Happy Go Lovely (Dir. H. Bruce Humberstone 1951): David Niven plays a rich bachelor the head of a successful greeting-card company in Scotland essentially a kind man but respectable to the point of stodginess and extreme stuffiness. An American troupe wants to produce a musical in town but has trouble getting backers. Niven's character meets several of the leading ladies of the show; through a misunderstanding he doesn't correct they come to think that he's a newspaper reporter. He falls in love with one of the women who reciprocates; he grows more lively and friendly... to the surprise of his employees... Pajama Game (Dir. Stanley Donen and George Abbott 1957): A truly joyous tale starring Doris Day as the union leader in a clothing factory. From the novel 'Seven And A Half Cents' by Richard Bissell and adapted into a successful musical which the french director Jean Luc Goddard called the first left wing operetta! The Inspector General (Dir. Henry Koster 1949): In this delightful period farce set in Russia in the 1800's Danny Kaye plays an illiterate buffoon who is mistaken by the villagers for their feared Inspector General.Hilarious situations ensue as Danny is caught up in court intrigue without having a clue of what is going on. Made For Each Other (Dir. John Cromwell 1939): This highly appealing comedy drama stars James Stewart and Carole Lombard as a young couple battling illness lack of money inept servants and interfering in-laws... The Little Shop Of Horrors (Dir. Roger Corman 1960): The original movie of this classic black comedy/horror about a rather dim-witted young man Seymour (Jonathan Haze) working for a week in Mushnick's flower shop on skid row who develops an intelligent bloodthirsty plant. He names the plant Audrey Jr and as it grows it demands human meat for sustenance and Seymour is forced to kill in order to feed it. Jack Nicholson has a notable cameo part as an undertaker Wilbur Force who is a masochistic dental patient and the film also features the writer Charles Griffith as the hold-up man and the voice of Audrey Jr. Sources differ but it was reputed that the film was shot in just two or three days and in 1961 it was billed as The Funniest Picture This Year. The film inspired the well-known off-Broadway hit musical and musical/comedy movie remake starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene was made in 1986. [show more]
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