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  • 06/13/10--22:45: Kanoon (1960)
  • 9 years before he made the superb suspense thriller Ittefaq, B R Chopra produced and directed this film. It too starred Nanda (though not in as pivotal a role as in Ittefaq). It too didn’t have a single song—though it did have a ballet performance. And, like Ittefaq, it hinged on a murder. But Kanoon [...]

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    Rajendra Kumar in KanoonRajendra Kumar in Kanoon

    Kalidas appears in the court for a murderKalidas appears in the court for a murder

    Kalidas's wife in courtKalidas's wife in court

    Jha and Savarkar discuss Kalidas's caseJha and Savarkar discuss Kalidas's case

    A bet is madeA bet is made

    Meena and KailashMeena and Kailash

    Badri Prasad goes to the theatre with a glamorous ladyBadri Prasad goes to the theatre with a glamorous lady

    ... who later goes to meet Dhani Ram... who later goes to meet Dhani Ram

    ... and threatens him... and threatens him

    Vijay finds himself in a fixVijay finds himself in a fix

    Vijay asks Meena for helpVijay asks Meena for help

    Kailash pays Dhani Ram a visitKailash pays Dhani Ram a visit

    Kailash notices Badri Prasad from the window of Dhani Ram's houseKailash notices Badri Prasad from the window of Dhani Ram's house

    Bloody murderBloody murder

    Kalia sees an opportunity beckonKalia sees an opportunity beckon

    ... and ends up getting arrested... and ends up getting arrested

    Kalia pleads his innocenceKalia pleads his innocence

    Mr Khanna tries to prove Kalia's guiltMr Khanna tries to prove Kalia's guilt

    Ashok Kumar in KanoonAshok Kumar in Kanoon

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    My maternal grandfather used to work in the Gramophone Company of India. Mummy grew up in a house full of LPs, and a lot of those—including dozens of albums from Hindi films of the 50’s and 60’s—ended up in our house. I grew up listening to music; but for a long time, I couldn’t tell [...]

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    Hemant Kumar MukherjeeHemant Kumar Mukherjee

    Tum pukaar lo tumhaara intezaar hai (Khamoshi)Tum pukaar lo tumhaara intezaar hai (Khamoshi)

    Yeh nayan dare-dare (Kohra)Yeh nayan dare-dare (Kohra)

    Ya dil ki suno duniyawaalon (Anupama)Ya dil ki suno duniyawaalon (Anupama)

    Jaane woh kaise log thhe jinke (Pyaasa)Jaane woh kaise log thhe jinke (Pyaasa)

    Ne tum humein jaano na hum tumhe jaanein (Baat ek Raat ki)Ne tum humein jaano na hum tumhe jaanein (Baat ek Raat ki)

    Hai apna dil toh aawaara (Solvaan Saal)Hai apna dil toh aawaara (Solvaan Saal)

    Mujhko tum jo mile yeh jahaan mil gayaMujhko tum jo mile yeh jahaan mil gaya

    Beqaraar karke humein yoon na jaaiyeBeqaraar karke humein yoon na jaaiye

    Ay dil ab kaheen le jaa (Bluffmaster)Ay dil ab kaheen le jaa (Bluffmaster)

    Teri duniya mein jeene se (House No 44)Teri duniya mein jeene se (House No 44)

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  • 06/21/10--23:55: Ek Thi Ladki (1949)
  • Harvey’s recent post on Mr Sampat sparked off a brief discussion on one of Hindi cinema’s finest character actors, Motilal. Since Motilal was known—at least in the 50’s and 60’s—as a character actor, it seemed appropriate to review a film in which he’s the hero. Not that Ek Thi Ladki (‘There was a girl’) really [...]

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    Motilal in Ek Thi LadkiMotilal in Ek Thi Ladki

    Meena discovers a corpse...Meena discovers a corpse...

