Tag Archives: James Mason

3 things about Albert Lewin’s PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman [1951] 1. He discreetly drops poison into his own drink. 2. The sound as the bull’s horn tears his shirt. 3. Glistening drops of water on the piece of canvas she has wrapped around her … Continue reading

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3 things about Henry Levin’s JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH

Journey to the Center of the Earth [1959] 1. Morse code duck. 2. Shirtless Hans. 3. Red lizard, red lava.

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3 things about Mervyn LeRoy’s EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE

East Side, West Side [1949] 1. The el rumbling outside your apartment is a signifier of a working class existence. 2. “I’m in business, are you in business?” 3. Brawling in the front seat of the car with a blonde … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Wise’s THE DESERT RATS

The Desert Rats [1953] 1. In The Desert Fox, James Mason doesn’t use a German accent. Here he does. And though it sounds right somehow it’s less effective. 2. “I made my usual mistake of being in a pub the … Continue reading

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3 things about Henry Hathaway’s THE DESERT FOX: THE STORY OF ROMMEL

The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel [1951] 1. Only Luther Adler, playing Hitler, attempts a German accent. 2. “My heart, of course, bleeds for you.” 3. A poison that takes three seconds.

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3 things about Hugo Fregonese’s ONE WAY STREET

One Way Street [1950] 1. “Afraid of getting shot?” “Let’s see if it was worth it.” They kiss. 2. He puts on the sandals. A look of distaste. 3. A brightly lit drugstore with no employees in sight.

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3 things about Warren Beatty & Buck Henry’s HEAVEN CAN WAIT

Heaven Can Wait [1978] 1. Nobody wears trainer’s shorts (or a loud tie) like Jack Warden. 2. She drinks vodka straight from the carafe. 3. James Mason: “I’m going to have to take charge of this case personally.”

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