Category:Films produced by Walter Wanger
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Films produced by Walter Wanger
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1. Walter Wanger – Walter Wanger was an American film producer active in filmmaking from the 1910s to the turbulent production of Cleopatra in 1963. Wanger developed a reputation as an intellectual and a socially conscious movie executive who produced provocative message movies, strongly influenced by European films, Wanger began at Paramount Pictures in the 1920s and eventually worked at virtually every major studio as either a contract producer or an independent. Wanger served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1939 to October 1941, Wanger was born Walter Feuchtwanger in San Francisco, and pronounced Wanger to rhyme with danger. He was the son of Stella and Sigmund Feuchtwanger, who were from German Jewish families that had emigrated to the United States in the nineteenth century, Wanger was from a non-observant Jewish family, and in later life attended Episcopalian services with his wife. In order to assimilate into American society, his mother altered the name simply to Wanger in 1908. The Wangers were well-connected and upper class, something which later differentiated Wanger from the other Jewish film moguls who came from more ordinary backgrounds. Wanger attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where he developed an interest in Amateur theatre and it was during this period that Wanger first came into contact with filmmaking. In April 1918 Wanger was transferred to the Committee on Public Information and this was partly accomplished through a series of short propaganda films screened in Italian cinemas promoting democracy and Allied war aims. Wanger was very impressed with the potential of film to shape peoples minds towards achieving a better-educated, after the Allied victory, Wanger returned to the United States in 1919 and was discharged from the army. Wanger married silent film actress Justine Johnstone in 1919 and he initially returned to theatre production, before a chance meeting with Jesse Lasky drew him into the world of commercial filmmaking. Wangers job was to meet the studios large annual requirement for fresh stories. One of Wangers major successes in his years with the company was his identification of the British novel The Sheik as a story with potential. In 1921 it was turned into a successful film starring Rudolph Valentino. The film helped establish the popularity of the Orientalist genre, which Wanger returned to a number of times during his career, by 1921, Wanger was unhappy with the terms he was receiving and left his job with Paramount. He travelled to Britain where he worked as a prominent cinema, while on a visit to London, Jesse Lasky offered to appoint him as general manager of production on improved terms and Wanger accepted. Wangers second spell with Paramount lasted from 1924 to 1931, during which time his annual wage rose from $150,000 to $250,000 and he was tasked with overseeing the work of the studio heads, which meant he had little involvement with the production of individual films. Because he was based in New York, Wanger worked more closely with the companys Astoria Studios in Queens, a rivalry developed between Wanger-influenced Astoria productions and those of B. P. Schulberg who ran the Paramount productions in Hollywood. Wanger opposed this move and felt he was being squeezed out of the company, in 1926 Warner Brotherss premièred Don Juan a film with music and sound effects, and the following year released The Jazz Singer with dialogue and singing scenes
2. The Adventures of Hajji Baba – The Adventures of Hajji Baba is an American film, released on October 1,1954. Made in Southern California, it stars John Derek and Elaine Stewart, in the credits it states that the film is suggested by The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier. In Ispahan, Persia, a barber named Hajji Baba is leaving his fathers shop to find a great fortune, at the same time the Princess Fawzia is trying to talk her father into giving her in marriage to Nur-El-Din a prince known far and wide. Her father intends for Fawzia to marry a friend and ally, but a courier brings word from Nur-El-Din that an escort awaits Fawzia on the outskirts of the city and she escapes the palace disguised as a boy. Hajji encounters the escort-warrior at the spot, is attacked. The princess arrives and mistakes Hajji as the escort until he mistakes the emerald ring sent by Nur-El-Din to Fawzia as the prize to be delivered, in her efforts to escape him, her turban becomes unbound and Hajji realizes that the girl herself is the treasure Nur-El-Din awaits. Hajji promises to escort her and they spend the night with the caravan of Osman Aga, who invites them to stay for the girls, among them. This movie has maintained little popularity, and is not available on DVD, although it is shown on Turner Classic Movies. It had a release on VHS
3. 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
