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reviewed The Grene Berets. October 09, 2012
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The Grene Berets
  "The Green Berets" is a 1968 film based on the book of the same title, written by Robin Moore.      Moore trained with the Green Berets prior to writing his novel …
reviewed The Mystery of the Wax Museum. May 09, 2012
The Mystery of the Wax Museum
The Mystery of the Wax Museum is more mystery than horror, but the secret of Ivan Igor (Lionel Atwill), which comes by way of a sharp crack to his head, is satisfyingly startling. Despite the age of the …
reviewed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. March 10, 2012
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Hellfire on heels, Martha's the shrill, spoiled, middle-aged daughter of a university president who won't recognize a boundary in sight of carnal or argumentative indulgence. As quick to deliver …
reviewed You'll Never Get Rich. February 21, 2012
You'll Never Get Rich
If you are a committed Fred Astaire fan and, with his movies, an Astaire completist, you'll want to have You'll Never Get Rich. It's the story of Robert Curtis (Astaire), a Broadway choreographer …
posted a Quick Tip about Thoroughly Modern Millie. November 07, 2011
Thoroughly Modern Millie
I have tried to like this musical and have tried to watch it several times. But in all honesty I just don't get it.
reviewed Charlie Chan in Egypt. November 03, 2011
Charlie Chan in Egypt
Chan is sent to Egypt by the French Archeological Society in Paris in this 1935 film to find out why certain items that were excavated from a tomb and were supposed to be sent to the Society were stolen …
reviewed Charlie Chan on Broadway. November 03, 2011
Charlie Chan on Broadway
This very funny 1937 Charlie Chan case stars Warner Oland, in his final year in this role. Although beginning to suffer from overwork, he performs very well. See my review of Charlie Chan at the Circus …
reviewed Night and Day. August 16, 2011
Night and Day
Night and Day is probably the worst of the reverential "biographies" of America's great theater composers which Hollywood cranked out in the Forties. Rodgers & Hart, George Gershwin, …
reviewed On Borrowed Time. August 02, 2011
On Borrowed Time
This unforgettable family fantasy from the 30s is about a crotchity, salt-of-the-earth grandfather who loves his young grandson, Pud. Troubled by apple thieves, Gramps makes a wish that anyone who climbs …
reviewed The Mystery of the Wax Museum. July 24, 2011
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The Mystery of the Wax Museum
*** out of ****     There is one fatal flaw to "Mystery of the Wax Museum". It does not have the twist that it wants to have. Thanks to the existence of plot synopses and the like, …
reviewed Royal Wedding. July 23, 2011
Royal Wedding
Royal Wedding is a great example of how a charming movie with many excellent qualities can be consigned to the critical scrap heap because it fell into the public domain. The movie for years had only …
posted a Quick Tip about Top Hat. July 07, 2011
Top Hat
This was the first Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musical that I saw. It's one that I will never forget, and I highly recommend it to all viewers, even if you are not a musicals fan. I loved this …
reviewed Three Little Words. July 03, 2011
Three Little Words
Three Little Words is like a mother's cooking. It may not be haute cuisine, but it's tasty and it's nice sitting around the table with friends and family. The movie has no great highs and …
reviewed Bury Me Dead. June 28, 2011
Bury Me Dead
A woman in black one afternoon takes a taxi to a cemetery. She's going to attend the funeral of a person she knew quite well...herself.      Barbara Carlin (June Lockhart) is a …
reviewed Silk Stockings. June 23, 2011
Silk Stockings
There are a number of good things about Silk Stockings, but there also is a professional finality about the movie that makes it easier to observe than to be delighted by it. It was one of the last of …
reviewed Lust for Gold. June 20, 2011
Lust for Gold
This forgotten gem is an A movie trying to break out of a B movie's conventions. Even as a B movie, if Lust for Gold had been directed by William Wellman many people would be raving over it. But it …
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 Isle of the Dead (1945). June 09, 2011
Isle of the Dead (1945)
Isle of the Dead, a Val Lewton-produced Poverty Row programmer, is a good example of why B movies are B movies. The story could be interesting: A small group of people in an isolated setting (in this …
reviewed Road to Rio (1947). June 03, 2011
Road to Rio (1947)
Considering that The Road to Rio was the fifth in the series, that the formula was down pat, that the plot, as usual, was merely an excuse for spontaneous and not-so-spontaneous bantering by the two stars, …
reviewed Psycho. May 31, 2011
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Psycho
**** out of ****     Contained within "Psycho" are images that are haunting to this day, and also at the time, quite violent. Considered one of the "greats" for its genre, Alfred Hitchcock's …
reviewed Let's Dance. May 24, 2011
Let's Dance
Fred Astaire may have equal billing, but Betty Hutton dominates Let’s Dance. Her mixture of tomboy boisterousness and unrelenting brashness makes the casual and easy-going Astaire seem as relevant …
reviewed The Goldwyn Follies (1938). May 12, 2011
The Goldwyn Follies (1938)
Probably the only reason for remembering The Goldwyn Follies is that it's the movie George Gershwin was working on when he died at 38 of a brain tumor. In truth, the movie is a mish-mash, although …
reviewed Ziegfeld Follies. May 08, 2011
Ziegfeld Follies
Watching this MGM review musical is a little like being a graduate student on an archeology dig. You'll find a lot to sift through, and one or two things you find still shine.       …
reviewed Rocky Mountain. May 01, 2011
Rocky Mountain
Lafe Barstow, a captain in the Confederate army, and his seven men are holed up in the Nevada Mountains vainly waiting for promised assistance from a California renegade. Their assignment was to raise …
reviewed Easter Parade. April 24, 2011
Easter Parade
Easter Parade is great entertainment almost in spite of itself. Fred Astaire was twice Judy Garland's age when they made the movie. Peter Lawford was something of a stick, although a good natured …
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