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Tag Archives: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Somewhere in the Night (1946) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Lloyd Nolan, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
During the World War II, a soldier is hit by a grenade that deforms his face and leaves him with amnesia. Read More »
A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Drama, Romance, Comedy
Lora May Hollingsway, who grew up next to the wrong side of the tracks, married her boss who thinks she is just a gold digger. Read More »
No Way Out (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
The Biddle brothers, shot while robbing a gas station, are taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital Read More »
Escape (1948) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rex Harrison, Peggy Cummins, William Hartnell, Film-Noir, Thriller
A convict sentenced to three years for killing a detective escapes from a prison and goes on the run aided by a local girl. Read More »
The Honey Pot (1967) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rex Harrison, Susan Hayward, Cliff Robertson, Comedy, Crime
As an elaborate joke, the wealthy Cecil Fox (Rex Harrison) hires actor William McFly (Cliff Robertson) to play his personal assistant Read More »
The Late George Apley (1947) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ronald Colman, Vanessa Brown, Richard Haydn, Comedy
George and Catherine Apley of Boston lead a proper life in the proper social circle, as did the Apleys before them. Read More »
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A wealthy harridan, Violet Venable, attempts to bribe Dr. Cukrowicz, a young psycho-surgeon from a New Orleans mental hospital that is desperately in need of funds Read More »
House of Strangers (1949) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
In New York, after seven years in prison, the lawyer Max Monetti goes to the bank of his brothers Joe, Tony and Pietro Monetti and promises revenge to them. Then he visits his lover Irene Bennett that asks him to forget the past and start a new life. Max recalls the early 30s, when he is the favorite son of his father Gino Monetti, who has a bank in the East Side. Gino is a tyrannical and egocentric self-made man that raises his family in an environment of hatred and Max is a competent lawyer engaged with Maria Domenico. When Max meets the confident Irene, he has a troubled love affair with her. In 1933, with the new Banking Act reaches Gino for misapplication of funds. Max plots a plan to help his father but is betrayed by his brothers. Now Max will see his brothers that have also being raised under the motto “Never Forgive, Never Forget”.
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The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien, Crime, Drama, Mystery
At Maria Vargas’ funeral, several people recall who she was and the impact she had on them. Harry Dawes was a not very successful writer/director when he and movie producer Kirk Edwards scouted her at a shabby nightclub where she worked as a flamenco dancer. He convinces her to take a chance on acting and her first film is a huge hit. PR man Oscar Muldoon remembers when Maria was in court supporting her father who was accused of murdering her mother. It was Maria’s testimony that got him off and she was a bigger star than ever. Alberto Bravano, one of the richest men is South America, sets his sights on Maria she goes off with him – as much to make Edwards angry as anything – but he treats her badly. When she meets Count Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini they fall deeply in love. They are married but theirs is not to be a happy life.
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5 Fingers (1952) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Based on a true story. In neutral Turkey during WWII, the ambitious and extremely efficient valet for the British ambassador tires of being a servant and forms a plan to promote himself to rich gentleman of leisure. His employer has many secret documents; he will photograph them, and with the help of a refugee Countess, sell them to the Nazis. When he makes a certain amount of money, he will retire to South America with the Countess as his wife.
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Eve is waiting backstage to meet her “idol” aging Broadway Star, Margo Channing. It all seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of the current play she is in. Only Playright critic DeWitt sees through Eve’s evil plan, which is to take her parts and fiance. When the fiance shows no interest, she tries for Celeste Holmes husband and playwright. But, DeWitt (George Brandt) stops her. After she accepts her award, she decides to skip the after-party and goes to her room, where we find a young woman named Phoebe, who snuck into her room and fell asleep. This is where the “Circle of Life” now comes to fruition as Eve is going to get played the way she did Margo.
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