4. Applause (1929 film) – Applause is a 1929 black-and-white backstage musical talkie, shot at Paramounts Astoria Studios in Astoria, New York, during the early years of sound films. The film is notable as one of the few films of its time to free from the restrictions of bulky sound technology equipment in order to shoot on location around Manhattan. Based on a novel by Beth Brown, the film was staged and directed by Rouben Mamoulian, and stars Helen Morgan, Joan Peers, Henry Wadsworth, and Fuller Mellish, Jr. Mae West was originally considered for the part of Kitty Darling, the National Board of Review named Applause one of the 10 best films of 1929. This was Morgans first all-talking film and she had previously appeared in the sound prologue to the part-talkie version of Show Boat, released by Universal Studios. In the same year, Morgan appeared in Applause, and Glorifying the American Girl, in 2006, Applause was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. The first scene has a band playing Theodore Mentzs A Hot Time in the Old Town. The film tells of Kitty Darling, a star, who sends her young daughter to a convent to get her away from the sleazy burlesque environment she is involved in. Many years later, Kitty is not doing so well and her best days are behind her, shes now an alcoholic who lives in the past. She lives with a comic named Hitch. Hitch cheats on her and only cares about spending what little money she has, when he finds out she has been paying for her daughters convent education for over a decade, he pushes her into bringing April back home. Her grown, but naive daughter April returns, Kitty is embarrassed by her condition and marries Hitch so that April will not be ashamed of her. When April arrives, she is disgusted with her mother and her sad life, Hitch tries to force her into show business and repeatedly gropes her, at one point forcing a kiss on her. April roams the city and meets a young sailor named Tony. They fall in love and agree to marry and April will move to his home in Wisconsin, when April goes to tell her mother about their plans she overhears Hitch belittling Kitty, calling her a has-been. April is upset and calls off her wedding and she decides to join the chorus line of a burlesque show. She says a reluctant goodbye to Tony at the subway, meanwhile, Kitty takes an overdose of sleeping pills. The bottle clearly says For insomnia one tablet only and she goes downstairs to the show and collapses on a couch
5. 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
6. Battle Zone (film) – Battle Zone is a 1952 Korean War war film. Sequences of the film were shot at Camp Pendleton, California, a rivalry develops between veteran of World War II M/Sgt Danny Young and Sgt. Mitch Turner Marine combat photographers over the attentions of Jeanne, a Red Cross nurse during the Korean War, john Hodiak as M/Sgt Danny Young Linda Christian as Jeanne Stephen McNally as Sgt. Mitch Turner Martin Milner as Cpl, andy Sayee Dave Willock as Smitty Jack Larson as Cpl. James ODoole Richard Emory as Lt
7. Big Brown Eyes – Big Brown Eyes is a 1936 crime/detective film. In the film, police officer Danny Barr is chasing jewel robbers and his girlfriend Eve Fallon is initially working as a manicurist, but quickly takes a job as a reporter assisting in the effort against the jewel thieves. Fallon and Barr become disgusted when one jewel gang member is acquitted, soon thereafter, Fallon gets a lucky break while giving a manicure and the case is solved. Big Brown Eyes at the Internet Movie Database Big Brown Eyes at AllMovie
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. Canyon Passage – Canyon Passage is a 1946 Technicolor Western film directed by Jacques Tourneur and set in frontier Oregon. It starred Dana Andrews, Susan Hayward and Brian Donlevy, featuring love triangles and a Native American uprising, it was adapted from the Saturday Evening Post novel Canyon Passage by Ernest Haycox. Hoagy Carmichael and Jack Brooks were nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Song for Ole Buttermilk Sky, in 1856, ambitious freight company and store owner Logan Stuart agrees to escort Lucy Overmire home to the settlement of Jacksonville, Oregon, along with his latest shipment. Lucy is engaged to Logans best friend, George Camrose, the night before they depart, however, Logan has to defend himself from a sneak attack in his hotel room, though it is too dark to be sure, he believes his assailant is Honey Bragg. Later, he explains to Susan that he once saw Bragg leaving the vicinity of two murdered miners, despite Logans unwillingness to accuse Bragg, Bragg apparently wants to take no chances. On their journey, Logan and Lucy become attracted to each other and they stop one night at the homestead of Ben Dance and his family. There, Logan introduces Lucy to his girlfriend, Caroline Marsh, what Logan does not know is that George has been stealing gold dust left in his safekeeping by the miners to pay some of his losses. George also has a secret he is keeping from Lucy, he keeps propositioning Lestrades wife Marta, meanwhile, the burly Bragg keeps trying to provoke Logan into a fight. Logan wins, but does not kill his opponent when he has the chance, a humiliated Bragg tries to ride Logan down on his way out of town. George decides to move away to make a start and finally gets Lucy to agree to marry him. Logan then proposes to Caroline and is accepted, much to the disappointment of Vane Blazier, Logans employee, Lucy decides to accompany Logan to San Francisco to pick out a wedding dress. Along the way, they are ambushed by Bragg, though their horses are shot dead, they get away and return to town, only to