The Manchurian Candidate: An Iconic Political Thriller

The Manchurian Candidate thrilled audiences in 1962 while addressing McCarthyism and the Cold War in its own way. I first saw the Denzel Washington remake back in 2004. Unfortunately, I went into the remake without having seen the original. It was not until this week in which I finally got around to watching the original thriller on 4K UHD. The June 2023 release features a brand new HDR/Dolby Vision master comes from a 4K scan…

"The Manchurian Candidate: An Iconic Political Thriller"

Anchors Aweigh: Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra’s First Team-Up

Anchors Aweigh is the first of three 1940s musical buddy comedies that pair Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra together on the screen. Kelly and Sinatra starred together in Take Me Out To The Ball Game in 1945 and then again in On the Town in 1949. Funny enough, their first and last film together see them as a pair of sailors on leave from the U.S. Navy. One is set in California while the other…

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On the Town – TCM Summer Under The Stars

On the Town is the third and final buddy comedy to pair both Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra together on the big screen. In many ways, this film is a spiritual sequel to the 1945 film, Anchors Aweigh. Both actors are playing U.S. Navy sailors on shore leave in each film. The first film sees them in Hollywood while the latter features New York City. In any event, the 1944 Broadway musical preceded their first…

"On the Town – TCM Summer Under The Stars"

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Musical Classic

Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly star as a pair of baseball players who moonlight as vaudeville comedians in Take Me Out to the Ball Game. It’s late in the first decade of the 1900s when part-time vaudeville comedians Eddie O’Brien (Gene Kelly) and Dennis Ryan (Frank Sinatra) make the way to Florida to train for the upcoming season. When they’re not performing vaudeville, they are the shortstop and second baseman for the Chicago Wolves, respectively.…

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