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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) starring Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) starring Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a strange, touching love story. A widow (Gene Tierney) develops a friendship with the ghost of a cantankerous sea captain (Rex Harrison). He haunts her seaside house – until a flesh-and-blood suitor turns up. But that man’s hiding a secret …

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Born to Be Bad (1950) starring Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan, Zachary Scott, Joan Leslie

Born to Be Bad

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Born to Be Bad (1950) starring Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan, Zachary Scott, Joan Leslie

Synopsis of Born to Be Bad

In Born to Be Bad, a manipulative gold digger sets her sights on a wealthy man. A man who’s already engaged. She ignores the advances of a rugged writer who loves her despite her flaws.

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All About Eve (1950) starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Gary Merrill

All About Eve

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All About Eve (1950) starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Gary Merrill

All About Eve: Fasten your seat belts for a bumpy ride. This is the story of an aging actress, undone by a young, ambitious fan. Sophisticated performances by Davis, Sanders and Baxter shine in this scathing look at the world of the theater.

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Movie review of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

It’s a Wonderful Life

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Movie review of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

It’s a Wonderful Life is a wonderful film, and a perennial classic at Christmas time. It’s the story of a man named George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) at the end of his rope. He’s about to commit suicide. He feels that his life has been worthless. An angel named Clarence shows him what the world would have been like if he hadn’t been born. He inspires George to not give up, and George returns to his family – on Christmas Eve. Only to find out just how much he’s worth to his community.

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36 Hours, starring James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor, Werner Peters, John Banner

36 Hours

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36 Hours, starring James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor, Werner Peters, John Banner

In this psychological war-drama an Army Major is captured by the Germans during World War II. They attempt to brainwash him into believing the war is over and that he is safe in an Allied hospital, so that he will divulge Allied invasion plans. But they only have 36 Hours

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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) starring Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison , Diane Cilento

The Agony and the Ecstasy

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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) starring Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison , Diane Cilento

Synopsis of The Agony and the Ecstasy

During the Italian Renaissance, Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) contracts the influential artist Michelangelo (Charlton Heston).  He wants him to sculpt 40 statues for his tomb. However, the pope changes his mind and asks the sculptor to paint a mural in the Sistine Chapel.  Michelangelo doubts his painting skills and abandons the project. Divine inspiration returns Michelangelo to the mural, but his artistic vision clashes with the pope’s demanding personality and threatens the success of the historic painting.

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Voice of the Whistler (1945) starring Richard Dix, Lynn Merrick, James Cardwell

Voice of the Whistler

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Voice of the Whistler (1945) starring Richard Dix, Lynn Merrick, James Cardwell

Voice of the Whistler is an interesting mystery story. Unfortunately, it’s rather slow paced. Also, the ending is somewhat predictable.

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Man of the World, starring William Powell and Carole Lombard

Man of the World [William Powell]

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Man of the World (1931) starring William Powell, Carole Lombard, Wynne Gibson, Lawrence Gray, Guy Kibbee, George Chandler

Review

Man of the World is an riveting movie with a bittersweet ending. It’s the story of an American expatriate writer, living in Paris. He’s become a suave, debonair, blackmailer. He pretends to act as a go-between for the “real” blackmailer. This way, he keeps his reputation. Until he falls in love with a visiting American woman.

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