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  • Barnacle Bill

    ★★★★

  • The Walking Stick

    ★★★½

  • Miss Firecracker

    ★★★½

  • Curtain Call

    ★★★

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  • Barnacle Bill

    Barnacle Bill

    From Ealing Studios comes "All At Sea," a 1957 film starring Alec Guinness and a cast that includes names which were or became familiar names/familiar faces in British film and theatre productions (and in one case, books): Irene Browne, Maurice Denham, Lionel Jeffries, Joan Hickson, George Rose, Jackie Collins, Donald Pleasence, and Eric Pohlmann, most of these actors in small roles.

    Captain Ambrose comes from a long line of sailors who had sketchy histories, but he himself can't get on…

  • The Walking Stick

    The Walking Stick

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Samantha Eggar gives a wonderful performance along with a very effective David Hemmings in "The Walking Stick," from 1970.

    The beautiful Eggar is Deborah, a young woman who suffered from polio as a child and now has a bad leg; for this reason, she has to use a cane. She believes she is damaged goods, unattractive, and unwanted. Deborah works at an auction house as their porcelain expert and lives with her parents, who don't seem to understand her.

    One…

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  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    Truly one of the great noirs, "In a Lonely Place" was directed by Nicholas Ray and stars Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Jeff Donnell and Martha Stewart.

    Bogart plays Dix Steele, a well-known Hollywood screenwriter who is very choosy about what he writes. He's asked to adapt a book, and instead of reading it, he invites the coat-check girl (Stewart) to tell him the story, as she's just finished the book.

    She has a date; she cancels it for…

  • A Man to Remember

    A Man to Remember

    This is a lovely film with a beautiful performance by Edward Ellis as John Abbott, a doctor who practices among the poor and down in their luck in his home town.

    The film has an interesting pedigree. It's directed by Garson Kanin and written by Dalton Trumbo. It was made in 15 days for $84,000, in less time than scheduled and under its $100,000 budget.

    The only print of this that could be found was in the Netherlands, so the…