|Affairs of Dobie Gillis 1953 N/R, 72 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Musical
Director: Don Weis
Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van, Barbara Ruick, Bob Fosse, Hans Conried, Lurene Tuttle, Charles(2) Lane, Kathleen Freeman, Hanley Stafford, Archer MacDonald, Almira Sessions, John Smith, John McKee, Alan Harris, Charles Halton
This enjoyable comedy/musical is centered on the campus life of young college freshman Dobie Gillis (Bobby Van). Dobie and his roommate Charlie Trask (Bob Fosse) have one goal at Grainbelt University: to have fun. Dobie dates Pansy Hammer (Debbie Reynolds), and Charlie hooks up with Lorna Ellingboe (Barbara Ruick), and they have fun together. But, Pansy's father, George (Hanley Stafford) does not care for Dobie and wants Pansy to leave Dobie and change colleges. And, now the schemes to prevent this from happening lead to many predicaments before Pansy returns to Grainbelt and Dobie.
|The Doomsday Machine 1972 N/R, 88 min.|
Genre: Sci-Fi / Drama
aka: Escape from Planet Earth
Director: Harry Hope, Lee Sholem
Cast: Grant Williams, Henry Wilcoxon, Ruta Lee, Mala Powers, Bobby Van, Denny Miller, Casey Kasem, Mike Farrell, James Craig, Essie Lin Chia, Lori Scott, Raymond Mayo, Ted Markland
The crew of a U.S. spaceship headed for Venus watches as Earth is destroyed by a doomsday machine developed by the Chinese. The rest of the film is devoted to squabbles and debates between crew members as to whether or not to start the human race again. This low budget film uses much stock footage.
|Kiss Me Kate 1953 N/R, 109 min.|
Genre: Musical / Comedy / Romance
Director: George Sidney
Cast: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn, Bobby Van, Tommy Rall, James Whitmore, Kurt Kasznar, Bob Fosse, Ron Randell, Willard Parker, Dave O'Brien, Ann Codee, Claud Allister, Carol Haney
Based on Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," this adaptation of the Broadway musical is delightful. Fred Graham "Petruchio" (Howard Keel) and Lilli Vanessi "Katherine" (Kathryn Grayson) are a divorced couple who star in a musical and resemble Shakespeare's characters–both on and off stage. Cole Porter songs add to the enjoyment.
|Lost Horizon 1973 G, 145 min.|
Genre: Musical / Fantasy / Adventure / Drama / Romance
Director: Charles Jarrott
Cast: Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Sally Kellerman, George Kennedy, Michael York, Olivia Hussey, Bobby Van, James Shigeta, Charles Boyer, John Gielgud, John Van Dreelen, Kent Smith, Larry Duran, Hedley Mattingly, Michael Bernal
A revolution is taking place in Southeast Asia, and a group of refugees, led by Richard Conway (Peter Finch) and his brother George (Michael York), evacuate on a plane that crashes in the Himalayas. The survivors find refuge in Shangri-La, which is ruled by the High Lama (Charles Boyer), and discover a new world of peace and tranquility. But, their new-found happiness results in more than a few conflicts between the survivors. Musical production numbers with songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David are interspersed with the drama.
|Small Town Girl 1953 N/R, 93 min.|
Genre: Musical / Romance
Director: Laszlo Kardos
Cast: Jane Powell, Farley Granger, Ann Miller, S.Z. Sakall, Bobby Van, Robert Keith, Chill Wills, Billie Burke, Fay Wray, Nat King Cole, Dean Miller, William Campbell, Philip Tonge, Jonathan Cott, Robert Hyatt
While serving a 30-day sentence for speeding, Rick Belrow Livingston (Farley Granger) finds his playboy lifestyle changing as he falls in love with Cindy Kimbell (Jane Powell) and changes from his marriage plans with chorus girl Lisa (Ann Miller).
|1. Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)|
2. The Doomsday Machine (1972)
aka: Escape from Planet Earth
3. Kiss Me Kate (1953)
4. Lost Horizon (1973)
5. Small Town Girl (1953)
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