discover that George is in grave trouble. When a miner appears months earlier than George had expected and informs him that he wants to get his gold the next day, George kills the drunk man late that night. However, his crimes are traced to him, shopkeeper Hi Linnet saw him stealing some gold, the locals, led by Johnny Steele, find George guilty of murder and lock him up, intending a late-night lynching. However, when one of the rides in with the warning that the Indians are on the warpath after Bragg killed one of their women. Logan organizes a party to fight, when Bragg seeks their protection, Logan drives him off, to be killed by the Indians. They are then driven off by Logans men, afterward, Logan and Lucy learn that George was found and killed by one of the townsfolk. Caroline also has second thoughts about marriage to a man who is away so frequently on business, she breaks their engagement, Logan and Lucy are free to follow their hearts
10. 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
11. The Cocoanuts – The Cocoanuts is the Marx Brothers first feature-length film. Produced for Paramount Pictures by Walter Wanger, who is not credited, the musical comedy stars the four Marx Brothers, Oscar Shaw, Mary Eaton, and Margaret Dumont. It was the first sound film to more than one director. Five of the tunes were composed by Irving Berlin, including When My Dreams Come True, sung by Oscar Shaw. The Cocoanuts is set in the Hotel de Cocoanut, a resort hotel, mr. Hammer runs the place, assisted by Jamison, who would rather sleep at the front desk than actually help him run it. Chico and Harpo arrive with empty luggage, which they plan to fill by robbing and conning the guests. Mrs. Potter is one of the few paying customers and her daughter Polly is in love with struggling young architect Bob Adams. He works to support himself as a clerk at the hotel, Mrs. Potter wants her daughter to marry Harvey Yates, whom she believes to be of higher social standing than the clerk. This suitor is actually a con man out to steal the diamond necklace with the help of his conniving partner Penelope. The plot is almost beside the point, and the story, the film is notable for its musical production numbers, including techniques which were soon to become standard, such as overhead shots of dancing girls imitating the patterns of a kaleidoscope. The musical numbers were recorded live on the soundstage as they were shot, rather than pre-recorded, the main titles are superimposed over a negative image of the Monkey-Doodle-Do number photographed from an angle that does not appear in the body of the film. One of the more famous gags in the film has Groucho giving directions to Chico, in another sequence Groucho is the auctioneer for some land of possibly questionable value He has hired Chico to inflate the sale prices by making phony bids. To Grouchos frustration, Chico keeps outbidding everyone, even himself, during the auction, Mrs. Potter announces that her necklace has been stolen and offers a thousand dollar reward, whereupon Chico offers two thousand. Still another sequence has Groucho, Mrs. Potter and Harvey Yates make formal speeches, Harpo repeatedly walks off, with a grimace on his face, to the punch bowl. Another highlight is when the cast, already dressed in traditional Spanish garb for a theme party, an earlier scene shows Harpo and Chico abusing a cash register while whistling the Anvil Chorus from Il trovatore, a piece also referenced in several other Marx Brothers films. In fact, this did not occur to director Florey until 27 takes had been made, Florey finally got the idea to soak the paper in water, the 28th take of the Viaduct scene used soaked paper, and this take was quiet and used in the film. The ink that Harpo drank from the hotel lobby inkwell was actually Coca-Cola, filming took place at Paramounts Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens. Their second film, Animal Crackers, was shot there
12. 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
13. 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
14. Fatal Lady – Fatal Lady is a 1936 film. It recorded a loss of $296,665, on her debut as an opera star, Marion Stuart is interrogated and possibly implicated in the death of a male acquaintance. Released, although thoroughly shaken-up, Marion attempts to perform but loses her voice onstage, mary resists the persistent attentions of wealthy young Phil Roberts, who follows the company in hopes of marrying her
15. 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
16. Going Hollywood – Going Hollywood is a 1933 American pre-Code musical film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Marion Davies and Bing Crosby. It was written by Donald Ogden Stewart and based on a story by Frances Marion, Going Hollywood was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on December 22,1933. The film tells how an infatuated school-teacher, Sylvia Bruce, follows Bill Williams, on board the train she obtains a job as maid to Bills French fiancee and leading lady, Lili Yvonne, and meets the films director, Conroy, and promoter, Baker. On arrival in Hollywood she is befriended by Jill and shares her rooms, at the Independent Art Studio in Hollywood, where the film is being made, Lilis temperament and lack of talent cause Conroy much concern. Eventually, after losing her temper with a woman who asks