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Movie Reviews

  • Adventure/Disaster

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) James Mason, Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

Distant Drums (1951) Gary Cooper, Mari Aldon, Arthur Hunnicutt

Gunga Din (1939) Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955) Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis

King Kong (1933) Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

King Kong: 1933 and 2005 – What Each Movie Reveals About the Era They Were Made In

King Kong (1976) Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Charles Grodin

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Torin Thatcher

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

The Crimson Pirate (1952) – Burt Lancaster, Nick Cravat, Eva Bartok

The Eagle (1925) – Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky, Louise Dresser

The Hurricane (1937) Jon Hall, Dorothy Lamour, Raymond Massey, Mary Astor, Thomas Mitchell

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) Gary Cooper, Franchot Tone, Richard Cromwell, Guy Standing

The Lost Horizon (1937) Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell

The Mark of Zorro (1920) Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte

The Mark of Zorro (1940) Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone

The Master of Ballantrae (1953) Errol Flynn, Roger Livesey

The Prince and the Pauper (1937) Errol Flynn, Claude Raines, Billy and Bobby Mauch

The Son of Kong (1933) Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher

The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952) Richard Todd, Joan Rice, Peter Finch


  • British Films

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Marius Goring, Raymond Massey

Comparing Two Oliver Twists: The Jackie Coogan Show and Film Noir Dickens

I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood

Pollyanna (2003) Amanda Burton, Georgina Terry, Pam Ferris

St Martin’s Lane (aka. The Sidewalks of London) (1938) Charles Laughton, Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison

The Chalk Garden (1964) Hayley Mills, Deborah Kerr, John Mills

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook

Tiger Bay (1959) Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills


  • Comedy

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr.

All Through the Night (1941) Humphrey Bogart, William Demarest, Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt, Judith Anderson

Bringing Up Baby (1938) Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn

Cafe Metropole (1937) Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Adolphe Menjou

Casanova’s Big Night (1954) Bob Hope, Joan Fontaine, Basil Rathbone

Cluny Brown (1946) Jennifer Jones, Charles Boyer, Una O’Connor, Peter Lawford

Dorothy Lamour in the Road To Series

Everybody Does It (1949) Paul Douglas, Celeste Holm, Linda Darnell

Girl Trouble (1942) Don Ameche, Joan Bennett, Billie Burke

It’s Love I’m After (1937) Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Olivia De Havilland, Eric Blore

Lady on a Train (1945) Deanna Durbin, Dan Duryea, Ralph Bellamy

Mister 880 (1950) Burt Lancaster, Dorothy McGuire, Edmund Gwenn

Never Say Goodbye (1946) -Errol Flynn, Eleanor Parker, S.Z. Sakall

Nothing Sacred (1937) Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Walter Connolly, Charles Winninger

Pardon My Sarong (1942) Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Lionel Atwill

Rhubarb (1951) Ray Milland, Jan Sterling, William Frawley, Gene Lockhart

Road to Morocco (1942) Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn

Slightly Dangerous (1943) Lana Turner, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Dame May Whitty

Swing Time (1936) Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick

The Comedy of Terrors (1963) Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Joyce Jameson

The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn, Robert Cummings, Spring Byington

The Freshman (1925) Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston

The Great McGinty (1940) Brian Donlevy, Akim Tamiroff, Muriel Angelus, William Demarest

The Lady Eve (1941) Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, William Demarest

The Luck of the Irish (1948) Tyrone Power, Cecil Kellaway, Anne Baxter

The March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Henry Brandon, Charlotte Henry

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944) Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, William Demarest

The Trouble With Angels (1966) Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills

We’re No Angels (1955) Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Basil Rathbone, Joan Bennett

Young in Heart (1938) Janet Gaynor, Roland Young, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Billie Burke, Paulette Goddard

Yojimbo (1961) Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai


  • Disney

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) James Mason, Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre

An appreciation of Maleficent and Eleanor Audley

Frozen (2013)

Maleficent (2014) Angelina Jolie

Mary Poppins (1964) Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

Saving Mr. Banks and Thoughts on Disney and Travers

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The Parent Trap (1961) Haylay Mills, Maureen O’Hara, Brian Keith

The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952) Richard Todd, Joan Rice, Peter Finch


  • Drama

Above and Beyond (1952) Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker

Bicycle Thieves (1948) Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola

Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten

Dark Victory (1939) Bette Davis, George Brent, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Humphrey Bogart

