Dawn Patrol The (1938) A thrilling remake of the 1930 Howard Hawks’s film about World War I flying aces and the leaders who must send these men on dangerous missions. This one features a terrific cast including Errol Flynn Basil Rathbone David Niven Donald Crisp and Barry Fitzgerald (among others). Director Edmund Goulding used some footage from the original movie. Similar to the (later) Clark Gable film Command Decision (1948). This one [...]
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