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Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978)

A throwback to the days when my parents would treat me with a trip to the movie theater. Their reason for choosing this one? I suspect it had a lot […]

The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)

Prior to becoming a star in his own right, Gary Cooper, had appeared in one silent production brought to the screen by Samuel Goldwyn. 1926’s The Winning of Barbara Worth […]

Sharing the Screen With Kirk Douglas

Count the candles. 103. Yes Kirk Douglas is 103 years young today. Each year since starting up Mike’s Take On the Movies I set aside December 9th to celebrate the […]

The Unholy (1988)

Released following his death, Trevor Howard, is teamed with a pair of reputable character actors in this religious thriller that proves an enjoyable 1980’s exorcise in ….. exorcism? Well not […]

It All Came True (1940)

A pair of well known faces circa 1940 turn up in this Mark Hellinger produced comedy/gangster effort filmed in traditional black and white for Jack Warner and Bros. Namely, the […]

At the Earth’s Core (1976)

This fantasy film clearly aimed at youngsters hit a bullseye when I was indeed a youngster seeing this on TV in the late 1970’s. Even then I knew exactly who […]

Absence of Malice (1981)

As the years move by and Paul Newman’s movie career slips into the past, I find myself reminded of just how dynamic he could be when I revisit some of […]

The Lady Gambles (1949)

The lady in question? Barbara Stanwyck. Long before James Caan starred as the addicted, Gambler, or Philip Seymour Hoffman captivated me as a gambling junkie in Owning Mahoney, Miss Stanwyck, […]

The Main Event (1979)

One of Hollywood’s most endurable backdrops, the sport of boxing, provides the setting and storyline that sees Barbra Streisand reunited with her What’s Up Doc? co-star, Ryan O’Neal. It’s an […]

Feudin’, Fussin’ and A-Fightin’ (1948)

With the unlikely coupling of Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride capturing the public’s hearts after their winning performances as The Kettles in 1947’s, The Egg and I, opposite leading players […]

The Sea Spoilers (1936)

Signing on to the “B” unit at Universal while awaiting superstar status, John Wayne, plays the hero for the U.S. Coast Guard in this sea going adventure that will have […]

The Indian Fighter (1955)

Following in the tracks of Burt Lancaster, the actor he is most closely associated with, Kirk Douglas, made The Indian Fighter his inaugural production under his new company banner, Bryna […]

Sea of Sand (1958)

aka Desert Patrol There’s always something authentic about seeing an actor like Richard Attenborough in a Rank Production with a plot centered around a WW2 man on a mission adventure. […]

I Love You Again (1940)

Proving they were a perfect match beyond the Thin Man series, William Powell once again joins hands with Myrna Loy for a winning screwball romp under the MGM banner for […]

Duel On the Mississippi (1955)

Just a few years shy of William Castle’s emergence as a showman of the macabre, he directed numerous low budget efforts including this “B” unit project released by Harry Cohn’s […]

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