Category:Films produced by Walter Wanger
Films produced by Walter Wanger
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Films produced by Walter Wanger
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1. Algiers (film) – Algiers is a 1938 American drama film directed by John Cromwell and starring Charles Boyer, Sigrid Gurie, and Hedy Lamarr. Written by John Howard Lawson, the film is about a notorious French jewel thief hiding in the labyrinthine native quarter of Algiers known as the Casbah. Feeling imprisoned by his exile, he is drawn out of hiding by a beautiful French tourist who reminds him of happier times in Paris. The Walter Wanger production was a remake of the successful 1937 French film Pépé le Moko, Algiers was a sensation because it was the first Hollywood film starring Hedy Lamarr, whose beauty became the main attraction for film audiences. The film is notable as one of the sources of inspiration to the screenwriters of the 1942 Warner Bros. film Casablanca who wrote it with Hedy Lamarr in mind as the female lead. Charles Boyers depiction of the character, Pepe Le Moko, inspired the Warner Bros. animated character. In 1966, the film entered the public due to the claimants failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication. Pepe Le Moko is a thief, who, after his last great heist. Since his escape, Moko became a resident and leader of the immense Casbah, or native quarter, French officials arrive insisting on Pepes capture are met with unfazed local detectives, led by Inspector Slimane, who are biding their time. Meanwhile, Pepe begins to feel trapped in his prison-like stronghold, a feeling which intensifies after meeting the beautiful Gaby. His love for Gaby soon arouses the jealousy of Ines, Pepes Algerian mistress, cast notes Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr made her American film debut in Algiers, although she was already known for her appearance in the 1937 Czech film Ecstasy, in which she appeared nude. Howard Dietz, the head of MGMs publicity department, quizzed her about this, then its all right, he said, no damage has been done. Wanger used most of the music from the French film in this remake, backgrounds and exteriors for the film were shot in Algiers by a photographer named Knechtel, who was based in London. These photographs were integrated into the film by cinematographer James Wong Howe. Cromwell says about Lamarr that she could not act, after youve been in the business for a time, you can tell easily enough right when you meet them. But the principle applies, and Hedy also had no personality, how could they think she could become a second Garbo. … Ill take some credit for making her acting passable but can only share credit with Boyer fifty-fifty, Boyer did not enjoy his work on Algiers. An actor never likes to copy anothers style, he said, director Cromwell would run a scene from the original and insist we do it exactly that way — terrible, a perfectly terrible way to work
2. Foreign Correspondent (film) – Foreign Correspondent is a 1940 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It tells the story of an American reporter who tries to expose enemy spies in Britain who are involved in a fictional continent-wide conspiracy in the prelude to World War II. It stars Joel McCrea and features 19-year old Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders, Albert Bassermann and it was based on Vincent Sheeans political memoir Personal History, the rights to which were purchased by producer Walter Wanger for $10,000. The film was one of two Hitchcock films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1941, the other being Rebecca, Foreign Correspondent was nominated for six Academy Awards, including one for Albert Bassermann for Best Supporting Actor, but did not win any Academy Awards. In mid-August 1939, just before the outbreak of World War II, after searching for a good, tough crime reporter for a fresh viewpoint, he appoints Johnny Jones as a foreign correspondent, under the pen name Huntley Haverstock. The reporters first assignment is Stephen Fisher, leader of the Universal Peace Party, at the party, Haverstock meets Fishers daughter, Carol. Later, Fisher informs the guests that Van Meer, who was supposed to be the guest of honor, will not be attending the party, at the conference, Van Meer is shot in front of a large crowd by a man disguised as a photographer. Haverstock commandeers a car to follow the assassins getaway car, the car he jumps into happens to have in it Carol and Scott ffolliott, another reporter, who explains that the capital letter in his surname was dropped in memory of an executed ancestor. The group follows the assassin to a windmill in the countryside, while Carol and ffolliott go for help, Haverstock searches the windmill and finds a live Van Meer, the man who was killed was an impostor substituted to make the world believe Van Meer was killed. The old man has been drugged and is unable to tell Haverstock anything, Haverstock is forced to flee when the kidnappers become aware of him. By the time the police arrive, the villains have escaped with Van Meer in