watch movies when I paint but I should say I listen to movies. I may hear
a movie a hundred times but still see new things if I take my eyes off the
easel. I started doing this when I was working for my master. He would always
have on a musical.
My all time great list:
Movies I need to find copies of
Cop Hater, Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots
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God Created Woman 5
Beat Girl 6
Becky Sharp (1935) 5
Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray. Becky and Amelia are girls at school together, but Becky is from a "show biz" family, or in other words, very low class. Becky manages to insinuate herself in Amelia's family and gets to know all their friends. From this possibly auspicious- beginning, she manages to ruin her own life, becoming sick, broke, and lonely, and also ruins the lives of many other "loved ones". In the movie we get to see the class distinctions in England at the time, and get a sense of what it was like for the English military at the time of the Napoleonic wars.
Big Lift, The (1950), 10
In 1948, the Soviet Union blockades the Allied sectors of Berlin to bring the entire city under their control. A semi-documentary about the resulting Berlin Airlift gives way to stories of two fictitious U.S. Air Force participants: Sgt. Hank Kowalski, whose hatred of Germans proves resistant to change, and Sgt. Danny McCullough, whose pursuit of an attractive German war widow gives him a crash course in the seamy side of occupied Berlin.
Born to Win,
5 Starring - George Segal as J.J., Karen Black as Parm, Hector Elizondo
as Vivian (Geek), Robert DeNiro as the undercover narcotics officer, Paula
Prentiss as Veronica, Jay Fletcher as Billy Dynamite, Burt Young as a
thug, Ed Madsen as the detective,
The Borrowers 3 starring Eddie Albert, Tammy Brimes, Dame Judith Anderson, and Karen Pearson. Based on Mary Norton's award winning children's story classic - it tells the tale of the diminutive (like itsy bitsy) Clock Family, who are about 2 inches tall and live beneath the floorboards of an old English country estate. They "borrow" stuff from the big humans who live above them and do everything they can to remain undetected. Things get a little crazy when Aunt Sophy's young nephew moves in. As the little Clock's learn - there's few things more dangerous than a curious little boy.
Brother From Another
Cyrano de Bergerac w/
Jose Ferrer 25
This is the very best movie for shots of the railroad scene circa 1930. Reportedly contains the only existing film of a dynamometer. Wonderful shots of steam engines. Amazing tug of war between steam locomotives at the Old Timers Picnic. Exciting 100 MPH race to Chicago. This is a must for railroad fans. The old-fashioned acting is quite different than that of effete modern Hollywood. Louis Wolheim is quite the antidote for your basic 20-year-old hermaphroditic hero!
Detour 5 - a film noire classic and a cult favorite. Al Roberts, a struggling piano player, decides to hitch a ride to California to meet up with his girlfriend Sue Harvey - who used to sing with his band. Everything goes haywire as Al gets caught up in twists of fate, accidents, and a crazy lady named Vera.
Diabolique, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzo. This 1955 film remains one of the greatest murder mystery, suspense thrillers ever created. It won a special Edgar award in 1956 as well as honors for Best Foreign Film from the New York Critics Circle in 1955. Simone Signoret's performance is nothing short of amazing. My favorite comment on the movie - it is the greatest movie Hitchcock never made - and one can easily see the Sir Alfred style of suspense at work and perhaps Hitchcock got a few good ideas from this film as well.
Don Quixote (1933), 5
In Spain, in the sixteenth century, Alonso Quixana has gone mad from reading too many books on chivalry. As Don Quixote de La Mancha, he sets out with his squire, Sancho Panza, to reform the world and revive the age of chivalry, choosing a slut to be his noble lady Dulcinea. He mistakes inns for castles, a play about chivalry for the real thing, flocks of sheep for armies, convicts for wronged prisoners, and windmills for giants. While he and Sancho are off on their adventures, his niece, her fiancee, and the local priest think up a strategy to get him back home.
