Adventure · Excitement

A Night at the Movies: 1917 Version

If we had a time travel machine, we’d take you on a random weekend in New York City in 1917. We could shop for a clothing fad that’s all the rage, called the Trench Coat. Then we could visit Coney Island to ride the new “Top” roller coaster. And in the evening? Why, the movies,… Continue reading A Night at the Movies: 1917 Version

Adventure · Don't Bother · War

Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton Battle Nazis in the Snow

Alas, Dear Reader, it turns out we (as in, yours truly) may be a philistine. We realized this when we screened the 1968 action thriller Where Eagles Dare, starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. Some regard this film as one of the greatest WWII movies ever made; look at the rave reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. We… Continue reading Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton Battle Nazis in the Snow

Adventure · Drama · Thriller

Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges

B. Traven (18??-1969?) was a popular novelist who never gave interviews. Not even his publishers knew him; they communicated with someone claiming to be his agent via a Mexican postal box. Traven might have been onto something. The great thing about not generating your own publicity is that others will do it for you – and they’ll create fantastic stories. For example, some… Continue reading Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges

Adventure · Science Fiction

Cornelius, Zira & Questionnable Science

The original Planet of the Apes (1968) is a cheesy, but creepy, head trip. Now, before we go any further, we (as in, yours truly) adore the original Planet of the Apes franchise and, even though it is a sci-fi cheese fest, it can do no wrong in our eyes. Who cares about the dated soundtrack and cast-off Flintstones… Continue reading Cornelius, Zira & Questionnable Science

Adventure · Western

A Word About Fräulein Maria

Nine years before Hollywood unleashed the world’s greatest schmaltz-fest known as The Sound of Music, German filmmakers released a biopic of the famous von Trapp family. Die Trapp-Familie (1956) is a more down-to-earth telling of the Fräulein-Maria-vs.-the-von-Trapps story. It set the basic template for the later Hollywood version, although neither film is an exact re-telling of actual events. (One could argue the… Continue reading A Word About Fräulein Maria

Adventure · War

Gregory Peck vs. David Niven & The German Army

This post is part of the Dueling Divas Blogathon. *SPOILER ALERT* We never tire of the WWII adventure The Guns of Navarone (1961), a grand spectacle of a film based on the Alistair MacLean novel that was gleaned from actual events in the Aegean Sea in 1943. The film is about a British-led team sent to the (fictional)… Continue reading Gregory Peck vs. David Niven & The German Army


When Warner Bros. Went to the Dog(s)

Have you ever jokingly asked your pet to get a job? “Go and make us rich,” you might tease. “And don’t come back until you do.” Very few of us have pets who can stock our bank accounts. It’s not like we own a major Hollywood studio and can release Beloved Animal Movies whenever cash flow becomes a trickle. We’re not the Warner Brothers,… Continue reading When Warner Bros. Went to the Dog(s)


Spencer Tracy, I Presume?

Sometimes we don’t care if a Based-On-A-True-Story movie is actually true. And if the movie stars Spencer Tracy, Cedric Harwicke, Charles Coburn and Walter Brennan, then we care even less. The movie in question is Stanley and Livingstone, a film based on the true story of explorer/missionary Dr. David Livingstone who went to Africa and disappeared.… Continue reading Spencer Tracy, I Presume?


The Meddlesome Trevor Howard

It is a dark and stormy night. No, really! It is a dark and stormy night as archaeologist David Redfern (Trevor Howard) drives across Northern Africa in the 1950 adventure flick, The Golden Salamander. His mission is to retrieve some artifacts that have been stored in a cellar since World War II. But, on the way,… Continue reading The Meddlesome Trevor Howard

Adventure · War

Sydney Greenstreet: The Urbane Villain

In our opinion, the best movie villain is a real smarty pants. There’s nothing worse than a bad guy you can easily outsmart; otherwise, what would be the point of getting out of bed? This is precisely why we think Sydney Greenstreet is the perfect villain. He narrows his eyes when he scrutinizes you, he… Continue reading Sydney Greenstreet: The Urbane Villain