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"The Racket"(1951)**** RKO Radio Pictures

Jul. 21st, 2015 | 06:34 pm

B/W Crime syndicate has moved into town headed by Nick Scanlon(Robert Ryan),a local crime boss.It's up to Captain Thomas McQuigg(Robert Mitchum)and others in law enforcement to stop Scanlon and prevent District Attorney Mortimer X Welsh from getting elected.Cast:Robert Mitchum(Cap.Thomas McQuigg),Lizabeth Scott(Irene Hayes),Robert Ryan(Nick Scanlon),William Conrad(Det.Sgt.Turk),Ray Collins(Dist.Atty.Mortimer X Welsh),Brett King(Joe Scanlon),Les Tremayne(Harry Craig,Crime Commission chief investigator).Running time:89 minutes.Director:John Cromwell.

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¨Too Late For Tears¨(1949) ****

Jul. 18th, 2015 | 04:32 pm

B/W As fate may have it,a satchel with stolen money within its contents is thrown from a car into the backseat of Jane and Alan Palmer's(Lizabeth Scott and Arthur Kennedy)car.The money is intended for someone else.Danny Fuller(Dan Duryea)comes looking for the money.Jane goes from ¨good Girl¨to femme fatale leaving a ruthless trail.More later...

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Omar Sharif,1932-2015,R.I.P.

Jul. 18th, 2015 | 03:29 pm

Omar Sharif was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub,into a well-to-do family in Alexandria,Egypt.He graduated from Cairo University with a degree in mathematics and physics and worked for the lumber company his father ran for several years.
In the 1950s,he took on the name Omar El-Sharif while starting an acting career.His good looks and his starring with one of Egypt's main actresses,Faten Hamana,brought him many fans.In 1955,he converted from Catholicism to Islam and married her soon after.They had a son,Tarek,who survives him,before separating in 1966 and divorcing in 1974.His ex-wife died in January.
In the 1960s, Sharif made many films,but he liked to gamble and play the horses.He was an expert on playing bridge.He wrote many articles on the subject and wrote a book ¨Omar Sharif's Life in Bridge¨(1983).
Mr. Sharif's was very busy in the 1960s as far as films such as ¨The Fall of the Roman Empire¨(1964),as a king of ancient Armenia;in ¨Behold a Pale Horse¨;¨The Yellow Rolls-Royce¨(165),as a Yugloslav patriot intent on saving his country from the Nazis;¨Genghis Klan¨(1965),as the Mongol conqueror;¨Doctor Zhivago¨(1965),as a Russian physician-poet during the Russian revolution in 1917;¨The Night of the Generals¨(1967),as a German intelligence¨ officer;¨Funny Girl¨(1968)as a gambler;then a box office failure ¨Che!¨(1969),as Che Guevara,oposite Jack Palance as Fidel Castro.

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¨The Wasp Woman¨(1959) ** Horror

Jun. 30th, 2015 | 08:26 pm

One of those bad horror flicks with a spark of interest and intrigue.Directed by Roger Corman,his main actress,Susan Cabot(Janice Starlin),plays an owner of a comestics firm,seeing her business eroding as well as her beauty seeks a psuedo-scientist,Michael Mark(Eric Zinthrop),who gives her a serum from wasps to restore her beauty.It does to a degree,but also brings horror.She's find one moment,but can turn into a vicious killer.Barboura Morris(Mary Dennison)and her executive advertising man,Anthony Eisley),see the worst of their boss'wasp-like face.Running time:75 minutes.Black&white.

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¨Conflict¨(1945) **** Warner Bros. Drama/Film Noir/Thriller

Jun. 25th, 2015 | 06:31 pm

B&W When Richard Mason(Humphrey Bogart) is slightly injured in a car accident
he exaggerates the injury to keep from going with his wife Kathryn Mason(Rose Hobart)
who plans to go on a trip.Mr. Mason has strong feelings for her sister which leads him to get his wife out of the way.She ¨dies¨in a car accident strangely enough.Did he tamper with the car to make it look like an accident?Or it may be he had nothing to do with her death at all.Or could she have faked her death to entrap her husband?Mason checks where the accident occurs.Does the husband resort to alibis to cause reasonable suspicion for Dr.Mark Hamilton(Syndey Greenstreet).Cast:Humphrey Bogart(Richard Mason),Alexis Smith(Evelyn Turner),Syndey Greenstreet(Dr. Mark Hamilton),Rose Hobart(Kathryn Mason),Charles Drake(Professor Norman Holsworth),Grant Mitchell (Det.
Lt. Egan),Ann Shoemaker(Nora Grant),Edwin Stanley(Phillip).Running time:85 minutes.Director:Curtis Bernhardt.

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Christopher Lee,1922-2015,Actor

Jun. 24th, 2015 | 04:22 pm

Born:Christopher Franf Carandini Lee,May 27,1922,in BBelgrain,London,England,UK;
Died:June 7,2015(age 93)in Chelsea,London,England,UK.He has 278 credits in film(TV).
He's known to play the villain in most films,starring as ¨Dracula¨,in many cases,in the mid-1950s to the early 1970s.One example,¨Dracula A.D.1972(1972);another example,
¨Scars of Dracula¨(1970).More later...

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¨Murder She Said¨(1961)**** Black&White

May. 28th, 2015 | 07:07 pm

Miss Jane Marple isn't done yet by any means...,just wait later for more good detective work.

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¨Murder Most Foul¨(1964)**** Comedy/Crime/Drama/Mystery/Thriller

May. 28th, 2015 | 06:58 pm

Lawrence P.Bachmann Productions
Miss Jane Marple(Maragaret Rutherford)joins a theatrical company after a blackmailer is murdered and several members of the troupe begin to suspect each other.She is on the case combing every clue hoping to find the killer or killers.She's the female Sherlock Holmes,as usual risks her life,to get the truth.

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¨Murder Ahoy¨(1964) ****1/2 Crime/Comedy/Mystery/Drama

May. 20th, 2015 | 07:35 pm

Lawrence P. Bachmann Productions
Black&White Margaret Rutherford, as sleuth Miss Jane Marple, finds herself in the midst of a murder when one of her trustees on a marine ship ismurdered.She immediately goes into action,thatis,in a methodical way that's she's famous for.

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¨Love In The Afternoon¨(1957)**** Romance/Drama B&W

May. 9th, 2015 | 04:52 pm

The lovely Audrey Hepburn is remembered in ¨Roman Holiday¨with Gregory Peck;much leser known is romance with Gary Cooper in ¨Love in the Afternoon¨.Director Billy Wilder didn't have Gary Cooper as his first choice much preferred Cary Grant who turned down the role.
Detective Claude Chavasse(Maurice Chevalier)believes his wife is seeing someone else.He,of course,follows his suspicions,finding they are true seeks to kill Frank Flannagan(Gary Cooper).When Claude's daughter overhears the plan she goes out to warn Frank.The movie starts out in Paris,moves to America,then back to Paris.Cast:Gary Cooper(Frank Flannagan),Audrey Hepburn(Ariane Chavasse/Thin Girl),John McGiver(MonsieurX),Van Doude(Michel),Lise Bourdin(Madame X),Olga Valery),Gypsies(Themselves).Running time:130 minutes.Director:Billy Wilder.Languages:English/French.

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