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What's your favorite film by Mervyn LeRoy?

Little Caesar
0 (0%)
Five Star Final
0 (0%)
Two Seconds
0 (0%)
Three on a Match
0 (0%)
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
2 (12.5%)
Hard to Handle
0 (0%)
The World Changes
0 (0%)
Gold Diggers of 1933
2 (12.5%)
Heat Lightning
0 (0%)
I Found Stella Parish
0 (0%)
Anthony Adverse
0 (0%)
They Won't Forget
0 (0%)
Fools for Scandal
0 (0%)
Waterloo Bridge
1 (6.3%)
Escape
0 (0%)
Blossoms in the Dust
0 (0%)
Johnny Eager
1 (6.3%)
Random Harvest
0 (0%)
Madame Curie
0 (0%)
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
1 (6.3%)
Without Reservations
0 (0%)
Homecoming
0 (0%)
Little Women
1 (6.3%)
Any Number Can Play
0 (0%)
East Side, West Side
0 (0%)
Quo Vadis (with Anthony Mann)
1 (6.3%)
Lovely to Look at
0 (0%)
Million Dollar Mermaid
0 (0%)
Mister Roberts (with John Ford)
1 (6.3%)
The Bad Seed
0 (0%)
No Time for Sergeants
0 (0%)
The FBI Story
1 (6.3%)
The Devil at 4 O'Clock
0 (0%)
A Majority of One
0 (0%)
Gypsy
0 (0%)
other (specify)
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
5 (31.3%)
don't like any
0 (0%)

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LeRoy, Mervyn
« on: October 28, 2010, 03:21:40 PM »
1. Gold Diggers of 1933
2. Johnny Eager
3. Million Dollar Mermaid
4. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
5. Little Caesar
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Re: LeRoy, Mervyn - Director's Best
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2010, 03:36:42 PM »
Only seen Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, it wasn't good.

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Re: LeRoy, Mervyn - Director's Best
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2010, 04:23:46 PM »
1. Gold Diggers of 1933

Seen only this.

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Re: LeRoy, Mervyn - Director's Best
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2010, 06:37:38 PM »
1. Waterloo Bridge
2. Golddiggers of 1933
3. Little Caesar
4. Mister Roberts
5. Million Dollar Mermaid
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Re: LeRoy, Mervyn - Director's Best
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2011, 05:58:23 PM »
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Mister Roberts
Random Harvest
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
No Time for Sergeants


Madame Curie
The Bad Seed
Little Caesar
Three on a Match
The FBI Story


Elmer, the Great
Quo Vadis
Million Dollar Mermaid

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Re: LeRoy, Mervyn - Director's Best
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2011, 06:55:22 AM »
I remember seeing Gypsy, but if I have seen any of the others it would have been a long time ago.

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Re: LeRoy, Mervyn - Director's Best
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2012, 02:12:23 AM »
Updated:

1. Waterloo Bridge
2. Golddiggers of 1933
3. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
4. Little Caesar
5. Three on a Match
6. Heat Lightning
7. Mister Roberts
8. Million Dollar Mermaid
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Re: LeRoy, Mervyn - Director's Best
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2014, 08:11:54 PM »
East Side, West Side
* * *

This is one where I'm glad I went in cold. (Even the IMDB genre list is a Spoiler.) I selected it for the stars. Barbara Stanwyck and James Mason are a married couple. Ava Gardner and Cyd Charisse - who look remarkably alike - are two women who get tangled in the marriage, as does Van Heflin as a former cop turned war hero. The cast extends out to Gale Sondergaard, William Conrad, William Frawley and Nancy Reagan.

The characters and their personal wants twist this thing around like a pretzel, without ever being hard to follow. Ulterior motives, deception, and emotions boiling over. I really enjoyed wondering where this was going and the cast is sensational. The lower rating is because once it gets to the breaking point, things wrap up with surprising simplicity, but if you're a fan of this cast, this is one well worth checking out.
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Re: LeRoy, Mervyn
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2015, 09:07:36 PM »
1. The FBI Story
2. Heat Lightning
3. Happiness Ahead
4. Hard to Handle
5. Mister Roberts
6. Any Number Can Play
7. Three on a Match
8. Five Star Final
9. Unholy Partners
10. East Side, West Side
11. Hi, Nellie!
12. Gypsy
13. Blossoms in the Dust
14. Little Caesar
15. Fools For Scandal
16. Madame Curie

17. Two Seconds
18. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
19. Homecoming
20. Gold Diggers of 1933
21. Big City Blues
22. The World Changes
23. Waterloo Bridge
24. Three Men on a Horse
25. Random Harvest
26. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
27. Page Miss Glory
28. High Pressure
29. Without Reservations
30. The King and the Chorus Girl
31. They Won't Forget

32. Anthony Adverse
33. No Time For Sergeants
34. Johnny Eager
35. Quo Vadis
36. The Bad Seed
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Re: LeRoy, Mervyn
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2015, 09:21:39 PM »
The FBI Story (1959)
* * * - Very Good
This is one of those films made with full cooperation of the government that paints a very rosy picture of how efficient and effective the government. It's a series of cases, which are all solved by the FBI's numerous field agents and incredibly smart staff. I've seen a number of these types of films mess up Noir with its clumsy whitewashed docudrama, however this one is the best because of its lead.

James Stewart plays a sort of federal Forrest Gump, taking part in most of the FBI's most famous cases throughout history. When he's not directly involved (as in the opening and closing stories) he narrates us through. The stories themselves are dumbed down, but quite exciting as a 50s CSI. What makes this so worth the watch (and I've seen it twice now) is the chemistry between Stewart and his wife, played by Vera Miles (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance). They run through a lot of familiar scenes where the husband is never home, he's missing his kids growing up and she never knows if he's going to die out there. However, the two find a fresh groove with a charisma that is overflowing. Even for Stewart, this is one of his most smile-inducing performances.

There isn't a location that doesn't look like a movie set - both Interior and Exterior. Day or Night - the effects budget is almost Ed Wood low, most of the time it has the overall look of a failed television pilot, and it's at least two cases too long at 150 minutes. However, the performances are so delightful none of the usual negatives bring the film down. I decided to buy it.
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