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9/10
fascinating early look at the Nazis
19 February 2020
This is an entertaining and well made production, even though it is far fetched in places. Dana Andrews makes a great American hero. The cinematography is excellent. The ending is a clever touch.
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Desire (1936)
10/10
Marlene and Gary wonderfully reunited
17 February 2020
Why it took 6 years for Paramount to reunite Cooper and Dietrich is a mystery. They make a great team, and should have been costarred more often. The comedy is very clever and the romantic moments are enchanting. This is grade A Hollywood product. Every production department working at it's finest level to achieve top entertainment.
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Morocco (1930)
10/10
Marlene Masterpiece by Von Sternberg
17 February 2020
Yes, this was nominated for Best Picture that year and should have won. The direction is expert and pioneered the effective use of sound. The performances by Dietrich, Cooper and Menjou are flawless. This was Marlene's first American film and combined with The Blue Angel to solidify her stardom. The flower sequence in the musical number at the cabaret is sublime in its playfulness of gender. The whole film is like exquisite poetry. Highly recommended.
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5/10
Poorly written B picture
16 February 2020
Two fine actors, Alan Curtis and Jack Holt, are in this film. Their scenes together made this film watchable for me. The direction and writing are poor, as is the music soundtrack. Recommended only if you can't find anything better to watch!
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7/10
great comedic performances by Arthur Treacher and Willie Best
16 February 2020
I think that Arthur Treacher and Willie Best are wonderful in their scenes together. David Niven is OK, but Willie is best with Arthur! He was a comedic artist playing a character, just as Treacher and Niven were doing. Willie and Arthur would have made a great team!
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6/10
Arthur Treacher is marvelous!
16 February 2020
I enjoy any opportunity to see Arthur Treacher, so I enjoyed this film. Patricia Ellis is also someone who I enjoy seeing. George Givot does well by his role. The story about con men swindling gangsters is amusing.
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4/10
One good scene doesn't make a good movie
16 February 2020
The one good scene is the one in which the brat in the drug store calls Woolsey a sissy! Other than that, this is a feature movie that should have been a short!
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Cracked Nuts (1931)
4/10
Edna May Oliver makes it bearable!
13 February 2020
Each one of the W&W films seems worse than the last one I viewed. The writing always seems poor to me. The stories are underdeveloped. The duo never lose themselves into the situations, but stand there making jokes that aren't funny. Dorothy Lee is always cute, but she doesn't make up for the poor stories and unfunny W&W.
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Tit for Tat (1935)
10/10
A grand follow up to THEM THAR HILLS.
12 February 2020
L&H get my vote for the funniest comedians to ever appear on film. The hilarity that they provoke is impossible to convey. Just take my word and watch them!
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10/10
Another Great Performance by Frank Morgan
12 February 2020
Mr. Morgan was quite a versatile actor, and plays this dramatic role with great dignity. He plays a Supreme Court Judge, so the dignity is right for the role. While on vacation, Morgan helps a young lawyer and in doing so, encounters small town corruption. Richard Carlson and Jean Rogers both give fine performances, as do all of the others in support. Recommended.
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3/10
cute but weird
11 February 2020
Maybe I'm of the wrong generation for this film. I did like some of the music in 1995, and still do. The story is too farfetched and strange. If they wanted this to be a musical, then they should have deleted the weird stuff (like the fake funeral). If they wanted this to be a movie about teen angst, then they should have deleted the dopey stuff (like the old women customers in hair curlers). The deleted scenes of Maxwell Caulfield should have been left in the film. His costumes were a poor choice for the character.
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Mummy's Boys (1936)
4/10
Another flat comedy by W&W
10 February 2020
I wanted to like this, since it concerned Egyptology and mummies. Barbara Pepper is someone that I like, but she doesn't get much to do. The writing fails to provide much interest. W&W would have been better as supporting actors. As stars of features, they are lacking.
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The Nitwits (1935)
4/10
WILLIE BEST THING ABOUT THIS DUD!
10 February 2020
W&W sometimes amuse me, but this outing of theirs seemed dull to me. Betty Grable and Erik Rhodes should have been given better material. Willie Best is funny as usual, but even he doesn't save this . The writing is poor. The direction by George Stevens isn't much better.
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Niagara (1953)
10/10
Marilyn Monroe as the sexiest femme fatale ever!
