Dracula (1931) and Drácula (1931) – Episode 86

Dracula (1931)

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 classic Universal horror film Dracula (1931). Many of you are probably aware that a Spanish-language version was filmed on the same sets and at the same time as the English-language with Bela Lugosi (1931). They filmed the English-language version during the day and the Spanish-language version was filmed at night. The only difference in title is that the Spanish version has a little mark above the first “a.”

In my opinion, the Spanish-language version is vastly superior to the Lugosi film. I realize this is heresy and Bela Lugosi will always be the only … Continue reading

Tower of London (1939) – Episode 85

Tower of London (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 Tower of London (1939). This movie was set in 15th Century England. It has a great cast featuring Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, and Barbara O’Neil.

This movie was made by Universal at the same time RKO was making the Hunchback of Norte Dame. It was one of the hottest years on record and the actors in full costumes suffered immensely.

Basil Rathbone plays the role of Richard – Duke of Gloucester. He is bent on killing his way to the English throne. Rathbone was covered in Episode 9 – … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 iTunesand 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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 portrayal 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 … Continue reading

House of Frankenstein (1944) – Episode 76

House of Frankenstein (1944)

Welcome to today’s show, House of Frankenstein (1944), 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 campy good House of Frankenstein (1944). This movie brings together so many good actors and the monsters they played it can’t help but be entertaining. Also this movie has some interesting lore about stake pulling and who can shot you with a silver bullet.

ACTORS

I’m going to jump right in with the actors were have previously discussed. The greatest of these is the wonderful Boris Karloff played the role of the evil want to be Frankenstein Doctor Gustav Niemann. Karloff was first introduced in Episode 7 – Continue reading

Henry Fonda – One-Take Fonda

Warlock (1959) - Henry Fonda

 

Henry Fonda was a soft-spoken man who was born in Grand Island, Nebraska in 1905. Following high school, he attended the University of Minnesota and studied journalism. At the age of 20, Fonda began acting at the Omaha Community Playhouse. After becoming a part of the Cape Cod University Players Fonda moved to New York and began working on Broadway. He worked on Broadway through 1934. The last play he did was “The Farmer Takes a Wife.” When this was made into a film he got a role. For the next fifty years, he made some of the most important movies of their era. Fonda worked across all genera’s.

Henry Fonda is remembered for so many movies it is hard to summarize. In 1939, Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) and Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) were released. The next year Fonda struck gold with his portrayal of Oakie Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940). He received an Oscar nomination for this role. He excelled in westerns starring in … Continue reading