an aircraft, later, back at Haverstocks hotel room, two spies dressed as policemen arrive to kidnap him. When he suspects who really are, he escapes out the window. Haverstock and Carol board a British boat to England, and while a furious storm thunders overhead, in England, they go to Carols fathers house, where Haverstock sees a man whom he recognizes as one of the men at the windmill. He informs Fisher and Fisher promises that he send a bodyguard to protect him. The bodyguard, Rowley, repeatedly tries to kill Haverstock, when the assassin tries to push him off the top of the Westminster Cathedral tower, Haverstock steps aside and Rowley plunges to his death. After a misunderstanding with Haverstock, Carol returns to London, just as Fisher is about to fall for ffolliotts bluff, he hears her car pull up. Fisher heads to a hotel where Van Meer is being held with ffolliott on his tail, Van Meer is being interrogated using sleep deprivation to discover a secret clause in a treaty he signed. Just as he is being forced to divulge the information the organization wants, when Haverstock arrives, Fisher and his bodyguards escape, leaving Van Meer behind
3. I Want to Live! – It stars Susan Hayward as Graham, and also features Simon Oakland, Stafford Repp, and Theodore Bikel. The movie was adapted from letters written by Graham and newspaper articles written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ed Montgomery and it presents a somewhat fictionalized version of the case showing a possibility of innocence concerning Graham. Today, the charge would be known as felony murder, the film earned six Oscar nominations, with Hayward winning a Best Actress Oscar at the 31st Academy Awards. The film tells the story of the life and execution of Barbara Graham, Graham is the product of a broken home, and works luring men into fixed card games. At one point, she attempts to go straight but marries the wrong man and he is a drug addict and she ends their relationship. When her life falls apart, she returns to her former professions, the police arrest them, and her companions accuse her of the murder to reduce their own chances of going to the gas chamber. She claims her innocence, but is convicted and executed, a prologue and epilogue contributed to the film by Montgomery characterize the films content — which largely portrays Graham as innocent of the murder — as factual. But there was evidence of Grahams complicity in the crime which included her taped confession to an undercover officer. Hollywood writer Robert Osborne, who became the host of Turner Classic Movies, interviewed Hayward. The film earned a net profit of $2,455,570 and she had no hesitation about indulging in any form of crime or vice that promised excitement on her own, rather mean, terms. Hayward brings off this complex characterization, Simon Oakland, as Montgomery, who first crucified Barbara Graham in print and then attempted to undo what he had done, underplays his role with assurance. From a loose and wise-cracking B-girl she moves onto levels of disdain and then plunges down to depths of terror. Except that the role does not present us a precisely pretty character, gene Blake, the reporter who covered the actual murder trial for the Los Angeles Daily Mirror, called the movie a dramatic and eloquent piece of propaganda for the abolition of the death penalty. In 2009, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that out of eleven reviews of the film were positive. Wins New York Film Critics Circle Awards, NYFCC Award, Best Actress, Academy Awards, Oscar, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Susan Hayward,1958. Golden Globes, Golden Globe, Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama, Susan Hayward,1959 Mar del Plata Film Festival, Best Actress, nominations Directors Guild of America, DGA Award, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, Robert Wise,1959. Nelson Gidding and Don Mankiewicz,1958, Golden Globes, Golden Globe, Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Motion Picture Director, Robert Wise,1959. Grammy Awards, Grammy, Best Soundtrack Album, Dramatic Picture Score or Original Cast, writers Guild of America, WGA Award, Best Written American Drama, Nelson Gidding and Don Mankiewicz,1959
4. Eternally Yours (film) – Eternally Yours is a 1939 American comedy drama film produced and directed by Tay Garnett with Walter Wanger as executive producer, from a screenplay by C. It stars Loretta Young and David Niven, composer Werner Janssen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Music. Anita Halstead goes to see an act performed by Tony. Anita and Tony are immediately attracted to other and get married. She becomes his assistant in the act, one night, Tony becomes drunk in the company of a woman reporter and boasts he will jump out of an airplane at 15,000 feet with his hands handcuffed behind his back. He promises Anita that he not attempt the dangerous stunt again. Anita becomes weary of the constant travel and longs to settle down, secretly, she sells her jewelry and has a house built in the Connecticut countryside. When it is completed, she shows