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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

  1. A still from Penny Serenade (1941)

    Penny Serenade 1941

    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    Directed by George Stevens. Starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Beulah Bondi, and Edgar Buchanan.

    Cary Grant and Irene Dunne play a couple who endure a series of tragedies attempting to start a family. The film proffers romance, humor and pathos. But not subtlety. Never subtlety. Continue reading...

    Watched on 31 Aug, 2022
  2. A still from Ladies of the Chorus (1948)

    Ladies of the Chorus 1948

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Phil Karlson. Starring Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe, Rand Brooks, and Nana Bryant.

    Marilyn Monroe plays a burlesque dancer who falls in love with a society gentleman. Her mother, a fellow dancer played by Adele Jergens, disapproves. Continue reading...

    Watched on 30 Aug, 2022
  3. A still from The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)

    The Thief Who Came to Dinner 1973

    B+: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Bud Yorkin. Starring Ryan O'Neal, Jacqueline Bisset, Warren Oates, and Jill Clayburgh.

    Ryan O’Neal plays a computer programmer who quits his well-paying job to become a jewel thief. Continue reading...

    Watched on 30 Aug, 2022
  4. A still from Fuzz (1972)

    Fuzz 1972

    C: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Richard A. Colla. Starring Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, Jack Weston, and Tom Skerritt.

    I expected a Burt Reynolds star vehicle, but Fuzz proves an ensemble black comedy chronicling the inept detectives of Boston’s 87th precinct. Continue reading...

    Watched on 29 Aug, 2022
  5. A still from The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

    The Postman Always Rings Twice 1981

    D: 2 stars (out of 5)

    Directed by Bob Rafelson. Starring Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, and Michael Lerner.

    David Mamet’s screenwriting debut. Not a remake of the 1946 Lana Turner film, but another adaptation of James M. Cain’s novel. Jack Nicholson plays Frank, an opportunistic drifter who hires on at a rural luncheonette with his eye on the owner’s wife Cora, played by Jessica Lange. The two begin a torrid affair and soon they’re plotting to off her husband. Spoilers follow. Continue reading...

    Watched on 26 Aug, 2022
  6. A still from Topper (1937)

    Topper 1937

    B-: 4 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
  7. A still from Meet Danny Wilson (1952)

    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
  8. A still from Dangerous Mission (1954)

    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
  9. A still from The Loved One (1965)

    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
  10. A still from Hannie Caulder (1971)

    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


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