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Vagabond Lady (1935)

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Vagabond Lady (1935) Directed by Sam Taylor this comedy written by Frank Butler (Going My Way (1944)) stars Robert Young Reginald Denny Evelyn Venable Frank Craven and Berton Churchill. R. D. Spear (Churchill) is the dignified owner of a department store whose son Johnny (Denny) is courting Josephine the daughter (Venable) of his father’s less responsible college chum named Spiggins (Craven) who Spear keeps on as the store’s janitor. [...]

The Sidney Poitier Collection

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The Sidney Poitier Collection Edge of the City (1957) A Patch of Blue (1965) – full review! Something of Value (1957) – throughout most of Sidney Poitier’s career as an actor that primarily appeared in race relations dramas he played African-Americans whereas in this one he actually plays an African a Kenyan in fact named Kimani Wa Karanja. As children Peter (Rock Hudson) and Kimani grow up doing everything together. But as adults [...]

‘G’ Men (1935) – full review!

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‘G’ Men (1935) – full review! Directed by William Keighley with a screenplay by Seton I. Miller (The Criminal Code (1931)) from a story by future Academy Award winning producer Darryl F. Zanuck (who earned his first Academy recognition with a Best Writing Original Story Oscar nomination) this above average crime drama features James Cagney as a client-less lawyer turned ‘G’ (for government) man an employee of the Department [...]

Arrangement The (1969) – full review!

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Arrangement The (1969) – full review! It’s ironic that Kirk Douglas’s frequent co-star Burt Lancaster starred in a similar drama about a corporate executive’s mid-life crisis (the origins of this term now used frequently for such men?) one year earlier titled The Swimmer (1968). Both films are unusual introspective and lack wide appeal the latter being superior to this overlong melodrama that was based on the popular [...]

Destination Tokyo (1943)

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Destination Tokyo (1943) Heretofore screenwriter Delmer Daves directed his first film and assisted Albert Maltz (Pride of the Marines (1945)) with the screenplay of this Steve Fisher story about a submarine crew charged with infiltrating Tokyo bay in order to provide valuable information to the first Allied bombing mission of that city. There’s an interesting reference to this real mission in a movie about that James Doolittle-led bombing [...]

Going My Way (1944)

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Going My Way (1944) This Academy Award Best Picture winner is a charming story about a new priest played by Bing Crosby who is sent to replace an older priest played by Barry Fitzgerald but insists on doing it his way. The combination of these two actors is so sentimental that both won Oscars for their roles (Fitzgerald won the Supporting Oscar though he too was nominated for Best Actor!). They interact with and/or help others including Frank [...]

The Paul Newman Collection

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The Paul Newman Collection Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) The Left Handed Gun (1958) The Young Philadelphians (1959) – full review! Harper (1966) Pocket Money (1972) – full review! The MacKintosh Man (1973) The Drowning Pool (1975) Purchase this DVD Collection now [...]

And One Was Beautiful (1940)

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And One Was Beautiful (1940) This is a fairly engaging story about a rich playboy and his troubled life in part due to his own drinking. Beautiful Helen (Jean Muir) and “grease monkey” Kate (Laraine Day) are sisters that “love” the same man Robert Cummings (the playboy). Billie Burke plays their mother. *** SPOILERS *** When Kate subs for Helen at a party to keep up appearances Cummings falls for her only to be infatuated [...]

She Done Him Wrong (1933)

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She Done Him Wrong (1933) This first pairing of Mae West and Cary Grant who was still trying to "find" himself as an actor led to another in I’m No Angel (1933). But this is really West’s film (her first starring role) Grant is merely a pretty boy she uses. She famously "sings" three songs in it and this is the film in which her Lady Lou character utters "Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?" [...]

It’s a Wonderful World (1939)

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It’s a Wonderful World (1939) An unusual unsympathetic ‘hot head’ role for James Stewart combined with Claudette Colbert as a non-typical weak character a poet who becomes an effusive gushing girl in Stewart’s presence makes this comedy less enjoyable than I’d hoped it would be. Plus instead of the great dialogue one might expect from a Ben Hecht-Herman Mankiewicz story the two seemed to be out of their element in [...]
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