Rope (1948)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) A single location thriller with long takes like Dial M for Murder (1954).The real background of the Manhattan skyline from daylight to night adding authenticity to the entire plot.
2) John Dall as Brandon Shaw – a suave supervillain. His spineless accomplice Phillip got him caught which otherwise was a perfect murder.
3) The macabre plot of a dinner party over a dead body and handing over the murder weapon to the victim’s father as a gift. The whole discussion of murder being an art was fascinating.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Rupert: You were right, Phillip. Those books were tied clumsily.

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 
Pros –
1) Another gem from the master of suspense – a gripping cross-continental spy-thriller.
2) “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”  by Doris Day – not just a good song but an important part of the plot.
3) Cinematography By Technicolor

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
“Dr. Ben McKenna: Sorry we were gone so long, but we had to pick up Hank!”

Winchester ’73 (1950)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

 

1) The myth linked to the legendary gun – “The Gun that Won the West”
2) The Indian wagon chase sequence
3) Presence of Wyatt Earp in the story
4) The final plot twist revelation

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Shelley Winters as Lola given too much screen time making her the central character
2) 15 minutes long climax

 

 

 

Quote –

 

Young Bull: All white men are thieves. In peace, they steal our land; in war, they steal our women.

The Shootist (1976)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A befitting movie to celebrate the end of John Wayne’s illustrious career. His parting shot.
2) James Stewart’s extended cameo – The screen presence of these 2 stalwarts is huge
3) The story of dying West along with it’s greatest legend.

 

 

Cons –

 

1) Missing scene – Gillom dealing the horse with Moses
2) No character development of 3 antagonist

 

 

Quote –

 

 

JB Books: I’m a dying man, scared of the dark.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

STORY –1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Presence to 2 greatest stars: James Stewart and John Wayne
2) Great Star-cast including Lee Marvin as Liberty Valance (& also Lee Van Cleef)
3) Edmond O’Brien as Dutton Peabody

 

Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.