    ... and is seen by Mohan and Sohan... and is seen by Mohan and Sohan

    The Princess of Champatpur checks inThe Princess of Champatpur checks in

    A very expensive brick - and a very tall taleA very expensive brick - and a very tall tale

    Hukumat Rai smells something fishyHukumat Rai smells something fishy

    An old photoAn old photo

    Sohan and Mohan discover that their Princess has run awaySohan and Mohan discover that their Princess has run away

    Meena gets a job as a secretaryMeena gets a job as a secretary

    Meena's version of shorthandMeena's version of shorthand

    Ranjit and BimlaRanjit and Bimla

    Bimla's father arrives in officeBimla's father arrives in office

    Ranjit instructs Meena to book tickets and roomsRanjit instructs Meena to book tickets and rooms

    Meena sees Mohan and Sohan in the hotelMeena sees Mohan and Sohan in the hotel

    A night on - and later, under - a benchA night on - and later, under - a bench

    Meena finds a solution to their problemMeena finds a solution to their problem

    Meena applies for a post...Meena applies for a post...

    Sohan and Mohan getting ready to swindle Seth Shyam SunderSohan and Mohan getting ready to swindle Seth Shyam Sunder

    Meena gives Ranjit the good newsMeena gives Ranjit the good news

    Meena finds herself in a fixMeena finds herself in a fix

    Bimla decides to go with Daddy to DelhiBimla decides to go with Daddy to Delhi

    Motilal and Meena Shorey in Ek Thi LadkiMotilal and Meena Shorey in Ek Thi Ladki

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  • 06/25/10--20:35: The Naked Jungle (1954)
  • One person who’s figured very consistently on my blog statistics for the past year is the gorgeous Eleanor Parker. Any day, all I need to do is click my blog stats link, and I’ll see that among the top hits for my blog is ‘eleanor parker’ or ‘eleanor parker actress’. So, considering it’s her 88th [...]

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    Eleanor Parker in The Naked JungleEleanor Parker in The Naked Jungle

    Joanna asks a surprising questionJoanna asks a surprising question

    The Commissioner has a chat with JoannaThe Commissioner has a chat with Joanna

    Incacha meets JoannaIncacha meets Joanna

    A disastrous first meetingA disastrous first meeting

    Christopher searches for flaws in his seemingly perfect wifeChristopher searches for flaws in his seemingly perfect wife

    Christopher rejects Joanna for being previously marriedChristopher rejects Joanna for being previously married

    Christopher talks to Joanna about himselfChristopher talks to Joanna about himself

    Christopher goes a bit berserk...Christopher goes a bit berserk...

    Preliminary to a sudden change in circumstancesPreliminary to a sudden change in circumstances

    The ways of the 'primitive natives'The ways of the 'primitive natives'

    Gruber puts in an appearanceGruber puts in an appearance

    The Commissioner and Christopher discuss matters in the provinceThe Commissioner and Christopher discuss matters in the province

    The Commissioner utters a dreaded word: marabunta!The Commissioner utters a dreaded word: marabunta!

    Christopher, Joanna and the Commissioner start off on a journeyChristopher, Joanna and the Commissioner start off on a journey

    Christopher enters a deserted hutChristopher enters a deserted hut

    The jungle goes silent one nightThe jungle goes silent one night

    All that's left of GruberAll that's left of Gruber

    Eleanor Parker in The Naked JungleEleanor Parker in The Naked Jungle

    Eleanor Parker in The Naked JungleEleanor Parker in The Naked Jungle

    Eleanor Parker in The Naked JungleEleanor Parker in The Naked Jungle

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  • 06/30/10--21:49: Akashdeep (1965)
  • Once upon a time, there was a writer. No: it wasn’t Dharmendra, and it certainly wasn’t Nanda (old Hindi cinema, at least, doesn’t seem to believe women capable of writing anything more complex than a love letter, if that). This writer was someone quite different, and one day (I’m guessing) decided that it was time [...]

