Tag Archive: Max Steiner

Little Lord Fauntleroy

BBB.5 (out of 5) Adorable adaptation of the popular novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett features a starmaking turn by Freddie Bartholomew as the refined young man being raised on the streets of late nineteenth-century Brooklyn.… Continue reading

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Cimarron

BB (out of 5) Richard Dix brings his wife Irene Dunne and their young son to the newly opened Oklahoma territory in the late nineteenth century, his heart in search of adventure and his restless… Continue reading

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Cash McCall

BB (out of 5) When an aging businessman decides to sell his successful company and enjoy the comforts of retirement, it draws the interest of a multimillionaire business tycoon (James Garner) who is… Continue reading

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Since You Went Away

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Claudette Colbert says goodbye to her voluntarily enlisted husband and goes home to wait out the Second World War with her two daughters (Jennifer Jones, Shirley Temple). Things are tight… Continue reading

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Watch On the Rhine

BBB (out of 5) Lillian Hellman’s play is adapted to the screen by Dashiell Hammett with respectable results, giving Bette Davis another chance to prove herself queen of Warners dramas and winning Paul Lukas an… 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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White Heat

BBBBB (out of 5) One of James Cagney‘s absolute finest moments, and one of the most exciting and polished gangster movies ever made. He plays a psychopathic badass who is in the thrall… Continue reading

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Operation Pacific

BBB (out of 5) Shameless war propaganda that isn’t without its merits.  John Wayne is excellent as a submarine officer whose vessel is trying to perfect the launching of missiles that will not… Continue reading

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Now, Voyager

BBBB (out of 5) One of Bette Davis‘ greatest Warner Bros. melodramas is this powerful drama about a woman’s emergence into her own self. She plays an ugly duckling spinster who, thanks to… Continue reading

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Marjorie Morningstar

BB (out of 5) Fans of the two leads are the only people likely to enjoy this boring romantic drama. Natalie Wood plays an eager wannabe actress who impresses a big-time Broadway director (Gene… Continue reading

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The Corn Is Green

BBBB (out of 5) This fully vibrant adaptation of Emlyn Williams’ successful stage play is at its best in its first half, watching Bette Davis sweep into a tiny town in the Welsh countryside… Continue reading

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Intermezzo (Intermezzo: A Love Story)

BBB (out of 5) Ingrid Bergman was so impressive in the original Swedish 1936 version of this film that producer David O. Selznick made the American remake her English-language debut when he brought her… Continue reading

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The Most Dangerous Game (Hounds of Zaroff)

BBBB (out of 5) Entertaining adaptation of the story by Richard Connell, about a shipwrecked man (Joel McCrea) who washes onto the shore of an island owned by a millionaire game hunter. He… Continue reading

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Anne Of Green Gables

BBB.5 (out of 5) First notable talkie version of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s popular novel isn’t as rich and enjoyable as Kevin Sullivan’s 1985 miniseries with Megan Follows, but benefits from the earnest performance… Continue reading

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Johnny Belinda

BBB.5 (out of 5) Jane Wyman won an Academy Award for her sensitive portrayal of a deaf-mute woman in Nova Scotia who bears a child after being raped by a local bad guy. At… Continue reading

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The Big Sleep

BBBBB (out of 5) My favourite film noir featuring Humphrey Bogart as a wisecracking detective (he was always either Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe) is this exciting melodrama, one with a plot so convoluted that… Continue reading

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Dark Victory

BBBB (out of 5) It always amazes me that my fellow campy queens who run around quoting Bette Davis lines (“Fasten your seat belts…blah blah blah…what a dump…blah blah blah”) don’t reach for any… Continue reading

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The Old Maid

BBB.5 (out of 5) Typical Bette Davis soaper has the great actress giving birth to a child out of wedlock and having her married cousin (Miriam Hopkins) raise her to hide the scandal. Naturally,… Continue reading

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The Great Lie

BBB.5 (out of 5) When Mary Astor and George Brent elope, they find out their marriage is invalid because her previous divorce has yet to come through. Complications ensue and soon Brent is off to… Continue reading

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The Letter

BBBB.5 (out of 5) In the exotic jungles of Malaya, Bette Davis is the wife of a rubber plantation owner (Herbert Marshall) who shoots her lover in a fit of rage. Going to jail… Continue reading

