The Letter (Dir. William Wyler 1940): While her husband inspects his rubber planatation Leslie Crosbie murders Geoffrey Hammond. His widow has a letter written by Leslie asking him to meet her as her lover the night of the murder. Leslie can buy the letter but must come for it herself. Learning that he is broke from paying for the letter Leslie's husband next learns its contents. He forgives her. Leslie walks into the garden where the widow appears with a dagger. Now V
Jean Renoir once said of Ernst Lubitsch (Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner, and To Be or Not to Be): He invented the modern Hollywood. And none of the director's films has had greater influence or impact than Trouble in Paradise. With his first comedy of the sound era, Lubitsch created one of cinema's supreme visions of shimmering romance and worldly sophistication.When career thief Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall) meets glamorous pickpocket Lily (Miriam Hopkins), their love soon takes on a professional dimension as they initiate a plot to rob beautiful perfume magnate Mariette Colet (Kay Francis). But as Gaston gets ever closer to his intended prey, his romantic confusion, as well as the threat that his past will catch up with him, throws their plan into jeopardy.A breathtakingly nimble and elegant examination of the perils of mixing business with pleasure, this gloriously adult and witty comedy features a peerless screenplay by Samson Raphaelson, effervescent performances by its stars (including Charlie Ruggles and Edward Everett Horton), and exquisite direction by the legendary Lubitsch.
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Titles Comprise: The Fly (1958): A brilliant scientist becomes obsessed with perfecting a device that can transmit matter from one location to another. Successful in his initial tests he experiments with a human guinea pig - himself. But an ordinary housefly makes the journey with him and when they emerge both creatures have been extraordinarily changed. This is the chilling story of a man fighting to retain his humanity and a desperate woman's attempt to save the man she loves. Return of the Fly: The boundaries of science are pushed to their every limits in this sequel to the classic ever-popular The Fly. Here Philippe the son of the ill-fated scientist naively continues his father's misguided experiments. The victim of his traitorous assistant's greedy ambitions Philippe finds himself in a terrifying limbo - he's grown the head and limbs of a fly! Taking spectacular revenge on his betrayers Philippe must also race against time and find a way to reverse the horrifying mutation. Curse of the Fly: The conclusion to the terrifying story of the Delambre family in which three descendants of the original teleportation scientist (the son and two grandsons) continue the experiments in an effort to perfect the machine... The Fly: A remake of the 1958 horror classic about a brilliant scientist who develops a machine that molecularly transports objects in seconds but inadvertently turns him into a fly incredibly agile super strong and driven to insanity by appetites he cannot control. The Fly II: Martin Brundle son of 'The Fly' continues his father's work on the teleporters for Bartok Industries. He is ignorant of his father's true identity and believes himself to have a growth disease. When Martin falls in love with Beth his life changes. As he loses his innocence he also learns the full horror...
Cary Grant is the single most important star in the history of motion pictures Joe Queenan - The Guardian 9 Classic Movies Featuring Cary Grant Includes: Blonde Venus She Done Him Wrong Charade That Touch of Mink I'm No Angel The Grass Is Greener Indiscreet The Last Outpost Operation Petticoat
This stunning box set features 3 of the finest movies to feature the 'First Lady of Film' Bette Davis. All About Eve (1950): It's all about women.... and their men! From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door Eve Horrington (Anne Baxter) moves relentlessly towards her goal: taking the reins of power from the great actress Margo Channing (Bette Davies). The cunning Eve manoeuvres her way into Margo's Broadway role becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in
Before creating Duel in the Sun, legendary producer David O Selznick dreamed of making another magnum opus like his 1939 production of Gone with the Wind; he also proposed to make Jennifer Jones, his ladylove then second wife, a megastar. Thus Duel in the Sun (Lust in the Dust to some) was created as an extravagant Technicolor epic about the collision of the old West with the new, offering wide-open spaces with railroads and barbed wire, and juxtaposing character traits such as hot-blooded outlaws alongside civilised folk who are often wimpy or unwell. The film begins among giant rocks drenched in a blood-red sunset, with velvet-voiced Orson Welles intoning the legend of doomed Pearl Chavez and her demon lover; Duel in the Sun never strays far from lush romanticism, spiced with a dash of S/M. The cast is huge (a lubriciously wicked Gregory Peck, Lillian Gish, Joseph Cotton, Lionel Barrymore, Walter Huston, Harry Carey, Herbert Marshall, Charles Bickford, Butterfly McQueen) and there are unforgettable set pieces, the most notable being the lovers' final shootout among those red rocks, as orgiastic a finale as you could ask for. --Kathleen Murphy, Amazon.com
Sir John Menier plays a juror in a murder trial of a young woman who is found next to the corpse and is suffering from amnesia due to shock. Sir John and the rest of the jury find her guilty and she is given the death penalty. Sir John has second thoughts and starts to suspect her boyfriend and begins an investigation of his own. In a race against time can he save the girl?
When a scientist (David [Al] Hedison) attempts to transfer matter through space things go horrifically wrong and two grotesque man-fly hybrids are created. Now with the head of a fly and a wing in place of one of his arms the scientist desperately hopes that he his wife (Patricia Owens) and his brother (Vincent Price) can capture the other mutant and reverse the experiment.
