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No Score Yet Casbah (1948) The older versions were slicker moviemaking but took this likable trash more seriously than it is worth. The new version has just about the right easygoing attitude.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Tawny Pipit (1944) Bernard Miles and Charles Saunders, who collaborated in writing and directing Pipit, are not quite equal to their idea; and Mr. Miles, who is too young to play the colonel, is not quite up to his role.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet The Time of Your Life (1948) Those who made the picture have given it something very rare. It's obvious that they love the play and their work in it, and their affection and enjoyment are highly contagious.‐ TIME Magazine
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100% I Remember Mama (1948) Above everything else, the picture has obviously been made with the lively affection and pleasure which are the life blood of good popular art.‐ TIME Magazine
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82% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) Blandings may turn out to be too citified for small-town audiences, and incomprehensible abroad; but among those millions of Americans who have tried to feather a country nest with city greenbacks, it ought to hit the jackpot.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Where There's Life (1947) Where There's Life there is, naturally, Bob Hope. This movie has quite a lot of Hope, in fact, but rather less life than his admirers have reason to hope for.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet The Voice of the Turtle (1947) Since these characters have been deprived of their chief motives, their honesty, and their essential innocence, they are also deprived of most of their reality and all their charm.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Golden Earrings (1947) The general whimsicality of the picture is weary but Miss Dietrich does what she can with the laborious charade.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Christmas Eve (1947) [A] dead rat.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Lost Moment (1947) A puzzling screen version of Henry James's fine novelette, The Aspern Papers ... would doubtless-if it had James himself for a critic-be delicately strangled in the ineluctable tendrils of his famous final manner.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet The Exile (1947) The script ... has a charming, blank-verse hauteur that just possibly may be a bit asinine-but the direction saves the day by insisting on a witty, natural reading.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet The Upturned Glass (1947) In polite concern to grant the intelligence of moviegoers, Actor-Producer Mason has underplayed so drastically that his surgeon fails to exhibit enough intensity. As a result, the whole last reel of the film groans like a car trying to do 80 in low gear.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Cass Timberlane (1947) Should refine the judgment of readers who did not like the Sinclair Lewis novel, but thought that it would make a good movie script, anyhow. It doesn't.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) O'Neill is one of the finest theatrical craftsmen of his day, and Electra has a gnashing vitality.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Green Dolphin Street (1947) The moral of all this seems to be: if you want to be happy, be sure to marry someone you don't love.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Variety Girl (1947) In its unpretentious, meandering way, Variety Girl is a likable show, mostly because its stars are allowed to do what they do best ...‐ TIME Magazine
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100% Nightmare Alley (1947) Scripter Jules Furthman and Director Edmund Goulding have ... seldom forgotten that the original novel they were adapting is essentially intelligent trash; and they have never forgotten that on the screen pretty exciting things can be made of trash.‐ TIME Magazine
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13% Forever Amber (1947) Linda Darnell ... makes a handsome but unexciting Amber. Cornel Wilde, as Amber's steady, Lord Bruce Carlton, uses both of his facial expressions frequently.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Unconquered (1947) Cecil Blount DeMille's florid, $5,000,000, Technicolored celebration of Gary Cooper's virility, Paulette Goddard's femininity and the American Frontier Spirit.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Cynthia (1947) At its best, it is pleasantly reminiscent of the late Booth Tarkington. At its worst, it slops over with such cheap laughs as the writhings of a tuxedoed adolescent with a recalcitrant shirt front.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Singapore (1947) A lot of technical competence, a certain amount of talent and a staggering amount of time and money have been marshaled into a quiet, polished frenzy about nothing whatever.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Wild Harvest (1947) There is ... too much talking and face making.‐ TIME Magazine