Starring Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacula and Rutger Hauer. Sobibor was a Jewish concentration camp in World War II that was created for the sole purpose of exterminating as many Jewish people as quickly as possible - part of Hitler's notorious final solution, which called for eliminating the Jewish people from Europe. Most estimates believe that 260,000 people were killed in the Nazi gas chambers at Sobibor - making it a small sized operation compared to Auschwitz or Dachau. What makes Sobibor so noteworthy ? the escape on October 14, 1943 when over 300 of the 600 Jewish prisoners escaped into the Polish death camp and lived to tell their story. The film does a remarkable job of telling the story of these determined heros ? and heroines who refused to give into despair, and hoped in spite of a hopeless situation. The film was nominated for 5 Emmy Awards, and Won the Golden Globeaward n 1988 for Best Motion Picture made for TV. Excellent.
Fast and the Furious,The
Flesh and the Spur (1956) 3 Starring: Mike Connors, Mara English & John Agar A young cowboy searches for the killer of his twin brother in this classic western tale.
Forbidden Games (Jeux Interdits)
Starring: Claudette Colbert & Ben Lyon
Impact (1949) 2
No-nonsense San Francisco industrial whiz Walter Williams's two-timing wife and her lover plot to do her husband in, but Williams survives the "accident" and the lover is burned beyond recognition while driving Williams's car. Half-dazed, Williams stumbles into a moving van that takes him to idyllic Larkspur, Idaho, where newspaper stories of his "death" jog his memory. While recuperating and plotting his eventual return and revenge, Williams falls in love with Marsha, an auto mechanic. But when Williams finally gets back to San Francisco, he's charged with the lover's murder.
Indiscretion of an American Wife 3 - a dark 1953 romantic drama about Mary Forbes (Jennifer Jones), an American wife and mother in Rome who had an affair with a handsome Italian-American named Giovanni Doria, played by Montgomery Clift. Now she is taking the train to Paris to rejoin her husband and daughter but Giovanni is trying to convince her to stay. The entire movie takes place at the train station.
Its a Joke Son (1947) 2
The Jackie Robinson Story was made in 1950 and stars Jackie Robinson as himself. The story is an interesting commentary on race relations and the trials experienced by the Robinson family during this troubled period. By today's standards, the movie has several sections that are insulting and gratuitous - especially since this was a feel good movie. Some of the historic footage of Ebbets Field and baseball are classic re-creations, made in the same period.
Jail Bait was made in 1954, a year after the cult classic - Glen or Glenda, which starred Ed Wood as a transvestite who liked angora sweaters. And it stars many of the same thesbians including Lyle Talbot as Inspector Johns and Dolores Fuller as Marilyn Gregor. This film also stars Steve Reeves (best known for his role as Hercules) in his first speaking part.
This cartoon has long been banned from television and for a good reason. It is perhaps the most glaring example of overt racism in children's cartoons. We warn you - the content of the cartoon is quite disturbing - shocking even. We of course do not empathize with the views depicted in the cartoon. In fact, we find them to be offensive. The cartoon is provided as a piece of history - to expose the ugly truth.
Kansas City Confidential, one of the greatest crime dramas ever made. The film stars Lee Van Cleef, Neville Brand, and Jack Elam as the sleezy crooks with Preston Foster as a Tim Foster, a cop who tries to pull off the perfect crime. John Payne plays the hero - an innocent guy accused of pulling the bank heist who tries to solve the case and clear his name. There are so many twists and turns in this movie - it will leave you glued to the edge of your seat. The film also stars Coleen Gray as Helen Foster, Tim Foster's daughter.
1974 film directed by Terrence Young called The Klansman 3 starring Lee Marvin, Richard Burton, Linda Evans, O.J. Simpson, Lola Falana, Cameron Mitchell and David Huddleston. It tells the story of a small southern town where the KKK is not only active, they downright control the place, even the sheriff. Things heat up when a group of civil rights activists show up and raise the temperature. Contains some foul language (the N word) and adult situations. Director Terence Young was a star for his work on all the early James Bond films - Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Thunderball.
