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The Kings of the Westerns

Many of us grew up with a romantic notion of the old west as we were bombarded with a seemingly endless supply of Western movies and Television shows. The movies released in the 40s, 50s and 60s on through till the mid 70s were peppered with Hollywood’s Western storytelling and the leading men of those Westerns were the heroes to many a young boy.

This week, MovieZoot looks at four of these iconic actors who could very well be considered The Kings of the Westerns, including John Wayne in Red River; Randolph Scott in Rage at Dawn; Lee Van Cleef in God’s Gun; and even a very young Roy Rogers in 1940’s The Carson City Kid.

So fire up that popcorn maker and re-live your childhood fantasies with these great movies and the dynamic actors that defined the concept in our minds of the Western Hero.

Red River

Red River is the 1948 Howard Hawks western drama starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru and Walter Brennan telling the story of a stubborn cattleman in Texas and his adopted son as they each try to make a success in cattle-farming in the depressed south.

Rage at Dawn

Rage at Dawn is the 1955 Tim Whelan western dram starring Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, Denver Pyle and J. Carrol Naish telling the Post-Civil War story of the siblings of an outlaw Indiana farming family and their struggles as bank-robbers and train robbers.

God’s Gun

God’s Gun is the 1976 Gianfranco Parolini spaghetti western drama staring Lee Van Cleef, Jack Palance, Richard Boon and Leif Garrett as a gang of outlaws headed by a priest iin the thick of it with murder, jail-breaks, gun-fights, illegitimacy, boarder-bouncing and politics. Sound familiar?

The Carson City Kid

The Carson City Kid is the 1940 Joseph Kane Western comedy action film starring Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes, Noah Beery, Jr. and Francis McDonald telling the story of murder, bounty hunting, saloons and a gold-mining codger seeking a cowboy’s quest for vengeance for the murder of his brother.

War Movies: Infamous Battle Stories in Film

The stories of great battles throughout history have been re-communicated this way through cinema and moviemaking for the last hundred plus years, because of the clarity of understanding and empathy good cinematic story telling brings to the public.

This week, is proud to feature four War films that tell specific stories of specific battles throughout the last 2000 years as we present 1964’s epic film Zulu and The Battle of Rorke’s Drift in Africa in 1879; 2010’s Centurion and the story of the Roman Crusades in 117 A.D; 1957’s The D.I. and the Ribbon Creek Incident on Parris Island in 1956; and 1985’s Hitler’s SS: Portrait of Evil telling of the rise of the Third Reich and Nazi Germany.

Load the fireplace, grab some beer and snacks, sit back and get caught up in some intriguing classic war stories – just like you used to do during the holidays with your Dad and Grandpa. And be amazed at the depth and breadth – and the lengths – of historical cultural clashes.


Zulu is the epic 1964 Cy Endfield War/Drama starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Mangolsuthu Butherelezi and Michael Caine telling the story of the 1879 battle when over 3,000 Zulu warriors came very close to defeating the British forces in the Battle of Rorke’s Drift. Future South African political leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi plays Zulu King Cetshwayo kaMpande, his own great grandfather in real life. Richard Burton narrated the opening and closing to the film.


Centurion is the 2010 Neil Marshall action drama starring Michael Fassbender, Andreas Wisnewski, Dave Legeno and Exelle Carolyn telling the story of 1st century Roman crusades into the Scottish Highlands where over 3,000 men perished.

The D.I.

The D.I. is the 1957 Jack Webb war drama where Webb directed and starred in (along with Don Dubbins and Jackie Loughery) this retelling of the story of The Ribbon Creek incident on Parris Island the night of April 8, 1956 exploring brutality in bootcamp training and military exercises.

Hitler’s SS: Portrait of Evil

Hitler’s SS: Portrait of Evil is the 1985 Jim Goddard war drama starring John Shea, Bill Nighy, Lucy Gutteridge and Davit Warner along with Caroll Baker, Jose Ferrer and Tony Randall telling the story of the very different experiences of two German brothers witnessing the rise to power of the Third Reich and the Nazi Party.

