I am so grateful my experience working in Hollywood (as a production assistant at Don Mischer Productions) was nothing like the one depicted in this movie! Guy (Frank Whaley) is a gullible, earnest, wide-eyed Hollywood newbie who just landed a position as studio executive Buddy Ackerman’s (Kevin Spacey) assistant. From day one, Buddy berates Guy and makes it clear that Guy’s only purpose is to serve his boss’s needs, no matter how trifling. Eventually, Guy reaches his boiling point, and things get very, very ugly.
When Blanche (Valerie Hobson) goes to live as a governess at her wealthy uncle’s massive estate, it isn’t long before she marries her cousin and becomes the mistress of the house. Things get complicated when she begins a love affair with Philip (Stewart Granger), an angst-ridden employee of the estate who also happens to be the illegitimate son of the estate’s former owner. Things take a dark turn when Philip announces his intentions to kill Blanche’s uncle and husband/cousin to gain control of the estate.
Written by Audrey Erskine-Lindop, Cecil McGivern, Hugh Mills (based on the novel by Joseph Shearing, which was actually a pseudonym for Marjorie Bowen)
Judith (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) is married to Brice (Lance Gross), a man who loves her dearly and works hard to provide for his family. When Judith begins working with Harley (Robbie Jones), a rich, suave Internet entrepreneur, he introduces her to a life of luxury she craves and tempts her to step outside of her marriage. However, Judith eventually learns there is more to Harley than meets the eye, and she is forced to deal with the consequences of her actions.
Written by Tyler Perry (based on his stage play “The Marriage Counselor”
Based on the life of early 20th-century blues composer and musician W.C. Handy, this film tells the story of the man widely considered the “Father of the Blues.” Will (Nat King Cole) is a talented composer who has a knack for churning out rockin’ blues grooves.
The pride of Jordan “Bick” Benedict (Rock Hudson) is his massive Texas cattle ranch Reata. When Bick journeys to Maryland to buy a stud horse for the ranch, he meets and falls hard for the beautiful, strong-willed socialite Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor). After a two-day courtship, Bick decides to marry Leslie and take her back to Texas to help him run the ranch. (more…)
George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) is a penniless, working-class fellow who gets a job working in his rich uncle’s factory. Things begin to look up when he begins a romance with fellow factory worker Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters).
Lilian Andrews (Jean Harlow) uses her irresistible appeal with men to climb her way up the social ladder. Long on ambition and short on scruples, Lilian will stop at nothing to get what she wants. No man is safe around this ruthless woman!
Directed by Jack Conway Screenplay by Anita Loos (based on Katherine Brush’s 1931 novel Red-Headed Woman) Produced by Paul Bern Released by MGM
When Mildred Pierce’s mediocre marriage falls apart, she (Joan Crawford) uses her mean pie-bakin’ skills to provide for her family and eventually becomes a successful restaurateur. Unfortunately, Mildred’s obsession of satisfying the insatiable materialistic cravings of her bratty, ungrateful daughter Veda threatens her own well-being. Her penchant for bad men doesn’t help either.
Directed by Michael Curtiz Screenplay by Ranald MacDougall (Uncredited: William Faulkner and Catherine Turney) (based on the 1941 novel Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain) Produced by Jerry Wald Released by Warner Bros. Pictures
Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) is a delusional former silent-movie queen who just can’t accept the fact her star has long since faded. Joe Gillis (William Holden) is a struggling screenwriter in need of some dough and a hideout from his creditors. When Gillis stumbles into Desmond’s mansion, she draws him into her fantasy world and gets him to assist her in orchestrating her long-overdue Hollywood comeback.
Directed by Billy Wilder Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman, Jr. Produced by Charles Brackett Released by Paramount Pictures
While veteran theater star Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is initially enchanted by young, wide-eyed Eve Harrington’s (Anne Baxter) idolization of her, Margo soon begins to doubt Eve’s motivations. With Bette Davis delivering delicious dialogue like “Remind me to tell you about the time I looked into the heart of an artichoke,” this movie is a drama-filled treat!
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (based on the 1946 short story “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr) Produced by Daryl F. Zanuck Released by 20th Century Fox