Tell It to the Marines

Tell It to the Marines is a 1926 silent movie starring Lon Chaney, William Haines and Eleanor Boardman, and directed by George W. Hill. The film follows a Marine recruit and the sergeant who trains him, and was the biggest box office success of Chaney’s career and the second biggest moneymaker of 1926/1927.

Tell It To The MarinesIn 1924, “Skeet” Burns applies to join the United States Marine Corps, but only to get a free train ride to San Diego, California. When he arrives, he escapes from veteran Marine Sergeant O’Hara and boards another train to “Tia Juana”, Mexico for the horse races. However, upon his return, he enlists after all and comes under O’Hara’s charge.

At the base, Skeet spots Norma Dale, an attractive Navy nurse. He tries to become better acquainted with her, but his unsubtle, overconfident approach meets with a cold reception. He also discovers that O’Hara is smitten with Norma as well...

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Five Reasons To Go And Discover Les Miserables In London’s West End.

There are various good reasons to see Les Miserables in the West End of London. The long term phenomenal musical has filled theatres around the world for years. Making London’s West End its residence since 1985, the hordes of lovers for this excellent stage show musical are testament to the superb portrayal of the characters brought to life on such a strong and heartfelt level.

The tale of Les Miserables is set in early 19th century France and is based around Victor Hugo’s 1862 entitled Les Miserables. The unique tale of characters that struggle against hardships for redemption is both endearing and engaging. Through the lives of student revolutionaries and factory workers the story of Les Miserables unfolds before your eyes.

The creation of Victor Hugo, Les Miserables continues to be one of the most prosperous musicals the world has ever seen...

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Down Periscope Starring Lt. Commander Thomas Dodge

In Down Periscope, Lt. Commander Thomas Dodge (Kelsey Grammer) is about to be passed over a third time for command of his own nuclear submarine because of his unorthodox methods and a rumor of a genital tattoo (“Welcome Aboard!”) received after getting blind drunk while on shore leave. Failure to secure a submarine will result in Dodge being dropped from the Navy’s command program, and that means he will resign from the Navy. During his career, Dodge has made an enemy of Rear Admiral Yancy Graham (Bruce Dern), who strongly speaks out against Dodge’s promotion.

Down PeriscopeVice-Admiral Dean Winslow, ComSubLant (Rip Torn), who likes Dodge and his unorthodox methods, plans a war game to test the Navy’s defenses against possible attack from older Soviet diesel-powered submarines in the hands of America’s enemies. Among the defenses that are being tested is Dodge’s prior billet, the Los Angeles-class sub...

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The Uninvited

The Uninvited is a 1944 American supernatural mystery/romance directed by Lewis Allen in his feature film debut. It is based on the Dorothy Macardle novel Uneasy Freehold. The film stars Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, and Donald Crisp, and introduces Gail Russell.

The UninvitedIn 1937, London music critic and composer Roderick “Rick” Fitzgerald (Ray Milland) and his sister Pamela (Ruth Hussey) fall in love with Windward House, an abandoned seaside house, during a holiday on Cornwall’s rocky coast. They purchase it for an unusually low price from Commander Beech (Donald Crisp).

Rick and Pamela meet Beech’s 20-year-old granddaughter, Stella Meredith (Gail Russell), who lives with her grandfather in the nearby town of Biddlecombe. Stella is deeply upset by the sale because of her attachment to the house, despite its being where her mother died...

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Something’s Gotta Give

Something’s Gotta Give is a 2003 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers for Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros. It stars Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton as a successful 60-something and 50-something, who find love for each other in later life, despite being complete opposites. Keanu Reeves and Amanda Peet co-star, with Frances McDormand, Paul Michael Glaser, Jon Favreau, and KaDee Strickland playing key supporting roles.

Something's Gotta GiveHarry Sanborn is a wealthy New York music mogul who has had a 40-year habit of dating women under 30, including his latest conquest, Marin Klein. The two drive to her mother’s Hamptons beach house expecting to be alone, but are surprised by Marin’s mother, successful playwright Erica Barry, who is there with her sister Zoe.

After an awkward dinner, the night turns disastrous when — during foreplay with Marin — Harry has a heart attack...

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Ruggles of Red Gap

Ruggles of Red Gap is a 1935 comedy film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charlie Ruggles, and ZaSu Pitts, and featuring Roland Young and Leila Hyams. It was based on the best-selling 1915 novel by Harry Leon Wilson, adapted by Humphrey Pearson, with a screenplay by Walter DeLeon and Harlan Thompson. It is the story of a newly rich American couple from the West who win a British gentleman’s gentleman in a poker game

Ruggles of Red GapIn 1908 the Earl of Burnstead (Roland Young) gambles away his eminently correct English manservant, Marmaduke Ruggles (Charles Laughton). Ruggles’ new masters, crude nouveau riche American millionaires Egbert and Effie Floud (Charlie Ruggles and Mary Boland), bring Ruggles back to Red Gap, Washington, a remote Western boomtown. When Ruggles is mistaken for a wealthy retired Englishman colonel, he becomes a celebrity in the small town...

