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Scene of the Crime (1949)
Scene of the Crime (1949)
DVD
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK Crime Drama, August 25, 2016
“Scene of the Crime” is a 1949 black and white attempt by MGM to move into the territory owned by Warner Bros. Dore Schary (1905-80) had just moved from RKO and wanted to shake up the MGM image which was fading in the post war period. This was one of his films he personally got involved with, and he saw it as an opportunity to not merely change MGM’s image but also to expand the careers of two MGM stars – Van Johnson and Gloria DeHaven.

Van Johnson (1916-2008) had been a song and dance man playing musical comedies with some success. He was never top tier (e.g., Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra), but Schary saw some dramatic potential (e.g., 30 Seconds Over Tokyo”) and pushed him into this one and more (“Battleground”, “Command Decision”). He’s certainly adequate in this role as a cop investigating the murder of his ex-partner.

Gloria DeHaven (1925-2016) also had a rich career in the musical genre (“Step Lively”, “Two Girls and a Sailor”), and in this film she plays a stripper with ties to the underworld. She’s merely OK and her dramatic career didn’t take off, though she enjoyed success in TV (“Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”, “Ryan’s Hope”).

Beautiful Arlene Dahl (1925) plays Johnson’s suffering wife. She and Johnson enjoyed some success the year earlier in “The Bride Goes Wild”.

The film has a staple of dependable character actors, including John McIntire (TVs “Naked City” and “Wagon Train”), Norman Lloyd (popular in Hitchcock films), Tom Drake (Judy Garland’s boyfriend in “Meet me in St. Louis”), Leon Ames (Judy Garland’s father in “Meet me in St. Louis”), and Anthony Caruso (“The Asphalt Jungle”).

The film is often mistaken for film noir, which it isn’t. It’s also not that great. Considering the crime dramas from the 40s (“High Sierra”, “This Gun for Hire”, “The Blue Dahlia”, “The Killers”, “The Naked City”, “Criss Cross”, “They Live By Night”, “White Heat”) and this one doesn’t hold up that well.

The big Oscar winners in 1949 were “Hamlet” (Picture, Actor, Art Direction, Costume Design) and “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actor). The top box office hits were “Samson and Delilah”, “Battleground”, “Jolson Sings Again”, “The Sands of Iwo Jima”, and “I Was a Male Order Bride”. Other notable films that year were “All the King’s Men”, “Champion”, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”, “Twelve O’Clock High” and “White Heat”.


Swamp Water [ Non-usa Format, Pal, Reg.2 ]
Swamp Water [ Non-usa Format, Pal, Reg.2 ]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Little Trouble in Big Swamp, August 20, 2016
“Swamp Water” is a black and white 1941 film based on a 1940 serial from the Saturday Evening Post that was later turned into a novel by Vereen Bell (1911-1944). In 1952 it was remade as a color film called “Lure of the Wilderness”.

It tells the story of life in a small village on the outskirts of the Okefenokee Swamp. The main plot features a young boy (Dana Andrews) trying to gain his independence from his authoritarian father (Walter Huston). Along the way he meets an escaped convict (Walter Brennan) who lives in the swamp, falls in love with a young girl (Anne Baxter), and deals with the town’s scoundrels (Ward Bond, Big Boy Williams).

There are wonderful performances from John Ford’s favorite character actors (John Carradine, Russell Simpson) and much of the music and location settings are reminiscent of a Ford film, although the camera is more fluid.

Dana Andrews, Walter Huston, Anne Baxter, and Walter Brennan appear in this film and played together in 1943 “The North Star”.

Dana Andrews (1909-92) appeared in over 100 films, including memorable roles in “The Westerner” (1941), “The Ox Bow Incident” (1943), “Laura” (1944) and “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946). He seems a little old to be playing a young boy in this film, though his performance is OK.

Walter Huston (1884-1950) was churning out films in the 1930s, sometimes as many as 8 in a year. His performances were relatively undistinguished, even if some of the films (e.g., “Gabriel Over the White House”) were hits. Huston got better as he got older, and he was nominated for an Oscar in 1937 (“Dodsworth”) and 1942 (“Devil and Daniel Webster”). The year after this film came out he was nominated again (“Yankee Doodle Dandy”) and won in 1949 for “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”. He does his usual credible job.

