|The Beachcomber 1954 N/R, 82 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Director: Muriel Box
Cast: Glynis Johns, Robert Newton, Donald Sinden, Michael Hordern, Donald Pleasence, Tony Quinn, Paul Rogers, Ronald Lewis, Auric Lorand, Jean Rollins, Walter Crisham, Ah Chong Choy, Lizabeth Rollins, Michael Mellinger, Rosita Garcia
Based on Somerset Maugham's story, this film's plot deals with a very proper missionary, Martha Jones (Glynis Johns), who falls in love with South Seas beach bum Edward "Honorable Ted" Wilson (Robert Newton).
|Billy Budd 1962 N/R, 119 min.|
Director: Peter Ustinov
Cast: Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas, Terence Stamp, Paul Rogers, John Neville, Lee Montague, Niall MacGinnis, John Meillon, David McCallum, Ronald Lewis, Victor Brooks, Thomas Heathcote, Ray McAnally, Robert Brown
Herman Melville's allegory is brought to the screen with Terence Stamp as Billy Budd, the young seaman in the British Navy during 1797 who a cruel officer, John Claggart, accuses of mutiny. Billy must then must pay the consequences.
|Mr. Sardonicus 1961 N/R, 89 min.|
Genre: Horror / Drama / Thriller / Mystery
Director: William Castle
Cast: Guy Rolfe, Ronald Lewis, Oskar Homolka, Audrey Dalton, Vladimir Sokoloff, Erika Peters, Lorna Hanson, Tina Woodward, James Forrest, David Janti, William Castle, Constance Cavendish, Edith Atwater, Franz Roehn
Baron Sardonicus (Guy Rolfe) strikes it rich after digging up his father's grave to salvage a winning lottery ticket. There is one problem: as a result of his horrid experience, his face froze in a hideous grimace. He tries various cures, but none will work, so he visits a famous neurosurgeon. The doctor is able to take care of this little problem–but the consequences may be worse than the original condition. Oskar Homolka is excellent as the creepy servant.
|The Prisoner 1955 N/R, 94 min.|
Director: Peter Glenville
Cast: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Wilfrid Lawson, Kenneth Griffith, Raymond Huntley, Ronald Lewis, Gerard Heinz, Mark Dignam, Richard Leech, Jeannette Sterke
The Cardinal (Alec Guinness) is imprisoned on a trumped-up charge of treason by an Eastern European, totalitarian country. He endures solitary confinement and undergoes intense efforts of brainwashing by the Interrogator (Jack Hawkins) who is determined to make the Cardinal confess to several crimes. If he confesses, the Cardinal might be released, but his power over the people will be destroyed.
|Taste of Fear 1961 N/R, 82 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Horror / Thriller
aka: Scream of Fear
Director: Seth Holt
Cast: Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis, Ann Todd, Christopher Lee, John Serret, Leonard Sachs, Anne Blake, Fred Johnson, Bernard Browne, Richard Klee, Frederick Schrecker, Rodney Burke, Heinz Bernard, Gordon Sterne, Frederick Rawlings
Penny (Susan Strasberg) is confined to a wheelchair and returns to her father's Riviera home after surviving a near-drowning accident. Stepmother Jane (Ann Todd), whom she had not previously met, states that Penny's father is on a trip. But, when Penny starts seeing her father's corpse in various places at night, she must find out what's going on. A well-made film that keeps your attention, with many story twists. Also, you probably will not figure out the ending.
|1. The Beachcomber (1954)|
2. Billy Budd (1962)
3. Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
4. The Prisoner (1955)
5. Taste of Fear (1961)
aka: Scream of Fear
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