|The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad 1949 G, 68 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Fantasy
Director: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney
Cast: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, J. Pat O'Malley, Colin(2) Campbell, Claud Allister, John McLeish, Leslie Denison, Campbell Grant, Edmond Stevens, Alec Harford, The Rhythmaires
Two classic tales, Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows" and Washington Irving's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" are retold in this animated Disney film. Basil Rathbone narrates "The Wind in the Willows" in which Mr. Toad (voice of Eric Blore) loves motorcars, and Mole (voice of Colin Campbell) and Rat (voice of Claud Allister) try unsuccessfully to lock him up so he cannot steal a car. Bing Crosby narrates "Legend of Sleepy Hollow," which involves the story of schoolmaster Ichabod Crane who tries to win the love of Katrina and keep her away from Brom Bones.
|Alice in Wonderland 1951 N/R, 74 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Fantasy / Adventure / Musical
Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Cast: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway, Jerry Colonna, Verna Felton, J. Pat O'Malley, Heather Angel, Bill Thompson, Doris Lloyd, James MacDonald, Queenie Leonard, Larry Grey, Joseph Kearns, Dink Trout
This is Disney's animated version of philosophy teacher Lewis Carroll's classic book about a girl named Alice (voice of Kathryn Beaumont) who falls down the rabbit hole and ends up in a magical, if illogical, world where animals talk. Hit songs include "Alice in Wonderland," "T'was Brillig," "I'm Late," "Painting the Roses Red," and "A Very Merry Un-birthday."
|Cabinet of Caligari 1962 N/R, 104 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: Roger Kay
Cast: Glynis Johns, Dan O'Herlihy, Richard Davalos, Lawrence Dobkin, Constance Ford, J. Pat O'Malley, Vicki Trickett, Estelle Winwood, Doreen Lang, Charles Fredericks
A young woman (Glynis Johns) takes refuge at a desolate estate where the inhabitants are strange, and mysterious owner Caligari (Dan O'Herlihy) is a sadistic pervert. Can she escape? Remake of the 1920 German classic.
|Courage of Black Beauty 1957 N/R, 78 min.|
Director: Harold D. Schuster
Cast: Johnny Crawford, Mimi Gibson, John Bryant, Diane Brewster, J. Pat O'Malley, Russell Johnson, Ziva Rodann
Young Bobby Adams (Johnny Crawford) feels alienated from his father, and, thus, spends his time with his young horse. As the boy grows, he learns lessons from caring for his horse, especially after Black Beauty is nearly put to death. Bobby and father finally get together in this weakest of the "Black Beauty" films.
|Days of Wine and Roses 1962 N/R, 117 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Blake Edwards
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Debbie Megowan, Jack Klugman, Alan Hewitt, Tom Palmer, Jack Albertson, J. Pat O'Malley, Ken Lynch, Maxine Stuart, Mel Blanc, Katherine Squire, Olan Soule, Charles Watts
Joe Clay (Jack Lemmon) is a public relations man who fails to find satisfaction in his work and turns to liquor for relief. He marries Kirsten (Lee Remick), and, as he sinks deeper and deeper into alcoholism, he pulls Kirsten into the abyss with him. After drunken episodes, Joe realizes that they are alcoholics, but Kirsten coaxes him into returning to liquor. Even after having a baby, they keep drinking and continue on their downward spiral. The title song won an Academy Award, and both Lemmon and Remick received nominations.
|The Gumball Rally 1976 PG, 107 min.|
Director: Charles Bail
Cast: Michael Sarrazin, Norman Burton, Gary Busey, John Durren, Susan Flannery, Harvey Jason, Steven Keats, Tim McIntire, Raul Julia, Nicholas Pryor, Joanne Nail, J. Pat O'Malley, Tricia O'Neil, Lazaro Perez, Vaughn Taylor
In the first of a string of cross-country car race films, simple-minded people defy the 55 MPH speed limit in a New York-to-California race. Despite police Lieutenant Roscoe's (Norman Burton) attempt to stop the race, the race is on, and among the many contestants racing for the prize are race organizer Michael Bannon (Michael Sarrazin), Gibson (Gary Busey), and Franco Bertollini (Raul Julia).
|Hello, Dolly! 1969 G, 129 min.|
Genre: Family / Musica / Comedy / Romancel
Director: Gene Kelly
Cast: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Louis Armstrong, E.J. Peaker, Marianne McAndrew, Fritz Feld, Richard Collier, J. Pat O'Malley, Danny Lockin, Joyce Ames, Tommy Tune, Judy Knaiz, David Hurst, Richard Monahan
In this musical version of "The Matchmaker," Dolly (Barbra Streisand) works to unite young couples. She is hired by "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau) to find him a mate. Dolly is interested in Horace for herself, yet she goes through the superficial motions of finding him a bride. Complications ensue, but, by story's end, Dolly and Horace will live happily ever after. Three Academy Awards were won and four other nominations were received, including Best Picture.