Walter Brennan (1894-1974) won 3 Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (“Come and Get it” in 1936, “Kentucky” in 1938, and “The Westerner” in 1941) and was nominated for his work in “Sergeant York” (1941). We know him best for his Emmy nominated role in the TV series “The Real McCoys”, and his film comedies (“The Over the Hill Gang”) or as the grumpy side kick Stumpy in “Rio Bravo”, but he was equally capable of playing the villain, as he showed in “The Westerner” (1940), “My Darling Clementine” (1946), and again In “How the West Was Won”.

This was one of Anne Baxter’s (1923-85) first major roles, just before her role opposite Joseph Cotton in Orson Welles’ “The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942) and her top billing for “North Star” (1943). After this she won the Oscar and the Golden Globe for “The Razor’s Edge” (1946) and was nominated for an Oscar for her role as the ambitious Eve Harrington in “All About Eve” (1950). In 1956 she appeared as Queen Nefertiri in “The Ten Commandments” which was probably the peak of her career.

Variety said “French director Jean Renoir’s first job for an American company, it’s something less than an auspicious beginning. Giving him a story dealing with a segment of the US population with whom not even many Americans are familiar appears open to debate.” The NY Times was less kind calling it a “melodramatic mess about Georgia crackers.”

1941 was a terrific year for films – “Citizen Kane”, “The Maltese Falcon”, Sergeant York”, “How Green Was My Valley”, Meet John Doe”, “Buck Privates”, “They Died with Their Boots On”, “The Sea Wolf” “High Sierra”, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, and “A Yank in the RAF”.

The film is better than many critics said. The scenes in the swamp are great and you get a real feeling for the swamp as a character. Andrew’s dog “Trouble” is a central character and there is lots of dialogue about the proper way to consider the lives of animals. That being said, kittens are drowned, and animals are killed and skinned.

Well worth watching for the swamp footage and the performances.


The Mystery of the Wax Museum / 1933 / Fay Wray
The Mystery of the Wax Museum / 1933 / Fay Wray
DVD ~ Fay Wray
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4.0 out of 5 stars Last of the two strip technicolor features, August 13, 2016
“Mystery of the Wax Museum” holds a special place in film history as the last of the two strip technicolor films.

Using color in films began with tinting entire sequences (e.g., “The Great Train Robbery”) and later hand painting scenes (e.g., “Birth of a Nation”, “Intolerance”). Technicolor films started as early as 1917 when they used a single lens and a beam splitter. This system continued through 1922, with little commercial success due to the problems in showing the film. In 1922 they developed “System 2” and produced “Toll of the Sea”. It was highly profitable, and the technique was used in a few scenes in Cecil B DeMille’s “Ten Commandments” (1923) and Jesse Lasky’s “Wanderer of the Wasteland” (1924). This process was superior because it required no special projection techniques, but the prints were subject to problems and

System 3 (the one used in this film) was invented in 1928. This new technique was used in films like “The Viking” (1928) and “Mysterious Island” (1929). Process 3 was improved in 1931, eliminated the specks that often appeared in the films, and reduced the production costs. It was this process that was used to make this film. Warner Bros. had planned to do 6 films using this technique, but only made 3 (including this one). Other studios also planned to go into this process more, but limited box office stalled their efforts. The next process (4) was quickly adopted by Walt Disney (“Silly Symphonies”, 1933) and became the standard, mostly in cartoons, but also in a few films (e.g., “Becky Sharp”). When Disney released “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs” (1937) the new technique took off and was prominent in 1939 films like “GWTW” and “Wizard of Oz”.

So enjoy this look back in film history. The story is jumbled and some of the acting is over the top (Fay Wray screams even more than she did when held by King Kong), but the technology is the treat here.