Lady of Burlesque, A classic murder mystery - an old opera house has become a venue for a Burlesque Vaudeville troop, led by Dixie Daisy (Barbara Stanwyck) who is bringing in large crowds with her sassy song and dance numbers. Then, the girls start getting murdered - who is the killer? You will have to watch and find out! Based on the novel, The G-String Murders by the famous stripper, Gypsy Rose Lee. Be sure notice William Talman in part one, a.k.a. Burger on Perry Mason, waving at the girls on stage. Now we know why Perry won all those cases, Hamilton was watching the girly shows instead of preparing his briefs for trial.
Starring - Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood
Last Man on Earth, The
Law of the Lash (1947)
With his trademark bullwhip, Lash La Rue as an undercover marshall, joins prospector Al St. John in ridding a town of a gang of outlaws. A superb mood filled psychological film.
Little Women (1955) 2
Little women is brought to the screen in a beautifully dramatized story of Jo and a very special holiday season. A classic tale for all to enjoy.
This is an excellent movie - Fritz Lang's - M is must see material (rated in the top 50 movies all time by IMDb and many others). Peter Lorre stars as Hans Beckert, a sick, twisted man who is a child murderer. When the hoodlums in the underworld of Berlin grow tired of all the police searches ruining their business, they decide to catch the child killer themselves - forget about the police. They enlisted the help of the homeless as their eyes and ears and then.... you'll see! watch it! This is the original masterpiece, German with subtitles. And Lorre's performance as Hans is remarkable - every bit as chilling as Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of The Lambs. Don't take candy from a stranger takes on new meaning.
Male Order, a cult classic film made in the 1940s - where this guy named Ted from Osh Kosh, Wisconsin orders a bunch of different women via mail order that arrive in cardboard boxes. I think Ted is just looking for someone to dance with - this is very strange content and we wondered who it was created for. We thought maybe it was for returning GIs or maybe a bizarre screen test for Hollywood, who knows.
Man on the Eifel Tower, The (1949) 4
The streets of Paris are the backdrop for this highly suspenseful murder mystery about a crazed killer. Based on the novel by Simenon.
A drifter frees a town from the tyrannical control of a ruthless family.
1 in French
The Memphis Belle - The story of a B-17 bomber on its final mission over Germany.
(1986) - Color - 92 min
Mind Snatchers, The
An artist working in a remote army post is juggling the daughter of a storekeeper, his fiancée newly arrived from the east, and the daughter of the Indian chef.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) directed by George Romero. This film is a low budget classic horror film. Creepy Zombies like to eat the humans.
No, No, Nanette (1940) 2
The Broadway musical comes to the screen featuring Carlson as the financially strapped uncle propped up by his adoring niece Nanette.
Nurse Edith Cavell (1939) 3
The life of Nurse Cavell and three Belgium women who risk their lives to aid Allied soldiers in their escape from Brussels during World War I. Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Score.
Of Human Bondage (1934) 10
In an acclaimed performance, Bette Davis shines as the vulgar waitress who infatuates a handicapped doctor leading him into moral disintegration.
Once Before I Die
Rome, 1944. Giorgio Manfredi, one of the leaders of the Resistance, is tracked down by the Nazis. He goes to his friend Francesco's, and asks Pina, Francesco's fiancée, for help. Pina must warn a priest, Don Pietro Pellegrini, that Giorgio needs to leave the town as soon as possible Working behind barred door and cellars, a group of Italians created this movie about the horrors of the Nazi occupation in Rome during WWII. They had volunteers for actors, often using equipment stolen from Germans, with scraps of film, no studio lights, intermittent electricity - this was the first film released after the Allies freed Rome
Set in London, 1886 - The Picture of Dorian Gray is based on the classic novella by Oscar Wilde with the screenplay adapted by Albert Lewin,who was also the director of this classic. The film won an Oscar in 1946 for Best Cinematography (Harry Stradling, Jr.) and is an interesting combination of richly contrasted Black and White - with a few scenes of the picture in technocolor. An excellent movie - especially if you are familiar with the legal troubles of Oscar Wilde, and have read the story.
