Seven Days in May (1964) – 111

Seven Days in May (1964)

  Welcome to today’s show, Seven Days in May (1964), 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 Seven Days in May (1964). This star-studded military movie doesn’t feature any combat. But there is enough action for anyone, as a rogue general tries to replace the US president in a military coup. Every actor in this movie is amazing but I want to call out Edmond O’Brien who plays a drunken Senator. Rod Serling wrote the screenplay and the movie was directed by John Frankenheimer. So, let’ jump right into the actors, many of whom of show veterans. Actors Returning Burt Lancaster played Gen. James Mattoon Scott. The great Burt Lancaster was covered in Episode 30 – Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). Kirk Douglas played Col. Martin…

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The Caine Mutiny (1954) – 110

The Caine Mutiny (1954)

  Welcome to today’s show, The Caine Mutiny (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 The Caine Mutiny (1954) starring among others, Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray, and José Ferrer. This great movie covers two of my favorite genres, war movies, and trial movies. What can be better than a military court martial movie? This film was directed by Edward Dmytryk and based on a Herman Wouk novel. So, let’s get going with the actors, many of whom we have seen before. Actors Humphrey Bogart played the lead role of Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg, a man who had served too hard and too long. The great Humphrey…

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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 began singing in church.…

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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 men looted and burned…

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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…

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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 really 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…

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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 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 in many of the scenes, for…

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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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The Command (1954) – Episode 60

The Command (1954) Joan Weldon and Guy Madison

Welcome to today’s show, The Command (1954), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on or follows 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 and give me a review. I am continuing the series about people trying to go somewhere or get something done, and there are obstacles in the way. The main star The Command (1954) is Capt. Robert MacClaw, the Army doctor who ended up in command of a cavalry troop. This role was played by hunk-a-rama Guy Madison. Madison was in the Coast Guard during World War II. He was on a pass in Hollywood when he was spotted by David O. Selznick’s staff. They cast the untrained actor in Since You Went Away (1944). By the time the war ended Madison was on the way to…

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The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) – Episode 59

The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) Fess Parker

Welcome to today’s show, The Great Locomotive Chase (1956), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows 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 continues the theme of people trying to go somewhere or get something done and have obstacles in the way. The Great Locomotive Chase (1956), like The General (1926) is based on the actual raid during the American Civil War. This version, produced by Disney Studios was told mainly from the Northern perspective and is a drama and not a comedy. It is also the first Disney film to have a curse word. Fess Parker played the role of a civilian Union spy leader James J. Andrews. Fess Parker was born in Texas in 1924. He…

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The General (1926) – Episode 58

The General (1926) Buster Keaton

Welcome to today’s show The General (1926), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows 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 will be my first attempt to review a silent film. The General  (1926) is the movie that set the bar for all future train movies. When you watched Indiana Jones riding in mine car in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) they were imitating rail action that was shown in The General (1926). While this movie is primarily a comedy it is based on an action that really occurred during the American Civil War. This one unlike the next movie I will cover is told from the Confederate view and the battle flag is prominently displayed.…

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Battle of the Bulge (1965) – Episode 51

Battle of the Bulge (1965)

The Battle of the Bulge (1965) is a highly fictionalized account of the World War II battle. It features an ensemble cast of American and German actors. This movie is great afternoon entertainment. Rough Script Battle of the Bulge (1965) Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows 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. Today’s movie is the second of two that pay tribute to the Americans that fought in the Battle of Bulge December 16 – 25, 1944, 71 years ago this month. The Movie covers the battle around Ambleve. This movie and tell highly fictionalized but entertaining version of the brave men that fought to stop the Nazi winter attack. Today’s movie is Battle of the Bulge (1965). I’ll jump right in and start with the crew, many we have heard from before. The first of these…

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Time Limit (1957) – Episode 26

Time Limit (1957)

Time Limit (1957) is a Korean War POW investigation that takes place following the war. Welcome to Episode 26 Time Limit (1957). We are following the Richard Widmark line from The Long Ships (1964). This is a great little movie. I hadn’t watched this movie in a couple of decades and the last time I saw it was before I had ever seen The Manchurian Candidate (1962). I was a little shocked by the similarities between the two. But I’ll get into that after we go over the stars that are in this movie. This film was directed by Karl Malden. He was born in Chicago but was raised in Gary, Indiana. Following high school, he spent three years working in a steel factory. He spent a short time at Arkansas State Teacher’s College before attending the Goodman Theater Dramatic School. Three years after he left the mill he went to New York and found work on the stage. He severed in WWII as an NCO in the Army Air…

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