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America’s Funniest Movies

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America’s Funniest Movies This is the American Film Institute’s list of America’s 100 Funniest Movies selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1500 leaders of the American movie community. AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 LAUGHS [...]

Torrent (1926)

August 29, 2014 // 1 Comment

Torrent (1926) The title refers to a flood that occurs in the small town where most of the film’s action takes place. It draws the two romantic leads closer and the special effects are pretty good given the time the film was made. This Greta Garbo silent drama her first American (MGM) film also stars Ricardo Cortez as the son of a domineering mother played by Martha Mattox. The wealthy matriarch Dona Bernarda Brull (Mattox) is upset about [...]

Paper Lion (1968)

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Paper Lion (1968) Alan Alda (in one of his very first films) plays George Plimpton the real life journalist who made a name for himself by entering & surviving the Detroit Lions football training camp as a quarterback in the early 60’s and then writing about it in his book – Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback. He actually wrote several articles and/or books about his experiences as an amateur who got to [...]

Red Lily The (1924)

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Red Lily The (1924) Directed by Fred Niblo with a screenplay by Bess Meredyth that was based on the director’s story this silent drama features Ramon Novarro and Enid Bennett (Niblo’s wife) as young lovers who are unfortunately separated (while eloping) until some time much later when they’re reunited only to find that they’ve led much different (yet equally tragic) lives. Sidney Franklin and Wallace Beery are among those who [...]

Sea Hawk The (1940)

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Sea Hawk The (1940) One of the best pirate movies you’ll ever see (though not quite as good as Captain Blood (1935) in my opinion). One of the many director Michael Curtiz-actor Errol Flynn collaborations which also features great (of course) performances by Claude Rains Flora Robson Donald Crisp Alan Hale Henry Daniell Una O’Connor J. M. Kerrigan James Stephenson & Brenda Marshall (seen in some obscure films). Howard Koch and [...]

All Fall Down (1962)

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All Fall Down (1962) Directed by John Frankenheimer this William Inge (Splendor in the Grass (1961)) screenplay about relationships in a dysfunctional family features a pretty good cast: Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront (1954)) Karl Malden (A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)) Angela Lansbury (The Manchurian Candidate (1962)) Brandon De Wilde (Shane (1953)) and Warren Beatty (Bonnie and Clyde (1967)). While it may serve as a parable about how NOT [...]

Man in the Shadow (1957)

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Man in the Shadow (1957) Directed by Jack Arnold (With These Hands (1950)) and written by Gene Coon (from TV’s Star Trek series) this slightly above average drama is about the law in a Texas town which depends on a wealthy landowner for its very survival. Jeff Chandler plays the Sheriff that takes his oath of office seriously enough to challenge Orson Welles the landowner whose ranch is the size of several small European countries. On the [...]

Sundowners The (1960)

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Sundowners The (1960) A terrific period piece about a family of drovers (sheep herders) in Australia in the 1920’s and the struggle within the family between those that want to settle down mother (Deborah Kerr) and son vs. the father (Robert Mitchum) that doesn’t. Peter Ustinov plays a British drifter who joins them; Glynis Johns a woman for him. A 4 star film by director Fred Zinnemann who received Oscar nominations for Best Picture [...]

Facts of Life The (1960) – full review!

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Facts of Life The (1960) – full review! Directed by Melvin Frank who co-wrote it with producer Norman Panama this romance drama was originally written as a Brief Encounter (1945) type movie for James Stewart & Olivia de Havilland who’s only film together ended up being Airport ‘77 (1977). Eight years later it was modified into a more comedic look at two persons who are frustrated by their attempts to have an affair. Hence it [...]

My Dream Is Yours (1949)

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My Dream Is Yours (1949) Doris Day’s second film was this Technicolor remake of Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934) which had featured Dick Powell and a story by Paul Finder Moss and Jerry Wald. This comedy musical was produced and directed by Michael Curtiz adapted by Laura Kerr and Allen Rivkin and features a screenplay by Harry Kurnitz (What Next Corporal Hargrove? (1945)) and Dane Lussier; I. aka Friz Freleng directed an animated dream [...]
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