The Glory Guys (1965) – 105

The Glory Guys (1965)

 

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 Glory Guys (1965). This is a fun little cavalry romp that tells the tale of love and Custer’s Massacre.

Actors

Tom Tryon played the role of Capt. Demas Harrod. Tryon was covered in Episode 4 – In Harm’s Way (1965).

Slim Pickens played veteran Sgt. James Gregory. Pickens was covered in Episode 4 – In Harm’s Way (1965).

Harve Presnell played head scout Sol Rogers. Presnell was born in California and spent his youth in the great outdoors. When he was 7, it was discovered that he had a great voice and he …

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The Magnificent Seven (1960) – 104

The Magnificant Seven (1960)

 

Welcome to today’s show, The Magnificent Seven (1960), 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 western testosterone fest, with a grouping of some of the manliest men of all time, The Magnificent Seven (1960). The plot is very simple. Seven down on the luck American gunfighters go south to protect a Mexican village from bandits. The movie is a western adaptation of the Akira Kurosawa masterpiece Seven Samurai (1954).

On to the actors.

Actors

Today we have a lot of veterans.

Yul Brynner played super cool gunfighter, Chris Larabee Adams. Brynner was covered in Episode 68 – The Buccaneer (1958).

Charles Bronson was cast as gunfighter Bernardo O’Reilly, half Mexican/half Irish. Bronson was covered in Episode 17 – Hard …

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Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) – 103

Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

 

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.

This is a very sad, sort of buddy movie. The guys never had a chance. Today’s movie is Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962). This movie tells the story of a boxer, his trainer, and his manager. The boxer is the primary character. Actor Anthony Quinn shot this film during a two-month break in the filming of Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

This story and the screenplay were written by Rod Serling 1924–1975. Serling was best known for “The Twilight Zone” 1959 – 1964 and his horror television show, “Night Gallery” 1970 – 1973 and. He was also involved in the …

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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) – 102

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

 

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 Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956). It is one of those great old black and white UFO films that came out when American was trying to understand the Cold War between the USA and USSR and fearing total nuclear annihilation. Kind of like 2017! In this film, aliens contact an Earth scientist as part of a plot to enslave the Earth’s population. But he is the one guy they should have left alone.

This movie has some really iconic scenes, such as a UFO crashing into and destroying the Washington Monument. These great effects were created by the special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen. Harryhausen said in his biography that this was …

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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 Maltese Falcon (1941) – Episode 100

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

 

Welcome to today’s show, The Maltese Falcon (1941), 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 is a major milestone, 100 Episodes. I want to thank you for all the support that you have given me as I have endeavored to produce this podcast.

So, as I did for Episode 25, I will go with a Humphrey Bogart film. Today’s movie is a film noir classic The Maltese Falcon (1941) which I will go out on a limb and say this is maybe the best film ever made.

Humphrey Bogart played the main character Detective Samuel Spade The great Humphrey Bogart was covered in Episode 25 – Sahara (1943).

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The Big Heat (1953) – Episode 99

The Big Heat (1953)

 

Welcome to today’s show, The Big Heat (1953) is a classic film noir directed by Fritz Lang and starring Glenn Ford as a good cop and Gloria Grahame as a b-girl.

Actors

Glenn Ford plays the lead role of honest Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion. Ford was first covered in Episode 35 – Blackboard Jungle (1955)

The lovely Gloria Grahame played Debby Marsh. Grahame was talked about in Episode 53 – It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Jocelyn Brando played the role of Katie Bannion. This older sister of Marlon Brandon was born in 1919. Jocelyn grew up in Illinois and was plagued by her two alcoholic parents. She started working in theater in Omaha and debuted on Broadway at the age of 22.

Her first film role was in the China Adventure (1953). Her best-known film role is The Big Heat (1953). Jocelyn worked with her famous brother in The Ugly American (1963) and The Chase (1966).

