Charles Engle has been caught embezzling. He writes a suicide note, and goes out wandering on the town. Small-time hustler Bill O’Brian sees him give a couple of big tips, figures he’s rich, and plans to take him over to a big-time card game and fleece him. He enlists Nina Barone to help get Engle to the game. She goes along, but is more interested in O’Brien than in his schemes. Meanwhile, a perpetually drunk and none too successful playwright, Gene Gibbons, finds the suicide note. He cooks up a scheme (with the reluctant aid of O’Brien) to get the money Engle needs to pay back his employer and save his life.
Battlestar Galactica (1978) Richard A. Colla, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The story of how the Twelve Colonies of Man are destroyed after a 1000 year war with the evil Cylon Empire. Through deceit, the Cylons are able to destroy the Colonies’ entire fleet, except for the Battlestar Galactica, captained by Commander Adama. Adama gathers up the few remaining humans left on all the twelve worlds and embarks on a journey to find the mythical planet Earth, the supposed thirteenth colony of Mankind, lost millennia ago when humans first left the motherworld Kobol. With food and fuel running out, the fleet heads for an ore planet, Carillon, hoping to get what they need. The Ovions, who populate the planet, are being controlled by the Cylons, who set a trap for the Galactica. Under a clever ruse, Adama convinces the Cylons that his pilots are on the surface at a banquet, while the real pilots are at full combat readiness. The fleet gets their food and fuel, and escapes, destroying Carillon and a Cylon Basestar hiding behind the planet.
Golgotha / Behold the Man (1935) Julien Duvivier, Harry Baur, Jean Gabin, Robert Le Vigan, Adventure, Drama
Robert le Vigan plays the Son of God, but as often happens in films of this nature he is upstaged by the villains, Herod (Harry Baur), Pontius Pilate (Jean Gabin) and Judas (Lucas Gridoux). All of Jesus’ dialogue is taken directly from the Scriptures, with no movie-style adornments: le Vigan delivers these lines with sincerity and quiet grace. Considering the anti-Semitism prevalent in Europe during the 1930s, the question of the Jews’ responsibility for Jesus’ death is handled with restraint; blame is squarely laid on the shoulders of a handful of conspirators, rather than an entire race.
The King and Four Queens (1956) Raoul Walsh, Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery
Smooth cowboy Dan Kehoe arrives at a ranch run by an old widow and her four daughters-in-law. He’s been tipped off that the proceeds of a gold robbery are hidden on the ranch, but only one of the women knows where. He plays them off against each other in his quest to discover the location.
Travels with my Aunt (1972) George Cukor, Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, Louis Gossett Jr., Adventure, Comedy, Drama
At his mother’s funeral, stuffy bank clerk Henry Pulling meets his Aunt Augusta, an elderly eccentric with more-than-shady dealings, who pulls him along on a whirlwind adventure, as she attempts to rescue an old lover.
It is indeed an unsung classic tale of The Great Game. Peter Lawford stars as a young Captain of the Royal Midland Fusiliers whose life and career are turned upside down as he is framed for treason. He makes his way to the Northwest Frontier to ultimately set things right.
Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951) William Marshall, Errol Flynn, Micheline Presle, Vincent Price, Adventure
Blowing Wild (1953) Hugo Fregonese, Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Ruth Roman, Action, Adventure, Drama
In a hypothetical country in South America, Jeff Dawson and his partner Dutch Peterson have invested all their savings in a lease contract to explore oil. However, their expectation ruins when bandits blow the derrick of the oil well with dynamite and they get stranded in the town without any money. In despair, they accept the risky transportation of nitroglycerin to raise US$ 800.00 and Dutch is shot in the leg by road thieves; but Jeff discovers that their employer is a trickster and they area not paid for their job.
Destination Tokyo (1943) Delmer Daves, Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, Adventure, History, War
Made during World War II, this chronicles a voyage of a U.S. submarine on a secret mission to the very shores of Japan. Much of the film is spent developing the cast of characters that populate the sub.