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Go-Between, The (Columbia 1971, Julie Christie, Alan Bates)

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Bittersweet romantic drama The Go-Between, equal parts love story and reflection on British class differences, stars Michael Redgrave as a middle-aged man in reverie of his youth on a country estate. Flashing back to a chapter from his past, aging bachelor Leo Colston (Redgrave) remembers the summer when his younger self (Dominic Guard) acts as a messenger between 20-year-old Marian (Julie Christine), a proper British Lady, and her secret lover, working-class Ted (Alan Bates). As Marian prepares to marry another man more suitable to her class, Leo watches as his deliveries lead to a tragic outcome for all involved, and which the adult Leo remembers with sadness because of his own impossible love for Marian.

Directed by Joseph Losey in his third collaboration with writer Harold Pinter (adapted from the novel by L.P. Hartley), the film won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, multiple British Academy Awards and an American Oscar for Margaret Leighton in her supporting role as Marian’s mother.

The Go-Between was restricted to a $1 million budget and an eight-week shooting schedule, but still managed to garner a host of prestigious awards.

The Go Between Alan Bates

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Julie Christie as Marian – Lady Trimingham
Alan Bates as Ted Burgess
Margaret Leighton as Mrs. Maudsley
Michael Redgrave as Leo Colston
Dominic Guard as Leo
Michael Gough as Mr. Maudsley
Edward Fox as Hugh Trimingham
Richard Gibson as Marcus
Simon Hume-Kendall as Denys
Roger Lloyd Pack as Charles
Amaryllis Garnett as Kate
Keith Buckley as Stubbs
John Rees as Blunt
Gordon Richardson as Rector

crew details
Director: Joseph Losey
Producers: John Heyman, Denis Johnson, Norman Priggen
Original Story: L. P. Hartley
Director of Photography: Gerry Fisher
Editor: Reginald Beck
Composer: Michel Legrand
Screenwriter: Harold Pinter

production details
Country: UK
Studio: Columbia
Year of Release: 1971
Duration: 116 minutes

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Hell Below Zero (Warwick 1954, Alan Ladd Stanley Baker)

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Alan Ladd tracks killer Stanley Baker through the ice-flows of the Antarctic in fast-paced action thriller Hell Below Zero based on Hammond Innes’ novel The White South.

After his business goes belly-up, thrill-seeking Duncan Craig (Ladd) joins the crew of a whaling ship skippered by Judy Nordahl (Joan Tetzel). He’s attracted to the job because an air of mystery hangs over the vessel. Judy took over the helm after her father was murdered. Word is that Erik Bland (Baker), Judy’s ex-boyfriend and son of her father’s partner (Basil Sydney), was responsible for daddy’s demise. And the suspicions seem to be confirmed when, on a fateful fishing trip, Erik leaves Judy and Duncan for dead in the icy Antarctic waters. They survive, however, and, commandeering another boat, set off to catch the dastardly Erik.

This was one of a number of British films that Ladd made during the 1950s. He was on a high following his success in the previous year’s western classic Shane. His stoic machismo lends a welcome human element to the film’s exciting action sequences, which zip along thanks to Mark Robson’s crisp direction. Ladd finds the perfect foil in Stanley Baker, as reliably sinister as ever. Joan Tetzel may not be well-known nowadays, but back in the ’50s she was a celebrated Broadway actress, having been on the front cover of Life Magazine in 1948. The talent shows in her feisty performance.

Hell Below Zero Stanley Baker

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Alan Ladd as Duncan Craig
Joan Tetzel as Judie Nordhal
Basil Sydney as Bland
Stanley Baker as Erik Bland
Joseph Tomelty as Capt. McPhee
Niall MacGinnis as Dr. Howe
Jill Bennett as Gerda Petersen
Peter Dyneley as Miller
Susan Rayne as Kathleen
Philo Hauser as Sandeborg
Ivan Craig as Larsen
Paddy Ryan as Manders
Cyril Chamberlain as Factory Ship Radio Operator
Paul Homer as Kista Dan Radio Operator
Edward Hardwicke as Ulvik

crew details
Director: Mark Robson
Writers: Alec Coppel, