Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Last of Mrs Cheyney *** (1937, Joan Crawford, William Powell, Robert Montgomery, Frank Morgan, Nigel Bruce, Jessie Ralph) – Classic Movie Review 5786

Director Richard Boleslawski’s entertaining and well-crafted 1937 drama stars movie queen Joan Crawford, who scores another popular success as Mrs Fay Cheyney, a posh, rich American widow involved in intrigue and romance in England. She […]

Jul, 20 · in Uncategorized

A Town Like Alice [The Rape of Malaya] *** (1956, Virginia McKenna, Peter Finch, Marie Lohr, Maureen Swanson, Jean Anderson, Renée Houston, Nora Nicholson, Vincent Ball) – Classic Movie Review 5792

Director Jack Lee’s 1956 film is a solid, sincere but under-powered version of Nevil Shute’s bestseller about the Japanese invasion of Malaya and the suffering of a group of British women rounded up and sent to […]

Jul, 20 · in Reviews

Robbery Under Arms *** (1957, Peter Finch, David McCallum, Ronald Lewis, Laurence Naismith) – 5793

Director Jack Lee’s 1957 Rank Organisation historical action adventure stars London-born Peter Finch, who returns to Australia, where he was brought up after the age of 10, to play, dashingly and appealingly, the notorious Captain Starlight, […]

Jul, 19

To Rome with Love *** (2012, Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Roberto Benigni, Alec Baldwin, Greta Gerwig, Judy Davis) – Classic Movie Review 5791

Writer-director Woody Allen’s trip to Rome produces a very odd and very silly, though weirdly likeable and sometimes very amusing, multi-stranded romantic comedy. It gives the impression of being dashed off in a hurry to […]

Jul, 19

The One That Got Away **** (1957, Hardy Kruger, Michael Goodliffe, Terence Alexander, Colin Gordon, Alec McCowen) – Classic Movie Review 5790

Director Roy Ward Baker’s exciting 1957 British wartime adventure stars Berlin-born Hardy Kruger who came to Britain to play Oberleutnant Franz von Werra, the real-life German wartime pilot shot down over England and captured by […]

Jul, 19

The Colditz Story **** (1954, John Mills, Eric Portman, Lionel Jeffries, Bryan Forbes, Ian Carmichael, Richard Wattis) – Classic Movie Review 5789

Co-writer/ director Guy Hamilton’s persuasive, meticulously crafted 1954 World War Two saga of British prisoner-of-war existence in the German Medieval castle of Colditz is based on the book by Pat Reid. It effectively mixes tense […]

Jul, 19

In the Soup **** (1992, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Beals, Seymour Cassel, Will Patton, Stanley Tucci) – Classic Movie Review 5788

Co-writer/ director Alexandre Rockwell’s stylish, clever and appealingly idiosyncratic 1992 low-budget film is beautifully shot by Phil Parmet in black and white, with a funny script by Rockwell and Tim Kissell, and superb comic performances, […]

Jul, 18

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