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I’ll Be Seeing You

This unusually sensitive, overlooked WW2 romance skips the morale-boosting baloney of the day. Two people meet on a train, each with a personal shame they dare not speak of. Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotten are excellent under William Dieterle’s direction, and Shirley Temple doesn’t do half the damage you’d think she might.

I’ll Be Seeing You


Kl Studio Classics

1944 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 85 min. / Street Date November 21, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, John Derek, Tom Tully, Chill Wills, Kenny Bowers.

Cinematography: Tony Gaudio

Film Editor: William H. Zeigler

Special Effects: Jack Cosgrove

Original Music: Daniele Amfitheatrof

Stunt Double: Cliff Lyons

Written by Marion Parsonette from a play by Charles Martin

Produced by Dore Schary

Directed by William Dieterle

Aha! A little research explains why several late-’40s melodramas from David O. Selznick come off as smart productions,
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Don’T Bother To Knock (1952)

The icon-establishing performances Marilyn Monroe gave in Howard HawksGentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and in Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959) are ones for the ages, touchstone works that endure because of the undeniable comic energy and desperation that sparked them from within even as the ravenous public became ever more enraptured by the surface of Monroe’s seductive image of beauty and glamour. Several generations now probably know her only from these films, or perhaps 1955’s The Seven-Year Itch, a more famous probably for the skirt-swirling pose it generated than anything in the movie itself, one of director Wilder’s sourest pictures, or her final completed film, The Misfits (1961), directed by John Huston, written by Arthur Miller and costarring Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.

But in Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) she delivers a powerful dramatic performance as Nell, a psychologically devastated, delusional, perhaps psychotic young woman apparently on
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Mad Men: The Final Season Part 2

The miniseries saga of Don, Betty, Roger, Joan, Peggy and Bert deserved a terrific finish, and at the end of seven plus one seasons, creator Matthew Weiner delivers in fine style. The agency undergoes a major transformation, but each of our favorites moves on to a thoughtful, better-than-acceptable resolution -- all except for Don. He is given one of the more interesting character finales in TV history, even better than Robert Morse's topper at the end of Season Seven Part 1. Mad Men: The Final Season Part 2 Blu-ray Lionsgate 2015 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 352 min. / Street Date October 13, 2015 / 39.98 Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Paré, Jay R. Ferguson, Julia Ormond, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kevin Rahm, Christopher Stanley, Maggie Siff, Diana Bauer, Alison Brie, Caity Lotz.. Written by Matthew Weiner, Tom Smuts, Jonathan Igla, Erin Levy, Semi Chellas, Carly Wray. Creator
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Several of Grant's Best Films Tonight on TCM

Cary Grant movies: 'An Affair to Remember' does justice to its title (photo: Cary Grant ca. late 1940s) Cary Grant excelled at playing Cary Grant. This evening, fans of the charming, sophisticated, debonair actor -- not to be confused with the Bristol-born Archibald Leach -- can rejoice, as no less than eight Cary Grant movies are being shown on Turner Classic Movies, including a handful of his most successful and best-remembered star vehicles from the late '30s to the late '50s. (See also: "Cary Grant Classic Movies" and "Cary Grant and Randolph Scott: Gay Lovers?") The evening begins with what may well be Cary Grant's best-known film, An Affair to Remember. This 1957 romantic comedy-melodrama is unusual in that it's an even more successful remake of a previous critical and box-office hit -- the Academy Award-nominated 1939 release Love Affair -- and that it was directed
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Blood of the Vines: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Randy’s building something special.

I’ll bet if a poll were taken to determine which movie star would be the most popular companion for drinks, it would be Cary Grant. Maybe Ray Milland. Maybe I should go to the internet and find the conclusive answer.

