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Thank you TCM for showing this wonderful movie. The lines in this film had my mouth on the floor. Ava was just the best and Barbara was outstanding. The scene where she visits Isabella at her apartment was priceless. I kpet saying to myself, the B invited you so you should pay her a visit!! LOL!!! And James Mason was so sexy and handsome in this move. I will be purchasing this film sooner than later.
"East Side, West Side" and Stops In-Between
- Raymond Banacki
As the story of a handsome young couple who try to deal with the husband's philandering, "East Side, West Side" is elevated by the presence of its main actors - Barbara Stanwyck, James Mason, Ava Gardner, Van Heflin and Cyd Charisse.
You can''t beat the classics
- SUNDAY MORNING MOVIE
"EASTSIDE WESTSIDE" the movie has it all with the fashion, the drama, wonderful acting and with Barbara stanwyck you can't go wrong. What more can I love old movies
East Side, West Side
- Emery von Sztankoczy
What a great film. Stanwyck is of course fantastic. She has not done a bad performance in her life. Gardner is seductive, sultry and wonderfully honest in her performance of a man trap. Mason is so smarmy and delightfully rotten as only he could play it. As an other reviewer wondered if Gale Sondergaard was bed ridden, she most certainly was not. It was part of the character. She was most up and at it in The Letter with Davis, in The Spiderwoman with Basil Rathbone and in Anna and the King of Siam for which she received a best supporting actress Oscar. Her career was destroyed by the witch hunt of the early 50's because her husband, Herbert Bieberman was accused as one of the Hollywood Ten and was blacklisted. Ah, democracy, at least they couldn't send him to a Gulag. She was a great character actress, something which no longer exists in a Hollywood with so little character. It is no wonder they call it the Golden Age. Sadly Hollywood today sputters along on special effects and mostly trite overblown garbage. The great actors today are reduced to doing commercials because there are so few vehicles that can actually get financed. Ah, for the grand old studio system. So many flaws, but the results were spectacular. We are still living off of their product today, thanks to TCM.
Gale Sondergaard does most of her lines sitting or in bed. I wondered if the actress had an infirmity! The only weak link in this story is how they handle the crime. Fortunately, a great ensemble of character actors can overcome weak plot devices or dialogue. James Mason is a very sexy , charming, no good cad. No wonder his wife mooned over him so much.
A SOLID CAST LIFTS THIS TAWDRY STORY
- Manny Pacheco
Character Actors have a certain versatility that were unmatched during Hollywood's Golden Age. Place Van Heflin, James Mason, William Conrad, Gale Sondergaard, and even William Frawley (in a small role) in a motion picture...and sparks fly. Add solid acting from bonafide stars as Barbara Stanwyck and Ava Gardner into the mix, and MGM should not lose. The script does it's best to undermine strong acting, but it doesn't. I would watch this motion picture again to see the star power of the actors involved. Even the limited range of Cyd Charisse is better than the so-called stars of today. EAST SIDE WEST SIDE is no classic. But it is a curious piece of attempted film noir that can be enjoyed just for the talent of an almost Forgotten Hollywood...
East Side, West Side (1949)
- James Higgins
Barbara Stanwyck lifts this turgid melodrama up from the ordinary. Ava Gardner gives a powerful performance in a supporting role. Good costume design and cinematography.
Power cat lady - the one and only Ava
Whew - no matter how hard he would try - she was THE WOMAN (sorry, Sherlock, but the name fits). James didn't have a chance. Barbara and Ava dueled it out in a great scene (Ava was good at that-refer to her scene with Grace Kelly in MOGAMBO-and how Ava tried to save her from Clark -while being green with envy). I wish Ava had more scenes because I feel we have been robbed of a movie with more drama. The look she gave to Cyd in the nightclub scene didn't need any dialogue. Ava always stole the scene.
East Side West Side
- Wendy Winkler
Barbara Stanwyck as usually gives a moving performance. Ava Gardner is also good and her scene with Miss Stanwyck is very interesting if you know the history between the actresses. Cyd Charisse is does a fine job in a non musical role though she does get in a little square dancing during a party scene. Van Heflin is very good as Mark Dwyer. The last scene between James Mason character and his mother-in-law is priceless.
Great Drama, Great Cast
- Peter Wollstein
This movie typifies the kind of drama and acting that I remember about the so-called classic films