It Started In Naples (1960)

MELVILLE SHAVELSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  USA, 1960.  Capri Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Story by Michael Pertwee, Jack Davies, Screenplay by Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, Suso Cecchi D’Amico.  Cinematography by Robert Surtees.  Produced by Jack Rose.  Music by Alessandro Cicognini, Carlo Savina.  Production Design by Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira.  Costume Design by Orietta Nasalli-Rocca.  Film Editing by Frank Bracht.  Academy Awards 1960.  Golden Globe Awards…

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Girl 27 (2007)

DAVID STENN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2007.  TLR Productions.  Screenplay by David Stenn.   Cinematography by Peter B. Good.   Produced by David Stenn.   Music by Hal Lindes.   Production Design by Shawn Berry.    Film Editing by Tessa Davis.   In the days when all of Hollywood was run by a handful of studios that operated as kingdoms of entertainment, MGM…

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Red Dust (1932)

BBBB (out of 5) Clark Gable runs a rubber plantation in southeast Asia, his daily grind interrupted by the appearance of a brassy blond (Jean Harlow) who is avoiding the authorities in Saigon, Sadie Thompson style, and sets Gable’s loins ablaze upon sight.  After a surveyor arrives to work the land but is taken ill with fever,…

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Callaway Went Thataway (The Star Said No)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Old westerns starring Howard Keel are being played on television and thrilling the kids who watch them on the small screen with their parents.  Film producers realize this is a great opportunity to resurrect the star’s career and put new films out in theatres that will net a huge profit, but there’s one…

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Smash His Camera

BBBB (out of 5) The current era of tabloid photography owes a lot to the career of Ron Galella, a photog for whom no potted plant was too small from which to get the shot of any celebrity he was in pursuit of. His life and career are covered by a bemused by Leon Gast…

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Night Nurse

BBBB (out of 5) Barbara Stanwyck is accepted into a hospital as a trainee to become a nurse, assisting doctors with the business of getting well. She immediately becomes chummy with equally smart-mouthed Joan Blondell and we watch as the two of them lend their efforts to ill patients and frustrated doctors in operating rooms. In the…

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Teacher’s Pet

BBB (out of 5) Hard bitten newspaper man Clark Gable is asked to do a guest lecture for a journalism class and refuses. He believes that being a newspaper man is something one learns only from experience, not in a classroom, but when he is finally forced to go he is surprised to discover that the…

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No Man Of Her Own

BBB.5 (out of 5) Clark Gable plays a big-time con artist who escapes the city of Manhattan for a little while when the cops get hot on his tail. While staying in a rural upstate town, he meets a beautiful woman (Carole Lombard, the only film the real-life couple ever did together) with whom he falls…

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The Plastic Age

B (out of 5) Should be called The Plastic Movie. Clara Bow and Donald Keith star as college students who meet and fall in love, but she gives him up when she realizes that her fast and loose ways are keeping him from achieving anything as a student or star player on the football team. Naturally, complications…

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The Front Page

BBBB (out of 5) Despite the technologically awkward aspects of this 1931 production that leave it horribly dated, this Lewis Milestone classic features a sparkling screenplay (based on the hit stage play) that just can’t be beat. Taking place in a prison’s press room, it stars Adolphe Menjou as a relentless newspaper editor who will stop…

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Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)

BBBBB (out of 5) Exceptional adventure film that, along with The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, makes 1935 a top-notch year for action films. By far the best of all three versions made of this story, it stars a heroic Clark Gable as Fletcher Christian, the Lieutenant aboard the ship Bounty, bound for Tahiti in search of…

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

BBBB (out of 5) One of the best remembered of the crime novels by James M. Cain adapted for the screen, mostly notable for the sexy entrance by newly christened va-va-voom sex symbol Lana Turner.  John Garfield plays a war veteran who takes a job at an off-the-beaten-path service station working for an older gentleman (Cecil…

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