Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Christmas Train (2017) – reviewed by George

Various people travel from NYC to LA on a special train where Christmas activities are happening practically all the time. A movie director (Danny Glover), his apprentice screenwriter (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), an experienced writer working on a book who is hired … Continue reading

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Journey Back to Christmas (2016) – reviewed by George

Hannah (Candace Cameron Bure) is a nurse in 1945 at Christmas. In the closing days of World War II her husband was killed in battle, so Christmas will be a little hollow this year. Her only interest in the holiday … Continue reading

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The Corsican Brothers (1941) – reviewed by George

“Corsica! Bright with the laughter of romance, haunted by the grim shadow of vendetta. Here on this enchanted isle a story is told of two brothers, a tale written in blood by the hand of Fate.” One day in the … Continue reading

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Polly Walker is “Lorna Doone” (1990) – reviewed by George

There are certainly some differences between this treatment and the two other versions reviewed, but overall, without having read the book, I feel this is the most faithful. The basis of this feeling is simply the way the story is … Continue reading

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Jamaica Inn (1939) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 24th film is the tale of Mary Yellan (Maureen O’Hara), whose mother, on her deathbed, has told her to leave Ireland and go to live with the mother’s sister Patience (Marie Ney) and Patience’s husband Joss Merlyn (Leslie … Continue reading

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Ian Richardson is Sherlock Holmes in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1983) – reviewed by George

In the opening sequence Sir Charles Baskerville (David Langton) is about to dine in his conservatory where his dinner has been set out among the plants. The hound breaks through the glass to get at him, and this is shot … Continue reading

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Barbara Hale is “Lorna Doone” (1951) – reviewed by George

More than just color and sound have been added to “Lorna Doone” between this filming and the Madge Bellamy silent picture reviewed here a week ago. Here the waterfall’s top is the entrance to Doone land, not the bottom. And … Continue reading

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The Lady Vanishes (1938) – reviewed by George

This review of Alfred Hitchcock’s 23rd film was first posted on┬áDecember 4, 2016, before I had begun reviewing Hitchcock films in chronological order. This film was contrasted with two remakes in reviews immediately following. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, with a … Continue reading

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Love Among the Ruins (1915) – reviewed by George

The Italian title is “Amore Tra Le Rovine”, and this remarkable film is a silent picture introduced by a documentary about how the cans of film were found and how the film was restored. But it’s not true! The first … Continue reading

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Blondie of the Follies (1932) -reviewed by George

The story of two girls, neighbors in New York’s East Side tenements, is more soap opera than show business tale, but it rises above the script because of the actresses playing the two young women. Blondie McClune is played by … Continue reading

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