OUR BLUSHING BRIDES
1930, Warner Bros., 102 min, USA, Dir: Harry Beaumont

The conclusion of the trilogy that began with OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS and OUR MODERN MAIDENS, this drama stars Joan Crawford, Anita Page and Dorothy Sebastian as three young women trying to make a good life in Manhattan. Geraldine (Crawford) weds the wealthy Tony (Robert Montgomery) after he realizes that is the only way he will get her into his bed. Francine (Sebastian) marries thief Martin J. Sanderson (John Miljan) in the mistaken belief that her groom is a millionaire. And Connie (Page) weakens to temptation and becomes the mistress of Tony's younger brother (Raymond Hackett). Will they become blushing brides or girls without blushes?


GRAND HOTEL
1932, Warner Bros., 113 min, USA, Dir: Edmund Goulding

Director Edmund Goulding orchestrates a dazzling parade of iconographic stars and intersecting subplots. Ballerina Greta Garbo, aristocrat John Barrymore, secretary Joan Crawford and cutthroat mogul Wallace Beery are just a few of the legends who make their way through this classic ensemble drama, a film whose influence can be seen in later films by Robert Altman and P.T. Anderson, among many others. Cedric Gibbons’ stunning Art Deco art direction gives the players an opulent setting for their personal melodramas.


THE ASPHALT JUNGLE
1950, Warner Brothers, 112 min, Dir: John Huston

The kingpin of caper films, featuring one of the best ensemble casts ever. Director John Huston's neo-realist adaptation of W. R. Burnett’s novel examines the ambitions of small-time hoods and brought a new level of empathy and authenticity to crime - that "left-handed form of human endeavor." Famous as the film that introduced Marilyn Monroe, THE ASPHALT JUNGLE deserves renewed recognition as a crucial work of noir Americana. With Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, James Whitmore and Jean Hagen.


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