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Sh! The Octopus (1937) – reviewed by George

This is probably the silliest movie I’ve ever seen. Which is not to say I didn’t laugh at it. The reverses and reveals are supposed to make it suspenseful, but the comedy bits undermine that completely. Paul Morgan (John Eldredge) … Continue reading

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Randolph Scott in “Abilene Town” (1945) – reviewed by George

1870 – Five years after the end of the Civil War a thousand-mile cattle trail stretched from the plains of Texas to the railroad depots in Kansas. For 90 grueling days cowboys pushed cattle up the Abilene Trail at an … Continue reading

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Frenzy (1972) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 53rd film was his first to film in England since “Stage Fright” in 1950. There’s a real love of London evident in the photography, and in the score, and I think he was truly glad to be back. … Continue reading

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The Smiling Ghost (1941) – reviewed by George

An elderly lady in a mink coat, Grandmother Bentley (Helen Westley), is trying to hire a young man and is seeking the help of her attorney, Mr. Dinwiddie (George Meador). He finds an ad placed by a young man who … Continue reading

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Harold Lloyd in “An Eastern Westerner” (1920) – reviewed by George

A wonderful silent short (about half an hour) with wonderful new music by Robert Israel. The Boy (Harold Lloyd) is in a club for dancing and drinking. His mother is concerned, but his father is furious. To a servant he … Continue reading

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The Admirable Crichton (1957) – reviewed by George

When released in the USA the title was changed to “Passion Lagoon”. Who is playing down to us horny Yanks – the British releasing organization or the American distributors? And it’s in color! I remember years ago seeing it in … Continue reading

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Christopher Lee as Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady” (1992) – reviewed by George

This is a very interesting original story written for TV and shown in two 93 minute segments. I’m sure you’re already predicting that I thought it too long, and you’re absolutely right. It could definitely use some tightening, but then … Continue reading

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Nuts to the MPAA! – Commentary by George

Today the Motion Picture Association of America announced changes to the Oscar process that are insulting to a lot of people and, coming this year, vaguely racist as well. I’ve read criticism that young people don’t watch the awards (thus … Continue reading

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The Fighting Westerner (1935) – reviewed by George

This is a truly unusual movie. I’ve seen western comedies, western musicals, western heavy family drama, western versions of classic novels like “Moby Dick”, and even western psychological pictures, but I cannot recall ever seeing a western murder mystery, and … Continue reading

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Topaz (1969) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 52nd film is a spy thriller based on the Cuban missile crisis, with two leading men: Andre Devereaux (top-billed Frederick Stafford) and Michael Nordstrom (ninth-billed “and” John Forsythe, seen previously in “The Trouble with Harry”), and two leading … Continue reading

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