|The 39 Steps 1935 N/R, 87 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
aka: The Thirty-Nine Steps
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Peggy Simpson, Helen Haye, Frank Cellier, Wylie Watson, Gus McNaughton, Jerry Verno, Miles Malleson, John Turnbull, Frederick Piper
Canadian citizen Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) is visiting England when he goes to the Palladium where he sees an act starring "Mr. Memory" (Wylie Watson). In the middle of the show, a shot rings out, and Richard is approached by terrified Miss Annabelle Smith (Lucie Mannheim) who begs him to help her. She tells him that she is a British spy being targeted by international agents out to kill her. The next morning, Annabelle appears at Richard's door–dying from a knife wound, muttering "39 steps," and giving Richard a map. Richard uses the map that leads him to Scotland. He meets Pamela (Madeleine Carroll) on the trip to Scotland, and she ends up serving as his assistant when the two of them become involved in a world of espionage and murder.
|Adventures of Tartu 1943 N/R, 103 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Harold S. Bucquet
Cast: Robert Donat, Valerie Hobson, Walter Rilla, Glynis Johns, Phyllis Morris, Martin Miller, Anthony Eustrel, Percy Walsh, Frederich Richter, John Penrose, Mabel Terry-Lewis, David Ward, Hubert Leslie
In this World War II saga, British officer Capt. Terence Stevenson (Robert Donat) is assigned the spy mission of sabotaging a Nazi-run poison gas factory in Czechoslovakia. He uses the alias "Tartu" and gets a job in the factory as an assembly line foreman where dangers await. Based on a true story.
|The Count of Monte Cristo 1934 N/R, 113 min.|
Director: Rowland V. Lee
Cast: Robert Donat, Elissa Landi, Louis Calhern, Sidney Blackmer, Raymond Walburn, O.P. Heggie, William Farnum, Luis Alberni, Georgia Caine, Walter Walker
This is an excellent version of Alexandre Dumas' story about Edmond Dantes who is imprisoned in a dungeon and learns of a hidden treasure on the Island of Monte Cristo. After he escapes from prison, Dantes finds the treasure and seeks revenge on those who put him in prison.
|Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1939 N/R, 110 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Sam Wood
Cast: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills, Paul Henreid, Judith Furse, Edmund Breon, Milton Rosmer, Frederick Leister, Austin Trevor, Lyn Harding, Louise Hampton, David Tree, Jill Furse, Scott Sunderland
Mr. Chips (Robert Donat) is the Latin teacher at a London boys' school. This is his story–from young teacher, through the tragic death of his wife Katherine (Greer Garson) in childbirth, to beloved teacher at the end of his career. Robert Donat won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in this film. The movie received several other important nominations, including Best Picture, Actress (Greer Garson), and Director.
|The Inn of the Sixth Happiness 1958 N/R, 160 min.|
Director: Mark Robson
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Curd Jurgens, Robert Donat, Ronald Squire, Noel Hood, Joan Young, Moultrie Kelsall, Richard Wattis, Burt Kwouk, Edith Sharpe
Gladys Aylward (Ingrid Bergman) is a missionary in war-torn China. As events unfold, she leads a large group of orphans across country to safety. A good film, which is based on a true story.
|The Private Life of Henry VIII 1933 N/R, 97 min.|
Director: Alexander Korda
Cast: Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Wendy Barrie, Elsa Lanchester, Robert Donat, Miles Mander, Binnie Barnes, Everley Gregg, Franklin Dyall, Claud Allister, Laurence Hanray, William Austin, John Loder, Gibb McLaughlin, Sam Livesey
Charles Laughton won the Oscar for his portrayal of Henry VIII in this historical film. It is the story of Henry's relationships with five of his six wives and starts with the his marriage to his second wife, Anne Boleyn (Merle Oberon), which ends in her execution. Henry's third wife is his mistress Jane Seymour (Wendy Barrie) who dies in childbirth. Henry then agrees to an arranged marriage to Anne of Cleves (Elsa Lanchester) that ends when she pushes him into the arms of Lady Catherine Howard (Binnie Barnes). He marries Catherine, but her affair with Henry's friend Thomas Culpepper (Robert Donat) ends in her beheading. Finally, Henry marries widowed Catherine Parr (Everley Gregg) who is determined to take care of him. An Academy Award nomination was received for Best Picture.
|The Winslow Boy 1948 N/R, 117 min.|
Director: Anthony Asquith
Cast: Robert Donat, Margaret Leighton, Cedric Hardwicke, Marie Lohr, Frank Lawton, Ernest Thesiger, Kathleen Harrison, Jack Watling, Basil Radford, Wilfrid Hyde-White
When a young naval cadet is accused of stealing, his father stands behind him offering the best legal protection in the land. A great courtroom drama.
|Oscar: Best Actor for Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)|
1. The 39 Steps (1935)
aka: The Thirty-Nine Steps
2. Adventures of Tartu (1943)
aka: Sabotage Agent
3. The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
4. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
5. The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
6. The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
7. The Winslow Boy (1948)
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