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    Dharmendra and Nanda in AkashdeepDharmendra and Nanda in Akashdeep

    An alcoholic with a heart of goldAn alcoholic with a heart of gold

    Shankar gets thrashedShankar gets thrashed

    Shankar, up close and miserableShankar, up close and miserable

    Shankar grows up...Shankar grows up...

    Shankar meets Mr Sinha's daughter, BaaniShankar meets Mr Sinha's daughter, Baani

    Shankar asks for Baani's hand in marriageShankar asks for Baani's hand in marriage

    Baani 'sings' a songBaani 'sings' a song

    Madhukar and SheilaMadhukar and Sheila

    Madhu and the servant RamuMadhu and the servant Ramu

    Madhu meets a Pathan at the airportMadhu meets a Pathan at the airport

    A persistent PathanA persistent Pathan

    Tarun meets the PathanTarun meets the Pathan

    Instant loveInstant love

    A confrontationA confrontation

    Tarun and his poor, loony fatherTarun and his poor, loony father

    Madhukar, pretending to be a fairyMadhukar, pretending to be a fairy

    Shankar, plagued...Shankar, plagued...

    ...by Desai...by Desai

    Baani learns she will never be a motherBaani learns she will never be a mother

    Philomena, the good SamaritanPhilomena, the good Samaritan

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  • 07/07/10--09:40: I Soliti Ignoti (1958)
  • When I think of I Soliti Ignoti (literally, The Usual Unknown Thieves, though the English title of the film is Big Deal on Madonna Street), this is one of the scenes that comes to mind: one evening, a pawnshop is about to close for the day. A thief’s decided to hold up the pawnshop and [...]

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    A thwarted hold-upA thwarted hold-up

    ... and a failed car theft... and a failed car theft

    Norma  comes to meet Cosimo with his lawyerNorma comes to meet Cosimo with his lawyer

    Mario declines...Mario declines...

    ...as do Feribotte -...as do Feribotte -

    - and Tiberio- and Tiberio

    Peppe 'confesses' and is forgiven by CosimoPeppe 'confesses' and is forgiven by Cosimo

    Cosimo confides in PeppeCosimo confides in Peppe

    Peppe and Co. plan a jobPeppe and Co. plan a job

    A vital video is hindered by some untimely laundryA vital video is hindered by some untimely laundry

    Dante Cruciani holds a session on safe crackingDante Cruciani holds a session on safe cracking

    Peppe tries to get friendly with NicolettaPeppe tries to get friendly with Nicoletta

    I Soliti Ignoti, or Big Deal on Madonna StreetI Soliti Ignoti, or Big Deal on Madonna Street

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  • 07/12/10--23:49: Bhai Bahen (1959)
  • My sister and I were discussing, with much fondness, my father’s love for classic Hindi cinema. When my parents bought a DVD player, I offered to look out for old films that I could buy for them. “Any particular favourites you’d like me to buy you?” I asked. Papa’s list included Sangdil, Daag, Anari, Ratan, [...]

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    Daisy Irani and Baby Naaz in Bhai-BahenDaisy Irani and Baby Naaz in Bhai-Bahen

    Ramu at work, selling lollipopsRamu at work, selling lollipops

    Soni and her mother meet Ramu at the templeSoni and her mother meet Ramu at the temple

    The evil JagguThe evil Jaggu

    Geeta gives Soni an ideaGeeta gives Soni an idea

    Soni breaks the news to RamuSoni breaks the news to Ramu

    Ramu finds a gift for SoniRamu finds a gift for Soni

    Shera barges in on a street performanceShera barges in on a street performance

    Ramu tries to earn Rs 7.50Ramu tries to earn Rs 7.50

    Rai Sahib has a chat with JohnnyRai Sahib has a chat with Johnny

    Johnny and JulieJohnny and Julie

    Johnny saves Ramu from JagguJohnny saves Ramu from Jaggu

    Lily and her boss, JeevanLily and her boss, Jeevan

    Johnny accepts a bribe, seeminglyJohnny accepts a bribe, seemingly

    Time for a sad songTime for a sad song

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  • 07/17/10--11:56: Pillow Talk (1959)
  • Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall acted together in three films: Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, and Send Me No Flowers. Since I’d already reviewed the other two, I decided it was time to complete the trio with a re-view and a review of Pillow Talk, the first of the Day-Hudson-Randall films. New York [...]

