|Adventures of Don Juan 1948 N/R, 110 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Action / Romance
Director: Vincent Sherman
Cast: Errol Flynn, Viveca Lindfors, Robert Douglas, Alan Hale, Ann Rutherford, Raymond Burr, Helen Westcott, Douglas Kennedy, Una O'Connor, Robert Warwick, Romney Brent, Jerry Austin, Jean Shepherd, Fortunio Bonanova, Aubrey Mather
Errol Flynn, in his last epic adventure, excels in his role of the famous lover, Don Juan. After Don Juan's indiscreet womanizing, in an attempt to rehabilitate him, Queen Margaret (Viveca Lindfors) offers him the position of fencing instructor at the royal fencing academy. While there, Don Juan learns that the evil Duke de Loerea (Robert Douglas) is plotting to take over the throne, and–aided by Leporello (Alan Hale), Don Serafino (Fortunio Bonanova), and Don Sebastian (Jerry Austin)–Don Juan foils the plans. The film won an Academy Award for Best Costumes.
|Arise, My Love 1940 N/R, 113 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: Mitchell Leisen
Cast: Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Dennis O'Keefe, Walter Abel, Dick Purcell, Frank Puglia, George Zucco, Esther Dale, Ann Codee, Nestor Paiva, Paul Leyssac, Stanley Logan, Lionel Pape, Aubrey Mather, Cliff Nazarro
This film won the Academy Award for Best Original Story. Set during World War II, it is the love story of Tom Martin (Ray Milland) and Augusta "Gusto" Nash (Claudette Colbert) who meet under adversity (his imprisonment), fall in love, and marry.
|As You Like It 1936 N/R, 100 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Director: Paul Czinner
Cast: Elisabeth Bergner, Laurence Olivier, Henry Ainley, Sophie Stewart, Felix Aylmer, Aubrey Mather, Austin Trevor, John Laurie, Stuart Robertson, Leon Quartermaine, Lionel Braham, J. Fisher White, Mackenzie Ward, Richard Ainley, Peter Bull
This British production relates William Shakespeare's story of Rosalind (Elisabeth Bergner) who has fallen for Orlando (Laurence Olivier). When Orlando pays no attention to her, Rosalind's solution is to disguise herself as a boy, Ganymede, and follow Orlando into the forest. Confusion reigns–until Rosalind reveals her true identity, and love blossoms.
|Ball of Fire 1941 N/R, 111 min.|
Director: Howard Hawks
Cast: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Dana Andrews, Richard Haydn, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers, S.Z. Sakall, Allen Jenkins, Tully Marshall, Elisha Cook Jr., Leonid Kinskey, Dan Duryea, Aubrey Mather, Ralph Peters, Mary Field
Burlesque dancer Sugarpuss O'Shea (Barbara Stanwyck) moves into the home of seven professors, led by Bertram Potts (Gary Cooper), who are writing the "Encyclopedia of Slang." Comedy abounds when the professors learn slang first hand from their new resident and her gangster cohorts. Barbara Stanwyck received an Oscar nomination.
|Heaven Can Wait 1943 N/R, 112 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Fantasy / Romance
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Cast: Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn, Marjorie Main, Laird Cregar, Spring Byington, Allyn Joslyn, Eugene Pallette, Signe Hasso, Louis Calhern, Tod Andrews, Helene Reynolds, Aubrey Mather, Scotty Beckett, Clara Blandick
Having lived a life of sin, Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to His Excellency (Laird Cregar) at the gates of Hades. However, His Excellency is not sure that he wants to accept Henry, so Henry recalls his 70-year life in an attempt to gain access. His life has been filled with misadventures, romantic infidelities, and even one true love who was Martha (Gene Tierney)–his wife of 25 years. After relating his story, His Excellency tells Henry that his only sin was living life to the fullest and that he is not welcome in Hades. He takes Henry to the elevator and tells him that it may be difficult to get through the Pearly Gates but that if he succeeds he will join Martha. An excellent film based on Ladislaus Bus-Fekete's play, "Birthdays." Oscar nominations were received for Best Picture and Director.
