DILLINGER
1973, Park Circus/MGM, 107 min, USA, Dir: John Milius

For his feature directorial debut, high-powered screenwriter John Milius crafted an action-packed biopic about Depression-era criminal John Dillinger, because “of all the outlaws, he was the most marvelous.” Warren Oates is marvelous himself in the title role, with Harry Dean Stanton and Richard Dreyfuss as members of his gang, Ben Johnson as the FBI agent on Dillinger’s trail and Cloris Leachman as “the Lady in Red” who led the notorious gangster to his bloody end at a Chicago movie theater.


RIO GRANDE
1950, Paramount, 105 min, USA, Dir: John Ford

John Wayne stars as an officer defending settlers against Apaches on the Texas border when his estranged son shows up as a new Army recruit - followed by the boy’s mother (Maureen O’Hara), who wants her son back. The last of director John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy,” RIO GRANDE was the first of five pairings between Wayne and O’Hara (as well as the film debut of Wayne’s son Patrick). Costarring Ben Johnson and Victor McLaglen.


MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
1949, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Ernest B. Schoedsack

Inspired as a boy by the pioneering stop-motion work of Willis O’Brien on KING KONG, Ray Harryhausen got the chance to work with his hero years later - along with KING KONG co-director Ernest B. Schoedsack - on this marvelous adventure/fantasy story about a beautiful young woman (Terry Moore) and her best friend, a giant, kindhearted gorilla named Joe. In the end, Harryhausen wound up handling the majority of the visual effects for the film, including spectacular scenes of Joe destroying a nightclub. Academy Award winner for Best Visual Effects.


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