Ed-Shullivan

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The Green-Eyed Blonde
(1957)

I find it hard to relate to this film even though the acting was superb
I guess this 1957 film was a wake up call for many families who were in the midst of either raising teenage children, or more importantly being teenage children, especially if you were of the female persuasion. I realize that teenagers in the 1950's were more likely to incur an unexpected pregnancy compared to children in the past half century are due to the advances in sex education, and acceptance of women being on the pill (without shame) and men purchasing rubbers over the counter as easy as they can buy a package of gum and/or a chocolate bar.

Nonetheless I recognize the need even in today's society for shelters for young ladies to exist not as much to be imprisoned as this film seems to depict but to protect these young ladies who may have had a one night affair that got them into a bit of a jam, or been associated at a very young age with someone who was a bad influence on them.

The acting in this film was superb, and the (then) 25 year old actress Susan Oliver who plays the green-eyed blonde was certainly a mature leader of this wayward ban of unwed mothers and juvenile delinquents with mental problems or criminal pasts. I won't include any spoilers but I must say on a personal note I did find the storyline a bit hard to relate to even though the circumstances these young ladies found themselves in are very real, even in todays standards.

I give the film a respectable 6 out of 10 IMDB rating.

Ercole sfida Sansone
(1963)

I never realized how much fun paper Mache could be
I have long been a fan of the ancient Greek/Roman mythological adventure films and this 1963 film certainly is a classic. Kirk Morris plays Hercules, was a former winner of the 1961 "Mr. Italia" bodybuilding contest, and Iloosh Khoshabe who plays Samson with the long hair was an Iranian bodybuilder, These two former bodybuilders team up to outsmart the evil Laertes - Ithaca King played by Andrea Fantasia and the gorgeous Delilah.

The eye candy that the once popular crooner Tom Jones sang in his 1968 hit song "Delilah" was a savvy female sexpot played by the beautiful Liana Orfei. Now Delilah with her overflowing sexuality and flaming red hair was desperate to meet the strongman with the long black hair and big muscles Samson, to witness for herself his feats of strength and we the audience get to see how she literally hangs on to his muscular thighs and broad shoulders as a ploy to direct Samson, Hercules and Ulysses into her evil and dangerous web she has spun.

Ahhhh, but the strongmen show that although they are initially fooled by Delilah's beauty the fog around their heads quickly dissipates and their strength returns just in time to lift those monstrous (paper Mache) boulders over their heads and throw them down the mountain to thwart King Laertes's army from advancing upon them.

This is an adventure film for the history books of entertainment, and I recall watching it vividly as part of my three (3) parts Sunday matinee feature films combined with a comedy starring Jerry Lewis, and a western starring John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. Life was great in the 1960's -1970's before COVID-19 affected the young and old population alike and their freedom to enjoy great entertainment such as this 1963 adventure film classic. But then the three (3) films Sunday matinee is long a thing of the past lifestyles and replaced by streaming meaningless CGI action films on our children's and grandchildren's I-Phones and I-Pads. Kids, you don't know what you are missing watching these classic adventure films of the 1960's circa sitting next to your neighborhood girlfriend/boyfriend in an actual movie theater on a widescreen with Dolby sound speakers sharing a bag of popcorn and a box of Good and Plenty candy.

Catch this film while you still can and please ignore the lip sync attempts translating this Italian made film into an English speaking dynamo. It's a classic adventure/mythology film that I will certainly be sharing with my grandchildren, and god willing even my great grandchildren. They still make paper Mache in school don't they?

I give this classic adventure film a much deserving 8 out of 10 IMDB rating

Death of a Cheerleader
(2019)

Failure is not an option for these girls at Hollybrook High School and peer pressure is overwhelming
This made for TV film was based on a true story so I have to accept that the events outlined actually did occur. There were a lot of caddy and cliquey girls misbehaving and being cruel to one another in an attempt to show who were the alpha girls, and who were the subordinates. Many of these young ladies came from affluent parents and unlimited funds to achieve their lofty goals easily influencing any voting on who gets in and who does not make the cut.

