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Waterloo Bridge (1931) – full review!

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Waterloo Bridge (1931) – full review! This original version of the Robert Sherwood play is quite different than the more famous MGM remake starring Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor. The story is more efficiently told and without flashbacks such that this film is nearly half an hour shorter. It was directed by James Whale and the screenplay was written by Benn Levy and Tom Reed (Night People (1954)). The most notable aspect of this movie is [...]

Susan Hayward

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Susan Hayward On March 14 1975 actress Susan Hayward died a few months shy of her 58th birthday; the cause of death was multiple cancerous and inoperable brain tumors. She was buried about 40 miles west of Atlanta (20 miles from the Alabama state line) in Carrollton Georgia with her second husband Floyd Eaton Chalkley a wealthy lawyer and businessman who’d died nine years earlier. She’d been born Edythe Marrener in Brooklyn New York [...]

Up in Arms (1944) – full review!

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Up in Arms (1944) – full review! Samuel Goldwyn decided to highlight the unique talents of his contract player Danny Kaye in a series of lavishly produced musical comedies that would also include the Goldwyn Girls. This was the first such production (Kaye’s first starring and feature length role) and coincidentally one of the Goldwyn Girls is Virginia Mayo who though uncredited in this one would star with Kaye in several of the others. [...]

Song is Born A (1948)

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Song is Born A (1948) If not for a later title role that Danny Kaye really wanted to play (Hans Christian Andersen (1952)) this would have been the actor’s last performance in a Samuel Goldwyn film. It was the last that Kaye and co-star Virginia Mayo did as contract players for the producer. By the time Goldwyn made this film his creativity was waning even on the heels of arguably his greatest success the Academy Award Best Picture winner [...]

Shop on Main Street The (1965) – full review!

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Shop on Main Street The (1965) – full review! aka Obchod na korze (1965) This World War II drama from Czechoslovakia won the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award; additionally lead Ida Kaminska was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. It was directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos; both are credited with adapting the story by Ladislav Grosman. Unlike a lot of foreign language dramas the subtitles are non-obtrusive: easy to read without [...]

Unexpected Uncle (1941)

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Unexpected Uncle (1941) Directed by Peter Godfrey this Eric Hatch (My Man Godfrey (1936)) novel was adapted by Delmer Daves and Noel Langley into a pretty funny romance-drama with the always delightful Charles Coburn in the title role. The beautiful Ann Shirley and (the sometimes insufferable) James Craig play the couple of “youngsters” that Coburn’s character plays matchmaker for in much the same way he does for Jean Arthur and [...]

Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)

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Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941) Tay Garnett directed this drama which comes off as a female version of Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) though this one was based on a Bess Streeter Aldrich novel that was adapted by Stephen Vincent Benet; Sheridan Gibney (The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935)) and Adelaide Heilbron wrote the screenplay. Edward Ward’s Score received an Academy Award nomination. Sentimental and not particularly affecting the story [...]

Magnificent Obsession (1954)

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Magnificent Obsession (1954) One of the early Douglas Sirk soapers has Jane Wyman (Johnny Belinda (1948) who received her last of four Best Actress Oscar nominations) as a woman whose husband’s death (and her subsequent blindness!) was in part caused by a reckless wealthy playboy played by Rock Hudson. That’s the simplest part of this otherwise convoluted ( unbelievable) and almost religious-based story which begins with [...]

Oklahoma Kid The (1939)

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Oklahoma Kid The (1939) An entertaining Western directed by Lloyd Bacon which features a pretty good ‘sooner’ land rush scene and stars James Cagney in the title role Humphrey Bogart as the “bad guy” who wears black Rosemary Lane as the girl Donald Crisp as her father the judge Charles Middleton and Ward Bond among others. Featuring a story by Wally Kline & Edward Paramore who wrote the screenplay with Warren Duff [...]

1953

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1953 1953 Academy Awards (Oscar winners and nominees) (winners listed first in bold print) Best Picture From Here to Eternity (1953)   Julius Caesar (1953)   Roman Holiday (1953)   Shane (1953)   The Robe (1953)   Best Actor in a Leading Role   William Holden Stalag 17 (1953) Montgomery Clift From Here to Eternity (1953)   Burt Lancaster From Here to Eternity (1953)   Marlon Brando Julius Caesar (1953) [...]
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