A terrific made for TV movie titled The Pride of Jesse Hallam, starring Johnny Cash, Brenda Vaccaro, and Eli Wallach. Johnny Cash play Jesse Hallam, a poor single father from Kentucky who just sold his home and property to help pay for an operation for his daughter who has scoliosis. The operation is in Ohio so off they go. Jesse has trouble getting a job because he cannot read. Eventually he ends up working for Sal Galucci (Eli Wallach), a friendly Italian vegetable vendor who learned to read English many years ago. Sal gets his daughter Marion Gallucci (Brenda Vaccaro) to help tutor Jesse. Well acted and family friendly plus Johnny gives you a few bars of Muhlenberg County, down by the Green River, where Paradise lay.
Port of New York
(1932) 5 Starring: Joan Crawford & Walter Huston, Director: Lewis
of Zachary Wheeler, Starring - Bradford Dillman as Senator
Zachary Wheeler, Leslie Nielsen as Harry Walsh, Angie Dickinson as Dr.
Layle Johnson, James Daly as Dr. Redding, Robert J. Wilke as Hugh Fielding,
Jack Carter as Dwight Chiles
Rififi 1 Rififi, a classic French foreign film about how the perfect crime, goes very very wrong. Made in 1955, Jules Dassin won the Best Director award in the Cannes Film Festival that year - and for a good reason. This is one of the best crime dramas ever made. A great deal of planning goes into pulling off the biggest jewel heist of all time - and part 3 which features tthe actual heist is reknowned for its tension. For a long period, no words are spoken... the film is very quiet as we jjoin the criminal at the scene. Everything goes off as planned - but as is often the case, the human element will lead to thier demise.
Run For Your Money (1949)
Two Welsh coal-mining brothers win a trip to London to claim a monetary prize. They are supposed to meet a newspaper reporter, played by Alec Guiness, who will be their escort. Instead, the brothers are launched into an adventure with some London riff-raff. It is up to the reporter to look out for the brothers, and what a job it turns out to be!
Salome Where She Danced (1945) 6
Shoot The Piano Player, 4 (1960) - B&W - 85 min
Starring - Charles Aznavour as Charlie Kohler / Edouard Saroyan, Marie
Dubois as Lena, Albert R?my as Chico Saroyan, Nicole Berger as Theresa,
Daniel Boulanger as Ernest, Jean-Jacques Aslanian as Richard Saroyan,
Richard Kanayan as Fido Saroyan, Boby Lapointe as the singing waiter,
Michelle Mercier as Clarisse,
(1945) - B&W - 103 min, Starring - Edward G. Robinson as Christopher
Cross, Joan Bennett as Kitty March, Dan Duryea as Johnny Prince, Jess
Barker as Janeway, Margaret Lindsay as Millie Ray, Charles Kemper as Adele's
deceased husband, Rosiland Ivan as Adele Cross, Arthur Loft as Dellarowe,
Samuel S. Hinds as Charles Pringle, Directed by - Fritz Lang.
Twist of the Knife, Caine, and originally Arma de dos Filos (it originally released as a Mexican film). The film stars Burt Reynolds as Caine. The film was directed by the great Sam Fuller who had some serious issues with the producer (Jose Luis Calderon) and left the production very upset. He even asked that his name be removed from the film but the producers did not comply. Based on a novel by Victor Canning.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro 4 (1952) starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Leo G. Carroll and Ava Gardner in the film adaptation of the novel by Ernest Hemingway. Directed by Henry King, this movie tells the story of a famous Amercian writer Harry Street who is dying from a leg infection in Tanzania, near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. He recalls the high and low points of his life, especially his former lover named Cynthia Green, played by Ava Gardner. This movie was nominated for 2 Oscars in 1953 ? Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Color and Best Cinematography, Color.
Star Is Born, A (1937) 5
A poignant, dramatic story about an aging Hollywood star whose career is beginning to decline while his young actress wife reaches super stardom.
