Re: ALL THE KING'S MEN (1949)
I'm glad that you liked this as much as you did. I especially appreciated these points:
Your ** star review for the remake might even be generous because the gulf between that film and the one being reviewed is massive. If anyone has seen the remake don't let that stop you from seeing the original. Sean Penn's performance was actually embarrassing to see and it's awfulness is only further highlighted when you see the original performance. It's big, it's showy, but it never slips into caricature.
This used to be a 10/10 film for me but I dropped it to a 9 based on a re-watch. Still, as JB correctly points out, the movie hasn't aged and remains extremely topical (and watchable!)