Dirty Harry is a 1971 American action crime thriller film produced and directed by Don Siegel, the first in the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood plays the title role, in his first outing as San Francisco Police Department Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan; the film drew upon the real life case of the Zodiac Killer as the Callahan character seeks out a similar vicious psychopath. Dirty Harry was a critical and commercial success and set the style for a whole genre of police films, it was followed by four sequels: Magnum Force in 1973, The Enforcer in 1976, Sudden Impact in 1983 and The Dead Pool in 1988. In 2012, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally and aesthetically significant". A killer shoots a girl in a hotel rooftop swimming pool. Police arrive at the crime scene, where SFPD Inspector Harry Callahan finds a blackmail note signed "Scorpio" ordering the city to pay $100,000 or he will continue to kill; the mayor asks police officers.
During lunch, Inspector Callahan foils a bank robbery. He kills two of the wounds a third. Confronting the wounded robber, Callahan delivers the film's iconic line: I know what you're thinking:'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being this is a.44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question:'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do you, punk? The robber surrenders to Callahan, but replies that he needs to know if the gun is still loaded. Callahan pulls the trigger with the weapon pointed directly at the robber, laughs as it is revealed to be empty. Callahan is assigned Chico Gonzalez, whom he believes to be an inexperienced rookie. Scorpio is staking out potential victims near a public park, but is spotted by a police helicopter and runs away. Callahan and his new partner believe they see him that night on the streets, but in the course of tracing him to his home, Callahan looks into a window and watches a sexual encounter before being caught by neighbors who try to beat him up as a peeping Tom, until Chico intervenes.
Based on Scorpio's communications, the city decides. They set up a stake-out. Scorpio arrives and there is a shootout in which a policeman disguised as a priest is killed. Scorpio delivers a second ransom demand to the police, stating he has now kidnapped a teenage girl who he says will die if his demands are not met. Callahan is assigned to deliver a case full of money, he waits near a pier as directed by Scorpio who calls Callahan on a nearby pay phone, giving him instructions to go to another location in the city with another payphone, where he will call again. Callahan encounters Scorpio at the Mount Davidson cross. Scorpio beats Callahan into submission before telling him that he intends to let the girl die, his partner has been following them and there is a shootout in which Chico is wounded. After being stabbed in the leg with a hidden knife by Callahan, Scorpio escapes without the money and reports to a hospital; the police learn of Scorpio's hospital visit, a doctor recalls having met Scorpio and that he lives in a room at Kezar Stadium.
Callahan finds Scorpio there and after a chase he shoots and tortures Scorpio by standing on his wounded leg, demanding to know where the girl is being held. Scorpio confesses, but by it is too late and the girl is found dead; the district attorney tells Callahan that Scorpio's rights have been violated, they cannot hold him. Callahan continues to shadow Scorpio on his own time. Scorpio pays a man $200 to beat him then reports to a hospital claiming he is a victim of police brutality. Scorpio acquires a handgun, hijacks a school bus and contacts the police with yet another ransom demand for money and a flight out of the Santa Rosa airport. Callahan jumps onto the roof of the bus from an overpass. After Callahan forces Scorpio off the bus, the latter flees to a nearby quarry and holds a boy at gunpoint. Having shot Scorpio through the shoulder, Callahan reprises his line about losing count of his shots. Unlike the earlier encounter, Callahan does have one remaining bullet, with which he kills Scorpio when the latter goes for his gun.
Callahan throws it into the water before walking away. Clint Eastwood as SFPD Homicide Inspector Harry Callahan Andy Robinson as Charles "Scorpio" Davis Harry Guardino as SFPD Homicide Lt. Al Bressler Reni Santoni as SFPD Homicide Inspector Chico Gonzalez John Vernon as The Mayor of San Francisco John Larch as Chief of Police John Mitchum as SFPD Homicide Inspector Frank "Fatso" DiGiorgio Woodrow Parfrey as Jaffe Josef Sommer as District Attorney William T. Rothko Mae Mercer as Mrs. Russell Albert Popwell as Bank robber Lyn Edgington as Norma Gonzalez Ruth Kobart as Marcella Platt Lois Foraker as Hot Mary William Paterson as Judge Bannerman Debralee Scott as Ann Mary Deacon The script, titled Dead Right, by the husband-and-wife team of Harry Julian Fink and Rita M. Fink, was about a hard-edged New York City police inspector, Harry Callahan, determined to stop Travis, a serial killer if he has to skirt the law and accepted standards of policing, blurring the distinction between criminal and cop, to address the question as to how far a free, democratic society can go to protect itself.
