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Monkey Business (1952)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1952

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97 min – view video trailer

Director: Howard Hawks
Starring: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, Marilyn Monroe

Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi

IMDB 7.0 / Amazon 4.2 / Tomatometer 87%

Oscars: n/a

A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth. IMDB 7.0 from over 6,838 users

Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers star in this classic comedy about a chemist who discovers the secret of eternal youth. For years, Dr. Barnaby Fulton (Grant) has been working on a youth-restoring serum with little success – until the day a chimpanzee gets loose in the lab and accidentally concocts the exact formula Fulton has been searching for. The hilarity begins when, unbeknownst to anyone, the chimpanzee pours it into the office water cooler. For with each successive drink, everyone gets younger and younger. When Fulton’s stunning secretary (Marilyn Monroe) and lovely wife get a taste of the potion, the chemical reaction is explosive and hilarious fun! Amazon 4.2 stars from over 59 users

Howard Hawks hoped to capture the screwball comic fervor of his 1938 film Bringing Up Baby with his 1952 comedy Monkey Business. As in the earlier film, Cary Grant stars as an absent-minded professor involved in a research project. This time he’s a chemist seeking a “fountain of youth” formula that will revitalize middle-agers both mentally and physically. Though Grant’s own laboratory experiments yield little fruit, a lab monkey, let loose from its cage, mixes a few random chemicals and comes up with just the formula Grant is looking for.  Rotten Tomatoes tomatometer 87% Audience 67%

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High Noon (1952)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1952

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85 min – view video trailer

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Starring: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell

Genres: Drama, Western

IMDB 8.2 / Amazon 4.5 / MRQE 92% / Decent Films A

Oscars: nominated for 7, won 4: Best Actor (Gary Cooper), Song (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington), Music (Dimitri Tiomkin), Film Editing (Elmo Williams, Harry Gerstad) / nominated: Best Picture, Director (Fred Zinnemann), Writing/Screenplay (Carl Foreman)

Ranked #47 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. IMDB rating: 8.2 from over 45,458 users

Innovative for its time, the suspenseful story unfolds in approximate real time (from 10:40 a.m. to high noon in an 84-minute film), and many interpreted Foreman’s drama as an allegorical reflection of apathy and passive acceptance of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anticommunist campaign. Political underpinnings aside, this remains a milestone of its genre (often referred to as the first “adult” Western), and Cooper is flawless in his Oscar-winning role. Amazon 4.5 stars from over 219 users

A mounting sense of dread and inevitability hangs over Fred Zinnemann’s grim, downbeat Western classic High Noon, a black-and-white anti-spectacle about an aging lawman who receives a series of nasty shocks on the day he tries to hang up his gunbelt and begin a new life. Read full Decent Films review: rated A, Superb artistic-entertainment for Teens & Up

MRQE – over 72 reviews linked with a score of 92

Oscars won (4 of 7): Best Actor (Gary Cooper), Song (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington), Music (Dimitri Tiomkin), Film Editing (Elmo Williams, Harry Gerstad) / nominated: Best Picture, Director (Fred Zinnemann), Writing/Screenplay (Carl Foreman)

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Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1952

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103 min – G – view video trailer

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds

Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance

IMDB 8.4 / Amazon 4.6 / MRQE 94% / Decent Films A+

Oscars won 0 of 2: nominated: Best Supporting Actress (Jean Hagen), Best Music (Lennie Hayton)

Ranked #9 Greatest Movies Through 1960, in 32 of 41 best movies lists, a Zagat Top Movie

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. IMDB 8.4 from over 76,611 users

It’s not only a great song-and-dance piece starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and a sprightly Debbie Reynolds; it’s also an affectionately funny insider spoof about the film industry’s uneasy transition from silent pictures to “talkies. Amazon 4.6 stars from over 402 users

People who say they don’t like musicals should watch Singin’ in the Rain, and find out how sweet eating one’s words can be. People who say they do like musicals already know and love Singin’ in the Rain — otherwise they have no business saying they love musicals. Sure, Fred and Ginger did more technically proficient dancing in Top Hat and Swing Time; and the Busby Berkeley extravaganzas, like Footlight Parade, had more spectacular set pieces. But Singin’ in the Rain is quite simply the greatest musical of all time, and more: It transcends its genre, becoming one of the most joyous, delightful, satisfying, feel-good motion picture experiences ever… Bottom line: If you like movies, Singin’ in the Rain is for you. Read full Decent Films review (rated A+, Superior artistic-entertainment for Kids & Up)

MRQE 94% with over 81 review links

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