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Best Movies by Farr: El Cid

May 3, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses Charlton Heston's historical epic, directed by Anthony Mann. El Cid (1961) What It's About: Disgraced 11th-century Spanish knight Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar (Charlton Heston), dubbed El Cid for his progressive sense of justice, earns the king’s favor when he vanquishes a hostile challenger in a duel to the ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Pride of the Yankees

March 24, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses the baseball classic, directed by Sam Wood. Pride of The Yankees (1942) What It's About: Biopic of famed New York Yankee Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper) traces his storied athletic career, as the legendary southpaw ascends to the best team in baseball, while also portraying his romance and eventual ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Cary’s Comedies

March 17, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr Five funny films featuring Cary Grant. Topper (1937) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: George and Marion Kirby (Grant and Bennett) seem to have it all: they're rich, attractive, and live the high life-that is, until they're killed when driving their roadster just a bit too fast. Now bona-fide ghosts, it seems the couple ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Roman Holiday

February 17, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses a romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, directed by William Wyler. Roman Holiday (1953) What It's About: A gossamer young Hepburn plays the young Princess Anne, who is making an official visit to Rome. As royalty, she is programmed and scheduled to the hilt and becomes ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Bull Durham

January 20, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses one of Kevin Costner's great baseball movies, directed by Ron Shelton. Bull Durham (1988) What It's About: Shelton’s winning romantic comedy is set in the special world of minor league baseball, exploring the dynamics (and rivalry) between two very different teammates - seasoned veteran Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Indiscreet

January 14, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses a romantic comedy starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, directed by Stanley Donen. Indiscreet (1958) What It's About: Industrialist Philip Adams (Cary Grant), on business in London, meets famous stage actress Anne Kalman (Ingrid Bergman) and pretends to be married, presumably to avoid the subject further down the ...

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Best Movies by Farr: The Flight of the Phoenix

January 10, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses James Stewart's last great film, directed by Robert Aldrich. The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) What It's About: After their plane crashes in the Sahara desert, grizzled veteran pilot Frank Towns (James Stewart) and alcoholic navigator Lew Moran (Richard Attenborough) attempt to establish order among a volatile group ...

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Best Movies by Farr: Black Narcissus

January 4, 2013 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses an earlier Deborah Kerr film, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Black Narcissus (1947) What It's About: When young Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr) is asked to open a convent-hospital in a former brothel perched high above a small village in India, she readily agrees, despite knowing hardships ...

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Best Movies by Farr: 3:10 to Yuma

December 28, 2012 | John Farr

by John Farr John Farr discusses a suspenseful western film, directed by Delmer Daves. 3:10 to Yuma (1957) What It's About: Heflin plays Dan Evans, a local rancher in need of cash due to a drought who, to save his livelihood, takes on the dangerous task of guarding and escorting outlaw Ben Wade (Glenn ...

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