PORTRAIT OF JENNIE
1948, Walt Disney Pictures, 86 min, USA, Dir: William Dieterle

This poignant love story focuses on struggling artist Joseph Cotten as he gradually falls in love with Jennie (Jennifer Jones), a strange young woman he meets in Central Park. As Cotten occasionally encounters her over a series of months, she seems to be maturing before his eyes - and he slowly comes to realize that his muse is the restless spirit of a long-dead woman.


BEAT THE DEVIL
1953, Sony Repertory, 89 min, UK/Italy/USA, Dir: John Huston

If screwball comedies were about criminal entanglements instead of romantic ones - and if they featured dialogue by Truman Capote - they would resemble this delightful adventure spoof. Jennifer Jones plays a compulsive liar traveling to Africa with her husband when she meets Humphrey Bogart, who’s been enlisted by a group of criminals (including Robert Morley and Peter Lorre) eager to acquire a uranium mine. Bogart lost a bundle of money and several teeth making the film, but it remains among the most distinctive and entertaining of his career. Costarring Gina Lollobrigida.


CLUNY BROWN
1946, 20th Century Fox, 100 min, USA, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch

Director Ernst Lubitsch's last complete film is one of his funniest. Jennifer Jones is a female plumber working as a maid on an English estate; in other words, it' s RUGGLES OF RED GAP in reverse. Charles Boyer is a penniless Czech intellectual smitten by Jones and befriended by rich Peter Lawford. With Helen Walker, C. Aubrey Smith.


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