Tag Archive: Elizabeth Taylor

The Driver’s Seat (Identikit)

BB (out of 5) Elizabeth Taylor appears in one of her strangest films as a woman wandering Italy in search of something bad.  Picking up an assortment of random strangers as companions or random… Continue reading

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Under Milk Wood

BB.5 (out of 5) Dylan Thomas’ popular radio drama is adapted to film with a number of stars making brief and, in some cases, obscure appearances, including Peter O’Toole, Elizabeth Taylor, Glynis Johns, and Richard… Continue reading

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Julia Misbehaves

BBBB (out of 5) Positively delightful, this is one of many films that Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon made together but the only time they tried comedy.  She plays a capricious theatrical actress… Continue reading

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The Only Game In Town

BB.5 (out of 5) Vegas showgirl Elizabeth Taylor stops at a divey bar for a drink and is charmed enough by the joint’s pianist (Warren Beatty) to take him home.  She’s looking to alleviate… Continue reading

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The White Cliffs Of Dover

BBB (out of 5) Irene Dunne is lovely in this fifteen-hankie tragedy, which begins with her as an aging nurse helping out with injured World War II soldiers and hoping that her son won’t… Continue reading

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Night Watch

BB.5 (out of 5) The closest Elizabeth Taylor ever came to starring in a horror movie was her appearance in this quickie thriller that has only a few brief chill-worthy moments.  She is recovering… Continue reading

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The Blue Bird

B (out of 5) The first Soviet-American co-production, meant to outwit the political battles of the Cold War by showing the unifying nature of art; the effort was something of a failure since… Continue reading

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Love Is Better Than Ever (The Light Fantastic)

BBB (out of 5) Big time New York theatrical agent Larry Parks meets the owner of  a children’s dance studio (Elizabeth Taylor) and courts her during an out of town dance convention she… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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X Y & Zee (Zee And Co.)

BBB (out of 5) Trash should always be this fun. Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Caine have no end of fun camping it up in this melodrama, in which they play a married couple who have their… Continue reading

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Boom

BB.5 (out of 5) You’ll wonder if perhaps the stars and crew of this film were vacationing on Capri and had to improvise a movie to justify making someone else pay the bills. Richard Burton plays… Continue reading

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Rhapsody

BB.5 (out of 5) Elizabeth Taylor announces to her wealthy father Louis Calhern that her latest rebellion is to abandon her current studies and move to Switzerland to study at a music academy there.… Continue reading

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Lassie Come Home

BBBB (out of 5) It’s nice to know that decades of movies about children befriending animals began with a few great ones, since it would take a very cold heart to not be… Continue reading

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Beau Brummell

BB.5 (out of 5) The famed Englishman whose name is still often used to denote sartorial prowess began as a soldier whose criticism of the Prince of Wales (Peter Ustinov, capitalizing on the sniveling voluptuary… Continue reading

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Courage Of Lassie

BBB (out of 5) The beloved canine hero gets top billing above the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Morgan in this charming film. Pal, who appears as the female Lassie in the other films, actually… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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The Big Hangover

BB (out of 5) Van Johnson is a law student who has been selected to work at a prestigious law firm thanks to his being the top of his class. He barely sniffs… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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The Sandpiper

B (out of 5) Bohemian artist Elizabeth Taylor (who despite the trappings is wonderful) has her idyllic life by the sea interrupted when her son, who she is trying to raise as a free-thinking… Continue reading

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Secret Ceremony

BBB (out of 5) While visiting the grave of the daughter she lost as a child, Elizabeth Taylor discovers she’s being followed by a morose young woman (Mia Farrow) who takes advantage of her… Continue reading

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Genocide

BBBB (out of 5) An unflinching record of the Holocaust that immediately became the standard upon which the remaining years of films on the same subject would be marked against, and the first… Continue reading

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Life With Father

BBB.5 (out of 5) Delightful family comedy, the kind of nostalgia that was made in the forties to capitalize on the success of Meet Me In St. Louis. Adapted from the hit play… Continue reading

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The Taming Of The Shrew

BBBB (out of 5) The dream team of Burton and Taylor had one of their biggest hits together in this spirited adaptation of the Bard’s comedy. Kate is the viciously tempered elder sister of… Continue reading

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Jane Eyre (1943)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) The best adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s ever-popular novel is also the slimmest in terms of its story. Despite the fact that it edits Bronte’s source more than any other… Continue reading

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Conspirator

BB.5 (out of 5) American Elizabeth Taylor visits her friend Honor Blackman in London and is immediately swept away by a British soldier (Robert Taylor) with whom she falls in love. It isn’t until after… 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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Little Women (1949)

