|The Grapes of Wrath 1940 N/R, 128 min.|
Director: John Ford
Cast: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, Russell Simpson, Charley Grapewin, John Carradine, Frank Faylen, John Qualen, Eddie Quillan, Frank Sully, Ward Bond, Dorris Bowdon, O.Z. Whitehead, Zeffie Tilbury, Frank Darien, Darryl Hickman
This is the film adaptation of John Steinbeck's moving novel about the plight of farmers escaping the Oklahoma "Dust Bowl" during the Great Depression. The Joad family packs up their belongings and moves to California in search of a better life. Although they are confronted with a whole new set of problems, Ma Joad (Jane Darwell) manages to hold her family together. John Ford won the Academy Award for Best Director, and Jane Darwell walked away with Best Supporting Actress honors. The film was also nominated for five other awards, including Best Picture and Actor (Henry Fonda).
|The Hoodlum 1951 N/R, 61 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Max Nosseck
Cast: Lawrence Tierney, Allene Roberts, Marjorie Riordan, Lisa Golm, Edward Tierney, Stuart Randall, Angela Stevens, John De Simone, Tom Hubbard, O.Z. Whitehead, Eddie Foster, Richard Barron, Rudy Rama, William H. O'Brien, Gene Roth
After his release from prison due to his mother's (Lisa Golm) pleading, vicious Vincent Lubeck (Lawrence Tierney) continues his abuse of his family and friends as he returns to a life of crime. First, he seduces his brother Johnny's (Edward Tierney) fiancee Rosa (Allene Roberts) who later commits suicide after learning that she is pregnant. Then Vincent forms a relationship with bank employee Eileen (Marjorie Riordan) and uses her for information in order to perform a robbery. Finally, Johnny has had enough and takes action against his brother.
|The Horse Soldiers 1959 N/R, 118 min.|
Director: John Ford
Cast: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Althea Gibson, Strother Martin, Hoot Gibson, Anna Lee, Russell Simpson, Carleton Young, Ken Curtis, Judson Pratt, Willis Bouchey, Bing Russell, O.Z. Whitehead, Hank Worden
This story is based on a true event during the Civil War; a Union cavalry unit, led by Col. Marlowe (John Wayne), invaded the Confederacy in an attempt to weaken it into early submission. John Ford/John Wayne do their usual good job of entertaining.
|The Lion in Winter 1968 PG, 134 min.|
Director: Anthony Harvey
Cast: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, Jane Merrow, John Castle, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Stock, Nigel Terry, Kenneth Griffith, O.Z. Whitehead
Love and hate are exhibited in this excellent movie showing how decisions were made concerning the throne of England. Katharine Hepburn won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and Peter O'Toole was also good in his portrayal of an aging Henry II. There were two other Oscars (Best Writing and Musical Score) and four nominations, including Best Picture, Actor, and Director.
|My Brother Talks to Horses 1946 N/R, 92 min.|
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Cast: Butch Jenkins, Peter Lawford, Beverly Tyler, Edward Arnold, Charles Ruggles, Spring Byington, O.Z. Whitehead, Paul Langton, Ernest Whitman, Irving Bacon
Lewie Penrose (Butch Jenkins) is nine-years old and has an ability to talk to racehorses–when his talent becomes known, Lewie becomes a very popular boy at the racetrack.
|Panic in Year Zero 1962 N/R, 92 min.|
aka: End of the World
Director: Ray Milland
Cast: Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Mary Mitchel, Joan Freeman, Richard Garland, Richard Bakalyan, Willis Bouchey, O.Z. Whitehead, Hugh Sanders
Retreating to the hills after the United States suffers a nuclear attack, Harry Baldwin (Ray Milland) and his family struggle to survive on what is left of the land.
|Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! 1958 N/R, 106 min.|
Director: Leo McCarey
Cast: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Joan Collins, Jack Carson, Tuesday Weld, Dwayne Hickman, Gale Gordon, Murvyn Vye, O.Z. Whitehead, Percy Helton, Tom Gilson, David Hedison, Richard Collier, Tap Canutt, Bess Flowers
Harry and Grace Bannerman (Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward) react negatively to an army missile base construction near their suburban town of Putman's Landing. The townsfolk cannot deal with the annoying Captain Hoxie (Jack Carson), and Harry, who is an Air Force reservist, acts as the liaison between the town and the Army. After Grace and her group dress up as Indians for a 4th of July demonstration against the planned missile site, they learn that the site will bring employment to their town. Harry and Grace embrace, but they accidentally push a lever that launches a missile containing Captain Hoxie, and he goes up in space.