The lead actresses Aubrey Peeples (perpratrator) and Sarah Dugdale (victim) did more than an adequate job and if I did not know that these events actually happened then I would have said the film is hokey. But the events did happen and a number of families lives were ruined all because one young lady felt she was being shunned because she was not as rich as her peers, nor in with the "cheerleaders".

The fate of two of these ladies is life (and death) changing and any young teenagers (female and male) should pay close attention to how hurtful words and actions can be to their classmates.

I give the film a 6 out of 10 IMDB rating

The Cheerleader Escort
(2019)

Mom says "we all make mistakes, but we learn from them" Duhhhh????
There is a hilarious commercial where a bunch of teens are looking for a place to hide so they decide to run into an open garage door where there is nothing but a bunch of chain saws hanging from the ceiling and the killer is lurking inside the garage in anticipation, and yet these dummies still run into the garage.

The above commercial's scene is what this Lifetime made for TV film reminded me of throughout. This innocent young girl named Cassie Talbot (Alexandra Beaton) joins the cheerleader team on her very first day of arriving on her college campus with her best friend and her life experience as a new cheerleader is so overwhelming when her team mate tells her that one of the alumni is very generous so she is going to take her out on the town (still on her very first day of arriving on campus) and get a complete re-do, hair, makeup and a whack of expensive clothing. What college would this ever happen at for a bloody cheerleader recruit?

The film just gets worse and worse as Cassie ignores all the warning signs of getting into prostitution by meeting middle aged men, and of course her mother is spiraling into financial stresses as her husband and Cassie's father is delinquent on his child support, spousal support, and his $20,000.00 cheque for Cassie's tuition bounced. So what's a young girl to do eh?

I think this storyline must have been written in less than a day, and filmed by the end of the same day, just as quickly as Cassie came on Campus and became a paid for virgin cheerleader escort.

Do not waste your time on this poorly written story line. Avoid it as Cassie should have avoided becoming a cheerleader escort. No brains, no story here. I give it a 2 out of 10 IMDB rating.

Manhunt: Centbom
(2020)
Episode 1, Season 2

Based solely on the first episode of Season 2 (2020) ... you have my attention
The first (1st) episode in season two (2) review:

Mrs. Shullivan and I just finished watching the first episode of season 2 which focuses on Richard Jewel, who is considered the hero of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. At first glance we see him as an unfulfilled security guard still living at home with his mother while working a pre-Olympic AT&T concert who is not taken seriously, but rather as a pest by the people who he is assigned to protect, and even a bigger pest by the Atlanta Georgia police. That is until Richard's insistence that the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) be called in to assess whether or not an abandoned military style knapsack is a threat, or just a forgotten knapsack with personal items inside.

What follows in episode one (1) of season two (2) is Richard Jewell appears to be the unassuming hero of the day saving countless lives because of his stubbornness to follow all security rules and protocols which is what he was hired to do. In actuality all Richard was hoping for was to use his temporary work assignment as a security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympics to add to his resume and eventually get hired as a real police officer.

This is based on a series of real events but I am not sure how accurate this story line is when the FBI takes over the investigation, Richard Jewell's former employer comes forward after seeing him appear on CNN and he divulges a rather darker side to the assumed hero of the day.

It certainly grabbed Mrs. Shullivan and my attention and we look forward to next week's continuing episode. Clint Eastwood developed a feature film in 2019 on the storyline which I am glad I have yet to see as Mrs. Shullivan and I can watch this mini-series with any undue influence. I would expect that over ten (10) episodes this series will go more into depth than the 2019 feature film was able to do but for now it's a wait and see game.

So far, so good, and I give this first episode an 8 out of 10 IMDB rating.

