Ellen Beldon is due to be hanged in Texas for the murder of her husband but Jud Farrow, ranch foreman for her uncle, breaks her out of jail and escorts her to the safety of her uncle’s New Mexico ranch. Mace Beldon, her father-in-law, offers professional gunman Gil McCord five-thousand dollars to bring her back to Texas so she can be hung. He is able to get her away and, during the trip back, she tells him the story of her trial. She claims her brother-in-law, Kell Beldon, shot his step-brother (her husband)so that he would be his father’s sole heir, and that drunken fur-trapper Elby Kirby was the only witness. Gill decides to see Kirby and force a confession from him. Meanwhile, Kell gets Ellen back by chance and turns her over to the law. Gill gets an order from the district judge to stop the execution, and Kell, seeing his story falling apart tries to out-shoot Gill.
Bird of Paradise (1951) Delmer Daves, Debra Paget, Louis Jourdan, Jeff Chandler, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Andre Laurence accompanies his college roommate, Tenga, back to Tenga’s Polynesian island home. There, Andre, assumes the native life and, after many trials with the native customs and their suspicions, marries his friend’s sister, Kalua. Their marriage is barren of children. A final blow to Andre comes with the eruption of a volcano and island’s holy man, The Kahuna, decides that the volcano can only be appeased with the sacrifice of Kalua.
Unknown Island (1948) Jack Bernhard, Virginia Grey, Phillip Reed, Richard Denning, Adventure, Horror, Romance
Adventure-seeker Ted Osborne has convinced his finacee Carole to finance his expedition to an uncharted South Pacific island supposedly populated with dinosaurs. Piloting their ship is Captain Tarnowski, a ruthless alcoholic suffering from malaria- induced bouts of insanity. When they arrive at the island, they discover that the stories they have heard are all true. Will they survive to tell anyone what they’ve found?
The Black Hole (1979) Gary Nelson, Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Action, Adventure, Family
It is the year 2130 A.D. An Earth exploratory ship, the USS Palomino, discovers a black hole with a lost ship, the USS Cygnus, just outside its event horizon. Deciding to solve the mystery of the Cygnus are: the Palomino’s Captain, Dan Holland; his First Officer, Lieutenant Charlie Pizer; journalist Harry Booth; scientist and ESP-sensitive Dr. Kate McCrae, whose father was the Cygnus’s First Officer; Dr. Alex Durant, the expedition’s civilian leader; and the robot known as V.I.N.CENT. The Palomino attempts a dangerous fly-by of the darkened ship. As they come within close range of it, the buffeting they experience (due to the black hole’s gravity) suddenly ceases. They bring more instruments to bear on the derelict, but do not even realize the gravity-free zone is artificial; slipping outside it, they are almost drawn into the black hole, an abyss from which no one can escape. Matters worsen when Reinhardt holds the crew captive, after realizing that they can help him reach his goal.
The Corsican Brothers (1941) Gregory Ratoff, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ruth Warrick, Akim Tamiroff, Adventure
Douglas Fairbanks jr plays Siamese twins, separated by a good doctor [scalpel hemostat sutures quickly!!] after their parents are killed by Vendetta, personified by Akim Tamiroff in bolero suits. One goes to Paris, one to the Corsican Mountains to become, respectively, a gentleman and a bandit. What will happen? “I have performed the miracle I have separated their bodies. But what of their souls?” Lucien [the bandit] feels everything Mario [the Parisian fop – I mean, gentleman] feels. 20 years pass…then another year…and they are reunited in Corsica. Banditry and vendetta and a beautiful Corsican countess ensue.
Pearl of the South Pacific (1955) Allan Dwan, Virginia Mayo, Dennis Morgan, David Farrar, Action, Adventure
Two beachcombers with a yacht join woman-with-a-past Rita on a quest for black pearls on a secret island. Arrived, they find another white man has made himself high priest; but George, the latter’s handome son, is fair game for Rita, who lands in the guise of a missionary! The inevitable conflict over the pearls brings violence and corruption to the quiet island.
Madamigella di Maupin (1966) Mauro Bolognini, Catherine Spaak, Robert Hossein, Tomas Milian, Action, Adventure, Romance
Mlle de Maupin escapes from her uncle’s castle, invaded by Hungarian troops, under the guise of a clergyman named Theodore. An army recruiter forces Theodore to enlist in the King’s army, and not even the religious robe is an insurance against it. Theodore is assigned to be aide-de-camp to Alcibiade, a man as virile in combat, as he seems troubled for the figure of his aid… D’Albert, an aristocrat, will expose Theodore’s true sex, and after a number of confusing, comedy situations, Alcibiade will appease his troubled feelings.
In 1946, ex-Navy engineer Steve Martin comes to a Louisiana town with a dream: to build a safe platform for offshore oil drilling. Having finessed financing from a big oil company, formerly penniless Steve and his partner Johnny are in business…and getting interested in shrimp-boat captain Rigaud’s two lovely daughters. But opposition from the fishing community grows fast, led by Stella Rigaud. Other hazards include sabotage, a hurricane…and a treacherous board of directors.
King of the Khyber Rifles (1953) Henry King, Tyrone Power, Terry Moore, Michael Rennie, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Freshly arrived Sandhurst-trained Captain Alan King, better versed in Pashtun then any of the veterans and born locally as army brat, survives an attack on his escort to his Northwest Frontier province garrison near the Khyber pass because of Ahmed, a native Afridi deserter from the Muslim fanatic rebel Karram Khan’s forces. As soon as his fellow officers learn his mother was a native Muslim which got his parents disowned even by their own families, he falls prey to stubborn prejudiced discrimination, Lieutenant Geoffrey Heath even moves out of their quarters, except from half-Irish Lt. Ben Baird. Brigadier general J. R. Maitland, whose policy is full equality among whites, learns King knew Kurrum Khan as a boy and charges him with training and commanding native cavalry, which comes along fine. The general’s egalitarian daughter Susan Maitland takes a fancy to King, even falls in love but the general decides to send her safely home to England after a kidnapped attempt when King saved …