One, Two, Three (1961) – Episode – 84

One, Two, Three (1961)

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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is One, Two, Three (1961) starring the great James Cagney.  I’m going to have to say right off the bat that this may be the greatest product placement movie of all times. It’s as fun little comedy with former Nazis, Communists, and God forbid, Capitalist. This movie wasn’t quite Cagney’s last role, as he showed up in Ragtime (1981). Actors The great James Cagney played the lead role of C.R. MacNamara. The word great is thrown around a lot, but with this guy, it’s true. Cagney was a real tough guy and a song and dance man as well. Cagney, of course, was born in …

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Sergeant York (1941) – Episode 83

Sergeant York (1941)

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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is a patriotic biography of the most decorated soldier of World War I, Sargent Alvin C. York. Released just before the attack on Pearl Harbor this film found wide appeal in a country about to enter World War II. Actors Gary Cooper played the title role of Sergeant Alvin C. York. Gary Cooper was born in Montana in1901. Both his parents were English immigrants. The family was well to do and owned a large ranch where Cooper spent a good portion of his youth. Cooper spent a couple of years going to school in England before returning to Montana. Cooper was out of school for some …

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Big Jim McLain (1952) – Episode 82

Big Jim McLain (1952)

Welcome to today’s show, Big Jim McLain (1952), 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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is the really, really, really bad Big Jim McLain (1952) featuring John Wayne, Nancy Olson, and James Arness. This movie is supposed to be a film noir and a political thriller. I don’t quite see it. The only thing good about this movie is that it so bad you will get a few chuckles. It is the first movie in which John Wayne played a modern non-western lawman. He went on in later movies to play a few other modern crime stoppers. ACTORS John Wayne played the title role of Jim McLain US House of Representative’s investigator. Wayne was covered in …

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Sunset Blvd. (1950) – Episode 81

Sunset Blvd. (1950)

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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is Sunset Blvd. (1950). Sunset Blvd. (1950) is certainly one of the greatest movies in American film history. It is also one of the greatest film noirs of all time. At release, the film was nominated for 11 Oscars and received three. Time magazine stated, “Hollywood at its worst told by Hollywood at its best.” [1] This movie not only had faces, it had dialogue, storytelling, passion, and suspense. Told in noir fashion this film begins at the death of one of the two main characters. As the story is revealed the watcher is able to see the intricate dance that brought on the death. …

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The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) – Episode 80

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). This movie is a wonderful campy version of the Robin Hood story. It features another pairing of Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. The bad guys are extra bad as played by Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, and Melville Cooper. The comedy is kept solid throughout the movie by Una O’Connor, Eugene Pallette, and Herbert Mundin. This is move is so much fun and you can see the actors having a great time as well, whether there swing from the trees or sword fighting on the stairway. A lot of the actors we have already covered so I will …

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Stalag 17 (1953) – Episode 79

Stalag 17 (1953)

Welcome to today’s show, Stalag 17 (1953), 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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. I love this movie. It’s been my favorite movie for most of my adult life. Occasionally it is eclipsed by A Bridge Too Far (1977) when I’m focused on bureaucracies. But I jump back to Stalag 17 (1953) when I’m feeling real cynical. William Holden, who I think is a much better actor than most people believe is amazing as Sefton, a POW with no redeeming societal values. Holden’s wife told him he only received the best actor Oscar for this role as an apology for not winning it for Sunset Blvd. (1950). However, it is much harder to play a character that no …

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The Big Combo (1955) – Episode 78

The Big Combo (1955)

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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. With today’ film were are going to jump heavily into Film Noir. Today’s movie is The Big Combo (1955) and it has a lot of Noir power and actors. ACTORS Many of the actors we have already covered so I will jump right in with them. Jay Adler played the role of Detective Sam Hill assistant to Lt. Diamond. We covered Adler in Episode 38 – 99 River Street (1953). Michael Mark had a very small role as Fred the hotel clerk. Mark was covered in Episode 46 – The Wasp Woman (1959); Lee Van Cleef played the role of small time gangster Fante. Van Cleef was …

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Take the High Ground! (1953) – Episode 77

Take the High Ground! (1953)

Welcome to today’s show, Take the High Ground! (1953), 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. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is Take the High Ground! (1953). This movie is a macho bonanza. Elaine Stewart is virtually the only woman in the movie. I like this movie because it is an accurate portrayl of basic training. ACTORS Richard Widmark played the role of SFC. Thorne Ryan. Widmark was covered in Episode 18 – The Vikings (1958). Karl Malden played SSG. Laverne Holt. Malden was covered in Episode 26 – Time Limit (1957). Russ Tamblyn played recruit Paul Jamison. During this movie, he was able to use his considerable acrobatic skills in many of the scenes, for example, hopping along a line …

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