MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW
1937, Universal, 91 min, USA, Dir: Leo McCarey

This Depression-era drama stars Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi as an elderly couple who lose their home to foreclosure and hope to move in with one of their five children – none of whom wants them both. Named to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 2010, this was director Leo McCarey’s favorite of his films; other famous fans include Orson Welles, Errol Morris and Japanese screenwriter Kōgo Noda, who patterned TOKYO STORY after it.


THE LAST SEDUCTION
1994, Park Circus/ITV, 110 min, UK/USA, Dir: John Dahl

Passion, greed and revenge forge a desperate triangle between Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino), who wants it all; husband Clay (Bill Pullman), a doctor forced to deal drugs to pay off their debt to a violent loan shark; and Mike (Peter Berg), drawn into a steamy affair with Bridget. When Bridget runs off with a cool million in drug money, Clay sends a resourceful private investigator to hunt her down; to keep her fortune, the young woman devises a scheme involving cheating husbands, angry wives, insurance policies and murder.


GIDGET GOES HAWAIIAN
1961, Sony Repertory, 101 min, USA, Dir: Paul Wendkos

Soon-to-be 1960s beach movie favorite Deborah Walley inherits the title role from Sandra Dee in this surf-and-sun-filled romantic comedy. On a Hawaiian vacation with her parents, Gidget finds a gang of lads vying for her affections, which starts a chain of romantic complications when her boyfriend from home, Moondoggie (James Darren), arrives. Perhaps the best of the GIDGET series, the film costars Carl Reiner, Peggy Cass and Eddie Foy Jr. as square-but-loving parents.


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