Tag Archive: Edith Head

Five Graves to Cairo

BBB.5 (out of 5) A British soldier (Franchot Tone, employing very little Britishness) arrives at a remote Egyptian hotel, delirious from wandering the hot desert sun, and promptly passes out.  When he is conscious and… Continue reading

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A Foreign Affair

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Billy Wilder moves towards a golden age of fifties classics in his filmography with this postwar masterpiece featuring stunning cinematography and unforgettable performances. The chipper optimism that Jean Arthur always brought… Continue reading

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The Black Orchid

BBBB (out of 5) Sophia Loren is in mourning after the death of her husband, working day and night to make ends while her son is upstate in a juvenile detention centre. Anthony Quinn espies this sad… Continue reading

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Sextette

BB (out of 5) Always the one to make a lasting impression, Mae West made one final film as writer and star before her death two years later. In her usual tongue in cheek… Continue reading

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Detective Story

BBBB (out of 5) A New York police headquarters is the nexus of intense activity in this smooth adaptation of the hit Broadway play by Sidney Kingsley.  William Wyler keeps it stagebound without… Continue reading

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Desert Fury

BBBB (out of 5) Problem child Lizabeth Scott comes home to her saloon-owning mother (Mary Astor) after having been thrown out of yet another boarding school.  Astor has tried to raise her to be… Continue reading

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The Stork Club

BB.5 (out of 5) Betty Hutton is adorable as a coat check girl at the titular nightclub, who rescues an old man (Barry Fitzgerald) from drowning thinking him a poor lost soul. What she… Continue reading

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Ace In The Hole (The Big Carnival)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A stunning piece of news media satire, told with so healthy a dollop of cynicism that it is no wonder it found itself bereft of any affection from audiences… Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide

BB.5 (out of 5) It must have dazzled the kids in 1951, but this film has not aged nearly as well as Forbidden Planet or The War Of The Worlds (heck, it hasn’t aged… Continue reading

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My Favourite Brunette

BB.5 (out of 5) Bob Hope is on death row waiting to be executed for murder and is visited by curious reporters who want to know his story.  He flashes back to some… Continue reading

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June Bride

BB (out of 5) Low-point in Bette Davis‘s career, the box-office results of this film were one of the reasons she was labeled ‘poison’ in the late forties before her comeback with All… Continue reading

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Witness For The Prosecution

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A mind-warping mystery about a tired, aging lawyer (Charles Laughton) who must defend a hopeless murder suspect (Tyrone Power).  Marlene Dietrich‘s scantily-disguised double role is the supreme winner of the… Continue reading

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Sunset Blvd.

BBBBB (out of 5) The mother of all backstage Hollywood movies that just never seems to age. One of the peaks of Billy Wilder’s abundantly successful career is this fantastic film about a… Continue reading

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The Lost Weekend

BBBB (out of 5) Effective look at alcoholism is one of Hollywood’s first unapologetic looks at a truly unattractive subject. Ray Milland‘s performance in the lead as a perpetually drunk screenwriter with no… Continue reading

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Double Indemnity

BBBBB (out of 5) One of film noir‘s greatest peaks is this fantastic Billy Wilder murder mystery. A joe-schmo insurance investigator (Fred MacMurray) on a routine door-to-door sales route talks to a married… Continue reading

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College Swing

BBB.5 (out of 5) Fans of Gracie Allen will get a kick out of this adorable comedy. She plays the last in a long line of rich heiresses who becomes the first member of… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Girls! Girls! Girls!

BB.5 (out of 5) The producers of this film seem to be slightly aware that acting wasn’t exactly Elvis’ strong suit:  every possible opportunity to start another song is crammed into the running… Continue reading

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Blue Hawaii

BB.5 (out of 5) Elvis Presley gets out of the army and returns home to Honolulu, avoiding his wealthy parents in favour of basking in the sun and surf with his gorgeous, presumably native… Continue reading

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Artists And Models

BB.5 (out of 5) Splashy colours and some fun songs don’t do much for this forgettable Martin and Lewis comedy. Dean Martin plays a cartoonist who is down on his luck for his inspiration… Continue reading

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The Great Moment

BB (out of 5) Rare misfire from the great Preston Sturges has him tackling a period drama with unsuccessful results. Joel McCrea, badly miscast, plays the dentist who discovers the use of ether… Continue reading

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Hail The Conquering Hero

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Eddie Bracken has been avoiding going back to his home town for a year following his medical discharge from the Marine Corps for hay fever. One night at a bar… Continue reading

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The Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek

BBBB.5 (out of 5) All-American gal Betty Hutton comes home from a party for departing GIs drunk as a skunk, unable to remember just how it is that she stayed out at all night… Continue reading

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Sullivan’s Travels

BBBBB (out of 5) One of my favourite comedies ever made is this terrific Preston Sturges masterpiece. It tells the tale of a conscientious filmmaker (Joel McCrea) who decides that Depression-era audiences no… Continue reading