5 February 2020
Yes, Marilyn is positively electric in this film that skyrocketed her to stardom. Singing KISS in that beautiful magenta colored dress, wearing those hoop earrings and parting those lusciously lipsticked lips, she is all that anyone could wish for in a star! The story has suspense and the color cinematography is excellent. The whole cast is magnificent, particularly the three stars (Marilyn, Joseph Cotton and Jean Peters.)
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10/10
Movies Seldom Get as Good as This!
5 February 2020
As touching as it is funny, this film has a superb cast, an interesting story, great dialogue and expert direction. Charles Laughton's performance as an English butler is flawless. Charlie Ruggles, Mary Boland, Roland Young, Leila Hyams, Maude Eburne and Zasu Pitts are all perfection in their parts. Highly recommended!
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6/10
Nonsensical Fun!
3 February 2020
I don't find W/W funny, but Thelma Todd, Dorothy Lee and Ruth Etting are all very good, so I found this entertaining. All three actresses are reasons enough to make me watch this.
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The Virginian (1929)
8/10
Classic Cooper
2 February 2020
This early talkie developed Cooper's western persona. It is a performance that well illustrates the wonderful screen presence that Coop had. Like all of the great stars of the Golden Age, there is something striking about him that is irresistible. The film has many other excellent performances. Helen Ware, Richard Arlen, Walter Huston, Mary Brian and Eugene Palette all do well by their characterizations. Recommended!
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6/10
Nice production of Mark Twain story
2 February 2020
Well done production, but Flynn is wasted in the film.. He deserved a better vehicle to suit his stardom, but I guess that Warner Bros. decided to use his name to get people into the theaters. Barton Mac Lane good as the pauper's father. The Mauch twins are OK.
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9/10
Marvelous performances in this engrossing family drama
28 January 2020
This is such a well written and well acted film that it can be forgiven its only flaw, limited action. Almost the whole film takes place in a small apartment in Bronx, NY, circa 1946. The conversations between the three principals are so fascinating, that one is well entertained without such things as sets and scenery. Patricia Neal, Jack Albertson and Martin Sheen are all superb. Recommended for people not bored by dialogue.
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Pier 13 (1940)
7/10
Routine cop yarn but great scenes between Bari and Nolan
28 January 2020
Lloyd Nolan and Lynn Bari share great scenes in which he is the smart aleck cop and she is the wise cracking waitress. They play these scenes so well that the movie is worthwhile just to see them. Other than that, the film is mediocre.
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Harvey (1950)
7/10
Would have been better with Joe E. Brown
23 January 2020
Joe E Brown toured in the stage play, and was perfect, from what I hear, in the role of Elwood. While Jimmy Stewart was a fine actor, I believe he was somewhat miscast as Elwood. He seems like he is acting, and is not too believable. Joe E. Brown would have nailed the role, as he did playing Osgood in Some Like It Hot.
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2/10
Poor story idea
23 January 2020
Mixing fact and fantasy is probably not a good thing when the reality concerns tragedy. No matter what fantasies filmmakers entertain when making films, if they are involving real characters who were murdered, telling what might have happened instead of what did happen seems silly. It would have been nice if things had ended the way depicted here, but the sad thing is that we know the reality. This may have seemed like a good idea to writer/director Tarantino, but the film comes across as laughable. The filmmaking itself is great, but the idea ruins it.
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5/10
Wacky Whimsy With Wheeler& Woolsey
21 January 2020
They never make me laugh, but I do smile in amusement. Woolsey is clever with his delivery of "a play on words". Dorothy Lee was cute to the extreme, and always fun to watch. Edna May Oliver adds greatly to the nonsense. OK entertainment.
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5/10
Jobyna Howland funniest in picture
21 January 2020
They should have made Woolsey and Jobyna Howland a screen team. Their scenes together are very good. Likewise, Wheeler and Dorothy Lee would have been a good team. I just don't care for Wheeler and Woolsey together. I don't know how they were paired up together, but the result was mediocre films.
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High Flyers (1937)
5/10
Mildly amusing W/W comedy
21 January 2020
Lupe Velez does a few impersonations of other stars, and Wheeler does an impersonation of Chaplin. The rest of the time, everyone is trying to find some missing jewels. Rather than being funny, it gets tedious, Margaret Dumont is on hand, but the film is belabored.
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