MY FAIR LADY
1964, Hollywood Classics, 170 min, USA, Dir: George Cukor

Domineering speech expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison, in his finest performance) transforms 19th-century Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (the never-lovelier Audrey Hepburn) into a beautiful, swanlike lady, in director George Cukor’s sumptuous adaptation of the Lerner & Loewe musical classic. Winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director and Actor. Co-starring Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Theodore Bikel and Jeremy Brett. With the song favorites "Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?," "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church on Time" and more!


A STAR IS BORN
1954, Warner Bros., 170 min, USA, Dir: George Cukor

Alcoholic failing star Norman Maine (James Mason) discovers and marries rising matinee idol songbird Esther Blodgett (Judy Garland) in director George Cukor’s emotionally incandescent remake of William Wellman’s 1937 version. Fueled by Garland’s terrifying vulnerability, Cukor’s flawless direction, a superb script by Moss Hart and production design by Gene Allen (MY FAIR LADY) that brilliantly evokes Hollywood wealth and power, A STAR IS BORN is an amazing synthesis of on-screen drama, music and behind-the-scenes myth.


MANHATTAN MELODRAMA
1934, Warner Bros., 93 min, USA, Dir: W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor (uncredited)

Hard gambler and racketeer Edward "Blackie" Gallagher (Clark Gable) and bookish district attorney and would-be governor Jim Wade (William Powell) have been lifelong friends, brought together by their both being orphans. When Blackie's girlfriend, Eleanor (Myrna Loy), leaves him for the more sensible Jim, there are no ill feelings between the friends, but when Blackie kills the D.A. running opposite Jim for the election of governor, Jim must face the most difficult case of his career: convicting his best friend of murder. The first of 14 onscreen pairings between Loy and Powell, and made in the same year as their most famous film, THE THIN MAN. Look for Mickey Rooney in one of his earliest roles, playing Blackie as a child. MANHATTAN MELODRAMA has become infamous as the last film seen by gangster John Dillinger before he was gunned down leaving Chicago's Biograph Theater.


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