The Stranger - starring Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young and directed by Orson Welles. Based in quiet Harper, Connecticut, Edward G. Robinson plays a Nazi hunter, looking for the notorious - Franz Kindler.
In Panama, Maggie King meets soldier Skid Johnson on his last day in the army and reluctantly agrees to a date to celebrate. The two become involved in a nightclub brawl which causes Maggie to miss her ship back to the States. Now stranded, she's forced to move in with Skid and his pal Harry. She soon falls in love with Skid. Skid gets a job playing the trumpet at a local club and becomes a big success. Fame and fortune go to his head which eventually destroys his relationship Maggie and his career.
A young woman, raised by a wild mother to be a professional tease, straightens up and flies right when she gets pregnant.
Hanging Tree - Classic Sci-Fi Trailers 1
The Last Man on Earth
(1964) - B&W - 86 min
The Last Man on Earth was origianlly released in Italy as L'Ultimo uomo della Terra, and later redubbed in English as The Last Man on Earth. Starring Vincent Price, this is a terrific movie from 1964 based on Richard Matheson's classic Sc-Fi novel, I am Legend. A deadly virus (actually a bacillus, a rod shaped bacterium - like Bacillus anthracis, a.k.a. Anthrax) destroys most of the human population, turning people into horrible vampire zombie creatures who feed off of human blood. Vincent Price is a scientist trying to stay alive. He searches for a cure, destroys the monsters, and finds himself as the last real man on Earth. This film clearly inspired George Romero who directed the classic - Night of the Living Dead. In addition, Matheson's I am Legend was also the inspiration for Omega Man, with Charleton Heston. There is also a rumor of a remake of this classic, but the original will be hard to beat. We loved this film, and bet you will too!
Thursday's Game - with Gene Wilder, Bob Newhart, Valerie Harper, Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, Nancy Walker, Chris Sarandon, Rob Reiner, Norman Fell, Richard Gautier and Martha Scott. Harry and Marvin decide to blow off the usual Thursday poker game, and things get crazy when their wives find out. What have they been doing on Thursday night? hilarious comedy with some of the greatest actors of the glory days of television sitcoms.
Till the Clouds Roll
By, 20 (1946) - Color - 132 min
Till the Clouds Roll By, which tells the story of one of America's greatest songwriters ? Jerome Kern. His list of classics is nearly endless ? including Smoke Gets in your eyes, Old Man River, The Way You Look Tonight, A Fine Romance and Look for the Silver Lining. Plus 1000 others. Jerome Kern was nothing short of amazing. This film tries to straddle the line between a biography and a Broadway Show ? with mixed results. Still, Jerome Kern led a fascinating life and his songs are as remarkable today as they were when he wrote them.
MGM's Till the Clouds Roll By is the musicalized, and highly fictionalized, life story of beloved composer Jerome Kern, who gave his blessing to the production shortly before his death in 1946. As played by a gray-templed Robert Walker, Kern is a likeable but none too exciting sort who expresses his emotions through his music. Constructed in the form of an extended flashback, the story proper begins at the turn of the century, as Kern tries to peddle his ditties to disinterested Broadway producers. His efforts to interest impresario Charles Frohman (Harry Hayden) go nowhere because Frohman is convinced that the only good music comes from Europe. Obligingly, Kern moves to London, where he meets and falls in love with his future wife Eva (Dorothy Patrick). On the verge of securing work with Frohman, Kern's hopes are dashed when the producer goes down with the Lusitania in 1915. Fortunately, Kern has developed such powerful U.S. contacts as Victor Herbert (Paul Maxey) and Oscar Hammerstein (Paul Langton), enabling him to find success as the composer of several "intimate" musicals for New York's Princess Theater. The film ends where it begins, with Kern's triumph as composer of the Broadway blockbuster Show Boat. Van Heflin weaves in and out of the proceedings as the obligatory best friend/severest critic, a musical arranger named Jim Hessler (purportedly based on longtime Kern associate Paul Sadler). No one in 1946 really