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.   … More The Great Caruso (1951)

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The North Star

BBB (out of 5) Lillian Hellman pens a tribute to the spirit of Russia suffering under Nazi atrocities during World War II, the film released while the U.S. still considered the great red nation an ally.  It’s painfully dated and corny now, a vision of village life that looks like an idyllic small American town but with … More The North Star

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Madame X

BB.5 (out of 5) The classic tearjerker that has been remade more times than Dracula and Frankenstein. Most people who refer to it nowadays are generally talking about this version, starring an aging Lana Turner and produced by Ross Hunter. The soap-operatic plot follows Turner as she marries a wealthy socialite (John Forsythe) and is … More Madame X

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The Little Foxes (1941)

WILLIAM WYLER Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB.  USA, 1941.  The Samuel Goldwyn Company.  Screenplay by Lillian Hellman, additional scenes and dialogue by Arthur Kober, Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, based on the play by Lillian Hellman.  Cinematography by Gregg Toland.  Produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Music by Meredith Willson.  Production Design by Stephen Goosson.  Costume Design by Orry-Kelly.  Film Editing by Daniel Mandell.  Academy Awards 1941.   … More The Little Foxes (1941)

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Broken Lance

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent western by Edward Dmytryk and featuring a terrific performance by Spencer Tracy as a cattle baron who raids a copper smelter that is polluting his water and harming his livestock. His son (Robert Wagner) takes credit for the crime and goes to jail in place of his father, while Tracy’s other … More Broken Lance

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The Egyptian

BB.5 (out of 5) Years were spent researching clothing design and architectural detail on this mini-epic set in Ancient Egypt, and it definitely shows; unfortunately, the script plays like it was purchased from a small town amateur theatre production. Edmund Purdom is a dedicated surgeon in the land of the Pharaohs whose path to greatness … More The Egyptian

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