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Meet John Doe

Meet John Doe is a 1941 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.

Infuriated at being told to write one final column after being laid off from her newspaper job, Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck) prints a letter from a fictional unemployed “John Doe” threatening suicide on Christmas Eve in protest of society’s ills. When the letter causes a sensation among readers, and the paper’s competition suspects a fraud and starts to investigate, editor Henry Connell (James Gleason) is persuaded to rehire Mitchell, who schemes to boost the newspaper’s sales by exploiting the fictional John Doe...

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Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American romantic comedy film set in 1929, directed and produced by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. The supporting cast in Some Like It Hot includes George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Joe E. Brown, Joan Shawlee, and Nehemiah Persoff.

Some Like It HotIt is February 1929 in the city of Chicago, during the era of prohibition. Joe (Tony Curtis) is an irresponsible jazz saxophone player, gambler and ladies’ man; his friend Jerry (Jack Lemmon) is a sensible jazz double-bass player; both are working in a speakeasy (disguised as a funeral home) owned by mob gangster “Spats” Colombo (George Raft). When the joint is raided by the police after being tipped off by informant “Toothpick” Charlie (George E...

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Island in the Sky

Island in the SkyIsland in the Sky is a 1953 American aviation adventure drama film written by Ernest K. Gann based on his 1944 novel Island in the Sky, directed by William A. Wellman, and starring and co-produced by John Wayne. It was released by Warner Bros. Due to its realism depicting the events surrounding an actual aircraft crash, it is considered one of the “classic” aviation films.

The film follows a pilot and crew of a World War II-era Douglas C-47 Skytrain (the military version of the DC-3) who try to survive after a forced emergency landing in the uncharted wild lands near the Quebec-Labrador border. The pilot, Dooley (John Wayne), is a former airline pilot, who, like many others, was pressed into duty hauling war supplies across the northern route to England...

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Stepmom

Stepmom is a 1998 comedy-drama directed by Chris Columbus and starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris.

Jackie and Luke Harrison are a divorced New York City couple struggling to help their children Anna and Ben be happy with this sudden change of lifestyle. Luke, an attorney, is living with his new girlfriend, Isabel Kelly, a successful fashion photographer several years his junior.[3] Isabel tries hard to make Anna and Ben feel comfortable and happy with her, but Anna repeatedly rejects her overtures while Ben, who is generally kind to Isabel, adds extra complication with his mischievous nature. Isabel behaves with contempt tempered by caution around Jackie, believing she overcompensates for her divorce by spoiling her children.

Jackie, a former publisher turned stay-at-home mom, gives Isabel a cold reception, seeing her as an overly ambitious career woman...

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Father Goose

Father Goose is a 1964 American Technicolor romantic comedy film set in World War II, starring Cary Grant, Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard. The title derives from “Mother Goose”, the codename assigned to Grant’s character. The film won an Academy Award for its screenplay.

While the Royal Australian Navy evacuates Salamaua in February 1942 ahead of a Japanese invasion, Commander Frank Houghton (Trevor Howard) coerces an old friend, American beachcomber Walter Eckland (Cary Grant), into becoming a coast-watcher for the Allies. Houghton escorts Eckland to deserted Matalava Island to watch for Japanese airplanes. To ensure Eckland stays put, Houghton sees to it that his ship “accidentally” knocks a hole in Ecklund’s launch while departing. Houghton rewards Eckland’s sightings (once they are confirmed) with directions to one of the whisky bottles hidden around the island.

Houghton finds a repl...

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The Magic Of Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood was born in San Francisco with an English, Scottish and Dutch ancestry. He began his career with some B-grade films such as Francis in the Navy, and Revenge of the Creature. The world knows him as an icon, and a living legend who started his career as an actor but later on reached great heights of popularity and sweet success. He appeared for the first time as a star in a feature film called Ambush at Cimmaron Park.
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In 1959, he became a household name with the television series Rawhide. With the release of the film The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, where Eastwood played the role of a hunter, he actually came up with a new image. By this time, people had already started recognizing him as an international star though still with the same tough look.

In the year, 1971, Siegel came up with his production Company, Malpaso...

