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The Ring (1927) – full review!

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Ring (1927) – full review! Written & directed by Alfred Hitchcock (and adapted by his wife Alma Reville uncredited) this silent boxing drama features a love triangle between two fighters ‘One-Round’ Jack (Carl Brisson) & Australian champion Bob Corby (Ian Hunter his fourth film) and Mabel (Lillian Hall Davis). I can only assume that the transfer to DVD was poorly done since many of the shots cut off the actors’ heads [...]

Male Animal The (1942)

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Male Animal The (1942) This is a very funny film about the lives we choose offering one woman a peek at what things may have been like if she’d chosen differently. Olivia de Havilland married the more stable intellectual played by Henry Fonda. However during college she’d been courted by a football jock played by Jack Carson. Carson returns to campus where Fonda is now a tenured professor to cheer the current team during homecoming [...]

Pride of the Yankees The (1942)

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Pride of the Yankees The (1942) Gary Cooper does it again believably plays a real-life hero this time it’s baseball legend Lou Gehrig in this essential biographical drama. His performance earned him his third (of five) Best Actor Academy Award nomination. Teresa Wright received her third consecutive acting Oscar nomination in only her third performance on screen. Though she lost Best Actress to Greer Garson’s Mrs. Miniver (1942) she [...]

Western Union (1941)

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Western Union (1941) Directed by Fritz Lang this Zane Grey novel was made into an average Western in Technicolor. It stars Randolph Scott as a former outlaw hired by telegraph engineer Dean Jagger (aware of his past because Scott’s character had saved his life) as lead scout for the titled company’s mission to install a line between Omaha and Salt Lake City connecting East with West in the 1860’s. Robert Young plays the son of [...]

Battleground (1949)

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Battleground (1949) Directed by William Wellman (A Star is Born (1937)) and written by Robert Pirosh this essential war film details the plight of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division trapped in the Ardennes Forest near Bastogne Belgium during the "Battle of the Bulge" created by the Germans last ditch Panzer tank advance during World War II. Pirosh (who wrote from his own experiences) received a Best Writing Oscar for his Story [...]

This Is the Army (1943) – full review!

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This Is the Army (1943) – full review! Michael Curtiz directed this World War II (flag-waving propaganda) Musical which was stitched together with a threadbare script and two Irving Berlin road shows (1918’s “Yip Yip Yaphank” from WW I and “This Is The Army” from WW II) to earn almost $2 million for the Army Emergency Relief fund; Casey Robinson and Captain Claude Binyon wrote the screenplay. The film won an [...]

The Falcon’s Alibi (1946)

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The Falcon’s Alibi (1946) The twelfth film in the Falcon series Although Rita Corday portrays a character named Joan like she did in the previous Falcon film this time her last name is Meredith (not Marshall) in her sixth (and final) appearance in the series. Vincent Barnett plays Goldie. A couple of known actors also appear: Jane Greer (Out of the Past (1947)) and Elisha Cook Jr. (The Maltese Falcon (1941)) as well as several actors that [...]

Target (1952)

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Target (1952) Directed by thrice Oscar nominated editor Stuart Gilmore and starring Tim Holt using his real name this “B” Western dealing with railroad land rights also features Richard Martin as Holt’s womanizing sidekick Chito Rafferty. Holt & Martin made dozens of films together in the late 40’s and early 50’s with this being one of their last. If you don’t expect too much plot-wise and you enjoy the [...]

Action in the North Atlantic (1943) – full review!

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Action in the North Atlantic (1943) – full review! Directed by Lloyd Bacon with a story by Guy Gilpatric additional dialogue provided by W.R. Burnett (Wake Island (1942)) and A.I. Bezzerides and a screenplay by John Howard Lawson (Blockade (1938)) this slightly above average war drama details the contributions of the Merchant Marines (“Heroes Without Uniform”) during World War II. Gilpatric’s Original Story was nominated [...]

The Mysterious Desperado (1949)

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The Mysterious Desperado (1949) If brawling is your thing this B movie Tim Holt Western (directed by Lesley Selander written by Norman Houston) is for you. The cast includes Tim’s regular sidekick Chito Jose Gonzalez Bustamante Rafferty (Richard Martin) Edward Norris as Chito’s cousin Ramon and Movita as his fiancée Luisa Frank Wilcox playing his typical bad guy role – this time as a Santo Domingo county California land administrator [...]
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