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  • The Glass Key

    ★★★★

  • Whispering Smith

    ★★★★

  • Barquero

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  • Laura

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  • The Glass Key

    The Glass Key

    ★★★★

    My only encounter with director Stuart Heisler was the Gary Cooper vehicle, Along Came Jones, which really didn't float my boat. Heisler however, well his filmography isn't jam packed with memorable titles, but still helmed films starring Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, and future President Ronald Reagan. The Glass Key definitely seems to be his most popular film credit, and after watching Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, and Brian Donlevy star in an adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's novel of the same name,…

  • Whispering Smith

    Whispering Smith

    ★★★★

    The more I see of actor Alan Ladd, the more I like him. For a guy who was only 5"7", he sure did leave an impression in every film, possibly from the lifts in his shoes. A long term contract for Universal in the 1930's didn't pan out for the young Alan Ladd, who'd have to wait a few years where he'd get himself an agent, get small bit parts for Columbia, RKO Pictures, and Monogram, before eventually hitting pay-dirt…

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  • Barquero

    Barquero

    ★★★★

    There were certain actors that were made for a specific genre of films, and in Lee Van Cleef and Warren Oates, you had two guys who never performed better than when they were wearing a pair of six-guns and talking tough. Van Cleef's early career path was primarily in Westerns, mostly as villains, with turns for Boetticher, Sturges, Mann, Ford, and George Sherman, where he had a habit of doing a touch of scene-stealing from his more illustrious co-stars. Van…

  • Laura

    Laura

    ★★★★

    There's a reason why certain films are deemed to be considered "classics", and it has nothing to do with coming from the Golden Age of Hollywood, because despite some blinkered views that everything was better back in the days when the studios ruled the roost, and actors were commodities to be traded between them, there were just as many duds made back then as there were hits. The word classic gets bandied about too easily in my humble opinion, it…

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