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"The Letter"(1940)**** Warner Bros. B&W

Jan. 29th, 2016 | 04:54 pm

Crime/Drama/Film-Noir
Wife of a rubber plantation administrator kills a man she claims in self-defense.Does anybody believe her?Yes,mostly everybody.Leslie Croslie(Bette Davis),with husband's Robert Croslie's help,gets a lawyer to prove her case.But she's in Sinapore and a letter may prove her undoing,not to mention some shadowy characters lie in waiting for the moment to respond.William Wyler's
direction.Ninety-five minutes of who really did it.

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"Abraham Lincoln"(1930)*** Biography/Drama/History/War/Romance

Jan. 25th, 2016 | 07:24 pm

Black&White
D.W.Griffith Productions
D.W.Griffith is known for his famous(or infamous)film "Birth of a Nation",in 1915,arguably the first full-feature film on record.Though that film went down as clear pro-KKK propaganda,it must be said Griffith invented the basics of film language and his choreography masterful which in his film file
brought film to higher levels.
Long before Steven Spielberg's beautiful film bio "Lincoln"(2012),
D.W.Griffith directed "Abraham Lincoln"(1930)tells the story of the 16th
president's early life,first jobs,work as a lawyer,courtship with Mary Todd,
debate between Lincoln and Douglas and,of course,his assassination.There's no
battle scenes.Cast:Walter Huston(Abraham Lincoln),Kay Hammond(Mary Todd Lincoln),Gordon Thorpe(Tad Lincoln),Ian Keith(John Wilkes Booth),Hobart Bosworth(General Lee),Oscar Apfel(Secretary of War Stanton),Frank Campeau
(General Sheridan),Lucille La Verne(Mid-Wife).Running time:90 minutes.Director:D.W.Griffith.

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"Shockproof"(1948) ****

Jan. 9th, 2016 | 04:50 pm

Crime/Drama/Film Noir B&W
Bombshell blonde Jenny Marsh(Patricia Knight)released after 5 years in prison for killing a man in defense of her louche lover Harry Wesson(John Baragrey).Her parole officer Griff Marat(Cornel Wilde)wants her to go straight with no exceptions so he finds her a job in his home.When she starts to fall for Griff things go awry and more so when she's secretly seeing Harry.One of director Douglas Sirk's dramatic crime/drama films.80 minutes of tug-of-war.

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"It's Alice"(1974) ** Warner Bros.

Dec. 31st, 2015 | 04:48 pm

Horror
A baby is born and is the most dangerous baby on Earth.It never gets potty trained.Leorne Davies(Sharon Farrell)sensing something's wrong with her baby is rushed to the hospital.She is right.There's something radically wrong.Her husband Frank Davies(John Dixon)waits in the waiting room,while the baby is born killing everyone in the delivery room.Before the police can apprehend the little rascal takes off and is loose on the city.This is a bad,bad baby.The city and surrounding areas are put on alert.Warning:if you see a baby's cry call authorities-don't go near it.Running time:91 minutes.Director:Larry Cohen.

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"Ma And Pa Kettle On Vacation"(1953) *** Universal International Pictures

Dec. 29th, 2015 | 07:24 pm

Comedy
Black & White
Ma(Marjorie Main) and Pa(Percy Kilbride)Kettle go to Paris with their daughter-in-law's parents,the Parkers.While in Paris,Pa tries to buy racy postcards.
But he gets in trouble when he is given a letter to deliver to Adolph Wade(Peter Brocco),a spy who is killed by Inez(Bodil Miller)and Cyrus(Sig Ruman).

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"Ma And Pa Kettle Go To Town"(1950) ***1/2 International Universal Pictures

Dec. 26th, 2015 | 04:34 pm

Comedy/Crime
B&W
Pa(Percy Kilbride)wins a jingle-writing contest,he and Ma(Marjorie Main)move to New York City from the rural South,where trouble comes to them from gangsters when they lose some money they agreed to payback the thugs.Cast:Marjorie Main(Ma Kettle),Percy Kilbride(Pa Kettle),Richard Long(Tom Kettle),Meg Randall(Kim Parker Kettle),Charles McGraw(Shotgun Mike Muunger),Gregg Martell(Louie),Jim Backus(Joseph 'Little Joe' Rogers),Elliott Lewis(Detective Sam Boxer),Paul McVey(Harold Masterson),Hal March(Detective Mike Eskow).Running time:81 minutes.Director:Charles Lamont.

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"A Christmas Carol"(1938) **** Black& White

Dec. 22nd, 2015 | 05:06 pm

Fantasy/Drama
The best miser in town is Ebenezer Scrooge(Reginald Owen)and everybody knows it.He loves playing cheap,stingy about giving his worker a raise and finds children to be a nuisance.But the old man just might be store for a visit from Marley's Ghost(Leo G.Carroll)to shake him from all the bitterness."A Christmas Carol" has been done in film several times,however,this is one of the best ones.Taken from Charles Dickens,a lesson can be learned from "A Christmas Carol"as well as other Dickens' great books.More may be on the way...

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"Nights of Cabiria"(1957)***** Drama

Nov. 20th, 2015 | 04:52 pm

B/W A prostitute walks around Rome seeking love but meets heatbreak.Anothe one of Federico Fellini's great films depicting Italian life after World War II.More later.

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"Come Back,Africa"(1959) ***1/2 Drama/Documentary

Nov. 14th, 2015 | 04:40 pm

B/W The life of Zachariah(Zacharia Mgabi)under the oppression of apartheid in South Africa.Cast:Zacharia Mgabi(Zachariah),Vinah Bendile(Vinah),Miriam Makeba(Miriam),Lewis Nkosi(Lewis),Bloke Modisane(Bloke),Can Themba(Can),Myrtle Berman(Myrtle),George Malebye(George),Morris Hugh(Morris),Rams(Rams),Hazel Futa(Hazel),Martha(Aunty).Languages:English/Afrikaans.Running time:95 minutes.Director:Lionel Rogosin.

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"The Connection"(1962) **** 1/2 Drama/Not Rated

Nov. 14th, 2015 | 04:37 pm

B/W "The Connection",a highly controversial film in its day because of Shirley Clark's explicit depiction of a handful of heroin addicts in Leach's(Warren Finnerty)room waiting for Cowboy to bring heroin to them.At that time, there were few directors in the 1960s, but she daringly takes on controversial issues such as doing a short film on an African American gay man's life in the big city.However,"The Connection"is a bold step in looking at the drug scene for what it is.Cast:Warren Finnerty(Leach),William Redfield(Jim Dunn),Jerome Raphael(Solly),Carl Lee(Cowboy),Henry Proach(Harry),Garry Goodrow(Ernie),Freddie Redd(Piano Player),Jackie McLean(Alto Saxophone),Larry Richie(Drummer),Michael Mattos(Bass Player),Jim Anderson(Sam).Running time:103 minutes.Director:Shirley Clark.

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