|Beyond Glory 1948 N/R, 82 min.|
Director: John Farrow
Cast: Alan Ladd, Donna Reed, George Macready, George Coulouris, Audie Murphy, Harold Vermilyea, Henry Travers, Luis Van Rooten, Tom Neal, Dick Hogan, Conrad Janis, Paul Lees, Geraldine Wall, Luis Van Rooten, Charles Evans
Following his service in World War II, a West Point cadet Rockwell "Rocky" Gilman (Alan Ladd) comes home and ends up on trial for misconduct. Audie Murphy's first film. 1 User Review
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| More complex than first appears as Alan Ladd, living by his own code of Honor falls for Donna Reed, but experiences Politics in high places as he runs afoul of a young but feisty Pleibe, Conrad Janis. Well done and fun in that almost Film Noir style, but without the shoot'em up twists. It is interesting to watch your Favs as teens and playing contra their later personas. I.E. Conrad Janis, though playing against type, is nonetheless a heartthrob, and Alan Ladd was a cool Hero and Donna Reed a Babe of the first order. I'd see it again and again.|
|The Big Clock 1948 N/R, 95 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Director: John Farrow
Cast: Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, George Macready, Rita Johnson, Elsa Lanchester, Harry Morgan, Harold Vermilyea, Luis Van Rooten, Philip Van Zandt, Richard Webb, Elaine Riley, Luis Van Rooten, Lloyd Corrigan, Frank Orth
George Stroud (Ray Milland) is an editor for "Crimeways" magazine when he is assigned a story involving a murder (actually committed by his boss, Earl Janoth (Charles Laughton)). Despite Red Herring clues, Stroud outwits Janoth and solves the crime. This film was remade in 1987 as "No Way Out" with some added twists.
|Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture 1949 N/R, 59 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Drama
Director: Seymour Friedman
Cast: Chester Morris, Maylia, Richard Lane, Don McGuire, Joan Woodbury, Sid Tomack, Frank Sully, Charles Arnt, Luis Van Rooten, Philip Ahn, Peter Brocco, Benson Fong, Edgar Dearing, Fred F. Sears, Pat O'Malley
This film represents the last episode in the "Boston Blackie" series. Once again, Boston Blackie (Chester Morris) and his sidekick The Runt (Sid Tomack replaces George E. Stone for this final episode.) are accused of murder. This time around, they are reported to be leaving a Chinese laundry where the proprietor has been murdered. Blackie and The Runt, as usual, escape from the police and manage to find the real murderer in Wong's Curio Shop where they also find stolen jewels hidden in tea bags.
|Champion 1949 N/R, 99 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Mark Robson
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Lola Albright, Ruth Roman, John Daheim, Luis Van Rooten, Harry Shannon, Ralph Sanford, Esther Howard, Polly Bergen, Tim Ryan, Hal March, George Meader
This is the story of boxer Michael 'Midge' Kelly (Kirk Douglas) who fights his way to a championship despite physical and mental problems. He lets nothing and no one–including his shotgun wife Emma (Ruth Roman), his manager Tommy Haley (Paul Stewart), and his crippled brother Connie (Arthur Kennedy)–stand in his way. He wins fights easily, but, after almost losing his crown, Midge tries to turn his life around and keep his championship. Several Academy Award nominations were received, including Best Actor (Douglas), and the film won an Oscar for Best Film Editing.
|Cinderella 1950 N/R, 74 min.|
Genre: Animation / Family / Musical / Fantasy / Romance
Director: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Cast: Iline Woods, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Mike Douglas, William Phipps, James MacDonald, Luis Van Rooten, Don Barclay, Rhoda Williams, Earl Keen, June Foray, Betty Lou Gerson, Jeffrey Stone, Marion Darlington, Lucille Bliss
This is the classic Disney animated version of poor Cinderella (voice of Ilene Woods) who lives with her evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine (voice of Eleanor Audley) and stepsisters Drizella and Anastasia (voices of Rhoda Williams and Lucille Bliss) but ends up going to the ball and meeting Prince Charming (voice of William Phipps/singing voice of Mike Douglas).
|City Across the River 1949 N/R, 90 min.|
Director: Maxwell Shane
Cast: Stephen McNally, Thelma Ritter, Luis Van Rooten, Jeff Corey, Tony Curtis, Richard Jaeckel, Richard Benedict, Mickey Knox, Anabel Shaw, Sharon McManus
Young gang members in Brooklyn get over their heads in trouble when a teacher is murdered during a gang war.
|Curse of the Faceless Man 1958 N/R, 67 min.|
Genre: Horror / Sci-Fi
Director: Edward L. Cahn
Cast: Richard Anderson, Elaine Edwards, Adele Mara, Luis Van Rooten, Gar Moore, Felix Locher, Jan Arvan, Bob Bryant
After archaeologists discover a lava encrusted gladiator in the ruins of Pompeii, the gladiator comes back to life, escapes, and heads off in pursuit of his past lover who has also been reincarnated.