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Jezebel

BBB.5 (out of 5) Bette Davis stuns the crowd again as a rebellious southern gal who shockingly wears red to her cotillion ball (gasp!)  She also openly pursues a handsome gentleman (Henry Fonda)… Continue reading

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Beyond The Forest

BB (out of 5) This is the film that Elizabeth Taylor quotes in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?: Bette Davis made movie history simply by entering a room, looking around and exclaiming ‘What a… Continue reading

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In This Our Life

BB (out of 5) A spoiled, bitchy socialite (Bette Davis, of course) dumps her fiancee (George Brent) and runs off with her sister’s instead. After the manipulated man (Dennis Morgan) commits suicide to escape… Continue reading

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The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Three men, two drifters and an old coot, band together to go looking for gold in the mountains of Mexico. They find bags of it, but it isn’t long… Continue reading

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The Charge Of The Light Brigade

BBB.5 (out of 5) Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem regarding the famous, unexplained suicide mission of 600 British cavalrymen attacking Russian troops numbering past twenty-five thousand provides the basis for this fictionalized adventure film.… Continue reading

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Mildred Pierce

BBBBB (out of 5) Classic film noir about an ambitious single mother (Joan Crawford, resurrecting her dying Hollywood career with this film) who claws her way out of poverty and into a successful… Continue reading

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Casablanca

BBBBB (out of 5) Here’s another one of those rare classics that actually deserves its status among the greatest films ever made: in Casablanca, intrigue, romance and a colourful cast all conspire to… Continue reading

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Santa Fe Trail

BBB (out of 5) Although its historical accuracy is more than questionable, this mixed up western does offer up the opportunity to see a part of the American past that is rarely dealt… Continue reading

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Angels With Dirty Faces

BBBB.5 (out of 5) James Cagney solidified the stardom he gained in The Public Enemy with this terrific crime drama, as much a testament to his talent as director Michael Curtiz’s in their ability… Continue reading

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Four Daughters

BBBBB (out of 5) Every frame of this wonderful comedy-tearjerker is chock full of charm as it follows the hilarious love lives of Claude Rains‘ four attractive daughters (three of them played by… Continue reading

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Arsenic And Old Lace

BBBB (out of 5) Hilarious adaptation of the popular play about a well-intentioned suitor (Cary Grant) who is trying to court Priscilla Lane but hopes that she won’t find out his dark family secret:… Continue reading

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By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

BBB.5 (out of 5) Superior sequel to On Moonlight Bay that continues to rip off Meet Me In St. Louis with its good ole’ fashioned family charm. Doris Day is once again the spunky lass… Continue reading

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The Fountainhead

BB.5 (out of 5) Ayn Rand’s ever-popular novel makes for a dull film in this tepid drama starring Gary Cooper and a debuting Patricia Neal. Cooper plays an individualistic architect who is expelled from… Continue reading

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Sergeant York

BB.5 (out of 5) Even the corniest of corny American propaganda movies won’t prepare you for the cheesiness that is Sergeant York, an attempt to make an eternal legend out of a World… Continue reading

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A Stolen Life

BB.5 (out of 5) What’s better than watching Bette Davis in a movie? Watching two Bette Davises in a movie! She plays twin sisters who are both in love with the same man (Glenn… Continue reading

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Little Women (1933)

BBBB (out of 5) Considered by some to be the best film version of Louisa May Alcott’s story, this George Cukor-directed family weepie has Katharine Hepburn playing everyone’s favourite teen writer Jo March, who… Continue reading

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Morning Glory (1933)

BBB (out of 5) Katharine Hepburn won her first of four Academy Awards for this enjoyable distraction about a wannabe actress looking to crash her way into the world of Broadway success. She charms… Continue reading

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Adventures Of Don Juan

BB.5 (out of 5) Warner Bros. was looking to take advantage of Errol Flynn’s fame as the king of swashbucklers in the thirties and forties, little knowing the production problems that would plague… Continue reading

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The Gay Divorcee

BBBB.5 (out of 5) One of Astaire and Rogers’ best musicals is this starlit charmer about a recently divorced woman (Ginger Rogers) who visits a posh resort and falls in love with a… Continue reading

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Follow The Fleet

BBBB (out of 5) One of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire‘s peppier musicals is this silly little work that also stars a very hunky Randolph Scott and a small cameo by Lucille Ball. When Astaire… Continue reading

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