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50% Desert Fury (Desert Town) (1947) If you could be sure that it was meant to be funny, you could relax and enjoy it thoroughly.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Down to Earth (1947) The film may annoy those who do not thoroughly enjoy "swinging" everything in sight.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet The Web (1947) The story is no more than a fair excuse for the neat moviemaking which makes this picture entertaining.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet They Won't Believe Me (1947) Producer Joan Harrison & associates have brought the story to the screen with considerable skill.‐ TIME Magazine
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100% The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) The film's whimsy is a bit heavy-handed and it is short on wit, style and ingenuity. Yet most of it is pleasant enough fun, and pretty to watch.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Copacabana (1947) The result is not so wildly zany as the best Marx brothers collaborations, nor is it designed to be. But it is an unpretentiously entertaining movie.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947) In the long run the sour millionaire is sweetened up, all disguises are cast off, and everybody is happy, including the audience.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Dear Ruth (1947) Even tardily, as it comes to the screen, it is still reasonably entertaining.‐ TIME Magazine
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88% Possessed (1947) The weaknesses in this unusual movie do not greatly matter beside the fact that a lot of people who have a lot to give are giving it all they've got.‐ TIME Magazine
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100% Ivan the Terrible, Part I (Ivan Grozniy) (1944) It is obviously, and in every frame, the work of a great creative intelligence.‐ TIME Magazine
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100% Odd Man Out (1947) Dostoevskian in conception and design, the story progressively becomes more wildly adventurous, more mystical, more half-baked. But even in its failures, Odd Man Out is admirable.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Frontier Gal (1945) A big, colorful parody of a horse opera with all the galloping excitement of the real thing.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Pillow to Post (1945) Puts several normally serious-minded Warner properties-notably Ida Lupino, Sydney Greenstreet and Director Vincent Sherman-over the hurdles and through the hoops of a fast, old-fashioned farce.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Diamond Horseshoe (1945) The loudest and most energetic Grable vehicle in some time.‐ TIME Magazine
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90% Leave Her to Heaven (1945) It is a story of in-law trouble carried to awful extremes. But it is hard to work up any sustained sympathy for the uptight characters.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Where Do We Go from Here? (1945) The show rumbles along Technicolorfully and, on the whole, quite amusingly, with some really bright spots and a lot of others so shamelessly silly that you enjoy them anyway.‐ TIME Magazine
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100% Wonder Man (1945) Besides being a brilliant comic entertainer, Kaye has considerable talent as a straight actor. Here he gets his first good chance to display this talent, playing two deep-metropolitan types.‐ TIME Magazine
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100% The Clock (1945) Director Vincente Minnelli's talents are so many-sided and generous that he turns even the most over-contrived romanticism into something memorable.‐ TIME Magazine
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60% Mademoiselle Fifi (1944) No other group in Hollywood, it appears, knows how to do so much with so little.‐ TIME Magazine
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100% Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) A musical that even the deaf should enjoy.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Take It or Leave It (1944) Easy to take as light summer's entertainment.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Follow the Boys (1944) Wriggling through all this dense tedium-laudamus, like a Pekingese lost in a shopping rush, is a story.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Our Russian Front (1942) Although Our Russian Front must be only a raw foretaste of documentaries yet to come out of World War II, it shows what strong meat those future documentaries will be.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Design for Scandal (1941) This is the sort of picture that Hollywood can turn out standing on its head. It has its moments, but they are scarcely worth waiting for.‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Isn't It Romantic? (1948) The idea is to give the wholesome nostalgias of small-town U.S. life a coat of sophisticated varnish and, if possible, a new lungful of life. As it turns out, the picture smells more of varnish than of fresh air.‐ TIME Magazine
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80% Since You Went Away (1944) Selznick placed a big bet on Shirley Temple's comeback and she pays off enchantingly as a dogged, sensitive, practical little girl with a talent for bargaining.‐ TIME Magazine
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83% Christmas Holiday (1944) An unsubstantial little tragedy at best ...‐ TIME Magazine
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No Score Yet Bathing Beauty (1944) Miss Williams, a pretty young woman in the pink of condition, should have a pleasant and pleasing career on the screen.‐ TIME Magazine
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