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      The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) Eleanor Barnes Frank Capra, an imaginative director, with the aid of Joseph Walker, his cameraman, preserved the misty illusion through delicately screened photography and an interesting presentation of Nils Asther as the Chinese general.
      Posted Apr 25, 2023
      The Black Pirate (1926) Eleanor Barnes Suspense, real daring, action, love and romance are all revealed in this play.
      Posted Mar 23, 2023
      The Dark Angel (1935) Eleanor Barnes Timely in context, excellent in photography, and interestingly presenting Merle Oberon as a new star.
      Posted Mar 10, 2023
      Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Howard McClay A lush up-to-date Technicolored version of the Anita Loos-Joseph Fields musical comedy.
      Posted Mar 08, 2023
      Back to Bataan (1945) Virginia Wright Beulah Bondi gives a strong performance as the American school teacher, and Ducky Louie plays the child hero.
      Posted Feb 01, 2023
      The Lady Eve (1941) Virginia Wright It preaches no moral; it never heard of logic, but it is hilariously funny, consistently bright and ingenious.
      Posted Dec 29, 2022
      Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Harry Mines Though [the characters] may owe their existence to the agility of the sketcher's pen and the vividness of the sketcher's imagination, still the emotions reflected on their countenances are so lifelike that one soon regards them as flesh and blood people.
      Posted Dec 21, 2022
      Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Virginia Wright Gentleman's Agreement isn't the first film to tackle the subject of racial prejudice on the screen, but it carries on the fight with effective weapons.
      Posted Nov 16, 2022
      The Maltese Falcon (1941) Virginia Wright Its excitement springs not only from its unpredictable story line, and the suspense with which Huston traces each pilot development, but from the precision of each character delineation.
      Posted Nov 16, 2022
      Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Virginia Wright In its own engaging way, Meet Me In St. Louis is rather wonderful. And if it's typical at all of what Hollywood has in store -- then 1945 should see an improvement in the escapist films, at least.
      Posted Nov 10, 2022
      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Virginia Wright Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is brilliantly amusing. It presents a pride of country amidst typically American self conscious laughter. Its flag waving is of the most subtle kind, because it makes you laugh.
      Posted Nov 09, 2022
      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Harry Mines James Stewart has never been better as the young man who fights for truth and right All the performances are first rate, for that matter.
      Posted Nov 09, 2022
      King Kong (1933) Eleanor Barnes While the cast is adequate, much of the fascination is in the imaginative scenes.
      Posted Nov 09, 2022
      The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Harry Mines Lubitsch at his most exhilarating. Go see it.
      Posted Nov 07, 2022
      Stalag 17 (1953) Howard McClay William Holden, as Sefton, is tops, registers solidly with another one of his well-shaded screen-portrayals.
      Posted Nov 05, 2022
      The President's Mystery (1936) Jay Rosely [The President's Mystery] has all the elements of good drama, together with a soundly drawn romance, against its political background.
      Posted Oct 25, 2022
      The Thief of Bagdad (1924) L.B. Fowler It may be said without any exaggeration that The Thief of Bagdad is the greatest cinema of its kind ever to be projected on the silver screen; a truly colossal effort founded and produced upon pure entertainment principles.
      Posted Oct 22, 2022
      Shanghai Express (1932) Eleanor Barnes Anna May Wong... who achieved such fame on the London stage, was easily the outstanding performer in the cast.
      Posted Oct 21, 2022
      High Noon (1952) Howard McClay Director Fred Zinnemann's expert hand has made High Noon one of the best film western of all time.
      Posted Sep 20, 2022
      An American in Paris (1951) Howard McClay The best film musical Hollywood has dished up in years. From beginning to end, this lavish Technicolor production rates superior.
      Posted Aug 02, 2022
      How Green Was My Valley (1941) Virginia Wright Director John Ford and screenwriter Philip Dunne have retained the story's essentially lyric charm and compressed its many angled plot. The result is a poetic, moving and photographically superb motion picture.
      Posted Jul 26, 2022
      Hobson's Choice (1954) Howard McClay An exhilarating film frolic.
      Posted Mar 30, 2022
      From Here to Eternity (1953) Howard McClay It's a topnotch example of what Hollywood can do In transforming the novel to celluloid. As a matter of fact, its our opinion that [James] Jones' work bene fits considerably by the conversion.
      Posted Mar 15, 2022
      Mrs. Miniver (1942) Virginia Wright Here, at last, is a film which doesn't fumble its great and simple message, a deeply humane and humorous film more stirring than any drama of vast spectacle.
      Posted Jan 05, 2022
      The Power and the Glory (1933) Eleanor Barnes The Power and the Glory is one of the great pictures of the talkie era.
      Posted Dec 17, 2021
      Nightmare Alley (1947) Virginia Wright Both a shrewdly observant portrait of gullible humanity and a sharp study of the rise and fall of a "hustler" who feeds on the public's credulity.
