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The Garment Jungle (1957) – 133

The Garment Jungle (1957)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Garment Jungle (1957), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast formally known as iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is The Garment Jungle (1957). This movie is a gritty Film-Noir crime story that is great for our #Noirvember celebration. The only reason I took a look at this movie is because of Robert Loggia. But with Lee J. Cobb, Gia Scala, and Richard Boone, it turned out to be a pretty solid movie, with a decent plot. This movie is rated at 6.6 on iMDB.com.[1] The movie has a 64 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] I feel it’s a little better than the ratings. The movie was directed by Robert Aldrich but Vincent Sherman took over in the end. Aldrich is uncredited. Glenn Erickson[3]…

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Fallen Angel (1945) -132

Fallen Angel (1945)

  Welcome to today’s show, Fallen Angel (1945), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. This Film Noir is rated 7.2 by iMDB.com1 and 80 percent by Rotten Tomatoes2. This film was directed by Otto Preminger. I really liked it, as Dana Andrews is great as a tough guy. Linda Darnell is beautiful and elusive. The supporting players, Charles Bickford, John Carradine, Percy Kilbride, Anne Revere, Alice Faye, and to a lesser degree even Bruce Cabot were all great at weaving this whodunit. The critics of the era seemed to be looking for another Laura (1944), but how often can director Otto Preminger or any director pull one of those off. Bosley Crowther, of The New York Times, thought the acting and story was below par.3 Today’s movie is…

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The Mummy’s Curse (1944) – 130

The Mummy’s Curse (1944)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast AKA iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you’re finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is The Mummy’s Curse (1944). This is the third time that Long Chaney Jr. played the mummy. I wanted to pan this movie like the rest of this mummy series, but I found this one to be vastly superior to the other three. With limited star power, the acting was still very solid. I thought that moving mummy from a swamp in Massachusetts to Louisiana would be ridiculous but the folklore was woven into the story very well. With that said, any of you that have been listening for a while know that English is not my native language. Since I was raised in raise in a third world country known as…

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The Mummy’s Ghost (1944) – 129

The Mummy's Ghost (1944)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Mummy’s Ghost (1944), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast formally known as iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. This movie is similar to The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) with a couple of better actors like John Carradine and Barton MacLane. The movie has a 33 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[1] However, the plot has a Mack truck size hole in it. Did they even watch the earlier movies before they slapped this together? Anyway, it is a fun watch and I really enjoyed seeing the young John Carradine. So, I’ll jump right into the show veterans, of which there are a few. Actors Returning Lon Chaney Jr. is returning in the role of Kharis AKA the mummy. Chaney was first covered in Episode 5 – Of…

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The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) – 128

The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is The Mummy’s Tomb (1942). The Mummy’s Tomb (1942) continues the story of The Mummy’s Hand (1940) some thirty years later. There’s not much of a story here and a large portion of the movie is clips from The Mummy (1932) and The Mummy’s Hand (1940). While sporting only a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes[1], it is fun late night classic horror fare. So, let’s jump into the show veterans and clip veterans. Actors Returning Lon Chaney Jr. assumed the role of Kharis/The Mummy. Chaney was first covered in Episode 5 – Of Mice and Men (1939). Wallace Ford returned as Babe, but this time Hanson instead of Jansen. Ford was covered in Episode…

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The Mummy’s Hand (1940) -127

The Mummy’s Hand (1940)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is The Mummy’s Hand (1940). This movie is sometimes called the sequel to The Mummy (1932). However, it doesn’t as much continue the story, as it uses clips from the earlier film woven into another story to save money. This movie is not too bad as early horror films go. Any movie that has three archeologists can’t be all bad. Of course, one of the three is evil, which I find to be pretty consistent with my life experience. This movie is rated 67% on Rotten Tomatoes.[1] At the time of release, the New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther wrote “Once or twice Miss Moran makes a grimace—as if she had caught an…

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The Horse Soldiers (1959) – 126

The Horse Soldiers (1959)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is The Horse Soldiers (1959). This movie was directed by John Ford and features his visual styling. The story is military, but the real issue is between, the mission-oriented commander, played by John Wayne and a doctor, more concerned with lifesaving, played by William Holden. The movie is based on a real Civil War raid that took place as a part of General Grant’s campaign to capture Vicksburg and control the Mississippi River. There are a lot of show veterans, so, let’s jump right in. Actors Returning The single-minded Union Commander Col. John Marlowe was played by John Wayne. John Wayne was first covered way back in Episode 2 – Chisum (1970). William Holden was…

