|Clash by Night 1952 N/R, 105 min.|
Director: Fritz Lang
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe, J. Carrol Naish, Keith Andes, Silvio Minciotti, Julius Tannen, Mario Siletti
Mae (Barbara Stanwyck) returns to her hometown after an absence of 10 years and marries a fisherman, Jerry (Paul Douglas). She raises a family but cannot seem to stay away from a rough-around-the-edges projectionist (Robert Ryan) who seems to understand her restless unhappiness.
|Francis Covers the Big Town 1953 N/R, 86 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Fantasy / Adventure / Romance
Director: Arthur Lubin
Cast: Donald O'Connor, Yvette Duguay, Gene Lockhart, Nancy Guild, Larry Gates, Lowell Gilmore, William Harrigan, Gale Gordon, Chill Wills, Silvio Minciotti, Hanley Stafford, Forrest Lewis, John Qualen, Julian Rivero, Douglas Wood
Peter Stirling (Donald O'Connor) and his talking mule, Francis (voice of Chill Wills), arrive in New York City where Peter takes a job at the newspaper. Francis is boarded at the stables where the city's mounted police horses are kept, and Francis hears lots of gossip from the horses about criminal activities. Francis passes along his "news" to Peter, and Peter's career begins to soar–until local gangsters step in, and Peter is framed on a murder charge. Francis testifies at the trial, clears Peter's name, and Peter's editor, Tom Henderson (Gene Lockhart), promotes him to star reporter.
|Marty 1955 N/R, 90 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Delbert Mann
Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Joe Mantell, Jerry Paris, Karen Steele, Minerva Urecal, Robin Morse, Walter Kelley, James Bell, Charles Cane, John Dennis, Frank Sutton, Silvio Minciotti
Two lonely and unattractive people–34-year-old bachelor Marty (Ernest Borgnine), who lives with his mother (Esther Minciotti), and schoolteacher Clara (Betsy Blair)–meet at the Stardust Ballroom in Manhattan and are attracted to each other. But, when Marty's mother and friends criticize Clara, Marty does not call her–until he realizes that a loving relationship with Clara is more important to him than the relationships he shares with his friends and mother. The film received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Actor (Borgnine), Director, and Screenplay. Betsy Blair and Joe Mantell were nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor.
|Serenade 1956 N/R, 121 min.|
Genre: Musical / Drama
Director: Anthony Mann
Cast: Mario Lanza, Joan Fontaine, Sarita Montiel, Vincent Price, Joseph Calleia, Vince Edwards, Frank Puglia, Harry Bellaver, Edward Platt, Mario Siletti, Silvio Minciotti, Eduardo Noriega, Vicente Padula, Maria Serrango, Jose Govea
A California vineyard worker, Damon Vincenti (Mario Lanza) dreams of singing in the opera and sings in an Italian restaurant where he meets Kendall (Joan Fontaine). Kendall is manipulative and helps Damon launch his career while becoming his lover. When Kendall gets bored with Damon, she dumps him, and he heads to Mexico where he falls for Juana (Sarita Montiel). They marry, but then Kendall reenters the picture, and a love triangle ensues.
|Strictly Dishonorable 1951 N/R, 86 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Cast: Ezio Pinza, Janet Leigh, Millard Mitchell, Gale Robbins, Maria Palmer, Esther Minciotti, Arthur Franz, Hugh Sanders, Silvio Minciotti, Sandro Giglio, Mario Siletti, William E. Green, James Seay, Wally Maher, Renata Vanni
Based on Preston Sturges' play, this film is a remake of the 1931 film about opera star Count Augustino "Gus" Caraffa (Ezio Pinza) whose actions lead to a public slander campaign that does not help in his courting of the lovely Isabelle Perry (Janet Leigh).
|1. Clash by Night (1952)|
2. Francis Covers the Big Town (1953)
3. Marty (1955)
4. Serenade (1956)
5. Strictly Dishonorable (1951)
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