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THE STING
1973, Universal, 129 min, USA, Dir: George Roy Hill

Circa 1936, con artist Robert Redford goes to his mentor, Paul Newman, for help when their mutual friend is whacked by the henchmen of numbers racketeer Robert Shaw. Newman decides to get a gang together that will put in play a complex scheme to fleece homicidal high-roller Shaw of a small fortune. The sterling cast includes Charles Durning, Ray Walston and Eileen Brennan. The epitome of the 1970s buddy film, THE STING won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Screenplay (by David S. Ward), Costume Design, Art Direction and Music (Marvin Hamlisch, adapted from Scott Joplin’s ragtime tunes).


ROAD TO UTOPIA
1946, Universal, 90 min, USA, Dir: Hal Walker

For those who’ve been looking for Utopia, it turns out it’s somewhere in Alaska. This fourth Hope-Crosby comedy casts the duo as turn-of-the-century vaudevillians who head for the Klondike when they get their hands on the map to a gold mine; the ever-charming Dorothy Lamour is the map’s rightful owner. As the film’s narrator, humorist Robert Benchley gets in some hilarious quips, but Bing and Bob don’t need much help - ROAD TO UTOPIA is one of their funniest pairings


ROAD TO MOROCCO
1942, Universal, 82 min, USA, Dir: David Butler

This third in the series of ROAD pictures finds Bob Hope and Bing Crosby as a pair of stowaways stranded in North Africa who fall under the amorous eyes of Princess Shalmar (Dorothy Lamour) and invoke the ire of an Arabian sheik (Anthony Quinn). Named in 1996 to the National Film Registry, this amiable comedy earned Oscar nominations for its sound and original screenplay and features one of the most memorable songs of the series in the Johnny Burke-Jimmy Van Heusen title number.


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