Tag Archives: Henry Fonda

Grapes of Wrath: Refugees from Oklahoma

THE JOADS STEP RIGHT OUT OF THE PAGES OF THE NOVEL THAT HAS SHOCKED MILLIONS! In 1940, and in 2016, there were and are people who refuse to believe that those who live in squalid camps do so out of necessity. Somehow, they think these people choose to do that because of their culture or … Continue reading Grapes of Wrath: Refugees from Oklahoma

Once Upon a Time in the West: When the Railroad Came to Town

THERE WERE THREE MEN IN HER LIFE. ONE TO TAKE HER… ONE TO LOVE HER… AND ONE TO KILL HER. This film wasn’t always loved. At its U.S. premiere, Paramount listened to critics who thought Sergio Leone’s new Western was too long and slow, and edited it down to 145 minutes. Whole scenes were cut … Continue reading Once Upon a Time in the West: When the Railroad Came to Town

The Longest Day: Turning a War Around

THIS IS THE THE DAY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD… WHEN HISTORY HELD ITS BREATH.  As Sean Connery was preparing to play a small role in this World War II blockbuster, he was also planning a trip to Jamaica for the first James Bond thriller, Dr. No. Also appearing in The Longest Day were two German … Continue reading The Longest Day: Turning a War Around

In Harm’s Way

STRIPPED OF EVERYTHING – THEY LIVED AND LOVED AND FOUGHT AS IF THERE WERE NO TOMORROW… After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Navy Captain Rockwell Torrey (John Wayne) is removed from command, but soon finds a chance to prove his mettle again. This may be a WWII epic set in Hawaii, but another From … Continue reading In Harm’s Way

The U.S. Congress and the Movies

  The Saturday Night Live clip above shows President Barack Obama finally having that famed shot of Kentucky bourbon with the incoming Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. The latter is unconvincingly played by Taran Killam, but the point is clear – get a high-ranking Democrat and Republican drunk together and they might just discover what they have … Continue reading The U.S. Congress and the Movies

12 Angry Men: Choosing Life or Death

LIFE IS IN THEIR HANDS – DEATH IS ON THEIR MINDS! The most famous episode of the CBS anthology series Studio One (1947-1958) is from 1954 and features a teleplay by Reginald Rose. Depicting a process where one juror convinces eleven other men to change their guilty verdict, the episode was a hit and a decision … Continue reading 12 Angry Men: Choosing Life or Death

Advise & Consent

ARE THE MEN AND WOMEN OF WASHINGTON REALLY LIKE THIS?   When the U.S. President nominates Robert Leffingwell (Henry Fonda) as the next Secretary of State, the Senate is immediately divided and a contentious committee hearing begins. A classic political drama, and also one of director Otto Preminger’s most controversial films, one that deals with … Continue reading Advise & Consent

Lincoln in Movies: Serene, Forgiving and Freaky

The death of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 was naturally a great shock to a nation that had just survived a war that tore it apart. That, as well as a 19th century kind of sentimentality, is probably what inspired some artist in 1865 to produce the image above where George Washington greets Lincoln in … Continue reading Lincoln in Movies: Serene, Forgiving and Freaky