Les Miserables (1935) Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke

Made For Each Other (1939) James Stewart, Carole Lombard, Charles Coburn, Lucille Watson

Meet John Doe (1941) Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Brennan

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

No Way Out (1950) Sidney Poitier, Linda Darnell, Richard Widmark

Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) Mary Pickford

Red Dust (1932) Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Mary Astor, Gene Raymond

The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954) William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March, Mickey Rooney

The Chalk Garden (1964) Hayley Mills, Deborah Kerr, John Mills

The Letter (1940) Bette Davis, James Stephenson, Herbert Marshall, Gale Sondergaard

The Little Foxes (1941) Bette Davis, Theresa Wright, Dan Durya, Richard Carlson, Herbert Marshall

The Miracle Woman (1931) Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy

The Miracle Woman: The Film That Made Me a Fan

St Martin’s Lane (aka. The Sidewalks of London) (1938) Charles Laughton, Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison

That Forsyte Woman (1949) Errol Flynn, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Young

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook

The Razor’s Edge (1946) Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Anne Baxter, Clifton Webb, Herbert Marshall

Tiger Bay (1959) Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills


  • Fantasy/Sci-Fi

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949) Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, William Bendix

Alien (1979) Sigourney Weaver

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Marius Goring, Raymond Massey

Anastasia: 1956 and 1997

Cocoon (1985) Don Ameche, Hume Cronyn, Wilford Brimley

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, Edward Everett Horton, Evelyn Keyes

It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955) Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis

It Happened Tomorrow (1944) Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie

King Kong (1933) Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

King Kong: 1933 and 2005 – What Each Movie Reveals About the Era They Were Made In

King Kong (1976) Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Charles Grodin

Revisiting Star Wars: A New Hope

Scattered Thoughts on the Desolation of Smaug and Tauriel

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Torin Thatcher

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

The Desolation of Smaug and The Tolkien Professor

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders

The Lost Horizon (1937) Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell

The Luck of the Irish (1948) Tyrone Power, Cecil Kellaway, Anne Baxter

The March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Henry Brandon, Charlotte Henry

The Planet of the Apes (1968) Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Roddy McDowall

The Son of Kong (1933) Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack, Frank Reicher

Yolanda and the Thief (1945) Fred Astaire, Lucille Bremer, Frank Morgan


  • Film Noir/Suspense/Gothic

Black Angel (1946) Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford

Dial M For Murder (1954) Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams

Double Indemnity (1944) Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson

Double Indemnity: Rivalry and Shakespeare

Fallen Angel (1945) Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell

Foreign Correspondent (1940) Joel McCrea, Loraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders

Gilda (1946) Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready

Jane Eyre (1943) Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles, Margaret O’Brien

Lifeboat (1944) Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, Hume Cronyn, William Bendix

Murder, My Sweet (1944) Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley, Mike Mazurki

My Name is Julia Ross (1945) Nina Foch, Dame May Whitty, George Mcready

Pitfall (1948) Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Raymond Burr

Pushover (1954) Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak

Rawhide (1951) Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Hugh Marlowe, Jack

Re-watching Vertigo – Questions, Questions

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Joseph Cotten, Theresa Wright

Seeing Double Indemnity on the Big Screen

Sunset Boulevard (1950) Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olsen

Suspicion (1941) Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Nigel Bruce

The Big Sleep – 1945 and 1945

The Big Sleep – Movie and Book  Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers

The House of the Seven Gables (1940) – George Sanders, Vincent Price, Margaret Lindsay

The Lost Moment (1947) Susan Hayward, Robert Cummings, Agnes Moorehead

The Maltese Falcon: 1931, 1936, 1941 Humphrey Bogart, Warren Williams, Ricardo Cortez

The Man With a Cloak (1951) Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, Leslie Caron, Louis Calhern

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) John Garfield, Lana Turner, Cecil Kellaway

The Spiral Staircase (1946) Dorothy McGuire, Ethel Barrymore, George Brent, Kent Smith

Vertigo (1958) – James Stewart, Kim Novak


  • Gangster/Crime Drama

Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart

A Slight Case of Murder (1938) – Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan, Ruth Donnelly, Allen Jenkins

Fog Over Frisco (1934) Margaret Lindsay, Bette Davis, Donald Woods, Lyle Talbot

‘G’ Men  (1935) James Cagney, Robert Armstrong, Ann Dvorak, Margaret Lindsay, Barton MacLane

Larceny, Inc. (1942) Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford, Jack Carson

