THE MATING GAME
1959, Warner Bros., 96 min, Dir: George Marshall

Uptight IRS agent Tony Randall shows up on a family farm to collect some back taxes but finds his job unexpectedly complicated by farmer's daughter Debbie Reynolds. Before long he's falling for the young woman in this glorious Cinemascope comedy (featuring a title song sung by Reynolds).


THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM
1962, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: Henry Levin, George Pal

This family fantasy favorite interweaves a fictional narrative about the storytelling brothers (played by Laurence Harvey and Karlheinz Böhm) with a trio of their fairy tales: “The Dancing Princess,” “The Cobbler and the Elves” and “The Singing Bone.” The star-studded cast includes Claire Bloom, Barbara Eden, Jim Backus and Russ Tamblyn (who reprises his TOM THUMB role). Originally presented in Cinerama, this feast for the eyes and ears was an Oscar nominee for Best Cinematography, Music and Art Direction, and a winner for Best Costume Design.


THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
1960, Park Circus/MGM, 128 min, USA, Dir: John Sturges

Excellent, Americanized version of the Akira Kurosawa classic THE SEVEN SAMURAI, helmed by noted action auteur John Sturges (THE GREAT ESCAPE, BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK), with charismatic Steve McQueen making his first star turn alongside Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz as gunmen hired to safeguard a Mexican farm village from marauding bandit chieftain Eli Wallach. With an instantly memorable Elmer Bernstein score, which inspired everything from future Westerns to cigarette commercials (!) for decades to come.


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