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    Doris Day and Rock Hudson in Pillow TalkDoris Day and Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk

    Brad Allen with a girlfriend...Brad Allen with a girlfriend...

    ...and another...and another

    Jan gives Brad a piece of her mindJan gives Brad a piece of her mind

    Alma listens in on Brad's singingAlma listens in on Brad's singing

    Jonathan expresses his gratitude - and loveJonathan expresses his gratitude - and love

    Jonathan tells Brad about JanJonathan tells Brad about Jan

    Tony gets freshTony gets fresh

    Brad overhears an interesting conversationBrad overhears an interesting conversation

    'Rex Stetson' comes to Jan's rescue'Rex Stetson' comes to Jan's rescue

    Jan and Rex get closeJan and Rex get close

    Jan breaks the news to JonathanJan breaks the news to Jonathan

    Rex Stetson revealedRex Stetson revealed

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  • 07/21/10--09:45: Shahjehan (1946)
  • After a longish hiatus, I’ve begun working on my next novel. Like my first book, The Englishman’s Cameo, this one too features the Mughal detective Muzaffar Jang, and is set during the final years of Shahjahan’s reign. I’ve been doing other bits of writing—very little of it related to history—and decided I needed something to [...]

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    K L Saigal in ShahjehanK L Saigal in Shahjehan

    Shahjahan and the Taj MahalShahjahan and the Taj Mahal

    Shahjahan grants an audience to Jwala SinghShahjahan grants an audience to Jwala Singh

    Jwala Singh talks about Ruhi...Jwala Singh talks about Ruhi...

    ...and Suhel sings of her...and Suhel sings of her

    Mumtaz advises Shahjahan re: RuhiMumtaz advises Shahjahan re: Ruhi

    Jaan Fiza pleads with Mumtaz MahalJaan Fiza pleads with Mumtaz Mahal

    Mumtaz Mahal with her mother and her ladiesMumtaz Mahal with her mother and her ladies

    RuhiRuhi

    Mumtaz accepts Ruhi and tries to get Jaan Fiza to accept her tooMumtaz accepts Ruhi and tries to get Jaan Fiza to accept her too

    Ruhi's many, many suitorsRuhi's many, many suitors

    Suhel, the sole suitor who stays onSuhel, the sole suitor who stays on

    Jaan Fiza continues to badger MumtazJaan Fiza continues to badger Mumtaz

    Shirazi arrives in Shahjahan's courtShirazi arrives in Shahjahan's court

    Mumtaz advises ShahjahanMumtaz advises Shahjahan

    Shirazi puts the imperial bangle on Ruhi's wristShirazi puts the imperial bangle on Ruhi's wrist

    Love blossoms - with helpLove blossoms - with help

    Two hearts, all aflame and pierced by the same arrow. Ah, love!!Two hearts, all aflame and pierced by the same arrow. Ah, love!!

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    Of all the male singers who ruled the 50’s and 60’s, the one I’ve usually tended to ignore is Mukesh—and for what I must admit is a somewhat prejudiced reason: the most recognisable Mukesh songs, at least for me, are the ones he sang for Raj Kapoor, and nearly all of them just don’t appeal [...]

