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Psycho (1960) starring Vera Miles, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

Psycho [Alfred Hitchcock]

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Psycho (1960) starring Vera Miles, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh in the infamous shower scene in “Psycho

Psycho is Alfred Hitchcock’s landmark masterpiece of the macabre. It stars Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, a quiet young man who runs a roadside motel … with his mother. Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), is on the run after stealing from her boss. She stays there, but the ill-fated traveler’s journey ends in the notorious “shower scene”. First a private detective, then Marion’s sister (Vera Miles) search for her. The horror and the suspense mount to a climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed.

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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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Room Service

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Room Service (1938) starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx), Lucille Ball, Ann Miller

I’ve long heard negative things about  Room Service starring the Marx Brothers  – Groucho, Chico, and Harpo.   However, after viewing the movie for myself, I don’t think that they’re deserved.   Granted, it’s not of the same quality as  Duck Soup, but it’s still very funny in its’ own right.   That’s not to say that there aren’t negative things to say.  The pace seems slow compared to typical Marx Brothers fare.  The movie starts slowly.   On the other hand, the ending of the movie is the normal zaniness that we’ve  come to expect, and it plays well.

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