|The Beggar's Opera 1953 N/R, 94 min.|
Genre: Musical / Drama
Director: Peter Brook
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Stanley Holloway, George Devine, Mary Clare, Hugh Griffith, Athene Seyler, Dorothy Tutin, Margot Grahame, Yvonne Furneaux, George Rose, Edward Pryor, Daphne Anderson, Eric Pohlmann, Stuart Burge, Gerald Lawson
Based on John Gay's 18th-century opera, this is the story of highwayman Captain MacHeath (Laurence Olivier) who loves the beggar king Peachum's (George Devine) daughter Polly (Dorothy Tutin) but is also interested in Lucy (Daphne Anderson) who is the daughter of the corrupt constable Mr. Lockit (Stanley Holloway). When Polly and Lucy join forces, they manage to have MacHeath sent to prison and condemned to a hanging. While in prison, The Beggar (Hugh Griffith) entertains MacHeath with an opera featuring MacHeath as a hero, and soon after MacHeath is rescued from his death sentence.
|The Black Rose 1950 N/R, 120 min.|
Director: Henry Hathaway
Cast: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Cecile Aubry, Jack Hawkins, Michael Rennie, Finlay Currie, Herbert Lom, James Robertson Justice, Laurence Harvey, Robert Blake, Mary Clare, Alfonso Bedoya, Gibb McLaughlin, Henry Oscar, Torin Thatche
Set in the 1200s following a Saxon revolt, this is the story of disinherited Saxon nobleman Walter of Gurnie's (Tyrone Power) flight into China where he experiences adventure and gains great knowledge.
|The Lady Vanishes 1938 N/R, 97 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Comedy / Romance / Thriller
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Dame May Whitty, Paul Lukas, Cecil Parker, Linden Travers, Mary Clare, Basil Radford, Googie Withers, Naunton Wayne, Emile Boreo, Sally Stewart, Philip Leaver, Selma Vaz Dias, Catherine Lacey
This is one of Alfred Hitchcock's great films. It has it all–comedy and suspense aboard a train traveling through Germany. One of the passengers, Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood), becomes friendly with elderly Miss Froy (Dame May Whitty) and then takes a nap. When Iris awakens, she discovers that Miss Froy has disappeared, but no one else on the train believes her. Iris had received a head injury just before boarding the train, and they think that she was just dreaming. Finally, young musician Gilbert (Michael Redgrave) comes to Iris' aid, and they search the train for the mysterious Mrs. Froy. The search for Mrs. Froy reveals that she is not who she appears to be.
|Mambo 1954 N/R, 94 min.|
Director: Robert Rossen
Cast: Silvana Mangano, Michael Rennie, Vittorio Gassman, Shelley Winters, Katherine Dunham, Mary Clare, Eduardo Ciannelli, Julie Robinson, Walter Zappolini, Franco Caruso
A young dancer, in her struggles for success and recognition, becomes involved with both a prince and an avaricious gambler.
|The Mill on the Floss 1937 N/R, 94 min.|
Director: Tim Whelan
Cast: Geraldine Fitzgerald, Frank Lawton, Victoria Hopper, Fay Compton, James Mason, Griffith Jones, Mary Clare, Martita Hunt, Felix Aylmer, Athene Seyler
This is the film adaptation of George Eliot's novel about two feuding families whose son and daughter fall in love with each other to the dismay of their relatives.
|Moulin Rouge 1952 N/R, 118 min.|
Director: John Huston
Cast: Jose Ferrer, Colette Marchand, Suzanne Flon, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric Pohlmann, Christopher Lee, Katherine Kath, Mary Clare, Lee Montague, Jill Bennett, Peter Cushing, Claude Nollier, Muriel Smith, Georges Lannes, Walter Crisham
This is the film biography of French artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (Jose Ferrer). Because of his own physical growth deformity, he sought the outcasts of society and cafe frequenters where he painted their likenesses on canvas. The film catches Paris of that time in beautiful fashion. Then there's the terrific theme song. In addition to two Academy Awards, the film was nominated for five others, including Best Picture, Actor (Ferrer), Supporting Actress (Colette Marchand), and Director.
|Oliver Twist 1948 N/R, 116 min.|
Genre: Drama / Adventure
Director: David Lean
Cast: Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Francis L. Sullivan, John Howard Davies, Anthony Newley, Henry Stephenson, Diana Dors, Mary Clare, Henry Edwards, Josephine Stuart, Ralph Truman, Kathleen Harrison, Gibb McLaughlin, Amy Veness
This is a very good version of Charles Dickens' story about the inhumane world of apprenticeship in 19th-century England. Beginning with his being left at an orphanage as a baby and enduring a hard life at the orphanage, the story then continues to Oliver's (John Howard Davies) escape to the streets. Now, Oliver, under the watchful eye of his tutor, the cruel Fagin (Alec Guinness) becomes a pickpocket on London's streets where more problems follow–until good luck finally shines on Oliver. 1 User Review
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| masterful portrayal of Fagin|
|Young and Innocent 1937 N/R, 84 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller
aka: The Girl Was Young
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Nova Pilbeam, Derrick De Marney, Percy Marmont, Edward Rigby, Mary Clare, John Longden, Basil Radford, George Curzon, Torin Thatcher, Pamela Carme, George Merritt, J.H. Roberts, Jerry Verno, H.F. Maltby, John Miller
After being falsely accused of murder, Robert Tisdall (Derrick DeMarney) escapes from the courthouse with help from police constable Burgoyne's (Percy Marmont) daughter Erica (Nova Pilbeam) who vows to help prove his innocence. During the ensuing manhunt, Erica helps Robert search for the killer–a man (George Curzon) with a twitching eye–and risks her own life as well of the reputation of her father. Another good Hitchcock thriller, this one a rework of "39 Steps."
|1. The Beggar's Opera (1953)|
2. The Black Rose (1950)
3. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
4. Mambo (1954)
5. The Mill on the Floss (1937)
6. Moulin Rouge (1952)
7. The Night Has Eyes (1942)
aka: Terror House
8. Oliver Twist (1948)
9. Young and Innocent (1937)
aka: The Girl Was Young
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