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Vaudeville entertainer Eddie Foy, who has vowed to forever keep his act a solo, falls in love with and marries Italian ballerina Madeleine. Read More »
Tom Winters, a widower, is trying to understand and raise three precocious children alone. Read More »
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) Melville Shavelson, Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Adventure, Drama, History, War
An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. Read More »
The Great Houdini (1976) Melville Shavelson, Paul Michael Glaser, Sally Struthers, Ruth Gordon, Biography, Drama
A biography of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, examining his fascination with the occult and his promise to his wife on her deathbed that he would speak from the beyond. Read More »
It Started in Naples (1960) Melville Shavelson, Clark Gable, Sophia Loren, Vittorio De Sica, Comedy, Drama
Mike Hamilton, a Philadelphia lawyer, comes to Naples to settle the estate of his long estranged “black sheep” brother. Read More »
On the Double (1961) Melville Shavelson, Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Adventure, Comedy, War
American GI Ernie Williams, admittedly weak-kneed, has an uncanny resemblance to British Colonel MacKenzie. Williams, also a master of imitation and disguise, is asked to impersonate the Colonel, ostensibly to allow the Colonel to make a secret trip East. What Williams is not told is that the Colonel has recently been a target of assassins. After the Colonel’s plane goes down, the plan changes and Williams maintains the disguise to confuse the Nazis about D-Day.
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The Five Pennies (1959) Melville Shavelson, Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong, Biography, Drama, Music
Loring “Red” Nichols is a cornet-playing country boy who goes to New York in the 1920s full of musical ambition and principles. He gets a job playing in Wil Paradise’s band, but quits to pursue his dream of playing Dixieland jazz. He forms the “Five Pennies” which features his wife, Bobbie, as vocalist. At the peak of his fame, Red and Bobbie’s daughter, Dorothy, develops polio. Red quits the music business to move to Los Angeles where the climate is better for Dorothy. As Dorothy becomes a young teen, she learns of her father’s musical past, and he is persuaded to open a small nightclub which is failing until some noted names from his past come to help out.
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A New Kind of Love (1963) Melville Shavelson, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Thelma Ritter, Comedy, Romance
The fashion industry and Paris provide the setting for a comedy surrounding the mistaken impression that Joanne Woodward is a high-priced call girl. Paul Newman is the journalist interviewing her for insights on her profession.
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