Hold Your Man (1933)- Sam Wood

Hold Your Man (1933)- Sam Wood Hold Your Man (1933)- Sam Wood

The Woman in the Window (1944)- Fritz Lang

The Woman in the Window (1944)- Fritz Lang The Woman in the Window (1944)- Fritz Lang

Angels Over Broadway (1940)- Ben Hecht

Angels Over Broadway (1940)- Ben Hecht Angels Over Broadway (1940)- Ben Hecht

Harvey (1950)- Henry Koster

Harvey (1950)- Henry Koster Harvey (1950)- Henry Koster
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Hold Your Man (1933)- Sam Wood

October 15, 2014

★★★★   All six films that Jean Harlow and Clark Gable made together are unique, and even memorable is some way. Their first, “The Secret Six” (1931) is a Wallace Beery picture, with smaller roles for up-and-comers like Gable, Harlow and even Ralph Bellamy. Their final film just six short years later, “Saratoga” (1937) is somewhat depressing, since Harlow’s […]

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The Woman in the Window (1944)- Fritz Lang

October 8, 2014

 ★★★★   Apparently there really is no limit to the greatness of Fritz Lang. It’s true. Every time you watch or re-watch (even if it’s for the tenth time) one of his films, it is still amazing how beautifully they are filmed, and how impressive Lang is as a director. “The Woman in the Window” (1944) […]

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Angels Over Broadway (1940)- Ben Hecht

October 2, 2014

 ★★★★   In 1940, the brilliant screenwriter Ben Hecht wrote, produced, and directed the close-knit drama film “Angels Over Broadway“. Make no mistake about it, this is a flawed movie. When watching there are several moments when things could have been crafted better, but looking past these small insignificant misteps, and focusing on the heart of the story, […]

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Harvey (1950)- Henry Koster

August 12, 2014

 ★★★★★   This post is my entry in the Build-Your-Own Blogathon, in which 20 different bloggers write about films that are connected to each other. To see the complete rundown of connected films be sure to visit our host at Classic Film and TV Café. I will be picking things up here from the always […]

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Criterion Collection Titles for August 2014

May 15, 2014

The Criterion Collection has announced their upcoming titles to be released in August 2014. Most of these films are somewhat unexpected, and only one of the five is already in the collection, but all of them are from some of the most respected and revolutionary directors of their (or all) time. Here are the releases […]

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Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)- Don Siegel

May 9, 2014

 ★★★★★   When watching “Riot in Cell Block 11″ (1954), one can’t help but be surprised by the film’s gritty, bold style, and stark realism. This is not a documentary, or a film based on an actual event, but it feels like it could be. Its distinct style and down-right brilliant overall production provide the […]

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The Great Dictator (1940)- Charles Chaplin

May 7, 2014

 ★★★★★ & My Hall of Fame   If there is anyone who can successfully make anything to do with either WWII or Adolph Hitler a joke, it would be Charles Chaplin- even if it came with his later regrets. When the famous comedian decided to (almost single-handedly) create a satirical comedy-drama, poking fun at Hitler himself, as well as […]

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Jesse James (1939)- Henry King

May 4, 2014

 ★★★★   In John Ford’s perfect western film,“The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (1962), a newspaper man (Carleton Young) given the opportunity to set the record straight says, “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” This one brief, but thought-provoking statement can basically sum up the story for Henry King’s western […]

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Pushover (1954)- Richard Quine

May 3, 2014

 ★★★   “Pushover” (1954) is a film noir, skillfully directed by Richard Quine, and adapted for the screen by Roy Huggins. The story is based on two separate novels, “The Night Watch” by Thomas Walsh and “Rafferty” written by Lester White. The quick developing story revolves around a bank robbery that takes place during the […]

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I Dood It (1943)- Vincente Minnelli

May 1, 2014

 ★★★   “I Dood It” (1943). I can’t believe they used this ridiculous phrase as the title of a movie. “I Dood It” isn’t really a movie anyway, as much as it is a series of musical and comedic sketches grouped together. The little plot that does exist is centered around Broadway star Constance Shaw […]

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The Reckless Moment (1949)- Max Ophuls

April 29, 2014

 ★★★★   “The Reckless Moment” (1949) is a dark crime film directed by German filmmaker, Max Ophuls. The story, based on “The Blank Wall” by Elisabeth Sanzay Holding, is about Lucia Harper, marvelously portrayed by Joan Bennett. Her husband is working overseas, so she is forced to play both mother and father to their almost 18-year-old, trouble-causing daughter, […]

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Nights of Cabiria (1957)- Federico Fellini

April 27, 2014

 ★★★★★ & My Hall of Fame   There are some people who want to be loved so badly, they’ll tell themselves anything just to keep going. Cabiria (Giulietta Masina) is one of those people. In the opening moments of Federico Fellini’s moving, and at times, heartbreaking masterpiece “Nights of Cabiria” (1957), we witness from afar, as […]

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The Power of Hindsight: 1942 at the Movies

April 25, 2014

It is time, once again, to delve back into the past and see how things look. Ever since 1928, the Academy Awards have been held, showcasing the greatest achievements in filmmaking. It is years later, however, that both audiences and critics are able to really examine all the movies, and it is then that the […]

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Thumbnail image for Whirlpool (1949)- Otto Preminger

Whirlpool (1949)- Otto Preminger

April 23, 2014

 ★★★   “Whirlpool” is a film noir, crime, suspense movie effectively written by Ben Hecht and Andrew Solt, based on the novel, “Methinks the Lady”, by Guy Endore. The story revolves around a well to do, attractive woman named Ann Sutton (Gene Tierney), who also happens to be a kleptomaniac. Her husband, Dr. Sutton (Richard […]

