Monthly Archives: October 2017

Secret Agent (1936) – reviewed by George

May 10th, 1916 – 84 Curzon St. W. A funeral is in progress, and most of the mourners are men. A one-armed man is apparently the one who arranged the service; he certainly seems to be taking credit for putting … Continue reading

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Christopher Plummer is Sherlock Holmes in “Murder by Decree” (1978) – reviewed by George

This is Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper and it has a moody Victorian quality, and in its depiction of squalid Whitechapel the people responsible for the sets (Harry Pottle served as Production Designer and Denise Exshaw as Set Decorator) score … Continue reading

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Dumb Caption # 42 – “Great Performances: She Loves Me”

Amalia (Laura Benanti) is discussing specific authors. “They had the magic, and that is a glory beyond estimation.” Caption: “…that is a glory beyond destination.”

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That’s Entertainment!, Part 2 (1976) – reviewed by George

Here we have a clipfest with very little historical context, just that most of the black&white stuff comes first. Bing Crosby sings “Temptation”, Judy Garland sings “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart”, Ethel Waters and Eddie Anderson sing “Taking … Continue reading

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The 39 Steps (1935) – reviewed by George

Okay, let’s start out by correcting a mistake I made. I wrote that “Waltzes from Vienna” was Hitchcock’s last non-suspense film, and that is wrong. His last non-suspense film is his second Hollywood film, called “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” which … Continue reading

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Mickey Mouse: Merry and Scary (2016 and 2017) – reviewed by George

This DVD contains two episodes of the new Mickey Mouse show on the Disney Channel: a Christmas episode form last year and a Halloween episode from this year. 1. The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Spooktacular During the credits … Continue reading

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The Death Ray Mirror of Dr. Mabuse (1964) – reviewed by George

Neither Gert Frobe nor Lex Barker are in this movie, and you have to applaud them for having the good sense to stay clear. This is a total debacle. It starts out okay, just that it’s much more a James … Continue reading

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Peter Cook is Sherlock Holmes in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1978) – reviewed by George

So, how many Baskerville Hounds have we shared so far? According to my count three (Basil Rathbone in 1939, and Peter Cushing in a theatrical film in 1959 and in a 2-part TV episode in 1968), making this version # … Continue reading

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The Invisible Dr. Mabuse (1962) – reviewed by George

This time Mabuse is running a theatrical troupe in what seems to be his own theater, The Metropol, and the company is doing an operetta about the French Revolution in which the finale features the leading lady being guillotined on … Continue reading

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Mrs. O’Malley and Mr. Malone (1950) – reviewed by George

Another murder comedy like “Having Wonderful Crime”, posted October 12, 2017. Obvious comparison: here James Whitmore plays John J. Malone, a Craig Rice creation, while Pat O’Brien played Malone in the first movie. Top billing goes to Marjorie Main as … Continue reading

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