OUR TOWN
1940, 90 min, USA, Dir: Sam Wood

Thornton Wilder co-wrote the screenplay to this big-screen adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play about life in a small town at the dawn of the 20th century. William Holden and Oscar-nominee Martha Scott (one of several members of the original Broadway cast reprising their roles) star as George Gibbs and Emily Webb, who fall in love in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Music by Aaron Copland and production design by William Cameron Menzies add a bittersweet glow to this moving drama.


IVY
1947, Universal, 99 min, USA, Dir: Sam Wood

Joan Fontaine memorably portrays an amoral Edwardian vixen whose hobby of seducing wayward men becomes the road to perdition. Fontaine’s tour de force performance occurred in a role originally intended for her sister Olivia de Havilland! A distinguished British cast includes Patric Knowles, Herbert Marshall and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. NOT ON DVD!


A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
1935, Warner Bros., 96 min, Dir: Sam Wood

The Marx Brothers' first film for MGM – also their first without Zeppo and their biggest box office hit – finds them in the mix with a couple of beleaguered opera-singer pals who are having career trouble. Enjoy the stateroom scene, the contract routine and tons of great one-liners. And remember: "There ain't no sanity clause!" Numerous writers (many uncredited) include George S. Kaufman and even Buster Keaton. With Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Sig
Ruman and Margaret Dumont.


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