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Category Archives: Movies You Hate to Love

No More Mr. Nice Guy! Gregory Peck Swaggers to a DUEL IN THE SUN

There’s always that little extra something when a nice guy plays a villain. Robert Walker as Bruno in Strangers on a Train. Joseph Cotten as Uncle Charlie in Shadow of a Doubt. And Gregory Peck as Smokin’ McHottie in Duel in the Sun. Wait what? Okay I’m being told his name was actually Lewt McCanles. Apparently I didn’t hear …

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THE GARDEN OF ALLAH: Lovely to Look at, Delightful to (Be)Hold

The Garden of Allah. Oh my God this movie could not be more ridiculous. I’ve seen it four times. The first time, I was home with the flu. And while I’m not suggesting you goose your temperature a few degrees before you watch, it couldn’t hurt. The whole thing feels like a long, languid, luscious fever-dream: Charles …

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TORCH SONG: Joan Crawford in Blackface—And That’s Not All!

Early on in Torch Song, the 1953 MGM “musical” starring Joan Crawford as an uber-diva, she’s kvetching to her producer (James Todd): Crawford: “The script needs jokes, the music needs cutting and the staging—aaugh, it stinks!” Todd: “You don’t think it’s going to be a flop?” Crawford: “No show Jenny Stewart’s in is going to …

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