|Detective Story 1951 N/R, 105 min.|
Director: William Wyler
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix, Lee Grant, Cathy O'Donnell, George Macready, Horace McMahon, Gladys George, Frank Faylen, Joseph Wiseman, William "Bill" Phillips, Gerald Mohr, Craig Hill, Bert Freed, Luis Van Rooten
One day in a New York City police precinct station is examined in this film which features James McLeod (Kirk Douglas) as an overworked cop whose stress is compounded by problems with his wife (Eleanor Parker). The film was nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Parker), Supporting Actress (Lee Grant, as a nervous shoplifter in her film debut) and Director.
|Lydia Bailey 1952 N/R, 89 min.|
Director: Jean Negulesco
Cast: Dale Robertson, Anne Francis, William Marshall, Luis Van Rooten, Robert Evans, Juanita Moore, Charles Korvin, Will Wright, Gladys Holland, Roy E. Glenn Sr.
An American lawyer, Albion Hamlin (Dale Robertson), visits Haiti during a native uprising against French dominion. His quest is to find heiress Lydia Bailey (Anne Francis) and remove her from harm's way.
|My Favorite Spy 1951 N/R, 93 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Musical / Romance
Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Cast: Bob Hope, Hedy Lamarr, Francis L. Sullivan, Arnold Moss, John Archer, Morris Ankrum, Iris Adrian, Frank Faylen, Mike Mazurki, Marc Lawrence, Luis Van Rooten, Alden "Stephen" Chase, Angela Clarke, Tonio Selwart, Ralph Smiley
Burlesque comic Peanuts White (Bob Hope) is recruited by the FBI to impersonate his look-alike, Eric Augustine (also played by Hope), who is an international spy. Eric holds vital microfilm that the FBI wants Peanuts to bring back to them. Peanuts heads off to Tangiers and meets Eric's girlfriend, Lily Dalbray (Hedy Lamarr). Peanuts tries to get his hands on the microfilm, but Lily's superior, Karl Brubaker (Francis L. Sullivan), also wants it. Good slapstick comedy ensues.
|Saigon 1948 N/R, 93 min.|
Genre: Drama / Adventure
Director: Leslie Fenton
Cast: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Douglas Dick, Wally Cassell, Luther Adler, Morris Carnovsky, Mikhail Rasumny, Luis Van Rooten, Philip Ahn, Eugene Borden, Griff Barnett, Betty Bryant, Eddie Lee, Harold Fong, George Sorel
When World War II veteran pilots Larry Briggs (Alan Ladd) and Pete Rocco (Wally Cassell) learn that their friend Mike Perry (Douglas Dick) has a terminal illness, they keep the news from Mike and take him on an adventure. They need money to finance the adventure and accept an offer of $10,000 from unscrupulous financier Zlex Maris (Morris Carnovsky) to fly him to Saigon. The three friends gather at the airport, and Maris shows up late, but his secretary Susan Neaves (Veronica Lake) boards the plane with a briefcase containing $500,000. When Maris does appear, the police are in hot pursuit, so they take off without him. The plane crash lands in the jungle, and a love triangle forms between Mike, Susan, and Larry before tragedy strikes.
|The Sea Chase 1955 N/R, 116 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Action / Drama
Director: John Farrow
Cast: John Wayne, Lana Turner, David Farrar, Lyle Bettger, Tab Hunter, James Arness, Paul Fix, Alan Hale Jr., John Qualen, Claude Akins, Richard Davalos, Lowell Gilmore, Wilton Graff, Peter Whitney, Luis Van Rooten
This World War II drama stars John Wayne as German sea captain Karl Ehrlich who is bound for Germany and trying to elude British Naval Forces during the voyage home. A German spy, Elsa Keller (Lana Turner), is aboard Ehrlich's freighter, and he has been ordered to return her and her secrets to Germany. Along the treacherous trek, Ehrlich is being pursued by Commander Jeff Napier (David Farrar), the captain of a British ship, and a deadly sea battle ensues.
|The Unholy Wife 1957 N/R, 94 min.|
Director: John Farrow
Cast: Rod Steiger, Diana Dors, Tom Tryon, Beulah Bondi, Marie Windsor, Arthur Franz, Luis Van Rooten, Joe De Santis
Phyllis Hochen (Diana Dors) has plans to murder her husband, Paul (Rod Steiger), but when she tries to carry out her deadly plot, she murders the wrong man, and Paul becomes the suspect in the crime.
|1. Beyond Glory (1948)|
2. The Big Clock (1948)
3. Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949)
4. Champion (1949)
5. Cinderella (1950)
6. City Across the River (1949)
7. Curse of the Faceless Man (1958)
8. Detective Story (1951)
9. Lydia Bailey (1952)
10. My Favorite Spy (1951)
11. Saigon (1948)
12. The Sea Chase (1955)
13. The Unholy Wife (1957)
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