|Hamlet 1948 N/R, 153 min.|
Director: Laurence Olivier
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Basil Sydney, Eileen Herlie, Jean Simmons, Felix Aylmer, Norman Wooland, Terence Morgan, Peter Cushing, Stanley Holloway, John Laurie, Esmond Knight, Anthony Quayle, Niall MacGinnis, Harcourt Williams, Christopher Lee
This film represents Laurence Olivier at his best starring as the melancholy Dane, Prince Hamlet. Soon after his father's death, Hamlet's mother, Queen Gertrude (Eileen Herlie), marries her brother-in-law Claudius (Basil Sydney). Now his father's ghost returns to speak to Hamlet and tells him that his own brother Claudius murdered him. He wants Hamlet to be kind to Gertrude but to kill Claudius. Hamlet vows to avenge his death and fakes madness to accomplish that goal. His acts lead to the end of several lives–including Claudius, Gertrude, Hamlet's chief counselor Polonius (Felix Almer) and Polonius' daughter Ophelia (Jean Simmons) who loves Hamlet, and, finally, Hamlet. There was a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar presented to Olivier. The film also won Oscars for Best Picture, Art Direction/Set Decoration, and Costume Design. Olivier also received a nomination for Best Director, and Simmons was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
|Roman Holiday 1953 N/R, 119 min.|
Director: William Wyler
Cast: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams, Laura Solari, Margaret Rawlings, Tullio Carminati, Paolo Carlini, Claudio Ermelli, Paola Borboni, Alfredo Rizzo
This is a delightful tale about Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) who runs away, meets American newsman Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), and they fall in love. Alas, the truth is that she must go back to her real life of royal duties. Audrey Hepburn captured the Best Actress Oscar for her role in this film. In addition to two other Oscars, the film also received seven nominations including Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Eddie Albert), and Director (William Wyler).
|Time Bomb 1953 N/R, 72 min.|
Genre: Action / Thriller
aka: Terror on a Train
Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Cast: Glenn Ford, Anne Vernon, Maurice Denham, Victor Maddern, Harcourt Williams, Sam Kydd, Harold Warrender, Harry Locke, Bill Fraser, John Horsley
A time bomb is hidden on a train, and one man (Glenn Ford) is in the position to locate and try to defuse it before catastrophe strikes.
|Under Capricorn 1949 N/R, 116 min.|
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding, Margaret Leighton, Cecil Parker, Denis O'Dea, Jack Watling, Harcourt Williams, Francis De Wolff, Ronald Adam
The Huskys, a 19th-century family, live in Australia. Honorable Charles Adare (Michael Wilding) becomes attracted to Lady Henrietta Husky (Ingrid Bergman) and begins to unravel a family secret. Not one of Hitchcock's best.
|1. Hamlet (1948)|
2. Roman Holiday (1953)
3. Time Bomb (1953)
aka: Terror on a Train
4. Under Capricorn (1949)
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