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AIRPORT 1975
1974, Universal, 107 min, USA, Dir: Jack Smight

When a 747 is rendered pilotless after crashing into a smaller plane, the control tower needs to figure out how to get someone aboard who can fly the jet. Charlton Heston and the ever-reliable George Kennedy struggle to save such passengers as Helen Reddy, Linda Blair, Gloria Swanson and Sid Caesar.


THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR
1942, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder made his Hollywood directorial debut with this wartime farce, cowritten with frequent collaborator Charles Brackett. Ginger Rogers sparkles as a woman who masquerades as a 12-year-old girl to travel by train on a child’s fare; Ray Milland is the military man who shelters the youngster.


HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO
1944, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: Preston Sturges

When Eddie Bracken is discharged from the military for chronic hay fever, his pals decide to send him home with a reputation as a great war hero. What ensues is a flurry of patriotic fervor, some genuine and some ridiculous but all of it hilarious in writer-director Preston Sturges' hands. Sturges' incisive view of what defines true heroism during wartime is as spot-on today as it was in 1944, and his direction of an ensemble of gifted character actors is a timeless delight.


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