Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

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 · in Reviews

That’s Entertainment! III **** (1994, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Ann Miller, Lena Horne, Debbie Reynolds, Esther Williams, June Allyson, Howard Keel, Mickey Rooney) – Classic Movie Review 6293

Even if all the best clips are already used up in Parts 1 and 2, writer-directors Bud Friedgen and Michael J Sheridan’s 1994 movie is a still delightfully entertaining second sequel, mixing rare out-takes, backstage […]

Nov, 23 · in Reviews

Tonight or Never *** (1931, Gloria Swanson, Melvyn Douglas, Boris Karloff) – Classic Movie Review 6292

Gloria Swanson plays passionless Hungarian prima donna opera singer Nella Vargo singing Tosca  in Venice, where she falls for an Italian playboy who is really Jim Fletcher (Melvyn Douglas) an opera producer for the prestigious Metropolitan Opera in New York, in a […]

Nov, 23

That Certain Woman *** (1937, Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Ian Hunter, Anita Louise, Donald Crisp) – Classic Movie Review 6291

‘You know, I believe I’m like one of those unfortunate gals you only read about in those dime novels… she only loved once.’ – Mary Donnell. That Certain Woman is a glamorous-looking Bette Davis, who […]

Nov, 22

FairyTale: A True Story **** (1997, Peter O’Toole, Paul McGann, Phoebe Nicolls, Harvey Keitel, Florence Hoath, Elizabeth Earl) – Classic Movie Review 6290

This 1997 British drama is a beautifully produced, lovingly handled period movie, from Charles Sturridge, the director of the 1981 TV mini-series Brideshead Revisited. In 1917, Elsie Wright (Florence Hoath) and Frances Griffiths (Elizabeth Earl) […]

Nov, 22

Photographing Fairies ** (1997, Toby Stephens, Ben Kingsley, Edward Hardwicke, Frances Barber, Ben Kingsley, Emily Woof, Philip Davis) – Classic Movie Review 6289

A love story that extends into the next world, a spot of sleuthing with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Edward Hardwicke), and Steven Spielberg-style supernatural creatures flying around the English countryside. This 1997 British fantasy mystery […]

Nov, 22

Phone Call from a Stranger *** (1952, Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Michael Rennie, Shelley Winters, Keenan Wynn) – Classic Movie Review 6288

Director Jean Negulesco’s 1952 20th Century Fox drama is written by produced by Nunnally Johnson, and has a fine cast headed by Bette Davis, Gary Merrill, Michael Rennie, Shelley Winters and Keenan Wynn. Three of […]

Nov, 22

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