HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE
1953, 20th Century Fox, 95 min, USA, Dir: Jean Negulesco

HOW TO MARRY was actually the first feature shot in CinemaScope by 20th Century Fox, but it was released after THE ROBE in 1953. Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall learn the price of true love in this hilariously mercenary musical comedy, scripted and produced by Nunnally Johnson. Watch for mild-mannered boyfriend David Wayne (who made four films with Monroe, more than any other actor), and listen for the sparkling score arranged by Alfred Newman.


AIRPORT
1970, Universal, 137 min, USA, Dir: George Seaton

The success of this film launched a wave of 1970s disaster movies. Featuring an all-star cast including Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg. Jacqueline Bissett, Helen Hayes (who won the Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance) and more, the story revolves around a Chicago airport manager trying to keep things running during a snowstorm, as a suicidal bomber plots to blow up a Boeing 707.


CAROUSEL
1956, 20th Century Fox, 128 min, USA, Dir: Henry King

Phoebe and Henry Ephron (Nora’s parents) adapted this unusually dark musical about a carousel barker and a mill worker whose love falls victim to jealous outsiders and hard times in 19th-century New England. OKLAHOMA! castmates Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones are superb singing and dancing to some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most distinctive songs, including “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Soliloquy” and “If I Loved You.” With Cameron Mitchell as the ne’er-do-well Jigger Craigin.


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