Sunday, August 21, 2011


Born in Houston, Texas, on August 21, 1938, singer Kenny Rogers turns 73 years old today.

Suspicion (1941)

Starring Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Cedric Hardwicke, Leo G. Carroll, Nigel Bruce, and Dame May Whitty. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. After a shy young woman marries a handsome playboy she finds out his true character and becomes suspicious of his behavior. When his friend and business partner is mysteriously killed, she begins to believe her husband is the murderer and fears she could be his next victim.

I Walk Alone (1948)

Starring Burt Lancaster, Lizbeth Scott, Kirk Douglas, Wendell Corey, Marc Lawrence, and Mike Mazurki. Directed by Byron Haskin. On the run from the cops, two bootleggers split up, agreeing that if one is caught the other would operate their nightclub and save half the profits for his partner. One of the men is caught and and he is released from prison 14 years later, he returns to claim his money.

Desert Fury (1947)

Starring Burt Lancaster, Lizbeth Scott, John Hodiak, Wendell Corey, Mary Astor, and Ray Teal. Directed by Lewis Allen. The daughter of a tough saloon owner has quit school and returned home at the same time a ganster who was once involved with her mother has returned. After the girl falls for the gangster her old boyfriend, the local lawman and the gangster's sidekick try to break up the relationship.

Rachel and the Stranger (1948)

Starring William Holden, Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum, Frank Ferguson, and Tom Tully. Directed by Norman Foster. A widower who lives on Ohio farm with his young son wants the boy to be raised in the manner his wife would have wanted including proper schooling, Bible study, and manners, so he buys an indentured servant and marries her in order for the boy to have a mother to properly raise him.

The Hanging Tree (1959)

Starring Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, Karl Malden, George C. Scott, Karl Swenson, Virginia Gregg, and King Donovan. Directed by Delmar Daves. A frontier doctor with a checkered past who works in a rowdy Montana mining camp falls in love with a young Swiss girl he has treated for shock after she was the victim of a holdup.

Sunset in the West (1950)

Starring Roy Rogers, Penny Edwards, Will Wright, and Eselita Rodriguez. Directed by William Whitney. Near the border outlaws are hijacking trains and using them to transport large quantities of rifles. Roy Rogers gets involved when the train that was to pick up his cattle fails to stop.

Princess of the Nile (1954)

Starring Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie, Michael Ansara, Jack Elam, and Lee Van Cleef. Directed by Harmon Jones. Shalimar, a fearless 13th century Egyptian princess, strives to rid her country its Bedouin conquerors and forms an alliance with Prince Haidi, son of the Caliph of Baghdad.

Shock Treatment (1964)

Starring Lauren Bacall, Stuart Whitman, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Ossie Davis, Linden Chiles, Olan Soule, and Edward Platt. Directed by Denis Sanders. A crazed gardener sent to a mental hospital after he goes berserk and kills his wealthy boss supposedly has stolen over a million dollars from her and hidden it on the estate. A professional actor is hired to feign insanity to get into the hospital, befriend the maniac, and find out where he hid the cash.

The Purchase Price (1932)

Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Lyle Talbot, George Brent, and Hardie Albright. Directed by William A. Wellman. Tired of her relationship qith a small-time racketeeer, a torch singer flees to Montreal and becomes the mail-order bride of a down-to-earth farmer from North Dakota.

Sullivan's Travels (1941)

Starring Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, William Demarest, Byron Foulger, Franklin Pangborn, and Porter Hall. Directed by Preston Sturges. Unable to function in the highbrow atmosphere of Hollywood, a filmmaker decides to hit the road disguised as a tramp and touch base with the real people of America.

I Can Get it for You Wholesale (1954)

Starring Susan Hayward, Dan Dailey, George Sanders, Sam Jaffe, Harry Von Zell, Charles Lane, and Marvin Kaplan. Directed by Michael Gordon. A fashion model turns her dreams of being a dress designer into reality. Knowing she has to be tough to succeed, she lures her company's top salesman and production whiz to start her own shop.

All Hands on Deck (1961)

Starring Pat Boone, Barbara Eden, Buddy Hackett, Gale Gordon, Dennis O'Keefe, Warren Berlinger, Joe E. Ross, Ann B. Davis, Joe Conley, and Jody McCrea, Directed by Norman Taurog. A Navy lieutenant ships out to the Aleutians, leaving his new love behind. Taking off with the ship is a stowaway turkey who mates with a pelican, producing a strange-looking egg. Meanwhile, the girlfriend has smuggled herself onboard just as the commander arrives for an inspection of the ship.