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.

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.

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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