|Captain China 1949 N/R, 97 min.|
Director: Lewis Foster
Cast: John Payne, Gail Russell, Jeffrey Lynn, Lon Chaney Jr., Edgar Bergen, Michael O'Shea, Ellen Corby, Robert Armstrong
An ex-sea captain, who was relieved of his command, gets the chance to vindicate himself when caught in a storm at sea.
|Don't Make Waves 1967 N/R, 100 min.|
Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Cast: Tony Curtis, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Webber, Joanna Barnes, Sharon Tate, David Draper, Mort Sahl, Edgar Bergen, Dub Taylor, Douglas Henderson
Southern California sun and surf contribute to the downfall of a married man who finds himself in the middle of an affair.
|Fun and Fancy Free 1947 N/R, 73 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Musical
Director: Bill Roberts, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, William Morgan
Cast: Cliff Edwards, Walt Disney, Billy Gilbert, Clarence Nash, Luana Patten, Dinah Shore, Anita Gordon, Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Pinto Colvig
Two Disney animated movies are represented in this 1947 film: (1) "Mickey and the Beanstalk"–Mickey, Donald, and Goofy (voices of Walt Disney, Clarence Nash, and Pinto Colvig) bring their version of the famous tale. Edgar Bergen and his dummies Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd tell the story to a young girl (Luana Patten) (2) Bongo the circus bear is not happy with his current "job," so escapes into the forest. He finds that life on the outside is tough, but eventually finds his true love. Dinah Shore provides the narration and songs. Jiminy Cricket (voice of Cliff Edwards) provides the transition between the two stories.
|The Goldwyn Follies 1938 N/R, 120 min.|
Director: George Marshall
Cast: Adolphe Menjou, Al Ritz, Harry Ritz, Jimmy Ritz, Vera Zorina, Kenny Baker, Andrea Leeds, Bobby(2) Clark, Edgar Bergen, Alan Ladd, Jerome Cowan, Phil Baker, Ella Logan, Nydia Westman
While this film about producer Oliver Merlin (Adolphe Menjou)– who worries about his next show–is lacking in high marks for entertainment value, George Gershwin (who died during the filming) and his brother Ira contributed two great songs: "Love Walked In" and "Our Love is Here to Stay."
|The Homecoming: A Christmas Story 1971 PG, 98 min.|
Director: Fielder Cook
Cast: Patricia Neal, Richard Thomas, Edgar Bergen, Ellen Corby, Dorothy Stickney, Josephine Hutchinson, William Windom, Cleavon Little, Andrew Duggan, David Huddleston, Woodrow Parfrey, Jon Walmsley
In this made-for-TV film based on the popular "The Waltons" TV series, the Waltons are preparing for Christmas in 1933. But Father is late to arrive as the snowstorm hits, and John-Boy (Richard Thomas) is sent out to locate him. Patricia Neal won a Golden Globe award for Best Actress and an Emmy nomination for her role as the mother. A Golden Globe nomination was also received for best TV movie.
|I Remember Mama 1948 N/R, 134 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama
Director: George Stevens
Cast: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka, Philip Dorn, Cedric Hardwicke, Edgar Bergen, Rudy Vallee, Barbara O'Neil, Florence Bates, Ellen Corby, Peggy McIntyre, June Hedin, Steve Brown, Hope Landin, Edith Evanson
This film centers on memories of Katrin (Barbara Bel Geddes) as she grew up in her Norwegian immigrant family's home. Irene Dunne received an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of "Mama," the solid core who holds the family together as they adapt to life in San Francisco. Oskar Homolka, Barbara Bel Geddes, and Ellen Corby also received nominations.
|Letter of Introduction 1938 N/R, 104 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: John M. Stahl
Cast: Adolphe Menjou, Andrea Leeds, George Murphy, Edgar Bergen, Rita Johnson, Ann Sheridan, Eve Arden, Ernest Cossart, Frank Jenks, Jonathan Hale, Irving Bacon, Wade Boteler
Aging actor John Mannering (Adolphe Menjou) had divorced years before and is estranged from his daughter Katherine (Andrea Leeds)–until she shows up at his door announcing that she plans to become an actress but wants to make it on her own. Complications ensue when they try to hide their father/daughter relationship from the press.
|The Muppet Movie 1979 G, 98 min.|
Genre: Family / Adventure / Family / Musical
Director: James Frawley
Cast: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dom DeLuise, Charles Durning, Orson Welles, Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Bob Hope, Madeline Kahn, Richard Pryor, Jerry Nelson, Michael Earl, Dave Goetz, Austin Pendleton, Edgar Bergen
Jim Henson's Muppets–Kermit the Frog, Fozzie the Bear, Miss piggy, and more–are brought to the screen to tell their unique rags-to-riches story of success in Hollywood. While traveling to Hollywood, they fend off Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) who wants Kermit to be the spokesman for his Frogs-Legs restaurant chain. Paul Williams' score is great and includes "The Rainbow Connection," which was nominated for an Oscar.
|You Can't Cheat an Honest Man 1939 N/R, 76 min.|
Director: George Marshall, Edward F. Cline
Cast: W.C. Fields, Edgar Bergen, Constance Moore, John Arledge, James Bush, Thurston Hall, Edward Brophy, Mary Forbes, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Irving Bacon, Princess Baba, Blacaman, Eddy Chandler, Eddie Dunn, Drew Demorest
Struggling circus owner Larson E. Whipsnade (W.C. Fields) struggles to stay away from legal trouble. This trait provides the backdrop for a very funny story about how one problem can quickly multiply into many more.
|1. Captain China (1949)|
2. Don't Make Waves (1967)
3. Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
4. The Goldwyn Follies (1938)
5. The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)
6. I Remember Mama (1948)
7. Letter of Introduction (1938)
8. The Muppet Movie (1979)
9. You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)
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