Sultry Divas: The Hubba Hubba Girls

Movies are fantasies, and some of the women in movies are fantasy gals with their sultry looks, their seductive character portrayals and their amazing on-screen performances that drive men (and women) wild.

This week, pays homage to six of these beautiful ladies with four all-time classic blockbuster films including 1953’s How to Marry a Millionaire with Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall; 1936’s My Man Godfrey with Carole Lombard; 1956’s And God Created Woman with Brigitte Bardot; and 1963’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow starring Sophia Loren.

Beware, these ladies will steal your heart as well as your attention!

Yours Truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.

How To Marry a Millionaire

The movie that is every man’s nightmare, How To Marry a Millionaire is a 1953 Jean Negulsesco Romance Comedy staring Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall as three women on a mission: They all want to marry a millionaire. So they move into a elegant New York City apartment and begin dating the city’s elite gentlemen. They have no problem meeting rich men, but unfortunately most of them turn out to be creeps or cons. Eventually they must decide: Is a life of luxury more important to them than finding true love? States one of the ambitious girls, “I want to marry Rockefeller!”’ to which another asks, “Which one?” And the response from the first is, “I don’t care.”

My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey is the 1936 black & white Gregory La Cava romance comedy starring William Powell and Carole Lombard telling the story of sibling rivalry, interclass struggles and the power of love staged during the great depression – this is a rags to riches story in more ways than one!

And God Created Woman

And God Created Woman is the 1956 break-out Roger Vadim drama romance starring Brigitte Bardot, Curd Jurgens, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Jan Marken telling the story of an 18 year-old orphan with a high level of unrestrained sexual energy, discovering her power over men and using that power to get what she truly wants. Vadim discovered and later wed Bardot.

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is a 1963 comedy anthology film by Italian director Vittorio de Sica, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and consists of three hilarious short stories about couples in different parts of Italy. This film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1964 Academy Awards.

Early Star Vehicles

Every actor has to start at the bottom, taking every role they can just for the exposure, experience and education within their craft. This week on we feature four such movies that provided an early platform for future big-time movie stars including Jack Nicholson in 1960’s original The Little Shop of Horrors; Jane Russell in 1943’s The Outlaw; Alec Baldwin and rock’s Deborah Harry in 1987’s Crazy Streets also known as Forever LuLu; and Sandra Bullock – America’s Sweetheart – in 1987’s Hangmen.

So, sit back and watch some of today’s icons pay their dues in the movie-making business. These actors have come a long way, baby!

Yours truly,
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The Little Shop of Horrors

The Little Shop of Horrors is the original 1960 black & white Roger Corman comedy/horror film starring Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Wells and Jack Nicholson telling the story of a magical – if deadly – flower shop, and the central character of the story – a plant named Audrey, Jr. that demands fresh human blood for food! Nicholson has a brief cameo role as a masochistic dental patient.

The Outlaw

The Outlaw is the 1943 black & white western produced and directed by Howard Hughes (along with uncredited director Howard Hawks) debuting Jane Russell in her break-out role as a horse thief that get raped by her victim – Billy the Kid. Of course there is more to the story, but this is the moment when all of the world is exposed to the curvaceous beauty of Jane Russell – Howard Hughes’ arm-candy of the moment!

Crazy Streets

Crazy Streets (also known as Forever LuLu) is the 1987 Amos Kollek comedy/mystery film starring Alec Baldwin, Deborah Harry Hanna Schygulla and Annie Golden where a beautiful novelist (Harry) gets involved with the violent crime underworld in New York and becomes a target. Baldwin’s cop character pursues her killers.


Hangmen is the 1987 Christian Invordsen action/adventure movie debuting Sandra Bullock and starring Rick Washburn, Dog Thomas and Keith Bogart in which the assassin of a U.S. Senator is responsible for responding to the incident accidentally kills several innocent bystanders with the team during the operation. Because of her later success, Sandra Bullocks roll – pretty much as an ‘extra’ is highlighted on the movie promotions as interest in her career grew with her later successes.

