Derek Winnert

Posts Tagged "jazz"

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Young Man with a Horn [Young Man of Music] **** (1950, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael, Juano Hernandez) – Classic Movie Review 6081

Director Michael Curtiz’s 1950 biographical music drama stars Kirk Douglas as American jazz cornetist Rick Martin. Warner Bros’ fictionalised biopic is based on the life of all-time jazz great Bix Beiderbecke (March 10, 1903 – August […]

Oct, 11

Too Late Blues *** (1961, Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens, Everett Chambers) – Classic Movie Review 5756

Producer/ director/ co-writer John Cassavetes’s intriguing and haunting 1961 movie tale stars Bobby Darin as John ‘Ghost’ Wakefield, an ideological jazz player who meets an unbalanced and introverted beautiful singer, Jess Polanski (Stella Stevens). He […]

Jul, 14

Shadows **** (1959, Hugh Hurd, Leila Goldoni, Ben Carruthers, Anthony Ray, Dennis Sallas, Tom Allen, Rupert Crosse, David Jones) – Classic Movie Review 5754

A young orphaned African-American family battles to survive in Manhattan. Jazz player Hugh (Hugh Hurd) struggles to make a dollar or two singing in low bars; his sister Leila (Leila Goldoni) joins the phony art […]

Jul, 14

Blackboard Jungle *** (1955, Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern) – Classic Movie Review 5669

It is hard now to know from the movie exactly why, but writer-director Richard Brooks’s 1955 film exposé of teen trouble in the classrooms of New York, based on Evan Hunter’s novel, shocked the authorities […]

Jun, 26

The Jazz Singer ***** (1927, Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer) – Classic Movie Review 4897

It is not as drama that director Alan Crosland’s 1927 Al Jolson musical about a Jewish Cantor’s son who prefers showbiz to the approval of his father is remembered. Nor is it for the performances […]

Jan, 15

The Cotton Club ***½ (1984, Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee, Bob Hoskins, James Remar, Nicolas Cage, Allen Garfield, Fred Gwynne, Gwen Verdon) – Classic Movie Review 4729

Co-writer/ director Francis Ford Coppola’s stylish and vivacious 1984 film toast to Harlem’s notorious Cotton Club jazz nightclub in 1928 stars Richard Gere and Nicolas Cage as brothers Dixie and Vincent Dwyer tapping into the world […]

Dec, 01

The Joker Is Wild ***½ (1957, Frank Sinatra, Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanne Crain, Eddie Albert, Beverly Garland, Jackie Coogan, Sophie Tucker, Ted De Corsia, Barry Kelley) – Classic Movie Review 4721

Director Charles Vidor’s hit 1957 musical stars Frank Sinatra as Twenties Chicago night-club/ speakeasy singer Joe E Lewis, who is invited to work for the Mob during the Prohibition era, and whose voice is ruined in […]

Nov, 29


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