Category Archives: G

Pan Am, Episode 6: “The Genuine Article” (2011) – reviewed by George

Maggie (Christina Ricci) is up against Miss Havemeyer (Veanna Cox) again. She’s collected a few infractions, Havemeyer has reported them, and Maggie is officially grounded. “But I’ve got a flight to Rio in a couple of hours!”“We’ll get a replacement.”“Who … Continue reading

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Eddie Cantor in “Glorifying the American Girl” (1929) – reviewed by George

The opening shot is of a map of the U.S. and then a parade of girls is superimposed, all headed for New York from various parts of the country. Then this “talkie” actually begins with Gloria Hughes (Mary Eaton – … Continue reading

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Upstart Crow, Season 2, Episode 1, “The Green-Eyed Monster” – reviewed by George

Play satirized this week: Othello.Will (David Mitchell) meets an African Prince, Otello (Steve Toussaint), who is attracted to Kate (Gemma Whelan), and the attraction is mutual. His tales of his life and adventures are wondrous both to hear and to … Continue reading

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Eddie Cantor in two talkie short subjects (1929 and 1930) – reviewed by George

Getting a Ticket (1929)In court a policeman has arrested Eddie and his wife for canoodling in the park, but the case is dismissed when Eddie produces their marriage license. Outside the policeman apologizes, “I didn’t know that was your wife.” … Continue reading

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Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) – reviewed by George

A film about many things: the effects of war on the individual (at one point a man is in a foxhole and as the camera pans around, every other man there is dead), the effects of fame on the young … Continue reading

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Gifted (2017) – reviewed by George

An intriguing, unpredictable family drama. Mary (McKenna Grace) is a gifted child, highly intelligent and an absolute math whiz at six. Her guardian is her uncle Frank (Chris Evans) and she has a surrogate mother, Roberta (Octavia Spencer) who lives … Continue reading

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The Great Houdini (1975) – reviewed by George

In this very good made-for-television movie Michael Paul Glaser plays Harry Houdini (real name Eric Weiss) and Sally Struthers plays his wife Bess. The film begins on Hallowe’en Eve with Bess and her nurse Minnie (Vivian Vance) visiting Houdini’s grave. … Continue reading

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Edward Petherbridge is Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Walter is Harriet Vane in “Gaudy Night” (1987) – reviewed by George

A coffin is being lowered into a grave, not in a churchyard, but somewhere on a private estate. We hear a eulogy that identifies the deceased as a man. Cut to a young woman in a church practicing hymns on … Continue reading

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The Ghost (1963) – reviewed by George

Scotland 1910 On an estate in Sussex the wealthy Dr. John Hitchcock (Leonard G. Elliot) is slowly dying from exposure to a tropical disease. Ironic, since Dr. HItchcock is the man who came up with the idea of curing the … Continue reading

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Guys and Dolls (1955) – reviewed by George

A Damon Runyon story  (or stories) becomes a Broadway show, with two love stories and a gangland setting in the Bronx. Then it becomes this movie. Marlon Brando is a singing hood who runs crap games and Jean Simmons is … Continue reading

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