Category Archives: Biography

St.Louis Blues (1958)

Biopic of Jazz and Blues composer W.C.Handy that features great musicians and singers. The band consists of Barney Bigard, George Washington, Red Callender, Lee Young and of course Nat “King” Cole. Young Will Handy is playing his coronet while some … Continue reading

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The Story Of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)

Heavy doses of corn and soap combine to tell the story of how Don Ameche invented the land line. Boston 1873. Bell is trying to teach deaf mutes how to speak. With him is George, the young son of Thomas … Continue reading

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The Perils Of Pauline (1947)

Betty Hutton uses her manic energy and mugs her way through a biopic that doesn’t tell you a whole lot about Pearl White. She was the biggest star of serials in the nineteen teens in “The Perils Of Pauline.” The … Continue reading

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Wiretapper (1955)

Biopic about wiretapper Jim Vaus,Jr. based on his book “Why I Left Organized Crime.” It’s actually an hour and twenty-five minute commercial for the Billy Graham Crusade. Jim (Bill Williams) is a Captain in the army in 1945. He faithfully … Continue reading

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Duffy Of San Quentin (1954)

This has to be the most unrealistic and white washed prison biopics ever. It’s presented as the story of San Quentin Warden Clinton T. Duffy. According to this he will surely be elevated to sainthood and should have been the … Continue reading

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Time Is All You’ve Got (1985)

A must for fans of the Big Band Era and Artie Shaw. This two hour TV documentary focuses on the life of Artie Shaw and features, among others, Buddy Rich, Mel Torme and Helen Forrest. This is a great show. … Continue reading

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The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

Never let the facts get in the way of a biopic. I’m surprised Babe Ruth wasn’t put up for sainthood after watching this version of his life. I did enjoy William Bendix work his way through this sanitized revision of … Continue reading

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