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‘The Jetsons’: THR’s 1962 Review

On Sept. 23, 1962, ABC debuted The Jetsons at 7:30 pm to television audiences. Like the Stone Age Flintstones, the futuristic animated family sitcom would become an enduring franchise for producers Hanna-Barbera. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review of the first episode, “Rosey The Robot,” is below: The Jetsons is based on the same premise as […]

‘The Pink Panther’: THR’s 1964 Review

On March 20, 1964, Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau made his way to theaters in The Pink Panther. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review, headlined “‘Pink Panther’ Sure-Fire Blockbuster Comedy Film,” is below:  Blake Edwards’ The Pink Panther is a rousing addition to the current list of hits, a laugh-out-loud farce that contains some of the most hilarious bits of […]

‘The Trial’: THR’s 1963 Film

On February 20, 1963, Orson Welles' adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Trial hit theaters in New York. The Hollywood Reporter's original review in April, headlined "The Trial Fascinating as Film Showmanship – Welles Picture Has Strong Arty Appeal," is below.  Orson Welles' movie version of Franz Kafka's modern classic, The Trial, is an abstract film […]

‘Dr. Strangelove’: THR’s 1964 Review

On Jan. 29, 1964, Columbia unveiled Stanley Kubrick’s nuclear satire Dr. Strangelove in theaters. The film went on to earn four Oscar nominations at the 37th Academy Awards, including in the best picture category. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review, headlined “‘Strangelove’ Enthralling, Provocative Attraction,” is below. Baleful and brilliant, Dr. Strangelove; Or: How I Learned […]

‘Mary Poppins’: THR’s 1964 Review

On Aug. 27, 1964, Disney unveiled its 139-minute family film Mary Poppins at its Los Angeles premiere. The blockbuster went on to earn 13 Oscar nominations at the 37th Academy Awards, winning 5 honors including best actress for Julie Andrews. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below. Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins is the kind of […]

‘Lilies of the Field’: THR’s 1963 Review

On Oct. 1, 1963, United Artists hosted the New York premiere of Lilies of the Field, starring Sidney Poitier and Lilia Skala. The film was nominated for five Oscars at the 36th Academy Awards, winning one for best actor for Poitier. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below. Lilies of the Field is a funny, […]

‘The Hustler’: THR’s 1961 Review

On Sept. 25, 1961, 20th Century Fox premiered Paul Newman's 'The Hustler' in Washington, D.C. The film went on to be nominated for nine Oscars at the 34th Academy Awards, winning in the art direction and cinematography categories. Read The Hollywood Reporter's original review, headlined "'The Hustler' Provocative, Powerful Offbeat Picture."

‘The V.I.P.s’: THR’s 1963 Review

On Sept. 19, 1963, MGM unveiled The V.I.P.s, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, in theaters. The film went on to win an Oscar at the 36th Academy Awards ceremony for Margaret Rutherford in the best supporting actress category. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below: Gather the two most publicized stars of the decade […]

‘8½’: THR’s 1963 Review

On June 25, 1963, Federico Fellini’s 8½, described at the time as a “provocative film for art house trade,” made its way to theaters stateside. The film picked up two Oscars at the 36th annual Academy Awards ceremony, including best foreign language film. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below.  8½ is a grim fable of modern […]

‘Le Mans’: THR’s 1971 Review

On June 23, 1971, the 106-minute racing drama Le Mans, starring Steve McQueen and Siegfried Rauch as rivals, hit theaters stateside. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below. Le Mans, Solar production for Cinema Center, is a tense and often terrifying account of the classic auto race at Le Mans, called “the 24 hours,” because […]

‘What a Way to Go!’: THR’s 1964 Review

On May 13, 1964, 20th Century Fox unveiled the Shirley MacLaine-starring musical comedy What a Way to Go! in New York. The film went on to be nominated for two Oscars at the 37th Academy Awards, for art direction and costume design. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below. What a Way to Go! is hard […]

‘The Sound of Music’: THR’s 1965 Review

The 20th-Fox release will be one of the movies' all-time hits, one of the all-time great pictures.