Hitler's Children
Hitler's Children
DVD ~ Tim Holt
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3.0 out of 5 stars Important issue but pedestrian film treatment, August 11, 2016
This review is from: Hitler's Children (DVD)
“Hitler’s Children” is a really important film dealing with a topic that isn ‘t usually covered – the racial policies of the 3rd Reich. Unfortunately the film is done so poorly it detracts from the message. The acting is exaggerated, the photography is pedestrian, and the music tends to overwhelm the story. Produced in 1943, the war was in full gear, so the film was a big hit.

Because of the success of this film, director Edward Dmytryk (1908-1999) career took off. He became known for his film noir (Murder my Sweet, Farewell my Lovely). Dmytryk was nominated for an Oscar for “Crossfire” (1947) and won at Cannes. He was twice nominated for a DGA award – “the Young Lions” (1958) and “The Caine Mutiny” (1954). Among the 50+ films he directed were “The Left Hand of God” (1955), and “The Carpetbaggers” (1964). Dmytryk was part of the Hollywood 10, a group of blacklisted film makers imprisoned during the McCarthy era. Despite his skills, few are evident in this drama.

Tim Holt (1919-73) plays a Nazi youth. Holt spent most of his career in B westerns, but along the way he did have a few good roles, in “The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942) and “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948). Interestingly enough, Holt served in WW 2 and was a decorated bombardier.

Bonita Granville (1923-88) plays an American girl imprisoned in a camp for German girls. She was nominated for an Oscar for “These Three” (1936) and later played Nancy Drew. She appears a little silly as the young girl but improves her performance as she gets taken by the Germans.

1943 was an OK year in films – The top grossing films included “This is the Army”, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “Song of Bernadette”, “Coney Island”, and “Stage Door Canteen”. Other notables included “The Ox Bow Incident”. The big Oscar winner was “Going My Way”, and other winners included “Gaslight” and “None But the Lonely Heart”

War films were particularly popular – “Action in the North Atlantic” with Bogart and Raymond Massey, “Air Force” with John Garfield, “Bataan” with Robert Taylor and Lloyd Nolan, “Bombadier” with Pat O’Brien and Randolph Scott, “Corvette K-255” with Randolph Scott, “Five Graves to Cairo” with Franchet Tone and Anne Baxter”, and “Hangmen Also Die” with Brian Donlevy and Walter Brennan. All of these films are better films, per se, but the topic in this film is far superior.


Suzy (DVD) 1936 - Jean Harlow, Cary Grant, Franchot Tone
Suzy (DVD) 1936 - Jean Harlow, Cary Grant, Franchot Tone
DVD ~ Cary Grant, Franchot Tone Jean Harlow

4.0 out of 5 stars One of Harlow's best, August 9, 2016
Suzy” is a 1936 ambitious attempt to create a comedy/romance/drama around MGM’s sex goddess Jean Harlow, and it almost succeeds.
25-year old Jean Harlow (1911-1937) was the biggest sex symbol of her times. Only Marilyn Monroe in the 50s ever achieved a rival position. Harlow began by playing gangster’s moll (“Hell’s Angels”, “The Secret Six”, “Public Enemy”, “Scarface”, “Beast of the City”) and moved to more complex roles in “Red Dust” (1932) and “Three Wise Girls” (1932) and then dabbled as a comedienne in “Red Headed Woman” (1932). By 1936 she was a fully fledged movie actress and one of MGM biggest superstars, and MGM was trying to turn her away from the sexy roles and into broader characterizations.

They succeed. She is marvelous as the chorus girl down on her luck in pre WW 1 London, who marries an Irish Engineer (Franchot Tone) and then a French Lord and Aviation Ace (Cary Grant). Along the way there is drama, war, espionage, and some aviation footage from “Hell’s Angels”, one of Harlow’s first films.

In 1936 Cary Grant (1904-86) was an up and coming star. He became well known for films like “She Done Him Wrong” (1933) and “I’m no Angel” (1933). He plays a charming womanizer, a role he played often and well. Though generally well regarded (AFI rates him 2nd greatest male star ever), Grant never won a major acting award and received only 2 Oscar nominations in more than 70 film outings. I liked him best in “Gunga Din” (1939), “His Girl Friday” (1940) and “The Philadelphia Story” (1940).

