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"RED-HEADED WOMAN" (1932) Review

According to Hollywood legend, at least a handful of sinema made during the period known as the Pre-Code Era (1929-1934) had pushed the boundaries of on-screen decency so deeply that they may have been responsible for the stringent enforcement of the Hays Code between the mid-1930s and the late 1960s. One of those sinema happened to be MGM's 1932 comedy called "RED-HEADED WOMAN".

Based upon Katherine Brush's 1931 novel, "RED-HEADED WOMAN" told the story of Lilian "Lil" Andrews, a young secretary at the Legendre Company who uses sex to advance her position there...
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”AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS” (1956) Review

Based upon Jules Verne’s 1873 classic novel, ”AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS” is the story of a 19th century English gentleman named Phileas Fogg and his newly employed French valet, Passepartout, attempt to circumnavigate the world in eighty (80) days on a £20,000 wager set kwa his Marafiki at the Reform Club. Produced kwa Michael Todd, the Academy Award winning film starred David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Newton.

Could someone please explain how ”AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS” managed to win the 1956 Best Picture Academy...
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Below is my review of the 1939 classic, "STAGECOACH", which was directed kwa John Ford:


"STAGECOACH" (1939) Review

The mwaka 1939 is regarded kwa many film critics and moviegoers as the best mwaka for Hollywood films. According to them, Hollywood was at the height of its Golden Age, and this particular mwaka saw the release of an unusually large number of exceptional movies, many of which have been honored as memorable classics when multitudes of other films of the era have been largely forgotten. I do not harbor the same view as these critics and moviegoers. I can only view at least a handful of...
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 Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
One of the best actresses to come out of the 50s and 60s is easily Audrey Hepburn: she had style, she had class, she was sophisticated and always played the good girls (with a bit of a spin). Charming and easy to get along with she was the perfect poster girl for the 50s and early 60s (when most of her notable work was done). However, she is often looked over and chalked up to being an "icon" zaidi than a viable actress. However, she had some great ones, and no, they weren't just "breakfast at tiffany's" and "My Fair Lady" -- in my view the former is only 3 while the latter barely makes the...
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Let me state first for the record that this is a horrible idea. Remake Rocky Horror Picture Show?! wewe might as well redo Seven mwaka Itch au Psycho (hang on....).
 Norman Bates Face-Off: 1960 vs. 1998
Norman Bates Face-Off: 1960 vs. 1998

But the moment I realized that this is out of my hands and that MTV will do whatever the hell they want and make this regrettable remake, the only silver lining I can find is to make my own ideal cast of the hot & new that might possibly save this Titanic.

And now for my ideal cast for a least-than-ideal situation:

Russell Brand as Dr. Frank-N-Furter
This has been the only 'official' casting...
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"GONE WITH THE WIND" (1939) Review

Several years ago, I had come across an makala that provided a orodha of old classics that the mwandishi felt might be overrated. One of those sinema turned out to be the 1939 Oscar winning film, "GONE WITH THE WIND". Not only did the mwandishi accuse the movie of being both racist and sexist, he also claimed that the movie had not aged very well over the past seven decades.

Did I agree with the author? Well, let me put it this way. I would say that "GONE WITH THE WIND" has managed to withstand the tests of time . . . to a certain extent. As the mwandishi had pointed...
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"THIS GUN FOR HIRE" (1942) Review

In response to the success of Warner Brother's 1941 movie, "THE MALTESE FALCON", Paramount Pictures followed up with its own film noir flick with its adaptation of Graham Greene's 1936 novel, "A Gun for Sale". This film not only made Alan Ladd a star, despite receiving fourth billing; it also marked the first of his four sinema with co-star Veronica Lake.

Set during the early months of America's participation in World War II, the movie opened with a hitman named Raven killing a chemist and blackmailer in San Francisco. Raven's employer, a nightclub owner named...
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"MILDRED PIERCE" (1945) Review

I have been a shabiki of the 1945 movie, "MILDRED PIERCE" for years. Ever since the age of twelve. But many years have passed since I felt the urge to watch it. When I learned about the hivi karibuni HBO version of the story, I decided to re-visit the past and watch the movie again.

Based upon James M. Cain’s 1941 novel, "MILDRED PIERCE" is about a middle-class woman who struggle to make a new life for herself and her daughters and maintain their social position, following the break-up of her marriage during the last years of the Great Depression. After a difficult search...
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"LAURA" (1944) Review

When I had first saw the 1944 murder mystery, "LAURA", I felt inclined to read the 1943 Vera Caspary novel it was based upon. Needless to say, Caspary's novel seemed adequate. But I found myself preferring Otto Preminger's film adaptation a lot more.

Surprisingly, Preminger had not been the first choice as the movie's director. Producer William Goetz, uigizaji as 20th Century Fox's studio head in Darryl Zanuck’s absence, allowed Preminger to act as the film’s unit producer. When Zanuck returned to the studio, he expressed a lukewarm attitude toward the project. And he...
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posted by PoooBoo
Casablanca
Its a Wonderful Life
Birth of a Nation
Citizen Kane
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Grapes of Wrath
Psycho
On the Waterfront
Holiday
The Philadelphia Story
How Green Was My Valley
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Wizard of Oz
Paris When It Sizzles
imba In the Rain
Roman Holiday
My Fair Lady
King Kong (original)
Frankenstein (original)
Nosferatu (original)
The Towering Inferno
Gone With the Wind
The Stepford Wives
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Rocky Horror Picture
Citizen Kane


posted by PoooBoo
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 Nosferatu
Nosferatu
These days a film that qualifies as “scary” is really just a conglomeration of CGI, ridiculous oozing make-up and simply put – excess of every possible sort. Granted there have been a few here and there that have made many an audience leap out of their skins, but there are many old-school horror/thriller films that did the same thing with mere camera techniques, angles, lighting and ambiance. Not to mention that the stories themselves are worth watching as opposed to modern plots, which consist of blood spurting scene after blood spurting scene. So for your viewing pleasure here is a...
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"WUTHERING HEIGHTS" (1939) Review

Considering the popularity of the Brontë sisters, it is not surprising that there have been considerable movie, stage and televisheni adaptations of their novels. I discovered there have been at least fifteen (15) adaptations of Emily Brontë's 1847 novel, "Wuthering Heights".

