Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Draculas in the Middle

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” Hammer Films’ Dracula series initially were linked like the chapters of a book. Thus the second chapter of the series, “Dracula–Prince of Darkness,” literally begins with a re-cap of the closing moments of their initial film “Dracula” … Continue reading

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When You Re-make a Classic

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers” I wonder whether Taylor Hackford knew what to expect when he agreed to direct a re-make of Jacques Tourneur’s 1947 film noir “Out of the Past.” I don’t believe that audiences and critics swooned over the Tourneur … Continue reading

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Dazzlers

There is a moment in “42nd Street” when any first-time viewer’s eyes will open wide with disbelief. We watch Ruby Keeler singing and dancing to the title song and suddenly the theater stage on which she performing is transformed into … Continue reading

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“There’s only one Johnny!”

CAUTION: Contains “spoilers.” I think a lot of people do “Key Largo” a disservice by trying to shoehorn it into either the Gangster Movie or the Film Noir mold. Yes, it has gangsters in it, and it is thematically, if … Continue reading

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