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Maleficent- The Great Villain Blogathon

April 21, 2014

When I heard that Silver Screenings, Shadows & Satin, and Speakeasy were going to do a blogathon about villains, I was extremely excited. After all, I have a life long obsession with screen villains, and all of their nastiness. Although some find it hard to appreciate a good villain, I for one, find them to […]

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Orphans of the Storm (1921)- D.W. Griffith

April 19, 2014

 ★★★★★   Everything has a beginning, and film is no different. Yes, it is true that film was “invented” by many, over a course of a few years, but the invention of filmmaking (at least in the sense of the word today) can be attributed to D.W. Griffith and his innovative, pioneering ways. Any opportunity […]

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Broadway Melody of 1936 (1936)-Roy Del Ruth

April 17, 2014

 ★★★   The “Broadway Melody” films that MGM released between 1929 and 1940 are a series of four pictures that have nothing in common except for their name. They are, typically speaking, low on plot and high on musical talent. They also were extremely successful. The second of the four, “Broadway Melody of 1936″ (1936), […]

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Criterion Collection Titles for July!

April 15, 2014

It’s time again to examine the list of films the will be joining the Criterion Collection this coming July. This month’s selections offer a wide variety of films from some of the most underrated directors of their own (or all) times. This month is a little different as there are two new films joining the […]

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The Heavenly Body (1944)-Alexander Hall

April 14, 2014

 ★★   The Whitleys are a happily married couple. At least that’s what famed astronomer William Whitley (William Powell) thinks. His wife, Vicky (Hedy Lamarr), has grown increasingly tired of waiting for her husband to put the stars on the back burner, and promoting her to the major focus of his life. She’s become impatient, […]

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The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)- Russell Rouse

April 12, 2014

 ★★★★★ & My Hall of Fame   Where is all the love for Glenn Ford westerns?! Seriously, if you were to research the best western actors, you will find many names worthy of being in the conversation, such as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Stewart, Will Rogers, Randolph Scott, Henry Fonda, Gary Cooper,  and Gregory […]

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Born to Kill (1947)- Robert Wise

April 10, 2014

 ★★★   One of Robert Wise’s early directorial efforts was the film noir “Born to Kill” (1947). It is without a doubt one of the darkest, most seedy crime stories to emerge from the 1940′s. What it lacks in identifiable “hero” type personalities, it more than makes up for in loathsome, revolting people who can’t help but […]

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Fourteen Hours (1951)- Henry Hathaway

April 8, 2014

 ★★★★★   The idea of a film centered around one desperate man standing on the ledge of a New York building is a difficult one because there are so many unanswered questions that arise. How do you keep the audience entertained when, in all actuality, very little is happening? How do you deal with a […]

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He Ran All the Way (1951)- John Berry

April 6, 2014

 ★★★★   My, what a difference a decade can make. Ten years after the release of Anatole Litvak’s “Out of the Fog” (1941), John Garfield teamed with director John Berry to make a very similar film noir, “He Ran All the Way” (1951). Garfield again plays a small time hood named Nick, who at the […]

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A Brief History of Time (1991)- Errol Morris

April 4, 2014

 ★★★★   Stephen Hawking is more than a brilliant man. He is inspirational, determined, unparalleled, and then after all of that, he is also one of the most intelligent people of his (or any) generation. Errol Morris’s documentary “A Brief History of Time” (1991) is not really about “time” at all, at least not in […]

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It Happens Every Spring (1949)- Lloyd Bacon

April 2, 2014

 ★★★   The baseball season is here once again, and that means that not only is it time to get fired up for another season, but it also is time to start watching some baseball movies. And what better place to start than the light-hearted comedic romp “It Happens Every Spring” (1949)? This is a highly […]

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Rancho Notorious (1952)- Fritz Lang

March 31, 2014

 ★★★★   Fritz Lang films are so serious- even his westerns. His colorful, energetic tale, “Rancho Notorious,” (1952) illustrates just that, as what you might expect to be a light-hearted western with a couple of musical numbers, is actually more of a gritty, heartless tale of murder and revenge… with a couple of musical numbers. […]

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Rendezvous (1935)- William K. Howard

March 29, 2014

 ★★★   “Rendezvous” (1935) is an adventure film, that begins as more of a comedy. Set in 1917, former newspaperman and writer William Gordon (William Powell) has enlisted in the U.S. Army and is about to head overseas. He meets Joel Carter (Rosalind Russell), a somewhat feeble-minded socialite, and the two quickly fall in love. […]

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It Started with Eve (1941)- Henry Koster

March 27, 2014

 ★★★★   “It Started with Eve” (1941) is the last of six films that had the dynamic creative collaboration of director Henry Koster, producer Joe Pasternak, and acting/singing sensation Deanna Durbin. It also (quite possibly) is their funniest. Of course instead of giving them all the credit, I must point out that what makes this […]

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Out of the Fog (1941)- Anatole Litvak

March 25, 2014

 ★★   A few words come to mind when watching Anatole Litvak’s film noir, “Out of the Fog” (1941), or more appropriately, a few words come to mind once it’s over. The most common one is awkward. Perhaps this film seems to misfire because, due to the Hays Code, it wasn’t allowed to be honest and true […]

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Master of the House (1925)-Carl Theodor Dreyer

March 23, 2014

★★★★   “Master of the House” (1925), also known as “Thou Shalt Honour Thy Wife” or “Du skal aere din husru,” is a silent, satirical family comedy written and directed by the great Carl Theodor Dreyer. It is a unique film partially because it is unlike the films for which Dreyer is famous for creating, but […]

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