      Posted Dec 03, 2021
      The Great Ziegfeld (1936) Eleanor Barnes As a living, glowing, womanly monument to the memory of the man who glorified the American girl, Luis Rainer last night breathed into show business the very essence of glamour that Flo Ziegfeld Jr. emphasized during his lifetime.
      Posted Dec 01, 2021
      Kiss Me Kate (1953) Mildred Norton As the feuding pair, Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson handle their roles superbly.
      Posted Nov 18, 2021
      It Happened at the Inn (1943) Virginia Wright [It Happened at the Inn] has the finest collection of characterizations seen on the screen in a number of years.
      Posted Nov 18, 2021
      The Wizard of Oz (1939) Harry Mines Caught la the relentless clutch of a Kansas Cyclone, Dorothy's whirlwind excursion into a world peopled by witches, fairies, Winkles, Munchkins and other quaint folk provides swift and exhilarating adventure.
      Posted Oct 14, 2021
      His Girl Friday (1940) Virginia Wright Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant are perfectly paired. Their comedy performances set a new speed record on the screen.
      Posted Oct 14, 2021
      Sunset Blvd. (1950) Darr Smith This is a picture to haunt the mind with Its tragedy, Its bitterness and Its sharp hardness.
      Posted Oct 11, 2021
      Leave Her to Heaven (1945) Virginia Wright Overlong In the telling and continuously melodramatic, Leave Her to Heaven is nevertheless a plausible version of the book.
      Posted Sep 29, 2021
      Them! (1954) Howard McClay Under Gordon Douglas high-geared direction, Them emerges as a top science-fiction film, and all performances are tops. Sid Hickox' lensing, art director Stanley Fleischer's sets and film director Thomas Reilly's cutting are all excellent.
      Posted Sep 28, 2021
      Gun Crazy (1950) David Bongard There were times in the criminal's getway car when the continuous camera shot didn't seem to break for hours, all the time the drama builds up to a tremendous peak with just throw away lines from the principals.
      Posted Sep 14, 2021
      A Letter for Evie (1945) Kaaren Sprager The burden of the story is Cronyn's and he handles the role with great ease and artistry.
      Posted Sep 07, 2021
      The New Gulliver (1935) Kaaren Sprager The years have not had any effect upon the charm and mechanical genius of the puppets created by Sarra Mokil... Vladimir Konstantinov as Gulliver is very effective In his dreams of glory role.
      Posted Sep 07, 2021
      Dark Passage (1947) Virginia Wright This little fantasy has been written for the screen and directed by Delmer Daves, who gave [the audience] the kind of amusement I'm sure wasn't intentional.
      Posted Aug 28, 2021
      Temptation (1946) David Hanna A not too successful rehash of that venerable Robert Hichens piece Bella Donna.
      Posted Jul 29, 2021
      ¡Qué Verde Era Mi Padre! (1945) Kaaren Sprager Young Miss Munoz proves a capable young thespian, perky and charming without being too cute.
      Posted Jul 22, 2021
      El Capitán Malacara (1945) Kaaren Sprager A fast, frothy comedy.
      Posted Jul 22, 2021
      El Jagüey de las Ruinas (1945) Kaaren Sprager The two women turn In exceptionally sensitive characterizations.
      Posted Jul 22, 2021
      Military Secret (1944) Kaaren Sprager In fact much of the action is kept as a deep, dark secret front the audience.
      Posted Jul 22, 2021
      Four Hearts (1945) Kaaren Sprager [Four Hearts] provides a pleasant hours' entertainment featured by soma lilting music and easy, natural performances by the four principals concerned.
      Posted Jul 21, 2021
      Bugambilia (1945) Kaaren Sprager [Dolores del Rio] is required to be spirited, soulful and sympathetic in turn, all of which is handled with a great deal of charm and understanding.
      Posted Jul 21, 2021
      The Pearl (1947) Darr Smith The story is simple and direct. It's the acting, the photography, and the direction which raise it up to the status of a memorable adventure.
      Posted Jul 19, 2021
      All About Eve (1950) Ezra Goodman It is smart and shiny and it is sparked by a set of high-voltage performances that wring just about every ounce of wit out of director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's crackling script
      Posted Jul 13, 2021
      The Razor's Edge (1946) David Hanna It certainly follows the W. Somerset Maugham novel -- being just as verbose, obscure in its philosophy and jumbled in its construction.
      Posted Jul 13, 2021
      The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953) Roy Ringer A lion's share of the credit is certainly due Dr. Suess, the writer of children's stories, who did the story, screenplay and lyrics.
      Posted Jul 13, 2021
      The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Virginia Wright The Best Years of Our Lives is the most rewarding picture in a long, long time.
      Posted Jul 13, 2021
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