Hitchcock! – The Director Honing His Craft

What movie-goer/movie-lover never heard of the iconic director Alfred Hitchcock? No one! This director is so iconic that he has been studied and copied for well over 90 years – and his style and craft of storytelling has influenced almost every horror, suspense, or dramatic movie released in the last 70 years. This week, features four movies that show Hitchcock’s refinement of his craft during his earlier years with Murder! from 1930, Number 17 from 1932, Secret Agent from 1936, and finally, The Man Who Knew Too Much from 1956 – one year after he became an American citizen.

Sit back and relax if you can as we present these mystery/dramas. We bet you will be on the edge of your seats!

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.


Murder! is a 1930 black & white British drama film co-written and directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring and Edward Chapman. It was only Hitchcock’s third all-talkie film, after Blackmail and Juno and the Paycock. Murder! tells the story of a juror that happens to be an actor, who tries to prove that an actress who was found holding the murder weapon is innocent.

Number 17

Number 17 is a black & white 1932 thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring John Stuart, Anne Grey and Leon M. Lion telling the story of a group of criminals who committed a jewel robbery and put their money in an old house over a railway leading to the English Channel. An outsider stumbles onto this plot and intervenes with the help of a neighbor – a police officer’s daughter.

Secret Agent

Secret Agent is the black & white 1936 Alfred Hitchcock mystery thriller starring Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, John Gielgud and Robert Young (with a brief uncredited appearance by Michael Redgrave) telling the story of three British agents who are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during WWI. Two of the agents become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much is the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie and Bernard Herrmann telling the tale of a doctor and his family on vacation in Morocco when a chance encounter with a stranger sets their trip and their lives on a drastically different course with the murder of the stranger and the abduction of their son to insure the couple’s silence of their knowledge of the murder. They must figure out a way to get their son back without the help of the Moroccan police.

Critically Acclaimed Award-Winning Movies

These classic award-winning movies are a delight to watch anytime, but to watch them all within a week is heaven. This week, features four classic blockbusters including the 1963 three-time Oscar-winning To Kill A Mockingbird, the 1952 two-time Oscar-winning The Snows of Kilimanjaro, the 1932 two-time Oscar-winner A Farewell to Arms, and the 1955 New York Film Critics Circle Award winner Diabolique.

Better get an extra few boxes of popcorn for this week!

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.


To Kill A Mockingbird – Gregory Peck and Brock Peters

To Kill A Mockingbird is the 1963 three-time Oscar-winning blockbuster drama directed by Robert Mulligan based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham and a very young Robert Duvall. It tells the story of kids coming of age in the 1930s while bigotry in all forms is in the forefront and reaches its first denouement in a climactic courtroom scene, which all others – real and imagined – have ever since been measured against.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro – Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner

The Snows of Kilimanjaro is the 1952 two-time Oscar-winning epic drama directed by Henry King and starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner based on the Ernest Hemingway novel of the same name, in which adventure writer Harry Street reflects on his life, as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of nearby Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Have your tissues and popcorn handy for this movie – you’ll need both!

A Farewell to Arms – Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper

A Farewell to Arms is the 1932 two-time Oscar-winning drama directed by Frank Borzage starring Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes and Adolphe Menjou based on Ernest Hemingway’s novel of the same name, telling the story of an American ambulance driver who falls in love with an English nurse in Italy during the horrors of World War I. “There may be no tomorrow.”

Diabolique – Simone Signoret and Vera Clouzot

Diabolique is the 1955 Henri-Georges Clouzot thriller starring Paul Meurisse, Vera Clouzot and Simone Signoret where the cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by the unlikely duo of his wife and his mistress. Diabolique won the Louis Delluc Prize and the award for best foreign film at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards in 1955, and remains in Time Magazine’s Top 25 Horror films.

Classic Comedic Actors

After a giant Thanksgiving feast and rooting for the home-team, there’s nothing like the classic sight-gags, clever dialogue, and situational comedy of old movies to shake down that full stomach with belly laughs.