|Hello Frisco, Hello 1943 N/R, 98 min.|
Genre: Musical / Comedy
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Cast: Alice Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie, Lynn Bari, June Havoc, Ward Bond, Laird Cregar, Aubrey Mather, John Archer, Frank Orth, George Lloyd, Eddie Dunn, Frank Darien, Harry Hayden, Charles Cane
This film is about the romance of a honky-tonk saloon singer Trudy Evans (Alice Faye) on the Barbary Coast and her ambitious lover Johnny Cornell (John Payne). As Trudy rises to stardom, Johnny leaves Trudy for Nob Hill socialite Bernice Croft (Lynn Bari). Trudy then heads for Europe where she gains more success and then returns to the Bay area hoping to reunite with Johnny. The film's song "You'll Never Know" won the Oscar for Best Song.
|The House of Fear 1945 N/R, 69 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Drama / Horror
aka: Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear
Director: Roy William Neill
Cast: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Aubrey Mather, Dennis Hoey, Paul Cavanagh, Holmes Herbert, Harry Cording, Sally Shepherd, Gavin Muir, David Clyde, Florette Hillier, Cyril Delevanti, Leslie Denison, David Thursby, Doris Lloyd
"The Good Comrades" are a group of wealthy men living in a remote Scottish mansion. They have taken out insurance policies on each other, and now members are receiving envelopes containing orange pits and then dropping dead. Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) are called in to solve the mysteries, and they learn that the members are faking their deaths to collect on the insurance policies.
|The Hucksters 1947 N/R, 115 min.|
Director: Jack Conway
Cast: Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Sydney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou, Ava Gardner, Keenan Wynn, Edward Arnold, Frank Albertson, Aubrey Mather, Richard Gaines
The immorality found in the advertising business is depicted in this film about Victor Norman (Clark Gable) coming to grips with reality during an intense campaign for a beauty soap.
|The Importance of Being Earnest 1952 N/R, 95 min.|
Director: Anthony Asquith
Cast: Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison, Joan Greenwood, Dorothy Tutin, Richard Wattis, Edith Evans, Margaret Rutherford, Miles Malleson, Aubrey Mather, Walter Hudd
This is a delightful (and faithful) rendition of Oscar Wilde's amusing satire on 1890s' social scene. Jack Worthing (Michael Redgrave) and Algernon Moncrieff (Michael Denison) are bachelors of means. Each has a girlfriend, and each goes by the pseudonym of Ernest since the women like that name. When the men become enamored with each others' girlfriends, the fun gets even better.
|It Happened In Brooklyn 1947 N/R, 104 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Musical / Romance
Director: Richard Whorf
Cast: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Peter Lawford, Jimmy Durante, Gloria Grahame, Marcy McGuire, Aubrey Mather, Tamara Shayne, William Roy, Bobby Long, William Haade, Lumsden Hare, Raymond Largay, William Tannen
Ex-GI Danny Miller (Frank Sinatra) returns to his Brooklyn neighborhood and moves in with his friend Nick Lombardi (Jimmy Durante) who is a high school janitor. Now, his friend from the Army, Jamie Shellgrove (Peter Lawford), arrives in town. Danny and Jamie decide to compose music together and help with a fundraiser for Nick's granddaughter Rae (Marcy McGuire) who wants to be a pianist. Soon both men are romantically attracted to Rae's music teacher Anne Fielding (Kathryn Grayson). Jamie ends up with Anne, but all is not lost when Danny falls for an Army nurse (Gloria Grahame) who he had met in the service.
