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The Perfect Killer (1977)

Taking his turn as an aging hitman looking to retire from the syndicate, western favorite, Lee Van Cleef, assumes center stage in this heavily plotted effort coming at the end […]

Christmas Eve (1947)

Far from a conventional Christmas movie, this Edwin L. Marin directed feature casts a heavily made up 45 year old, Ann Harding, as an aging woman of wealth looking to […]

Les Miserables (1952)

In general terms I know the story of Jean Valjean, the main character of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. I’d seen two other filmed versions of the story but admittedly that […]

High Society (1956)

Just a short 16 years following the Grant-Hepburn-Stewart classic, The Philadelphia Story, from director George Cukor came this musical rendition utilizing the star power of Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and […]

Ebenezer (1998)

If a film producer wanted to create a wild west slant on Charles Dicken’s classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, there really is only one actor’s agent that I’d want that […]

Kid Galahad (1962)

Far better than the bulk of Elvis Presley’s later films between 1965 and 1969, Kid Galahad, proves an entertaining outing for the King as long as we look past the […]

A Family For Joe (1990)

Like many of his contemporaries, Robert Mitchum, turned to the small screen once the 1980’s came around appearing in a number of TV movies and the epic Winds of War […]

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 […]

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