Tony a picture of it, when he signs up for a two-year, round-the-world tour rather than take the vacation he had promised, she finally gives up. She leaves him and gets a divorce in Reno, Anitas grandfather, Bishop Peabody, breaks the news to the distraught Tony. On a sea cruise with her Aunt Abby, Anita is surprised to run into her old fiance Don and she gets the ships captain to marry them. However, she spends their honeymoon night with her grandfather, the next night, Don insists on introducing her to his boss, Harley Bingham, at a nightclub. The entertainment is none other than the Great Arturo, with his old assistant and he soon persuades Bingham to let him perform at Binghams company retreat at a resort, much to Anitas discomfort. Mrs. Bingham has a dilemma, though and they have not booked enough rooms to provide separate bedrooms for the unmarried Tony and Lola. Tony suggests he and Don share one room, while Anita, during his stay, Tony tries unsuccessfully to persuade Anita to take him back. Meanwhile, the hapless Don becomes sick, and the doctor prescribes no physical activity of any sort for a month, Bishop Peabody is told by his lawyer that Anitas divorce is not legal. Later, he informs his granddaughter that Tony will be doing his parachute stunt that day, Tony tells his valet and friend Benton that he hid a lockpick in the wrong airplane, but goes ahead with the trick anyway. He frees himself dangerously close to the ground, after he is pulled unconscious out of the water, Anita rushes to his side. When he regains consciousness, they are reconciled, in the final scene, they enter their Connecticut home
5. Stagecoach (1939 film) – Stagecoach is a 1939 American Western film directed by John Ford, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his breakthrough role. The screenplay, written by Dudley Nichols, is an adaptation of The Stage to Lordsburg, the film follows a group of strangers riding on a stagecoach through dangerous Apache territory. Stagecoach was the first of many Westerns that Ford shot using Monument Valley, in the American Southwest on the Arizona–Utah border, as a location, many of which also starred John Wayne. Similar geographic incongruencies are evident throughout the film, up to the scene of Ringo and Dallas departing Lordsburg, in southwestern New Mexico. In 1995, this film was deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant by the United States Library of Congress, in 1880, a motley group of strangers boards the east-bound stagecoach from Tonto, Arizona Territory to Lordsburg, New Mexico Territory. These travelers are unremarkable and ordinary at first glance, when the stage driver, Buck, looks for his normal shotgun guard, Marshal Curly Wilcox tells him that the guard is off searching for the fugitive Ringo Kid. Ringo broke out of prison after hearing that his father and brother had been murdered by Luke Plummer, Buck tells Curly that Plummer is in Lordsburg. Knowing that Ringo has vowed to avenge his father and brother, as the stage sets out, U. S. Cavalry Lieutenant Blanchard announces that Geronimo and his Apaches are on the warpath, his small troop will provide an escort to Dry Fork. At the edge of town, two more passengers flag down the stage and board, gambler and Southern gentleman Hatfield, and banker Henry Gatewood, further along the road, the stage comes across the Ringo Kid, whose horse went lame and left him afoot. Even though they are friends, Curly has no choice but to take Ringo into custody, as the trip progresses, Ringo takes a strong liking to Dallas. Doc Boone gets drunk on Peacocks samples, when Doc Boone tells Peacock that he served as a doctor in the Union Army during the War of the Rebellion, Hatfield quickly uses a Southern term, the War for the Southern Confederacy. The stage reaches Dry Fork, but the cavalry detachment has gone to Apache Wells. Buck wants to back, but Curly demands that the group vote. With only Buck and Peacock objecting, they decide to proceed on to Apache Wells, at lunch before departing, the group is taken aback when Ringo invites Dallas to sit at the main table, and Mrs. Mallory is clearly uncomfortable having lunch with a prostitute. Hatfield gives Mrs. Mallory a drink from his silver folding cup and she recognizes the family crest on the cup, and asks Hatfield whether he was ever in Virginia. He says he won the flask in a game. When the stage reaches Apache Wells, Mrs. Mallory learns that her husband had been wounded in battle and has left, she faints, Doc Boone has to sober up and deliver the baby, and later Dallas emerges holding a healthy baby girl. Later that night, Ringo asks Dallas to marry him, afraid to reveal her checkered past, she does not answer immediately
