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reviewed The Heiress. March 09, 2012
The Heiress
It’s a tour de force for Olivia de Havilland as she plays Catherine Sloper, the mousey, naïve daughter of a wealthy doctor (Ralph Richardson) in 19th century New York. Catherine has grown …
reviewed The Postman always rings twice. February 15, 2012
The Postman always rings twice
Sparks ignite when drifter Frank (John Garfield) meets bombshell Cora (Lana Turner). There’s no denying the attraction between them but she’s married, so they begin to think of ways they can …
reviewed The 49th Parallel. February 09, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
The 49th Parallel
The 49th Parallel was written by Emeric Pressburger and directed by Michael Powell just before they finalized their partnership as The Archers, when they would take co-credit for writing, directing and …
reviewed Let's Go Collegiate. November 29, 2011
Let's Go Collegiate
"Say, Jeff," says Frankie (Frankie Darro), a student at Rawley University who is doing some biology homework, "do you know how the head is formed?"       "Well," …
reviewed The Fabulous Dorseys. November 23, 2011
The Fabulous Dorseys
Why spend a moment slogging through this awkward and self-conscious movie? Every now and then, after an hour of tedious plot and amateur acting, we start getting bits and pieces of the big band swing …
reviewed Whistle Stop. November 17, 2011
Whistle Stop
It takes twenty minutes to reach the reason to watch Whistle Stop, a semi-noir, semi-melodrama starring George Raft as a small-town loser and Ava Gardner as a small town...loser. That's when Victor …
reviewed Mr. Moto Collection -- Volume Two. November 17, 2011
Mr. Moto Collection -- Volume Two
By now the Mr. Moto series has settled for the most part into the standard low budget conventions of minimal investment by the studio in the hope of maximum return. Kentaro Moto is still interesting, …
reviewed And Then There Were None. August 20, 2011
And Then There Were None
Ten strangers arrive by boat at an isolated island where they were invited for the weekend to the mansion of Mr. U. N. Owen. They are greeted by the two servants, the butler and his wife, the cook. They …
posted a Quick Tip about He Who Gets Slapped. August 15, 2011
posted in Cinema of Silence
He Who Gets Slapped
One of my favorite Lon Chaney films, He Who Gets Slapped is a comical tragedy or a tragical comedy about a man destined to succeed only at failure... even as a clown. The film, which came out in 1924,  …
posted a Quick Tip about Humphrey Bogart. July 25, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Humphrey Bogart
The standard-bearer for everything a good movie star should be. he had talent and presence, but most of all, he had a distinction; if he was in a scene, there was no possible way to ignore him.
reviewed Diabolique (1955). July 12, 2011
Diabolique (1955)
The story goes that a fellow told Alfred Hitchcock that after his daughter saw Psycho she refused to take a shower and that after she saw Diabolique she refused to get in a bathtub. Well, Hitchcock said, …
reviewed The Woman in the Window (1944). June 17, 2011
The Woman in the Window (1944)
The Woman in the Window has an ending almost guaranteed to infuriate you the first time you see the movie, and, the second time, to leave you with an immensely satisfied smile.       …
posted a Quick Tip about John Wayne. June 15, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
John Wayne
One of the great movie stars. Not a terrific actor - when you watch one of his movies, you're seeing John Wayne play John Wayne, and John Wayne was a single-note character. But a great star who could …
reviewed The Man Who Laughs (1928). June 14, 2011
A child's face is carved into a permanent laugh by comprachicos, gypsies who mutilate children and sell them as freak attractions...the child's nobleman father is tortured and killed in an Iron …
reviewed Strange Illusion (1945). June 10, 2011
Strange Illusion (1945)
Hamlet, Freud and Edgar Ulmer may seem like an unnatural group of pals, but among them they have come up with a tidy little psychological thriller. In fact, with a bigger budget and stronger actors, Ulmer …
reviewed Black Widow (1954). May 30, 2011
Black Widow (1954)
"To put the kindest face on it," says forceful Broadway theater queen Carlotta Marin about Nanny Ordway, a young woman found hanging in the bathroom of Peter and Iris Denver's apartment, …
reviewed Grand Prix. May 28, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Grand Prix
If you like fast cars and the roaring sound of, "VAROOOOM!" this is the movie for you.  Or if you prefer soap opera romances and beautiful clothes, you, too, will like this movie.  …
reviewed King Solomon's Mines (1950 film). May 10, 2011
King Solomon's Mines (1950) (1950)
Henry Curtis, an Englishman who arrived in Africa to search for the legendary King Solomon's mines, has not been heard from in two years. Now, in 1897, his wife, Elizabeth Curtis (Deborah Kerr), has …
reviewed Escape to Burma. May 01, 2011
Escape to Burma
"He's made love to you, hasn't he?" snarls policeman Cardigan to teak plantation owner Gwen Martin. "Women always think they're sure of a man who makes love to them...but they …
posted a Quick Tip about TCM (Turner Classic Movies). April 25, 2011
posted in Pass The Remote!
TCM (Turner Classic Movies)
Other than The History Channel, Turner Classic Movies is my favorite channel. With a steady stream of classic films shown unedited, uncensored, commercial free, and in their original theatrical exhibition …
reviewed Man in the Attic. April 08, 2011
Man in the Attic
"Jack the Ripper...what a revolting, stupid name!" says Mr. Slade. He has every reason to be offended. (Note that while elements of the plot are discussed, almost everything in Man in the Attic …
reviewed The Grapes of Wrath (1940). April 02, 2011
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  The Grapes of Wrath is set in Oklahoma around the thirties, during the dust bowl and the great depression. The film begins with our tale's hero, Tom Joad (Henry Fonda), just being released …
reviewed The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). March 30, 2011
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
We first meet Lord Henry Wotton in his carriage reading Les Fleurs du Mal, a dead give away to the corrupt pleasures and literary pretensions that director/writer Albert Lewin is going to ladle up for …
reviewed The Pirate. March 24, 2011
The Pirate
Take the conceit of commedia del'arte, add the lush fussiness of Vincente Minnelli's artistic taste and then varnish on the glossy, expensive polish of the MGM style...and you have The Pirate, …
reviewed The Razor's Edge (1946). March 04, 2011
The Razor's Edge (1946)
What if Somerset Maugham had written a novel about a coal miner who decided to search for transcendental enlightenment by trying to join a country club? If he had, he could have called it The Razor's …
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