YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN
1950, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz

Dorothy Baker’s novel, inspired by the life of cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, gets the full-blown Hollywood treatment. Star-crossed jazzman Kirk Douglas (musically dubbed by Harry James) hits the high and low notes, with a formidable Lauren Bacall and empathetic Doris Day as the women in his orbit. A daring Carl Foreman script complements memorable supporting performances by Hoagy Carmichael and Juano Hernandez, with dazzling direction by Michael Curtiz.


DOCTOR X
1932, Warner Bros., 76 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz

A journalist (Lee Tracy) follows a trail of bodies left by the cannibalistic Moon Killer, eventually arriving at the medical academy run by Dr. Xavier (Lionel Atwill). With no shortage of suspects among his staff, Doctor X and the reporter race to identify the culprit before lovely Joan (Fay Wray) becomes his next victim. Curtiz and many of his cast and crew members soon would reteam for another two-color Technicolor thriller, MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM.


MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM
1933, Warner Bros., 77 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz

Remade in 1953 as HOUSE OF WAX with Vincent Price, this horror thriller was one of the last films shot in two-color Technicolor. Lionel Atwill stars as Ivan Igor, a crippled sculptor who opens a wax museum in New York City peopled by figures that are disturbingly lifelike. As a woman who nearly winds up on display as Marie Antoinette, Fay Wray proves she doesn’t need a giant ape to scream convincingly.


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