The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) – 101

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

  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 Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939). This film was directed by Michael Curtiz. It features another pairing of Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Today’s movie is a highly-fictionalized version of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the 2nd Earl of Essex. I love the sword and cape movies. Errol Flynn is so chevalier and carefree. He is the perfect rouge. Bette Davis was really knurled up with make-up to take on the unflattering look of Queen Elizabeth. Her acting was very precise. Olivia de Havilland had a very minor role in…

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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…

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Captain Blood (1935) – Episode 75

Captain Blood (1935)

Welcome to today’s show, Captain Blood (1935), 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 is an epic swashbuckling adventure starring one of the two greatest swashbuckling actors, Errol Flynn with the other of course being Douglas Fairbanks. Today’s movie is Captain Blood (1935). This movie features royal intrigue, revolution, slavery, pirating, revenge, treachery, patriotism, and reward. This movie features an abundance of great actors. Many of these actors we have previously covered so I will jump right into the biographies. ACTORS Lionel Atwill played a fairly typical role as the mean slave-owning supporter of King James II, Colonel Bishop. Atwill and his authoritarian roles were first discussed in…

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The Buccaneer (1958) – Episode 68

The Buccaneer (1958)

Welcome to today’s show, The Buccaneer (1958), 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. This movie has so many great actors it can’t help but be good. This movie is a remake of the The Buccaneer (1938) which I will refer to simple as the original. The original was directed by Cecil B. DeMille and had Anthony Quinn in the role of Boluche. This movie had Anthony Quinn as the director and Cecil B. DeMille as the producers. Both movies tell basically the same story with only minor variations and they are both great. I don’t really know if I mentioned it before but the Battle of New Orleans actually took place after the…

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The Buccaneer (1938) – Episode 67

The Buccaneer (1938)

Welcome to today’s show, The Buccaneer (1938), 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. This movie is The Buccaneer (1938), directed by Cecil B. DeMille. ACTORS I will go over the actors we have seen before first. Anthony Quinn played the role of Beluche, one of Lafitte’s go to pirates. Quinn was first seen in Episode 31 – Warlock (1959). Beulah Bondi played the role of Aunt Charlotte. Bondi was covered in Episode 53 – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). Evelyn Keyes had a very small role as Madeleine. This movie was Keyes first film. Keyes was introduced in Episode 38 – 99 River Street. Paul Fix had an even smaller role as…

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Saint Joan (1957) – Episode 29

Saint Joan (1957)

Saint Joan (1957) is an Anglo film adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw play. The movie flows like a play and brings very little originality to the story. Quite frankly would not even review this film except for Otto Preminger directing and Richard Widmark‘s over the top portray of The Dauphin, Charles VII. Rough Script Saint Joan 1957 Saint Joan (1957) is an Anglo film adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw play. The movie flows like a play and brings very little originality to the story. Quite frankly would not even review this film except for Otto Preminger directing and Richard Widmark‘s over the top portray of The Dauphin, Charles VII. Of course, we are still on the Richard Widmark line. The movie is told in flashback after Charles wakes in his bedroom to find the 25-years dead Joan there. They jump back to the beginning of her story and then end again in the bedroom. As I previously said Richard Widmark was cast as The Dauphin, Charles VII. I…

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The Long Ships (1964) – Episode 23

The Long Ships (1964)

Welcome to Episode 22 – The Long Ships (1964). We are still following the Lionel Jeffries line. This movie is about Vikings so I love it no matter what. With big stars such as Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier, it’s hard to go wrong. But they did seem to go wrong a great deal. Poitier said, “To say it was disastrous is a compliment.” Richard Widmark played the role of Viking Rolfe, son of Krok. He was really too old for this role and turned it down a few times. He finally agreed when that cast his good friend Sidney Poitier. Widmark has always fascinated me as an actor. He burst into movies playing angry and psychotic anti-heroes. However, in all of his roles, he seemed like he was cranked off. Is this good acting or was he really a mean guy? Widmark was born in Minnesota and always had an interest in movies. Like so many, he attended college to become a lawyer but he was derailed by the…

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The Vikings (1958) – Episode 18

The Vikings (1958)

Welcome to Episode 18 – The Vikings (1958). We are currently working on the Janet Leigh line. Go to my website at snarkymoviereviews.com to find all of the twitter, Facebook, and other social media links. If you like what you hear pop on over to iTunes and give me a review. This movie is a nice little period piece but it’s a little strange in the treatment of the women characters. The story is interesting and has enough twists and turns. The on-location shooting is visibly striking and the actors are some of the top in the business. The role of Ragnor was played by Ernest Borgnine. Borgnine was the child of Italian immigrants. After graduating from high school in Connecticut Borgnine joined the Navy. He stayed in the service for 10 years leaving at the end of WWII. His mother suggested that he try acting and well, you should always listen to mamma. His first role was as a male nurse in Harvey (1950). He moved to Hollywood and…

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