|Jane Eyre 1944 N/R, 96 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Robert Stevenson
Cast: Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles, Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret O'Brien, Henry Daniell, John Sutton, Agnes Moorehead, Peggy Ann Garner, Sara Allgood, Aubrey Mather, Edith Barrett, Barbara Everest, Hillary Brooke, Mae Marsh, Eily Malyon
As a young girl, Jane (Peggy Ann Garner) is raised in a cruel orphanage, and when she grows up Jane (now played by Joan Fontaine) takes a job as governess for Adele (Margaret O'Brien) at the mansion of Edward Rochester (Orson Welles). Jane is attracted to Rochester, and, in time, he returns her attention. All goes well, until it is revealed that Rochester is married to an insane woman who he keeps locked in the attic. Jane leaves, but, when she learns that Rochester's wife has set fire to the mansion, she returns and finds that Rochester was blinded in the fire. Jane convinces Rochester that her reason for returning is love, not pity, and he returns her affections.
|The Lodger 1944 N/R, 84 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Director: John Brahm
Cast: Laird Cregar, George Sanders, Merle Oberon, Cedric Hardwicke, Sara Allgood, Aubrey Mather, Queenie Leonard, David Clyde, Helena Pickard, Billy Bevan, Doris Lloyd, Edmund Breon, Colin Campbell, Lumsden Hare, C. Montague Shaw
This remake of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller stars Laird Cregar as Mr. Slade, the boarding house lodger, who rents a room in a London boardinghouse owned by Ellen Bonting (Sara Allgood). At the same time, Jack the Ripper is killing actresses in London, and Ellen becomes suspicious of Slade. Ellen's niece Kitty (Merle Oberon) is a music-hall actress, and Scotland Yard Inspector John Warwick (George Sanders) is in love with her. Ellen tells Warwick of her suspicions, and, heeding Ellen's warnings, Warwick works to solve the murders. Good performances and lots of chills. Remade as "Man in the Attic."
|National Velvet 1945 G, 125 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama
Director: Clarence Brown
Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp, Anne Revere, Angela Lansbury, Reginald Owen, Jackie "Butch" Jenkins, Juanita Quigley, Terry Kilburn, Alec Craig, Arthur Treacher, Norma Varden, Arthur Shields, Eugene Loring, Aubrey Mather
Young Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor) has dreamed of owning a horse, and her dreams come true when she wins a horse she names Pie. Velvet forms a bond and softens the heart of ex-jockey Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) who helps her train Pie. Although her parents (Donald Crisp and Ann Revere) are cautious about Velvet's training plans, her mother parts with saved money that allows Pie to enter the Grand National Race. Velvet, Mi, and Pie go off to the races with Velvet disguised as a jockey, and they win the big race. Anne Revere carried away an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and Clarence Brown was nominated for Best Director.
|Rage in Heaven 1941 N/R, 83 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Cast: Robert Montgomery, Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Lucile Watson, Oskar Homolka, Philip Merivale, Matthew Boulton, Aubrey Mather, Frederick Worlock, Francis Compton, Gibert Emery, Ludwig Hardt, Edward Fielding, Harry Cording, David Clyde
Adapted from James Hilton's novel, this is the story of Philip Monrell (Robert Montgomery) who insanely plots murder and mayhem.
|Random Harvest 1942 N/R, 125 min.|
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Cast: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters, Henry Travers, Reginald Owen, Rhys Williams, Una O'Connor, Alan Napier, Elisabeth Risdon, Bramwell Fletcher, Aubrey Mather, Margaret Wycherly, Arthur Margetson, Melville Cooper
Star-crossed lovers Charles and Paula (Ronald Colman and Greer Garson) fall in love and marry only to discover that he had amnesia and has now regained his memory–but not of recent events, including Paula. But, she remains devoted to him hoping that he will resume his love for her. An excellent film which received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Actor (Colman), Supporting Actress (Susan Peters) and Director.
