|The Cat and the Canary 1978 PG, 90 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Comedy / Horror
Director: Radley Metzger
Cast: Honor Blackman, Michael Callan, Carol Lynley, Edward Fox, Wendy Hiller, Olivia Hussey, Beatrix Lehmann, Daniel Massey, Peter McEnery, Wilfrid Hyde-White
Millionaire Cyrus West (Wilfrid Hyde-White) has died and relatives gather in his dark mansion on a rainy night for the reading of the will. Through a home movie, West tells his relatives that he believes they are worthless souls. Annabelle (Carol Lynley) is heiress to West's fortune–if she does not die or go insane during the next 12 hours. Thus begins the night of terror caused by unhappy relatives with murder on their minds, and people get murdered, one-by-one.
|David Copperfield 1970 TV, 118 min.|
Director: Delbert Mann
Cast: Richard Attenborough, Cyril Cusack, Edith Evans, Pamela Franklin, Wendy Hiller, Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Robin Phillips, Ralph Richardson, Emlyn Williams
Based on Charles Dickens' story, Robin Phillips stars in the title role of a poor boy who grew up to be a successful man in London society.
|The Elephant Man 1980 PG, 125 min.|
Director: David Lynch
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon, Helen Ryan, John Standing, Dexter Fletcher, Lesley Dunlop, Pat Gorman, Phoebe Nicholls, Claire Davenport
In the 1800s, John Merrick "The Elephant Man" (John Hurt) suffered from neurofibromatosis, a terribly disfiguring disease and has spent most of his life as a carnival freak. He is befriended by Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) who sees more in Merrick than his outward appearance. Treves brings Merrick to the hospital where he works, and, for a short time, Merrick gains human dignity. But, Treves begins to question his own motivations after the press learns about Merrick's hospital stay and exploits him. The film received eight Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Actor (John Hurt), and Director.
|I Know Where I'm Going 1945 N/R, 91 min.|
Director: Michael Powell
Cast: Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey, Pamela Brown, Finlay Currie, Petula Clark, John Laurie, Walter Hudd, Catherine Lacey, Valentine Dyall, Jean Cadell
Joan Webster (Wendy Hiller) is determined to marry her fiance, a wealthy industrialist, when she embarks on her trip to the Scottish Hebrides. However, along the way she falls in love with Torquil MacNeil (Roger Livesey) and decides on marriage for love rather than for money. A Scottish delight.
|Major Barbara 1941 N/R, 121 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Gabriel Pascal
Cast: Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison, Robert Morley, Robert Newton, Deborah Kerr, Stanley Holloway, Emlyn Williams, Sybil Thorndike, Torin Thatcher, Miles Malleson, Marie Lohr, Penelope Dudley-Ward, Walter Hudd, David Tree, Donald Calthrop
This film rendition of the intuitive play by George Bernard Shaw features Salvation Army officer Major Barbara (Wendy Hiller) as the young woman who rebels against her wealthy upbringing and opts to help those less fortunate. Barbara's main opponent is her father Andrew (Robert Morley) who is a weapons manufacturer, and, to show up his daughter and her dislike of money, he donates a vast sum to the Salvation Army. Meanwhile, love enters the picture in the person of an intellectual, Adolphus Cusins (Rex Harrison), who Barbara ignores because she is too busy with her cause–until Adolphus takes her on a tour of her father's company and shows her that capitalism is good.
|Making Love 1982 R, 113 min.|
Director: Arthur Hiller
Cast: Michael Ontkean, Kate Jackson, Harry Hamlin, Wendy Hiller, Arthur Hill, Nancy Olson, Terry Kiser, John Dukakis, Dennis Howard, Asher Brauner
Zack (Michael Ontkean) has been married to TV-producer Claire (Kate Jackson) for eight years. But now he must confront his latent homosexuality when he is drawn to novelist Bart McGuire (Harry Hamlin).
|A Man for All Seasons 1966 N/R, 120 min.|
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Cast: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, Leo McKern, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Vanessa Redgrave, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave, Colin Blakely, Cyril Luckham, Jack Gwillim, Thomas Heathcote
This historical epic of a turning point in English history centers on Catholic Cardinal Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield), who disputes Henry VIII's (Robert Shaw) desire to divorce Anne Boleyn. Once Henry sets himself up as head of his new Church of England, More stands up for his principles and resigns. This film won six Academy Awards; among them were Best Picture, Director, and Actor (Scofield). Wendy Hiller and Robert Shaw were also nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Actor.
|Murder on the Orient Express 1974 PG, 127 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Drama / Thriller
Director: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael York, Jacqueline Bisset, Lauren Bacall, Wendy Hiller, Martin Balsam, Richard Widmark, Jean-Pierre Cassel, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Rachel Roberts, Colin Blakely
Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) investigates a murder that takes place on a train trip from Calais to Istanbul. This is an exciting movie with an exceptional cast of characters. Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. There were five other nominations, including Best Actor (Albert Finney).
|Pygmalion 1938 N/R, 96 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Director: Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard
Cast: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson, Scott Sunderland, Marie Lohr, David Tree, Jean Cadell, Everley Gregg, Anthony Quayle, Irene Browne, Leueen MacGrath, Esme Percy, Iris Hoey, Patrick Macnee, Leo Genn
While nominated for five Academy Awards–including Best Actor (Lesley Howard), Actress (Wendy Hiller), and Picture–this film won the Oscar for Best Screenplay. George Bernard Shaw was the author of this classic story about the Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle (Hiller), and her mentor, Professor Henry Higgins (Howard), who bets that he can fool society and pass Eliza off as a "Lady." Later remade as the top musical "My Fair Lady."
