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Bringing Up Baby: David, Susan and the Big Cat

AND SO BEGINS THE HILARIOUS ADVENTURE OF PROFESSOR DAVID HUXLEY AND MISS SUSAN VANCE, A FLUTTER-BRAINED VIXEN WITH LOVE IN HER HEART! There are some people who love making the argument that sometimes the critics are ”wrong” whenever a panned movie becomes a box-office hit. As if this is a competition over who’s right and … Continue reading Bringing Up Baby: David, Susan and the Big Cat

Grapes of Wrath: Refugees from Oklahoma

THE JOADS STEP RIGHT OUT OF THE PAGES OF THE NOVEL THAT HAS SHOCKED MILLIONS! In 1940, and in 2016, there were and are people who refuse to believe that those who live in squalid camps do so out of necessity. Somehow, they think these people choose to do that because of their culture or … Continue reading Grapes of Wrath: Refugees from Oklahoma

It Happened One Night: Love in the Era of the Depression

TWO GREAT LOVERS OF THE SCREEN IN THE GRANDEST OF ROMANTIC COMEDIES! The first film to sweep the five major categories at the Academy Awards certainly did not start out well. Director Frank Capra, who had not yet had a major hit, was trying to hire stars but none of them had faith in Robert … Continue reading It Happened One Night: Love in the Era of the Depression

The Quiet Man

ACTION… EXCITEMENT… ROMANCE… FILL THE SCREEN! In the 1920s, Sean Thornton (John Wayne) arrives in Ireland where he reclaims his family’s farm, starts a feud with a local landowner and falls in love with his sister (Maureen O’Hara). John Ford won his fourth and last directing Oscar for another collaboration with Wayne, but not a … Continue reading The Quiet Man

Rio Bravo: A Sheriff Takes a Chance

THEY FOUGHT BACK TO BACK… NO QUARTER GIVEN… NO QUARTER ASKED… NO WAY IN… NO WAY OUT… OF RIO BRAVO. John Wayne was not a fan of High Noon (1952) for purely political reasons. In his view, that film celebrated collectivism, having Gary Cooper’s sheriff come looking for help among the reluctant townsfolk, when in … Continue reading Rio Bravo: A Sheriff Takes a Chance

It’s a Wonderful Life: Wing and a Prayer

IT’S A WONDERFUL LAUGH! IT’S A WONDERFUL LOVE! This Christmas I decided to catch Frank Capra’s last masterpiece again. Having seen it several times before, I knew what to expect. It’s a great story and I was instantly drawn into it once again. Still, I thought I was much too jaded, that I would resist … Continue reading It’s a Wonderful Life: Wing and a Prayer

The Searchers: A Savage Nature

HE HAD TO FIND HER… HE HAD TO FIND HER… The Searchers was a box office hit in its day, but received no Academy Award nominations. Much like several Alfred Hitchcock movies, it’s a typical example of a film that was well-liked but didn’t turn into an American classic until a few decades later. It is … Continue reading The Searchers: A Savage Nature

Maltese Falcon: Birth of an Icon

A GUY WITHOUT A CONSCIENCE! A DAME WITHOUT A HEART! George Raft used to be big in the 1930s. After making several gangster movies, he was offered the part of Sam Spade in a remake of The Maltese Falcon (1931). However, the contract he had with Warner Brothers allegedly stipulated that he didn’t have to do remakes, … Continue reading Maltese Falcon: Birth of an Icon

Santa Fe Trail

A THOUSAND MILES OF DANGER, A THOUSAND THRILLS A MILE! In the 1850s, West Point graduates Jeb Stuart and George Custer (Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan) team up to hunt down the radical abolitionist John Brown (Raymond Massey) who keeps attacking Southerners along the Santa Fe Trail. One of director Michael Curtiz’s rare misfires still benefits … Continue reading Santa Fe Trail