Taras Bulba (1962)

This Harold Hecht production with J. Lee Thompson directing comes across as if it had been intended to be the biggest spectacle of the year capturing the bulk of the […]

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

If you like westerns and John Wayne, then for my money it’s nearly impossible not to love this movie. As a matter of fact it might be the most enjoyable […]

Fedora (1978)

Is it just me or is this like a lost, not quite classic Billy Wilder flick that reunites him with his leading man from Stalag 17 and Sunset Boulevard, William […]

Strange Bargain (1949)

Noir in a Leave it to Beaver setting is how this RKO release comes across with Jeffrey Lynn getting in over his head in this nifty plotted thriller from producer […]

More of Those On Screen Movie Dads

Let’s kick off this year’s look at movie Dad’s with three versions of The Champ. 1931 saw Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper take to the screen. The next version switched […]

The Reluctant Heroes (1971)

If I didn’t know any better I’d swear this made for TV affair by way of Aaron Spelling was made on the sets and locations of MASH when Alan Alda […]

Biggles (1986)

At long last I’ve caught up with the final film of Peter Cushing. While he doesn’t go out on a horror note, it is a very good role for the […]

Night of the Iguana (1964)

I probably knew more about what went on behind the scenes of this John Huston production then anything that actually happened in the film. Therefore I thought it was about time […]

The Great Bank Robbery (1969)

Flawed and uneven this western spoof may be and it’s surely attempting to cash in on the popularity of Support Your Local Sheriff, yet, having said that there is an […]

Helen of Troy (1956)

Arguably the biggest release on the Warner Brothers schedule for the calendar year and in Warner Color no less, Helen hit the screens minus one notable thing, a definite lack […]

The Gauntlet (1977)

“A nothing witness for a nothing trial.” If only things were that simple for Clint Eastwood in this non Dirty Harry cop film where Clint directs himself and brings along frequent costar Sondra […]

The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962)

It’s only been about thirty years since I’ve seen this effective creeper when it played City TV out of Toronto on a late night airing. It scared the hell out […]

Price and Poe : The Poster Gallery

For the regular readers here at Mike’s Take, you know I love the works of my “friend” Vincent Price. Not just the films but the many other endeavors he took […]

May 2017 In Review

Rounding up the month allows me to sneak a few mini reviews and thoughts on some more recent titles and to make a few comments and a recommendation on the critically […]

Three Cornered Moon (1933)

Light comedy director Elliott Nugent, who had just started his career with 1932’s The Mouthpiece, helmed this early screwball comedy with Claudette Colbert taking center stage in black and white under […]