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William Powell and Myrna Loy are Nick and Nora Charles in “After the Thin Man” and Asta is Asta (1936) – reviewed by George

Gee, what a great start to a comedy-mystery! Nick, Nora, and Asta are on the Sunset Limited from NYC to San Francisco and are only five minutes out. Nick is trying to shave and Nora is trying to pack.Nora: “How … Continue reading

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The Shop Around the Corner (1940) – reviewed by George

The workplace travails of the staff of a Budapest leather goods store make for a nice story of love through a letter exchange between strangers (they’ve never met). The shop is Matuschek and Company, and the owner Mr. Hugo Matuschek … Continue reading

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Vertigo (1958) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 46th film is a stunner. It has a stunning opening sequence and a stunning ending and in between it is stunningly good as well. James Stewart plays John Ferguson, “Scottie” to some, a plainclothes detective whose acrophobia is … Continue reading

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1955) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 44th film is a smash, really magnificent. This is the only time Hitchcock remade one of his movies, and yet you really can’t say this is better or worse – it’s just so different. The first film, starring … Continue reading

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Rear Window (1954) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 41st film is a knockout in two major ways. First the set is the most impressive studio construction since Babylon in 1916’s “Intolerance”, and second because the suspense starts fairly early and just does not let up. First … Continue reading

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Rope (1948) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 35th film is straight suspense, but also functions as a societal warning to teachers (and Nazis, and Nazi teachers) to more deeply consider what they teach. James Stewart plays Rupert Cadell, a teacher who teaches the right of the … Continue reading

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Born to Dance (1936) – reviewed by George

James Stewart gets second billing under Eleanor Powell  in his only musical. He dances very well and he sings okay – not great, but pretty darned good. So why not another song and dance film? I’m guessing he just didn’t … Continue reading

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That’s Entertainment! (1974) – reviewed by George

We’ve just had seven weeks of the history of Broadway musicals, now we ‘re looking at five weeks of the history of movie musicals, specifically MGM musicals. This week: “That’s Entertainment!”, a history/clipfest  that begins with a longshot of Cliff … Continue reading

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The Shop Around the Corner (1940) – reviewed by George

Just a couple of weeks before I watched this movie, I saw the musical stage version, called “She Loves Me”. Please don’t think me prejudiced – but once again (“Bye Bye Birdie”, “Into the Woods”) I liked the stage version … Continue reading

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