BBBB (out of 5) Second Hollywood adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott story is richer in emotional goo than the Katharine Hepburn version but is very lively and heartwarming.  June Allyson makes a… Continue reading

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Quo Vadis

BBB (out of 5) Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr throw Christians to the lions, then live to feel the conscientious guilt. Huge sets and thousands of extras in ‘authentic’ Biblical period costumes are exciting and… Continue reading

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The Flintstones

B (out of 5) Brian Levant does absolutely nothing interesting with this big-screen version of the popular television cartoon show, except in casting four great leads: Rick Moranis as Barney, Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma, John… Continue reading

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Get Bruce

BBB.5 (out of 5) Fun documentary that chronicles the career of one of the most successful comedy writers in show business today, Bruce Vilanch. After an auspicious debut as a writer for the… Continue reading

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Anne Of The Thousand Days

BBB.5 (out of 5) King Henry VIII (Richard Burton) risks the dangerous anger of the Vatican when he forms the Church of England in order to obtain a divorce from his wife, Catherine… Continue reading

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The Mirror Crack’d

BBB.5 (out of 5) Critics have often been unkind to this workmanlike adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple mystery, but I think it’s a fun diversion that is pepped up by its cast… Continue reading

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Cleopatra (1963)

BBBB (out of 5) Yes, it’s the most damnably long movie in all cinema history, but if you’re in the right frame of mind you’ll have a great time. Elizabeth Taylor stars as the… Continue reading

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Butterfield 8

BB (out of 5) Even Elizabeth Taylor insisted that it was her life-threatening illness and emergency tracheotomy that inspired the Academy to award her a Best Actress Oscar for this mundane film. She plays… Continue reading

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The Comedians

BB (out of 5) Peter Glenville followed his brilliant Becket with this terrible adaptation of Grahame Greene’s novel. It stars Richard Burton as a hotel owner in Haiti who gets involved with the political… Continue reading

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Giant

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the greatest-ever Hollywood epics is this drama that now also stands in Hollywood history for being James Dean’s final film role.  Rock Hudson plays a Texas cattle… Continue reading

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A Place In The Sun

BBB (out of 5) A good but strongly overrated film about a superficial tragedy that besets the lives of superficially pretty people in New England in the 1930s (though it never for a… Continue reading

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Father Of The Bride (1950)

BBBB (out of 5) Spencer Tracy is the put-upon father whose life is turned upside down when his magnificently beautiful daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) announces that she is getting married. He is immediately thrust… Continue reading

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Father’s Little Dividend

BBB (out of 5) The family favourite that took the box office by storm is continued in this minor but charming sequel. Elizabeth Taylor and husband Don Taylor have both sets of parents… Continue reading

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Reflections In A Golden Eye

BB (out of 5) One of the absolute strangest experiences you’ll ever have watching a Hollywood film; I’m convinced that cast and crew alike were high on mushrooms when they filmed it. Two… Continue reading

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Elephant Walk

BBB.5 (out of 5) Reasonably involving drama about a British shopkeeper (Elizabeth Taylor) who moves to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) when a plantation owner (Peter Finch) visits London and sweeps her off her… Continue reading

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Raintree County

BBB (out of 5) Almost twenty years after Gone With the Wind, another attempt was made to mount a giant epic of Southern Gothic proportions as a vehicle for Elizabeth Taylor.  Taylor’s performance… Continue reading

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Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt

BBBBB (out of 5) Just about every AIDS-themed movie made in the early nineties, from And The Band Played On to Philadelphia, owes something to this beautiful documentary. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman… Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

BBBBB (out of 5) Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton shine in this excellent adaptation of Edward Albee’s shocking play. They play an aging, miserably drunken couple who invite a young newlywed couple (George Segal, Sandy… Continue reading

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Doctor Faustus

B (out of 5) Incomprehensibly bad adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s popular play stars Richard Burton as Dr. Faustus. Burton also directs this ridiculously boring mess, which features wife Elizabeth Taylor as Helen of… Continue reading

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That’s Entertainment!

BBBB (out of 5) Take a trip back to the golden days of MGM studios when audiences flocked to see the glorious musicals that the studio produced in huge abundance throughout the Depression… Continue reading

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That’s Entertainment Part II

BBB.5 (out of 5) More greatest-hit clips from MGM’s vault, with the novelty wearing slightly thin but the material still entertaining. Hollywood veterans Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire take you on a continuing tour of… Continue reading

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