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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. Topper 1937

    B-: 3.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Norman Z. McLeod. Starring Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young, and Billie Burke.

    Constance Bennett and Cary Grant play a carefree couple who die in a car crash but, before ascending to the afterlife, must help mousy banker Cosmo Topper, played by Roland Young, learn to live. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    26 Aug 2022
  2. Meet Danny Wilson 1952

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by Joseph Pevney. Starring Frank Sinatra, Shelley Winters, Alex Nicol, and Raymond Burr.

    Frank Sinatra plays the titular Wilson, a nightclub singer who vaults to superstardom after a break from a mobster, played by Raymond Burr. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    25 Aug 2022
  3. Dangerous Mission 1954

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Louis King. Starring Victor Mature, Piper Laurie, William Bendix, and Vincent Price.

    This story of a hit-man pursuing a murder witness hiding out in Glacier National Park is not good, but may appeal to Vincent Price fans. To explain why, I must venture into spoiler territory. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    22 Aug 2022
  4. The Loved One 1965

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Tony Richardson. Starring Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Anjanette Comer, and Rod Steiger.

    Young Englishman Dennis travels to Los Angeles on a whim, boards with his Hollywood uncle, and gets a job at an upscale funeral home for pets. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    21 Aug 2022
  5. Hannie Caulder 1971

    B: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Burt Kennedy. Starring Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine, and Jack Elam.

    Raquel Welch plays the titular Hannie, a woman who recruits a bounty hunter to train her to exact revenge on the outlaws that murdered her husband then raped her. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    20 Aug 2022
  6. Virginia City 1940

    C-: 2.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Randolph Scott, and Humphrey Bogart.

    In the waning days of the Civil War, Union spy Errol Flynn travels to Virginia City, Nevada to prevent Confederate agent Randolph Scott from smuggling out millions of dollars’ worth of gold. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    20 Aug 2022
  7. The Hoodlum Saint 1946

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Norman Taurog. Starring William Powell, Esther Williams, Angela Lansbury, and James Gleason.

    William Powell plays a newspaper man returned home from World War I to find himself unemployed and broke. He finagles a job as a corporate executive, amasses a fortune, loses it in the crash of ‘29, and finds religion. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    19 Aug 2022
  8. The Man from Monterey 1933

    D-: 1.5 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Mack V. Wright. Starring John Wayne, Duke, Ruth Hall, Luis Alberni, Donald Reed, and Nina Quartero.

    John Wayne plays a cavalry officer sent to encourage holders of Spanish Land Grants in California to register their titles. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    18 Aug 2022
  9. Dear Ruth 1947

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by William D. Russell. Starring Joan Caulfield, William Holden, Mona Freeman, and Edward Arnold.

    William Holden plays Bill, an enlisted bomber pilot who turns up on the titular Ruth’s doorstep, believing she’s his pen-pal sweetheart, unaware her tween kid sister has written all the letters using Ruth’s name and picture. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    18 Aug 2022
  10. The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946

    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Tay Garnett. Starring Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, and Hume Cronyn.

    Lana Turner plays Cora, the wife of a California luncheonette owner, who lures drifter Frank, played by John Garfield, into killing her husband. Continue reading...

    Watched on
    17 Aug 2022


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