Classic Movies

Guest Review Double Feature: 99 River Street in The Naked City

By Philip Schweier  John Payne is in for the fight of his life in 99 River Street (1953) when he plays Ernie Driscoll, a former boxer turned cabbie. It seems the boxing commission barred him from fighting due to an eye injury, and now, four years later, he’s driving a cab in New York City. He’s got dreams of owning… Continue reading Guest Review Double Feature: 99 River Street in The Naked City

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Guest Review Double Feature: The Dirty Dozen (1967)/The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985)

By Philip Schweier  The Dirty Dozen (1967) is a manly type of film, chockfull of military bravado and guns and explosions and all the things that make action movies worthwhile. But as a war film, it is, as one commenter on the DVD explained, of the latter breed of WW II films. That is to say, that movies… Continue reading Guest Review Double Feature: The Dirty Dozen (1967)/The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985)

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Guest Review: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

By Philip Schweier  I’ll admit to the fact that in my younger days I was what they call a “trekkie.” I read all the books and watched the TV show over and over. So I was thrilled at the age of 14 when the cast of the television show reunited for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). Recently, with a… Continue reading Guest Review: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Classic Movies

Guest Review: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

By Philip Schweier  Once again, co-stars and director are reunited in Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), as Otto Preminger directs his leading actors from Laura (1944), Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in a script from newsie turned playwright turned screen scribe Ben Hecht.  Dana plays Det. Mark Dixon, a tough cop who has no compulsion against beating the occasional suspect in an… Continue reading Guest Review: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

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Guest Review: Evil Under the Sun (1982)

By Philip Schweier  I’ve always been a mystery fan, ever since I watched Scooby-Doo in its original run. But many mysteries rely on some sort of gimmick, denying the audience (movie or book) the opportunity to solve the crime along with the detective. Perhaps the solution lies in a photograph the audience never gets to see. Or maybe there’s… Continue reading Guest Review: Evil Under the Sun (1982)

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Guest Review: The Woman in the Window (1944)

By Philip Schweier Some months back, I offered for your consideration a review of Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street (1945), unaware that it had an unofficial prequel in the form of Fritz Lang’s The Woman in the Window (1944). The two films are less cousins and more like identical twins, in that the three major roles… Continue reading Guest Review: The Woman in the Window (1944)