The original draft ended with a police sniper, instead of Callahan. Another earlier version
La Cucaracha (1934 film)
La Cucaracha is a 1934 American short musical film directed by Lloyd Corrigan. The film was designed by Robert Edmond Jones, hired by Pioneer Pictures to design the film in a way to show the new full-color Technicolor Process No. 4 at its best. Process No. 4 had been used since 1932 in Walt Disney cartoons. Jock Whitney and his cousin C. V. Whitney, the owners of Pioneer, were major investors in Technicolor. La Cucaracha was made like a short feature and cost about $65,000; the usual short film at that time cost little more than $15,000 to film. Although La Cucaracha is sometimes called the first live-action use of Process No. 4, it was preceded by a musical number in the feature film The Cat and the Fiddle, released by MGM in February 1934, in some short sequences filmed for other movies made during 1934, including the final sequences of The House of Rothschild with George Arliss. Warner Brothers released a Leon Errol short, Service With a Smile, just before La Cucaracha. Producer Kenneth Macgowan won an Oscar in 1935 for Best Short Subject for this film.
Steffi Duna as Chatita Don Alvarado as Pancho Paul Porcasi as Señor Esteban Martinez Eduardo Durant as Orchestra Leader Sam Appel as Cafe manager Chris-Pin Martin as Chiquita's Fan in Cafe Julian Rivero as Esteban Charles Stevens as Pancho's Valet On January 25, 2000, The Roan Group released La Cucaracha on Region 1 DVD as an extra with the restored 1930 feature Dixiana. On October 27, 2009, Alpha Video released La Cucaracha on Region 0 DVD. La Cucaracha on IMDb La Cucaracha at AllMovie La Cucaracha at the TCM Movie Database The short film La Cucaracha is available for free download at the Internet Archive
The Music Box
The Music Box is a Laurel and Hardy short film comedy released in 1932. It was produced by Hal Roach and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; the film, which depicts the pair attempting to move a piano up a large flight of steps, won the first Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1932. In 1997, this film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally or aesthetically significant". In a music store, a woman orders a player piano as a surprise birthday gift for her husband, she tells the manager her address — 1127 Walnut Avenue — and he hires the Laurel and Hardy Transfer Company to deliver the piano in their freight wagon. The duo soon learn from a postman that the home is at the top of a long stairway, their attempts to carry the piano up the stairs result in it rolling and crashing into the street below several times, twice with Ollie in tow. During their first attempt, they encounter a lady with a baby carriage trying to go down the steps.
After the lady laughs at them, Stan kicks her in her backside, causing her to punch him back and hit Ollie over the head with a milk bottle. Stan and Ollie heft the piano back up the stairs; the angry lady tells a policeman on the corner, who kicks Ollie twice and hits Stan with his truncheon after the latter suggests the officer is "bounding over his steps". Meanwhile, the piano has rolled down the steps again; the two doggedly persist in carrying the piano up the stairs for a third time. Halfway up, they encounter the short-tempered and pompous Professor Theodore von Schwartzenhoffen, M. D. A. D. D. D. S. F. L. D. F-F-F-and-F, he impatiently tells them to take the piano out of his way. Ollie reasonably and sensibly suggests he walk around, which sets off the Professor in a fit of Teutonic rage, he screams at Stan and Ollie to get the piano out of his way, Stan knocks the Professor's top hat down the stairs and into the street, where it is crushed by a passing vehicle. The outraged professor threatening to have the two arrested.
Stan and Ollie get the piano to the top, where Ollie falls into a fountain. As they ring the bell of 1127 Walnut Avenue, the piano rolls back down to the street again, they wearily drag it back up the stairs, meet the postman by the house, who informs them they did not have to lift the piano up the stairs. Stan and Ollie promptly carry the piano back down the stairs, put it back in their wagon and drive it up the hill to the house. Finding no one home, they succeed in getting the piano in the house, after dropping it into the fountain and falling in themselves, they make a shambles of the living room while unpacking it. Meanwhile, the owner of 1127 Walnut Avenue is revealed to be Professor von Schwartzenhoffen, who returns and is outraged at what he finds, as he hates pianos, he attacks the piano with an axe, destroying it, but regrets his actions when his wife returns home and tearfully tells her husband it had been a surprise birthday present. To apologize for his actions, the Professor signs the delivery receipt, but the pen Stan and Ollie give him squirts ink over his face.
