|Black Magic 1949 N/R, 105 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Drama / Romance
Director: Gregory Ratoff
Cast: Orson Welles, Nancy Guild, Akim Tamiroff, Frank Latimore, Valentina Cortese, Margot Grahame, Berry Kroeger, Gregory Gaye, Raymond Burr, Stephen Bekassy, Charles Goldner, Lee Kresel, Robert Atkins, Nicholas Bruce, Franco Corsaro
Cagliostro (Orson Welles) uses his hypnotic powers in the 18th century for his own gains within the royal court of King Louis XV.
|The Captain's Paradise 1953 N/R, 93 min.|
Director: Anthony Kimmins
Cast: Alec Guinness, Yvonne De Carlo, Celia Johnson, Charles Goldner, Peter Bull, Bill Fraser, Miles Malleson, Ferdy Mayne, Nicholas Phipps, Sebastian Cabot, Walter Crisham, Roger Delgado, Victor Fairley, Tutte Lemkow, Ambrosine Phillpotts
This film is a comedy about Capt. Henry St. James (Alec Guinness) who is the captain of a steamer sailing regularly between Gibraltar and North Africa. He solves the problem of loneliness when away from home by having two wives. Maude (Celia Johnson) lives in Gibraltar, and Nita (Yvonne De Carlo) is in Tangiers. Problems rise to the fore when both women change their minds about the way they want to live, and Henry is left with no wives.
|The End of the Affair 1955 N/R, 106 min.|
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Cast: Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, John Mills, Peter Cushing, Michael Goodliffe, Stephen Murray, Charles Goldner, Nora Swinburne, Frederick Leister, Nan Munro, Joyce Carey
While living in London during World War II, American author Maurice Bendrix (Van Johnson) has an affair with Sarah (Deborah Kerr), the wife of civil servant Henry Miles (Peter Cushing). But, when Henry is injured during the London Blitz, Sarah feels guilty and vows to return to Henry if his life is spared. He survives, and Sarah ends the affair and returns to Henry. Based on the Graham Greene novel and remade in 1999 starring Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes.
|Give Us This Day 1949 N/R, 120 min.|
aka: Salt to the Devil
Christ in Concrete
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Cast: Sam Wanamaker, Lea Padovani, Kathleen Ryan, Charles Goldner, Bonar Colleano, William Sylvester, George Pastell, Philo Hauser, Sid James, Karel Stepanek, Rosalie Crutchley, Robert Rietty, Ina De La Haye, Ronan O'Casey, Charles Moffat
Set in New York City (though shot in England since Director Dmytryk was blacklisted in the U.S.), this is the powerful story of an Italian immigrant family–and immigrants in general–who struggled to survive during the Great Depression. Geremio (Sam Wanamaker) made enough to save for a new house for him and his wife, but lost his job during the Depression. He finally found another job, though he had to work in an unsafe environment. Tragedy follows.
|The Master of Ballantrae 1953 N/R, 88 min.|
Director: William Keighley
Cast: Errol Flynn, Roger Livesey, Anthony Steel, Beatrice Campbell, Yvonne Furneaux, Felix Aylmer, Mervyn Johns, Charles Goldner, Ralph Truman, Francis De Wolff
This film is based (loosely) on Robert Louis Stevenson's story of the Scottish rebellion. Errol Flynn fights against the British monarchy–and his own brother (Anthony Steel) for the woman he loves.
|No Orchids for Miss Blandish 1948 N/R, 85 min.|
Director: St. John Legh Clowes
Cast: Jack La Rue, Linden Travers, Walter Crisham, Leslie Bradley, Hugh McDermott, Zoe Gail, Charles Goldner, MacDonald Parke, Percy Marmont, Lilli Molnar, Danny Green, Richard Nielson, Michael Balfour, Frances Marsden, Jack Lester
James Hadley Chase's bestseller comes to the screen with this movie, in which an heiress, Miss Blandish (Linden Travers), is kidnapped for ransom on her wedding night, and her bridegroom is killed by gangster Slim Grisson (Jack LaRue). She ends up a captive of the Grisson mob run by Slim and his mother, Ma Grisson (Lilli Molnar). Miss Blandish becomes attracted to Slim, but the police are on the Grisson gang's trail, and violence ensues when they close in. Slim is killed, and Miss Blandish falls to her death–with an orchid in her hand. Remade in 1971 as "The Grisson Gang."
|The Racers 1955 N/R, 88 min.|
Director: Henry Hathaway
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Bella Darvi, Gilbert Roland, Cesar Romero, Lee J. Cobb, Katy Jurado, Charles Goldner, John Hudson, George Dolenz, John Wengraf, Agnes Laury, Norbert Schiller, Ina Anders, Gene Darcy, Joseph Vitale
This look at auto race driving on the European circuit features Gino (Kirk Douglas) who faces a dilemma–love of racing versus devotion to his wife Nicole (Bella Darvi).
|The Rocking Horse Winner 1950 N/R, 91 min.|
Director: Anthony Pelissier
Cast: Valerie Hobson, John Howard Davies, Ronald Squire, John Mills, Hugh Sinclair, Charles Goldner, Susan Richards, Cyril Smith, Anthony Holles, Melanie McKenzie
Young Paul (John Howard Davies) lives with his spendthrift mother (Valerie Hobson) and gambling father (Hugh Sinclair), who is in debt. Paul receives a strange-looking rocking horse for Christmas and is taught to ride it like a jockey by the handyman (John Mills). When Paul rides the horse very fast, he is able to predict the outcome of real horse races, and the family becomes wealthy. But wealth is fleeting for the family that likes to spend money, and Paul is egged on to faster and faster riding to predict more and more winners until tragedy strikes and lessons are learned. Based on a short story by D.H. Lawrence, the film is well directed and acted.
|Secret People 1952 N/R, 96 min.|
Director: Thorold Dickinson
Cast: Valentina Cortese, Charles Goldner, Serge Reggiani, Audrey Hepburn, Megs Jenkins, Irene Worth, Sydney Tafler, Angela Foulds, Reginald Tate, Athene Seyler, Norman Williams, Michael Shepley, Geoffrey Hibbert, John Ruddock, Michael Allan
After their father's political execution, two sisters, Maria and Nora Brentano (Valentina Cortese and Audrey Hepburn), flee to London. Now, seven years later, they join Louis Balan (Serge Reggiani) in an assassination attempt and take up where their father left off in the underground movement of World War II.
|Shadow of the Eagle 1950 N/R, 93 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Drama
Director: Sidney Salkow
Cast: Richard Greene, Valentina Cortese, Greta Gynt, Binnie Barnes, Charles Goldner, Hugh French, Walter Rilla, Dennis Vance, William Tubbs
Catherine the Great (Binnie Barnes) orders Count Orloff (Richard Greene) to Venice where he is to kidnap her rival, Princess Elizabeth Tarakanova (Valentina Cortese), and bring her back to Russia. While on his assignment, Orloff finds and then falls in love with Elizabeth. Catherine discovers that they are lovers, and complications ensue. Elizabeth's execution is how Catherine chooses to solve the problem–but Orloff has another solution that includes escape and sanctuary.
|1. Black Magic (1949)|
2. The Captain's Paradise (1953)
3. The End of the Affair (1955)
4. Give Us This Day (1949)
aka: Salt to the Devil
aka: Christ in Concrete
5. The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
6. No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)
7. The Racers (1955)
8. The Rocking Horse Winner (1950)
9. Secret People (1952)
10. Shadow of the Eagle (1950)
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