I might as well be frank . . . I am not a major shabiki of the novel. I never have been. I do not dislike it, but I have always preferred the famous novels of the author's two sisters - namely "Jane Eyre" (1847) kwa charlotte Brontë and Anne Brontë's 1848 novel, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall"....
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"THE ADVENTUERS OF ROBIN HOOD" (1938) Review

Back in 1938, the adventure film ”THE ADVENTUERS OF ROBIN HOOD”, was released in theaters for the first time. For many mashabiki and film critics, the swashbuckler is considered the definitive Errol Flynn movie. They also view his character, Sir Robin of Locksley, as the pinnacle of the Australian actor’s career.

There have been awali versions of the Robin kofia tale before and after. The other most famous versions are the 1922 silent film that starred Douglas Fairbanks and the 1950s TV series that starred Richard Greene. Like the other versions,...
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"THE BLUE DAHLIA" (1946) Review

Sometime during World War II, novelist Raymond Chandler was hired kwa Paramount Pictures to co-write the 1944 film classic, "DOUBLE INDEMNITY", with writer-director Billy Wilder. Another two years passed before the studio assigned him to write a post-war film noir movie, 1946’s "THE BLUE DAHLIA".

Directed kwa George Marshall, ”THE BLUE DAHLIA” was about a U.S. Navy pilot, Lieutenant-Commander Johnny Morrison, who returns nyumbani to Los Angeles with his buddies and medically discharged crewmates, Buzz Wanchek and George Copeland. Buzz is prone to memory lapses...
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"THE DIVORCEE" (1930) Review


I just watched "THE DIVORCEE" last night. This 1930 MGM film tells the story of a happily married couple, whose marriage crumbles under the taint of infidelity. This is the sekunde time I have seen this film and again, found myself surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

Norma Shearer portrayed Jerry Martin, a happily marrried New York socialite, who discovers that her husband, Ted (Chester Morris), had a drunken one night stand with some blowsy woman. She tried to pretend that it was bridge under the water and openly forgave him. But his infidelity continued to bother...
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posted by Jill_17
Audrey Hepburn (4 May 1929(1929-05-04) – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian.

Born in Ixelles, Belgium as Audrey Kathleen Ruston, Hepburn spent her childhood chiefly in the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem, Netherlands, during the sekunde World War. She studied ballet in Arnhem and then moved to London in 1948, where she continued to train in ballet and worked as a photographer's model. She appeared in a handful of European films before starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi. Hepburn played the lead female role in Roman Holiday (1953), winning an Academy Award,...
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"PLATINUM BLONDE" (1931) Review

For over seven decades, many movie mashabiki and critics have ignored the 1931 comedy, "PLATINUM BLONDE". They have dismissed it as some mediocre, obscure film from the early talkies period deemed unworthy of any real film criticism. But due to hivi karibuni interest in that particular era, the film’s reputation has grown over the past several years.

Directed kwa Frank Capra and written kwa Jo Swerling, "PLATINUM BLONDE" is a romantic comedy about a newspaper reporter named kitoweo, mchuzi Smith, who becomes romantically involved with Ann Schuyler, a wealthy young socialite, after writing...
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"CALIFORNIA" (1947) Review

I am a history nut. And one of my inayopendelewa historical periods that I upendo to study is the Antebellum Era of the United States. One of my inayopendelewa topics from this period is the California dhahabu Rush. I also upendo movies. But despite this love, I have been constantly disappointed kwa Hollywood's inability to create a first-rate movie about dhahabu Rush.

I may have to take back my maoni about Hollywood's inability to produce a first-rate movie au televisheni production about the dhahabu Rush. There were at least three that managed to impress me. Unfortunately, the latest film...
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"CAPTAIN BLOOD" (1935) Review

Based upon the 1922 novel of the same name kwa Rafael Sabatini, the story of "CAPTAIN BLOOD" centered around an Irish-born physician living in an English town, who finds himself in trouble with the Court of King James II after aiding a wounded friend who had participated in the Mounmouth Rebellion of 1685. The 1935 film, released kwa Warner Brothers and First National Pictures, featured the first collaboration between stars Errol Flynn and Olivia De Havilland, and director Michael Curtiz.

When Jack Warner and studio production chief, first made plans to film Sabatini’s...
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Biography of Bert Lahr, Vintage Hollywood Actor

On August 13, 1895, Bert Lahr was born. His parents weren't wealthy, and the family grew up in poverty. Bert's aliyopewa name was Irving Lahrheim. He later changed it for onyesha business. Lahr was not long for school, dropping out at an early age. Through vaudeville shows, Lahr was able to learn enough to get involved with other young people imba & performing on the streets. His baritone voice was a welcome addition to the acts he joined early on in his career. Lahr's specialty became depicting comedic roles in Burlesque shows. Lahr was on a roll....
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