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Blood Money (1933) – 125

Blood Money (1933)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is Blood Money (1933). This is my first go at an honest to goodness pre-code movie. I was telling one of my co-workers about this film and after a bit, she said when do the rabbits come in? I was pretty confused until she told me she thought the title was Blood Bunny. I am pretty excited to record this podcast for two reasons: 1) We all survived Hurricane Irma, and 2) I have wanted to do it ever since I was researching Episode 42 – I Walked With a Zombie (1943) and I heard Frances Dee’s quote about a friend admonished her for playing a prostitute in Blood Money (1933), and she replied,…

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Nuclear Attack Scenarios from WarGames 1983

All Nuclear Attack Senarios from WarGames 1983

Nuclear Attack Scenarios from WarGames 1983 I just finished listening to Ready Player One 2011 and it was great. It reminded me of one of my favorite movies, WarGame (1983). Of course, I began to wonder about all Nuclear Attack Scenarios from WarGames 1983 in the famous last scene. I had never taken the time to watch it all in slo-mo to get the names. But plenty of people have. So, I collected the list so you could remember this great movie. If you want to see a list of all of the movies mentioned in Ready Player One, take a look here. U.S. First Strike USSR First Strike NATO / Warsaw Pact Far East Strategy U.S. USSR Escalation Middle East War USSR China Attack India Pakistan War Mediterranean War Hongkong Variant SEATO Decapitating Cuban Provocation Atlantic Heavy Cuban Paramilitary Nicaraguan Preemptive Pacific Territorial Burmese Theaterwide Turkish Decoy Argentina Escalation Iceland Maximum Arabian Theaterwide S. Subversion Australian Maneuver Sudan Surprise Nato Territorial Zaire Alliance Iceland Incident English Escalation Middle East…

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Shield for Murder (1954) – 124

Shield for Murder (1954)

  Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is Shield for Murder (1954) and it is badass. Edmond O’Brien is amazing as a bad guy. Director Howard W. Koch managed a bunch of really tough guys and beautiful dolls in this late Film Noir. I was amazed that movies this good are just floating around out in the inter-webs. I’ll stop gushing. We have quite a few show veterans so I’ll get going with them. Actors Returning As I have already mentioned, the great actor Edmond O’Brien plays Detective Lt. Barney Nolan. O’Brien was first mentioned in Episode 30 – Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). John Agar, a part of the John Wayne group was cast as Detective. Sgt. Mark Brewster. Agar was…

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Crime of Passion (1957) – 123

Crime of Passion (1957)

    Welcome to today’s show, Crime of Passion (1957), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is Crime of Passion (1957). This classic Film Noir was directed by Gerd Oswald. It has an amazing cast featuring Barbara Stanwyck, Raymond Burr, Sterling Hayden, and King Kong’s love interest Fay Wray. Eddie Muller in his intro to this film for Noir City called it a proto-feminist film where boredom drives a housewife to murder. But I think it was more blind ambition. One of my favorite things about this movie is that it is a very different story. The plot is different and takes the viewer down an unexpected path. Okay, let’s jump right into the veteran actors. Actors Returning Barbara Stanwyck played newspaper reporter Kathy Ferguson…

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Ready Player One (2018) Movies

Ready Player One (2018)

I just finished reading, well really listing to “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline and I must say I found it very enjoyable. While I didn’t quite grow up in 1980’s I did go to college then and I spent a lot of time watching TV and movies. I wanted to see how many of these movies I had reviewed and sadly not many. I will have to correct that. I downloaded a list of movies mentioned in “Ready Player One” and have it in a table below with links to iMDB or my site as appropriate. Take a look at the list and remember a fun time. Also, read the book while we wait for the movie to come out in 2018. Amazon describes the book as follows: At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut – part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets…

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) – 122

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

    Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. So please subscribe when you are finished listening. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). It is the fifth and final of the original PoA series. And in my humble opinion, it is by far the worst. We have a number of show veterans and a couple of big stars to report on. So, let’s get going. Actors Returning Roddy McDowall continued his role as Caesar from the previous movie and was shown as Cornelius in clips from earlier movies. McDowall was first covered in Episode 118 – Planet of the Apes (1968). Natalie Trundy reprised her role as chimp Lisa from the previous movie. Trundy was covered in Episode 119 – Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).…

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