Franchot Tone (1905-68) was a marvelous actor who is best known for his Oscar nominated performance in “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935). He made nearly 100 films and gave outstanding performances in films like “Lives of a Bengal Lancer” (1935), “The Man on the Eiffel Tower” (1949), and “Advise & Consent” (1962). He co-starred with Harlow in 4 films – “Bombshell” (1933), “The Girl from Missouri” (1934), “Reckless” (1935), and “Suzy” (1936). In this film his Irish accent is ridiculous and he is a little stiff, which is probably his idea of how an engineer would behave.

Lewis Stone (1879-1953) appears as Grant’s father. He was a major star in the 20s and 30s and was nominated for an Oscar for “The Patriot” (1930). Between 1914 and 1953 he made more than 150 films; his memorable roles were as the warden in “The Big House” (1930), Doctor Otternschlag in “Grand Hotel” (1932), and “Doc” in “Three Godfathers” (1936). He’s probably best known for his continuing role as Judge Hardy in the Andy Hardy films (1937-46).

George Fitzmaurice (1885-1940) directs. He’s best known for his work in the silent era (e.g. “Son of the Sheik”, 1926) and early talkies (e.g., “Raffles”, 1930). Fitzmaurice worked best with women.

In 1936 Jean Harlow had 3 films in the top 20 – “Libeled Lady” ( Spencer Tracy, William Powell, and Myrna Loy), “Wife vs. Secretary” (Gable and Loy), and “Suzy” (Cary Grant). The other big money winners were “San Francisco” (Gable), “The Great Ziegfeld” (Powell and Loy), “Modern Times” (Chaplin), and “Charge of the Light Brigade” (Flynn and de Havilland). The big Oscar winner was “The Great Ziegfeld” (Picture, Best Actress). Other notable films from that year were “The Petrified Forest” (Bogart), “Romeo and Juliette” (Shearer and Howard), “Dodsworth” (Walter Huston) and Fritz Lang’s “Fury”.

I enjoyed this film very much and think it’s one of Harlow’s best.


Bronze Buckaroo
Bronze Buckaroo
DVD ~ Herb Jeffries
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3.0 out of 5 stars Important historical film, July 15, 2016
This review is from: Bronze Buckaroo (DVD)
Because Blacks were segregated in many places in the U.S., an industry grew up of films with black actors played to black audiences. The first film was made in 1912 (“The Railroad Porter”) by Oscar Micheaux, a Chicago sports writer. More black films appeared in the wake of the racist stereotypes from “Birth of a Nation” (1915) including the “Birth of a Race” (1918).

Films about blacks and featuring blacks were commonplace (“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, “Sambo”) but what distinguished the all black films was that the entire production was black.

By the time this film was made (1939) blacks were fairly well integrated into the mainstream cinema (e.g., Hattie McDaniel won the Oscar for “Gone with the Wind”), but because of segregation there was a need for films that appealed to blacks. “The Bronze Buckaroo” follows “Harlem on the Prairie” (1937) and “Two Gun Man from Harlem” (1938), both of them directed by Richard Kahn and both starring Herb Jeffries (1913-2014), Hollywood’s first singing cowboy. In fact Jeffries was such a good singer he left the big screen and went to work for Duke Ellington, but before switching careers, he produced and starred in several of these films, earning himself the nickname of “The Bronze Buckaroo”.

The film itself has some funny moments, but it’s hardly worth viewing apart from the historical significance. You might recognize big Spencer Williams (1893-1969), the Andy from the classic “Amos ‘n Andy” TV series from 1951 to 1953. Williams appeared in all 3 of the Bronze Buckaroo films.


Double Feature: The Squaw Man
Double Feature: The Squaw Man
DVD ~ Dustin Farnum
Price: $14.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Historic Value, July 9, 2016
The 1931 version of “The Squaw Man” was the third filming of the play, all of them by Cecil B. DeMille. The play was written in 1905 and starred future famous silent film cowboy William S. Hart. It ran for nearly a year and was revived several times, then spawned a novel. It featured the marriage between a White man and an Indian and the birth of their son, a scandalous topic for the times. All three films and the novel follow the same basic story line.