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    MukeshMukesh

    Woh subah kabhi toh aayegi, from Phir Subah HogiWoh subah kabhi toh aayegi, from Phir Subah Hogi

    Saaranga teri yaad mein from SaarangaSaaranga teri yaad mein from Saaranga

    Zindagi khwaab hai from Jaagte RahoZindagi khwaab hai from Jaagte Raho

    Kahin door jab din dhal jaaye from AnandKahin door jab din dhal jaaye from Anand

    Oh re taal mile nadi ke jal meinOh re taal mile nadi ke jal mein

    Zinda hoon is tarah ke gham-e-zindagi nahin, from AagZinda hoon is tarah ke gham-e-zindagi nahin, from Aag

    Suhaana safar aur yeh mausam haseen, from MadhumatiSuhaana safar aur yeh mausam haseen, from Madhumati

    Yeh mera deewaanapan hai, from YahudiYeh mera deewaanapan hai, from Yahudi

    Yeh kaun chitrakaar hai, from Boond jo ban gayi motiYeh kaun chitrakaar hai, from Boond jo ban gayi moti

    Jaaoon kahaan bata ae dil, from Chhoti BahenJaaoon kahaan bata ae dil, from Chhoti Bahen

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  • 07/29/10--04:32: Jaagte Raho (1956)
  • As I’d mentioned in my last post, I’m not much of a Raj Kapoor fan. I have seen most of his films, but I like very few of them. Jaagte Raho, a flop when it was first released (even though it won an award at Karlovy Vary) is one of the exceptions: an RK film [...]

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    A watchman comes across a vagrant villager in the cityA watchman comes across a vagrant villager in the city

    The Villager tries to find a swallow of waterThe Villager tries to find a swallow of water

    The Drunk is kindly disposed towards the VillagerThe Drunk is kindly disposed towards the Villager

    The watchman raises the alarmThe watchman raises the alarm

    A posse is formed to find the 'thief'A posse is formed to find the 'thief'

    Sati and her lover nearly get caughtSati and her lover nearly get caught

    The Drunk and his long-suffering wifeThe Drunk and his long-suffering wife

    Shashank Babu and his neighbourShashank Babu and his neighbour

    Shashank Babu and MeenuShashank Babu and Meenu

    Ram Narayan Mullick, philanthropistRam Narayan Mullick, philanthropist

    ... and forger... and forger

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    Like Love Affair/An Affair to Remember, In the Good Old Summertime is also one of those romances that’s proved very popular across time and space. This is a cheery little love story, of a man and a woman who begin corresponding with each other, fall in love through their correspondence (all without even knowing the [...]

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    Van Johnson and Judy Garland in In the Good Old SummertimeVan Johnson and Judy Garland in In the Good Old Summertime

    Mr Oberkugen and his lady love, NellieMr Oberkugen and his lady love, Nellie

    ... and with his nephew, Hickey... and with his nephew, Hickey

    Mr Oberkugen and his StradivariusMr Oberkugen and his Stradivarius

    Andy Larkin reads an excerpt to RudiAndy Larkin reads an excerpt to Rudi

    A disastrous encounter at the post officeA disastrous encounter at the post office

    Miss Fisher comes looking for a jobMiss Fisher comes looking for a job

    Miss Fisher proves her worth - and sells a harpMiss Fisher proves her worth - and sells a harp

    Miss Fisher and Andy Larkin - battleground: Oberkugen'sMiss Fisher and Andy Larkin - battleground: Oberkugen's

    Andy Larkin reassures Louise that he'll get her sheet music from Oberkugen'sAndy Larkin reassures Louise that he'll get her sheet music from Oberkugen's

    Miss Fisher tells Nellie about the big date coming upMiss Fisher tells Nellie about the big date coming up

    Mr Oberkugen drops a bombMr Oberkugen drops a bomb

    Taking stock: Miss Fisher vents her ireTaking stock: Miss Fisher vents her ire

    The lady at the restaurantThe lady at the restaurant

    Judy Garland and Van Johnson in In The Good Old SummertimeJudy Garland and Van Johnson in In The Good Old Summertime

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    What is it that tempts film-makers to say “Ah! Let’s do a remake of this one!”? A conviction that a script that’s worked once will work again? Also perhaps a somewhat egoistic belief that they will be able to make a better adaptation than whoever made the original film? This story, a classic Ernest Lubitsch [...]

