Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

The Phantom of the Opera **** (1962, Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Edward de Souza, Michael Gough) – Classic Movie Review 389

Director Terence Fisher’s 1962 British remake of the Gaston Leroux novel Le Fantöme de l’Opera is welcome and enjoyable. Hammer Films’ gothic romantic horror movie proves a sterling piece of work. Following the famed footsteps […]

Nov, 10 · in Reviews

Phantom of the Opera **** (1943, Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster, Claude Rains) – Classic Movie Review 388

Universal studios light comedy specialist Arthur Lubin turns his hand to the screen’s classic of terror in 1943. And he makes a neat job of directing this incredibly beautiful, extremely opulent version of the 1925 […]

Nov, 10 · in Reviews

The Wrong Man ***** (1957, Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle) – Classic Film Review 387

Roman Catholic to its very soul, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1957 true-life near docudrama is a devastating portrait of a guiltless victim and his martyrdom. It’s the story of a tormented, Christ-like figure. This time, it’s not […]

Nov, 10

Stagecoach ***** (1939, John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, Louise Platt, George Bancroft) – Classic Movie Review 386

‘My name’s John Ford and I make Westerns,’ said the director, and this double Oscar-winning 1939 masterwork is his most famous. In it, a motley crew of misfits tries to cross the New Mexico Territory in a […]

Nov, 10

Secret Agent **** (1936, John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young) – Classic Movie Review 385

In 1936 Alfred Hitchcock shrewdly casts the youthful, dashing matinée idol John Gielgud as W Somerset Maugham’s reluctant English espionage hero Richard Ashenden. During the First World War, the British Intelligence Service sends him on a mission […]

Nov, 10

School Ties **** (1992, Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell, Ben Affleck, Randall Batinkoff, Ed Lauter, Peter Donat, Kevin Tighe) – Classic Film Review 384

Dick Wolf and Darryl Poniscan make a fine, intelligent, quietly passionate job of the literate screenplay for this involving, polished 1992 movie about the anti-Semitic persecution of a Jewish boy in a New England school in the […]

Nov, 10

The Scorpion King **** (2002, Dwayne Johnson, Steven Brand, Michael Clarke) – Classic Movie Review 383

Wrestling star The Rock is as solid as a rock as a movie star in the title role in this thrilling, non-stop action spin-off from The Mummy Returns (2001), directed by Chuck Russell in 2002. […]

Nov, 10

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