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The Grass is Greener (1960)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1960

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104 min – view video trailer

Director: Stanley Donen
Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

IMDB 6.6 / Amazon 3.8 / Tomatometer 100%

Oscars: n/a

Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a liking to more than the house. Soon, Hattie Durant gets involved and they have a good old fashioned love triangle. IMDB 6.6 from over 2,336 users

Cary Grant is the befuddled English earl casually puttering around his tourist attraction of a grand old estate in casual dress while a bull of an American millionaire (Robert Mitchum) crashes into his life and seduces Grant’s sophisticated lady (Deborah Kerr). It’s pure fantasy, of course, with its cool, cultured lovers swapping witty banter with the same calm they swap gunshots in an old-fashioned duel. Have adultery and jealousy ever been so civilized? Stanley Donen never shakes this very British drawing-room comedy of manners free of its talky, stagebound source or its deliberate snail’s pace, but he does manages to bring a lightness that softens the wit with an American lilt. Ultimately, though, it’s all about a crack cast in fine form: Mitchum’s sleepy-eyed insolence, Kerr’s easy elegance, Jean Simmons’s flighty outrageousness, and especially the charm and measured grace that is Cary Grant. Amazon 3.8 stars from over 48 users

A rousing chorus of Noël Coward’s “Stately Homes of England” is heard as the opening titles of The Grass Is Greener fade into several stock shots of those stately homes. One of these mansions is owned by British earl Victor Rhyall (Cary Grant), who opens his home to American tourists in order to make ends meet. One such tourist is wealthy Texan Charles Delacro (Robert Mitchum), who sets his sights upon Victor’s lovely wife, Hilary (Deborah Kerr). In his efforts to win back his wife, Victor presses his former girlfriend Hattie Durant (Jean Simmons) into service.  Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 100% Audience 64%

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The Robe (1953)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1953

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135 min – view video trailer

Director: Henry Koster
Starring: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature

Genres: Drama

IMDB 6.7 / Amazon 4.0 / MRQE 59% / Decent Films B-

Oscars: nominated for 5, won 2 (Beset Art, Costume)

Ranked #98 Greatest Movies Through 1960

Marcellus is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus. Drunk, he wins Jesus’ homespun robe after the crucifixion. Hoping to find a way to live with what he has done, and still not believing in Jesus, he returns to Palestine to try and learn what he can of the man he killed. IMDB 6.7 rating from over 3,684 users

The visual aspects of the film are stunning, and it may be worth viewing for that alone; however, the script and acting leave much to be desired, and you won’t find inspiration in these areas if that’s what interests you. If, however, you are more interested in this film for its religious matter, the story of the conversion of the hardened Marcellus is inspiring. Amazon 4.0 stars from over 169 users

The Robe, directed by Henry Koster (Harvey), is no Ben-Hur. A duel, a prison break and the first-century equivalent of a car chase don’t match the spectacle of Ben-Hur’s mighty set pieces, especially the galley sequence and the chariot race. The arrogant centurion, Marcellus (Richard Burton), is charismatic but stiff and reserved in a role he admitted disliking, lacking Charlton Heston’s total commitment to the character. Decent Films B-

MRQE 59% from over 30 reviews

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