8 uneven vignettes makes up the disappointing 1951 American Anthology, It’s a Big Country. Big stars-Gary Cooper, Fredric March, William Powell-little ideas.
Classic Movie Reviews by Cliff Aliperti
Spoiler-free reviews of movies from Hollywood's Golden Age, especially the 1930s. Most reviews also include research into background of the film and, when relevant, the history surrounding the subject of the movie.
MGM’s Cass Timberlane (1947) stars Spencer Tracy in the title role, features an excellent performance by Lana Turner. After a promising first hour a couple of key plot points are rushed and the quality suffers in the second half of the film.
RKO’s 1931 Smart Woman starring Mary Astor. A look at the film as well as leading man Robert Ames who died within two months of Smart Woman’s release.
Based on a story by Frank Capra sold to MGM for William Wellman, Robert Taylor may be top-billed in Westward the Women, but the end credits get it right, The Women are the true stars here.
Robert Taylor and Janet Gaynor star in MGM’s Small Town Girl (1936) directed by William Wellman and nothing special for any of the main participants.
Water Huston plays perhaps his finest role when he brings his Sam Dodsworth from the stage to the screen for Sam Goldwyn under William Wyler’s direction. Winner of 1 Oscar, nominated for 6 more, Dodsworth gives us a peek at the complicated married life of a middle-aged couple.
Kay Francis and Ian Hunter both do good work in Warner Brothers’ I Found Stella Parish (1935). I’m just wondering if I’m supposed to walk away liking either of their characters?
Ronald Colman’s magnificent performance as Sydney Carton highlights MGM’s 1935 production of A Tale of Two Cities.
A pre-Code release from RKO Pathe, The Tip-Off (1931) features Ginger Rogers in an early role but most of the fun comes from its fresh-faced star Eddie Quillan.
A look at MGM’s The Thin Man (1934), the first of a 6 series film and second of 14 pairings for William Powell and Myrna Loy. Directed by Woody Van Dyke …