Film Review… The Nanny

Joey Fane is coming back from two years in an institution, he is only ten years old and full of hatred for his supposedly loving nanny. He was sent away due to believed part in his sister’s death and because he refuses to eat or sleep. At first he seems extremely paranoid why would this mild mannered, devoted lady (play by the legendary Bette Davis) want to harm anybody?

But odd things are happening around the house and surely the balme can’t lie entirely at the feet of a ten year old?

This is another film from my beloved silver screen from 1965 and by the amazing Hammer Studios, a company that although went bust a number of years ago has since been bought by a European company who plan to release more films.

There was great acting here throughout particularly by William Dix who played the young boy. I would reccommend this to anyone who likes horror, but doesn’t care for bloodshed or over complication.

4.5/5

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Film Review.. Woman on the Run

Frank witnesses a mob hit and when the police try to put him into police protection he scares and runs away. When the detectives go to ask his wife Eleanor about his life she knows very little about him. Eleanor is soon approached by a reporter who offers her a good sum for the story and he helps her to find Frank, however he is not what he seems.

I am a huge film noir fan and this was another classic from the era, a film relying on the story alone and  not special effects. I had never heard of any of the cast but I was very impressed with the performances.

When I bought this DVD a couple of months ago it was £4.99 which I thought to be quite a good deal and as this forms part of a film noir collection I will now look at buying some more. I also thought Ann Sheridan who played Eleanor was not only beautiful but very talented and I hope to see some more of her films.

Made in 1950 this is an excellent example of what cinema was doing back then:

5/5

 

Here Come The Boys…Cary Grant

‘Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant’

Cary Grant

In the film ‘None but the Lonely Heart’  Grant plays a loveable chancer called Archie Leach – this just happens to be his real name. Christened as Archibald Alexander Leacher and born in 1908 he was probably the most delicous of all male silver screen actors. He was orginally from Bristol but with his huge amount of time spent acting in American he was given citisenship. He had five wives and one long term relationship but only had one daughter Jennifer Grant.

Insanity runs in  my family. It practically gallops’

Cary Grant

He never actually won an Oscar until 1970 when he was given an ‘honourary oscar’ purely for his contribution to the industry. He had a very unsettled childhood with her mother suffering from mental illness and Grant believe for a number of years that his moving had actually died. His father abandoned him at the age of ten when he remarried and had another child. He was also expelled from school.  That’s when he joined the Bob Pender Stage Troupe and there he learnt how to walk stilts. This also where his stage career began.

We have our factory, which is called a stage. We make a product, we colour it, we title it we ship it out in cans’

Cary Grant

He worked with a large number of the world’s most favourite leading ladies including Marlen Dietrich, Doris Day and Audrey Hepburn. Quite often he was the love interest. He played a variety of roles and his British accent and easy charm made woman across the world fall in love with him.

A New Hollywood Love… Barbara Stanwyck

A few months ago I was reading a book when the film Double Indemnity was mentioned and I decided to buy it I love older films so know if would be something I would enjoy that’s when I first came across this amazing actress. She was born as Ruby Catherine Stevens in 1907 Brooklyn and by 1944 she was the highest paid woman in the United States.

As she was orphaned at 4, she spent most of her earlyyears in and out of foster homes making what she became even more of an acheivement. she even won three emmys and a golden globe. But Barbara Stanwyck is not often a name you hear and I think that is a real shame and she even received a lifetime achievement award.

I haven’t yet managed to see a great number of her films (I am have only actually seen four) but of what I have seen I thought her best work was in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. Martha is a woman who has killed her Aunt as a child and her love for killing has stuck with her since she first got away with it. She believes everything is fine until an old friend comes to town…

If you are a fan of the silverscreen I would certainly recommend this.

Here are the for films I’ve seen but I wish to see many more:

1 Double Indemity

2 The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

3 Meet John Doe

4 Burlesque

Love… Ingrid Bergman

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Although she is often remember for her acting skills I have never heard anybody comment on her beauty. She may have been no Grace Kelly but with her European features he was beautiful in her own right. Born in Sweden in 1915 she had three husbands throughout her life and four children. She sadly died at the ago of 67 in London.

At her first ever audition when she was 17 she’s thought she’d thoroughly messed up but later she was told:

“We loved your security and your impertinence. We loved you and told each other that there was no reason to waste time as there were dozens of other entrants still to come. We didn’t need to waste any time with you. We knew you were a natural and great. Your future as an actress was settled.’

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She was in so many great films and recieved a large number of awards, my personal favourite was not one of her most famous but I felt she acted brilliantly this was Spellbound. She was a young woman in love with a man who she really shouldn’t have been and throughout the whole film she was stuck between what she should do and what she wanted to. Brilliant actress.

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