Manhunt
(2017)

Based solely on the first episode of Season 2 (2020) ... you have my attention
Mrs. Shullivan and I just finished watching the first episode of season 2 which focuses on Richard Jewel, who is considered the hero of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. At first glance we see him as an unfulfilled security guard still living at home with his mother while working a pre-Olympic AT&T concert who is not taken seriously, but rather as a pest by the people who he is assigned to protect, and even a bigger pest by the Atlanta Georgia police. That is until Richard's insistence that the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) be called in to assess whether or not an abandoned military style knapsack is a threat, or just a forgotten knapsack with personal items inside.

What follows in episode one (1) of season two (2) is Richard Jewell appears to be the unassuming hero of the day saving countless lives because of his stubbornness to follow all security rules and protocols which is what he was hired to do. In actuality all Richard was hoping for was to use his temporary work assignment as a security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympics to add to his resume and eventually get hired as a real police officer.

This is based on a series of real events but I am not sure how accurate this story line is when the FBI takes over the investigation, Richard Jewell's former employer comes forward after seeing him appear on CNN and he divulges a rather darker side to the assumed hero of the day.

It certainly grabbed Mrs. Shullivan and my attention and we look forward to next week's continuing episode. Clint Eastwood developed a feature film in 2019 on the storyline which I am glad I have yet to see as Mrs. Shullivan and I can watch this mini-series with any undue influence. I would expect that over ten (10) episodes this series will go more into depth than the 2019 feature film was able to do but for now it's a wait and see game.

So far, so good, and I give this first episode an 8 out of 10 IMDB rating.

The UnXplained
(2019)

Makes for very interesting viewing and the series delivers an intriguing presentation style
Please do not pay attention to some of the negative reviews as this series has a lot to offer its viewers. William Shatner may be long in the tooth (age 89) but his delivery is as smooth as a good scotch, and the production value of each short story are always top notch. I especially enjoyed season 2, episode 9, "The Greatest Escapes" which was delivered not as a series of documented facts, but merely speculative on the part of William Shatner which had me (for one viewer) wondering what the real story is, and what actually happened? Shatner discussed the escapes underwater of the Great Harry Houdini, as well as the escape of three convicts who disappeared off of Alcatraz island never to be seen again (which to this day are still unexplained, thus the series title).

If you enjoy real life mysteries, which can lead a family into robust conversations and various opinions, then The UnXplained is a must see.

I give this series a highly rated 8 out 10 IMDB rating.

All Neat in Black Stockings
(1969)

A randy Ginger and his best bud Dwyer live for today and to hell with what tomorrow may bring
Two care free buddies who share their apartment, rent, bar tabs and even their women live for today and say "to hell with whatever happens tomorrow". This film will certainly appeal to any young virile men (and women of today) who just want to live a care free life of sex and booze (drugs did not appear to appeal to these two randy Andy's) .

I would classify this film unlike many other reviewers as an "adventure" film as we get to follow actor Victor Henry as the raven red haired lad named "Ginger" who works during the day with his trusted ladder and pail washing windows and chasing skirts every night at the local pubs in swinging London of the 1960's. Ginger and his best friend Dwyer (Jack Shepherd) enjoy playing tricks on their nightly conquests by deliberately switching bedmates in the middle of the night unbeknownst to their conquests so they can both have a two for the price of one night in different bedrooms.

This innocent enough lovemaking trick backfires on the randy Ginger when he meets what he thinks is his "IT" girl named Jill (Susan George). At a wild house party Ginger leaves his love of his life virgin alone for just a short time in a bedroom while he tries to break up the wild party going on downstairs. Little does he know that his best buddy Dwyer is about to do what the two best friends have always done and switch bedrooms in the middle of the night to sneak in another quick romp in bed with their unsuspecting female conquest(s). As a result the virgin Jill becomes pregnant and then this film becomes more dramatic and a lot less funny.

