|Beau James 1957 N/R, 105 min.|
Director: Melville Shavelson
Cast: Bob Hope, Vera Miles, Paul Douglas, Alexis Smith, Darren McGavin, Joe Mantell, George Jessel, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante, Walter Catlett, Horace McMahon, Richard Shannon, James Flavin, Mickey Finn, Philip Van Zandt
Jimmy Walker's (Bob Hope) life as the flamboyant mayor of New York City from 1926-1932 is the subject of this biography showing the corruption, scandal, and triumphs of the Roaring 20s.
|The Birds 1963 N/R, 120 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller / Romance
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Veronica Cartwright, Jessica Tandy, Charles McGraw, Doodles Weaver, Ethel Griffies, Ruth McDevitt, Joe Mantell, Doreen Lang, Malcolm Atterbury, Karl Swenson, Elizabeth Wilson, Lonny Chapman
Alfred Hitchcock's terrifying movie concerns birds that plague a small seaside community. Melanie (Tippi Hedren) drives to Bodega Bay where lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) is spending time with his mother Lydia (Jessica Tandy) and his sister Cathy (Veronica Cartwright). Upon her arrival, a seagull attacks Melanie, and then thousands attack anyone they find. Will Melanie and Mitch's family survive? Tippi Hedren and Jessica Tandy are great in this film that received an Oscar nomination for Best Special Effects.
|Chinatown 1974 R, 131 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, John Hillerman, Diane Ladd, Perry Lopez, Darrell Zwerling, Roy Jenson, Richard Bakalyan, Roman Polanski, Joe Mantell, Bruce Glover, James Hong, Roy Roberts, Noble Willingham
It's Los Angeles in the 1930s, and J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is a P.I. hired by a strange woman (Faye Dunaway). The more he becomes involved in her case, the more he realizes that there is something much bigger going on, and his client has a dark, secret past. Robert Towne won an Oscar for his great screenplay, and Robert Evans produced this outstanding film, which had 10 Academy Award nominations in addition to the Oscar.
|Marty 1955 N/R, 90 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Delbert Mann
Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Joe Mantell, Jerry Paris, Karen Steele, Minerva Urecal, Robin Morse, Walter Kelley, James Bell, Charles Cane, John Dennis, Frank Sutton, Silvio Minciotti
Two lonely and unattractive people–34-year-old bachelor Marty (Ernest Borgnine), who lives with his mother (Esther Minciotti), and schoolteacher Clara (Betsy Blair)–meet at the Stardust Ballroom in Manhattan and are attracted to each other. But, when Marty's mother and friends criticize Clara, Marty does not call her–until he realizes that a loving relationship with Clara is more important to him than the relationships he shares with his friends and mother. The film received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Actor (Borgnine), Director, and Screenplay. Betsy Blair and Joe Mantell were nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor.
|Onionhead 1958 N/R, 110 min.|
Director: Norman Taurog
Cast: Andy Griffith, Felicia Farr, Walter Matthau, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Joe Mantell, Ray Danton, James Gregory, Joey Bishop, Roscoe Karns, Claude Akins
Al Woods (Andy Griffith) serves as a cook on a Coast Guard buoy tender where Red Wilder (Walter Matthau) serves as his mentor.
|The Sad Sack 1957 N/R, 98 min.|
Director: George Marshall
Cast: Jerry Lewis, David Wayne, Phyllis Kirk, Peter Lorre, Gene Evans, George Dolenz, Mary Treen, Don Haggerty, Michael Ansara, Joe Mantell, Liliane Montevecchi, Shepperd Strudwick, Abraham Sofaer, Kenneth Becker, Danny Davenport
Based on the popular comic strip of the same name, Jerry Lewis takes on the role of Pvt. Bixby who can never seem to do things right. Psychiatrist Maj. Shelton (Phyllis Kirk) discovers that Bixby has a photographic mind, and he is transferred to Morocco–along with Cpl. Dolan (David Wayne) and Pvt. Wenaslawsky (Joe Mantell)–with the mission of guarding a secret weapon. While on leave, Bixby meets and falls in love with Zita (Liliane Montevecchi), but the romance fails. Now, Bixby becomes an Army deserter and joins the Foreign Legion. When Arab spies, led by Abdul (Peter Lorre), kidnap Bixby to get their hands on the secret weapon, Zita, Dolan, and Wenaslawsky come to his rescue.
|Storm Center 1956 N/R, 85 min.|
Director: Daniel Taradash
Cast: Bette Davis, Brian Keith, Kim Hunter, Paul Kelly, Kathryn Grant, Edith Evanson, Joe Mantell, Edward Platt, Howard Wendell, Kevin Coughlin, Sally Brophy, Howard Wierum, Curtis Cooksey, Michael Raffetto, Joseph Kearns
Blacklisting of the communications media in the 1950s is the focus of this film about a librarian (Bette Davis) who will not take a certain book about communism out of circulation.
|1. Beau James (1957)|
2. The Birds (1963)
3. Chinatown (1974)
4. Marty (1955)
5. Onionhead (1958)
6. The Sad Sack (1957)
7. Storm Center (1956)
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