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In Old Chicago Review


OK
You know the O'Learys? Who had the famous cow that started the Chicago fire?

Well, this is not their story.

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Young Mr. Lincoln Review


Very Good
Considering the legacy of films left by the great John Ford (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath), it's a little strange that Criterion chose Young Mr. Lincoln as the first of his films to get the luxe treatment it typically provides. I'm willing to bet that most moviegoers -- even cinefiles -- haven't seen the film, and I'd wager that few have ever even heard of it.

Nonetheless, here we are, with a mid-career, highly fictionalized story about Abraham Lincoln's days as a kid with gumption and a desire to become a lawyer, despite never attending law school for the training. The first of the film gives us Lincoln (Henry Fonda, with the perfect haircut for the job) losing his first love and meeting Mary Todd, then starting up a bootstrap law practice where his primary means of settling disputes is the threat of kicking his clients in the rump.

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Young Mr. Lincoln Review


Very Good
Considering the legacy of films left by the great John Ford (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath), it's a little strange that Criterion chose Young Mr. Lincoln as the first of his films to get the luxe treatment it typically provides. I'm willing to bet that most moviegoers -- even cinefiles -- haven't seen the film, and I'd wager that few have ever even heard of it.

Nonetheless, here we are, with a mid-career, highly fictionalized story about Abraham Lincoln's days as a kid with gumption and a desire to become a lawyer, despite never attending law school for the training. The first of the film gives us Lincoln (Henry Fonda, with the perfect haircut for the job) losing his first love and meeting Mary Todd, then starting up a bootstrap law practice where his primary means of settling disputes is the threat of kicking his clients in the rump.

Continue reading: Young Mr. Lincoln Review

My Man Godfrey Review


Essential
Director Gregory La Cava's creation is one very good reason to walk right on by the "New Releases" section of your local video store. Make your way over to "Classics," and take home the original 1936 version of My Man Godfrey. This masterpiece screwball comedy, based on Eric Hatch's short novel 1011 Fifth Avenue, is a treasure.

There's more to Godfrey "Duke" Parke (William Powell) than meets the eye. When Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard) transforms this seemingly typical "forgotten man" from a city dump resident to her family's butler, the mystery begins to unravel. Discovered by Irene as the last item in an aristocratic scavenger hunt, Godfrey soon finds out that the chaos of a garbage pile is serene compared to the Bullock household. Rebuffed in her attempt to use him to win the scavenger hunt herself, Irene's sibling-rival Cornelia Bullock (Gail Patrick) plans to make his life miserable as revenge. Mother Angelica Bullock (Alice Brady) is a perfect role model for her spoiled rotten daughters, the three combining to spend every cent of Alexander Bullock's (Eugene Pallette) fortune and patience.

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In Old Chicago Review


OK
You know the O'Learys? Who had the famous cow that started the Chicago fire?

Well, this is not their story.

Continue reading: In Old Chicago Review

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