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

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

Fail-Safe: Be Very Afraid

IT WILL HAVE YOU SITTING ON THE BRINK OF ETERNITY! 1964 was indeed the year of the Bomb. Stanley Kubrick’s absurd Cold War comedy Dr. Strangelove, which was based on a novel by Peter George, was first released. When George found out about Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler’s novel “Fail-Safe” and its very similar theme, … Continue reading Fail-Safe: Be Very Afraid

Drums Along the Mohawk

RED-BLOODED DRAMA! Newlyweds Gilbert and Lana Martin (Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert) settle in New York, but the Revolutionary War forces them to fight the British as well as the Mohawk. The same year he made one of the greatest westerns ever, Stagecoach, director John Ford also gave us this classic portrait of Colonial life. It … Continue reading Drums Along the Mohawk