To Each His Own (1946) – The magic of Olivia de Havilland

On TCM 2/27/17 tonight- It is just cinematic magic when Olivia as Jody encounters American Lieutenant Gregory Pierson in WW II London…. will get to you every time you see To Each His Own (1946).

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Oscar Awards Opinion from Reel Hipster!

The opening of LA LA Land (the Glee-like traffic jam scene) was a poor song interpretation, had poor lighting, lousy cinematography, and uninspired choreography. If Billy Crystal can wow us in a five minute opening (at past Academy Awards shows), then we should expect a $30 million dollar movie could at least step up to […]

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Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo

On TCM 2/21/2017-Great director Nicholas Ray’s masterpiece Rebel Without a Cause (1955) is a favorite of mine. Love the performances by James Dean, Oscar nominated here Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. I cannot forget: 

  1. The strong performances by Jim Backus and Ann Doran as Dean’s 50’s suburban parents.
  2. The introduction of Nick Adams and Dennis Hooper as young punks.
  3. Later TV series stars William Hopper (to be Paul Drake on Perry Mason) as Natalie’s dad and Edward Platt (to be Chief of Control on Get Smart! as an understanding cop.
  4. The scenes filmed at the LA Griffith Observatory—Love that touching Sal Mineo line as Plato— “What does he know about man alone?”

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Mogambo (1953)- John Ford directs Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, and Ava Gardner

Mogambo (1953) on TCM last night 2/17/17–John Ford masterfully integrates striking gorilla documentary footage with his romantic triangle on a safari tale cast with screen greats: Clark Gable as big game hunter Victor Marswell; Grace Kelly as his married client (In Clark’s words: “You know how it is, the woman always fall for the white hunter.” ) and Ava Gardner as the down on her luck Eloise not having a good safari with the Clark/Grace fling (In the future she: “Only wants to see the two lions in the front of the public library.”) With the same genius Ford composes his shots in Monument Valley, he frames these superstars capturing the beauty and godliness of Kenya’s landscape.

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Nehemiah Persoff – Little Bonaparte in Some Like It Hot (1959)!

On TCM Fri  2/24/17 – The Billy Wilder Essential Some Like It Hot (1959)-the great underrated character actor Nehemiah Persoff cast as mob chief Little Bonaparte opens the mob reunion (disguised as Friends of Italian Opera Lover’s meeting) with the following Wilder/I.A.L. Diamond eloquence: “Thank you, fellow opera-lovers. It’s been ten years since I elected myself president of dis organization… an’ if I say so myself, you made duh right choice. Let’s look at duh record: In duh lass fissel year we made a hundred an’ twelve million dollars before taxes… only we didn’t pay no taxes!”  You also might remember Persoff in On The Waterfront (1954) playing the cab driver/mob informant in the famous Brando/Steiger who reported the action back to bad guy John Friendly (Lee J Cobb).  Look for Nehemiah playing many diverse roles in many movies and TV.

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Marty (1955)-Valentine’s Day gift to movie lovers!

Perfect forever Valentine’s Day gift to all us movie lovers- Marty (1955) from Oscar winning team of producer Burt Lancaster, director Delbert Mann, and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky where shy teacher Clara (Betsy Blair) who was down on her luck being taken on a Saturday night date to the Stardust Ballroom by a guy who called her a “dog”. But the reality was that Clara was caught on a date with a “rat” and that evening–she was rescued by the all-time kindest, nicest guy in the history of Cinema, Marty played by the great Oscar winning here Ernest Borgnine (“We dogs have to stick together.”)

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I Remember Mama (1948)—Mr. Hyde’s Gift!

On TCM last night 2/12/17: Legendary director George Steven’s brilliant I Remember Mama (1948)—the great Sir Cedric Hardwicke as the loving but deadbeat boarder Mr. Hyde provides to the San Francisco Norwegian immigrant Hansen family the gift of dramatic readings from classic books. He might not have paid the rent—but it was “a far better thing” (to quote the hero of Charles Dickens’ Tales of Two Cities) that he left his book collection as his final gift to the family.

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