MARY, MARY
1963, Warner Bros., 126 min, USA, Dir: Mervyn LeRoy

Publisher Bob McKellaway (Barry Nelson) is forced to reconnect with his ex-wife Mary (Debbie Reynolds) in order to clear up some financial matters. Bob is uneasy about the reunion, but when Mary shows up Bob is shocked to see that she’s more attractive than ever – and before long both ex-lovers find themselves attempting to sabotage each others’ new romances.


THE TENDER TRAP
1955, Warner Bros., 111 min, USA, Dir: Charles Walters

Debbie Reynolds stars as the ambitious Julie, who happens upon womanizing theatrical agent and Manhattan socialite Charlie Reader (Frank Sinatra). Celeste Holm is delightful as Reynolds’ prime competition.


THE CATERED AFFAIR
1956, Warner Bros., 92 min, USA, Dir: Richard Brooks

Ernest Borgnine is a middle-aged New York cabbie scraping for years to save up for his own cab. When his daughter (Debbie Reynolds) announces that she is going to marry in a simple ceremony, domineering wife Bette Davis insists on planning a wedding well beyond the working-class family's means, to impress their friends and family and to make up for what she never had. Director Richard Brooks and screenwriter Gore Vidal bring Paddy Chayefsky's story to the screen with sensitivity and intelligence.


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