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      The Black Pirate (1926) Star Staff Dramatic and thrilling are inadequate to express these new acrobatic feats which the agile “Doug” has to offer.
      Posted Mar 22, 2023
      The Dark Angel (1935) Robert B. Phillips, Jr. The picture... succeeds chiefly because it attains that requisite shrewd acting, a series of lovely settings and astutely directed scenes.
      Posted Mar 10, 2023
      Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Jay Carmody Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, whatever its defects, is the perfect representatives of Lorelei Lee, and... Dorothy.
      Posted Mar 08, 2023
      Sayonara (1957) Jay Carmody Warners should find themselves rolling in money, popularity, and the old conviction that there is nothing wrong with the movies that a good picture cannot correct.
      Posted Mar 02, 2023
      Flower Drum Song (1961) Jay Carmody It is sweet, sentimental, sad and seemingly endless.
      Posted Feb 27, 2023
      Safety Last (1923) Star Staff Never before in the history of the Industry, perhaps, has there been a picture made that so successfully combined the highest degree of thrills and laughter and held those two elements at a continuous pitch of tense interest for so long a period of time.
      Posted Feb 21, 2023
      Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) Jay Carmody “Requiem for a Heavyweight” is assured a top rung among 1962’s movies. Man's subhumanity to man is the theme of the film.
      Posted Feb 14, 2023
      Back to Bataan (1945) Jay Carmody This is the story of the Filipino refusal to give up, a blending of fact and fiction which adds up to a dramatic spectacle of gallantry of an appeal rarely achieved in its field.
      Posted Feb 01, 2023
      Diabolique (1955) Jay Carmody This is a superbly chilling slice of life, one indeed to challenge the best of Alfred Hitchcock. It is a tale of murder which turns the innately innocent setting of a boarding school into a hair-raising labyrinth of passion.
      Posted Jan 31, 2023
      Main Street (1923) Star Staff ... Yet there is a subtle humor in this silver-sheet version that was lacking in the written page, and the audience sees a bit of fun poked slyly at Carol Kennicott, the idealistic heroine, as well as at the typical, narrow Main streeters.
      Posted Jan 25, 2023
      Frankenstein (1931) E. de S. Melcher A blood-curdling drama which so out-Draculas Dracula that the latter might as well be a Sunday afternoon parlor game.
      Posted Jan 18, 2023
      Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Jay Carmody There is uproarious comedy, heartbreaking poignance, suspense, excitement and a dozen other elements fused into a masterpiece that involves more imagination than has gone into the making of all other films to date.
      Posted Dec 21, 2022
      My Four Years in Germany (1918) Star Staff Painstaking care has reproduced, even to the most minute detail, events of import from the pre-war days, on through to the almost overnight change of front on the part of Germany from a "peace-loving" nation to "the war beast."
      Posted Nov 16, 2022
      The Maltese Falcon (1941) Jay Carmody Young Huston establishes himself immediately as a director who can teach a lot of tricks to his elders. They add up to the major trick of producing a melodrama that is chockfull of entertainment... which masks the fact that it was made once before.
      Posted Nov 11, 2022
      Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Patricia Simmons It’s a picture that will bring tears to your eyes, but send you away proud of them. It’s also a picture whose principal appeal hinges on a store of wonderful youthful memories which you probably thought you had forgotten.
      Posted Nov 10, 2022
      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Jay Carmody The Capra genius for creating unforgettable incident manifests itself in a dozen sequences in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
      Posted Nov 09, 2022
      King Kong (1933) E. de S. Melcher The "trick" photography in this is the nearest thing to a miracle the cinema has produced. We defy you to figure out just how it has been done.
      Posted Nov 09, 2022
      The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Harry MacArthur The Sullavan touch and the Stewart touch mean quite as much to The Shop Around the Corner as the "Lubitsch touch."
      Posted Nov 08, 2022
      Stalag 17 (1953) Jay Carmody It is a comedy drama that is both comic and dramatic.
      Posted Nov 05, 2022
      The Thief of Bagdad (1924) Star Staff Two hours of superb diversion.
      Posted Oct 26, 2022
      The President's Mystery (1936) E. de S. Melcher It is stated by a popular magazine that our Chief Executive was responsible for the plot of... The President’s Mystery. If this be so, then he had a good idea and followed it up to the hilt. Nor did R-K-O leave him in the lurch.
      Posted Oct 25, 2022
      A Study in Scarlet (1933) Star Staff [A] well-directed and most modern of Sherlock revivals. Mystery film fans will like it.
      Posted Oct 22, 2022
      Shanghai Express (1932) E. de S. Melcher The picture itself ranks high among the really artistic creations that the screen has put forth -- and this through the uncanny direction of Josef von Sternberg, who has vitalized it into something far removed from the ordinary.
      Posted Oct 21, 2022
      Peter Pan (1924) Star Staff The spritely and evanescent spirit of childhood has been coaxed Into a celluloid film at last, with Incomparable beauty and appeal, as Peter Pan.
      Posted Oct 20, 2022
      The Toll of the Sea (1922) Star Staff Many of the vistas are so artistic that for a moment the spectator might think he was looking at a rare water color from the hand of a master, until a wind-tossed pine branch or rippling wave remind him that this is even more wonderful.
      Posted Oct 18, 2022
      Village of the Damned (1960) Jay Carmody Behind this rather silly title lies one of the period's truly exciting screen tales, chillingly imagined and icily visualized in direction and performance.
