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The Rare Breed Review


OK
One of the strangest westerns I've ever seen, this story of a rare cow and its treacherous delivery eventually gives way to a character study featuring James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, and the unforgettable Brian Keith, playing an outrageous Scotsman. It never really goes anywhere -- and it couldn't: Most of the film was shot on a sound stage instead of on location.

The High And The Mighty Review


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In 1954, zipping off to Hawaii by plane must have been a far different experience than any of us can imagine today. The experience was so terrifying -- at least according to The High and the Mighty, a best-selling book in its era -- that the captain had to come out and talk to each passenger personally to explain that they weren't going to crash and die. And that's just after takeoff, before the plane has any problems!

Newcomers to this story may see John Wayne in a military uniform and an airplane on the cover of this DVD (with a title that evokes the air force) and assume, understandably, that they're going to be watching another military drama. Not so: Wayne's Dan Roman is a commercial pilot, and he's working the Honolulu-San Francisco route years after surviving a crash that killed everyone in his family except himself. (Also in the cockpit is Robert Stack, playing the role he would ape years later in Airplane!)

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The Damned Don't Cry Review


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Crawford is absolute fine in The Damned Don't Cry, but the film isn't entirely memorable on the whole. Crawford opens the film implicated in a murder. Flashbacks (courtesy of cliched, over-eager police interrogators) reveal her life story as she claws her way through man after man to get to the top, baby! Naturally she winds up involved with the mob, while we are left to shudder at her poor decision-making ability.
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