Heroism in Sports: 1949’s The Stratton Story

Heroism in Sports: 1949’s The Stratton Story

A simple American story about a man and the work and woman he loves makes director Sam Wood’s biopic, authorized by Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton, a compelling and inspiring motion picture. The Stratton Story, co-starring June Allyson and James...
Interview with Robert Benton

Interview with Robert Benton

Writer Scott Holleran met with writer and director Robert Benton during the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, where Benton was an honored guest, to talk about his distinguished career. This includes the two movies which TCM screened during the festival,...
‘Skyscraper’ Rises to the Occasion

‘Skyscraper’ Rises to the Occasion

Two plot points serve as bookends for the plot and theme of writer and director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s Skyscraper. They’re mercifully on time and surprisingly simple yet effective. I wish the movie’s gratitude theme was layered with more...
Streisand’s ‘A Star is Born’ (1976) Falters

Streisand’s ‘A Star is Born’ (1976) Falters

The second remake of William Wellman’s historic A Star is Born (1937) suffers from the same or similar problems as the Fifties’ Judy Garland vehicle. Going with the same iconic title as the original and the 1954 film, the 1976 version also puts spectacle...

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