|The Jungle Book 1967 N/R, 78 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Comedy / Musical
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Cast: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, George Sanders, Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley, Bruce Reitherman, Verna Felton, Clint Howard, John Abbott, Chad Stuart, Ben Wright, Darleen Carr, Lord Tim Hudson, Leo DeLyon
In this full-length animated film, "The Bare Necessities of Life" is introduced with Phil Harris leading the cast as the voice of Baloo the Bear. This Disney adaptation of Kipling's books tells the story of Mowgli (voice of Bruce Reitherman) who is joined by Baloo in his jungle adventures.
|Lassie Come Home 1943 N/R, 88 min.|
Genre: Family / Adventure / Drama
Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Cast: Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, Edmund Gwenn, Dame May Whitty, Elizabeth Taylor, Nigel Bruce, Elsa Lanchester, J. Pat O'Malley, Alec Craig, Arthur Shields, Ben Webster, John Rogers, Alan Napier, Nelson Leigh, George Broughton
The Carracloughs–parents (Donald Crisp and Elsa Lanchester) and their son Joe (Roddy McDowall)–are a poor Yorkshire family. Needing money, they sell their collie, Lassie, to the Duke of Rudling (Nigel Bruce) who takes her home to Scotland where his granddaughter Priscilla (Elizabeth Taylor) adores Lassie. But, Lassie misses the Carracloughs, escapes from her new home, and makes the long trip back to Yorkshire.
|The Long, Hot Summer 1958 N/R, 115 min.|
Director: Martin Ritt
Cast: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles, Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury, Richard Anderson, Mabel Albertson, J. Pat O'Malley, Val Avery, Sarah Marshall, William Walker, George Dunn, Jess Kirkpatrick, I. Stanford Jolley
Drifter Ben Quick (Paul Newman) arrives in town and changes the lives of the Varner family. Big Daddy Varner (Orson Welles) recognizes that Ben Quick is a man to be reckoned with; however, daughter Clara (Joanne Woodward) is attracted to Quick. Weak son Jody (Tony Franciosa) is jealous of Quick's decisiveness. It all makes for one long, HOT summer.
|One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961 N/R, 79 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Comedy
aka: 101 Dalmatians
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi
Cast: Rod Taylor, J. Pat O'Malley, Betty Lou Gerson, Martha Wentworth, Tom Conway, Ben Wright, Lisa Davis, Cate Bauer, Frederick Worlock, Tudor Owen, Lisa Daniels, George Pelling, Thurl Ravenscroft, David Frankham, Ramsay Hill
A male Dalmation, Pongo (voice of Rod Taylor), finds a way for his master, Roger (voice of Ben Wright), to meet Anita (voice of Lisa Davis) who has a pet female Dalmatian, Perdita (voice of Cate Bauer). Roger and Anita fall in love and marry. Pongo and Perdita are now together and produce a litter of 15 Dalmatian puppies. The evil Cruella de Vil (voice of Betty Lou Gerson) wants to buy Dalmatian puppies to provide fur coats for profit. When Roger refuses to sell them to her, she arranges to steal them. The police cannot find the puppies, but Pongo and Perdita use a system of dog signals to locate them, and–with help from dogs, geese, horses, and cows–the puppies are rescued.
|Robin Hood 1973 G, 83 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Adventure / Romance
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Cast: Brian Bedford, Roger Miller, Monica Evans, Phil Harris, Andy Devine, Carole Shelley, Peter Ustinov, Terry-Thomas, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey, Ken Curtis, Billy Whitaker, J. Pat O'Malley, John Fiedler, Candy Candido
In this Disney animated version of the classic tale, animals take on all of the roles. For example, Robin Hood (voice of Brian Bedford) is a fox, Allan-A-Dale (voice of Roger Miller) is a rooster, and Maid Marian (voice of Monica Evans) is also a fox. The storyline fits with the legend of Robin Hood and his gang who steals from the rich and gives to the poor because Prince John (voice of Peter Ustinov) is overtaxing them for his own personal gains.
|Witness for the Prosecution 1957 N/R, 114 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller / Mystery
Director: Billy Wilder
Cast: Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams, Henry Daniell, Una O'Connor, Ian Wolfe, Torin Thatcher, Norma Varden, Philip Tonge, Ruta Lee, Francis Compton, Ben Wright, J. Pat O'Malley
This classic Agatha Christie story takes place largely in a courtroom where aging lawyer Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) is defending Leonard Steven Vole (Tyrone Power) against the charge of murder. Robarts, who is cared for by aggressive nurse Miss Plimsoll (Elsa Lanchester), is convinced that his client is innocent but bases his belief on Vole's sole alibi that is backed up by Vole's wife Christine (Marlene Dietrich). Surprises are in store for Robarts when Christine announces that she is, in fact, not married to Leonard and testifies for the prosecution. And that is only one of the surprises in store for Robarts. Some great performances, and Oscar nominations included Best Picture, Actor (Laughton), Supporting Actress (Lanchester), and Director.
|1. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)|
2. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
3. Cabinet of Caligari (1962)
4. Courage of Black Beauty (1957)
5. Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
6. The Gumball Rally (1976)
7. Hello, Dolly! (1969)
8. The Jungle Book (1967)
9. Lassie Come Home (1943)
10. The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
11. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
aka: 101 Dalmatians
12. Robin Hood (1973)
13. Willard (1971)
14. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
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