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    James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in The Shop Around the CornerJames Stewart and Margaret Sullavan in The Shop Around the Corner

    Mr Kralik with Flora and IlonaMr Kralik with Flora and Ilona

    Mr Kralik reads from one of his letters, to PirovitchMr Kralik reads from one of his letters, to Pirovitch

    Mr Vadas and Mr MatuschekMr Vadas and Mr Matuschek

    Mr Kralik and Mr PirovitchMr Kralik and Mr Pirovitch

    Pepi outside Matuschek'sPepi outside Matuschek's

    At daggers drawn: Klara and Mr KralikAt daggers drawn: Klara and Mr Kralik

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  • 08/10/10--05:01: Shaheed (1965)
  • One thing that has long puzzled me is Bollywood’s reluctance to do real life stories. Where Hollywood has created films on the lives of people ranging from Napoleon’s one-time fiancée to an obscure British missionary in China, we have, to show for years of fascinating history… Shahjehan and Changez Khan, both so badly warped that [...]

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    Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh

    At a lohri celebrationAt a lohri celebration

    Little Bhagat Singh questions his motherLittle Bhagat Singh questions his mother

    Bhagat Singh with Durga bhabhi, his sister, Sukhdev, et alBhagat Singh with Durga bhabhi, his sister, Sukhdev, et al

    Bhagat Singh vows to avenge Lala Lajpat RaiBhagat Singh vows to avenge Lala Lajpat Rai

    Saunders is slainSaunders is slain

    Bhagat Singh dons a disguiseBhagat Singh dons a disguise

    A plot is hatchedA plot is hatched

    ... and executed... and executed

    Bhagat Singh is torturedBhagat Singh is tortured

    Dutt tries to explain things to Kehar SinghDutt tries to explain things to Kehar Singh

    Dhani Ram distributes food - and free adviceDhani Ram distributes food - and free advice

    The jailor talks to Bhagat Singh & Co.The jailor talks to Bhagat Singh & Co.

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  • 08/12/10--02:49: Ek Sapera Ek Lutera (1965)
  • And besides that ‘one snake charmer, one bandit’ (and not a single snake, mind you)—there’s also one pretty lady, a nasty patricidal king, a ghost (who appears for all of one very short scene) and a trio of comic courtiers who go bananas trying to differentiate between their crown prince and an impostor. There’s also, [...]

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    Feroz Khan and Kumkum in Ek Sapera Ek LuteraFeroz Khan and Kumkum in Ek Sapera Ek Lutera

    A father-to-be is given the newsA father-to-be is given the news

    The king summons the midwifeThe king summons the midwife

    The midwife is given instructions on doing away with the heirThe midwife is given instructions on doing away with the heir

    The midwife hands over the king's son to himThe midwife hands over the king's son to him

    Bindu becomes a motherBindu becomes a mother

    Indu scolds Radha for spending time with MohanIndu scolds Radha for spending time with Mohan

    A groom is found for RadhaA groom is found for Radha

    An old tattooist reveals his true coloursAn old tattooist reveals his true colours

    Radha makes a mistakeRadha makes a mistake

    Mohan is cornered by the villagersMohan is cornered by the villagers

    ... and later mistaken for Vijay Pratap... and later mistaken for Vijay Pratap

    Vijay Pratap orders his courtiers to find a sadhu to cure Radha of her obsession for MohanVijay Pratap orders his courtiers to find a sadhu to cure Radha of her obsession for Mohan

    Radha discovers Mohan behind yet another disguiseRadha discovers Mohan behind yet another disguise

    A ghost appearsA ghost appears

    Radha loses her memoryRadha loses her memory

    Kumkum and Feroz Khan in Ek Sapera Ek LuteraKumkum and Feroz Khan in Ek Sapera Ek Lutera

    Badloo dons a disguiseBadloo dons a disguise

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    I am very proud to be Indian, but I guess in a way that wouldn’t make me terribly popular with some people. I do not agree, for instance, that everything about India is top class, or that everything about the countries we have political, social, economic or other differences with is necessarily evil through and [...]

