VALLEY OF THE EAGLES
1951, 82 min, Dir: Terence Young

Over 10 years before he helmed the early installments of the James Bond series (DR. NO, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, THUNDERBALL), director Terence Young crafted this thrilling chase across the frozen Swedish countryside. When Norwegian scientist Dr. Nils Ahlen (John McCallum) discovers that his wife (Mary Laura Wood) has run off with his laboratory assistant (Anthony Dawson) and has stolen his precious invention that produces energy from sound waves, he enlists the help of veteran police inspector Peterson (Jack Warner) to track them down. With Peterson and Ahlen on their tail, the lovers head into the frigid Lapland, where they hope to escape into the Soviet Union. Neither side, however, is prepared for the natural dangers that await them.


A CHRISTMAS CAROL
1951, 20th Century Fox, 66 min, UK, Dir: Brian Desmond Hurst

Also known as SCROOGE, this British-made fantasy may be the definitive film version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. Alastair Sim is pitch-perfect as Ebenezer Scrooge, whose miserly outlook is transformed by three spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. The fine supporting cast includes Patrick Macnee, Hermione Baddeley and Kathleen Harrison.


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