What will Jill and Ginger do now? Will Jill become an unwed mother? Will Dwyer step up and take responsibility for dipping his dirty stick in the virgin hole of Jill and becoming a father? Or will Jill and Ginger who appeared to be in love take the leap to marriage? But no, the story does not end here. The randy Ginger knocks on Jill's mother's door in another drunken stupor and before you can say sausage, bacon eggs and toast, the drunken Ginger has successfully wooed his girlfriend's mother and miraculously also cured Jill's mothers severely injured back ailments.

When Jill comes back from the hospital she witnesses her now sprightly mom with a new happy kick in her step and Ginger is all smiles as well. Don't take the film too seriously. It's an adventure film with some twists and turns and isn't that what happens in real life anyways?

Susan George who plays Jill the innocent virgin involved in her first real romance with Ginger (Victor Henry) quickly becomes a mother with child. As for the two best friends, Ginger and Dwyer wellll ..... boys will be boys.

I give the film a 6 out of 10 IMDB rating.

Perfect High
(2015)

Hashtag # Teenage tripe regurgitated
A popular female high school teenager Amanda Walker (Bella Thorne) who thrives on posting her cheerleader dance moves on social media platforms dislocates her knee which leads her into a fast paced downward spiral of first taking pain medication, to hard drugs. As a teenager girls/boys all make a decision whether to become leaders or followers. In this case the once popular cheerleader Amanda becomes a follower to a more popular girl who leads her into sex, drugs and alcohol.

Of course her parents are oblivious to the warning signs that Amanda displays and they chalk her mood swings and periodic illnesses up to her cheerleading accident and a more recent eating disorder.

Further along going into a downward spiral Amanda befriends a few other drug abusers and she comes face to face with a life or death situation with her new found friend.

Of course this Lifetime movie is attempting to teach teenagers what can happen rather quickly if you get mixed up with the wrong crowd of friends, drink alcohol and take unknown drugs, but I thought they glorified the process as Amanda loses her virginity and enjoyed being high. In my humble view this Lifetime movie failed miserable and sent the reverse message that drugs and sex can be glamorous and there will always be someone there to save you before you go too far overboard with the drugs and/or alcohol. As for the sex? Lifetime seems to chalk that up to just being a normal teenager. Both sad and wrong again.

Too bad Lifetime missed the opportunity to take drug abuse, alcohol abuse and free sex more seriously then they did. Miss Thorne only helped glamorize these issues. There will certainly be no Emmy's for this tripe.

I give it a 3 out of 10 IMDB rating.

The Neighbor
(1993)

This baby doctor has some real lingering mommy issues
The acting by the three main characters was very good. Linda Kozlowski, and Ron Lea play a married couple who will soon be expecting their first child so they decide to find a new house in a new neighborhood to raise their yet unborn child in. Just by sheer luck Mary ( Linda Kozlowski) spots an older weathered home up for sale so she makes the bold move and offers the owner a below market value price for his house. The house owner is retired obstetrician Dr. Myron Hatch (Rod Steiger) who at first glance falsely recognizes Mary as the spitting image of his deceased mother who Myron had lost at a very young age when she gave birth to her second son, and she died just after the childbirth.

This is a somewhat cat and mouse game with Mary having a strong gut feeling (no pun intended as Mary is five (5) months pregnant) that their next door neighbor who sold them their new home, Dr. Myron Hatch is more than just a bit weird.

The suspenseful music that plays throughout becomes rather expected and as each scene is completed Mary always seems to just escape the clutches of the evil obstetrician Dr. Myron Hatch who becomes very possessive of Mary and he seems to adore her as she reminds him so much of his deceased mother which he lost decades ago as a young lad.

It certainly is not a first class thriller, nor is it a bomb with first rate actors such as Rod Steiger. I have rated it lower because of the predictable way the film flows and the flaws in the plot which I won't spoil for anyone.

I give the film an average middle of the road 5 out of 10 IMDB rating.

