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Gene Wilder,1933-2016,One of the Funniest In Hollywood

Aug. 31st, 2016 | 08:30 pm

Gene Wilder became one of the best comic actors who could pull off the neurotic performances
and serious sides of a man.More later...

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"All Fall Down"(1962) **** MGM Drama

Aug. 24th, 2016 | 06:44 pm

In Black & White
"All Fall Down" epitomizes a dysfunctional family named Ralph Willart(Karl Madden),
Annabel Williant(Angela Lansbury),the parents,the two sons Berry-Berry Willart(Waren Beatty),
and the younger son Clinton Willart(Brandon de Wilde).The mother is possessive and the father
a constant complainer.What's more,Berry-Berry meets a nice,pretty girl Echo O'Brien(Eva Marie
Saint)who he often treats poorly with his violence and jealousy.On the other hand,Clinton falls
for her also and that leads to a conflict.A film that still has good material if somewhat dated.
Cast:Eva Marie Saint(Echo O' Brien),Warren Beatty(Berry-Berry Willart),Brandon de Wilde(Clinton
Willart),Karl Madden(Ralph Willart),Angela Lansbury(Annabel Willart),Constantance Ford(Mrs. Man-
del),Jennifer Howard(Myra),Evans Evans(Hedy).Running time:111 minutes.Director:John Franken-
heimer).

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"San Quentin"(1937) *** Warner Bros. Drama/Crime/Film Noir

Aug. 20th, 2016 | 04:50 pm

Joe "Red" Kennedy (Humphrey Bogart)goes to San Quentin prison,one of the most notorious prisons at the time.He makes a name for himself as a tough Irishman who doesn't take much from
the other prisoners or from the guards for that matter.Benevolent Captain Stephen Jameson
(Pat O' Brien)is willing to work with Joe--and any inmate-- if he is willing to play by the rules.Jameson's staff is not as understanding as he is about Joe.But Joe fly right or he about
to ruin his chances of being free? More later...

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"Red-Headed Woman"(1932) *** Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Aug. 18th, 2016 | 05:20 pm

Drama/Comedy/Romance
Jean Harlow a rising movie star in the 1930s would become one of Hollywood's
beauties and unfortunately her life is cut too short.In "Red-Headed Woman"she plays Lil
Andrews,a woman who seduces her boss Bill Legendre,Jr.(Chester Morris)in order to climb the
ladder in the business.For such a deplorable act on her part(and on his part for not being faithful to his wife as well as acting horribly unprofessional),Harlow manages to make the
efforts hilarious and risque during the time of the pre-code era.Cast:Jean Harlow(Lil Andrews),
Chester Morris(Bill Legendre,Jr.),Lewis Stone(William Legendre,Jr.)Lella Hyams(Irene Legendre),
Charles Boyer(Albert),May Robson(Aunt Jane),Harvey Clark(Uncle Fred),William Pawley(Al).
Running time:75 minutes.Director:Jack Conway.Composer:Raymond B.Egan.Black and white.

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"The Bamboo Prison"(1954) ***1/2 Columbia Pictures Black and White

Jul. 26th, 2016 | 07:47 pm

Drama/War
Corporal Brady(Brian Keith)is an American soldier captured by the North Koreans and sent
to a POW camp during the Korean War.There he meets Sergeant Rand(Robert Francis)who looks like
he's willing cooperating with the North Koreans.Angry at first because he(and other POWs)think
Rand is a traitor until Brady realizes Rand is an intelligence officer playing along with the North Koreans to attain important secrets.The communist guards show little mercy in their treat-
of their captives all along trying to brainwash them.More later...

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"Picnic At Hanging Rock"(1975) ****1/2 Mystery/Drama Australian Film Commission

