Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Don’t Bother to Knock *** (1952, Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran, Jeanne Cagney, Jim Backus, Lurene Tuttle, Elisha Cook Jr) – Classic Movie Review 5210

Director Roy Ward Baker’s 1952 American film noir psychological mystery thriller stars Richard Widmark and Marilyn Monroe, who gives a remarkably convincing performance in a very difficult and peculiar role as Nell Forbes, a shy-seeming […]

Mar, 28 · in Reviews

Macabre ** (1958, William Prince, Jim Backus, Christine White) – Classic Movie Review 5209

Producer-director William Castle’s 1958 movie is based on a 12-handed Mystery Writers of America novel The Marble Forest, though it is credited to one writer, Anthony Boucher (as Theo Durrant). The movie tells a dull, clumsy […]

Mar, 28 · in Reviews

Charlotte Gray ** (2001, Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Michael Gambon, Rupert Penry-Jones, Anton Lesser, James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden) – Classic Movie Review 5208

Cate Blanchett impresses as a Scottish clerk, who in 1943 goes to France, joins the resistance (led by Billy Crudup) and helps two Jewish boys. Exciting bursts of tough action enliven this routine, slackly paced […]

Mar, 28

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit **** (1956, Gregory Peck, Fredric March, Jennifer Jones, Marisa Pavan, Lee J Cobb, Keenan Wynn, Gene Lockhart, Gigi Perreau) – Classic Movie Review 5207

Writer-director Nunnally Johnson’s thoughtful 1956 drama stars Gregory Peck as Tom Rath, who lives in Connecticut but commutes to work in Manhattan. He gets a higher paid, higher stress job with a big TV network and […]

Mar, 27

Easy Living **** (1937, Jean Arthur, Ray Milland, Edward Arnold, Luis Alberni, Mary Nash, Franklin Pangborn, William Demarest, Barlowe Borland, Andrew Tombes, Esther Dale) – Classic Movie Review 5206

‘IT HAS NO RHYME…IT HAS NO REASON…IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE…IT MAKES LAUGHS! ‘ Well, that is an interesting route to go. Director Mitchell Leisen’s 1937 movie is a bright, clever and fast slapstick romantic comedy […]

Mar, 27

Remember the Night **** (1940, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi) – Classic Movie Review 5205

‘The BAD girl and the GOOD boy who went to Niagara Falls…before their wedding! ‘ Producer-director Mitchell Leisen’s 1940 comedy stars Barbara Stanwyck as Lee Leander, whose shoplifting trial is delayed over Christmas, and the […]

Mar, 27

Union Pacific **** (1939, Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston, Lynne Overman, Brian Donlevy, Henry Kolker, Robert Barrat, Anthony Quinn, Regis Toomey, Evelyn Keyes) – Classic Movie Review 5204

Producer-director Cecil B DeMille’s huge 1939 epic Western stars Barbara Stanwyck, who, though best known for melodramas and comedies, also excelled in Westerns, and this was one of her first. It is set in 1862, when the […]

Mar, 27



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