|Alive and Kicking 1958 N/R, 95 min.|
Director: Cyril Frankel
Cast: Sybil Thorndike, Kathleen Harrison, Estelle Winwood, Stanley Holloway, Eric Pohlmann, John Salew, Liam Redmond, Marjorie Rhodes, Richard Harris, Olive McFarland, Joyce Carey, Paul Farrell, Patrick McAlinney, Anita Sharp-Bolster, Colin Gordon
When Dora (Sybil Thorndike), Rosie (Kathleen Harrison), and Mabel (Estelle Winwood) learn they are going to be moved from their "old folks" home, they escape the premises and set off on an adventure.
|The Astonished Heart 1950 N/R, 92 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Terence Fisher, Antony Damborough
Cast: Noel Coward, Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton, Graham Payn, Joyce Carey, Amy Veness, Ralph Michael, Michael Hordern, Everley Gregg, Pataricia Glyn, Alan Webb, John Salew, Gerald Anderson, John Warren, Jacqueline Byrne
This film adaptation of the Noel Coward play is a story of an extramarital affair between a psychiatrist, Christian Faber (Noel Coward), and his wife Barbara's (Celia Johnson) old school friend Leonora (Margaret Leighton). Barbara and Leonora had lost contact with each other, but they meet again, and Barbara invites Leonora to visit her home. When Barbara leaves to care for her mother, Chris and Leonora begin a relationship that turns into a love affair that appears to be doomed from the start.
|Blithe Spirit 1945 N/R, 97 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Fantasy
Director: David Lean
Cast: Rex Harrison, Kay Hammond, Constance Cummings, Margaret Rutherford, Hugh Wakefield, Joyce Carey, Jacqueline Clarke, Noel Coward, Marie Ault, Johnnie Schofield
Based on Noel Coward's play, this is a well-performed comedy about a first wife Elvira (Kay Hammond) being summoned back to this world during a seance. British novelist Charles Condomine (Rex Harrison) has invited a medium, Madame Arcati (Margaret Rutherford), to his home for dinner, and she manages to conjure up the ghost of Elvira. Now Elvira sticks around to create chaos in the lives of Charles and his new wife Ruth (Constance Cummings).
|Brief Encounter 1945 N/R, 85 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: David Lean
Cast: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey, Cyril Raymond, Everley Gregg, Irene Handl, Valentine Dyall, Sydney Bromley, Marjorie Mars, Margaret Barton, Alfie Bass, Wallace Bosco, Dennis Harkin, Richard Thomas
In pre-World War II England, British housewife Laura Jesson (Celia Johnson) and a married doctor, Alec Harvey (Trevor Howard), meet in a train station and form a friendship during which they meet weekly at the station. They realize that they have fallen in love, but both Laura and Alec know that neither will be able to break their ties to the families they love. The story is sympathetic to their chaste affair.
|Cry, the Beloved Country 1952 N/R, 105 min.|
aka: African Fury
Director: Zoltan Korda
Cast: Canada Lee, Charles Carson, Sidney Poitier, Geoffrey Keen, Lionel Ngakane, Joyce Carey, Edric Connor, Michael Goodliffe, Charles McRae, Vivien Clinton, Albertina Temba, Henry Blumenthal, Bruce Meredith Smith, Berdine Grunewald, Cecil Cartwright
This is the film adaptation of Alan Paton's thought-provoking novel about apartheid in South Africa. The story centers on the murder of a White man by a Black man, Absalom Kumalo (Lionel Ngakane). The man Absalon killed was the son of a wealthy farmer, James Jarvis (Charles Carson). Absalom's own father is a priest, Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee), who, with help from a young priest, Rev. Maimangu (Sidney Poitier), comes looking for his son and finds that he is now a criminal. Through the fathers of the two men, both of whom have lost their sons, hope is seen for an end to apartheid.
|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.
|Greyfriars Bobby 1961 N/R, 91 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama
Director: Don Chaffey
Cast: Donald Crisp, Laurence Naismith, Alex Mackenzie, Kay Walsh, Vincent Winter, Gordon Jackson, Duncan Macrae, Andrew Cruickshank, Moultrie Kelsall, Freda Jackson, Joyce Carey, Jameson Clark, Rosalie Crutchley, Bruce Seton, Jack Lambert
This Disney film–set in Edinburgh, Scotland, during 1865–relates the story of a skye terrier named "Bobby" that returns to its deceased master's grave every night. The problem is that Greyfriars Cemetery does not allow dogs on the property. The caretaker, John Brown (Donald Crisp), becomes attached to Bobby, which puts him at odds with Constable MacLean (Duncan Macrae) who wants Bobby arrested if John will not pay Bobby's license fee. Now, the children of Edinburgh raise the money, and Bobby becomes the neighborhood pet. Based on a true story.
|In Which We Serve 1942 N/R, 115 min.|
Director: Noel Coward, David Lean
Cast: Noel Coward, Bernard Miles, John Mills, Celia Johnson, Kay Walsh, Joyce Carey, Michael Wilding, Richard Attenborough, Penelope Dudley-Ward, Philip Friend, Derek Elphinstone, Robert Sansom, Ballard Berkeley
Written, produced, and directed by Noel Coward, this film focuses on the survivors following the sinking of the H.M.S. Torrin during World War II. As they find a haven in their life raft, crewmembers remember their pre-war experiences. Co-Directed by David Lean. In addition to Coward's receiving Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Writing, he received an honorary Oscar for Outstanding Production Achievement for this film. Look for Richard Attenborough as a young stoker.
|1. Alive and Kicking (1958)|
2. The Astonished Heart (1950)
3. Blithe Spirit (1945)
4. Brief Encounter (1945)
5. Cry, the Beloved Country (1952)
aka: African Fury
6. The End of the Affair (1955)
7. Greyfriars Bobby (1961)
8. In Which We Serve (1942)
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