The Great Caruso (1951)

RICHARD THORPE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  USA, 1951.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, suggested by the biography of Enrico Caruso by Dorothy Caruso.  Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg.  Produced by Joe Pasternak.  Music by Johnny Green, Peter Herman Adler.  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Gabriel Scognamillo.  Costume Design by Helen Rose, Gile Steele.  Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.  Academy Awards 1951.  …

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The Girl Who Had Everything

BB.5 (out of 5) After a Washington attorney (William Powell) succeeds in getting a gangster (Fernando Lamas) acquitted of illegal gaming charges, he invites him over to his house where the hood spots Powell’s gorgeous daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) and they fall in lust.  She is convinced that he’s the right future for her and drops…

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A Date With Judy

BBB.5 (out of 5) Teenaged Jane Powell is a very popular girl whose patience for her bandleader boyfriend has worn thin. After he fails to escort her to a big dance where she is set to perform, she casts her eyes on the town’s new handsome soda jerk (Robert Stack) and asks him to accompany her,…

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Ivanhoe

BBB (out of 5) Walter Scott’s popular novel is played as adventure for the Robin Hood fans in this handsomely mounted though hopelessly dated production. Robert Taylor is colorless as the titular knight who discovers that King Richard, long thought dead, is actually being held for ransom. Taylor must find a way to raise the money…

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Fun In Acapulco

BBB (out of 5) Another Elvis Presley music-fest that serves as a collection of music videos in the days before MTV. Girls! Girls! Girls! ended with him as the happiest captain of a sailboat the world ever did see. When Fun In Acapulco begins, the fun has ended on the water and Presley is stranded on…

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The Thin Man Goes Home

BB.5 (out of 5) Weakest of the series, but who cares? William Powell and Myrna Loy are such a sexy couple that anything with the two of them is worth your time. In this installment, the second-last Thin Man that they made together, Nick and Nora Charles take a trip to his home town to see the…

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Night Must Fall

BBBB (out of 5) Faithful to the original stageplay by Emlyn Williams, this entire film takes place in the peaceful English country cottage of a mean old English lady (Dame May Whitty). She lives there with her spinster niece/paid companion (Rosalind Russell), their only other company being the two saucy maids in their kitchen. Whitty…

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