Jocelyn was more successful on television. Her last film role …

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They Came to Cordura (1959) – Episode 98

They Came to Cordura (1959)

 

Welcome to today’s show, They Came to Cordura (1959), 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 They Came to Cordura (1959). I’m going to do a lot of background on the historical events related to this movie. Francisco “Pancho” Villa was a Mexican Revolutionary general that lived for 1878 – 1923. Villa was the commander of the División del Norte. He was quite successful for a time fighting the Federal forces of usurper Victoriano Huerta. Following two major loses in 1915 Villa’s forces were in tatters. On March 9, 1916, Villa raided across the US border and attacked the town of Columbus, New Mexico. Villa’s …

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It Happened One Night (1934) – Episode 97

It Happened One Night (1934)

 

Welcome to today’s show, It Happened One Night (1934), 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 was requested by Rick. Thanks for the suggestion because this was a movie I didn’t know too well. Today’s movie is It Happened One Night (1934). This Depression Era comedy is ranked number 35 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Movies of All Times and number 8 on the AFI’s 100 Funniest Movies of All Time. This movie won five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor -Clark Gable, Best Actress – Claudette Colbert, Best Director – Frank Capra, and Best Writing, Adaptation – Robert Riskin.

Clark Gable was …

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Tarzan Syndrome

Tarzan Syndrome

The Tarzan Syndrome is when any newcomer arrives in a location or culture and has an overblown effect on the locals and their cultural interactions.

Origins – He [Chris Rock] decries the business’s preference for what he calls “Tarzan movies,” films in which a naive, poor black character is “discovered” by whites and finally wins over mainstream society with a combination of their help and his own street smarts. “People do what works and no black actor has ever worked better than Eddie Murphy,” Rock says. “So a movie like ‘Trading Places’ is great, when you do it on the highest level, with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd and John Landis at their peak. But if you do a cheap version of it, you really have something that’s not so cool. New York Daily News

Tarzan Syndrome

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Scrooged (1988) – Episode 96

Scrooged (1988)

 

Welcome to today’s show, Scrooged (1988), 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 Scrooged (1988). This is a wonderful comedy starring Bill Murray and Karen Allen. It is a modern retelling of “A Christmas Carol.”

Actors

Robert Mitchum played Preston Rhinelander big boss of the network. Mitchum was covered in Episode 54 – Out of the Past (1947).

Bill Murray played Francis Xavier Cross AKA Frank Cross. This SNL funnyman went on to star in some of the finest comedies of the last 45 years. Murray was born in Illinois in 1950. He and his brothers worked as caddies while attending Loyola Academy. He …

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A Christmas Story (1983) – Episode 95

A Christmas Story (1983)

 

Welcome to today’s show, A Christmas Story (1983), 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 Christmas Story (1983). It is a family friendly traditional holiday tale.

Actors

Melinda Dillon played the role of loving Mother Parker. Melinda was born in Hope, Arkansas in 1939. Melinda was working in improv when she made her film debut in The April Fool (1969). Her next role came seven years later with Bound for Glory (1976). Melinda is perhaps best known for the mother of a kidnapped son in Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Other roles include Absence of Malice (1981), A Christmas Story (1983), …

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White Christmas (1954) – Episode 94

White Christmas (1954)

 

Welcome to today’s show, White Christmas (1954), 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 White Christmas (1954). Don’t ever watch this movie. I only selected it so I could use the von Scherbach quote from Stalag 17 (1953). This film has entirely too much singing even for a musical. The dancing, however, was excellent.

Actors

Bing Crosby played singer Bob Wallace. Crosby was born in Washington in 1903. Crosby studied law at Gonzaga University but was more interested in singing in local bands. In 1925, Bing and part of the band left for Los Angles. Bing eventually signed with CBS and was very popular …

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Forty Essential Film Noir Classics

Double Indemnity - Forty Essential Film Noir Classics

I have trouble stopping at 40 on this Forty Essential Film Noir Classics. I will continue to update the list as more movies are added.

I wanted to add a definition for Film noir, so I went to the great movie critic Roger Ebert.  I have shortened his definitions but included the link below so you can read the complete original.

1. A French term meaning “black film,” or film of the night.

2. Doesn’t mislead you into thinking there will be a happy ending.

3. Locations that reek of the night, of shadows, of alleys, of the back doors of fancy places.

4. Cigarettes. Everybody in film noir is always smoking. The best smoking movie of all time is Out of the Past, in which Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas smoke furiously at each other.

5. Women who would just as soon kill you as love you, and vice versa. This is priceless JEC.

6. For women: low necklines, floppy hats, mascara, lipstick, boudoirs, …

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