|The Great Man's Lady 1942 N/R, 90 min.|
Genre: Western / Drama / Romance
Director: William A. Wellman
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy, Thurston Hall, K.T. Stevens, Lucien Littlefield, Lloyd Corrigan, Etta McDaniel, Mary Treen, Frank M. Thomas, William B. Davidson, Lillian Yarbo, Fred "Snowflake" Toones, John Hamilton, Helen Lynd
Pioneer Hanna Sempler (Barbara Stanwyck) reflects on her long life and the love and support she gave her husband, Ethan Hoyt (Joel McCrea). The story, told through flashbacks, revolves around Hanna's life with Ethan from 1848 when 16-year-old Hanna elopes with Ethan, their migration to the West during the Gold Rush, and Ethan's rise to the position of senator. Through Hanna's story, it is learned that she provided the strength needed for Ethan to succeed.
|Of Mice and Men 1939 N/R, 107 min.|
Director: Lewis Milestone
Cast: Burgess Meredith, Lon Chaney Jr., Betty Field, Bob Steele, Charles Bickford, Noah Beery Jr., Roman Bohnen, Oscar O'Shea, Granville Bates, Leona Roberts, Leigh Whipper, Helen Lynd, Barbara Pepper, Eddie Dunn, Howard M. Mitchell
This film is an adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel about California migrant workers during the Great Depression. George (Burgess Meredith) and his cousin Lennie (Lon Chaney Jr.) are workers dreaming of a better life; however, Lennie is mentally retarded, and George cannot always protect Lennie from himself. They are hired by rancher Jackson (Oscar O'Shea) but have problems with Jackson's son Curley (Bob Steele). Curley's wife Mae (Betty Field) flirts with Lennie, and, while consoling him over the death of a pet rabbit, Lennie accidentally strangles Mae, which leads to a tragic end.
|So Proudly We Hail! 1943 N/R, 126 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Mark Sandrich
Cast: Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, George Reeves, Barbara Britton, Walter Abel, Sonny Tufts, Bill Goodwin, Mary Treen, John Litel, Mary Servoss, Ted Hecht, Hugh Ho Chang, Kitty Kelly, Helen Lynd
In this somewhat dated, but still enjoyable, film, U.S. Army nurses Lt. Janet "Davy" Davidson (Claudette Colbert), Lt. Joan O'Doul (Paulette Goddard), Lt. Olivia D'Arcy (Veronica Lake), and Lt. Rosemary Larson (Barbara Britton) serve on Bataan treating the wounded soldiers during World War II and try not to buckle under the pressures. Paulette Goddard was nominated for an Oscar (Best Supporting Actress).
|The Strawberry Blonde 1941 N/R, 98 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Director: Raoul Walsh
Cast: James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Rita Hayworth, Alan Hale, Jack Carson, George Tobias, Una O'Connor, George Reeves, Edward McNamara, Roy Gordon, Lucile Fairbanks, Helen Lynd, Hebert Heywood, Russell Hicks, Creighton Hale
Set in the "Gay Nineties," this is the tale of Biff Grimes (James Cagney) and how he deals with an unrequited love for the "strawberry blonde" Virginia Brush (Rita Hayworth). By film's end, he is reconciled with his happy marriage to Amy (Olivia de Havilland).
|1. The Great Man's Lady (1942)|
2. Of Mice and Men (1939)
3. So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
4. The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
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