Jul. 18th, 2016 | 06:18 pm

Tagline:The last thing you want to happen is to explain why a teacher and three girls on a picnic are missing.
On Valentine Day,in 1900,three students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school go on a picnic on Hanging Rock,then disappear.How and why they disappeared haunts
the ones back at the school.All kinds of questions come up only to be unanswered.How can
four people from a school going on a picnic simply end up missing?How unnerving:foul play
or ran away.This is a well-thought film that should leave you baffled.
Cast:Rachel Roberts(Mrs.Appleyard),Vivean Gray(Miss McCraw),Helen Morse(Mlle. de Pitiers),Kirsty Child(Miss Lumley),Tony Llewelllyn-Jones(Tom),Jacki Weaver(Minnie),Frank
Gunnell(Mr. Whitehead),Anne-Louise Lambert(Miranda),Karen Robson(Marion),Christine Schuler
(Edith),Margaret Nelson(Sara),Ingrid Mason(Rosamund),Jenny Lovell(Blanche),Janet Murray
(Juliana),Vivienne Graves(Pupil),Angela Bencini(Pupil),Amanda White(Pupil),Lindy O'Connell
(Pupil),Verity Smith(Pupil).Running time:115 minutes.Country:Australia.Languages:English/
French.Director:Peter Weir.

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"The L Shaped Room"(1962) ***** Drama/Romance B&W

Jul. 1st, 2016 | 04:51 pm

A young woman,unmarried and pregnant,finds herself living in a room in the slums of
London.Jane Fosset(Leslie Caron)is the young woman in the situation getting pregnant by
a struggling writer named Toby(Tom Bell)who seems to be clueless on what he should do.
She in turn considers having an abortion or keeping the baby hoping to re-gain Toby's "love".
What she decides to do may surprise some and delight others.Cast:Leslie Caron(Jane Fosset),Tom
Bell(Toby),Avis Bunnage(Doris),Patricia Phoenix(Sonia),Emlyn Williams(Dr. Weaver).Country:UK.
Running time:126 minutes.Director:Bryan Forbes.

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"Live A Little,Love A Little"(1968) ** MGM

Jun. 24th, 2016 | 04:54 pm

Comedy/Musical/Romance
A man doesn't want his boss to know he's working for a girlie magazine.Greg Nolan
(Elvis Presley)is the the key player here and so is Bernice(Michele Carey)in one of Presley's
31 movies are there abouts.Cast:Elvis Presley(Greg Nolan),Michele Carey(Bernice),Don Porter(Mike
Lansdown),Dick Sargent(Harry),Rudy Vallee(Penlow),Sterling Holloway(Milkman),Celese Yarnall
(Ellen),Eddie Hodges(Delivery Boy),Mary Grover(Miss Selfridge),Emily Banks(RKC&P Receptionist),
Running time:90 minutes.Director:Norman Taurog.Tagline:Bernice--You know it's very difficult
being a beautiful woman,men just never leave you alone.Greg Nolan--You won't believe this,but I'm leaving you alone.

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"She-Wolf of London"(1946) **1/2 Crime/Horror/Mystery Black&White

Jun. 6th, 2016 | 06:30 pm

Phyllis Allenby,played by June Lockhart,thinks she's cursed thinking the Allenby Curse is back.She fears she is a werewolf and has killed a little boy and plans to marry her
love interest Barry Lanfield(Don Porter)might come unglued.Lockhart's character,especially
after finding mud on her shoes and blood on her hands,finds herself hysterical,sleepless
nights,poor appetite and depression.By her antics,how can we really believe the poor woman
is a stalker and a serial killer?
"She-Wolf of London"is not a monster movie but a mystery on not the best of sets
in the world.The director shows shadows and quirky movements and there's little to show in
the way of a monster.Porter comes off stiff and almost boring while her friend Carol,played
by Jan Wiley,is much more interesting than the so-called beau.And with all that's happening
around unsolved murders,it is the sinister servant Martha Winthrop(Sara Haden)who's trying
to drive Phyllis crazy so her daughter Carol can marry Barry and live the life of opulence.
My goodness,what some people will do for money:anything.If anything,the film takes
an interesting and worthy look a society's layered class system."She-Wolf of London"doesn't
qualify as a true werewolf movie.The film is from Universal Pictures directed by Jean
Yarbrough.Running time:61 minutes.

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"The Guns of Navarone"(1961) ****1/2 War/Drama/Adventure/Action Columbia Pictures

May. 31st, 2016 | 08:50 pm

A team of saboteurs fight their way behind German enemy lines to destroy two powerful Nazi
guns."The Guns of Navarone"has a superb cast such as Gregory Peck(Mallory),Anthony Quinn(Andrea)
and David Niven(Miller),the latter has a particularly refined role as Captain Miller.This is
a most dangerous undertaking if caught one is shot on the spot or captured to be tortured.The
Germans want to win the war too,although in this film the tide seems to favor the Allies.More
later...

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