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  • Father Is a Bachelor

    ★★★

  • Executive Suite

    ★★★★½

  • Why Be Good?

    ★★★★

  • The Green Slime

    ★★½

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  • Father Is a Bachelor

    Father Is a Bachelor

    ★★★

    I loved this is a crazy escapist/fantasy tale of a wandering minstrel Johnny Rutledge, William Holden, adopting five kids whose parents are missing after stumbling upon their homestead. Other than the first few minutes which shows Holden performing in blackface there are moments of the film which border on charming. BTW who knew William Holden could sing?

    The townspeople are all character actors you will likely recognize playing stereotypical characters; barber, sheriff, rich old lady, etc. All of which makes the script wholly predictable and yet enjoyable.

  • Executive Suite

    Executive Suite

    ★★★★½

    After viewing this for the third time I decided to bump it another half-star. The prolonged setup for the climatic final half hour of the film is the only drawback of Executive Suite. The all-star cast pulls its weight, although Barbara Stanwyck's role is only on the screen for maybe five minutes. Shelly Winters as Eva Bardman the long suffering girlfriend/secretary to Mr. Dudley, Paul Douglas, gets a great scene when she tells Mr. Dudly exactly how things stand between them.

    It's the tense final half hour of the film that sticks in your mind.

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  • The Child of Paris

    The Child of Paris

    ★★★★

    Made in 1913 this film is so advanced in film technique, camera techniques and placement, character development and length (over two hours!) that it leaves my silent film director hero, D.W. Griffith in the dust.

    This film is ostensibly about a young girl being kidnapped and eventually recovered by her father, who the authorities mistakenly believe had died at war. But of course it is really about how greedy and poorly humans can treat each other. Since there are few…

  • Arrowhead

    Arrowhead

    ★★½

    This is one of those movies that was likely a dynamite novel that proved too difficult to modify into a screenplay. The result was a lot of strange dialog exposition which required the audience to make giant leaps to keep up. Thankfully just when I thought all was lost the computer, (which for all practical purposes is a member of the cast) explains what has happened.

    Still, if you are a science fiction nerd like myself this is worth your time.