The Terror (1963)

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I usually review movies made before 1950.  However, my interest in the Roger Corman-Boris Karloff collaboration was piqued by listening to the You Must Remember This podcast.  I recommend Karina Longworth’s podcast to any classic film fans. Roger Corman released The Terror during the summer of 1963.  Set in the early 1800s, French Lt. Andre Duvalier, played by Jack Nicholson,

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Was Battleship Potemkin (1925) Popular?

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Many critics and academics have examined and written about the work of Sergei Eisenstein in Battleship Potemkin (Bronenosets Potyomkin, 1925).  The bulk of the writing concentrates on the aesthetic quality, cinematic technique, and most importantly, Eisenstein’s use of montage to create meaning in this exemplary film.  Few writers focus on the commercial success or failure of the film. The film

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Seymour Hicks in Scrooge (1935)

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Scrooge (1935) is Twickenham Studios version of the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.  Seymour Hicks plays Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly owner of a London business.  He employs an assistant named Bob Cratchit.  Scrooge will eventually meet three ghosts on Christmas Eve, who will cause a miraculous change in Scrooge’s attitude towards Christmas and his assistant. Seymour Hicks was born

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Appointment with Danger (1950)

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I’m continuing with watching some old Alan Ladd movies that I first saw thirty years ago on American Movie Classics (AMC), when they showed classic movies.  I recently watched Appointment with Danger (1950), which was as entertaining as I remembered it. Paramount Pictures released Appointment with Danger in London in 1950 but didn’t release it in the United States until

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Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939)

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     On December 1, 1939, Twentieth Century-Fox released Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939), the second film in the three film series.  Gordon Harker starred as Scotland Yard Inspector Hornleigh.  The film opens in Brighton-on-the-Sea, where a storm has kept Inspector Hornleigh and his assistant Sergeant Bingham, played by Alastair Sim, inside for their first few vacation days.    

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Secret of the Blue Room (1933)

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     On July 20, 1933, Universal Pictures released Secret of the Blue Room (1933).  Produced by Carl Laemmle, the film is set in a castle, where 20 years earlier three people were mysteriously murdered.  Secret of the Blue Room opens with three suitors present for the twenty-first birthday of Irene von Helldorf, played by Gloria Stuart.  The inimitable Lionel

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The Greene Murder Case (1929)

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      The Greene Murder Case (1929) is a Philo Vance film starring William Powell.  The film also stars Jean Arthur in an early talking film role.  The Greene Murder Case was based on the Philo Vance books by S.S. Van Dine.  Van Dine wrote the book version of The Greene Murder Case in 1928.      The film begins with the executor of the Greene estate meeting

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