This week, features four classic comedic actors doing what they do best, with the Marx Brothers’ Animal Crackers from 1930; Will Rogers’s unforgettable Life Begins at 40 from 1935; Danny Kaye’s insanely silly The Inspector General from 1949; and Bob Hope’s sarcastic asides in The Lemon Drop Kid from 1951.

So, enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday and have a few laughs on us!

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.

Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers is a black & white 1930 Pre-Code Marx Brothers comedy film, in which mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding. The film stars the four brothers, Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo Marx, with Lillian Roth and Margaret Dumont. It was directed by Victor Heerman and adapted from a successful 1928 Broadway musical of the same title by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, also starring the Marx Brothers and Margaret Dumont. As a Pre-Code film, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, subject matter often included sexual innuendo, miscegenation, profanity, illegal drug use, promiscuity, prostitution, infidelity, abortion, intense violence, and homosexuality – many of which can be observed in this bawdy production.

Life Begins at 40

Life Begins at 40 is a 1935 black & white George Marshall comedy starring Will Rogers, Rochelle Hudson, Richard Cromwell and Jane Darwell where a newsman bests a hard-nosed banker and clears a youth framed for bank robbery. This movie, along with other Will Rogers vehicles were generally set in small-town America, where residents all know each other, and picnics, hog-callings, and hayrides are the order of the day. The bucolic settings evoke nostalgia for an idealized time or place that never really existed. Kinda’ like the falsely sentimental olden days when America used to be great!

The Inspector General

The Inspector General is a 1949 Henry Koster musical comedy starring Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Gene Lockhart and Barbara Bates. In this farce, a snake-oil salesman that is too honest for his own good gets fired and wanders into a strange town where he is mistaken for a diplomat and must keep up the charade of refinement through numerous attempts to assassinate him by the town’s people – until the real Inspector General arrives! Assuming a false identity always has its perils but one’s true colors always reveal themselves!

The Lemon Drop Kid

The Lemon Drop Kid is a 1951 black & white Rom/Com Musical directed by Sidney Lanfield starring Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan, Jane Darwell and Andrea King telling the Christmas Season story of the trials and tribulations of a racetrack tout (Bob Hope) who has a month to pay back his gambling debts to a gangster (Lloyd Nolan) lost on a bad tip. Hilarious fun as a con man cons a con man in the indelible style of Bob Hope – and of course there’s a dame!

Classic War Hero Movies

In today’s confusion about who is a War Hero and who is not, let’s go back to some classic Hollywood definitions of War Heroes and the movies that portrayed them. This week, features four such movies including 1989’s Casablanca Express with Glenn Ford, 1987’s Escape from Sobibor with Rutger Hauer, 1943’s Gung Ho! with Randolph Scott, and 1986’s The Last Days of Patton with George C. Scott.

Allow these historical and classic movies to again define the term “War Hero” in today’s context.

Yours truly,
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Casablanca Express

Casablanca Express is the 1989 Sergio Martino War Drama starring Glenn Ford, Jason Connery and Donald Pleasence telling the story of Sir Winston Churchill’s infamous train trip to Casablanca in 1942 during the height of WWII, to meet with FDR and Joseph Stalin when the German’s knew the details of his travel plans and were planning an assassination, and America’s effort to thwart the Germans.

Escape from Sobibor

Escape from Sobibor is the 1987 Jack Gold historical War Drama starring Rutger Hauer and Alan Arkin telling the story of the infamous 1943 escape of 600 men from the German Death Camp of Sobibor with the most successful uprising by Jewish prisoners during WWII.

Gung Ho!

Gung Ho! is the 1943 black & white Ray Enright War Drama starring Randolph Scott based on the real-life story of the Makin Island raid led by Lieutenant Colonel Evans Carlson’s 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. The film uses stock footage of the time with Chet Huntley narrating the events leading up to the raid.

The Last Days of Patton

The Last Days of Patton is the 1986 Delbert Mann War-Hero sequel to the 1970 blockbuster Patton which stars George C. Scott and Eva Marie Saint as General George S. Patton and his wife during the last days of his life, where Patton was writing the official history of WWII, and despite monumental efforts by President Harry S. Truman to have him not die on German soil, the General dies of an embolism on December 21st, 1945.

