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Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, The (Universal 1976, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams)

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The year before super-duper-star Reggie Jackson signed his first free-agent contract with the New York Yankees, this rollicking road show–about a group of players who mutiny against the Negro Leagues to form their own barnstorming club–hit theaters.

Billy Dee Williams, as Bingo Long, has never been livelier onscreen, and James Earl Jones looks positively Ruthian as power-hitting catcher Leon Carter. Throw in comedian Richard Pryor as an outfielder looking to break into the majors by pretending to be Cuban, and you’re in for a wild base run.

Set in 1939, John Badham’s directorial debut captures an era gone by but also a spirit very much alive. Bingo leads the rebellion against Sallie, the ruthless owner of the St. Louis Ebony Aces. Empowered by Leon’s quotations from W.E.B. Du Bois, Bingo takes control of his economic destiny and forms the collectivist “Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings.” In response, Sallie and the other Negro League owners conspire to destroy Bingo and his dream.

And then the race card is played: When Sallie’s violent thugs prevent local all-black teams from playing Bingo’s ball club, the team responds by playing all-white teams–and making more money. As for Bingo, baseball is the vehicle to individual freedom and money, money, money. With talent for the game, how can he lose?

Well, Bingo can’t lose, of course. Just like Mr. October, he knows how the game is played.

Cast: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor, Rico Dawson

Director: John Badham
Producer: Rob Cohen
Novel: William Brashler
Director of Photography: Bill Butler
Composer: William Goldstein

USA / Universal / 111 minutes / 1976

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Look Back in Anger (Woodfall 1959, Richard Burton, Claire Bloom)

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Look Back In Anger Burton Bloom

Influential British kitchen-sink” drama Look Back in Anger, directed in gritty black and white by Tony Richardson (Tom Jones) and based on a hugely successful play by John Osborne, follows the apparently doomed marriage of an English couple, Jimmy and Allison Porter.

Richard Burton gives a stunning performance as Jimmy, a role that showed audiences he could perform on screen without the aid of historic armour. Look Back in Anger served as a seminal part of Britain’s “Angry Young Man” movement of theatrical dramas, novels and films and heralded the beginning of the England’s “New Wave cinema.”

Look Back in Anger was Richardson’s first feature for his newly formed Woodfall Films production company.

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Richard Burton as Jimmy Porter
Claire Bloom as Helena Charles
Mary Ure as Alison Porter
Edith Evans as Mrs. Tanner
Gary Raymond as Cliff Lewis
Glen Byam Shaw as Colonel Redfern
Phyllis Neilson-Terry as Mrs. Redfern
Donald Pleasence as Hurst
Jane Eccles as Miss Drury
S.P. Kapoor as Kapoor
George Devine as Doctor
Walter Hudd as Actor
Anne Dickins as Girl A.S.M
John Dearth as Pet Stall Man
Nigel Davenport as 1st. Commercial Traveller

crew details
Director: Tony Richardson
Producer: Harry Saltzman
Cinematography: Oswald Morris
Editor: Richard Best
Music: Chris Barber
Script: Nigel Kneale, John Osborne
Production Design: Peter Glazier

production details
Country: UK
Studio: Woodfall – Warner Bros
Year of Release: 1959
Duration: 115 minutes

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Three Coins in the Fountain (TCF 1954, Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire)

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In handsomely photographed romance Three Coins in the Fountain, three American women (Jean Peters, Dorothy McGuire, Maggie McNamara) pin their hopes for love on wishes they make by tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Each finds romance; who wouldn’t in a Rome this beautiful? Ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra lends his vocal talents to the title song.

Three Coins in the Fountain was the first CinemaScope picture ever shot on location; the widescreen format makes the most of the stunningly romantic Roman and Venetian landscapes that form the backdrop to the story.

Negulesco tried this one again in 1965 as “The Pleasure Seekers.”

Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Picture.

Three Coins Fountain 1954 Clifton Webb

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Clifton Webb as John Frederick Shadwell
Dorothy McGuire as Miss Frances
Jean Peters as Anita Hutchins
Louis Jourdan as Prince Dino di Cessi
Maggie McNamara as Maria Williams
Rossano Brazzi as Giorgio Bianchi
Howard St. John as Burgoyne
Kathryn Givney as Mrs. Burgoyne
Cathleen Nesbitt as Principessa

crew details
Director: Jean Negulesco
Producer: Sol C. Siegel
Original Story: John H. Secondari
Cinematography: Milton Krasner
Editor: William Reynolds
Music: Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, Victor Young
Script: John Patrick
Production Design: Lyle Wheeler

production details
Country: USA
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Year of Release: 1954
Duration: 102 minutes

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Rack, The (MGM 1956, Paul Newman, Wendell Corey)

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The Rack Paul Newman

Dark courtroom drama The Rack was based on a Rod Serling teleplay, and proved to be (along with “Somebody Up There Likes Me”, 1956) young Paul Newman’s breakthrough role. Newman plays an officer accused of collaborating with enemy interrogators during the Korean War. As his defenders attempt to show that his mental state exposed him to tortures as extreme as the medieval rack, Newman’s buttoned-up father (Pidgeon), an army colonel, must come to terms with his own role in his son’s collapse.

The movie version of The Rack was written by Stewart Stern. When Newman made his directorial debut in 1968 with Rachel, Rachel, he was once again working from a screenplay by Stern.

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Paul Newman as Capt. Edward Worthington Hall, Jr.
Wendell Corey as Maj. Sam Moulton
Walter Pidgeon as Col. Edward W. Hall, Sr.
Edmond O’Brien as Lt. Col. Frank Wasnick
Anne Francis as Aggie Hall
Lee Marvin as Capt. John R. Miller
Cloris Leachman as Caroline
Robert Burton as Col. Ira Hansen
Robert F. Simon as Law Officer
Trevor Bardette as Court President
Adam Williams as Sgt. Otto Pahnke
James Best as Millard Chilson Cassidy
Fay Roope as Col. Dudley Smith
Barry Atwater as Maj. Byron Phillips

crew details
Director: Arnold Laven
Producer: Arthur M. Loew
Director of Photography: Paul Vogel
Editors: Harold F. Kress, Marshall Neilan
Composer: Adolph Deutsch
Script: Rod Serling, Stewart Stern
Production Design: Cedric Gibbons, Merrill Pye

production details
Country: USA
Studio: MGM
Year of Release: 1956
Duration: 100 minutes

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