Getting Gertie’s Garter (1945) Allan Dwan, Dennis O’Keefe, Marie McDonald, Barry Sullivan, Comedy, Romance

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Getting Gertie’s Garter is an updated adaptation of the venerable stage farce by Wilson Collison and Avery Hopwood. Dennis O’Keefe, newly married to lovely Sheila Ryan, is in a jam. O’Keefe’s former girl friend, exotic dancer Marie McDonald, has in her possession an expensive, jeweled garter given to her by O’Keefe in his bachelor days. McDonald intends to show the garter to O’Keefe’s suspicious wife, so Our Hero must retrieve the embarrassing accouterment without tipping off the missus. Previously filmed in 1927, Getting Gertie’s Garter was one several enjoyable films produced by Edward Small and directed by Allan Dwan, all based on popular stage comedies.

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The Last Sunset (1961) Robert Aldrich, Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone, Romance, Western

The Last Sunset (Robert Aldrich, 1961)
Brendan O’Malley arrives at the Mexican home of old flame Belle Breckenridge to find her married to a drunkard getting ready for a cattle drive to Texas. Hot on O’Malley’s heels is lawman Dana Stribling who has a personal reason for getting him back into his jurisdiction. Both men join Breckenridge and his wife on the drive. As they near Texas tensions mount, not least because Stribling is starting to court Belle and O’Malley is increasingly drawn by her daughter Missy.

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Wuthering Heights (1970) Robert Fuest, Anna Calder-Marshall, Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Adventure, Drama, Romance

Wuthering Heights (Robert Fuest, 1970)
The Earnshaws are Yorkshire farmers during the early 19th Century. One day, Mr. Earnshaw returns from a trip to the city, bringing with him a ragged little boy called Heathcliff. Earnshaw’s son, Hindley, resents the child, but Heathcliff becomes companion and soulmate to Hindley’s sister, Catherine. After her parents die, Cathy and Heathcliff grow up wild and free on the Moors and despite the continued enmity between Hindley and Heathcliff they’re happy– until Cathy meets Edgar Linton, the son of a wealthy neighbor.

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Westward the Women (1951) William A. Wellman, Robert Taylor, Denise Darcel, Hope Emerson, Western, Drama

Westward the Women (William A. Wellman, 1951)
In a time when “The West” pretty much ends in Texas and only California is slowly being populated by the white men, there’s a severe lack of women among the workers on Roy Whitman’s farm in the California Valley. So he goes back east to Chicago to recruit 150 women willing to become wives for his employees. From the candidates he selects 138 who seem able to survive a months long journey across “The Great American Desert” and the Rocky Mountains.

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Zarak (1956) Terence Young, Victor Mature, Michael Wilding, Anita Ekberg, Action, Adventure, Romance

Zarak (Terence Young, 1956)
On the mountainous frontier between British India and Afghanistan, circa 1860s, Zarak Khan kisses Salma, the youngest wife of his father, Haji Khan. Outraged, his father orders Zarak to be flogged to death but spares his life at the urging of an elderly Mullah. Zarak now leaves his village and becomes a notorious outlaw, prompting the British to assign a Major Ingram to capture him. Zarak and Ingram have several encounters, developing a grudging respect for each other. When Ingram is captured by Ahmad, one of Zarak’s rivals, Zarak risks his life to save the British officer.

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The Hoodlum Saint (1946) Norman Taurog, William Powell, Esther Williams, Angela Lansbury, Drama, Music

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A former reporter comes back home after serving in the army during World War I and finds that it’s much more difficult to find work than he expected. Desperate, one day he crashes a wedding attended by many of the city’s rich and powerful, meets a beautiful girl named Kay who turns out to be his ticket to meeting those rich and powerful people, and he soon manages to land a job on a newspaper. He gets caught up in the “make money at all costs” game, but receives a rude awakening when the stock market crashes in 1929.

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