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Witness for the Prosecution: Breaking a Barrister

UNMATCHED… IN A HALF CENTURY OF MOTION PICTURE SUSPENSE! In my review of And Then There Were None (1945), I wrote that the film could be the best Alfred Hitchcock movie the director never made. The same has been said of Witness for the Prosecution. Obviously, both films have one thing in common – they … Continue reading Witness for the Prosecution: Breaking a Barrister

Judgment at Nuremberg: After Göring

THE EVENT THE WORLD WILL NEVER FORGET.  One of the most interesting and influential, but rarely discussed, TV shows of all time has to be Playhouse 90 (1956-1960). Over four years, this anthology series brought original TV plays into people’s living rooms, written and directed by some of the best in the business. Several of … Continue reading Judgment at Nuremberg: After Göring

Around the World in Eighty Days

SEE EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD WORTH SEEING! DO EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD WORTH DOING! In the late 1800s, London aristocrat Phileas Fogg (David Niven) makes a wager with fellow members at the Reform Club that he can travel around the world in as little as 80 days. One of the first epics to fill almost … Continue reading Around the World in Eighty Days

Touch of Evil: Terror on the Border

THE STRANGEST VENGEANCE EVER PLANNED! In the late 1950s, Orson Welles was back in Hollywood after making a few films in Europe. At that time, nobody paid much attention to him as a filmmaker anymore. He decided to direct Touch of Evil, a loose adaptation of a thriller novel, either because Charlton Heston refused to … Continue reading Touch of Evil: Terror on the Border