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Great Show To Watch
Playmania is the American version of TV quiz shows that are popular in the UK. It's a great show to watch even if you don't enter the games, mostly because of the hosts. Shandi Finnessey, Miss USA 2004, is fun and easy on the eyes. But Mel Peachey (and that is the proper way to spell her last name, with two "e"s) is something else. She was brought over as a veteran of the British quiz programs, and it's a good thing, too! I could watch her read the phone book for two hours. She is easily the best import from the UK since Doctor Who.
Some of the games are better than others but that is to be expected in a format like this. Some of my favorites are Missing Link, AlphaBucks and the Top 5 surveys. I'm not too keen on Crosswords because there is no way to narrow down the possibilities. There could be ten wrong guesses and you are no closer than you were at the start. And whatever happened to Lingo? You'd think GSN would keep it for the cross-promotional opportunity.
Randy from Michigan
Animal House (1978)
This is a classic?
After hearing all the hype about the "classic" comedy Animal House I figured it was time to watch this movie and see for myself.
Well, if you like unlikable characters and unfunny comedy then this is your kind of movie. It makes Revenge of the Nerds seem like a masterpiece.
In fact, Nerds was funnier, had a better plot and more likable characters.
Even the nude scenes in Revenge of the Nerds were handled better, so to speak.
Animal House? Vastly overrated.
Here is some filler so it meets IMDb's quota. I guess I should criticize more of Animal House, if that's what IMDb wants.
Appointment in Honduras (1953)
Should've Listened To Maltin
Unfortunately, disAppointment in Honduras does a good job of wasting talent. The only thing worth watching in this movie is Ann Sheridan, who looks fabulous but is given much too little to do.
On a minor side note, it was interesting to see Ann Sheridan and Zachary Scott teamed up again as a couple with marital problems, as in the 1947 release The Unfaithful.
Leonard Maltin's 1987 movie guide pretty much summed up this movie when it said, "Sheridan is not focal point, and a pity."
Dust Be My Destiny (1939)
John Garfield and Priscilla Lane
Down on his luck John Garfield finally sees his fortunes improve, and I do mean improve, when he teams up with Priscilla Lane. But the bad luck returns and the two end up on the lam for what turns out to be a pretty good movie.
A few scenes shot on location spice things up a bit and there are some very nice supporting performances as well.
The lead actors, John Garfield and the beautiful Priscilla Lane, work well together, as evidenced in their previous work on Four Daughters and Daughters Courageous.
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
Have A Good Time Watching A Movie
I Was a Male War Bride is an enjoyable movie with two stars that seem to be enjoying themselves as well.
While not the most realistic of plots, this movie breezes along at a pretty good clip and is the type of movie that you can get carried along with, if you don't take it too seriously.
Contrary to what appears to be the more popular belief, I Was a Male War Bride is superior to many other movies of its kind, i. e. Bringing Up Baby, which is vastly overrated. Give me Ann Sheridan over Katharine Hepburn any day!
The Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)
Ann Sheridan and Ronald Reagan
A sequel to Angels With Dirty Faces in name only, The Angels Wash Their Faces suffers somewhat from the usual shenanigans of the Dead End Kids. As a matter of fact, with the presence of the Dead End Kids and Ann Sheridan this should have been treated as an actual sequel to Angels With Dirty Faces, at least for continuity's sake.
Speaking of Ann Sheridan, she is the one true shining light of this movie. To paraphrase a cliché, Ann Sheridan could read from a phone book for two hours and I would buy the DVD!
Another virtue of this movie is the chemistry between Ann Sheridan and Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately , this aspect of the film is kept too far in the background. For a better example of the Sheridan-Reagan duo I would recommend Juke Girl or Kings Row.
Broadway Musketeers (1938)
Enjoyable Remake of Three on a Match
I found this remake of Three on a Match to be a bit more enjoyable than the original, thanks in no small part to the presence of Ann Sheridan.
Nobody could pull off (no pun intended) an above-the-shoulder striptease like Miss Sheridan. Wowser! I know she didn't care much for her well-known nickname but you can see why the name stuck.
Elsewhere in the movie John Litel does his usual job of providing solid support and little Janet Chapman is something else. She has to be one of the most likable child actors that I've ever seen in the movies.
It's interesting to note that the very last scene in Broadway Musketeers, Ann Sheridan and Janet Chapman embracing, is nearly identical to the final shot of Little Miss Thoroughbred, also directed by John Farrow.
Women in the Wind (1939)
Soar With Kay Francis!
Women in the Wind is an enjoyable movie that is briskly paced and features some interesting airplane sequences. Don't expect a strong story or deep characterization, though, just a good time at the movies. Besides, with Kay Francis in it how can you go wrong?
She Loved a Fireman (1937)
She's Better Off Without Him!
The only thing worth watching in She Loved a Fireman is Ann Sheridan, and it's really too bad for this movie's sake that she's hardly in it. Instead we get a too-large dose of Dick Foran. Blah.
While watching this movie I couldn't help but think why on Earth would someone like Ann fall for a guy like this? It reminded me of a couple of Priscilla Lane movies where she gets stuck with another Warner Brothers buffoon Wayne Morris.
I'm just glad that both Ann and Priscilla got to work with the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant and James Cagney. It definitely made doing movies like this more tolerable knowing that better things were on the horizon.
Saboteur: A Closer Look (2000)
I Think They Forgot Somebody
While Norman Lloyd's commentary about Saboteur is interesting and insightful, it seems to me that the writer could have done a better job acknowledging the two stars of Saboteur.
Norman Lloyd refers to Robert Cummings one time, and Priscilla Lane, the top-billed performer in the movie, is not even mention once!
If this was Saboteur: A Closer Look From Norman Lloyd's Perspective, then I would not have expected anything more. But Saboteur: A Closer Look needed to look a little closer at the stars of the movie.