classic movies

Movie Picks | Blanche Fury (1948) | With her husband and boyfriend living under the same roof, things were bound to get ugly

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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)

Directed by Marc Allegret

Produced by Anthony Havelock-Allan

Released by Eagle Lion Films

 

Movie Picks | Black Widow (1954) | Why you shouldn’t invite random houseguests over when your wife is away…

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When Broadway producer Peter Denver (Van Heflin) meets young, aspiring writer Nancy Ordway (Peggy Ann Garner) at a party, he has no idea how the chance meeting will impact his life. (more…)

Movie Picks | Dial M for Murder (1954) | He thought he had planned the perfect crime…

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Secretly aware of the fact his wealthy wife Margot (Grace Kelly) has been having an affair with mystery writer Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings), ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) concocts a seemingly airtight scheme to have Margot murdered. Of course, things don’t go as planned…

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay by Frederick Knot (based on his 1952 stage play Dial M for Murder)
Produced by Alfred Hitchcock
Released by Warner Bros.

Movie Picks | St. Louis Blues (1958)

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.

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Movie Picks | Strait-Jacket (1964) | Once an axe-murderer, always an axe-murderer?

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After spending twenty years in a psychiatric hospital for the axe-murder of her cheating husband, Lucy Harbin (Joan Crawford) is anxious about re-entering society.

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Movie Picks | Giant (1956) | Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Boy brings girl home to ranch. Girl takes over ranch.

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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…)

Movie Picks | Rear Window (1954) | A view to (watch someone) kill

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Immobilized by a broken leg, photographer L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) finds himself with nothing to do but look out the window of his New York City apartment.

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Movie Picks | Red Headed Woman (1932) | No red-blooded man was safe around her…

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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

Movie Picks | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) | “Square-cut or pear-shaped, these rocks don’t lose their shape.”

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Two bombshell friends, Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe), who loves diamonds, and Dorothy (Jane Russell), who loves men, travel by ocean liner from New York to Paris, while a private detective covers their tracks. This film has plenty of glamour and dazzling musical numbers to mesmerize every time.

Directed by Howard Hawks
Screenplay by Charles Lederer (based on Anita Loos’s 1925 novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady)
Produced by Sol C. Siegel
Released by 20th Century Fox

Movie Picks | Dead Ringer (1964) | A dark tale of un-sisterly love

Classic Movie Pick: Dead Ringer (1964)

When unmarried, down-on-her-luck Edith (Bette Davis) discovers her identical twin sister Maggie (also Bette Davis) has enjoyed a life of luxury with the man Edith used to love, Edith kills Maggie and takes her place. After committing the act, Edith struggles to keep her true identity a secret.

Directed by Paul Henreid
Screenplay by Oscar Millard and Albert Beich (based on the story La Otra by Rian James)
Produced by William H. Wright
Released by Warner Bros. Pictures