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« #465 : September 12, 2015, 11:01:54 AM »

Lady for a Night (1942) Lukewarm melodrama-comedy where the only good things are a couple of musical numbers. 5/10


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« #466 : September 13, 2015, 08:58:40 AM »

Lady from Louisiana (1941) The only interesting feature of this crime-melodrama is the story about the lottery racket and the flooding of N.O. decades before Kathrina. And the performance by Henry stephenson. But it gets no more than 5/10


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« #467 : September 13, 2015, 12:49:12 PM »

Pittsburgh (1942) Though he comes third in the credits, Wayne is the protagonist and it is strange watching him playing for once a heel type, though at last redeemed. Dietrich looks still beautiful, but does little more. Scott wins probably the only fist fight Wayne ever lost on the screen. 6/10


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« #468 : September 15, 2015, 12:58:39 AM »

Three Faces West (1940) Cheap propaganda stuff. 3/10


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« #469 : September 15, 2015, 02:29:37 AM »

The Shepherd of the Hills (1940) Had it been for the title alone I'd never watched it: what would you expect from it? But then Hathaway cannot be disregarded and so I gave it a try. I think for the first hour is a very good film, well managed plot-wise, but the last half hour, with all those miracles intended to make you weep makes the valuation go down a tack. Still the performances of Carey (the real protagonist of the movie, though Wayne is credited first), Betty Field (not ugly only because still young) and Wayne (this character reminded me of Nathan) and the rest of the cast; the landscapes exceptionally photographed in Technicolor; and some of the dialogues in that stream of consciousness style dave jenkins appreciates so much make me give it a 7\10


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« #470 : September 15, 2015, 10:10:14 AM »

Jet Pilot (1957) Von Sternberg (!) and Howard Hughes combined their forces to give us a veritable piece of crap. 3/10


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« #471 : September 16, 2015, 01:06:56 AM »

Hellfighters (1968) Better than the Green Berets, though Hutton never convinced me he could play. The action scenes are well made and enliven a too long movie. 6/10


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« #472 : September 16, 2015, 08:09:46 AM »

Wake of the Red Witch (1948) Uneven flick, which has a great start, a good middle part and then the usual melodrama stuff and an unexpected pre-finale which doesn't fit with what precedes but it is inevitable for the finale. The male leads are all good, Adele Mara looks much better than Gail Russel. 7/10


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« #473 : September 16, 2015, 12:16:25 PM »

The Shepherd of the Hills (1940) . . . the landscapes exceptionally photographed in Technicolor; and some of the dialogues in that stream of consciousness style dave jenkins appreciates so much make me give it a 7\10
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« #474 : September 17, 2015, 01:00:47 AM »

Reap the Wild Wind (1942) Good CBDM adventure movie, with some miscasting (Goddard, older than the part and continuously overacting; and at least for the first part, even Milland) but good narrative pace. 7/10


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« #475 : September 20, 2015, 11:19:21 AM »

The Inner Circle (1991) Everybody  at IMDB praises Hulce's performance while for me it's the main mistake of the movie: he plays the part of the projectionist like it was Amadeus. I also don't like the melodramatic parts of the plot, much more interesting the reconstruction of the "inner circle" and the dialogues between Stalin and the others. The finale partly redeems the melodrama. 7/10   


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« #476 : September 21, 2015, 06:42:03 AM »

The Conqueror (1956) I resisted more than 30 years, but today found the guts to watch it. Any comment is useless. Maybe soon I'll find the right mood to watch Sound of Music.


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« #477 : September 22, 2015, 08:37:28 AM »

Seven Sinners (1940) I gave it another try after 30 years but I still can't find anything worth salvaging except Dietrich giving a great rendition of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love". 4/10


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« #478 : September 27, 2015, 11:42:12 AM »

The Snake Pit (1948) I thought this was a noir or suspense movie instead is a ridiculous melodrama which starts well (you suspect there's some kind of conspiration going on) but gets worse and worse with two-cents psychiatrich explanantions. The only good thing is Betsy Blair (i didn't remember her as pretty in her other movies). 5/10


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« #479 : October 05, 2015, 09:14:57 AM »

The Fighting Seabees (1944) Piece of crappy war propaganda cum melodrama. Lots of stage shooting and back projectiions. Worth seeing for Wayne's dancing. 4/10


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