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Call of the Wild
A dramatic tale of survival in the wilderness. By Jack London.
The story of a former baseball star who becomes involved with a prostitute. From John Steinbeck.
The classic sea story about a fisherman who teaches true values to a spoiled youngster. From Rudyard Kipling.
Captains of the Clouds
James Cagney and pals join the Canadian air force on a whim; then they prove their courage in battle. Action-packed drama. Also starring Dennis Morgan. Directed by Michael Curtiz.
The Captive Heart
Compelling story of British POWs and their Nazi captors. Michael Redgrave gives a wonderful performance. Patrick Kirwans story was scripted by Angus MacPhail and Guy Morgan.
A U. S. soldier is shot down, taken prisoner by the Japanese, and falls in love with a local woman. Starring Pat Morita.
One of the greatest films ever made and was based on the play Everybody Comes to Rick's, by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. The cast includes Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Sydney Greenstreet, Paul Henreid, and Dooley Wilson. The winners for the Screenplay Oscar were Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
From a Tennessee Williams play.
Based on Joseph Heller's book, this zany film captures the insanity of Army life during WW 2. Starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Bob Newhart, Buck Henry, and many more great actors. The script is by Buck Henry.
A Christmas Carol
A miserly old man discovers the true meaning of Christmas. From Charles Dickens.
From the A. J. Cronin best-selling novel about doctors' struggles with their consciences. Nominated for an Oscar for their screenplay were Ian Dalrymple, Elizabeth Hill, and Frank Wead.
Often called the best film of all time, it is based on the life of William Randolph Hearst. Orson Welles stars and directs. Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles won an Oscar for Original Screenplay.
Judy Garland, an office worker, meets soldier Robert Walker, who has a two-day leave in New York. A charming love story directed by Vincente Minnelli. If you like WW II romances, you'll love this one.
Closely Watched Trains
Vaclav Neckar stars in this Czech film that won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. It's the story, part tragedy, part comedy, of a naive apprentice train-dispatcher during the German Occupation. A coming-of-sexual-age tale.
While her Marine captain husband is in Vietnam, a woman volunteers at a V.A. hospital and becomes emotionally and intimately involved with one of the patients. Her husband comes home, disillusioned by the war, and tries to cope with his wife's infidelity. Writers: Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones, from a story by Nancy Dowd. Stars: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, and Bruce Dern.
Clark Gable is a Flight Commander who must send his son on suicide missions over Germany in order to win the war. A dramatic look at the behind-the-scenes politics of WW II. The screenplay was by William Laidlaw and George Froeshel, adapted from a play by William Wister Haines. A terrific movie, with Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson, Brian Donlevy, and John Hodiak.
Commandos Strike at Dawn
Propaganda-filled drama about a Norwegian (Paul Muni) helping British commandos in fight with Nazis who have invaded Norway. Directed by John Farrow, and starring Lillian Gish and Cedric Hardwicke.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
A blacksmith is sent back in time to dazzle the medieval folks. From Mark Twain.
The Counterfeit Traitor
William Holden is a double agent in Europe on dangerous missions. His love interest is Lilli Palmer. Based on a true story, this is a well-crafted film.
The Country Girl
Adapted from a play by Clifford Odets, this is a story of a broken-down actor (Bing Crosby) who leans on his wife (Grace Kelly). William Holden plays a Broadway director. George Seaton won an Oscar for his screenplay.