Gloria Harkinson's mother an actress eager to maintain her glamorous mystique has tucked her away in a Swiss boarding school. The creative teenager realizes that she can not speak about her mom to anyone there. Because she has no living father either she decides to invent one -- a rugged adventurer no less. Her imaginary pop becomes a ""problem "" however when Gloria's friends demand to meet the heroic fellow. So she finds a vacationing composer to fill ""dad's"" shoes!
The first of Alfred Hitchcock's World War II features, Foreign Correspondent was completed in 1940, as the European war was only beginning to erupt across national borders. Its titular hero, Johnny Jones (Joel McCrea), is an American crime reporter dispatched by his New York publisher to put a fresh spin on the drowsy dispatches emanating from overseas, his nose for a good story (and, of course, some fortuitous timing) promptly leading him to the "crime" of fascism and Nazi Germany's designs on European conquest. In attempting to learn more about a seemingly noble peace effort, Jones (who's been saddled with the dubious nom de plume Hadley Haverstock) walks into the middle of an assassination, uncovers a spy ring, and, not entirely coincidentally, falls in love--a pattern familiar to admirers of Hitchcock's espionage thrillers, of which this is a thoroughly entertaining example. McCrea's hardy Yankee charms are neatly contrasted with the droll English charm of colleague George Sanders; Herbert Marshall provides a plummy variation on the requisite, ambiguous "good-or-is-he-really-bad" guy; Laraine Day affords a lovely heroine; and Robert Benchley (who contributed to the script) pops up, albeit too briefly, for comic relief. As good as the cast is, however, it's Hitchcock's staging of key action sequences that makes Foreign Correspondent a textbook example of the director's visual energy: an assassin's escape through a rain-soaked crowd is registered by rippling umbrellas, a nest of spies is detected by the improbable direction of a windmill's spinning sails and Jones's nocturnal flight across a pitched city rooftop produces its own contextual comment when broken neon tubes convert the Hotel Europe into "Hot Europe". --Sam Sutherland
Martha and Stephan are two Belgians working in a German hospital during the First World War. This is their cover: they are in fact spies for the Allies. After blowing up an ammunition dump Martha puts herself in more danger by accompanying the German Commandant to Brussels where she hopes to gather vital information about the Kaiser. Her mission becomes fraught with danger and it gets harder and harder for her to hide her true identity. Knowing this Stephan sets off to help her but will he be too late? Starring Madeleine Carroll Herbert Marcshall and Conrad Veidt.
American chemist Ned Faraday marries a German entertainer and starts a family. However he becomes poisoned with Radium and needs an expensive treatment in Germany to have any chance at being cured. Wife Helen returns to night club work to attempt to raise the money and becomes popular as the Blonde Venus. In an effort to get enough money sooner she prostitutes herself to millionaire Nick Townsend. While Ned is away in Europe she continues with Nick but when Ned returns cured he discovers her infidelity. Now Ned despises Helen but she grabs son Johnny and lives on the run just one step ahead of the Missing Persons Bureau. When they do finally catch her she loses her son to Ned. Once again she returns to entertaining this time in Paris and her fame once again brings her and Townsend together. Helen and Nick return to America engaged but she is irresistibly drawn back to her son and Ned. In which life does she truly belong?
Sir Walter Raleigh overcomes court intrigue to win favor with the Queen in order to get financing for a proposed voyage to the New World.
Narrated by on-screen observer Maugham (Herbert Marshall) this intriguing tale centers on a soul-searching World War I veteran (Tyrone Power) who finds he can not settle back into the world of the upper class. Shunning his planned marriage and career he travels abroad to seek the meaning of life and career he travels abroad to seek the meaning of life and causes his distraght fiancee (Gene Tierney) to seek solace with another man (John Payne)...
She had to kill the thing her husband had become.... but could she...? Scientist Andre Delambre becomes obsessed with his latest creation a matter transporter. He has varying degrees of success with it. He eventually decides to use a human subject - himself - with tragic consequences. During the transference his atoms become merged with a fly which was accidentally let into the machine. He winds up with the fly's head and one of it's arms and the fly with Andre's head and
Bette Davis turns in a towering central performance as the fearsome queen who tangles with a beautiful young lady-in-waiting (Joan Collins) for the affection of intrepid Sir Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd)...
The Mark Of Zorro (Dir. Rouben Mamoulian 1940): This swashbuckling remake of the silent classic stars Tyrone Power as the dashing masked avenger who single-handedly saves Los Angeles from Spanish despots. Don Diego Vega (Power) is summoned home from his elite training corps in Spain to California where he finds his father the Alcade deposed and the people living in tyranny. Disguised as Zorro a sword-wielding mystery man dressed in black he works to restore his father to
A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.
1940s drama made by the collaborative efforts of seven directors and 21 writers. Gates Trimble Pomfret (Ken Smith) travels from America to England during the Blitz in order to sell his family's home in London. When he gets to the house he discovers that Leslie Trimble (Ruth Warrick) has been living there and refuses to move. As Leslie tries to persuade Gates not to sell up, she recounts the house's 140-year history hoping to appeal to his romantic side.
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