Wedding Ring / Konyaku yubiwa (1950) Keisuke Kinoshita, Jûkichi Uno, Kinuyo Tanaka, Toshirô Mifune, Drama

Wedding Ring (1950)
Two of Japan’s finest actors, Kinuyo Tanaka and Toshiro Mifune, come together in this touching seaside melodrama beautifully photographed by Kinoshita’s regular cinematographer, Hiroshi Kusuda. Seeking a cure for her ailing husband, a woman who runs a successful jewelry business in Tokyo brings him to a new doctor outside the city. Her husband begins to recover, but the woman finds herself falling in love with the doctor. Kinoshita avoids big dramatic exchanges, preferring to chronicle the rising tensions among the three through quick glances or furtive gestures. Tanaka beautifully captures the contradictions of the wife, a woman who has made her own way in the world who can’t control or fully understand the emotions she’s suddenly feeling, while Mifune plays the doctor as volcano of energy threatening to explode at any moment.
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Aisuru / To Love (1997) Kei Kumai, Miki Sakai, Atsuro Watabe, Jô Shishido, Drama

Aisuru (1997)
Mitsu (Sakai Miki) meets Yoshioka (Watabe Atsuro) on Christmas and spends the night with him. But their happiness comes to an end quickly when Mitsu is dignosed with leprosy, and needs to be transferred to a sanitarium. Yoshioka dares not visit her. Fortunately, the pitiable Mitsu receives the warmest greeting from the people in the sanitarium. She decides to stay even after finding out her diagnosis was mistaken. She realizes her own identity there as Yoshioka eventually hurries to the sanitarium for her.
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The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937) Richard Boleslawski, Dorothy Arzner, Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford, William Powell, Comedy, Drama

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)
Mrs. Fay Cheyney, a rich American widow, insinuates herself into London society. Two men in particular – middle-aged Lord Kelton and Lord Arthur Dilling, a young playboy – pursue her. All are present at a large weekend house party, and though both men press their suit, Fay seems to favor Kelton. Then Dilling sees Fay’s butler lurking in the gardens, recognizes him as a jewel thief who was apprehended in Monte Carlo, and realizes that Fay is probably after the hostess’s pearls. Fay does get hold of the pearls – but before she can pass them to her accomplice, Dilling gets hold of her.
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Lady by Choice (1934) David Burton, Carole Lombard, May Robson, Roger Pryor, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lady by Choice (1934)
Fan dancer Alabam Lee is convicted of breaching the morals code with her racy shows. Her agent has her adopt a “mother” from an old ladies home as a publicity ploy to improve her image. Alabam chooses Patricia”Patsy” Patterson, a drunk and disorderly street lady with a past. Patsy has a protector in Johnny Mills, the lawyer son of her old flame. When Johnny comes to visit Patsy he meets Alabam and the two eventually fall in love. Both Patsy and the everpresent Judge Daly think that Alabam is golddigging for Johnny’s money and their attempts to break things up puts the relationship on shaky ground.
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The Curse of the Living Corpse (1964) Del Tenney, Roy Scheider, Helen Warren, Robert Milli, Horror

The Curse of the Living Corpse (Del Tenney, 1964)
Rufus Sinclair was a cranky old millionaire with a terrible fear of being buried alive. After his apparent death, clauses in his will meant to prevent his being buried alive are violated by his uncaring family, and soon a masked figure begins prowling the family’s Connecticut estate, slaughtering the family members one by one in a variety of separate, horrible ways.
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The High and the Mighty (1954) William A. Wellman, John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Action, Adventure, Drama

The High and the Mighty (William A. Wellman, 1954)
One disaster after another happens on this trans-Pacific flight. You have the pilot who loses his nerve! The washed-up co-pilot. The milquetoast flight engineer. The young hot shot second officer. And a cabin full of passengers with every range of problems and personalities there could possibly be. Here you have the Duke in a role he didn’t want, and a movie with the title song that became Duke’s theme. What else could any John Wayne fan want? It’s all here, and then some.
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Sweet and Lowdown (1999) Woody Allen, Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, Comedy, Drama, Music

Sweet and Lowdown (Woody Allen, 1999)
A comedic biopic focused on the life of fictional jazz guitarist Emmett Ray. Ray was an irresponsible, free-spending, arrogant, obnoxious, alcohol-abusing, miserable human being, who was also arguably the best guitarist in the world. We follow Ray’s life: bouts of getting drunk, his bizzare hobbies of shooting rats and watching passing trains, his dreams of fame and fortune, his strange obsession with the better-known guitarist Django Reinhardt, and of course, playing his beautiful music.
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So Proudly We Hail! (1943) Mark Sandrich, Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Drama, Romance, War

So Proudly We Hail! (Mark Sandrich, 1943)
A group of U.S. Army nurses leaves San Francisco for their tour of duty in Hawaii in December 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor changes their destination, and their lives. Sent to Bataan, in the Philippines, the nurses are led by Lt. Janet Davidson. She is faced with untested nurses who expected an easy time in Honolulu, but who quickly become battle-weary veterans dealing with daily bombardments by the Japanese, overwhelmed by the numbers of wounded, and dwindling supplies. Some of “Davey’s” unit also have to deal with romantic entanglements with men they met onboard ship. When Bataan falls, the American forces flee to the offshore island of Corregidor, where they find the Japanese assault just as intense.
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The Seven Little Foys (1955) Melville Shavelson, Bob Hope, Milly Vitale, George Tobias, Biography, Comedy, Drama

The Seven Little Foys (Melville Shavelson, 1955)
Vaudeville entertainer Eddie Foy, who has vowed to forever keep his act a solo, falls in love with and marries Italian ballerina Madeleine. While they continue to tour the circuit, they begin a family and before long have seven little Foys to clutter the wings. After tragedy threatens to stall Eddie’s career, he comes to realize that his little terrors are worth their weight in gold.
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