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Shining Hour, The (MGM 1938, Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas)

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Joan Crawford stars in familiar melodrama The Shining Hour about a nightclub singer who marries wealthy Melvyn Douglas and goes to live on the family estate. Tensions arise as sister-in-law Fay Bainter takes an instant dislike to her and brother-in-law Young finds her irresistible. Coscripted by poet Ogden Nash.

The movie is based on Keith Winter’s play, which is set amongst quiet English farms. Screenwriters Jane Murfin and Ogden Nash altered the setting to focus on a wealthy Wisconsin land-owning family.

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Joan Crawford as Olivia Riley
Margaret Sullavan as Judy Linden
Robert Young as David Linden
Melvyn Douglas as Henry Linden
Fay Bainter as Hannah Linden
Allyn Joslyn as Roger Q. Franklin
Hattie McDaniel as Belvedere
Oscar O’Shea as Charlie Collins
Frank Albertson as Benny Collins
Harry Barris as Bertie

crew details
Director: Frank Borzage
Producer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Director of Photography: George J. Folsey
Editor: Frank E. Hull
Composer: Franz Waxman
Screenwriters: Jane Murfin, Ogden Nash
Production Designers: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse

production details
Country: USA
Studio: MGM
Year of Release: 1938
Duration: 76 minutes

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Halt And Catch Fire: Who Needs A Guy (AMC 30 Sep 2017, with Mackenzie Davis)

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On the seventh episode of Halt and Catch Fire’s final season, Who Needs a Guy, Joe and Gordon discuss Comet’s future. Donna takes a vacation. A new collaborator challenges Cameron. Bos and Diane make a life-altering choice.

Cast: Lee Pace as Joe MacMillan, Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe, Scoot McNairy as Gordon Clark, Kerry Bishé as Donna Clark, Toby Huss as John Bosworth, and Anna Chlumsky as Dr. Katie Herman.

Series: Halt and Catch Fire Season 4 Episode 7
Air Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on AMC

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Crusade (TNT 1999, Gary Cole, Daniel Dae Kim)

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In this scifi spin off from Babylon 5 the crew of the starship Excalibur headed by Captain Matthew Gideon (Gary “Midnight Caller” Cole) are sent on a desperate search to the ends of the universe in order to find a possible cure for a disease which is threatening to wipe out humankind.

Crusade was Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski’s follow up to that show, intended to run for a possible five years it ended up running for 13 episodes, thanks in no small part to an ongoing battle between Straczynski and original broadcaster TNT over the episode running order (apparently TNT pretty much ignored Straczynski’s proposed running order).

Crusade mixs in elements of Babylon 5, Star Trek and even Wagon Train as it charts the journey of the crew of the Excalibur, set in 2267AD the Earth has been engaged in a long and bloody war with the alien Drakh nation, after defeating the aliens it is learned that they have left behind a deadly virus that could destroy all life on Earth within five years if a cure isn’t found; That was the hook of course – what happens next is that the crew of the Excalibur embark on the classic scifi quest format while having adventures along the way.

Most of the 13 episodes here, whilst being essential serial in nature can still be viewed as self contained stories. The characters are all well drawn with Gary Cole’s Gideon and Peter Woodward’s Galen being the stand outs in fact Galen probably gets more of a share of the action than anyone else, as in Babylon 5 the scripts are excellent, weighty, talky and allow the cast to invest some emotional depth into their roles.

production details
USA / TNT – Babylonian – Warner / 13×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 June – 1 September 1999

Creator/Executive Producer: J. Michael Straczynski

cast
GARY COLE as Captain Matthew Gideon
DANIEL DAE KIM as Lt John Matheson
CARRIE DOBRO as Dureena NaFeel
PETER WOODWARD as Galen
MAR JEAN HOLDEN as Dr Sarah Chamber
DAVID ALLAN BROOKS as Max Eilerson
TRACY SCOGGINS as Captain Elizabeth Lochley

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Prey (ITV 2014-2015, John Simm, Rosie Cavaliero)

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Thriller series Prey saw Detective Sergeant Marcus Farrow finding himself wrongly accused of murder and going on the run in order to try and clear his name. For Farrow the trouble starts when he starts digging into a case from the archives, when he finds himself under suspicion of murder he knows it is somehow linked to the case. he realises he needs to run if he is to clear his name. on his tail is acting Detective Chief Inspector Susan Reinhardt.

Prey heads out firmly into thriller territory and while the story has been done many times before it’s an exciting ride, in fact the pace os often relentless. the cast is top notch too, the only quibble would be that too much time is spent on acting Detective Chief Inspector Susan Reinhardt’s stalkerish antics with her ex – almost as if she is being set up for a spin off series of her own?

In the end Reinhardt didn’t get her own series but she did get a second Prey serial, another three parter with Philip Glenister as the prey this time. It aired 9-23 December 2015. Glenister played Prison Officer Dave Murdoch who was forced to collude in the escape of a prisoner after his daughter is supposed to have been kidnapped. Again he goes on the run to clear his name and is pursued by Reinhardt.

production details
UK / ITV – Red / 6×50 minute episodes / Broadcast Monday 28 April – Monday 12 May 2014 and 9-23 December 2015

Writer: Chris Lunt / Producer: Tom Sherry / Director: Nick Murphy

cast
John Simm as Detective Sergeant Marcus Farrow (episodes 1-3)
Philip Glenister as Dave Murdoch (episodes 4-6)
Rosie Cavaliero as Acting Detective Chief Inspector Susan Reinhardt
Craig Parkinson as Detective Inspector Sean Devlin
Anastasia Hille as Detective Chief Inspector Andrea Mackenzie
Benedict Wong as Detective Sergeant Ash Chan
Adrian Edmondson as assistant Chief Constable Warner
Heather Peace as Abi Farrow
Ezra Dent-Watson as Finn Farrow
Charlie Concannon as Max Farrow
Struan Rodger as Topher Lomax
Brian Vernel as Dale Lomax
Ray Emmet Brown as Tony Reinhardt
Meryl Hampton as Gilly Hanson
Elif Knight as Leila Hassan
Gem Carmella as Amira Hassan
Samuel Gomes as Da Silva asil Hassan
Greg Cook as Jeff Sharp
Helen Kay as Fme Spencer
Melissa Jane Sinden as Mrs Nutter
Jim Whelan as Mr Nutter
Abukar Osman as Malaqi
Zariah Bailey as Policeman
Daniel Jillings as Policeman
Anthony Grundy as Custody Sergeant
Zoe Dickens as Flo
Emma Edmondson as Janice
Louise Prodding as Police Officer

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