Tag Archives: USA

Yellow Submarine (1968) George Dunning, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Yellow Submarine (1968)
The singing group, The Beatles, at the height of their popularity, made this cartoon of a land that is taken over by the Blue Meanies. They are recruited by an escapee to come and bring joy (and music) back to the land. The techniques are quite psychedelic in the cartoons and much care was taken to have the walks and mannerisms of the individual Beatles cartoons match the originals.

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) Tay Garnett, Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Frank Chambers (John Garfield) is a drifter who stops at a rural diner for a meal, and ends up working there. The diner is operated by a beautiful young woman, Cora Smith (Lana Turner), and her much older husband, Nick (Cecil Kellaway). Frank and Cora start to have an affair soon after they meet. Cora is tired of her situation, married to a man she does not love, and working at a diner that she wishes to own. She and Frank scheme to murder Nick in order to start a new life together without her losing the diner. Their first attempt at the murder is a failure, but they eventually succeed…

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Cross-Country Romance (1940) Frank Woodruff, Gene Raymond, Wendy Barrie, Hedda Hopper, Comedy, Romance

Cross-Country Romance (1940)
Clad only in a slip, Diane hops into a travel trailer parked outside her mother’s New York apartment, which is then driven off by Dr. Larry Smith (Raymond). Larry is heading cross-country to San Francisco, as he plans to board a ship for China where he will work with a famous doctor on a cure for leukemia.
Needless to say, Larry’s a bit surprised to find a stowaway in his trailer, and when he refuses to believe his unexpected guest is the famous Diane North, Diane gives up and tells Larry her name is Maggie Jones. No one will be surprised that as Larry and Diane/Maggie travel across the United States, they fall in love.

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Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment (1992) Ken Musen, Documentary

Quiet Rage The Stanford Prison Experiment (1992)
In the summer of 1971, Philip Zimbardo, Craig Haney, and Curtis Banks carried out a psychological experiment to test a simple question. What happens when you put good people in an evil place-does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? To explore this question, college student volunteers were pretested and randomly assigned to play the role of prisoner or guard in a simulated prison at Stanford University. Although the students were mentally healthy and knew they were taking part in an experiment, some guards soon because sadistic and the prisoners showed signs of acute stress and depression. After only six days, the planned two-week study spun out of control and had to be ended to prevent further abuse of the prisoners. This dramatic demonstration of the power of social situations is relevant to many institutional settings, such as the Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq.

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Road Show (1941) Hal Roach, Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis, John Hubbard, Comedy, Music

Road Show (1941)
Rich playboy Drogo Gaines is in imminent danger of marrying a gold digger, and escapes by feigning insanity. The joke’s on him when he wakes up in an asylum full of comical lunatics. There he befriends Colonel Carraway, and together they escape, catching a ride with a beautiful blonde who proves to be Penguin Moore, carnival owner. The adventures of Drogo and the Colonel with Moore’s Carnival are replete with Hal Roach slapstick.

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I Live for Love (1935) Busby Berkeley, Dolores del Rio, Everett Marshall, Guy Kibbee, Comedy, Musical, Romance

I Live for Love (1935)
Donna (Del Rio) is a diva of the stage and wants her lover Rico (Alvarado) as her leading man. To keep this from happening, the producers (Churchill, Cavanaugh) grab Roger Kerry (Marshall) off the street and say he has a contract. Donna and Roger butt heads, he’s replaced by Rico, and Donna’s play flops. While her fame flops, Roger rises as a huge radio star. The two eventually fall in love, and Roger wants both of them to leave their careers behind.

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Poker Alice (1987) Arthur Allan Seidelman, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Skerritt, George Hamilton, Romance, Western

Poker Alice (1987)
Alice Moffit, ‘Poker Alice’, has been disowned by her Boston family because of her incurable penchant for gambling. She is travelling the West with her cousin, John, when she wins a house in a poker game on a train. The ‘house’ turns out to be a bordello, which she decides to run until she can sell it. She falls for a bounty hunter, Jeremy Collins, who is about to settle down in California. Marrying him would mean ending the life-long relationship between the two cousins.

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The Secret of the Whistler (1946) George Sherman, Richard Dix, Leslie Brooks, Michael Duane, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The Secret of the Whistler (1946)
An artist married to a wealthy but ill woman begins an affair with one of his models, who is after him solely for his money. His wife discovers the affair and threatens to cut him out of her will. In order to be able to keep both the wife’s money and his girlfriend, he begins to secretly poison his wife – but events take a surprising turn after she eventually dies.

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