Tag: Mark Rydell

Orphan No More: Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976)

Orphan No More: Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976)

April 30, 2018 | By

Review of Mark Rydell’s Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), the former orphan film newly released on Blu via Twilight Time.

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BR: Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976)

BR: Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976)

April 30, 2018 | By

You could argue quite convincingly that the success of the Oscar-winning The Sting (1973) spawned a small wave of period caper films, if not augmenting the appeal among audiences for tales of whimsy set in an era in which global crises had either passed or were still a few years away – namely WWI and WWII…

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Darryl Ponicsan’s The Last Detail + Cinderella Liberty (1973)

Darryl Ponicsan’s The Last Detail + Cinderella Liberty (1973)

March 22, 2016 | By

Two stellar classics from 1973 based on the novels by Darryl Ponicsan: Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail (Twilight Time) + Mark Rydell’s Cinderella Liberty (Fox).

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DVD: Cinderella Liberty (1973)

DVD: Cinderella Liberty (1973)

March 22, 2016 | By

In a peculiar stroke of luck, author Darryl Ponicsan managed to strike gold and have two films based on separate works produced and released in one year. Both deal with sailors in the U.S. Navy, but where Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail steered very gradually from comedy to drama, under the baton of Mark Rydell, Cinderella Liberty moves from overt comedy to melodrama, which isn’t necessarily a detriment to Ponicsan’s material…

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