6. Scarlet Street – Scarlet Street is a 1945 film noir directed by Fritz Lang. The screenplay concerns two criminals who take advantage of a painter in order to steal his artwork. The principal actors Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea had earlier appeared together in The Woman in the Window also directed by Fritz Lang, local authorities in three cities banned Scarlet Street early in 1946 because of its dark plot and themes. In 1934, Christopher Chris Cross, an amateur painter and cashier for clothing retailer. Hogarth & Company, is fêted by his employer, honoring him for years of service since 1909. Company head Hogarth presents him with a watch and kind words, then leaves, Chris muses to an associate that he wonders what it is like to be loved by a young girl. Walking home through Greenwich Village, he helps Kitty, a woman who is being attacked by a man. Chris, unaware that the attacker was Johnny, Kittys boyfriend and she accepts his offer for a cup of coffee at a nearby bar. From Chriss comments about art, Kitty believes him to be a wealthy painter and he is in a loveless marriage, tormented by his shrewish wife Adele who idolizes her former husband, a policeman who drowned while trying to rescue a woman. After Chris confesses that he is married, Johnny convinces Kitty to pursue a relationship in order to extort money from Chris, Kitty inveigles him to rent an apartment for her, one that can also be his art studio. To finance an apartment, Chris steals $500 in insurance bonds from his wife, unknown to Chris, Johnny unsuccessfully tries selling some of Chriss paintings, attracting the interest of art critic David Janeway. Kitty is maneuvered by Johnny into pretending that she painted them, charming the critic with Chriss own descriptions of his art, and Janeway promises to represent her. However, Adele sees her husbands paintings in the window of an art gallery as the work of Katherine March. Chris confronts Kitty, who claims she sold them because she needed the money and he is so delighted that his paintings are appreciated, albeit only under Kittys signature, that he happily lets her become the public face of his art. She becomes a commercial success, although Chris never receives any of the money. Adeles supposedly dead first husband, Higgins, suddenly appears at Chriss office to extort money from him and he explains he had not drowned but had stolen $2,700 from the purse of the suicide he tried to save. Already suspected as corrupt for taking bribes from speakeasies, he had taken the opportunity to escape his crimes, believing he can now marry Kitty, Chris goes to see her, but finds out that Kitty has cheated on him. He later confronts Kitty, but still asks her to him, she scorns him for being old
7. Arabian Nights (1942 film) – Arabian Nights is a 1942 adventure film starring Sabu, Maria Montez, Jon Hall and Leif Erickson and directed by John Rawlins. The film is derived from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, unlike other films in the genre, it features no monsters or supernatural elements. The film is one of series of exotic tales released by Universal during the war years, others include Cobra Woman, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and White Savage. This is the first film by Universal to use the three-strip Technicolor film process, the story starts at a harem in Persia, where the elderly overseer bids his young charges to read the story of Haroun al-Rashid and his wife Sherazade, unfolding the films plot in the process. In his infatuation with her, and because of a prophecy which names her as the queen, Kamar had attempted to seize the throne. As Haroun visits his brother, for whom he feels pity, Kamars men storm the palace and free their leader, outnumbered, upon awakening from the wounds he had received in his flight, Haroun beholds Sherazade and instantly falls in love with her. Meanwhile, Kamar, thinking that Haroun is dead, assumes the throne of Baghdad, but to his chagrin Sherazade is not to be found, and he orders the captain of his guard to find her. But then the scheming Grand Vizier Nadan approaches the captain with the order to make Sherazade disappear, but due to a witness the captain is exposed, and in order to preserve his plans, Nadan first gets him to confess and then murders him. Haroun, Sherazade, and the acrobats manage to escape the pens and flee to the border. Kamar proposes to Sherazade, but she has in the fallen in love with Haroun. In secret, however, he plans to have Haroun killed once he has crossed the border, Haroun and the others are quickly captured, and Sherazade and the retainers learn of his true identity. Kamar engages his brother in a fight, while Ahmad and the acrobats set the tents on fire, the arrival of Ali. Finally, as Kamar prepares to deliver the deathstroke to Haroun, but as he prepares to finish Haroun, Ahmad and Ali interfere, forcing him to flee. But a spear thrown into his back stops him, and he dies in a tent, Haroun, Sherazade, their friends. Looking for a follow up he noted the box office success of The Thief of Bagdad which starred Sabu, the studio announced they would make the film on 24 March 1942. Montez, Hall and Sabu were always meant to star, John Rawlins was assigned to direct and filming started in June. Even before filming began Universal announced the trio of leads would appear in a follow up Cobra Woman, shortly after that the studio said they would appear in another film White Savage. The movie was the first shot in colour on the Universal lot in 12 years, parts of the film were shot in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah
8. The Bitter Tea of General Yen – The Bitter Tea of General Yen is a 1933 American pre-Code drama film directed by Frank Capra, and starring Barbara Stanwyck, and featuring Nils Asther and Walter Connolly. Knocked unconscious, she is saved by a Chinese general warlord who brings her to his palace. When the general falls in love with the young woman, she fights her attraction to the powerful general and resists his flirtation. The Bitter Tea of General Yen was the first film to play at Radio City Music Hall upon its opening on January 3,1933 and it was also one of the first films to deal openly with interracial sexual attraction. The film was a box office failure upon its release and has since been overshadowed by Capras later efforts, in recent years, the film has grown in critical opinion. In 2000, the film was chosen by British film critic Derek Malcolm as one of the hundred best films in The Century of Films, some of the missionaries have a cynical view of the Chinese people they have come to save. Shortly after Megan arrives, her fiancé Bob rushes in and postpones the wedding so he can rescue a group of orphans who are in danger from the civil war. Megan insists on accompanying him on his mission, on the way they stop at the headquarters of General Yen, a powerful Chinese warlord who controls the Shanghai region. While Megan waits in the car, Bob pleads with the general for a safe passage pass so he can save the orphans, contemptuous of Bobs missionary zeal, General Yen gives him a worthless paper that describes Bobs foolishness. Bob and Megan reach St. Andrews orphanage safely, but the pass only makes the soldiers laugh, the missionaries and children eventually reach the train station, but in the chaos, Bob and Megan are both knocked unconscious and are separated. Sometime later, Megan regains consciousness in the troop train of General Yen, attended by his concubine. Megan is shocked by the brutality of the executions conducted outside her window, fascinated and attracted by the young beautiful missionary, the general has his men move the executions out of earshot and assures her that he will send her back to Shanghai as soon as it is safe. One evening, Megan drifts off to sleep and has an erotic dream about the general who comes to her rescue. Soon after, she accepts the invitation to dinner. While they are dining, the general learns that his concubine Mah-Li has betrayed him with Captain Li, later, after General Yen arrests Mah-Li for being a spy, Megan tries to intervene, appealing to his better nature. The general challenges her to prove her Christian ideals by forfeiting her own life if Mah-Li proves unfaithful again, Megan naively accepts and ends up unwittingly helping Mah-Li betray the general by passing information to his enemies about the location of his hidden fortune. With the information provided by Mah-Li, the generals enemies steal his fortune, leaving him financially ruined and deserted by his soldiers, General Yen is unable to take Megans life—it is too precious to him. When she leaves his room in tears, he prepares a cup of poisoned tea for himself, Megan returns, dressed in the fine Chinese garments he gave her
9. Cleopatra (1963 film) – Cleopatra is a 1963 American epic historical drama film chronicling the struggles of Cleopatra VII, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. It was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and shot in the 70 mm Todd-AO format, with a screenplay adapted by Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall, the film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall, and Martin Landau. It was the most expensive ever made up to that point. Cleopatra later won four Academy Awards, and was nominated for five more, Caesar follows him to Egypt, under the pretext of being named the executor of the will of their father, Ptolemy XII. Much to his dismay, Caesar is given Pompeys head as a gift, as Caesar stays in one of the palaces, a slave named Apollodorus brings him a gift. When the suspicious Caesar unrolls the rug, he finds Cleopatra herself concealed within and he is intrigued with her beauty and warm personality, and she convinces him to restore her throne from her younger brother. Soon after, Cleopatra warns Caesar that her brother has surrounded the palace with his soldiers, counterattacking, he orders the Egyptian fleet burned so he can gain control of the harbor. The fire spreads to the city, destroying the famous Library of Alexandria, Cleopatra angrily confronts Caesar, but he refuses to pull troops away from the fight with Ptolemys forces to quell the fire. In the middle of their spat, Caesar forcefully kisses her, the Romans hold, and the armies of Mithridates arrive on Egyptian soil, causing Ptolemys offensive to collapse. The following day, Caesar is in control of the kingdom. Cleopatra is crowned Queen of Egypt and she begins to develop megalomaniacal dreams of ruling the world with Caesar, who in turn desires to become king of Rome. They marry, and when their son Caesarion