The 1931 film stars Warner Baxter as the disgraced Englishman who marries Indian Princess Lupe Velez and together they create a son played by Dickie Moore. Eleanor Boardman plays Baxter’s English love interest and Charles Bickford plays an evil rancher.

Warner Baxter (1889-1951) was a big star in the 20s and won an Oscar for “In Old Arizona” (1929). He went on to star in “Prisoner of Shark island” (1936) and “Kidnapped” (1938) and his career fizzled after that. I'm not a big fan of Baxter and this film didn't change my mind.

Lupe Velez (1906-44) was “the Mexican Spitfire” and one of the first successful Latina actresses, starting her career in the silent era and expanding in the 30s. She is still doing silent era hystrionics in this film but she got better in her later films.

Eleanor Broadman (1898-1991) was a major silent film star, married to film director King Vidor, and best known for “The Crowd” (1928). This was her last film with MGM.

Crusty Charles Bickford (1891-1967) plays the villain. He appeared in nearly 100 films. He was nominated for an Oscar three times (“Song of Bernadette” in 1943, “The Farmer’s Daughter” in 1947, and “Johnny Belinda” in 1949), and each time, the actress who played opposite him won the Oscar for Best Actress – Jennifer Jones, Loretta Young, and Jane Wyman.

Dickie Moore (1925-2015) was just 5 years old when he made this film but he was already a veteran of over a dozen films. He gave Shirley Temple her first on-screen kiss (1942) and appeared in nearly 100 films.

The 1931 version plays mostly like a silent film in terms of the acting style and the camera movement. That’s a little disappointing because 1931 was a great year for film with “Frankenstein”, “Cimarron”, “Mata Hari”, “City Lights”, and “Dracula”. The Oscars went to “Cimarron” (Picture), “The Champ” (Actor), and “Min and Bill” (Actress). Other notable films released that year include “M”, “Public Enemy”, “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde”, and “Monkey Business”.

The Squaw Man has some historic value, especially being able to see two versions, but otherwise there are far better films to see.


Son-Daughter, The
Son-Daughter, The
DVD ~ Helen Hayes
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1.0 out of 5 stars for example) but for actors like Helen Hayes and Lewis Stone and Ramon Navarro, June 24, 2016
This review is from: Son-Daughter, The (DVD)
This is one of those politically insensitive films that were made without thought in the 20s and 30s and which continue even more recently. The entire cast is composed of white people playing Chinese. Warner Oland made a career doing this (he played Charlie Chan, for example) but for actors like Helen Hayes and Lewis Stone and Ramon Navarro, it's just plain silly. It's even worse than Marlon Brando ("Teahouse of the August Moon), Tony Randall (7 Faces of Dr Lao), John Wayne (The Conquerer), Edward G Robinson (The Hatchet Man), and Peter Ustinov (Charlie Chan)


Old San Francisco
Old San Francisco
DVD ~ Warner Oland, Chas. E. Mack, Josef Swickard Dolores Costello
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the last major silent films, June 19, 2016
This review is from: Old San Francisco (DVD)
“Old San Francisco” is a 1927 silent film starring Dolores Costello and Warner Oland. It is vaguely historical and the climax of the film is the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. This was one of the last silent films from Warner Brothers and one month later “The Jazz Singer” came out.

Beautiful Dolores Costello (1903-75) plays the grand-daughter of a wealthy Spanish family who were prominent in San Francisco before the gold rush of 1848. She is best remembered today as Drew Barrymore’s grandmother but she was a major silent film star and made a successful transition into talkies “Little Lord Fauntleroy”, “The Magnificent Ambersons”) before retiring.

Warner Oland (1879-1938) plays a heinous Chinese businessman. Oland is best known for his many films as Charlie Chan, starting in 1931 following his role in “The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu” (1929). Interestingly enough he was Swedish.

Anna May Wong (1905-61) plays a prostitute. Wong was one of the few well known Asian actresses in the first part of the 20th century. She appeared in more than 50 films including “Shame” (1921), “Peter Pan” (1924), and “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924). Her beauty and grace are clearly in focus.

The version of the restored film I saw had both the beginning and the end in harsh sepia tones, but the middle was fine.