Thanks for waiting. It didn’t take long. You know how fast that internet is. A poll showing which celebrity is the people’s choice to spend time with had Ted Nugent holding a slight edge over Anthony Bourdain, and “Storage Wars” star Barry Weiss close behind. So, I guess there’s a pretty big difference between “movie stars” and “celebrities” these days. Of course, being alive may make it easier to score well in those polls. I’m sure breathing and bowhunting are all Ted Nugent has on Cary Grant. I’ll keep looking, though. If Mr. Grant turns up, I’ll let you know.
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TCM Classic Film Festival Continues To Expand In Final Weeks Before April 12 Opening

Latest Additions Include Star-Studded Appearances, Noted Film Historians,

An Opening-Night Poolside Screening of High Society (1956)

And a Vanity Fair Showcase of Architecture in Film

Complete Schedule for 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival

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With just over two weeks left before opening day, the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival continues to expand its already-packed slate with new events and live appearances:

On opening night of the festival, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will be the site of a poolside screening of the lavish Cole Porter musical High Society (1956), starring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. Actresses Maud Adams and Eunice Gayson will attend a 50th Anniversary screening of the James Bond classic Dr. No (1962) and participate in a conversation about being “Bond Girls.” Filmmaker Mel Brooks will be on hand to introduce his brilliant parody Young Frankenstein (1974). Filmmaker John Carpenter will introduce his favorite film, the
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Myrna Loy Biography

Myrna Loy biography: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood Many believe that Myrna Loy is the best American actress never to have been nominated for an Academy Award. Despite having played leads and supporting roles in more than 100 movies (in addition to a few dozen bit parts during the silent era), Loy was invariably bypassed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But that's the Oscar and the Academy's loss. For starters, Loy was a delightful light comedienne in movies such as W.S. Van Dyke's The Thin Man and Jack Conway's Libeled Lady. One of the greatest — and most beautifully politically incorrect — dialogue exchanges in movies can be heard in Rouben Mamoulian's 1932 musical Love Me Tonight: Jeanette MacDonald: "Don't you think of anything but men, dear?" Myrna Loy: "Oh yes, schoolboys." Loy could be a remarkable dramatic actress as well, as can
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Playlist: Cary Grant Week, Extended Edition!

You can’t overlook the truly debonair!

It’s, as you might have realized, Cary Grant week over here at Trailers From Hell. Allan Arkush’s commentary for Only Angels Have Wings has just gone up. On Wednesday, Dan Ireland stops by with An Affair to Remember. And on Friday, “[someone to be named]” (aka John Landis) brings us The Philadelphia Story.

But you aren’t satisfied with those three titles as your sole dosage of Cary Grant this week, are you? Of course not! Neither were we, so we combed the archives to ressurect and collect Mr. Grant’s previous appearances across our library. A little shockingly, it’s only four other titles.

John Landis on Arsenic and Old Lace Allan Arkush on His Girl Friday Mark Pellington on Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House and John Landis (again) on To Catch a Thief

We’ve collected these titles (as well as Allan Arkush
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The 10 Most Insulting, Offensive Remake Casting Choices of All Time

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I've always liked Kevin Bacon. What's not to like? Over a 30+ year career, he's managed to be prolific without being overexposed. But it wasn't until I saw the trailer for the Footloose remake last night that I realized just how much I like Kevin Bacon. He's good in nearly everything he's in (and this late career turn into villainy has been grand). And when you put Kevin Bacon up against some punk kid named Kenny Wormald with a shitty Boston accent, you begin to realize how phenomenal Kevin Bacon really was in a role that didn't give him a lot to work with. This Wormald kid, though? Kind of makes you wish they'd gone with their original choice, in Zac Efron. Or a human-sized boil.

There have obviously been a number of bad remakes over the years, but -- inspired by the Footloose remake -- what we're looking at today
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Five Suggestions for Arnold Schwarzenegger's Movie Comeback

No one was really surprised when Arnold Schwarzenegger announced by Twitter he was going back to acting last week. Let's face it. His political career wasn't a complete Pluto Nash style disaster. He had a few political victories here and there. But it certainly wasn't a smash hit, either. So a return to acting is really the only logical choice for the former box-office champ.