is born, Caesar accepts him publicly, which becomes the talk of Rome, after he is made dictator for life, Caesar sends for Cleopatra. She arrives in Rome in a procession and wins the adulation of the Roman people. The Senate grows increasingly discontented amid rumors that Caesar wishes to be made king, on the Ides of March in 44 BC, the Senate is preparing to vote on whether to award Caesar additional powers. They assassinate Caesar and split up the empire, Lepidus receives Africa, Octavian Spain and Gaul, however, the rivalry between Octavian and Antony is becoming apparent. Cleopatra is angered after Caesars will recognizes his adopted son Octavian instead of Caesarion as his official heir, while planning a campaign against Parthia in the east, Antony realizes he needs money and supplies, and cannot get enough from anywhere but Egypt. After refusing several times to leave Egypt, Cleopatra gives in, Antony becomes drunk during a lavish feast. Cleopatra sneaks away, leaving a slave dressed as her, but Antony discovers the trick, the war is decided at the naval Battle of Actium on September 2,31 BC where Octavians fleet, under the command of Agrippa, defeats the Antony-Egyptian fleet
10. Eagle Squadron (film) – Eagle Squadron is a 1942 American war film directed by Arthur Lubin and starring Robert Stack, Diana Barrymore, John Loder and Nigel Bruce. It was based on a story by C. S, as war breaks out in Europe, young Americans Chuck S. Brewer, Johnny M. Coe and Wadislaw Borowsky cross the Atlantic to join the Royal Air Force. Assigned to the Eagle Squadron, made up of other American pilots, they make friends with Squadron Leader Paddy Carson, Chuck is immediately attracted to Nancy, but she already has a boyfriend, Hank Starr, another pilot in the squadron. Once they are trained as pilots, on their first mission against a German air force base, Johnny and Chuck are shot down. Chuck parachutes into the sea and is rescued, but back at the base, at a military dance, Chuck and Anne arrange for a date that turns out to be a picnic with a group of evacuated children, interrupted by a German air raid. Later, Squadron Leader Carson, who also likes Anne, takes her to London, with Chuck following the pair. During the bombing of a hospital, Anne is wounded leading others out of the building, but finds her father, Sir James Partridge, a noted pacifist. Chuck and Wadislaw, along with Carson, take part in a raid in France to capture a top-secret new Leopard German fighter. The mission ends with Carson and Wadislaw dead, but Chuck takes off and shoots his way out of enemy territory, at an award ceremony, both Chuck and Anne are decorated for their bravery, but the ceremony is cut short by another German air raid. Chuck, who has proposed to Anne, kisses her on the cheek before taking to the air, the film began as a documentary on real Eagle Squadron pilots, with the cooperation with the British Ministry of Information which provided actual aerial combat footage. Producer Walter Wanger also sent fellow producer Merian C. Cooper and his director, Harry Watt, to film the squadron in action. Watt and screenwriter Ian Dalrymple came from the British Crown Film Unit, the films producers identified six pilots who would serve as the focus of the film. The squadron, however, continued to fight during filming in Britain, technical advisor John M. Hill, on leave from the RAF due to a war injury and an actual member of the Eagle squadron, was one of only four pilots of the 17-strong squadron to survive. The six months of filming were fraught with many problems. It ended with Watt and Dalrymple resigning, although the original documentary project was not possible, the footage shot by second unit director Ernest Schoedsack would prove to be recycled for a new film. Wanger subsequently relocated the production to Hollywood and had the script rewritten into a story about an American volunteer learning to understand the British cause. Location shooting took place at Universal Studios backlot outside Los Angeles. A. F, noted war correspondent and radio commentator Quentin Reynolds who also documented the role of the Eagle squadrons, narrates an extended foreword. Although real Eagle Squadron pilots disliked its fictionalization of their experiences, Eagle Squadron was a box office hit, variety said it earned $1.8 million in rentals in the US in 1942
11. Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 American black-and-white science fiction horror film in Superscope that was partially shot in the film noir style. It was produced by Walter Wanger, directed by Don Siegel, Daniel Mainwaring adapted the screenplay from Jack Finneys science fiction novel The Body Snatchers. Invasion of the Body Snatchers was released in 1956 by Allied Artists Pictures on a bill with the British science fiction film The Atomic Man. The storyline concerns an extraterrestrial invasion that begins in the fictional California town of Santa Mira, alien plant spores have fallen from space and grown into large seed pods, each one capable of reproducing a duplicate replacement copy of each human. Little by little, a local doctor uncovers this quiet invasion, the slang expression pod people that arose in late 20th century American culture references the emotionless duplicates seen in the film. Psychiatrist Dr. Hill is called to the room of a California hospital. Dr. Hill agrees to listen to his story, returning from a trip, Miles meets his former girlfriend, Becky Driscoll, who has herself recently come back to town after a divorce. Beckys cousin Wilma has the same fear about her Uncle Ira, psychiatrist Dr. Dan Kauffman assures Bennell that these cases are merely an epidemic of mass hysteria. When Bennell calls Kauffman to the scene, the bodies have mysteriously disappeared, the following night, Bennell, Becky, Jack, and Jacks wife Teddy again find duplicates of themselves, emerging from giant seed pods in Dr. Bennells greenhouse. They conclude that the townspeople are being replaced while asleep with exact physical copies. Miles tries to make a long distance call to authorities for help. Bennell and Becky discover that by now all of the inhabitants have been replaced and are devoid of humanity. The next morning they see truckloads of the giant pods heading to neighboring towns to be planted and used to replace their populations. Kauffman and Jack, both of whom are pod people by now, arrive at Bennells office and reveal that a life form is responsible for the invasion. After their takeover, they explain, life loses its frustrating complexity, because all emotions, Bennell and Becky manage to escape, but are soon pursued by a crowd of pod people. Exhausted, they manage to hide in a mine outside town. Bennell leaves a little later, coming upon a large greenhouse farm, when Bennell kisses Becky after his return, he realizes, to his horror, that Becky fell asleep and is now one of them. As Bennell runs away, she sounds the alarm and he runs and runs, eventually finding himself on a crowded state highway
12. The Long Voyage Home – The Long Voyage Home is a 1940 American drama film directed by John Ford. It stars John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell and Ian Hunter and it also features Barry Fitzgerald, Wilfrid Lawson, John Qualen, Mildred Natwick, and Ward Bond, among others. The film was adapted by Dudley Nichols from the plays The Moon of the Caribbees, In the Zone, Bound East for Cardiff, the original plays by Eugene ONeill were written around the time of World War I and were among his earliest plays. Ford set the story for the picture, however, during the early days of World War II. While not one of Fords best-known works, The Long Voyage Home continues to be well received, the film tells the story of the crew aboard a British tramp steamer named the SS Glencairn on the long voyage home from the West Indies to Baltimore and then to England. The crew is a motley, fun-loving, hard-drinking lot, the next day the ship sails to pick up its cargo for its return trip to England. When the crew discovers that the cargo is high explosives, they at first rebel, but they are easily cowed into submission by the captain and the ship sails, crossing the Atlantic and passing through what they all know is a war zone and potential disaster. After the ship leaves Baltimore with its load of dynamite, the rough seas they encounter become nerve-racking to the crew, when the anchor breaks loose, Yank is injured in the effort to secure it. With no doctor on board, nothing can be done for his injury, theyre also concerned that Smitty might be a German spy because hes so aloof and secretive. After they assault Smitty and restrain and gag him, they force him to give up the key to a metal box they have found in his bunk which they at first think is a bomb. Opening the box against Smittys vigorous protests, they discover a packet of letters, in the war zone as they near port, a German plane attacks the ship, killing Smitty in a burst of machine gun fire. He has his eye on Ole because he is the biggest and strongest of the lot and he drugs Oles drink, and calls his confederates in to shanghai Ole aboard another ship, the Amindra. Driscoll and the rest of the crew, even though drunk and almost too late, rescue Ole from the Amindra, the next morning, the crew straggles back somewhat dejectedly and resignedly to the Glencairn to sign on for another voyage. A newspaper headline reveals that the Amindra has been sunk in the Channel by German torpedoes and he hired nine prominent American artists, all painters, to document the dramatic scenes during the films production. Mr. Wanger offered a commission of over $50,000 to encourage the artists to participate, no other undertaking of this magnitude and purpose had been done before in Hollywood film making. The artists insisted on three things to ensure a quality effort, freedom of choice on subject matter, studios on the lot. The artists who participated were Thomas Benton, Grant Wood, George Biddle, James Chapin, Ernest Fiene, Robert Philipp, Luis Quintanilla, Raphael Soyer, eleven original paintings emerged from this inaugural effort. These toured the country in the circuit of the day beginning with a display in the Associated American Artists Galleries on Fifth Avenue