September 2nd, 2020

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Movie Critique – The Postman Always Rings Twice

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: A solid murder mystery with some equally powerful stars sharing some intense sexual chemistry only add to the mystery.

The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 1946 American fil noir based on the 1934 novel of the same name by James M. Cain. The film has Lana Turner, John Garfield,  Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, and Audrey Totter among others. 

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Movie Critique – Dead End

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: A unique way of showing the differences and similarities between people, be it you are rich or poor; good or bad; kind or selfish; keeps the viewers absorbed into these lives till the end. 

Dead End is a 1937 American crime drama film starring  Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie, and Claire Trevor in the lead cast. Directed by William Tyler it was adapted from the 1935 Broadway play of the same name by Sidney Kingsley.

The plot line is set in a single day in New York City Slum. There the lives of a young woman, Drina Gordon (portrayed by Sylvia Sidney); her brother Tommy Gordon (portrayed by Billy Halop)who heads the gang of street urchins calling themselves as Dead End Kids; Hugh "Baby Face" Martin (portrayed by Humphrey Bogart) a mobster who comes back to the neighborhood he grew up in; Francie (portrayed by Clare Trevor), Martin's girlfriend; and Dave Cornell (portrayed by Joel McCrea), raised in the same street as Martin, converge for one single day causing interesting consequences.

This movie formed the first film appearance of Dead End Kids, group of young actors from New York City who starred in the Kingsley's play in 1935. There were seven movies made under the Dead End Kids moniker. They continued to make more movies under other names such as Little Tough Guys, The East Side Kids and The Bowery Boys.

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