Monday, May 6, 2013

Johnny Apollo (1940)

Johnny Apollo, released in 1940 by 20th Century Fox Pictures, starred Tyrone Power, Edward Arnold, Lloyd Nolan, Dorothy Lamour, Milburn Stone, Charles Lane, Charley Grapewin, Lionel Atwill, and Marc Lawrence; directed by Henry Hathaway. When the college educated son of a jailed embezzler tries to find work only to be turned away because of his father's reputation, the young man then hires on as the right-hand man to a personable but deadly gangster.

The Gazebo (1959)

 The Gazebo, released in 1959 by MGM Pictures, starred Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Ford, Carl Reiner, John McGiver, Jack Kruschen, Martin Landau, Mabel Albertson, Patricia Blair, Helen Kleeb, and Bert Freed; directed by George Marshall. A TV writer buries the body of a blackmailer under the new gazebo in his suburban backyard. Although the dastardly deed goes off without a hitch, the body of the blackmailer turns up elsewhere, leaving the man to track down who it was he buried under the gazebo.

Harvey (1950)

Harvey, released in 1950 by Universal Pictures, starred James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Jesse White, Cecil Kellaway, Wallace Ford, and Maudie Prickett; directed by Henry Koster. The town drunk claims that he sees a mischievous Irish spirit which has taken the form of a man-sized rabbit.

Zenobia (1939)

Zenobia, released by United Artists Pictures in 1939, starred Oliver Hardy (without Stan Laurel), Hattie McDaniel, Billie Burke, and Stepin Fetchit; directed by Gordon Douglas. A Mississippi doctor tends to a main's ailing elephant and when once cured the pachyderm refuses to leave the doctor's side the carnival operator sues the doctor for alienation of affections.

Caught in the Draft (1941)

Caught in the Draft, released in 1941 by Paramount Pictures, starred Bob Hope, Dorothy 
Lamour, Eddie Bracken, Irving Bacon, and Dave Willock; directed by David Butler. A famous movie star does his best to avoid military service following his enlistment by mistake in an attempt to court a colonel's daughter.

Pardners (1956)

Pardners, released in 1956 by Paramount Pictures, starred Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Elam, Lon Chaney, Jr., Lee Van Cleef, Milton Frome, and Lori Nelson; directed by Norman Taurog. Two ranch partners are killed by the 'Masked Raiders' defending their land. Their infant sons are separated, one being raised on the farm and the other being raised in New York. Twenty-five years later, these two boys meet again. They must work through their differences and band together like their fathers before them and defend the ranch against the 'Masked Raiders'.

Ride Lonesome (1959)

Ride Lonesome, released in 1959 by Columbia Pictures, starred Randolph Scott,
James Coburn, James Best, Pernell Roberts, Lee Van Cleef, and Karen Steele; directed by Budd Boetticher. A bounty hunter captures a wanted murderer and escorts him to Santa Cruz to be hanged but allows the outlaw's brother to catch up with him for a showdown over a previous murder. 

Yellow Sky (1948)

 Yellow Sky, released in 1948 by 20th Century Fox Pictures, starred Gregory Peck, Richard Widmark, Anne Baxter, Harry Morgan, John Russell, and Victor Kilian; directed by William A. Wellman. An outlaw leader and his gang take refuge in a frontier ghost town inhabited only by an elderly man and his granddaughter. The old man reveals that there's gold buried in the area, prompting a few of the gang to plot the old man's death and claim the treasure for themselves.

Apartment For Peggy (1948)

 Apartment For Peggy, released by 20th Century Fox 1948, starred William Holden, Jeanne Crain, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart, Betty Lynn, Charles Lane, and Gene Nelson; directed by George Seaton. An aging professor who decides he's lived long enough changes his attitude after meeting a young mother-to-be who charms him into renting out his attic as an apartment for her and her husband.

Sitting Pretty (1948)

 Sitting Pretty, released in 1948 by 20th Century Fox Pictures, starred Robert Young, Maureen O'Hara, Clifton Webb, Ed Begley, John Russell, Betty Lynn, Richard Haydn, Louise Albritton, and Minerva Urecal; directed by Walter Lang. A suburban couple with three sons and a serious need for a babysitter put an ad in the newspaper for a live-in babysitter and the ad is answered by Lynn Belvedere. But when she arrives, she turns out to be a man. And not just any man, but a most eccentric, outrageously forthright genius with seemingly a million careers and experiences behind him who works miracles with the children and with the house.

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, released by Warner Brothers Pictures in 1953, starred Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey, Frank Ferguson, Lee Van Cleef, James Best, Ross Elliott, Merv Griffin, and Steve Brodie; directed by Eugene Lourie. As the result of an arctic nuclear test, a carnivorous dinosaur thaws out and makes its way down the east coast of North America.

George Washington Slept Here (1942)

George Washington Slept Here, released in 1942 by Warner Brothers Pictures starred Jack Benny, Ann Sheridan, Hattie McDaniel, Percy Kilbride, Charles Coburn, Franklin Pangborn, Lee Patrick, and William Tracy; directed by William Keighley. Without her husband's knowledge, a woman purchases a dilapidated old farmhouse in Pennsylvania where George Washington was supposed to have actually slept during the American Revolution. They encounter one problem after another trying to get the house renovated.