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    Happy Independence Day!Happy Independence Day!

    Ae mere pyaare watan, from KabuliwaalaAe mere pyaare watan, from Kabuliwaala

    Ae watan ae watan humko teri kasam, from ShaheedAe watan ae watan humko teri kasam, from Shaheed

    Aaj Himalaya ki choti se, from KismetAaj Himalaya ki choti se, from Kismet

    Vande mataram, from AnandmathVande mataram, from Anandmath

    Apni aazaadi ko hum, from LeaderApni aazaadi ko hum, from Leader

    Mere desh ki dharti, from UpkaarMere desh ki dharti, from Upkaar

    Chhodo kal ki baatein, from Hum HindustaniChhodo kal ki baatein, from Hum Hindustani

    Kar chale hum fida jaan-o-tan saathiyon, from HaqeeqatKar chale hum fida jaan-o-tan saathiyon, from Haqeeqat

    Saare jahaan se achha, from Bhai BahenSaare jahaan se achha, from Bhai Bahen

    Yeh desh hai veer jawaanon ka, from Naya DaurYeh desh hai veer jawaanon ka, from Naya Daur

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  • 08/23/10--00:13: The Dawn Patrol (1938)
  • Strangely—considering that Errol Flynn is best known for his swashbuckling roles—the film I most vividly remember of his is this one, an unusual war film. I first watched it years ago as a teenager, and ever since—in spite of having notched up The Prince and the Pauper, Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood and [...]

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    Errol Flynn and David Niven in The Dawn PatrolErrol Flynn and David Niven in The Dawn Patrol

    The 59th, getting ready for a dawn patrolThe 59th, getting ready for a dawn patrol

    Major Brand, OC of the 59thMajor Brand, OC of the 59th

    Courtney and ScottCourtney and Scott

    Fresh bloodFresh blood

    Brand has a frustrating talk with his bossBrand has a frustrating talk with his boss

    Hollister collapses after the death of his friendHollister collapses after the death of his friend

    Hurrah for the next man that dies!Hurrah for the next man that dies!

    The British receive a note from the GermansThe British receive a note from the Germans

    Courtney and Scott on a night-time escapadeCourtney and Scott on a night-time escapade

    Brand counts the planes as they fly inBrand counts the planes as they fly in

    Phipps reads out a letter from homePhipps reads out a letter from home

    A German is captured, but treated with courtesy... by someA German is captured, but treated with courtesy... by some

    Scott's 'baby brother' Donnie arrivesScott's 'baby brother' Donnie arrives

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  • 08/27/10--00:03: The Seahawk (1940)
  • Another offering for Flynn Week. It was said, at one time, that if Bette Davis was the queen of Warner Brothers, Errol Flynn was the king. And a king, too, with a lineage that was astounding, to say the least. The Tasmanian-born Flynn spent a few years as a young man in Papua New Guinea [...]

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    Errol Flynn in The SeahawkErrol Flynn in The Seahawk

    Errol Flynn and Brenda Marshall in The SeahawkErrol Flynn and Brenda Marshall in The Seahawk

    In the court of Phillip of SpainIn the court of Phillip of Spain

    Don Alvarez, on his way to EnglandDon Alvarez, on his way to England

    The Albatross attacksThe Albatross attacks

    Don Alvarez and Maria are 'captured' by Geoffrey ThorpeDon Alvarez and Maria are 'captured' by Geoffrey Thorpe

    Maria learns some painful truthsMaria learns some painful truths

    Flora Robson as Queen Elizabeth in The SeahawkFlora Robson as Queen Elizabeth in The Seahawk

    The admiral and Lord Wolfingham meet the queenThe admiral and Lord Wolfingham meet the queen

    Thorpe arrives - and becomes the centre of much controversyThorpe arrives - and becomes the centre of much controversy

    Thorpe counsels the queen...Thorpe counsels the queen...

