|Cracking Up 1983 PG, 83 min.|
Director: Jerry Lewis
Cast: Jerry Lewis, Herb Edelman, Zane Busby, Dick Butkus, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr., Foster Brooks, Buddy Lester, Francine York, Robin Bach, Paul Davidson, Ruta Lee, Bill Richmond
This is not one of Jerry Lewis' best by a long shot, but there are a few funny scenes as Jerry plays various characters–all tied to a suicidal chump seeking help from the shrink (Edelman).
|The Doomsday Machine 1972 N/R, 88 min.|
Genre: Sci-Fi / Drama
aka: Escape from Planet Earth
Director: Harry Hope, Lee Sholem
Cast: Grant Williams, Henry Wilcoxon, Ruta Lee, Mala Powers, Bobby Van, Denny Miller, Casey Kasem, Mike Farrell, James Craig, Essie Lin Chia, Lori Scott, Raymond Mayo, Ted Markland
The crew of a U.S. spaceship headed for Venus watches as Earth is destroyed by a doomsday machine developed by the Chinese. The rest of the film is devoted to squabbles and debates between crew members as to whether or not to start the human race again. This low budget film uses much stock footage.
|Funny Bones 1995 R, 118 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: Peter Chelsom
Cast: Oliver Platt, Jerry Lewis, George Carl, Leslie Caron, Freddie Davies, Lee Evans, Oliver Reed, Ruta Lee, Richard Griffiths, Ian McNeice, Sadie Corre, Christopher Greet, Peter Gunn, Gavin Millar, William Hootkins
Tommy (Oliver Platt) discovers that his father, George (Jerry Lewis), stole material for the comedy act that made him famous. Now Tommy, who is hoping to follow in his famous father's footsteps, must come to terms with his information.
|Funny Face 1957 N/R, 103 min.|
Director: Stanley Donen
Cast: Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Suzy Parker, Robert Flemyng, Ruta Lee, Iphigenie Castiglioni, Jean Del Val, Alex Gerry, Dovima, Virginia Gibson, Sue England, Paul Smith
Fashion photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) uses a bookstore to shoot a layout and is fascinated with hapless clerk Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) who has been left with the cleanup after models and photographer have left. Not to worry, Jo is rescued by Dick who takes her to Paris and turns her into a glamorous fashion model. All this, and a love story to boot, makes a good movie.
|Gaby 1956 N/R, 97 min.|
Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Cast: Leslie Caron, John Kerr, Cedric Hardwicke, Taina Elg, Margalo Gillmore, Scott Marlowe, Ian Wolfe, James Best, Ruta Lee, Joe Di Reda, Joseph Corey, Lisa Montell, Narda Onyx, Gloria Wood, Queenie Leonard
This remake of "Waterloo Bridge" stars Leslie Caron as ballerina Gaby, and John Kerr stars as the soldier Greg who fall in love amidst bombings of London during World War II. Before they can marry, Greg must leave for the V-Day invasion. When Gaby hears that Greg is missing in action and is presumed dead, her life changes, and she becomes a "loose woman." Greg shows up alive, and now Gaby will not marry him because she cannot tell him about her sexual encounters experienced when he was away. But, Gaby finally confesses, and Greg forgives her.
|Marjorie Morningstar 1958 N/R, 125 min.|
Director: Irving Rapper
Cast: Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood, Claire Trevor, Everett Sloane, Martin Milner, Ed Wynn, Carolyn Jones, Martin Balsam, Ruta Lee, George Tobias
A young Jewish girl, Marjorie (Natalie Wood), falls in love with Noel Airman (Gene Kelly) during a season apprenticing with a summer-stock troupe. Common sense prevails, however, when Marjorie marries Wally Wronken (Martin Milner) who offers less excitement but, instead, pledges true love and security.
|Sergeants 3 1962 N/R, 112 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Western
Director: John Sturges
Cast: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Henry Silva, Ruta Lee, Buddy Lester, Hank Henry, Michael Pate, Phillip Crosby, Dennis Crosby, Lindsay Crosby, Dick Simmons, Armand Alzamora
Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack stars in this Gunga Din satire (now set after the Civil War) as three cavalry sergeants–Mike Merry, Chip Deal, and Larry Barret (Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Peter Lawford), along with slave-turned-bugler Jonah Williams (Sammy Davis, Jr.)–head out West to confront American Indians. They end up getting captured, but Jonah blows his bugle to warn the Cavalry that the Indians have set a trap for them. The ensuing battle against 1,000 Indians results in a victory for the Cavalry, and Jonah is made a trooper.
|Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 1954 N/R, 103 min.|
Genre: Family / Musical / Adventure / Comedy / Drama
Director: Stanley Donen
Cast: Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall, Marc Platt, Jane Powell, Julie Newmar, Ruta Lee, Ian Wolfe, Virginia Gibson, Matt Mattox, Jacques d'Amboise, Nancy Kilgas, Betty Carr, Norma Doggett
Great dancing highlights this fanciful musical about seven brothers in 1850s' Oregon who "kidnap" seven women chosen as their brides. An avalanche prevents the girls' relatives from rescuing them, and love blooms before the spring thaw. An Academy Award went to the film for Best Musical Score, and a nomination was received for Best Picture along with three other nominations.
|Sweet Bird of Youth 1989 TV, 100 min.|
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Mark Harmon, Rip Torn, Valerie Perrine, Ruta Lee, Seymour Cassel, Kevin Geer, Megan Blake, Ronnie Claire Edwards, Cheryl Paris, Charles Lucia, Teddy Wilson, Tom Nolan, John Fleck, Billy Ray Sharkey
In this version of Tennessee Williams' play, Elizabeth Taylor plays the aging actress Alexandra Del Lago, and Mark Harmon is her young lover Chance Wayne who plans to use her as his steppingstone to success. However, he joins her in sinking into the mire of drugs and alcohol.
|Witness for the Prosecution 1957 N/R, 114 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller / Mystery
Director: Billy Wilder
Cast: Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams, Henry Daniell, Una O'Connor, Ian Wolfe, Torin Thatcher, Norma Varden, Philip Tonge, Ruta Lee, Francis Compton, Ben Wright, J. Pat O'Malley
This classic Agatha Christie story takes place largely in a courtroom where aging lawyer Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) is defending Leonard Steven Vole (Tyrone Power) against the charge of murder. Robarts, who is cared for by aggressive nurse Miss Plimsoll (Elsa Lanchester), is convinced that his client is innocent but bases his belief on Vole's sole alibi that is backed up by Vole's wife Christine (Marlene Dietrich). Surprises are in store for Robarts when Christine announces that she is, in fact, not married to Leonard and testifies for the prosecution. And that is only one of the surprises in store for Robarts. Some great performances, and Oscar nominations included Best Picture, Actor (Laughton), Supporting Actress (Lanchester), and Director.
|1. Cracking Up (1983)|
2. The Doomsday Machine (1972)
aka: Escape from Planet Earth
3. Funny Bones (1995)
4. Funny Face (1957)
5. Gaby (1956)
6. Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
7. Sergeants 3 (1962)
8. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
9. Sweet Bird of Youth (1989)
10. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
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