for her autograph and she is persuaded to stay and production continues with her singing Cinderellas Fella but Conroy is still not satisfied and an angry Lili walks out. Sylvia impersonates Lilis version of the song and ends with an imitation of Lilis tantrums, Lili returns in time to hear Sylvia and there is a brawl in which Lili gets a black eye. Baker, who has also heard Sylvia, intervenes by firing Lili, Baker asks Sylvia to accompany him to a party but withdraws when Bill expresses his own interest in her. Bill takes Sylvia to dinner and the party but a quarrel ensues, Bill deserts the film and goes with Lili to Tijuana where, drinking heavily, he receives a telephone call from the Studio with the ultimatum that if he does not return they will get a replacement. Lili advises him to let them do so and suggests that they fly together to New York, Sylvia finds him and pleads for him to come back to the Studio but returns without him. In Hollywood there is difficulty with the chosen to replace Bill. The song Beautiful Girl is sung by Crosby at the beginning of the film before his departure for Hollywood when technicians arrive to record it, when he boards the train at Grand Central Terminal there is a big production number where he and the chorus sing Going Hollywood. He also sings a few lines of Just an Echo in the Valley, Crosby is also heard singing Our Big Love Scene on the radio when Jill is showing Sylvia her apartment. Well Make Hay While the Sun Shines is a production number with thunderstorm effects at the Studio and is featured by Crosby, Marion Davies, chorus. An impersonation act by The Radio Rogues is also filmed at the Studio, russ Columbo, Morton Downey and Rudy Vallee. Crosby sings After Sundown at the party, temptation was an early film attempt to fit a song into the story pattern and was presented dramatically by Crosby whilst drinking tequila in a bar at Tijuana. Marion Davies as Sylvia Bruce Bing Crosby as Bill Billy Williams Fifi DOrsay as Lili Yvonne Stuart Erwin as Ernest Pratt Baker, Going Hollywood was released on home video in May 1993. Warner released it on DVD in July 2013, the New York Times welcomed the film. Blended properly with the humors, Going Hollywood has enough basic liveliness to produce a sprightly
17. Gung Ho! (1943 film) – Gung Ho. is a 1943 American war film directed by Ray Enright starring Randolph Scott. The story is based on the real-life World War II Makin Island raid led by Lieutenant Colonel Evans Carlsons 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, the film begins with a tough Greek lieutenant announcing that the United States Marine Corps is seeking volunteers for a hazardous mission and special unit. Transport Anderof meets the commander of the unit, Lt. Col. Thorwald, among the volunteers for the unit are a hillbilly, who responds to a gunnery sergeants question whether he can kill someone with the fact that he already has, specifically a romantic rival. Alan Curtis is an ordained minister keeping his vocation a secret, Robert Mitchum is Pig Iron, a boxer from a background of poverty and hard work. Harold Landon is a young and small street kid who is rejected by Naish but wins him over. Noah Beery Jr. and David Bruce are rivals for United States Navy nurse Lt. Grace McDonald, the film moves rapidly in a documentary style, with stock footage of training narrated by Chet Huntley. Those who make it through the training are sent to Hawaii for further jungle warfare training, in Hawaii they hear a radio bulletin of the announcement of the Battle of Guadalcanal. The Marines are ordered to two submarines, the USS Nautilus and the USS Argonaut, destined for a commando raid on a Japanese-held island. After a claustrophobic voyage, the Raiders invade the island from rubber boats, the Marine landing is met by fire from snipers hiding in palm trees. The Marines dispose of them, attack the Japanese headquarters, wipe out the garrison, destroy installations with explosives, the screenplay depicted a fictional Lt. Col. Thorwald with no executive officer. Though many incidents in the film did not occur in the real Makin Island raid, wilfred Sylvio LeFrancois with all three men being awarded the Navy Cross on the actual raid. The Japanese were played by Chinese and Filipino extras, thorwald/Carlson lectures throughout the film that the Japanese have no initiative and cannot think for themselves or deviate from a plan, thus unexpected action pays off. In contrast to the Japanese and the rest of the American military and he tells his Raiders, I will eat what you eat and sleep where you sleep and participate in the same training. Thorwalds Marines participate in Gung Ho Sessions where they discuss the units plans, bosley Crowther in a January 1944 review for The New York Times praised the film, its performances and settings but said the stabbings and stickings go on ad nauseum. Gung Ho. is for folks with strong stomachs and a taste for the submachine gun, the movie was a big hit and earned profits of $577,460. It recorded admissions in France of 748,212 when released there in 1945, the film was re-released in the early 1950s by Realart Pictures who gave Robert Mitchum second billing on the posters. The film has often shown to recruits and Marines of the United States Marine Corps. Randolph Scott as Col. Thorwald Alan Curtis as Pvt, john Harbison Noah Beery Jr. as Cpl