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Isle of the Dead

Isle of the Dead (1949) starring Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew
Isle of the Dead (1949) starring Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew Synopsis of Isle of the Dead In Isle of the Dead, a group of disparate characters are quarantined on a Greek island during the Balkan Wars of 1912.  Septicemic plague causes the quarantine, and the group’s only hope is for the hot,...
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The Vanishing Virginian

The Vanishing Virginian, starring Frank Morgan, Kathryn Grayson
The Vanishing Virginian (1942), starring Frank Morgan, Kathryn Grayson Frank Morgan stars in a rare leading role in The Vanishing Virginian and does it well.  It’s a sweet, tender story – with moments of bitter-sweetness.  The funeral scene for Josh is truly touching, as well as giving Kathryn Grayson...
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The Cabinet of Caligari (1962)

The Cabinet of Caligari (1962), starring Glynis Johns
The Cabinet of Caligari (1962), starring Glynis Johns  First off, it needs to be noted that this is not a remake of the classic horror film.  It is, instead, more of a psychological thriller.  The Cabinet of Dr. Calibari begins with young Jane (played by the lovely Glynis...
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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) starring George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed, Peter Lawford
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) starring  George Sanders,  Hurd Hatfield, Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed, Peter Lawford The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of the great movies — about a young man who, after an off-hand wish, finds himself unaging, with age — and corruption — affecting...
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The Black Room (1935)

The Black Room, starring Boris Karloff
Synopsis of  The Black Room (1935) Boris Karloff is superb in a dual role as twin brothers (one evil, one good), born to the ruling family in the early 1800’s in Czechoslovakia. The bad twin inherits the castle and becomes infamous for his sadistic behavior and murders the...
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M – Peter Lorre, Fritz Lang

M - directed by Fritz Lang, starring Peter Lorre
M (1931) directed by Fritz Lang, starring Peter Lorre   I’ve known for a long time that Fritz Lang was a ground-breaking movie director (Metropolis for example)–but I’ve never truly appreciated that for myself, until I recently saw his black and white movie about a search for a child...
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Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), starring Edward G. Robinson, Agnes Moorehead, Margaret O'Brien
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), starring Edward G. Robinson, Agnes Moorehead, Margaret O’Brien Synopsis of Our Vines Have Tender Grapes  An endearing and quietly rhapsodic slice of Americana about a single year among the Norwegian immigrants in a Wisconsin farm town, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes enthralled 1945...
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A Hole in the Head

A Hole in the Head (1959), starring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eddie Hodges, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones, Keenan Wynn directed by Frank Capra
A Hole in the Head (1959), starring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eddie Hodges, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones, Keenan Wynn directed by Frank Capra Synopsis of A Hole in the Head  Frank Sinatra stars as Tony Manetta, a widower living well beyond his means, in Miami where he’s raising his young...
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The Stranger

The Stranger (1946) starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young
The Stranger (1946) starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young Synopsis of The Stranger  Wilson of the War Crimes Commission is seeking Franz Kindler, mastermind of the Holocaust, who has effectively erased his identity. Wilson releases Kindler’s former comrade Meinike and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, where he is...
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Anastasia

Anastasia (1956) starring Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brinner, Helen Hayes
Anastasia (1956) starring Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brinner, Helen Hayes Synopsis of Anastasia  Russian exiles in Paris plot to collect ten million pounds from the Bank of England by grooming a destitute, suicidal girl to pose as heir to the Russian throne. While Bounin is coaching her he comes to...
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