Sugar Mountain
(2016)

I was so looking forward to catching this thriller, .... and yet it was disappointing
I have been waiting a couple of years now to catch this film on TV, and when it was recently aired I made sure I taped it so that I could watch it with my undivided attention. With first rate stars such as Jason Momoa and Cary Elwes I was expecting a much better thriller than what was delivered. The director Richard Gray does not have an extensive resume, his previous mainstream film was the 2014 film titled "The Lookalike". I have not seen that one either yet. After watching his latest directorial film, Sugar Mountain I am in no hurry to watch The Lookalike.

This film started off pretty good, but don't let the film name or the film's suspenseful and artful cover fool you. It's nothing special and quickly goes from a zoom zoom to a putter putter.....and then pffffttt

I give it a 4 out 10 IMDB Rating

The Perfect Girlfriend
(2015)

How dumb can one guy be?
Well I will tell you, I was one dumb guy who watched this entire meaningless made for TV drama/suspense which was not even worthy of staying on late at night to put you to sleep. It was really that bad.

As for the male star of this garbage, actor Jon Cor plays a really dumb guy who leaves his attractive girlfriend to land a new job out of state only to be wined and dined by his recruiter who is a whack job.

Yes, it's another love triangle with a predictable ending.

Boring as heck.

I give it a lowly 1 out of 10 IMDB rating.

99 Homes
(2014)

If you think nobody cares if you are alive, try missing a couple of mortgage payments
What a depressing film this was. Mrs. Shullivan and I are big fans of Michael Shannon and I must say he provided another standout performance. Having said that, Michael Shannon plays a high achieving real estate broker named Rick Carver who is a despicable human being who seems to relish foreclosing on families who miss a few mortgage payments. His cringe worthy tactics even include faking that the houses he has foreclosed on had their Heating and Air Conditioning units stolen so that he can claim the losses that he falsely created.

Andrew Garfield plays Dennis Nash, a down on his luck carpenter who is a single dad living with his own mother in his childhood home. That is, he was living in his childhood home until Rick Carver gives Dennis, Dennis's mother and his son the boot when he forecloses on the house.

To recover from this downward financial spiral, Dennis agrees to work directly for Rick Carver and gradually he becomes just like the man he so despised. So the two of them continue to boot other families out of their homes and foreclose on them which is why I felt this picture has no redeeming values, is very depressing and a waste of a good talent in Michael Shannon. I have never been a fan of Andrew Garfield so his character which was the most depressing of the entire cast and my exasperated look said it all. Enough already. Too depressing of a film.

I give it a 5 out of 10 IMDB rating and I would have rated it lower except Michael Shannon saved the film with another fine performance.

Bikini Beach
(1964)

Even more fun today than it was some 50 plus years earlier
I wish Hollywood would re-think their model of what sells to teenagers such as gangbangers, CGI, blown up buildings and cars, and bring back some more silly and great fun beach bum movies such as Bikini Beach. Mrs. Shullivan and I (both in our sixties now) watched a re-run of Bikini Beach with the familiar beach gang ringleaders consisting of Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Martha Hyer, John Ashley, Donna Loren, Don Rickles,, Meredith MacRae, hot hipster Candy Johnson and Jody McCrea to name a few of the characters that are sure to put a smile on your face, keep your fingers snapping and your hips twisting to the beach songs in the pub. We even get to see the great gams of Danielle Aubry kick some butt.

It's a classic beach swingers film with a camp comedy story line that even includes a surfing ape, a high kicking sexy Danielle Aubry, and a bus load of singing, swinging beach bums doing their thing on the beach.

What's not to like with this fun loving, free swinging, high kicking camp comedy?

I give it a perfect 10 out of 10 IMDB rating.

Dodge City
(1939)

Keep riding right out of town Errol Flynn... you are no cowboy, you are no John Wayne
Mmmmmm, a western starring Errol Flynn? Okay, I will bite. Having now watched this western which was released in the single most successful year in film history (1939), I can't say it was either memorable, nor entertaining. Yes, it had a crop of unruly cowboys and criminals, gambling saloons and whiskey drinking saloon bums, but what it lacked was any heart and grime.

