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Diary of a Madman (1963) starring Vincent Price, Nancy Novack

Diary of a Madman

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Diary of a Madman is a different horror story, told in flashback, where a stern judge convicts a guilty man of murder, who claims to have been controlled by an evil spirt, a Horla. But after the murderer’s execution, he starts to hear the Horla …. And it’s a slow path to insanity.

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Sherlock Holmes - Prelude to Murder (aka Dressed to Kill) (1946) starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce

Prelude to Murder

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Sherlock Holmes – Prelude to Murder (aka Dressed to Kill) (1946) starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce

Holmes: Somehow, the tune… is the key to the mystery. It must be the tune. Otherwise, why use three musical boxes to convey the message? Why not collar boxes, or shoe boxes? 

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Mad Love

Mad Love

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Mad Love (1935), starring Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive

Mad Love What will obsessed surgeon Dr. Gogol do to be with lovely Yvonne Orlac … When her pianist husband’s hands are crushed? How far will he go…

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Blondie! starring Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Gene Lockhart

Blondie! (1938)

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Blondie! (1938) starring Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Gene Lockhart

On the eve of their 5th wedding anniversary, Dagwood loses his job – again! It’s Blondie! to the rescue!

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Witness for the Prosecution, starring Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich

Witness for the Prosecution

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Witness for the Prosecution (1957) starring Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich

In Witness for the Prosecution, a wealthy widow is found murdered. Her married suitor, Leonard Vole, is accused of the crime. Vole’s only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife … But his airtight alibi shatters when she reveals some shocking secrets of her own!

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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) starring Cary Grant , Myrna Loy , Melvyn Douglas

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) starring Cary Grant , Myrna Loy , Melvyn Douglas

Synopsis of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Cary Grant and Myna Loy star in this classic screwball comedy about a big city executive who wants to find a simpler life in the country when Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House. Advertising executive Jim Blandings (Grant–Charade, North by Northwest) learns about rural life, real estate and construction the hardest way possible when he buys a farm in Connecticut.  And moves with his tolerant if not understanding wife, Muriel (Loy–Thin Man films), to a decaying shack that’s closer to a nightmare than the house of his dreams.

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The Judge Steps Out starring Alexander Knox, Ann Sothern

The Judge Steps Out

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The Judge Steps Out (1948) starring Alexander Knox, Ann Sothern

Review of The Judge Steps Out

The Judge Steps Out is a surprisingly enjoyable drama.  A probate court judge (Alexander Knox) is comfortable with his lot in life – but his wife isn’t.  She’s far more worried about what “her friends will think” than about her husband.  She’s focused on society and position, and their daughter’s upcoming marriage.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World (1960) starring Michael Rennie, Claude Rains, Jill St. John, Fernando Lamas

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World

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movie review of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World (1960) starring Michael Rennie, Claude Rains, Jill St. John, Fernando Lamas

This is the Irwin Allen version of the movie, where the “dinosaurs” are plainly lizards with fins and horns attached, making the “frightening” monsters laughable. And that’s a crying shame.   The acting is fine, and the interaction between the various A-list actors (Michael Rennie, Claude Rains, Fernando Lamas, Jill St. John, David Hedison) is one of the best things about the movie. It should also be said that, despite the title, the movie takes large liberties with the basic story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. For example, in the original novel, there were no female characters at all.

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