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A marvelous, delightful, and must see look at the best know and most famous consulting detective.
Of the films on Sherlock Holmes which have been made, this Billy Wilder version is a masterful blend of drama and comedy. It also has excellent score to match this marvelous film and its main character.
Robert Stephens has captured the mind set of Holmes with a bit of humor added. However, his performance seems slightly detracted with a touch of femininity, but works well within the framework of the film. Holmes, one of the best minds in England, also has a dark side.
Colin Blakely is a fun and delightful bumbling Dr. John Watson, as one might expect in a comic and light hearted film of this nature.
Who else to play Mycroft, but the very talented and marvelous actor, Christopher Lee, who is always a treat to watch.
Genevieve Page is an absolute beautiful and charming woman, making the perfect mystery woman, until her true identity is revealed. We discover a bit of Sherlock's past plans to have wed. But Ms. Page has become the only other woman that has managed to steel the affections of Sherlock's heart.
Over all, an excellent film and a must for any one who enjoys Sherlock Holmes. There is some silly and fun parts to this film, but it only adds to the color and favor of the film and characters. Keep in mind that this is not the PBS series in which you have an entirely different style of Holmes and Watson.
A tid bit for the true movie and Holmes' buffs who enjoy this film. The movie runs over 2 hours, but rumors exists that @50 minutes of the film were cut out before it was released. How marvelous it would be if the 50 minutes were found and added back to the film so we could see the full vision of what Billy Wilder wanted us to see. This leaves us with a real mystery as to what was left on a cutting room floor to be swept out. Or was it swept out? Perhaps as the film begins, the words of Dr. Watson are correct, "Somewhere in the vaults in a bank in London is a tin dispatch box with my name on it...". ???
A good film, but does not live up to the name it bears
One of several movies based on the tragic sinking of RMS Titanic in April of 1912. It attempts to explain in simplistic words the problems and solutions of the disaster. It also identifies historical characters by telling you briefly about them. It does make a good attempt to be informative for the viewer.
The film has several major names. As well as less familiar names, but known faces. The historical aspects of this film is used as a basis for this made for television soap opera that ran over two nights. Shorter but with more historical information than the 1997 version of Titanic.
What makes this film worth watching is Captain E.J. Smith played by George C. Scott. A brilliant performance as always by Mr. George C. Scott. In one scene he explains to Mr. Murdock, the officer on duty at the time the ship hits the iceberg, what should have been done to avoid hitting the iceberg or how he should have collided head on so as to limit and contain the extent of the damage. George C. Scott's character also fills in for the missing character of the ship's designer, Mr. Andrews. Mr. Andrews is never mentioned, but he was aboard and went down with the ship. The Captain also makes a critical observation as to the belief that the Titanic was unsinkable and to the name the ship bore. He said, through their arrogance the Titans had challenged the gods, only to be cast down by them
The use of computer graphics does add a greater sense of the reality and scope of the ship at sea. The movie fails to provide any sufficient reality as to what was going on the decks while the ship was being abandoned.
Of all the films on the Titanic this is probably the least desirable one to watch. A good film, good acting, good sets, but lacking the potential and failing to live up to the name of the great ship which for which it is named.
The best of the Titanic films and definitely worth seeing is the British made, A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. Followed by SOS TITANIC, TITANIC (both the 1953 and 1997 versions).
If you really want to see a ship disaster film, then see THE LAST VOYAGE. It stars Robert Stack and George Sanders. Even has a tie to the Titanic. The special effects used for the major ocean liner sinking, is a real major ocean liner which they sank for the movie. They changed the name, but used the Ile-de-France, which two years before came to the rescue of over 700 passengers of the Andrea Doria.
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
As great a film biolography as Mark Twain, himself
If you love Mark Twain, then you will adore this great biographical film. The movie is not just the run of the mill biography made in the 1930's and 40's, but an amusing comedy, drama, and romance as one can imagine. Frederic March is so marvelous as Mark Twain, if Mark Twain was alive to have seen this movie...he would have definitely had said, "It seems that the news of my death has been greatly over exaggerated".
You will find that the art of movie making, great acting, and a superb story is, The Adventures of Mark Twain.
Babes in Toyland (1934)
Great fun family movie....Laurel and Hardy at the usual best
I have seen this movie....it is just a good family fun movie to watch. I have seen it in black and white and I have seen the colorized version. The usual comments from people is that they do not like the colorized versions or if they wanted to make the movie in color they would have done so. There are a lot of black and white movies which should have been filmed in color, but since they were not...colorizing is the next best thing. This is one that which should have been made in color. If you look at it as if it were originally filmed in color, and forget about it being colorized, you will simply adore it....the color adds so much more to it. A marvelous film to be seen at Christmas or anytime of the year.