WHO’S MINDING THE STORE?
1963, Paramount, 90 min, USA, Dir: Frank Tashlin

Director Frank Tashlin’s background in cartoons made him a perfect fit for Jerry Lewis’ knockabout comedy; this hilarious film is a highlight of both their careers. Hapless Norman Phiffier (Lewis) and rich girl Barbara Tuttle (Jill St. John) are in love, but the young woman’s mother (Agnes Moorehead) disapproves, and puts her daughter’s suitor through the gauntlet at the department store she owns in an effort to get rid of him.


ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS
1955, Universal, 89 min, USA, Dir: Douglas Sirk

Jane Wyman, a lonely widow with two spoiled, almost grown children (William Reynolds, Gloria Talbot) as well as a circle of snobbish, upper-middle-class friends, suddenly finds herself falling in love with her gardener (Rock Hudson). Director Douglas Sirk examines the curious cultural barriers we set up for ourselves regarding love, skewering age and class differences in the process as well as championing fearless independence of the individual spirit - something that was not so common in the 1950s. One of the most subversive love stories of 20th-century cinema and a prime inspiration for Todd Haynes' acclaimed FAR FROM HEAVEN.


CAGED
1950, Warner Bros., 96 min, USA, Dir: John Cromwell

Flat-out the best “women behind bars” movie ever made. Sentenced to prison for her role in a failed robbery that killed her husband, vulnerable innocent Marie Allen (Oscar-nominated Eleanor Parker) undergoes a degrading transformation in “the joint.” Parker gives the performance of her career, supported by a cell block of sensational actresses: Agnes Moorehead, Hope Emerson, Betty Garde, Jan Sterling, Lee Patrick, Jane Darwell and many more. A classic!


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