|Road House 1948 N/R, 95 min.|
Genre: Drama / Action / Thriller
Director: Jean Negulesco
Cast: Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm, Richard Widmark, O.Z. Whitehead, Robert Karnes, George Beranger, Ian MacDonald, Grandon Rhodes, Marion Marshall, Heinie Conklin, Kathleen O'Malley, Robert Foulk, Ray Teal, Clancy Cooper
Against the advice of Pete Morgan (Cornel Wilde) who manages his roadhouse/bowling alley, owner Jefty Robbins (Richard Widmark) is attracted to and hires sexy torch singer Lily (Ida Lupino) to perform. When Lily and Pete fall for each other, Jefty's jealousy takes over, and hatred leads to all-out efforts to destroy Pete and Lily.
|The San Francisco Story 1952 N/R, 80 min.|
Director: Robert Parrish
Cast: Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Blackmer, Richard Erdman, Florence Bates, Onslow Stevens, John Raven, O.Z. Whitehead, Ralph Dumke, Lane Chandler, Robert Foulk, Trevor Bardette, John Doucette, Peter Virgo, Frank Hagney
San Francisco, during California's Gold Rush, is the setting for this story about a wealthy miner, Rick Nelson (Joel McCrea), and newspaper editor Jim Martin (Onslow Stevens) who try to oust crooked politician Andrew Cain (Sidney Blackmer) from control of the city. In the process, Nelson flirts with Martin's girlfriend Adelaide (Yvonne De Carlo) who falls in love with him, which seems to make him more determined to establish law and order.
|A Song Is Born 1948 N/R, 112 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Musical
Director: Howard Hawks
Cast: Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo, Benny Goodman, Hugh Herbert, Steve Cochran, Felix Bressart, Louis Armstrong, Esther Dale, J. Edward Bromberg, Ludwig Stossel, Ford Washington Lee, John William Sublett, O.Z. Whitehead, Ben Weldon, Mary Field
In this remake of "Ball of Fire," musicologist Professor Hobart Frisbee (Danny Kaye) heads a team of professors studying the history of jazz. While they do research, gangster Tony Crow's (Steve Cochran) moll, Honey Swanson (Virginia Mayo), decides that the house where the team of professors are living would make a great place to hide while police search for her to testify at Tony's trial. Honey introduces the professors to popular music, and a good time is had by all–until Tony spoils the party. Lots of Big Band greats are featured and certainly add to the entertainment value of this film.
|Summer Magic 1963 N/R, 100 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy / Musical
Director: James Neilson
Cast: Hayley Mills, Burl Ives, Dorothy McGuire, Deborah Walley, Eddie Hodges, Una Merkel, Darren McGavin, Michael J. Pollard, Peter Brown, James Stacy, Jimmy Mathers, O.Z. Whitehead, Wendy Turner, Harry Holcombe, Hilda Plowright
In this Disney remake of "Mother Carey's Chickens," widow Margaret Carey (Dorothy McGuire) moves to Maine with her children in hopes of building a new life.
|Ulysses 1967 N/R, 132 min.|
Director: Joseph Strick
Cast: Barbara Jefford, Milo O'Shea, Maurice Roeves, T.P. McKenna, Anna Manahan, Maureen Potter, O.Z. Whitehead, Fionnula Flanagan, Martin Dempsey, Sheila O'Sullivan, Graham Lines, Peter Mayock, Maureen Toal, Chris Curran, Eddie Golden
There are some good moments in this adaptation of James Joyce's masterpiece concerning Leopold and Molly Bloom's (Milo O'Shea and Barbara Jefford) streams of consciousness. The story takes place over a 24-hour period when impotent Leopold meets a young poet, Stephen Dedalus (Maurice Roeves). They visit a brothel, and sit up all night talking. After Stephen leaves, Molly, who is unhappy with Leopold, fantasizes about a possible affair with Stephen. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay.
|1. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)|
2. The Hoodlum (1951)
3. The Horse Soldiers (1959)
4. The Lion in Winter (1968)
5. My Brother Talks to Horses (1946)
6. Panic in Year Zero (1962)
aka: End of the World
7. Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)
8. Road House (1948)
9. The San Francisco Story (1952)
10. A Song Is Born (1948)
11. Summer Magic (1963)
12. Ulysses (1967)
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