Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Great Garrick **** (1937, Brian Aherne, Olivia de Havilland, Edward Everett Horton, Lionel Atwill, Melville Cooper) – Classic Movie Review 5662

Director James Whale’s polished 1937 comedy is a joyful celebration of the theatre and actors, and brings on the stylish and amusing high jinks among the acting fraternity as the Paris Comédie Française players try […]

Jun, 25 · in Reviews

The Gorilla ** (1939, Jimmy Ritz, Harry Ritz, Al Ritz, Anita Louise, Patsy Kelly, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Joseph Calleia , Edward Norris, Wally Vernon) – Classic Movie Review 5661

Despite all his fame and popularity, or because of it, Bela Lugosi often received star billing at Universal Pictures for what amounted to a supporting part, or dismissively loaned out to other studios. 20th Century […]

Jun, 25 · in Reviews

Bedtime for Bonzo *** (1951, Ronald Reagan, Diana Lynn, Walter Slezak, Peggy) – Classic Movie Review 5660

Director Frederick de Cordova’s 1951 farcical comedy has a lot to answer for as the film that convinced its star Ronald Reagan to go into politics. For here is the infamous daft comedy in which […]

Jun, 24

Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla * (1952, Bela Lugosi, Duke Mitchell, Sammy Petrillo) – Classic Movie Review 5659

Bela Lugosi stars as tropical island scientist Dr Zabor, who turns the first half of the comedy team Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo into a gorilla, played by Ramona the Chimp, after they have fallen […]

Jun, 24

Belle de Jour ***** (1967, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page, Pierre Clémenti) – Classic Movie Review 5658

Co-writer/ director Luis Buñuel and screen-writer Jean-Claude Carrière rework the novel by Joseph Kessel and deliver one of Buñuel’s undoubted masterwork movies in this sleek and provocative 1967 drama. Catherine Deneuve is on dazzling form […]

Jun, 24

Riot in Cell Block 11 **** (1954, Neville Brand, Emile Meyer, Frank Faylen, Leo Gordon) – Classic Movie Review 5657

Director Don Siegel’s masterly 1954 prison drama is low on budget but high on social concern and urgency as a plea for reform of the American prison system and conditions in US jails. It is […]

Jun, 24

The Rite [Riten] **** (1969, Ingrid Thulin, Anders Ek, Gunnar Björnstrand) – Classic Movie Review 5656

Writer-director Ingmar Bergman’s insightful 1969 Swedish film is a provocative, complex, and highly personal piece of work that focuses on a famous acting troupe charged with obscenity after one of their performances. It was made for […]

Jun, 24

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