|Sailor of the King 1953 N/R, 85 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama
Director: Roy Boulting
Cast: Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie, Wendy Hiller, Bernard Lee, Peter van Eyck, Victor Maddern, John Horsley, Patrick Barr, Robin Bailey, James Copeland, Sam Kydd, Nicholas Bruce, Martin Boddey, Lockwood West, Robert Dean
The illegitimate son of British Naval Captain Richard Saville (Michael Rennie), Canadian Signalman Andrew Brown (Jeffrey Hunter) is the sole survivor after his ship is sunk. Brown is stranded on an island occupied by German soldiers but manages to shoot at a German cruiser in port for repairs and disables it long enough for his father's British fleet to sail in and sink it.
|Separate Tables 1958 N/R, 98 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Delbert Mann
Cast: Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Burt Lancaster, Wendy Hiller, Gladys Cooper, Cathleen Nesbitt, Felix Aylmer, Rod Taylor, Audrey Dalton, May Hallatt, Priscilla Morgan, Hilda Plowright
Guests at a British seaside resort are presented through vignettes in this film adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play. David Niven won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role as Major Pollock who helps Sybil (Deborah Kerr) break away from her cruel mother. Wendy Hiller won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of the inn's owner. Five other nominations included Best Picture and Actress (Kerr).
|Something of Value 1957 N/R, 113 min.|
Director: Richard Brooks
Cast: Rock Hudson, Dana Wynter, Wendy Hiller, Sidney Poitier, Walter Fitzgerald, Frederick O'Neal, Juano Hernandez, William Marshall, Robert Beatty, Michael Pate, Ivan Dixon, Ken Renard, Samadu Jackson, Wilton Graff, Angela Cartwright
Based on Robert Ruark's novel, this is the story of childhood friends Kimani (Sidney Poitier) and Peter McKenzie (Rock Hudson) who, despite one being Black and the other White, had grown up like brothers in British East Africa. Now, as adults, their relationship is shattered when Peter sides with British colonialism, and Kimani joins the brutal Mau-Maus in their uprising in Kenya.
|Sons and Lovers 1960 N/R, 103 min.|
Director: Jack Cardiff
Cast: Trevor Howard, Dean Stockwell, Wendy Hiller, Heather Sears, Mary Ure, Donald Pleasence, Ernest Thesiger, William Lucas, Conrad Phillips, Rosalie Crutchley, Elizabeth Begley, Edna Morris, Sean Barrett, Ruth Kettlewell, Anne Sheppard
Paul Morel (Dean Stockwell) lives with his family in Nottingham and is encouraged by his well-bred mother Gertrude (Wendy Hiller) to escape the dreary life of his youth and not follow in the footsteps of his coal miner father, Walter (Trevor Howard). Paul wants to become an artist in London, and he depends on financial gifts from women in the town. But, after one of his brothers dies, Paul knows that he must remain with his mother, and he does–until she dies, and then he heads for London. The film won an Oscar for Best Cinematography and was nominated for six others including Best Picture, Actor (Howard), Supporting Actress (Mary Ure), and Director.
|Toys in the Attic 1963 N/R, 90 min.|
Director: George Roy Hill
Cast: Dean Martin, Geraldine Page, Yvette Mimieux, Wendy Hiller, Gene Tierney, Larry Gates, Nan Martin, Frank Silvera, Charles Lampkin, Joe Gray
This production fails to exhibit the provocative insights of Lillian Hillman's well-written play. It stars Wendy Hiller and Geraldine Page as the spinster sisters whose "glass house" is shattered when their brother (Dean Martin) brings home his young bride.
|Witness for the Prosecution 1982 TV, 96 min.|
Director: Alan Gibson
Cast: Ralph Richardson, Diana Rigg, Beau Bridges, Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasence, David Langton, Richard Vernon, Michael Gough, Wendy Hiller, Peter Sallis, Frank Mills, Michael Nightingale, Peter Copley, Patricia Leslie, John Kidd
A good cast makes this TV remake of Agatha Christie's story fun to watch. Aging lawyer Sir Wilfred Robarts (Ralph Richardson) is tended to by aggressive nurse Plimsoll (Deborah Kerr) and is the defender for Leonard Vole (Beau Bridges) who is accused of murdering a wealthy woman for her money. Problems arise when Vole's wife Christine (Diana Rigg) decides to divorce him and testify for the prosecution. And, that's just one of the many surprises in store for Sir Wilfred. Deborah Kerr won an Emmy for her role in this TV production.
|Oscar: Best Supporting Actress for Separate Tables (1958)|
1. The Cat and the Canary (1978)
2. David Copperfield (1970)
3. The Elephant Man (1980)
4. I Know Where I'm Going (1945)
5. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)
6. Major Barbara (1941)
7. Making Love (1982)
8. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
9. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
10. Pygmalion (1938)
11. Sailor of the King (1953)
12. Separate Tables (1958)
13. Something of Value (1957)
14. Sons and Lovers (1960)
15. Toys in the Attic (1963)
16. Witness for the Prosecution (1982)
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