Derek Winnert


Confidential Agent ** (1945, Charles Boyer, Lauren Bacall, Katina Paxinou, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen, George Coulouris, Wanda Hendrix, George Zucco, Miles Mander) – Classic Movie Review 6308

Director Herman Shumlin’s faithful and intriguing, but mostly unconvincing and hollow 1945 film of Graham Greene’s classic novel about fascist dealings, diplomacy, romance and murder is wrapped up in the form of an espionage melodrama. […]

Nov, 25

Sleeper **** (1973, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Mary Gregory, Don Keefer, John McLiam, Marya Small) – Classic Movie Review 6307

Co-writer/ director/ star Woody Allen’s hilarious 1973 comedy comes from his fresh, happy, carefree knockabout comedy salad days. He was 29 at the time. Written by Allen and Marshall Brickman, it is an infectiously exuberant, […]

Nov, 24

Sleep, My Love *** (1948, Claudette Colbert, Robert Cummings, Don Ameche, Hazel Brooks) – Classic Movie Review 6306

Director Douglas Sirk’s 1948 film noir mystery thriller tells a rather familiar suspense story about a conniving Richard Courtland (Don Ameche) trying to drive his rich wife Alison Courtland (Claudette Colbert) insane so that he can […]

Nov, 24

A Run for Your Money *** (1949, Donald Houston, Meredith Edwards, Moira Lister, Alec Guinness) – Classic Movie Review 6305

Co-writer/ director Charles Frend’s modest but amiable 1949 British comedy stars Donald Houston and Meredith Edwards as Welsh coal-mining brothers David ‘Dai Number 9’ Jones and Thomas ‘Twm’ Jones. The duo come to London to support […]

Nov, 24

Taza, Son of Cochise *** (1954, Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Gregg Palmer) – Classic Movie Review 6304

Director Douglas Sirk’s 1954 3D Western is his sole trip out West. It is a follow-up to 1950’s Broken Arrow with the star of that film, Jeff Chandler (again playing the Apache chief Cochise), staying […]

Nov, 24

Summer Storm **** (1944, George Sanders, Linda Darnell, Edward Everett Horton, Anna Lee) – Classic Movie Review 6303

‘The FLASH of a Knife… The SCREAM of a Girl… The WRECK of a Man…’ Hollywood goes Russian in German-born director Douglas Sirk’s really rather splendid 1944 film noir-style crime drama adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s […]

Nov, 24

Romeo and Juliet *** (1936, Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer, John Barrymore, Basil Rathbone, Edna May Oliver, C Aubrey Smith) – Classic Movie Review 6298

In a lavish labour of love, MGM producer Irving Thalberg miscasts his wife Norma Shearer and a poetic Leslie Howard as the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet for director George Cukor’s careful and intelligent 1936 […]

Nov, 24


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