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Never Wave at a WAC (1953) starring Rosalind Russell, Paul Douglas, Marie Wilson

Never Wave at a WAC

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Never Wave at a WAC (1953) starring Rosalind Russell, Paul Douglas, Marie Wilson

Never Wave at a WAC is a service comedy, focused on two young ladies who join the Women’s Army Corps. One is an entitled daughter of a senator, divorced, and joins the Army to be near her new fiancee. But she’s going to be under the command of her ex-husband. The other is a stereotypical dumb blonde, who wants to be in military intelligence.

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Two Girls and a Sailor, starring Van Johnson, Gloria DeHaven, June Allyson, Jimmy Durante

Two Girls and a Sailor

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Two Girls and a Sailor, starring Van Johnson, Gloria DeHaven, June Allyson, Jimmy Durante

Synopsis of Two Girls and a Sailor

Emmy-nominee Van Johnson (“Too Young to Kiss,” “Thrill of a Romance“), Golden Globe-winner June Allyson (“Too Young to Kiss,” Little Women“) and Gloria Dehaven (“The Yellow Cab Man,” So This is Paris“) take part in a romance where one sister falls in love with a World War II sailor, but the sailor finds himself in love with the other sister instead.

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Captain America the First Avenger DVD cover

Captain America: The First Avenger

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 Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) starring Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Haley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Sebastian Stan

Review of Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America (Chris Evans) rescuing the Allied soldiers from Hydra
Captain America (Chris Evans) rescuing the Allied soldiers from Hydra

First and foremost, I’d like to point out the obvious: Captain America: The First Avenger works because of Steve Rogers. Long before his transformation, he’s a likeable character that the entire audience is rooting for. He’s also multi-dimensional.

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For Me and My Gal (1942), starring Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, George Murphy

For Me and My Gal

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For Me and My Gal (1942), starring Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, George Murphy

Buy from Amazon For Me and My Gal is a good many things — an ode to vaudeville, with some excellent song and dance routines, a “boy meets girl” movie, the film debut of Gene Kelly, a patriotic movie — and a very good movie overall. Frankly, what’s most refreshing about  For Me and My Gal is that the protagonist is a flawed person.  His flaws lead to his problems, and whose overcoming them leads to character growth.

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Flight Command, starring Robert Taylor, Ruth Hussey, Walter Pidgeon

Flight Command

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Flight Command (1940) starring Robert Taylor, Walter Pidgeon, Ruth Hussey, Red Skelton

I originally watched  Flight Command because it was one of Red Skelton‘s earliest movie roles — which is technically true; Red’s in the film as part of the Hellcats squadron, acting as the class clown, but he’s definitely a secondary character.  Flight Command is primarily about a brash young pilot, Alan Drake (played by Robert Taylor) who’s recruited straight out of college to join the premier squad of Navy Hellcats.  He has trouble fitting in at first, although the flight commander (played by a young and dashing Walter Pidgeon) tries to help — as does the commander’s wife (played by Ruth Hussey). There’s a suspected romantic triangle between Drake and the commander’s wife (which was only him trying to console her on the death of her brother) — but all turns out well in the end.

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Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) starring C.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall, Edward Everett Horton, Eddie Cantor, Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie

Thank Your Lucky Stars [Eddie Cantor]

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Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) starring C.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall, Edward Everett Horton, Eddie Cantor, Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie

Synopsis of Thank Your Lucky Stars

In Thank Your Lucky Stars, theater producers (Horton and Sakall) are staging a wartime charity program.  However, the production is taken over by their egotistical star (Eddie Cantor). Meanwhile, an aspiring singer (Dennis Morgan) and his songwriter girlfriend (Joan Leslie) conspire to get into the charity program by replacing Cantor with their look-alike friend, tour bus driver Joe Simpson (Eddie Cantor).

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Invisible Agent (1942) starring John Hall, Ilona Massey, Peter Lorre, Cedric Hardwicke, J. Edward Bromberg, Albert Bassermann

Invisible Agent

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Invisible Agent (1942) starring John Hall,  Ilona Massey, Peter Lorre,  Cedric Hardwicke,  J. Edward Bromberg,  Albert Bassermann

Invisible Agent is an entry in the Invisible Man series, set just before the United States entered World War II. The film begins with a Nazi undercover agent Conrad Stauffer ( played extremely well by Cedric Hardwicke) and Japanese agent  Baron Ikito (played well by Peter Lorre), entering a print shop owned by Frank Raymond (Jon Hall) — who is actually the grandson of the original Invisible Man

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The Secret Invasion

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The Secret Invasion (1964), starring Stewart Granger, Mickey Rooney, Raf Vallone, Henry Silva, Edd Byrnes, directed by Roger Corman

Synopsis of The Secret Invasion

The Secret Invasion is the story of British Intelligence. They use criminals to work behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia during World War II.

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Twelve O'Clock High, starring Gregory Peck, Dean Jager

Twelve O’Clock High

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Twelve O’Clock High, starring Gregory Peck, Dean Jager

Synopsis of Twelve O’Clock High

An Allied flight commander and his successor run daylight bombing raids out of England. Directed by Henry King. Best supporting Oscar for Dean Jagger.Read More »Twelve O’Clock High