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London Divas! The Biggest Voices in London’s West End Theatre

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The musicals of London’s West End have some of the biggest voices in the business. From the divine Sister Act to outstanding Oliver!, leading ladies are dazzling audiences in theatres across the capital. Want to hear the best belt it out with the rest? Here’s our pick of the five biggest voices in the London’s best musicals:

Kerry Ellis in Oliver!

Former Wicked star Kerry Ellis is hanging up her broomstick to replace Jodie Prenger as ‘Nancy’ in the acclaimed production of Lionel Bart’s hit musical Oliver! at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. One of London’s favourite leading ladies, Kerry has had huge success both on Broadway and in London’s West End. Her most famous roles include ‘Meat’ in the original London cast of We Will Rock You, ‘Fantine’ in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre and ‘Ellen’ in Miss Saigon...

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Patton

PattonPatton is a 1970 American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner from a script by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North, who based their screenplay on the biography Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago and Omar Bradley’s memoir A Soldier’s Story. The film was shot in 65 mm Dimension 150 by cinematographer Fred J. Koenekamp and has a music score by Jerry Goldsmith.

The General addresses an unseen audience of American troops.

Following the humiliating American defeat at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass in 1943, he is placed in charge of the American II Corps in North Africa. Upon his arrival, he enforces discipline amongst his troops, e.g. fining a cook $20 for not wearing his army issue leggings...

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Gentlemen Prefer Blonds

Gentlemen Prefer BlondsGentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 American film adaptation of the 1949 stage musical, released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe with Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow, Taylor Holmes and Norma Varden in supporting roles.

Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell) are American showgirls and best friends. Lorelei has a passion for diamonds, believing that attracting a rich husband is one of the few ways a woman can succeed economically. She is engaged to Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan), a naïve nerd willing to do or buy anything for her. However, Gus is under the control of his wealthy, upper-class father. Dorothy, on the other hand, is looking for a different kind of love, attracted only to men who are good-looking and fit.

Lorelei plans to wed Gus in France, but Esmond, Sr...

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The Graduate

The GraduateThe Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams College. The Graduate tells the story of 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a recent college graduate with no well-defined aim in life, who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), and then proceeds to fall in love with her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).

In the 1960s Benjamin Braddock, aged twenty-one, has earned his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and has returned home to a party celebrating his graduation at his parents’ house in Pasadena, California. Benjamin, visibly uncomfortable as his parents deliver accolades and neighborhood friends ask him about his future plans, evades those who try to congratulate him...

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On The Waterfront

On The WaterfrontOn the Waterfront is a 1954 American crime drama film.  It was a critical and commercial success and received twelve Academy Award nominations, winning eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Saint, and Best Director for Kazan. In 1997 it was ranked by the American Film Institute as the eighth-greatest American movie of all time and in AFI’s 2007 list it was ranked 19th.

In 1989, On the Waterfront was deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Mob-connected union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) gloats about his iron-fisted control of the waterfront...

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Top 10 Hollywood Movies to Watch of All Time

Every year thousands of movies in Hollywood are released. So for our movie fans it’s not an easy feat to narrow decades of outstanding Hollywood movies into a single top 10 list. To shorten moviegoers’ time in finding the top-rated hollywood.com ‘s flicks, here we’ve compiled a list of Top 10 Hollywood Movies considered the best of all time, 10 exceptional films Hollywood had to offer in 2013 and list of Hollywood upcoming movies to be released in 2014.

Top 10 Classic Movies Hollywood Cannot Remake or Revise

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Titanic: A 1997 American epic romantic disaster film directed by James Cameron...

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Grand Theft Parsons Review

Before I tell you about Grand Theft Parsons, let me give you a little background. If you’re not familiar with the name Gram Parsons, you’ve probably heard his music. Parsons was a musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.. Hes best known for his work with bands like The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. His music is a melding of country, blues, folk, and rock. Parsons has been acknowledged as a major influence by a host of musicians from different genres and is credited with helping to found both country rock and alt-country and influencing bands like The Eagles and Pure Prairie League. He spent a lot of time with, and became fast friends with and was a big influence on Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. In fact Parsons can be heard on the studio tapes performing Wild Horses with Keith. He is also # 87 on Rolling Stones list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time...

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Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 epic historical drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company Horizon Pictures, with the screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson.  Lawrence of Arabia stars Peter O’Toole in the title role. It is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema. The dramatic score by Maurice Jarre and the Super Panavision 70 cinematography by Freddie Young are also highly acclaimed.

Lawrence of ArabiaLawrence of Arabia is presented in two parts, divided by an intermission.

Part I

Lawrence of Arabia opens in 1935 when Lawrence is killed in a motorcycle accident. At his memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral, a reporter tries (with little success) to gain insights into this remarkable, enigmatic man from those who knew him.

The story then moves backward to the Fi...

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