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At some point in January I decided to keep track of all the movies I watch in 2018. Please read that sentence carefully: “the movies I watch” is the key phrase. As a rule, I rarely “go out to see” a movie in theaters anymore because I don’t care too much about new movies. I’ll […]

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Everyone’s favorite bumbling sitcom Nazi would have been 97 years old today. Werner Klemperer was born in Germany on March 22, 1920. His father, Otto Klemperer, was a world famous symphony conductor. The family, which was Jewish, wisely fled Europe in 1935. Werner Klemperer would go on to have a solid and steady career in […]

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Born Yesterday is a wonderful play written by a fellow native of my hometown of Rochester, NY, Garson Kanin. As well-written as the play is, it owes its great success to the marvelously talented Judy Holliday who would have been 95 years old today. She brought a special kind of native intelligence to “the dumb blonde” […]

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After I posted my piece about “Inherit the Wind” yesterday, I received an e-mail and article from my good friend Dr. Tim Madigan, professor of Philosophy at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. Dr Madigan, being a far more learned and intellectual man than I, had previously written about the play, film and […]

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One of my all time favorite films is “Inherit the Wind,” the 196o classic starring Spencer Tracy, Frederic March and Gene Kelly. It is a film adaptation of the play of the same name that is based upon the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 in which a schoolteacher was tried for breaking state law (Tennessee’s […]

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Here’s a clip of James Garner being interviewed around the time he was working on the film remake of Maverick in 1994 with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. It’s important to me for one reason and one reason only: his comments about acting and specifically Spencer Tracy. When I “discovered” the classic films back when […]

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The newly restored version of the 1963 comedy classic “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” by The Criterion Collection is five discs of fun for classic film nerds everywhere. A few years back, the American Film Institute placed “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” 40th on its list of 100 Funniest Films. It’s […]

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I’ve been meaning to put some Spencer Tracy posts up here as TCM has picked him as the star of the month for October. As far as I’m concerned, Tracy is the star of all time. He came from “the Golden Age of American Film” and he had a few contemporaries who could hold the […]

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