The director Michael Curtiz, is a very successful director, and I fail to understand how this film didn't perform better than it did. Some twenty years later (1961) he directed John Wayne in "The Comancheros" to a huge box office success so I can only attribute the failure of Dodge City to deliver on Errol Flynn's lackluster performance.

Hey, even the great actors have an off day, and Dodge City was Flynn's flop, although the other IMDB reviewers may not be agreeing with me. Overall Dodge City has an average rating of 7.1 but I cannot with good conscience rate this ho hum western any higher than a 4 out of 10 IMDB rating.

Race Street
(1948)

Another bad bet made watching this time waster with the stiff as a board George Raft
This is a waste of time even with the great William Bendix appearing in it as Lt. Barney Runson, childhood friend of the now gambling bookie Daniel J. 'Dan' Gannin (George Raft). The gist of the story is that George Raft plays a bookie whose associate Hal Towers (Harry Morgan) tells him there is a new group of gangsters trying to muscle in on their territory which neither bookie has any intention of being bullied and scared into giving up their lucrative gambling books.

Raft, as in his other films is attempting to play a Humphrey Bogart macho/suave type of gangster but as far as I am concerned, if the Razzie Awards were around in the 1930's, then George Raft would be a perennial winner. He is so stiff, and his dialogue would have you believe he literally has his script in his hands reading verbatim.

It's a boring film right until the bitter end even though we the audience are supposed to have gained some empathy for Raft's bookie character. As for me, I can't watch another Raft film, as he sucks big time.

I give Race Street a 3 out of 10 IMDB rating.

The Gourmet Detective: Roux the Day
(2020)
Episode 5, Season 1

Hey Maggie, what's that stench coming from the oven?
Sorry Dylan Neal and Brooke Burns but this recipe about a family heirloom restaurant cookbook should have stayed buried forever rather than being discovered and auctioned off before another murder occurred. I felt the romantic spark between Maggie (Brooke Burns) and Henry Ross (Dylan Neal) was so superficial (right down to their sprayed hair-do's and caked on make up) that it became irritating the constant banter between the two of them.

As for Henry's elder statesman dad, Jim Ross (Bruce Boxleitner) running the father and son restaurant I felt his role was meaningless and he added nothing in the form of fatherly advice to his son Henry, nor any off setting intended humour to this supposed mystery theater production.

Overall I was disappointed with Dylan Neal himself, who had previously delivered more interesting roles and films, until this bomb. Something burned badly in the Ross's kitchen this time, and maybe it was the heirloom cookbook everyone was trying to get their greedy hands on, but more likely it was the end of film script burning by the cast.

I give it a 4 out of 10 IMDB rating.

53 Days: The Abduction of Mary Stauffer
(2019)

It may be based on a true story but I felt as if I was also trapped waiting for a better picture to appear
Meh. True stories that have an underlying criminal element to them such as this abduction of a mother and daughter can appear to be suspenseful merely based on the action(s) of the perpetrator(s). This is a TV Lifetime film that stars Alyson Hannigan (TV star of How I Met Your Mother) in the role of the real life abducted mother and school teacher Mary Stauffer. Personally, I don't know how a teacher/mother is supposed to act over her 53 day period of abduction with her young daughter held hostage with her so I can only provide my opinion on whether this film was believable or not.

Unfortunately even with the factual evidence of the sequence of true events well documented Alyson Hannigan's performance would have you believe that her abduction and continued rape, night after night was a ho hum event. Maybe because Lifetime is a cookie cutter process, with limited costs and time to write a script, select the actors, tape the film and bring it to the small screen, they deliberately have a formula that does not provide sufficient time, costs and cast to warrant any consideration for an Emmy (or two) performance(s).

I am glad I watched the film before reading the historical events just so that I kept an open mind. Now that I have seen this Lifetime TV film, and read the background info on the criminal, 29-year-old Ming Sen Shiue (played drably by Howie Lai) I can close the book for good. It's a drab time waster that I cannot recommend anyone watching.

