Category Archives: American

Cash McCall (1960): Film Review

Let me break down the anatomy of film for you. There are great films, there are good films, there are bad films, and there are odd films. Movies which fall into this last category can be strangely fascinating and frustrating … Continue reading

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Happy 100th Birthday to Olivia De Havilland

Today is the one hundredth birthday of Olivia De Havilland, born July 1st, 1916, Hollywood star and winner of two Academy Awards for Best Actress (for the 1946 To Each His Own and the 1949 The Heiress). As one of the last great stars from classic … Continue reading

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I Am A Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932): Film Review

As titles go, this 1932 Warner Brothers picture is hard to beat–and even eighty years later, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang remains as attention-grabbing and unforgettable as its title, besides being a historically and socially significant little … Continue reading

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Musical Interlude: Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952)

While not even its greatest admirers could claim it as one of the few outstanding musicals of classic Hollywood, the 1952 musical Bloodhounds of Broadway is a colorful, pleasant, mildly entertaining little movie. Based on the popular stories of Damon Runyon (his … Continue reading

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Noir Night: Raw Deal (1948)

Raw Deal is an early Anthony Mann film, one of several he made with famed cinematographer John Alton at the camera. The film stars Dennis O’Keefe as Joe Sullivan, a jailed gangster who believes that his upcoming, engineered jailbreak is on the … Continue reading

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The Bigamist (1953): Film Review

Among the handful of films directed by actress Ida Lupino is the 1953 drama The Bigamist, notable among her works as the only film which she both directed and co-starred in. Lupino is joined by Joan Fontaine, Edmund Gwenn, and … Continue reading

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Catholicism at the Cinema: Miracle of the Bells (1948)

The relationship between Hollywood and Catholicism has always been a complex and historically interesting one. While Catholics were influential in the creation and enforcing of a long-lasting censorship system (known as the Production Code), there were comparatively few movies which … Continue reading

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