Edward, My Son

BB.5 (out of 5) Robert Morley and Noel Langley’s play is adapted into pure film treacle, imagine an update of Cavalcade and you have an idea of what you’re watching. Spencer Tracy and Deborah Kerr are both overripe as a happily married couple who give birth to a little boy and are determined to do everything in their power…

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Champion

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Nationally famous and undefeated, boxing champ Kirk Douglas is about to partake in a highly publicized fight that inspires a flashback to his humble beginnings. He and his brother Arthur Kennedy (the two of them named “Midge” and “Connie”) are thumbing their way across the United States to the west coast where they…

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Battleground

BBBB (out of 5) This one’s uncomfortable blend of gritty realism and jokey contrivances keep it from having aged flawlessly but its darker elements make it astonishing for its time. Based on true events and apparently made over the objections of studio head Louis B. Mayer, the film surveys the personalities of the 101st Airborne…

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All The King’s Men (1949)

BBBB (out of 5) Based on Robert Penn Warren’s novel, this thinly disguised biography of the rise and fall of Louisiana state governor Huey Long is not quite as dramatically powerful as it must have been in its day but does still retain much of its charisma.  Broderick Crawford is hammy as Willie Stark, the country…

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The Fallen Idol

BBBB (out of 5) Carol Reed directed three screenplays by Graham Greene, the first being this devastasting classic followed by the masterpiece The Third Man and ending with Our Man In Havana. While not as tricky or exciting as the Orson Welles thriller, The Fallen Idol is a brilliant character piece with much to recommend it….

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The Heiress

BBBBB (out of 5) Much of the narrative and dialogue from Henry James’ novel Washington Square, upon which the play by Augustus and Ruth Goetz and this film were based, have been changed to allow for more outwardly-directed drama as opposed to the novel’s inner subtlety and perception. Olivia de Havilland gives the performance of…

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On The Town

BBBB (out of 5) One of the most enjoyable of Gene Kelly‘s musicals is this terrific (though loose) adaptation of Leonard Bernstein’s play. Kelly, Jules Munshin and Frank Sinatra play three sailors on leave in New York City for twenty-four hours, who intend on making all their dreams come true in this very short time. Before long…

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Bicycle Thieves (The Bicycle Thief) (Ladri Di Biciclette)

BBBB (out of 5) An impoverished family in post-war Rome are saved from starvation when the father gets himself a job working as a telegraph delivery man. His wife hocks personal belongings to buy him a bicycle for his job, but their prosperity is short-lived when the vehicle is stolen by a random stranger. Powerful…

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The Adventures of Ichabod And Mr. Toad

BBB (out of 5) The Disney studios take two classic American fables and bring them to vibrant life. The first is a hilarious adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind and the Willows, a delightful tale about Mr. Toad, whose obsession with locomotion lands him in the worst kind of trouble. Luckily, his equally adorable friends…

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