cared about the dramatic passages of Till the Clouds Roll By; the film's biggest drawing card was its lineup of all-star MGM talent, performing Kern's most famous numbers. Judy Garland (as Marilyn Miller) sings "Look for the Silver Lining"; Dinah Shore performs "The Last Time I Saw Paris" before a back-projected "Gay Paree"; Kathryn Grayson does a Rita Hayworth imitation with "Long Ago and Far Away"; Virginia O'Brien deadpans "A Fine Romance"; Tony Martin warbles "All the Things You Are"; June Allyson and Ray McDonald team up for the title number; and Frank Sinatra, incongruously dressed in white tuxedo, runs through "Ol' Man River." In addition, other musical contributions are made by Van Johnson, Angela Lansbury, Cyd Charisse, Gower Champion, and Lucille Bremer (cast as Van Heflin's daughter). The film's high point comes at the very beginning with a Reader's Digest edition of Show Boat, featuring Lena Horne, as Julie (the role she was born to play, but never did again on screen), delivering a powerhouse rendition of "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man." Since lapsing into public domain in 1974, Till the Clouds Roll By has, along with Royal Wedding, become the most readily accessible of all MGM musicals. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic American film, based on Harper Lee's novel, Horton Foote's screenplay is amazing - and Gregory Peck's performance as Atticus Finch was nothing short of stunning. The story is told through the eyes of Jean Louise Finch, Scout to her friends, as she recalls this tumultuous period many years later. Mary Badham's performance as Scout is flawless. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role but lost to Patty Duke for her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. Had she won, she would have been the youngest person to win this award. 1962 was one of the best years in the history of film. I am convinced this film would have won best picture - but it happened to come out the same year as David Lean's masterpiece, Lawrence of Arabia, with Peter O'Toole. How good was 1962 you ask? On top of those two epic films - you had Mutiny on the Bounty. The Miracle Worker, Days of Wine and Roses, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, Billy Budd, The Music Man, Birdman of Alcatraz. The Manchurian Candidate, and The Longest Day. Come on Hollywood... get to work and give us another 1962!
Starring - John Hoyt as Johnny Hackett & John Downey, Lloyd Bridges
as Tris Stewart, Barbara Payton as Meg Dixon & Laurie Fredericks,
James Todd as Jack Sylvester, Lyle Latell as G-Man Curry
White Zombie was one of the first blockbuster horror films of its day. Released in 1932, and starring Bela Lugosi, who was a huge box office hit from 1931 with Dracula, Lugosi plays the evil Murder Legendre, who can control people with a little white powder, a hand clench, and a nasty glare. A young couple goes to get married at a rich friend's Haitian plantation , but the rich friend, named Beaumont wants Madeleine for himself, and teams up with Legendre to make Madeleine his Zombie slave. Whoa!
The Wild Ride starring Jack Nicholson as the tough street punk, Johnny Varron. Wow - what a treat, Jack Nicholson in his second movie, circa 1960 (his debut was the Cry Baby Killer in 1958) as the alpha male in a gang of tough kids who are into racing cars. Johnny is their leader and hero who makes all the decisions for the group. For instance - Dave (Robert Bean) has a new girlfriend, and she is lame (like from the good side of the tracks) so Johnny tells Dave to lose the chick (Nancy, played by Georgiana Carter). Dave doesn't want to give up his girlfriend, so Johnny decides to move in. Of course all this ends in trouble with a capital T, as Johnny ends up killing a motorcycle cop and an extended stay at the jailhouse.
Winterset (1936) 2
The Woman Hunter 3 is a classic 1970s era made for TV movie, starring Barbara Eden in her first role after I Dream of Jeannie. She stars as Dina Hunter, a rich lady who marries Jerry Hunter, played by Robert Vaughn, best known as the man from U.N.C.L.E. Dina is pursued by Paul Carter, played by Stuart Whitman. Dina is afraid that Carter is an international jewel thief and killer. Watch this classic - and figure out who done it... plus a special bonus - you get to see Jeannie in a bikini where her belly button is revealed! Oh my!