I give it a so-so 5 out of 10 IMDB rating

Imagine That
(2009)

A winner "FEEL GOOD" film without a doubt.
A busy financial analyst Evan Danielson (Eddie Murphy) teeter totters with his work/life balance from his estranged wife and young daughter Olivia (Yara Shahidi before she became famous in her role as elder daughter Zoey Johnson on televisions Black-ish 2014-2019). He has a business competitor in the unorthodox style of financial guru and native American Indian Johnny Whitefeather (Thomas Haden Church) . The opposite approaches these two financial analysts provide to their prospective employer and investors is like night and day. That is until Evan's pre-teen daughter Olivia tells her daddy how best to provide financial wisdom through her talking blanket. Of course daddy Evan does not have time to listen to his daughter Olivia's claims that she hears from her blanket on the approach her dad should take with his business decisions until her prophecies continue to come true.

This is a gem of a movie and grossly underrated. It has a FEEL GOOD ending and may bring tears to the eyes of any of you parental softies out there. I give it a deserving 8 out of 10.

Mystery House
(1938)

Horror-able
No mystery here folks. A man dies and his daughter does not believe it was a suicide as initially declared. If you are an Ann Sheridan fan, then it will be a mystery to you why the heck she signed up for this dribble. There is a lot of talk, even more questions as to the who, what, why, and when, the death occurred. The where is known and still the mystery is how this film even got made. It was boring, plain and simple.

I give it a 2 out of 10 IMDB rating.

Mogambo
(1953)

Hey Eloise, do want to pet my snake?
Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly all in one adventure film out of Africa. What's not to like. Gable plays Victor Marswell, a great white hunter of the African big game, Marswell (Gable) who has not one, but two beautiful actresses pining over him. Even some near seventy (70) years later after its original release date (1953), this film holds up quite well. Both the story line and the scenery are epic, but it is the playful romance between this threesome that holds the audience's attention. Who will end up at the end of this adventure film embracing?

Well worth a watch, or even twice (I did).

I give it a 7 out of 10 IMDB rating.

Why Women Kill
(2019)

Hey honey can you please come here ...... just for a second
Interesting series from the get go. All TV viewers especially young ladies and housewives will love this series because their husbands are described as dirty pigs, liars and cheaters and these three (3) wives are not going to take it anymore.

The story line is very creative covering three (3) different decades, with three different wives and husbands who all happened to live in the same house each couple with a very different perspective on what a sound marriage should look like (for that period in time).

The three female leads Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste were all superbly cast and delivered strong performances. The more submissive of the three wives from the 1963 story line Beth Ann Stanton (played by Ginnifer Goodwin) was my favorite as the 1960's dressage, house furniture and classic 1960's period cars were reminiscent of my own childhood memories, albeit with none of the upper class wealth these three couples afforded themselves.

As the saying goes "money does not buy happiness" but it does make for a great TV series. Why Women Kill is a great Sunday evening dramatic, camp comedy must see that reminds me a bit of the TV series Desperate Housewives (2004-2012) that keeps the viewer wanting more of the same. A season 2 is almost guaranteed.

I give it a 9 out of 10 IMDB rating.

Loan Shark
(1952)

I kept watching to see more of the glamorous knock-out Dorothy Hart in spite of the bad acting of George Raft
The cardboard George Raft cannot sustain a movie on his own shoulders but put him next to the gorgeous Dorothy Hart and he becomes invisible. I hate to say it but even after appearing in numerous films over three decades George Raft is as emotionless and stiff as ever.

The story line of a bunch of factory workers being strong armed by a loan shark to pay ridiculous weekly interest rates called "juice" on their small loans or get beat up if they don't keep up with the weekly high interest rates is where Raft comes in to crack the syndicates hold on these poor laborers.

I just could never envision Raft as a tough guy because he is so stiff and it seems as if his lips are sewn shut as if he were talking like a hand puppet would. I really don't want to be critical of the story line which is actually decent, it is just seeing Raft pretend to be acting once again in his umpteenth feature film, I can only surmise that he had to have some dirt on the executive producers, or his family owned their own production company and just insisted that the dull and boring Raft take the lead role.

