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MR. & MRS. SMITH (1941)
1941, Warner Bros., 91 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Yes, there is a screwball comedy among the Hitchcock oeuvre, and a highly amusing one at that. When Robert Montgomery tells wife Carole Lombard that he wouldn’t marry her again, he soon regrets the joke - it turns out that, due to a technicality, their marriage was never valid, and that friend Gene Raymond has a thing for the suddenly available Lombard.


A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
1951, Warner Bros., 122 min, USA, Dir: Elia Kazan

Director Elia Kazan’s powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play made Marlon Brando a household name for his incendiary portrayal of working-class Stanley Kowalski, who collides headlong with fragile Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) when she moves in with Stanley and wife Stella (Kim Hunter), her sister. Brilliantly acted and mounted on every level, with Academy Awards going to Leigh for Best Actress, Hunter for Best Supporting Actress and Karl Malden for Best Supporting Actor. "A masterwork in some indefinable middle ground which is neither stage nor screen." - David Shipman


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.


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