THE GREAT MCGINTY
1940, Universal, 82 min, USA, Dir: Preston Sturges

Writer Preston Sturges famously offered the script of this classic comedy to his studio for $1 - with the proviso that he be attached to direct. This potent satire about the rise of Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy) under the tutelage of a corrupt political boss (Akim Tamiroff) earned Sturges an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Many of the character actors here became part of the director’s stock company; William Demarest went on to appear in seven more Sturges films.


ROAD TO MOROCCO
1942, Universal, 82 min, USA, Dir: David Butler

This third in the series of ROAD pictures finds Bob Hope and Bing Crosby as a pair of stowaways stranded in North Africa who fall under the amorous eyes of Princess Shalmar (Dorothy Lamour) and invoke the ire of an Arabian sheik (Anthony Quinn). Named in 1996 to the National Film Registry, this amiable comedy earned Oscar nominations for its sound and original screenplay and features one of the most memorable songs of the series in the Johnny Burke-Jimmy Van Heusen title number.


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