Furious, Schwartzenhoffen makes the duo run away. Stan Laurel as Stan Oliver Hardy as OllieUncredited cast Billy Gilbert as Professor Theodore von Schwarzenhoffen, M. D. A. D. D. D. S. F. L. D. F-F-F-and-F Hazel Howell as Mrs. von Schwarzenhoffen Sam Lufkin as police officer Lilyan Irene as nursemaid Charlie Hall as postman William Gillespie as piano salesman The steps, which were the focal point of The Music Box, still exist in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles, near the Laurel and Hardy Park. The steps are a public staircase that connects Vendome Street with Descanso Drive, are located at 923-925 N Vendome Street near the intersection of Del Monte Street. A plaque commemorating the film was set into one of the lower steps in the 1990s at 34°4′59″N 118°16′30.50″W. The steps can be seen in the Charley Chase silent comedy, Isn't Life Terrible?, during a scene in which Chase is trying to sell fountain pens to Fay Wray. The steps are used, for a gag similar to Hats Off and The Music Box, in Ice Cold Cocos, a Billy Bevan comedy short directed by Del Lord.
The steps are referenced in The Laurel and Hardy Love Affair, a short story by Ray Bradbury, as the meeting place of the couple in the story, who call each other Ollie and Stan in homage to the comedic duo. Contrary to popular belief, the long staircase is not the same one used by The Three Stooges in their 1941 film An Ache in Every Stake; those stairs are two miles northeast, located at 2212 Edendale Place in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles. The film is a partial remake of their silent short Hats Off, filmed at the same location and is today considered a lost film. Hats Off was itself remade by Edgar Kennedy in 1945 as It's Your Move, but utilizing a different staircase although located in the same vicinity where the "Music Box Steps" are in Silver Lake. Hal Roach Studios colorized The Music Box in 1986 with a remastered stereo soundtrack featuring the Hal Roach Studios incidental stock music score conducted by Ronnie Ha
Christmas in Connecticut
Christmas in Connecticut is a 1945 American Christmas romantic comedy film about an unmarried city magazine writer who pretends to be a farm wife and mother and falls in love with one of her fans. The film was directed by Peter Godfrey, stars Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet. Elizabeth Lane is a single New Yorker, occupied as a food writer, her articles about her fictitious Connecticut farm and baby are admired by housewives across the country. Her publisher, Alexander Yardley, is unaware of the charade and insists that Elizabeth host a Christmas dinner for returning war hero Jefferson Jones, who read all of her recipes while in the hospital and is so fond of her that his nurse wrote a letter to the publisher. Facing a career-ending scandal, not only for herself but for her editor, Dudley Beecham, Lane is forced to comply. In desperation, Elizabeth agrees to marry John Sloan, who has a farm in Connecticut, she enlists the help of her uncle, chef Felix Bassenak, providing her with the recipes for her articles.
At Sloan's farm on Christmas Eve, Elizabeth meets Norah, the housekeeper, as well as a neighbor's baby whom they pretend is their baby. Elizabeth and John plan to be married by Judge Crowthers, but the ceremony is interrupted when Jefferson arrives and it is love at first sight; the judge returns on Christmas morning, but the ceremony is postponed when a different neighbor's baby is presented instead of the one from the day before. The household is alarmed. After the judge leaves, Uncle Felix admits to Elizabeth that he had lied about the watch to stop the wedding. While the household attends a local dance, the baby's real mother arrives to pick up her baby. Alexander witnesses assumes someone is kidnapping the baby. Elizabeth and Jefferson spend the night in jail, mistakenly charged with stealing a neighbor's horse and sleigh, return to the farm early the next morning. Alexander accuses her of neglecting her child. Elizabeth confesses all. Furious, Alexander fires her. Jefferson's fiancée, Mary Lee, arrives unexpectedly.
Dejected, Elizabeth retires to leave the farm. Felix learns that Mary Lee has married someone else and must break the engagement, he entices Alexander into the kitchen with the smell of cooking kidneys. He fabricates a story about a competing magazine's attempts to hire Elizabeth, Alexander decides to hire her back. Felix tells Jefferson. Elizabeth's packing is interrupted, first by Alexander, by Jefferson. After teasing her that he is a cad who woos married women, Jefferson reveals the truth; the couple plan to marry. Barbara Stanwyck as Elizabeth Lane Dennis Morgan as Jefferson Jones Sydney Greenstreet as Alexander Yardley Reginald Gardiner as John Sloan S. Z. Sakall as Felix Bassenak Robert Shayne as Dudley Beecham Una O'Connor as Norah Frank Jenks as Sinkewicz Joyce Compton as Mary Lee Dick Elliott as Judge Crothers The film was a big hit earned $3,273,000 domestically and $859,000 foreign. A remake of Christmas in Connecticut was made in 1992, starring Dyan Cannon as Elizabeth, Kris Kristofferson as Jefferson Jones, Tony Curtis as Mr. Yardley.
