¨Francis¨(1950) Comedy ***

Jul. 12th, 2014 | 12:08 pm

How many of you grew up with ¨Mr. Ed¨,the talking horse,on TV?I did.The TV comedy ran from 1958 to 1966,its creator Walter Brooks starred Alan Young,as Wilbur Post,the only human the horse would talk to.But before the television show, six movies(in black and white)about a talking mule hit silver screen between 1950 and 1956.Donald O' Connor(¨Singing in the Rain¨[1952])is in five of the six movies(Mickey Rooney is in the last one),in what are silly(sometimes uproarious)notions having conversations back and forth with a mule adopted by the Army.As it turned out,the mule was getting more favorable mail than what Donald was getting.Finally Donald didn't do the last one for that reason.

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¨Dillinger¨(1945) **** Scott Entertainment Crime/Biography/Drama/Film Noir

Jun. 30th, 2014 | 08:44 pm

Lawrence Tierney is the best Dillinger.He's the ultimate tough guy as he shows us in other movies such as¨The Hoodlum¨(1951),¨Born to Kill¨(1947).¨Dillinger¨is directed by Max Nosseck;he also directed ¨The Hoodlum¨(1951).Tierney has a part in Quentin Tarantino ¨Reservoir Dogs¨(1992).

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Eli Wallach,December 7,1915-June 24,2014,Actor

Jun. 30th, 2014 | 02:32 pm

Over 60 years in silver screen and television,Mr. Eli Wallach is one of those actors that stands out such in ¨The Magnificent Seven¨(1960),¨The Misfits¨(1961),¨How to Steal a Million¨(1966),¨The Good the Bad and the Ugly¨(1966),¨The Godfather III¨(1990).He starred in movies with Clark Gable,Clint Eastwood,Steve McQueen,Marilyn Monroe,Yul Brynner,Peter O'Toole and Al Pacino.

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Ruby Dee ,October 27,1922--June 11,2014

Jun. 19th, 2014 | 02:00 pm

African American icon, Ruby Dee,an actress beloved for her appearances in television and movies going back to 1946.A strong character actress whose body of work mirrored a quest for justice and fairness during the civil rights era and beyond.She well known for role in Lorraine Hansberry's ¨A Raisen in the Sun¨starring Sidney Poitier,Claudia McNeil and Dianna Sands,a role she played on Broadway two years earlier.
She appeared in 150 screen and television roles from 1946 to 2013.She appeared in Stephen King's ¨The Stand¨,Spike Lee's ¨Do The Right Thing¨,¨Jungle Fever¨(with Wesley Snipes),and in ¨Cat People¨with Nastassja Kinski,and more,like the ¨The Jackie Robinson Story¨(1950).But Ruby Dee,in her activism became a member of the Congress of Racial Equality(CORE),NAACP,Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.She was a close friend of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X,marching in the famous March on Washington in 1963.

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Karlheinz Bohm,86,Actor,Dies

Jun. 16th, 2014 | 09:42 am

Karlheinz Bohm,an Austrian actor turned to humanitarian causes,did films of a dashing beau and in one film played a serial killer.His cause of death attributed to Alzheimers disease,was announced by Menschen fur Menschen(¨People for People¨),an organization he founded in 1981 to aid Ethiopia and ran for many years.Probably most known for his role in¨Peeping Tom¨(1960).Other films he was in:¨Sissi¨(1955),¨Sissi,the Young Empress¨(1956)and ¨Sissi:The Fateful Years of an Empress¨(1957).He got his start in the movies in 1948 as assistant to the director Karl Hartl on ¨The Angel With the Trumpet¨,which he had a small part.

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¨Berlin Express¨(1948) ****1/2

May. 31st, 2014 | 09:27 pm

Drama . At the end of World War II,Nazis and Allies still at it for the battles ahead.In order to keep Germany divided both sides seek espionage and spying to the ultimate end.Merle Oberon,Paul Lukas and Robert Ryan are main cast.

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"The Moon Is Blue"(1953) ***1/2

May. 27th, 2014 | 07:57 pm

Comedy/Romance. Two men seek the same woman's attention.First it's Donald Gresham(William Holden),a successful architect,seeks the attention of Patty O'Neill(Maggie McNamara)on the top of the Empire State Building.She agrees to have a date with him.On the way back to his place he runs into his ex-fiancee Cynthia Slater(Dawn Addams),who's father David Slater(David Niven)finds a way to get close to Cynthia.Funny,if not corny by today's standards,still shows just what happens when a good-looking woman's around.Running time;99 minutes.Director:Otto Preminger.B/W

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"Lisa"(1962) **** Red Lion Films

May. 27th, 2014 | 07:10 pm

In Great Britain the film is known as "The Inspector";in the US as simply "Lisa".Shortly after World War II,Lisa Held(Dolores Hart)secretly leaves Holland with the the help of police inspector Peter Jongman(Stephen Boyd)to return to Palestine.The journal is a dangerous one winding around spies and traitors.Cast:Dolores Hart(Lisa Held),Stephen Boyd(Peter Jongman),Leo McKern(Brandt),Hugh Griffith(Van der Pink),Donald Pleasence(Sgt.Wolters),Harry Andrews(Ayoob),Robert Stephens(Dickens),Jean Anderson(Mrs. Jongman).Running time:112 minutes.Director:Phillip Dunne.(Dolores Hart left acting to join the Roman Catholic order of Benedictine nuns.)

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"The Barefoot Contessa"(1954) **** Transoceanic Films

May. 22nd, 2014 | 01:41 pm

Technicolor Film director Harry Dawes(Humphrey Bogart)gets a new start as director and writer when wealthy mogul Kirk Edwards(Warren Stevens)asks him to do another film.Both men, along with public relations Oscar Muldoon(Edmond O'Brien),go to Spain to do the filming.There they meet a beautiful dancer Maria Vargas(Ava Gardner)the men want in their film except she's involved with Count Vincenzo Tarlato Favrini(Rossano Brazzi)and marry.Now she's the Countess Torlanto Favrini only to realize the hopes and dreams of marriage are not what she expected.Director:Josef von Sternberg.Running time:128 minutes.

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"The Cars That Eat Paris"(1974) **** Australian Film Development Corporation Comedy/Drama/Horror

May. 15th, 2014 | 01:13 pm

The events actually occur in outback Australia,not in Paris.In a small town the people prey on car and body parts when wild youth purposely wreck cars for the taking.Peter Weir's first film that went international.The town is economically bad off and needs the scrap parts to sell.Cast:John Meillon(The Mayor),Terry Camilleri(Arthur Waldo),Kevin Miles(Dr.Midland),Max Gilles(Metcalfe),Danny Adcock(Policeman),Bruce Spence(Charie)Kevin Golsby (Insurance Man),Chris Haywood(Darryl),Peter Armstrong(Gorman)<Melissa Jaffer(Beth0.Running time:91 minutes.Director:Peter Weir.(Comedy/Drama/Horror)

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