In Paris, detective Claude Chavasse is hired to follow a wife suspected of infidelity with the notorious American libertine Frank Flannagan. Read More »
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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) Billy Wilder, Robert Stephens, Christopher Lee, Colin Blakely
Director Billy Wilder adds a new and intriguing twist to the personality of intrepid detective Sherlock Holmes. Read More »
Baltimore industrialist Wendell Armbruster crosses paths with London shop girl Pamela Piggott when they come to Ischia to pick up the bodies of her mother and his father Read More »
In the 30’s, in Paris, the playboy Henri Pasquier is supported by his father, Dr. Pasquier with money and a brandy new car. Read More »
The Major and the Minor (1942) Billy Wilder, Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson, Comedy, Romance
New York working woman Susan Applegate is desperate to go home to Iowa but doesn’t have the railroad fare so that she disguises herself as a kid to ride half an hour. Read More »
Berlin is the epitome of political and economic polarization. A microcosm of that polarization is the life of American C.R. MacNamara, known as Mac to his friends. Read More »
One night in 1944 in a German POW camp housing American airmen, two prisoners try to escape the compound and are quickly discovered and shot dead. Read More »
Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Billy Wilder, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
It’s Britain, 1953. Upon his return to work following a heart attack, irrepressible barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts, known as a barrister for the hopeless Read More »
Walter Matthau plays a professional killer going by the name of Trabucco, who is on his way to rub out gangster Rudy “Disco” Gambola, set to testify against the mob. Read More »
A Foreign Affair (1948) Billy Wilder, Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, John Lund, Comedy, Drama, Romance
A congressional committee visits occupied Berlin to investigate G.I. morals. Congresswoman Phoebe Frost, appalled at widespread evidence of human frailty Read More »
Charles Tatum, a down-on-his-luck reporter, takes a job with a small New Mexico newspaper. The job is pretty boring until he finds a man trapped in an old Indian dwelling. He jumps at the chance to make a name for himself by taking over and prolonging the rescue effort, and feeding stories to major newspapers. He creates a national media sensation and milks it for all it is worth – until things go terribly wrong.
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Dino, the charming and lecherous Las Vegas singer, stops for gas on his way to Hollywood in Climax, Nevada. The oily gas station attendant is Barney Millsap, a would-be lyricist who writes pop songs with Orville Spooner, the local piano teacher. By disabling Dino’s car, Barney contrives a scheme to have Dino sing one of their songs on an upcoming TV special. To entertain Dino, Barney contacts the village tart, Polly, employing her to pretend to be Orville’s wife, Zelda, for a night. She doesn’t like Dino, but does love being Orville’s surrogate wife. Dino goes to a bar, where he meets the real Zelda, and they spend the night together while Polly spends it with Orville.
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June, 1942. The British Army, retreating ahead of victorious Rommel, leaves a lone survivor on the Egyptian border–Corporal John Bramble, who finds refuge at a remote desert hotel…soon to be German HQ. To survive, Bramble assumes an identity which proves perilous. The new guest of honor is none other than Rommel, hinting of his secret strategy, code-named ‘five graves.’ And the fate of the British in Egypt depends on whether a humble corporal can penetrate the secret…
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The Apartment (1960) Billy Wilder, Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Comedy, Drama, Romance
As of November 1, 1959, mild mannered C.C. Baxter has been working at Consolidated Life, an insurance company, for close to four years, and is one of close to thirty-two thousand employees located in their Manhattan head office. To distinguish himself from all the other lowly cogs in the company in the hopes of moving up the corporate ladder, he often works late, but only because he can’t get into his apartment, located off of Central Park West, since he has provided it to a handful of company executives – Mssrs. Dobisch, Kirkeby, Vanderhoff and Eichelberger – on a rotating basis for their extramarital liaisons in return for a good word to the personnel director, Jeff D. Sheldrake. When Baxter is called into Sheldrake’s office for the first time, he learns that it isn’t just to be promoted as he expects, but also to add married Sheldrake to the list to who he will lend his apartment.
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