The made-for-TV movie, which first aired on TNT, was directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who made a cameo as the man sitting in front of the media truck. In this remake, Elizabeth "Blane" is the hostess of her own cooking show; when her manager, Alexander Yardley, introduces her to Jefferson Jones—a forest ranger who lost his cabin in a fire—he asks her to make Jones Christmas dinner live on her show. As in the original, Elizabeth isn't as talented; this version was not as well-received as the original. As one critic wrote, "You'll be hungry for a better movie after suffering through this film". Christmas in Connecticut was presented on Stars in the Air March 20, 1952; the 30-minute adaptation starred Phyllis Thaxter. Christmas in Connecticut on IMDb Christmas in Connecticut at the TCM Movie Database Christmas in Connecticut at AllMovie
Penny Wisdom is a 1937 American short comedy film directed by David Miller and produced by Pete Smith. In 1938, the film won an Oscar at the 10th Academy Awards for Best Short Subject; the opening of the film uses the music of "Pop Goes the Weasel", which indicates that this "epicurian epic" will entail much comedic content. The scene starts as Matthew E. Smudge calls his wife, Chloe, to inform her that he's bringing his boss and a customer home for dinner. Unstressed, Chloe enters the kitchen, expecting to tell the cook, her constant high-maintenance demands have caused "her culinary queen to quit." Chloe haplessly attempts to fix dinner herself. An hour has transpired and Chloe has burnt the roast beef, dropped a flour bucket on the dog, turned the kitchen into a complete disaster. Pete Smith, as narrator, asks sobbing Chloe the whereabouts of a telephone, he decides to make a personal call to advice columnist for the Los Angeles Examiner. With 35 minutes before the husband and company arrives, Penny shows doubtful Chloe how to prepare a full course, mouth-watering meal with what is left in the icebox as well as applying unusual housewife remedies to salvage some of Chloe's cooking.
The meal is prepared just in time for the arrival of Mr. Smudge and customer. Chloe greets the guests as Smith whispers to Smudge, "Psst, your cook left this morning." Smudge's countenance drastically is now in a dither about dinner. Smudge is surprised by the quality and taste of the courses Chloe has presented to him and his guests. Smith interjects that the entire course only cost Smudge a grand total of $2.83. As Penny secretly sneaks away, Smith lies to Smudge saying Chloe cooked the entire meal herself. Of course, Chloe emphatically nods in agreement, much to her dog's disbelief. Prudence Penny as Herself Harold Minjir as Matthew E. Smudge Gertrude Short as Chloe Smudge Pete Smith as Narrator William Worthington as Dinner Guest Penny Wisdom on IMDb
Claire Du Brey
Claire Du Brey was an American actress. She appeared in more than 200 films between 1916 and 1959, her name is sometimes rendered as Claire Dubrey. Du Brey was born in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho, to an ethnic Croat father from Dalmatia, an Irish-American mother, Lilly Mrs. Richard Fugitt, her parents married on November 1891 in Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho. She attended a convent school. Du Brey "had trained as a nurse", she related that in 1897 she traveled west from Idaho in a covered wagon with her mother and her grandfather. Du Brey's screen career began with Universal Studios and she played at one time or another with all the larger companies. More notable films in which she appeared were Anything Once, Social Briars, The Devil's Trail, What Every Woman Wants and Dangerous Hours. Other films include The Wishing Ring Man, The Spite Bride, The World Aflame, The Walk Offs, her career declined with the sound era and she played small roles. Du Brey was proficient in athletics, excelling in swimming, golfing and motoring.
She was five feet seven inches high, weighed 130 pounds and had auburn hair and brown eyes, took a lively interest in horticulture. According to two biographies of Marie Dressler published in the late 1990s, Dressler and Du Brey had a long-term romantic relationship; however other sources indicate that Du Brey, who had trained as a nurse, was the elder actress's assistant and caregiver while Dressler was ill with terminal cancer. Du Brey was married to, divorced from, Norman Gates, a doctor in Los Angeles. On August 1, 1993, Du Brey died in Los Angeles, aged 100. Kennedy, Matthew. Marie Dressler: A Biography, With a Listing of Major Stage Performances, a Filmography And a Discography. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0520-1. Lee, Betty. Marie Dressler: The Unlikeliest Star. University of Kentucky Press. ISBN 0-8131-2036-5. Claire Du Brey on IMDb