1927 was a pivotal year in film with the production of “The Jazz Singer”. Other major films from that year were “Wings”, “King of Kings”, Abel Gance’s Napoleon, “London After Midnight”, and “Metropolis”. Clara Bow appeared in “It” and Buster Keaton’s classic comedy “The General”.

The film is a tour d’force for Costello who does a great job. Anna May Wong is also effective, though Oland is not as menacing as he could be, and the rest of the cast do the kind of over-acting we associate with silent films. The earthquake scene at the end is very good for the time.

The film is well worth viewing from the historical perspective as one of the last of the major silent films.


Prince Of Foxes '49
Prince Of Foxes '49
DVD ~ Tyrone Power
Offered by Outlet Promotions
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great acting, June 17, 2016
This review is from: Prince Of Foxes '49 (DVD)
Orson Welles (1915-85) created some of the very best theatre, radio, and films in history, and is credited by almost everyone for making the #1 film of all time – “Citizen Kane” (1941). But he started having problems with producers and studios, left projects unfinished, went over budget, and a whole host of problems that ultimately resulted in fewer and fewer films of lesser and lesser quality. By 1949, when this film was made, Welles was already in trouble and exhibiting many of the problems that would unhinge his career. Though his brilliance would always shine through even the shabbiest of projects he undertook, it became harder and harder to find.

He made “The Prince of Foxes” in 1949 as part of his “European” phase in which he was acting to raise money to fund his projects (esp. “Othello” that ultimately appeared in 1952). Together with Tyrone Power they also made “The Black Rose” in 1950.

Welles is still young and full of vitality, and his performance as Cesar Borgia is excellent.

Everett Sloane (1909-65) plays an assassin. He appeared in more than 100 films and TV programs and was part of the Orson Welles stock company. In fact his film debut was in “Citizen Kane” (1941) as Mr. Bernstein and he appeared in several films with Welles (“Journey into Fear”, “Lady from Shanghai”). He transitioned to TV in the early 50s and was nominated for an Emmy in 1956 for his role in the “Kraft Television Theatre”. Sloane is over the top in this film, as he was in all his Welles’ films. But Sloan was able to be over the top and still turn in a great performance, as he did elsewhere and as he does here.

Tyrone Power (1914-58) was 20th Century Fox’s challenge to MGM’s Errol Flynn. He was doing bit parts when director Henry King cast him in “Lloyd’s of London” (1936) which launched his career. From 1936 to 42 he cranked out a few films every year, some of them notable – “Suez” (1938), “Jesse James” (1939), “The Mark of Zorro” (1940), “Blood and Sand” (1941). He was never nominated for an Oscar, although his performance in “Witness for the Prosecution” (1957) certainly deserved one.

Power once said – “The secret of charm is bulls***” and his film roles were filmed with charm. He was never as charming as he is in this film, one of his best from my POV. Power plays a peasant who pretends to be a nobleman and serves Borgia until he falls in love.

Felix Aylmer (1889-1979) plays the head of a rival Duchy. Of his 150+ films, Aylmer is best known for his roles as Polonius in Olivier’s “Hamlet” (1948) and as the Archbishop of Canterbury from “Becket” (1964). He does his usual good job here.

Director Henry King (1886-1982) was nominated for an Oscar in 1943 (“Song of Bernadette”) and 1944 (“Wilson”), won the Golden Globe for “Bernadette” and DGA nominations for his work with Gregory Peck in “David and Bathsheba” (1951) and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” (1952). He directed more than 100 films between 1915 and 1962, and worked with Power on nearly a dozen films including “Lloyds of London” (1936), “The Sun Also Rises” (1957), and “Captain from Castile” (1947).

The music and photography (unfortunately B&W) are magnificent.

The big Oscar winners in 1949 were “Hamlet” (Picture, Actor, Art Direction, Costume Design) and “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actor). The top box office hits were “Samson and Delilah”, “Battleground”, “Jolson Sings Again”, “The Sands of Iwo Jima”, and “I Was a Male Order Bride”. Other notable films that year were “All the King’s Men”, “Champion”, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”, “Twelve O’Clock High” and “White Heat”.

This is a better than average film that benefits from great acting.


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