I am going to assume the producers lost a bundle on this film release and were fortunate to land the gorgeous Dorothy Hart to co-star with the pip squeak Raft and recoup some of their losses.

I give the film a 6 out of 10 IMDB rating.

Invisible Stripes
(1939)

The "Haves" and the "Have Nots"
Humphrey Bogart may have had to be satisfied with second star billing below George Raft, but trust me, Bogie steals every scene he appears in and Raft is as stiff an actor in a starring role that we have become accustomed to seeing him. When the producers decided to make this film with George Raft playing an ex-con with a loving mother (Flora Robson) and younger brother Tim, (William Holden) who finds it difficult in finding an honest job as a parolee, they must have known that all Raft had going for him as an actor was his perfect posture, but no acting ability what so ever.

Humphrey Bogart on the other hand is loaded with star potential and in Invisible Stripes he plays a realistic hardened ex-con who knows exactly what business he will go back into immediately after leaving prison with his buddy George Raft.

What appealed to me was the realistic wealth and fortunes of the "haves" and the unfortunate misfortunes of the "have nots". Especially when this film was released in that banner film making year of 1939, the audiences at that time could sympathize with the two ex-cons (Bogart and Raft) who had little chance of finding honest work as ex-cons who legally have to tell any potential employer that they are ex-cons out on parole.

The film builds up to a climax that both Taylor brothers (Raft and Holden) must make a life choice as does Bogart . Will they choose a (continued) life of crime or will they somehow survive the hard knocks of menial work and continue to be "have nots". I enjoyed this black and white crime film and it would have been a lot better if the cardboard actor George Raft was not the film star.

I give it a decent 7 out of 10 IMDB rating.

Forever My Girl
(2018)

Opportunities always look bigger going than coming
Liam (Alex Roe) deserts his beautiful hometown bride to be Josie (Jessica Rothe) at the altar on their wedding day to pursue his dream of becoming a country and western singing star and by golly gee if he doesn't eventually achieve his dream of musical stardom. Leaving behind a broken heart in Josie, Liam has a special attachment to a very old style flip phone that seems to be held together with duct tape. Surely Liam can afford to buy a new cell phone every day but dang if he doesn't hang on to his old beat up flip phone for some unknown reason.

Liam finds out that an old friend from his hometown has suddenly passed away which means he will go back to his childhood home for the funeral and stay with his estranged father who he has not kept in touch with because of his busy road show schedule. Liam will also bump into the broken hearted Josie who he abandoned at the alter years earlier and it is then that his life changes drastically discovering for the first time that he has a daughter named Billy (Abby Ryder Fortson) who is a 10 year old spunky confident girl

I can only imagine how I would feel if I discovered that I was the father to a ten (10) year old child for the very first time and wonder what have I missed out on? Well Liam tries very hard to make it up to his daughter Billy and his ex fiance Josie who is by no means looking at her former fiance Liam with goo goo eyes for the big country star. But Liam, keeps asking for just a little bit of one on one time with his estranged daughter Billy, and as each day goes by, the pressure by his band and road manager to keep his cross country concert commitments is overwhelming.

I won't spoil the story line but suffice to say Liam and Josie and daughter Billy's story could, and most likely "is" a similar story of many young love lost couples all over the country and how they rediscover each other years later and how they move forward with their individual lives runs the gamut from despair to pure joy. Forever My Girl sums up this love story all wrapped up in a "FEEL GOOD" story line and the young actress who plays daughter Billy named Abby Ryder Fortson steals every scene she appears in with her charm and natural acting ability in front of the camera.

This is one of those movies that I considered to be a hidden treasure which I will be sure to watch a few more times over the coming years when I want mine and Mrs. Shullivan's spirits lifted. I give the film an 8 out of 10 IMDB rating.

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