YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN
1950, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz

Dorothy Baker’s novel, inspired by the life of cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, gets the full-blown Hollywood treatment. Star-crossed jazzman Kirk Douglas (musically dubbed by Harry James) hits the high and low notes, with a formidable Lauren Bacall and empathetic Doris Day as the women in his orbit. A daring Carl Foreman script complements memorable supporting performances by Hoagy Carmichael and Juano Hernandez, with dazzling direction by Michael Curtiz.


DETECTIVE STORY
1951, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: William Wyler

Eleanor Parker’s second Best Actress nomination in as many years is a memorable turn as the unfortunate wife of tormented NYPD detective Kirk Douglas in a splendid screen adaptation of Sidney Kingsley’s hit play. Powerfully helmed by William Wyler and nominated for four Academy Awards. Co-starring William Bendix, Lee Grant, George Macready, Cathy O’Donnell, Horace McMahon, Gladys George, Joseph Wiseman, Gerald Mohr and Frank Faylen.


20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
1954, Disney, 127 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

James Mason is Captain Nemo opposite Kirk Douglas’ salty dog Ned Land in this glorious adaptation of Jules Verne's novel. Land, a loudmouth harpooner sent to investigate a series of mysterious sinkings in the Pacific trade lane, comes face-to-face with Nemo after an explosive encounter with the captain’s high-tech submarine, the Nautilus. Tensions rise under Nemo’s bloodthirsty leadership, which ultimately leads to a spectacular battle with a giant squid. Featuring Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre. Academy Award winner for Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects.


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