Monthly Archives: March 2016

Libel (1959) – reviewed by George

Olivia de Havilland gets top billing over Dirk Bogarde in the print I saw on TCM, but I feel sure that the billing was reversed in England, where this film was shot by director Anthony Asquith. The leads are very … Continue reading

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Rio Bravo (1959) – reviewed by George

There are six stars billed above the title in this Western: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, and Ward Bond. And there are six supporting players billed below the title: John Russell, Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Estelita Rodriguez, … Continue reading

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Greta Garbo as “Ninotchka” (1939) – reviewed by George

Now this is a picture directed by Ernst Lubitsch that has “the Lubitsch touch”. It’s a light romantic comedy with political overtones. Or maybe it’s a political satire disguised as a light romantic comedy. At any rate it’s a lot … Continue reading

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Cyd Charisse as “Ninotchka” in Silk Stockings (1957) – reviewed by George

This musical version of the 1939 film first played on Broadway, starring Don Ameche and Hildegarde Neff. The book was by George S. Kaufman, Leueen McGrath, and Abe Burrows, and the songs were written by Cole Porter. Since MGM owned … Continue reading

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Folies Bergere de Paris (1935) – reviewed by George

The film opens with Maurice Chevalier onstage at the Folies Bergere singing one of his trademark songs, “Valentine” (pronounced Val-awn-tina) by Christine and Willemetz. He is playing Charlier, a renowned stage singer/dancer/comic. When the applause for his solo is over, … Continue reading

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Bomba the Jungle Boy (1949) – reviewed by George

This Monogram picture, directed by Ford Beebe,¬†was the first of a successful series of Bomba films, perfect for the Saturday morning kids’ show of that day. After making 8 movies as Tarzan’s son Boy, Johnny Sheffield made 12 Bomba movies. … Continue reading

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TV Quote #48 – “Young and Hungry”, Season 2, Episode 15 – “Young and Earthquake”

Sofia (Aimee Carrero) has agreed to be a surrogate for Elliot (Rex Lee) and Alan (Bryan Safi). The guys go with her to the OB/GYN for a checkup, and an earthquake hits (the show takes place in San Francisco). There … Continue reading

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Do Detectives Think? (1927) – reviewed by George

This silent short, produced by Hal Roach, stars Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in one of the first shorts where they work (more or less) with each other, rather than being in some sort of opposition. At least they want … Continue reading

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Star of Midnight (1935) – reviewed by George

A Radio Picture starring William Powell and Ginger Rogers, this is a mystery movie, tight and well-made. Lawyer Clay Dalzell (Powell) and wealthy young socialite Donna Mantin (Rogers) are the Holmes and Watson here, yet the most striking thing about … Continue reading

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Snowpiercer (2013) – reviewed by George

The film is based on “Le Transperceneige”, a graphic novel by Jacques Lob, Benjamin LeGrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette. With Screen Story by Bong Joon Ho and Kelly Masterson, and Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho. Snowpiercer is a train. Background (from … Continue reading

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