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Accent on Youth (1935) Wesley Ruggles, Sylvia Sidney, Herbert Marshall, Phillip Reed, Comedy, Romance
Set in the mid-eighties Michael Pierson, a young gay man, is struck with AIDS in the prime of his life. He’s forced to be open about the disease and his homosexuality for the first time with his co-workers (he’s a successful lawyer) and family. He, and the people around him, must face up to the inevitablity of his death and the disease that’s killing him. “An Early Frost” was many people’s first look at an AIDS victim as a human being instead of a statistic.
After Michael Carter’s fiancée commits suicide, Michael vows to seek revenge on his wealthy family, who sabotaged their marriage. He drives across the country angrily, and lands up at a saloon, where he is shot by an Indian, Pete. Pete’s girlfriend, Tonita nurses Michael’s wound and falls in love with him. Michael realizes this, proposes marriage to Tonita – a perfect revenge for his prejudice family. They marry and he takes her to New York, in full Indian dress hoping to embarrass the family. The press and society mock the Carters – to Michael’s delight. Tonita’s confused as to why Michael doesn’t want to consummate their marriage. At a coming out party for Tonita, set up by Diana (Michael’s sister), Tonita’s a big hit. Michael becomes angry for his family has “won”. Tonita realizes the true reason for their marriage, and finds comfort with Bob, Diana’s lover. Diana catches Tonita and Bob together and kills Bob, but, Tonita takes the blame and is arrested, for this is the perfect …
An American Tragedy (1931) Josef von Sternberg, Phillips Holmes, Sylvia Sidney, Frances Dee, Romance, Drama
Love From a Stranger (1947) Richard Whorf, John Hodiak, Sylvia Sidney, Ann Richards, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Cecily Harrington, struggling along on a small allowance, wins a fortune in a lottery. She decides to travel rather than marrying her fiancé Nigel Lawrence. A stranger, Manuel Cortez, comes to rent her flat and she falls in love with him, and they are married. For their honeymoon, they go to an isolated English college where she, unlike the audience, doesn’t realize she has married a fortune-hunting Bluebeard with a few murdered wives in his past. The question is will she be able to repent in leisure her decision to marry in haste.
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936) Henry Hathaway, Sylvia Sidney, Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda, Drama, Romance
A well-established tale of a long-running feud between two mountain clans. The features of this production were the new three-strip Technicolor process showing the outdoor Californian settings and an energetic young cast. It is said that Li’l Abner was based on Henry Fonda’s performance.