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  1. *The Little Foxes* (1941 Samuel Goldwyn) When asked to name the best directors of the classic era, most people would name Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Frank Capra and Billy Wilder. On a notch below these greats would be Howard Hawks, Preston Sturges and the director of this picture, William Wyler. But, in his time, Wyler was as acclaimed as any other movie-maker. He won three Best Director Oscars, for *Mrs. Miniver*, *The Best Years of Our Lives* and *Ben-Hur*. And, he made other excellent pictures like *Roman Holiday* and *The Little Foxes*. So, while his reputation may have waned ov
  2. *Key Largo* is my favorite movie featuring Bogart and Bacall.
  3. *The Maltese Falcon* (1941 Warner Bros.) There have been more than a few great Hollywood actor/director pairings through the years. In the classic era, none was better than the John Wayne/John Ford collaboration. They started together in 1939 with *Stagecoach* and continued working together often through 1962 when they made *The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance*. In the modern era, Martin Scorsese has made several great films with Robert DeNiro, like *Taxi Driver* and *Raging Bull*. John Huston did not make as many movies with Humphrey Bogart as the other two pairs, but three of them, thi
  4. *Rebecca* *Dead wife's legacy* *Stangers on a Train*
  5. *How Green Was My Valley* (1941 Twentieth Century Fox) With the passage of time, it becomes apparent that not every year does the best movie win that year's Best Picture Academy Award. That was true in 1982 when *E.T. The Extra-teresstial* lost out to *Gandhi* and in 1995 when *Braveheart* not *Apollo 13* was named the year's outstanding movie. This state of affairs has beome very clear in the years since 1941. That year Orson Welles' masterpeice *Citizen Kane*, twice named the American Film Institute's best movie ever, was defeated by the good but not great, *How Green Was My Valley*.
  6. *All This, And Heaven Too* (1940 Warner Bros.) As stated elsewhere, Bette Davis was one of the most popular and talented actresses working in Hollywood during the 1940s and '50s. While now she is probably best remembered for her 1950 role in the Oscar-winning film, *All About Eve*, for 10 to 15 years prior she had a string of hits. She won two Best Actress Oscars in the 1930s and from 1938 through 1941 she starred in movies nominated for Best Picture awards, twice in 1940. This film, *All This, And Heaven Too* is an adaptation of a novel. It is the story of a French govern
  7. *Ninotchka* and *Grand Hotel* are two good Garbo films deserving a showing on TCM.
  8. *The Philadelphia Story* (1940 MGM) JImmy Stewart was one of the best, if not the best actor in the Golden Age of Movies. His rivals include Cary Grant, Henry Fonda and Spencer Tracy. In 1940 Stewart's excellence was rewarded when he won a Best Actor Oscar for this picture. But, essentially, his 1940 award was recompense fo his failure to win in 1939 for a superior performance in *Mr. Smith Goes to Washington*. Stewart was good in *The Philadelphia Story* but great in *Mr Smith ...*, but Hollywood sometimes acts in strange ways and this was one such case. *The Philadelphi
  9. *The Picture of Dorian Gray* - Time Doesn't Age *A Streetcar Named Desire*
  10. *The Long Voyage Home* (1940 Argosy Films) 1940 was a great year for acclaimed film director John Ford. While most noted for westerns like *Stagecoach* and *The Searchers*, in 1940 the director helmed two movies which had nothing to do with cowboys, Indians and America's Old West. One 1940 picture Ford made, *The Grapes of Wrath* dealt with "Okies" and Depression-era America. The other Oscar-nominee is this one about a merchant marine vessel and a group of sailors transporting munitions from the U.S. to England, which desperately needed arms to fight Germany. This film i s
  11. *The Letter* (1940 Warner Bros.) Actress Bette Davis had a very tempestuous relationship with her home studio, Warner Brothers, and its head Jack Warner. These disagreements, however, did not stop Davis from making top-level films for her studio. For three years running, 1938 with *Jezebel*, 1939 with *Dark Victory* and 1940 with this film, Davis' starring vehicles were nominated for Best Picture Oscars. And, in 1938 Davis won a Best Actress Oscar. So, Davis was a true professional. She did not allow personal difficulties affect the quality of her work. *The Letter*, adap
  12. No one replied to *A Dog of Flanders* so I will suggest a different movie for a three word review. *A Tale of Two Cities*
  13. No one replied to the last film, so I am going to suggest another movie, which will hopefully get a 3 word review. *A Tale of Two Cities*
  14. *Our Town* (1940 United Artists) This film is an adaptation of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. It is the story of the goings-on in a small town, Grover's Corner, New Hampshire at the beginning of the twentieth century. It stars a young William Holden, as George Gibbs, an awkward teen who wants to be a farmer and his girl, Emily Webb (Martha Scott), who likes George but fears he does not notice her. There is not much story to this picture. Headed by a narrator (whose name I did not get), who gives the long history of Grover's Corner, and provides background
  15. *The Grapes of Wrath* (1940 Twentieth Century Fox) Several John Steinbeck novels have been made into movies. In 1939, *Of Mice and Men* was nominated as the Best Picture of that year. And in the mid-1950s Elia Kazan directed *East of Eden*, a classic film starring James Dean. But it is this film which is the best adaptation of Steinbeck's work. The novel won Steinbeck a Pulitzer Prize, and the movie is good enough to twice having been named by the American Film Institute as one of the best 100 films ever. This movie tells the story of the Joads and their migration from O
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