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Best Movies by Farr: Fritz Lang in America

June 21, 2010 | John Farr

Fritz Lang directed many fine films; here are 3 of his greatest shot Stateside. Fury (1936) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: An innocent man (Spencer Tracy) on his way to a long-awaited reunion with his fiance (Sydney) is stopped by police en-route and accused of a kidnapping he didn't commit. The angry townspeople then take ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Working-Class London

May 31, 2010 | John Farr

A glimpse of London's less-glamorous side. Alfie (1966) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Self-styled English playboy Alfie (Michael Caine) is crazy about women and guiltlessly indulges himself without an ounce of shame or sense of responsibility. Upbeat but completely lacking in self-awareness, Alfie behaves like a cad when he learns his live-in girlfriend, Gilda (Julia ...

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Best Movies by Farr: The Screwball

May 24, 2010 | John Farr

If you enjoyed My Man Godfrey, you might also enjoy these classic screwball comedies. Libeled Lady (1936) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The ever-smooth Powell plays Bill Chandler, a freelance journalist hired by his old newspaper to squelch a libel suit brought by society heiress Connie Allenbury (Myrna Loy). To do this, Bill must make ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Glamorous Gene Tierney

May 17, 2010 | John Farr

John Farr pays tribute to the sad life of one of noir's forgotten stars. Heaven Can Wait (1943) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: On the day of his death, assured that he'll be rebuffed in Paradise, aristocratic New Yorker Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) pays a visit to His Excellency (Laird Cregar), a highly courteous ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Penned & Produced by Arthur Freed

May 10, 2010 | John Farr

Three films from legendary lyricist and producer Arthur Freed. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: It's 1903, and the World's Fair is coming to St. Louis, causing great excitement for the Smiths and their four young daughters. Then, Mr. Smith is offered a position in New York City, causing some ...

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Best Movies by Farr: More Ingrid

May 3, 2010 | John Farr

John Farr can't get enough Ingrid Bergman. Intermezzo (1939) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Renowned, married violinist Holger Brandt (Leslie Howard) returns from concert tour, and meets Anita Hoffman, his daughter's piano teacher (played by Bergman in her first English-speaking role). He first takes a professional interest in her, which soon becomes more personal. With ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Parade Movies

April 26, 2010 | John Farr

John Farr joins the parade. The Music Man (1962) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Traveling charlatan "Professor" Harold Hill convinces the citizens of River City, Iowa, that they should have a marching band to help guard youth against moral corruption. Charming the socks off everyone, including the mayor's wife (Hermione Gingold), with his plan to ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Neglected Bogart

April 19, 2010 | John Farr

Three of the great Humphrey Bogart's lesser-known films. High Sierra (1941) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Weary, aging gangster Roy "Mad Dog" Earle (Humphrey Bogart) is enlisted in a hotel-robbery scheme after mobster friend Big Mac (Donald MacBride) springs him from prison. On his way to a rendezvous point, he meets and falls for club-footed ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Marx x 5

April 12, 2010 | John Farr

Revisit five of the Marx Brothers' Depression-era Paramount masterpieces. The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Edition (1930-1933) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The best way to enjoy the nutty antics of Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo is to indulge yourself in this boxed set of five early Paramount classics. A struggling Miami hotel is the scene ...

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