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Today in Movie History: April 22

You know Hollywood’s delightful habit of periodically producing a Part 2 that equals or surpasses the original? James Whale officially perfected that today in 1935 with the release of The Bride of Frankenstein. Elsa Lanchester makes an entrance for the ages as Dr. Frankenstein’s second creation, with Colin Clive’s haunted doctor reflecting the alcoholism that eventually claimed the actor, and Boris …

ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS

Only Angels Have Wings: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Review by: Robert Trate Starring: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Barthelmess, Sig Ruman Directed by: Howard Hawks Written by: Buck Henry (screenplay), Charles Webb (novel) Original Year of Release: 1939 Run Time: 121 minutes Rated: NR Spine #806 When the Criterion Collection announced that Only Angels Have Wings, featuring Cary Grant and directed by Howard Hawks, was …

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Today in Movie History: April 18

Legend is one of those movies that the Hollywood machine just chewed up and spat out. The initial release was a disaster, critically and commercially, and the film was written off for years. But the release of Ridley Scott’s director’s cut — including the return of the original Jerry Goldsmith score — saw its fortunes improve immensely. These days, it enjoys well-deserved status …

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Today in Movie History: April 15

When Alfred Hitchcock released Stage Fright in 1950, he was roundly criticized for presenting an unreliable narrator and delivering flashbacks to events that never happened. 45 years later, he looked positively prescient as Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects attempted the same trick and was hailed as a masterpiece. Hitchcock, of course, aged far better than his critics, and Stage Fright …

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Today in Movie History: April 1

For April Fool’s Day, the releases today haven’t been very funny… Euthanasia Day notwithstanding. Speaking of which, we begin with Death Race 2000, Paul Bartel’s beautifully loopy dystopian car chase movie that became a cult classic. If you’re only familiar with this story through the guilty-pleasure of a Jason Statham remake, you owe it to yourself to take a look. …