      Posted Sep 28, 2022
      The Cat and the Canary (1927) Star Staff The picture has so much motion that when one thrill goes out the window another one comes out the door.
      Posted Sep 28, 2022
      Cobra Woman (1944) Jay Carmody The most impressive thing about Cobra Woman is that Miss Montez plays two roles, those of twin sisters. Neither of the girls is complex in any way, which makes Miss Montez's work less difficult than if Bette Davis were called upon.
      Posted Sep 20, 2022
      House on Haunted Hill (1959) Harry MacArthur People who go to the movies to be scared to death ought to find to fault with this one.
      Posted Sep 20, 2022
      High Noon (1952) Jay Carmody High Noon achieves a shattering tension. It is a remorselessly deliberate pace at which Zinnemann follows his story's hero along the desperately lonely trail of courage against ever-mounting odds.
      Posted Sep 20, 2022
      A Raisin in the Sun (1961) Jay Carmody Dramatically superior... gains truly in the deepened sympathy with which Poitier infuses his role.
      Posted Aug 23, 2022
      Private Property (1960) Jay Carmody Mr. Stevens is a film maker who takes deadly aim on a lean, chilling, dramatically pointed narrative that is hypnotically holding from the opening scene to the end.
      Posted Aug 03, 2022
      Gigi (1958) Jay Carmody In cast and direction, the Lerner-Loewe standard could not be more vivaciously served than by such players as Maurice Chevalier and Leslie Caron, and by a story painter as sure-eyed as Vincente Minnelli.
      Posted Mar 25, 2022
      From Here to Eternity (1953) Jay Carmody It represents the screen at its best in every department, including one of the most compulsive musical scores.
      Posted Mar 17, 2022
      The Apartment (1960) Jay Carmody Mr. Wilder, possessor of Hollywood's sharpest eye for the witheringly ironic comment on human behavior, is richly blessed with the opportunity to use it in The Apartment.
      Posted Mar 16, 2022
      Cleo From 5 to 7 (1961) Jay Carmody Cleo, from 5 to 7, is a French film of all sorts of special distinctions. Two of these are the performance of lovely, young Corinne Marchand as Cleo and the direction of the film by Agnes Varda, who also wrote the screenplay.
      Posted Feb 17, 2022
      Porgy and Bess (1959) Jay Carmody Verve and vitality have been sacrificed in the big picture directed by Otto Preminger in favor of spectacle and sentimentality.
      Posted Jan 20, 2022
      Nightmare Alley (1947) Jay Carmody What happens to these proud, seedy carnival characters compares with the life of vaudevillians as glee wine to absinthe. Absinthe spiked with heroin.
      Posted Dec 03, 2021
      West Side Story (1961) Jay Carmody West Side Story comes to the screen with the same gem-like brilliance that made it both a fine and popular work of art on the stage. The film version... does this not by merely echoing the original but by adding a transforming inspiration of its own.
      Posted Dec 01, 2021
      The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Jay Carmody Mr. Lean's direction of Bridge on the River Kwai is a piece of sheer magic down to such a careful detail as the contrast between the natural beauty of its landscape and the man-made horror that takes place on it.
      Posted Nov 17, 2021
      Marty (1955) Jay Carmody Under Delbert Mann's direction, these familiar movie land marks burst suddenly into moving and unfamiliar life.
      Posted Oct 18, 2021
      The Wizard of Oz (1939) Jay Carmody The world of yesterday's, and perhaps tomorrow's, dreams created decades ago in the imagination of Frank L. Baum comes to the screen as a triumph of the movie camera in the realm of fantasy.
      Posted Oct 14, 2021
      Sunset Blvd. (1950) Jay Carmody Not in many a year has so large a cast and such extravagant production been utilized to tell a story of such dazzling drama that one forgets its few minor flaws.
      Posted Oct 11, 2021
      Leave Her to Heaven (1945) Jay Carmody There is no question that [Tierney] is in there trying every second to find the writhing emotional essence of the character. The quality is so elusive, or repugnant, however, that the effort is vain.
      Posted Sep 29, 2021
      Them! (1954) Jay Carmody With ants of such drawing power as these, Warner Bros. might have skimped on cast costs in the production of Them. To its credit, it did nothing of the kind.
      Posted Sep 28, 2021
      The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Jay Carmody The moviegoer who is not a science-fiction addict might well come to the conclusion that he should disappear before the film's hero does. Or, better still, not show up at all.
      Posted Sep 24, 2021
      The Thing (1951) Harry MacArthur The players, headed by Kenneth Tobey, as the Air Force pilot who gets into more trouble than most, and Margaret Sheridan are uniformly good and Director Christian Nyby proves himself an adept man at building suspense.
      Posted Sep 21, 2021
      The Little Fugitive (1953) Jay Carmody This is the motion picture that was made on a shoestring and turned out to be worth its weight in emeralds. It is as simple as it is fascinating.
      Posted Sep 16, 2021
      Redes (1936) Harry MacArthur The story, [Paul] Strand's camera work and the musical score by Sylvestre Revueltas has been blended together to lend a poetic flow to the force of the drama of the photoplay.
      Posted Aug 25, 2021
      The Littlest Outlaw (1955) Harry MacArthur Director Gavaldon has managed to linger over a picture here and there that doesn't do much to advance the action, too, without noticably damaging his picture's pace. This is a good trick if you can do it and Mr. Gavaldon obviously can.
      Posted Aug 23, 2021
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