In 1950, life as usual in a middle-American town. Cold War paranoia is beginning; the young men’s biggest concern is the draft board and deferments from the peacetime army. Read More »
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For some reason, this year’s Nobel prize in literature has been awarded to the young author Andrew Craig, who seems to be more interested in women and drinking than writing. Read More »
Alfred Eaton (Paul Newman) returns home after World War II, driven to be as successful as possible out of hatred toward his wealthy father (Leon Ames). Read More »
Earthquake (1974) Mark Robson, Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Action, Drama, Thriller
Construction Engineer Stuart Graff is estranged from his jealously possessive wife, Remy, and has an affair with Denise Marshall, the widow of a co-worker. Read More »
The Harder They Fall (1956) Mark Robson, Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Drama, Film-Noir, Sport, Thriller
After 17 years as a recognized and respected sports journalist in New York City, Eddie Willis finds himself out of a job when his newspaper folds. Read More »
A Prize of Gold (1955) Mark Robson, Richard Widmark, Mai Zetterling, Nigel Patrick, Crime, Adventure, Drama
Gold bars are discovered while dredging a canal in post WWII Berlin, which the Air Force is transporting in trips to London. Read More »
A poor and alienated young man (Farley Granger) who is driven to murder when a priest refuses to give is deceased mother an expensive funeral. Read More »
Champion (1949) Mark Robson, Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Marilyn Maxwell, Drama, Film-Noir, Romance
Midge Kelly, hitchhiking west with lame brother Connie, is hustled unprepared into a pro boxing match. Though he’s severely beaten, manager Tommy Haley finds him promising. Arrived in California, Midge and Connie find nothing but a menial job from which Midge gets relief by seducing Emma, a lovely young waitress. One shotgun marriage later, ambitious Midge falls back on the only option he knows: boxing. Seduced by cheering crowds, money, and a succession of blondes, Midge becomes more and more of a hero in public…and a heel in private.
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Adapted by Don M. Mankiewicz from his own novel, Trial is a surprisingly timely story of how justice can sometimes be compromised by “special interests”. It all begins when Mexican youth Angelo Chavez (Rafael Campos) is placed on trial for the murder of a white teenaged girl. Battling the lynch-mob mentality in and out of the courtroom is relatively inexperienced defense attorney David Blake (Glenn Ford). Believing that anything done on behalf of his client is for the common good, Blake approves the organization of an “Angelo Chavez Society” to pay the boy’s court costs and ostensibly see that justice is done in the face of small-town prejudice. Soon, however, Blake discovers that both he and his client are being used as dupes by a Communist lawyer, who hopes that Chavez will be found guilty and executed, thereby creating a martyr for the Red cause. Much was made in 1955 of the fact that the presiding judge is a black man, played by Juano Hernandez. A bit creaky at times, Trial nonetheless still packs a wallop when shown today.
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Three people, Susan and Philip Ashlow and Henry Brittingham-Brett are washed ashore on a deserted island after a shipwreck. Henry is Susan’s lover. Since the island is filled with things to eat, they can concentrate on the love triangle between the men and the woman.
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