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  • Gallopin' Gals

    Gallopin' Gals

    ★★★½

    A group of gossipy mares prepare for a big race. The gags come at a mile a minute in this clever cartoon. Excellent vehicle for voice actresses Bea Benaderet, Sarah Berner, Alvia Almond and others. Despite one unfortunate racist “dark horse” joke, this was a clever, overlooked short from William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

  • The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven

    ★★★

    Is this considered a classic? Poky pacing, acting that ranges from surprisingly good (Bronson) to outright hammy (Wallach), and a seriously odd score. Gimme Kurosawa any day.

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  • Lydia

    Lydia

    ★★★

    Merle Oberon as a worldly, flirtatious Boston blue blood reminiscing over the past loves in her life. Lushly produced and nicely acted romantic melodrama is neither here nor there. I enjoyed it, despite the story and mood having a vague similarity to other, superior films like Mr. Skeffington, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Magnificent Ambersons, even Citizen Kane (maybe it was Joseph Cotten's presence).

  • Kathy O'

    Kathy O'

    ★★★½

    Pretty good, surprisingly pragmatic story of a child actress (Patty McCormack, The Bad Seed) trying to assert her independence at a 1950s Hollywood studio. Despite a pat ending, this behind-the-scenes drama was a good find - the fact that it takes place during the Christmas season was a nice bonus. This particular one is done by Universal in a glossy style not dissimilar to Douglas Sirk's movies from that time (1958). Two underrated adult actors, Dan Duryea and Jan Sterling, offer fine support. (the film is viewable on YouTube)