|Sabotage 1936 N/R, 76 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller
aka: A Woman Alone
I Married a Murderer
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, Desmond Tester, John Loder, Joyce Barbour, Matthew Boulton, Peter Bull, Sara Allgood, Martita Hunt, Austin Trevor, S.J. Warmington, William Dewhurst, Aubrey Mather, Clare Greet, Torin Thatcher
When a secret group hires people to place bombs in London, movie theater cashier Sylvia Verloc (Sylvia Sidney) suspects that her husband Karl (Oskar Homolka) may be involved. Unbeknownst to Sylvia, Karl has led a secret life as a terrorist, and now government agent Ted Spencer (John Loder) has moved in next door. He befriends Sylvia and her young brother Stevie (Desmond Tester), and Sylvia discusses her doubts about Karl with Ted. Karl begins to suspect that his arrest is in the near future, and he sends unsuspecting Stevie on a mission to carry a bag containing a time bomb to the metro. On the way, Stevie is delayed, and now the question is: Will Stevie deliver the bomb and get safely away before it detonates? Alfred Hitchcock–all the way.
|The Secret Garden 1949 N/R, 92 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama
Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Cast: Margaret O'Brien, Herbert Marshall, Dean Stockwell, Gladys Cooper, Elsa Lanchester, Brian Roper, Reginald Owen, Aubrey Mather, George Zucco, Lowell Gilmore, Billy Bevan, Dennis Hoey, Matthew Boulton, Isobel Elsom, Norma Varden
This is, perhaps, the best of several filmed versions of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic story. Orphaned and spoiled Mary (Margaret O'Brien) is sent to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Herbert Marshall) in his dark, run-down mansion. Archibald has turned gruff and uncaring since his wife died in a walled garden on the estate, which he now keeps locked. Likewise, he keeps his crippled son, Colin (Dean Stockwell), hidden away. Mary finds the key to the garden, and, with the help of another youth, Dickon (Brian Roper), brings the garden to life. She also sneaks Colin into the garden on a daily basis. Each family member grows up in the process.
|The Song of Bernadette 1943 N/R, 156 min.|
Director: Henry King
Cast: Jennifer Jones, William Eythe, Charles Bickford, Vincent Price, Lee J. Cobb, Anne Revere, Sig Ruman, Gladys Cooper, Roman Bohnen, Mary Anderson, Aubrey Mather, Patricia Morison, Charles Dingle, Edith Barrett, Blanche Yurka
In the 19th century, Bernadette Soubirous (Jennifer Jones) believes that she sees a vision of the Virgin Mary at the Grotto Of Lourdes. Although her vision is doubted by the Church, her family, and friends, she does not falter in her claim nor her beliefs. Later, Bernadette dies, but she kept her conviction that she saw the Virgin Mary and was canonized as a Saint. The film received four Oscars, including Best Actress for Jennifer Jones. Nominations included Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Charles Bickford), two Supporting Actresses (Gladys Cooper and Anne Revere) and Director.
|That Forsythe Woman 1949 N/R, 112 min.|
Director: Compton Bennett
Cast: Errol Flynn, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Young, Janet Leigh, Harry Davenport, Halliwell Hobbes, Stanley Logan, Lumsden Hare, Aubrey Mather
Based on John Galsworthy's novel, "The Man of Property," from "The Forsythe Saga," Soames Forsythe's (Errol Flynn) marriage goes on the rocks, and the split has repercussions that echo throughout the family.
|1. Adventures of Don Juan (1948)|
2. Arise, My Love (1940)
3. As You Like It (1936)
4. Ball of Fire (1941)
5. Heaven Can Wait (1943)
6. Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)
7. The House of Fear (1945)
aka: Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear
8. The Hucksters (1947)
9. The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)
10. It Happened In Brooklyn (1947)
11. Jane Eyre (1944)
12. The Lodger (1944)
13. National Velvet (1945)
14. Rage in Heaven (1941)
15. Random Harvest (1942)
16. Sabotage (1936)
aka: A Woman Alone
aka: I Married a Murderer
17. The Secret Garden (1949)
18. The Song of Bernadette (1943)
19. That Forsythe Woman (1949)
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