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The Lady Eve

BBBBB (out of 5) A simple-minded man, a conniving woman and a snake…where have I heard this one before? The age-old tale of Adam and Eve is given a hilarious modernization in this… Continue reading

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The Great McGinty

BBB.5 (out of 5) Brian Donlevy plays a clever hobo who stumbles upon a voting scheme designed to get a mayoral candidate into office, and uses it to turn a few extra dollars. His… Continue reading

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Airport 1975

BB.5 (out of 5) Although dismissed for their lack of quality when they were first released, the Airport movies have since taken on a quality of kitsch that makes them irresistible thirty years… Continue reading

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She Done Him Wrong

BBBB (out of 5) Mae West made a terrific splash into the world of cinema with her first starring role. Based on her own play Diamond Lil, it tells of a sexy saloon… Continue reading

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A New Kind Of Love

BB.5 (out of 5) Definitely not a new kind of movie.  Joanne Woodward plays a dowdy fashion designer specializing in affordable knock-offs of Parisian haute couture, who meets up with cynical journalist Paul… Continue reading

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Holiday Inn

BB.5 (out of 5) This was the film that the hit song “White Christmas” was originally written for, and you’ll wonder why it never became a traditional Christmas movie (the way 1954’s White… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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The Country Girl

BBB.5 (out of 5) Strong film version of Clifford Odets’ play about an over-the-hill alcoholic singer (Bing Crosby) whose attempts at a comeback in a big Broadway musical seem to be thwarted by… Continue reading

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Road To Zanzibar

BBB (out of 5) Following the grand success of Road To Singapore, the sterling box office trio of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour were once again reunited for their second “road” adventure (which… Continue reading

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I Married A Witch

BBB.5 (out of 5) Veronica Lake and Fredric March headline this delightful, frothy comedy that was later the inspiration for Bewitched.  After Lake and her father are burned for sorcery following March’s accusations during the… Continue reading

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Barefoot In The Park

BBB (out of 5) Neil Simon’s hit play transfers to the screen with charming results, obviously maintaining its small scope of space but never feeling cramped. Jane Fonda is delightful as the new bride… Continue reading

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The Bridges At Toko-Ri

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of the first big-budget anti-war movies. William Holden is a soldier in Korea who begins to question the futility of American involvement in their civil war when, as part… Continue reading

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The Farmer’s Daughter

BBB.5 (out of 5) Loretta Young is delightful in this curiously funny story about a Swedish farm girl who moves to the big city to become a nurse and ends up being a housemaid… Continue reading

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The Uninvited

BBBB (out of 5) Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey are siblings who decide to buy an abandoned mansion at the top of a hill in an English village, completely unaware of its miserable history.  The… Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday

BB (out of 5) Elizabeth Taylor plays an ageing housewife who decides to go in for a face lift in order to save her loveless marriage to Henry Fonda.  Naturally, the filmmakers made… Continue reading

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Love With The Proper Stranger

BBBB (out of 5) Steve McQueen plays a loose-living New York City musician who thinks he’s going to have a great day when he gets himself a high-paying gig. The prospect of enjoyment… Continue reading

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Road To Rio

BBBB (out of 5) One of the most enjoyable of the Road movies, featuring a marvelous musical score and a delightful supporting cast. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope are on their way to Rio De… Continue reading

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The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers

BBBB (out of 5) This terrific film noir is one of the darkest films to come out of the forties. It starts off with young Martha Ivers, a twelve year-old heiress who lives… Continue reading

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The Blue Dahlia

BBB.5 (out of 5) The definitive film noir for fans of the genre, and in particular the most famous pairing of Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd.  Ladd plays a returned veteran whose fight with… Continue reading

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The Perils Of Pauline

BBB (out of 5) Pearl White was a silent screen movie star who appeared in the cliffhanger film series “The Perils of Pauline”. This delightful comedy, made in 1947, stars a wonderfully energetic… Continue reading

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The Furies

BBBB (out of 5) The title refers as much to the temperaments of its main characters as it does to the land upon which they live.  Barbara Stanwyck is in fine form as the… Continue reading

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Separate Tables

BBBB (out of 5) Enormously enjoyable ensemble drama that takes place at a sleepy seaside resort run by Wendy Hiller. The many guests of the inn interact for two hours, sometimes successfully, sometimes… Continue reading

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Too Late Blues

BBB (out of 5) Early feature directed by John Cassavetes that shows his penchant for atmosphere and mood, even though the narrative leaves a lot to be desired.  Bobby Darin is impressive as a… Continue reading

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My Geisha

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Shirley MacLaine plays the wife of a famous director (Yves Montand) who flies to Japan for a surprise visit after he has spent time there preparing for his new production… Continue reading

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Pocketful Of Miracles

BB.5 (out of 5) Frank Capra remakes his own Lady For A Day with mediocre results, taking a charming little black and white movie and blowing it up into a ridiculously overproduced Technicolour… Continue reading

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