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1921, 51 min, USA, Dir: Sam Wood

Hollywood's first great child star, Jackie Coogan, stars in this delightful comedy. Producer Irving Lesser lost no time in finding the right vehicle for Coogan following his sensational success in Chaplin's THE KID. Similar to Dennis the Menace, Peck's Bad Boy begun in the 1880s as a series of newspaper articles by George Wilbur Peck, was soon adapted into a Broadway play and, by the end of the nineteenth century, was a staple of theatrical road companies.

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.

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!

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