Starring William Powell (The Thin Man series, Life With Father) and Carole Lombard (Nothing Sacred, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, To Be or Not to Be), directed by Gregory La Cava (Stage Door, 5th Avenue Girl) from the novel by Eric Hatch (Topper). This frothy and madcap romantic comedy is one of the most beloved of all time, and the chemistry between Lombard and Powell should get most of the credit for that. This movie was so popular they remade it in 1952 with the only other actor who looked half as buttlery as Powell, a one David Niven. But this original version is undoubtedly superior and has some covert class struggle commentary hidden up its sleeve. This is the 2nd CMNYK appearance for both Powell and Lombard; we previously saw him in Life With Father on 9/23/14 and her in Nothing Sacred on 10/28/14. Don’t miss this legendary romantic duo next week at CMNYK!
Starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Susan Hayward and Hildegarde Neff and directed by Henry King, from the short story by Ernest Hemingway. Peck is doing his best papa bear Hemingway impression as he literally fight bulls, rhinos and all manner of other scary monster to protect a succession of classic beauties. He also gets drunk and laid like crazy. So basically like, just a regular Wednesday for Ernest Hemingway. With it’s crazy blue screen adventure sequences, this movie was basically the Transformers of 1952, technologically speaking, but it’s also a beautifully filmed production, and the producer is none other than his highness, Darryl F. Zanuck. Prepare for technicolor overload.
Starring Jonathan Haze, Mel Welles, Dick Miller, Jackie Joseph and Jack Nicholson, directed by Roger Corman. Many have seen the masterful 1986 musical remake by Frank Oz, but the Corman original is a masterpiece in its own right. You probably know the amazing story; a lowly and lonely shop clerk accidentally breeds a man-eating plant that’s basically a psychotic Venus fly trap, which then coerces him to bring it something to nosh on. Feed me Seymour! Hilarity and murder ensue. Jack Nicholson was a relative unknown at the time, working almost exclusively in Corman B-movies. He has just a small, but memorable, part in this film. But the performances from bit part God, Dick Miller, and the underappreciated Mel Welles carry this darkly hilarious little gem.