Category Archives: M

Lucille Ball in “The Magic Carpet” (1951) – reviewed by George

At a time when Universal Studios virtually owned Arabian desert movies, with leading ladies Maria Montez and Yvonne De Carlo, Columbia joined in with this film featuring Lucille as the villainess, the sister of the throne-stealing Caliph Ali (Gregory Gay). … Continue reading

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Merry and Bright (2019) – reviewed by George

If it’s not too early for Hallmark to broadcast a new Christmas movie, then it’s not too early for me to review one. Right? So here’s  a love story set at Christmas, between two people who definitely have different opinions … Continue reading

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Lucille Ball in “Miss Grant Takes Richmond” (1949) – reviewed by George

Well, obviously a Civil War joke, but I thought it would be Richmond, Virginia. Nope, it’s Dick Richmond (William Holden), a bookie posing as a realtor. Lucille plays Ellen Grant, who is taking courses at a secretarial school, at the … Continue reading

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Ian McKellan is Sherlock Holmes in “Mr. Holmes” (2015) – reviewed by George

This film has three stars: Ian McKellan as Sherlock in his bee-keeping retirement, Laura Linney as his housekeeper Mrs. Munro, and Milo Parker as her son Roger. The excellence of these three performances carries the film, but the supporting players … Continue reading

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TV Tips (FOX) – by George

“The Masked Singer” was one of my favorite shows last season, and somehow it’s even better this year. The cast is unchanged: Host = Nick Cannon, Judges = Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger. The show … Continue reading

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TV Tips: CBS – by George

The number one CBS show (as far as I’m concerned) is the reboot of “Magnum, P.I.”, with an all-new, very appealing cast. The basic concept is unchanged: former Navy Seal Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez) has been offered a place to … Continue reading

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Clara Bow in “My Lady of Whims” (1925) – reviewed by George

This is really an old-fashioned tale. Clara plays Prudence Severn who has left her rich father and sister to move to Greenwich Village and be an author. Her roommate is Wayne Leigh (Carmelita Geraghty). So ha-ha, everyone thinks she’s living … Continue reading

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Kenneth Branagh is Hercule Poirot in “Murder on the Orient Express” (2017) – reviewed by George

The opening, which involves Poirot solving a case of theft in front of a large crowd of people and then catching the thief without touching him, is brilliant. And you will laugh at the end of it, not at Poirot, … Continue reading

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David Suchet is Hercule Poirot in “Murder on the Orient Express” (2010) – reviewed by George

This version of the novel starts at the Army base where Poirot has been asked to determine the truth of a young woman’s death. One of the men there is suspected of her murder. Poirot proves he did not kill … Continue reading

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Albert Finney is Hercule Poirot in “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express” (1974) – reviewed by George

1930 – the Long island Home of the Armstrongs A mewspaper photo of the mansion and the headline “Armstrong Baby Kidnapped”, with a subhead “Crushed Toys, Crushed Hopes” and a photo of baby things broken on the floor. Then we … Continue reading

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