The Holidays Can Be Murder!

Yes, the Holiday Season from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Day can be murder on one’s nerves. So this week on, we help you break out of the seasonal doldrums and release your dark fantasies with this week’s four murderous feature films including 1945’s And Then There Were None with Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston; 1995’s Death In Small Doses with Richard Thomas and Tess Harper; 1930’s Alfred Hitchcock Murder! with Herbert Marshall and Norah Baring; and 1956’s Alfred Hitchcock The Man Who Knew Too Much with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day.

Yours truly,
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And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None is the 1945 Agatha Christie book-turned-murder-mystery-movie directed by René Clair and starring Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston where eight people, all total strangers to each other, are invited to a small isolated island off the coast of England for the weekend, and one-by-one, each day, a guest is found dead. It is up to the remaining survivors to figure out who is murdering the captive guests one-by-one, before all are lost!

Death in Small Doses

Death in Small Doses is a 1995 drama directed by Sondra Locke and starring Richard Thomas, Tess Harper, Shawn Elliott, Glynnis O’Connor, Gary Frank, Matthew Posey and Ann Hearn. It tells the story of a wife who mysteriously falls ill and dies and its later revealed that she died by arsenic poisoning. As the police investigation heats up, the woman’s husband becomes the prime suspect. A terrible family secret eventually breaks the case and reveals the true killer. Isn’t Thanksgiving the time when most family secrets are revealed?


Murder! is the 1930 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery/thriller starring Herbert Marshall and Norah Baring and tells the story of a murdered actress and the many people in the traveling troupe with motive, opportunity and cause. A juror in the trial who believes another actress innocent, must vet the entire troupe to find the true killer! Classic, complicated Hitchcock in the early days!

The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much is the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart and Doris Day where a family traveling in Morocco,witnesses an assassination, setting their lives and safety in drastic and unsavory danger as their son is abducted by the assassins and they struggle to get him back – without the help of the police.

Autumn + Guy + Gal = Romance

Ahhh – the Fall Season is for falling in love.

The crisp air; the glorious colors; and the anticipation of snuggling up with a special someone in front of a cozy fire during the long cold winter ahead.

This week, features four Classic Romances about falling in love with movies including Allen Dwan’s 1947 Calendar Girl with William Marshall and Jane Frazee; Charles Vidor’s 1944 Cover Girl with Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth; Gregory La Cava’s 1936 My Man Godfrey with William Powell and Carole Lombard; and John Cromwell’s 1934 Of Human Bondage with Leslie Howard and Bette Davis.

Yes, love is streaming free this week on!

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.


Calendar Girl

Calendar Girl is the 1947 black & white Allan Dwan musical romance starring Jane Frazee, William Marshall, Kenny Baker and Gail Patrick telling the story of two friends coming to NYC at the turn of the century (the 1900s) to seek their destinies, but are sidetracked by romance and the pursuit of true love, while still holding on to their secrets.

Cover Girl

Cover Girl is the 1944 Charles Vidor romantic comedy starring Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth telling the story of an ambitious stage performer who must choose between riches and romance when presented with alternative opportunities from her grandmother’s old flame.

My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey is the 1936 black & white Gregory La Cava romance comedy starring William Powell and Carole Lombard telling the story of sibling-rivalry, interclass struggles and the power of love staged during the great depression – this is a rags to riches story in more ways than one!

Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage is the 1934 black & white John Cromwell drama/romance starring Bette Davis and Leslie Howard along with Frances Dee, Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Alan Hale and Reginald Sheffield based on the 1915 novel of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham. This film tells the story of an English medical student who abandons his artistic aspirations when he falls for a callous and manipulative waitress. Despite her abuse he becomes completely obsessed with her as she storms in and out of his life. Whenever he seems ready to move on, she bursts back into his life in a seemingly inescapably cruel and vicious cycle. We all have people like this in our families – are they attending your holiday dinner?