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Director Raoul Walsh
Born 1887 - Died 1980
Walsh began directing films in 1913 (The Pseudo Prodigal), and his final film was the 1964 A Distant Trumpet. He also acted, appearing as John Wilkes Booth in D. W. Griffith's Birth of A Nation (1915) among other roles. When Walsh directed The Big Trail (1930), Walsh took prop boy Marion Morrison and turned him into John Wayne and the star of the film. Walsh later directed High Sierra (1941) with Bogart, White Heat (1949) with James Cagney, among others.
Elsa Lanchester -1935
Laugh, Clown, Laugh - 1928
Laugh, Clown, Laugh - Released April 14, 1928. Directed by Herbert Brenon
The Awful Truth
The Awful Truth - Released October 21, 1937. Directed by Leo McCarey
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Evelyn Prentice - 1934
Evelyn Prentice - Released Nov 9, 1934. Directed William K. Howard
John Prentice (William Powell) is a successful lawyer with a busy schedule that rarely allows him to be at home where his wife Evelyn (Myrna Loy) is usually patiently waiting for him to attend various social functions and even simple events like a family dinner. When it appears through circumstantial evidence that on a week-long business trip to New York City that John Prentice has been romantically involved with a female client, Evelyn unhappily responds to the invitations from a young man (who claims to be a poet, among other things) which begins a brief friendship that soon slips into blackmail and murder.
Powell and Loy are usually seen as a prime comedic pair from the golden age of screwball comedies, but they also made a few melodramas together, and Evelyn Prentice might be the best of them. A great backing cast with Una Merkel, Rosalind Russell, and Isabel Jewell helps to spread the tale across more than just the dysfunction of the marriage between the Prentice's, but also a small insight into how court cases are developed, and the trust (or lack of it) between attorney and client contributes to how a case is presented before a judge.
Sophia Loren - 1961
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing
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The Living Skeleton - 1968
The Living Skeleton - Released Nov 9, 1968 in Japan. Directed by Hiroki Matsuno
Twin sisters (both played by Kikko Matsuoka) are the focus of this bizarre ghost story from Shochiku Studios and director Matsuno. Pirates murder a crew aboard the freighter The Dragon King, and with their loot they disperse across Japan. But when the ship inexplicably appears again three years later, the pirates, who are now disguised as regular business people, retirees or have degenerated into gutter alcoholics, begin dying one by one.
The Man in the White Suit - 1951
The Man in the White Suit - Released Aug 7, 1951. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
Alec Guinness (as Sidney Stratton) works in the British textile trades, and invents a nearly indestructible suit that doesn't tear, stain or even wrinkle. This miraculous suit is immediately a nightmare to various garment companies around the country who see a future in which families will hardly need to purchase more than a few outfits that will last for indefinite periods of time, destroying the profitability of any clothing-manufacturing enterprise. Joan Greenwood (as Daphne Birnley) is the quirky daughter one of these textile barons, and she is called upon to subvert Stratton, but the pair soon find themselves in a goofy romance that comes as a complication to the future previously planned for the young woman.
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- Laura - 1944- Dana Andrews is a police detective investigating a murder of a girl so seemingly perfect he is frustratingly falling in love with her ghost.
- The Body Snatcher - 1945 - Boris Karloff and Henry Daniell in a first-class pairing onscreen in Val Lewton's best of his three films with Karloff. Grave-robbing in Scotland becomes a test of willpower between a compromised doctor (Daniell) and the cabman (Karloff) who ferries bodies (living and dead) for him.
- Hitchcock 2012 - Story of the making of Psycho, and how Alfred and Alma Hitchcock worked together.
- Shepherd of the Hills - John Wayne, Harry Carey and Betty Fields in the Ozarks
- Son of Paleface 1952 - Bob Hope and Jane Russell team up in this sequel to bring a small about of law and order to the west. Includes Roy Rogers and Trigger "The Smartest Horse in the World"
- Cat People - 1942 - Simone Simon in Val Lewton's first horror film for RKO - - what hints at being a sideways imitation of Universal's The Wolf Man but turns into a psychological study of marital alienation and self-deception, along with Lewton's frequent theme of superstition clashing with rational explanations that don't always quite fit.
- Wife vs Secretary - 1936 - Cark Gable has a problem: Myrna Loy and Jean Harlow are deciding on which woman will get to claim his heart in this corporate melodrama.
- Confession - 1937 - One of Kay Francis' best films and a well-made version of the German film Mazurka.
- Holiday Inn - 1942 - Bing Crosby turns his farm into a show business showcase, and Fred Astaire shows up. Incidentaly, he's also interested in Bing's girlfriend, Marjorie Reynolds. Film features the song "White Christmas", among many others.
- Gone with the Wind - 1939 - The biggest money-maker and one of the most famous films ever made.
- Dr. Strangelove - 1964 - The world is on the verge of a nuclear disaster between the United States and the Soviet Union - Director Kubrick makes this seem quite funny in this Cold War satire.
- Blade Runner - 1982 - Ridley Scott's influential film about 'replicants' who wish to live on earth and find a way to extend their limited lifetimes. Harrison Ford is sent to stop them.
- The Vampires Coffin - 1958 - Well made Mexican horror film with excellent photography amid a very familiar plotline. However, good performances and humor help make this version stand out.
- Daybreak - 1931 - Helen Chandler and Ramon Novarro in a melodrama about a piano teacher and an Austrian Imperial Officer who are trapped into (sometimes brutal) societal expectations for their lives.
- Stolen Holiday 1937 - Claude Rains and Kay Francis are almost lovers, but not quite; but she is extremely loyal as his financial empire begins to fall apart.
- Guilty Hands - 1931 - Lionel Barrymore and Kay Francis are working out who has killed a wealthy philanderer.
- The Vagabond Lover - 1929 - Rudy Vallee and Marie Dressler in a song-soaked and humorous telling of an amateur jazz band that is pretending to be a group of famous pros.
- The Lady Vanishes - 1938 - Hitchcock's famous film about a disappearing lady aboard a trans-continental train. Except for one stubborn young female passenger [who is consequently accused of mental instability] no one aboard can remember the vanished elderly Miss Froy.
- White Zombie - 1932 - Bela Lugosi likes making zombies, and this comes in handy when a local plantation owner on Haiti decides if he can't woo a certain girl to be his wife, he'll have Lugosi turn her into a mindless slave that he can command.