Monday, August 8, 2011

Good Sam (1948)

Starring Gary Cooper, Ann Sheridan, William Frawley, Ray Collins, Ruth Roman, Minerva Urecal, Louise Beavers, and Irving Bacon. Directed by Leo McCarey. A small-town department store manager is a born Good Samaritan, who much to the dismay of his wife, habitually gives his money away to one deserving soul after another. When he finds himself in dire financial straits, none of the people to whom he's extended his generosity come to his aid.

The Flying Deuces (1939)

Starring Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel, Reginald Gardiner, James Finlayson, and Jean Parker. Directed by A. Edward Sutherland. Oliver is heartbroken when he learns that the innkeeper's daughter with whom he's fallen in love is already married to a dashing French Foreign Legion officer. To forget her, he joins the Legion himself, dragging poor Stanley with him.

Holiday (1938)

Starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Lew Ayres, Edward Everett Horton, and Binnie Barnes. Directed by George Cukor. A free-thinking young man becomes engaged to a millionaire's daughter. When her family demands that he settle down and get a job he rebels, wishing instead to spend the early years of his life on holiday.

The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)

Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Kasey Rogers, Paul Kelly, and Minor Watson. Directed by Robert Siodmak. Late one evening a woman shows up at the office of a married district attorney. Before he can stop himself, he and the woman are involved in an illicit affair.

Citizen Kane (1941)

Starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Alan Ladd, Ruth Warrick, Paul Stewart, Ray Collins, Everett Sloane, and Nat King Cole. Directed by Orson Welles. A multimillionaire newspaper tycoon dies alone in his extravagant mansion, speaking a single word - Rosebud. In an attempt to figure out the meaning of this word, a reporter tracks down the people who worked and lived with the man.

Dreamboat (1952)

Starring Clifton Webb, Ginger Rogers, Anne Francis, Jeffrey Hunter, Fred Clark, Elsa Lanchester, and Ray Collins. Directed by Claude Binyon. A respected college professor is plagued when his old silent movies are shown on television and sets out with his daughter to stop it; however, his former co-star is the hostess of the TV show playing his films and she has other plans.

Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

Starring Susan Hayward, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Egan, and Julie Newmar. Directed by Delmar Daves. An ex-slave who embraced Christianity after being present at the Crucifixion is thrown in jail for defending an elderly merchant from a sadistic Roman legionnaire. He is forced to attend gladiator school and fight in the arena for the amusement of the mad emperor Caligula.

The Disorderly Orderly (1964)

Starring Jerry Lewis, Glenda Farrell, Everett Sloane, Kathleen Freeman, Alice Pearce, Susan Oliver, Barbara Nichols, Milton, Frome, Herbie Faye, and Jack E. Leonard. Directed by Frank Tashlin. An orderly in a mental hospital takes on the symptoms of most of his patients.

Angel and the Badman (1947)

Starring John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey, Bruce Cabot, and Paul Fix. Directed by James Edward Grant. A wounded outlaw is sheltered by a Quaker family and is attracted to the family's angelic daughter.


Born in Los Angeles, California, on August 8, 1937, actor Dustin Hoffman celebrates his 74th birthday today.


Born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia in Brooklyn, New York, on August 8, 1938, actress Connie Stevens is 73 years old today.


Born in Inglewood, California, on August 8, 1921, actress Esther Williams celebrates her 90th birthday today.


Born in San Mateo, California, on August 8, 1949, actor Keith Carradine turns 62 years old today.


Born Lonnie Melvin Tillis on August 8, 1932, in Tampa, Florida, country music star Mel Tillis is 79 years old today.


Born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 8, 1953, actor Donny Most turns 58 years old today.