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.  …

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The Jolson Story

BBB.5 (out of 5) The great entertainer, once the most famous singer in the world, is the subject of this vibrant biopic starring a wonderful Larry Parks in the lead role. Discovered at a young age thanks to his beautiful singing voice, Asa Yoelson is taken under the wing of vaudeville performer Steve Martin (William Demarest)…

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Gilda

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Rita Hayworth is married to controlling and conniving night club owner George Macready.  Glenn Ford is a hobo turned club manager who is sleeping with both of them. Naturally, this love triangle will be missed by those not paying enough attention, but if you do you’ll enjoy seeing the story constantly change between…

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Torn Curtain

BB.5 (out of 5) One of Hitchcock’s dullest thrillers is this uneventful espionage adventure. Two scientists (Paul Newman, Julie Andrews) are attending a work-related conference and having a steamy affair in between lectures. He announces that he is flying off to Sweden for some research, which she has no problem with until she discovers that…

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