Once he made that choice the question becomes how many roles are out there for the 63-year-old action star? It's one thing for Fred Thompson to return to playing the older curmudgeonly Da in films and TV but he wasn't fighting a Predator with a howitzer slung over his arm.

It's true that Schwarzenegger has only been the governor of California for the last seven years and his last major role was Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was less than 10 years ago in the
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Cary Is Not To Be Taken For Granted

'Everybody wants to be Cary Grant," the iconic actor is supposed to have once joked. "Even I want to be Cary Grant."

The suave Grant (1904-1986), born Archibald Leach in England, is the subject of a rare retrospective opening tonight at the Bam Rose Cinemas with one of his earliest leading-man assignments.

He's a playboy dallying with married woman Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternberg's outrageous pre-code gem "Blonde Venus" (1932), which is best remembered for her appearance in a
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Are We Done Yet?

Are We Done Yet?
Mr. Cube builds his dream house in Are We Done Yet? which essentially takes the Are We There Yet? characters and grafts them into the basic plot line for the classic RKO comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, in which Cary Grant played Mr. Blandings, a man who predated "Green Acres' " Oliver Douglas by a couple of decades.

While the refurbished version would never be taken as an improvement over the original, it makes for a generally inoffensive hour-and-a-half, and with a certifiably gonzo John C. McGinley providing the bulk of the laughs, it is definitely less obnoxious than those Cheaper by the Dozen remakes.

It also is better than the 2005 Ice Cube comedy that still managed to gross a highly respectable $82 million. Given the new film's pre-Easter weekend release strategy, it should play well with kids and home improvement fanatics, though others could find themselves relating to the title on more than one occasion.

The last time we saw Ice Cube's Nick Persons, he was trapped in an SUV with two kids traveling from Portland to Vancouver. Now fully domesticated, Nick, his bride, Suzanne (Nia Long), and her two growing children (Aleisha Allen, Philip Daniel Bolden) are finding his former bachelor pad a little cramped, and with twins on the way, bigger quarters are required sooner rather than later.

They find the sprawling house of their dreams in the rural Pacific Northwest (courtesy of British Columbia), which affords lots of fresh air and lakeside views. It also proves to be a major money pit, but Persons is so taken in by a local real estate agent's (Scrubs regular McGinley) slick sales pitch, he fails to notice all the telltale signs.

As it turns out, McGinley's ingratiating Chuck Mitchell Jr. wears a number of hats, including building inspector and contractor, and before Nick knows what has hit him, Chuck has moved his Airstream trailer into the Persons' yard to oversee the neverending renovations.

Directed by Steve Carr, who helmed Ice Cube's Next Friday, and adapted by Hank Nelken (Saving Silverman), the picture delivers the requisite number of pratfalls, and the genial Ice Cube makes for a credibly hapless everyman, but the comedy still feels a little too safely soft around the edges. A little more inspiration could have made it something enjoyable instead of simply innocuous.

Visually, cinematographer Jack Green, a frequent Clint Eastwood collaborator, effectively captures all those unobstructed, picture-perfect vistas. Production designer Nina Ruscio rightfully lends the house a distinctive character of its own.

Should the Persons family return for another sequel, here's hoping they at least don't take another dip into the RKO vault and turn Citizen Kane into "Are We Rich Yet?"


Columbia Pictures

Revolution Studios presents an RKO Pictures/Cube Vision production


Director: Steve Carr

Screenwriter: Hank Nelken

Based on characters created by: Steven Gary Banks, Claudio Grazioso

Based on the motion picture "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House," screenplay by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank

Producers: Ted Hartley, Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez, Todd Garner

Executive producers: Heidi Santelli, Aaron Ray, Steve Carr, Derek Dauchy, Neil Machlis

Director of photography: Jack Green

Production designer: Nina Ruscio

Editor: Craig P. Herring

Music: Teddy Castellucci


Nick Persons: Ice Cube

Suzanne Persons: Nia Long

Chuck Mitchell Jr.: John C. McGinley

Lindsey Persons: Aleisha Allen

Kevin Persons: Philip Daniel Bolden

Running time -- 92 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

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