Derek Winnert

Reviews

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

The Hollywood Revue of 1929 **** (1929, Jack Benny, Buster Keaton, Joan Crawford, John Gilbert, Norma Shearer, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Marion Davies) – Classic Movie Review 6297

The MGM studio throws all its contract stars it could find (with the notable exception of Greta Garbo) into director Charles F Reisner’s 1929 all-star hit movie revue (the concept was obviously then in vogue) that […]

Nov, 23

The Trespasser *** (1929, Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Henry B Walthall, Wally Albright) – Classic Movie Review 6296

Silent super-star Gloria Swanson earned an Academy Award nomination for her much talked-about 1929 talkie debut, written and directed by Edmund Goulding. It is advertised as ‘Her First ALL TALKING Picture’. It was first filmed as a silent, but […]

Nov, 23

That’s Entertainment, Part II ***** (1975, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, James Stewart) – Classic Movie Review 6295

Director Gene Kelly’s marvellously entertaining 1975 sequel to Jack Haley Jr’s That’s Entertainment! (1974) boasts some more all-time-great musical sequences from the MGM film library. But this time it also includes some non-musical sequences, with […]

Nov, 23

That’s Entertainment! ***** (1974, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart) – Classic Movie Review 6294

Writer-director Jack Haley Jnr’s 1974 film is a golden celebration of MGM’s wonderful musicals in 50 years of its movies, made to celebrate the studio’s golden jubilee. It was ironically MGM’s biggest hit for many […]

Nov, 23

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