White Heat (1949) James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmund O’Brien, Margaret Wycherly


  • Historical/Costume Drama/Biopic

Above and Beyond (1952) Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker

Anastasia (1956) Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes

Anna and the King of Siam (1946) Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, Lee J. Cobb, Gale Sondergaard

Beau Brummel (1924) John Barrymore, Mary Astor

Comparing Two Oliver Twists: The Jackie Coogan Show and Film Noir Dickens

David Copperfield (1935) Freddie Bartholomew, Edna May Oliver, Basil Rathbone, W.C. Fields

Gentleman Jim (1942) Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale

Intolerance (1916) Mae Busch, Robert Harron, Constance Talmadge, Lillian Gish

Jane Eyre (1943) Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles, Margaret O’Brien

Les Miserables (1935) Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke

Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948) Joan Fontaine, Jourdan

Madame Bovary (1949) Jennifer Jones, Van Heflin, Louis Jourdan

Madame Curie (1943) Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Dame May Whitty, Henry Travers

Maytime (1937) Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, John Barrymore

New Moon (1940) Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Mary Boland, George Zucc

Pollyanna (2003) Amanda Burton, Georgina Terry, Pam Ferris

Pride and Prejudice (1940) Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Maureen O’Sullivan, Edna May Oliver

The Five Pennies (1959) Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes

That Forsyte Woman (1949) Errol Flynn, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Young

The Mudlark (1950) Irene Dunne, Alec Guinness, Andrew Ray

The Song of Bernadette (1943) Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, Vincent Price, Anne Revere, Lee J. Cobb

The Prince and the Pauper (1937) Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Billy and Bobby Mauch

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland, Donald Crisp

The Toast of New York (1937) Edward Arnold, Cary Grant, Frances Farmer, Jack Oakie

War and Peace (1956) Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Herbert Lom

War and Peace (1972) Anthony Hopkins, Alan Dobie, Morag Hood

Wuthering Heights (1939)  Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, Davis Niven


  • Holiday

Five Favorite Christmas Films…with a few extras – Christmas

Larceny, Inc. (1942) – Christmas

Lady on a Train (1945) – Christmas

Meet John Doe (1941) – Christmas

Never Say Goodbye (1946) – Christmas

The Luck of the Irish (1948) – St. Patrick’s Day

The March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) – Christmas

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944) – Christmas

We’re No Angels (1955) – Christmas

White Christmas (1954) – Christmas


  • Horror

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr.

Cat People (1942) and The Curse of the Cat People (1944) Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph, Ann Carter

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning

Dracula (1931) – A Comparison of the English and Spanish Language Versions

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Film – 1920, 1931, 1941 John Barrymore, Fredric March, Spencer Tracy

Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein: A Double Feature

It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955) Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Ernest Thesiger, Colin Clive

The Comedy of Terrors (1963) Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Joyce Jameson

The Fly (1958) David Hedrison, Patricia Owen, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall

The Lodger (1944) Laird Cregar, Merle Oberon, George Sanders

The Mummy (1932) Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, Edward Van Sloan, David Manners

The Mummy (1959) Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Felix Aylmer

The Uninvited (1944) Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell, Cornelia Otis Skinner

The Unknown (1927) Lon Chaney, Joan Crawford

The Wolf Man (1941) Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Warren William, Maria Ouspenskaya, Bela Lugosi


  • Musicals

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949) Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, William Bendix

A Damsel in Distress (1937) Fred Astaire, Joan Fontaine, Gracie Allen and George Burns

Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938) Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Ethel Merman

Born to Dance (1936) Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Una Merkel, Buddy Ebsen

Easter Parade (1948) Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Ann Miller, Peter Lawford

Evening Primrose (1966) Anthony Perkins, Charmian Carr

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn

Gigi (1958) Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier, Hermione Gingold

“Girl Hunt Ballet” from The Band Wagon

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) Warren William, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers

Hallelujah, I’m a Bum (1933) Al Jolson, Frank Morgan, Madge Evans, Harry Langdon, Edgar Connor

Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943) Alice Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie, June Havoc, Lynn Bari

Lili (1953) Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Mary Poppins (1964) Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

Maytime (1937) Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, John Barrymore

New Moon (1940) Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Mary Boland, George Zucco

Revisiting Singin’ In the Rain

Romance on the High Seas (1948) Doris Day, Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Don DeFore, S.Z. Sakall

Rose of Washington Square (1939) Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Al Jolson

