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Feature: Movie Posters from Italy

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Aug 5, 2011

I have noticed through my searching for movie posters to accompany the 150+ movies I’ve blogged about so far that the Italians produced much more appealing posters than the American-created ones. I cannot be sure why this is. Are the Italians more artistic? More risqué?  Or is it just that th read more

Saint Joan

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Aug 2, 2011

Saint Joan (1957)      Given Otto Preminger‘s history with fantastically thrilling mysteries and dramas, I was a bit surprised to find he made a picture based on Bernard Shaw’s play about the plight of Joan of Arc. Possibly of even greater surprise is that Preminger paid for the rights read more


MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jul 28, 2011

Sahara (1943)      It is not often other actors can stand up against the performances of Humphrey Bogart and come out on par, but in Sahara the entire cast manages to stand on level footing with the master. This flick was said to me Bogie’s favorite film and one can understand why. His superb read more

True Confession

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jul 25, 2011

True Confession (1937)      I mentioned before that the first on-screen pairing of Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray was a bit lack luster on the latter actor’s part, but when the two reunited two years later for True Confession they had something better going on. Lombard still far outshines read more

Anna Christie

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jul 21, 2011

Anna Christie (1930)      With the 1930 release of Anna Christie the world heard Greta Garbo speak for the first time. What was her first line? “Gif me a visky, ginger ale on the side, and don’ be stingy, baby.” Garbo’s face and performances on the silent screen had already read more

Salome (1953)

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jul 20, 2011

Salome (1953)      I am not typically a fan of bible-era movies, so Salome had me nearly disinterested from the start, but thanks to a strong performance by Rita Hayworth and a decent romantic plot, I ultimately enjoyed this viewing. Although I thoroughly enjoyed Hayworth in The Lady from Shanghai  read more

His Girl Friday (2)

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jul 18, 2011

His Girl Friday (1940)      I am not sure what went wrong six years ago when watching His Girl Friday for the first time had me conclude: Blech, that was lousy. As you can tell from the rating I now give this crazy comedy, I have changed my tune. As a journalist who seems to be surrounded by report read more

Lady in Cement

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jul 17, 2011

Lady in Cement (1968)      Welcome to post-Production Code cinema, Frank Sinatra, where nudity, violence, homosexuals and strippers abound. That is essentially what I though when watching 1968′s Lady in Cement in which Sinatra as a private eye gets to search for the killer of a naked woman read more

What to Watch Saturday: The Saint Strikes Back

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jul 15, 2011

The Saint Strikes Back (1939) I was quite thrilled to find one of the Saint movies airing on TCM this weekend and was thrown back into memories of a couple years ago when I watched probably all of the films in the series. The Saint Strikes Back is the either the first or second in a series of five read more

An Open Letter to Netflix (via The Hollywood Revue)

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jul 14, 2011

Angela at The Hollywood Revue wrote a very compelling summary of what probably every Neflix user felt this week upon learning the company would be increasing the price for subscribers who want to get physical discs in addition to web streaming. I find myself facing the same dilemma many others do i read more

The Secret Six

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jul 13, 2011

The Secret Six (1931)      Gobs of movies during what we consider the classic eras had titles that had little or nothing to do with the plot of the film. Many took their names from popular songs of the day and others went through numerous changes before a title that suited the studio was selected. read more

Trouble in Paradise

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jul 7, 2011

Trouble in Paradise (1932) When Trouble in Paradise sought to be re-issued three years after its 1932 release, the Hayes Office said: No way. The film that had been alright for release upon completion, if not without some minor, ignored objections, was far too scandalous for 1935 when the Productio read more

The Farmer’s Wife

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jul 5, 2011

     Alfred Hitchcock entered the movie business essentially as soon as it started. He rose quickly in the British ranks to the director status and so it goes without saying he has a few silent movies under his belt. The Farmer’s Wife is among those early Hitchcock films that are essentially read more

Thousands Cheer

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jul 3, 2011

Thousands Cheer (1944)      I suppose there is no better way for a movie lover to celebrate another July 4th except by watching a patriotic flick, and although I selected Thousands Cheer, I am afraid it is yet another Gene Kelly bad-soldier film. That is not to say the picture does not promote the read more

Trail of the Pink Panther

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jun 30, 2011

Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)      I find it hard to say anything positive about a movie that essentially amounts to a cinematic version of a sitcom clip show and taking Trail of the Pink Panther in context perhaps even worsens one’s opinion. Peter Sellers died of a heart attack in 1980, read more

The Women

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jun 28, 2011

The Women (1939)      It is possible that never a film so remarkably cast or flush with estrogen has been presented to audiences as 1939′s The Women. Based on a play of the same name and remade many times over the years, the story of a slew of gossiping, man-stealing society dames is probably read more

Room Service

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jun 27, 2011

Room Service (1938)      From what I have found in my encounters with the Marx Brothers so far is that the films using some material of their stage shows and/or focused more on their antics than the actual story line are the ones that most tickle my fancy. Room Service, unfortunately, does neither. read more


MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jun 24, 2011

Frenzy (1972)       Ryan and I caught Alfred Hitchcock‘s Frenzy on the big screen this week as part of  Columbus’ annual CAPA Summer Movie Series, allegedly the longest running classic movie series nationally. This was the one film on this year’s lineup that I was dead set on read more

Feature: Guess that Poster

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jun 24, 2011

THE ANSWER: Well, I guess I made the inquiry too easy as all three who wagered a guess got it correct. The poster featured in the new banner above is a section of a Rear Window poster. That’s Jimmy Stewart, holding binoculars you cannot see, and Grace Kelly in the background. Rear Window MacG read more

That Certain Woman

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Jun 22, 2011

That Certain Woman (1937)      That Certain Woman is anything but a standard romance story or even a typical romance that must fight against scandal. Unfortunately, the sheer complexity of this Bette Davis-Henry Fonda story really drags the movie down as it becomes increasingly heavy with plot read more