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Harry Caul even more unforgettable than Popeye Doyle, 22 August 2001
8/10

Harry Caul, the complex and paranoid security man who gets sucked into a devilishly clever web of intrigue, is THE best character Gene Hackman ever created -- better even than the French Connection's Popeye Doyle for which Hackman won the Best Actor Oscar. The plot of this movie will keep you on you toes. A few severed threads near the end may annoy some, but overall a terrific movie.

2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Disappointingly flat, 22 August 2001
5/10

It Happens Every Thursday seems to have all the elements in place for a classic comedy along the lines of "The Egg And I." Urbanites Forsythe and Young take over a newspaper in a small town, then get involved in a local scandal of sorts. Forsythe, the handsome urban sophisticate should be perfect for the part, but his lines come off forced. And, he has no chemistry with Loretta Young at all. A few of the gags work well, but most fall tediously flat. Given the presence of Frank McHugh, Edgar Buchanan, Gladys George and others in a marvelous supporting cast, the results are very disappointing.

3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Fast-paced fun, 22 August 2001
8/10

Cagney is a human dynamo as a drifter who helps save ailing Grace George from losing her newspaper. The pace is fast, and audiences of all ages will be pleased. The supporting cast, have all the small-town characterizations down pat -- with Margaret Hamilton a standout. Cagney himself, had genuine affection for this film, and listed it among his top five movie-making experiences at a retrospective the year before he died.

5 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
Lightweight romantic comedy, hick style, with airy songs, 22 August 2001
8/10

IMDB reader, please note: The genre is wrong -- this is a romantic musical comedy -- definitely NOT a drama.

Janet Leigh's first lead role, opposite Van Johnson, is a nice showcase for her beauty and musical talents. The Romance of Rosy Ridge is sweetly old-fashioned with some strong small-town type veterans on hand. These are adorable people to spend time with and enjoy their bumpkin mannerism, especially O. Z. Whitehead. Van is resplendent as ever in the male lead.

5 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
Sentimental slant on a peculiar situation, 17 August 2001
9/10

A Polish Jew teams up with a German Colonel on a postwar expedition. To say that they make an odd couple is the understatement of the century. The actors are good enough that the sentimental approach never wears too thin. If your tolerance for pathos is low, you may wish to avoid this one. Otherwise, the performances are first-rate and it will make you feel good.

21 out of 22 people found the following review useful:
Taut and clever programmer, 17 August 2001
9/10

Don't mistake brevity and low budget for lack of quality. This movie is very well scripted and conceived. Harry Morgan gives a terrific performance as the policeman and Jeffrey Lynn is appropriately perplexed as the devoted husband who suddenly finds himself holding the bag when he is tricked by his boss into an ill-fated endeavor. Martha Scott is marvelous as his well-grounded wife. Strange Bargain is well-paced and well-acted throughout.

Interestingly, this later served as a basis for a Murder She Wrote episode with Jeffrey Lynn, Martha Scott, and Harry Morgan recreating their roles. It actually makes for a fascinating "sequel."

3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Typical 1930's Crime Drama, 17 August 2001
7/10

With Paul Muni in the lead, I was expecting something out of the ordinary. However, Dr. Socrates is ordinary. It is a run-of-the-mill 1930's crime drama with Muni's range wasted in a part better suited to Chester Morris or Ricardo Cortez. Barton MacLane and Mayo Methot, on the other hand, are perfect playing parts similar to what they played throughout their entire careers. It's watchable, but not special.

7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Marvelous low-budget slice-of-life movie, 17 August 2001
10/10

Darren O'Conner is marvelous as a shy teenage boy who helps Pamela Sue Martin get an abortion. The film is always completely realistic, glamorizing nothing, but never harsh or brutal. Pamela Sue Martin is perfect as the self-absorbed young lady befriended by O'Connor. Tom Ewell is surprisingly effective as the abortionist.

This is a terrific little-known gem that you will think about months after you have seen it.

5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
One of the all time great romances, 17 August 2001
10/10

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are ideally matched in a movie quite different from their screwball comedies. They have marvelous chemistry together. The dialogue is marvelous as the couple travels from young and carefree to bitter and cynical. Edgar Buchanan is marvelous as Applejack. If you want to see great acting and are in the mood for a good cry, watch Penny Serenade.

5 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
Long on hype, short on believable performances, 17 August 2001
4/10

I know this comment will be viewed as sacrilege from the vast majority of movie lovers. This is just one woman's opinion. I find Gone With The Wind to be one of the greatest pageants ever filmed. The opening scene at Twelve Trees is a dressmaker's dream. The breadth and depth of the cast is amazing. This is clearly a big-budget epic. There are many people who love grand-scale epics for, well, the sheer grandiosity of it. This is what makes movies such an individual experience. I am not one of those people.

I love believable characters, thoughtful premises, clever plot twists, terrific acting, and witty dialogue. Gone With The Wind has all of these things, but only a sampling of them. Clark Gable is tremendous as Rhett Butler and Ona Munson is unforgettable as Belle Watling. But (here comes more heresy) Vivian Leigh's over-the-top frenetic performance of Scarlet O'Hara is bad acting at its zenith. She is never anything but a cartoon. And, she is supposed to carry the film. Even worse is an insipid Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes. Hattie McDaniel is great as Mammy (It is a disgrace to realize that it was 62 more years before a Black woman could win another Oscar, also for Supporting Actress). But Thomas Mitchell is present in body only as Scarlet's father. The rest of the all-star cast fares much better in their bit parts.

This is one movie that has never lived up to its legend for me.


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