Show Boat (1936) Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Helen Morgan, Alan Jones, Hattie McDaniel, Charles Winninger

Swing Time (1936) Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick

The American Musical

The Five Pennies (1959) Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes

The Jazz Singer (1927) Al Jolson, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer

The March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Henry Brandon, Charlotte Henry

Three Jeanette MacDonald Film Reviews: Monte Carlo (1930), The Firefly (1937), The Love Parade (1929)

White Christmas (1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen

White Nights (1985) Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Isabella Rossellini, Helen Mirren

Yolanda and the Thief (1945) Fred Astaire, Lucille Bremer, Frank Morgan


  • Mystery

Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936) Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, William Demarest, Keye Luke

Dial M For Murder (1954) Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams

Lady on a Train (1945) Deanna Durbin, Dan Duryea, Ralph Bellamy

Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Wendy Hiller

Witness for the Prosecution – Movie, Play, Short Story, from Agatha Christie to Billy Wilder


  • Romance

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Marius Goring, Raymond Massey

Anastasia (1956) Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes

Anastasia: 1956 and 1997

Beau Brummel (1924) John Barrymore, Mary Astor

Daddy Long Legs (1919) Mary Pickford, Mahlon Hamilton, Marshall Neilan

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, Edward Everett Horton, Evelyn Keyes

I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey

Intermezzo (1939) Leslie Howard, Ingrid Bergman

Jane Eyre (1943) Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles, Margaret O’Brien

Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948) Joan Fontaine, Jourdan

Lili (1953) Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Made For Each Other (1939) James Stewart, Carole Lombard, Charles Coburn, Lucille Watson

Maytime (1937) Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, John Barrymore

Meet John Doe (1941) Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Brennan

New Moon (1940) Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Mary Boland, George Zucc

Pride and Prejudice (1940) Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Maureen O’Sullivan, Edna May Oliver

Revisiting Casablanca

Romance in Manhattan (1935) Ginger Rogers, Francis Lederer

Sabrina (1954) Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden

Slightly Dangerous (1943) Lana Turner, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Dame May Whitty

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders

The Quiet Man (1952) John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

The Uninvited (1944) Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell, Cornelia Otis Skinner

Waterloo Bridge (1931) Mae Clark, Douglas Montgomery, Bette Davis

Waterloo Bridge (1940) Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Maria Ouspenskaya

Wuthering Heights (1939)  Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, Davis Niven


  • Silent

Beau Brummel (1924) John Barrymore, Mary Astor

Beginning Silent Films

Comparing Two Oliver Twists: The Jackie Coogan Show and Film Noir Dickens

Daddy Long Legs (1919) Mary Pickford, Mahlon Hamilton, Marshall Neilan

Intolerance (1916) Mae Busch, Robert Harron, Constance Talmadge, Lillian Gish

Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) Mary Pickford

Some Thoughts on D.W. Griffith…and His Cavalry Charges

The Eagle (1925)  Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky, Louise Dresser

The Freshman (1925) Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston

The Jazz Singer (1927) Al Jolson, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer

The Mark of Zorro (1920) Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte

The Unknown (1927) Lon Chaney, Joan Crawford

Watching Silent Films


  • Westerns

Along Came Jones (1945) Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, Dan Duryea, William Demarest

Colorado Territory (1949) Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo

Destry Rides Again (1939) James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Brian Donlevy, Charles Winninger

Distant Drums (1951) Gary Cooper, Mari Aldon, Arthur Hunnicutt

Four Faces West (1948) Joel McCrea, Frances Dee, Charles Bickford, Joseph Calleia

Further Thoughts on Destry Rides Again – Marlene Dietrich and Femme Fatales

Garden of Evil (1954) Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward, Richard Widmark, Cameron Mitchell

In Old California (1942) John Wayne, Binnie Barnes

Rawhide (1951) Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Hugh Marlowe, Jack Elam

The Hanging Tree (1959) Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, Karl Malden, Ben Piazza

The Ox-Bow Incident – Movie and Book

Winchester ’73 (1950) James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Stephen McNally, Dan Duryea


  • World War II Movies

Above and Beyond (1952) Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker

All Through the Night (1941) Humphrey Bogart, William Demarest, Peter Lorre, Conrad Veidt, Judith Anderson

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Marius Goring, Raymond Massey

Desperate Journey (1942) Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan , Raymond Massey, Alan Hale

I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey

Lifeboat (1944) Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, Hume Cronyn, William Bendix

Revisiting Casablanca

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook


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