    ... and is rebuffed by Maria... and is rebuffed by Maria

    A proposed adventure in PanamaA proposed adventure in Panama

    A spy reports to a traitorA spy reports to a traitor

    Maria learns of an unpleasant bit of newsMaria learns of an unpleasant bit of news

    ... and reaches Dover too late... and reaches Dover too late

    Thorpe & Co. set out to ambush the Spanish mule train...Thorpe & Co. set out to ambush the Spanish mule train...

    ... and end up battered and ill... and end up battered and ill

    Thorpe, the galley slaveThorpe, the galley slave

    The monkey and the seahawkThe monkey and the seahawk

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    What is a writer without readers? What is a blogger without people who stop by to read, comment, suggest, recommend, and encourage? So, in gratitude to everybody who’s been visiting this blog over the months: this month on Dusted Off is dedicated to you. All through September 2010, the posts here will be connected in [...]

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    Mala Sinha and Bharat Bhushan in Gyaarah Hazaar LadkiyaanMala Sinha and Bharat Bhushan in Gyaarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan

    Asha is tried for murderAsha is tried for murder

    Puran Chand arrives to defend AshaPuran Chand arrives to defend Asha

    Some chatting and reading of newspapers in officeSome chatting and reading of newspapers in office

    Puran Chand comes to meet AshaPuran Chand comes to meet Asha

    Asha's six younger sistersAsha's six younger sisters

    Asha and Puran begin to get to know each other...Asha and Puran begin to get to know each other...

    Puran and his father meet upPuran and his father meet up

    Mohana makes friends with PuranMohana makes friends with Puran

    The launch of AazaadThe launch of Aazaad

    Asha ticks Uma offAsha ticks Uma off

    Mool Chand tries to buy Asha offMool Chand tries to buy Asha off

    Asha receives a ransom noteAsha receives a ransom note

    Puran reads Asha's note, and thinks the worstPuran reads Asha's note, and thinks the worst

    The man behind the kidnappingThe man behind the kidnapping

    Asha meets Mohana's fianceAsha meets Mohana's fiance

    Mukri, as the Premchand girls' neighbourMukri, as the Premchand girls' neighbour

    Ted Lyons in Gyaarah Hazaar LadkiyaanTed Lyons in Gyaarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan

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    Some months ago, Bawa—to whom I will always be indebted for inspiring me to watch and review films in languages other than English and Hindi—sent me an interesting article. It listed selected scenes that leading film critics pegged as cinema’s most memorable. Bawa’s suggestion: why not do a list like that for Bollywood? It’s taken [...]

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    Vijay comes back from the dead, in PyaasaVijay comes back from the dead, in Pyaasa

    Kitty is killed in GumnaamKitty is killed in Gumnaam

    Atma tells his father the story of his film, in Pyaar Kiye JaaAtma tells his father the story of his film, in Pyaar Kiye Jaa

    The final scene in AnupamaThe final scene in Anupama

    Bhootnath meets the Chhoti Bahu in Sahib Bibi aur GhulamBhootnath meets the Chhoti Bahu in Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam

    The scene in the hospital, in CIDThe scene in the hospital, in CID

    Five minutes of suspense in Nau Do GyarahFive minutes of suspense in Nau Do Gyarah

    A soldier weeps, in HaqeeqatA soldier weeps, in Haqeeqat

    Vicky battles the baddie in KismatVicky battles the baddie in Kismat

    A father's farewell, in KabuliwalaA father's farewell, in Kabuliwala

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