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Vasiliy Livanov is Sherlock Holmes in “The Master Blackmailer” or “The King of Blackmail” (1980) – reviewed by George

The first two episodes of this series were independent of each other under the umbrella title of “Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson”. ┬áThis episode and the next two, under the umbrella title of “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. … Continue reading

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Hayley Mills in “The Parent Trap” (1961) – reviewed by George

Thirteen-year-old Sharon McKendrick of Boston (Hayley Mills) arrives at summer camp in a chauffeur-driven limosine. The chauffeur then gives her allergy pills, insect repellent, and her poetry book. She meets her counselor (Nancy Kulp) and is shown her cabin, which … Continue reading

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Season One, Part 2 (1964-1965) – reviewed by George

Episode 11: The Neptune Affair The Russian wheat harvest is being sabotaged by a fungus discovered by an American, and the fungus is being delivered by American missiles. Solo has three days to find the discoverer of the fungus, Dr. … Continue reading

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Notice from George re’ Alfred Hitchcock Tuesday

There will be no Alfred Hitchcock review today. Next week: “Lifeboat”.

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Poldark (1995) – reviewed by George

I remember seeing the miniseries “Poldark” in the 70’s. It starred Robin Ellis as Poldark, Angharad Rees as Demelza, the woman he fell in love with, and Clive Francis as the son of George Warleggan. In this TV movie George … Continue reading

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Addendum to and Extra Thoughts about “Pollyanna” by George

When I replaced the dvd in the case I found that there’s a second disc of bonus material. David Swift, the director, has a lot to say about how he made the picture, what Walt Disney thought about the dailies, … Continue reading

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Vasiliy Livanov is Sherlock Holmes in “The Bloody Inscription” (1979) – reviewed by George

At the beginning this bit of conversation: Holmes (Vasiliy Livanov): (displeased at the recent failures of the criminal class) “They can no longer accomplish even the simplest things. No, the criminal world is definitely degenerating.” Watson (Vitaly Solomin): “One can … Continue reading

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Hayley Mills in “Pollyanna” 1960 – reviewed by George

This is a landmark film for Walt Disney, for Hayley Mills, and for positive thinking. “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale was published in 1953, and the film followed 7 years later. And Eleanor Porter, who published … Continue reading

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Hooray! Anita is Back!

Gee whiz, it’s good to see you online again! Welcome, welcome, welcome! I cannot wait to read what you think of “The Professionals”. I am so happy! Love ya, kid! George

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Shadow of a Doubt (1942) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 30th film, and 6th shot in America, is an evil-comes-to-smalltown-America thriller, contrasting the openness of a welcoming family with the ruthlessness of a three-time killer who happens to be a relative – welcomed unquestioningly into their home. Teresa … Continue reading

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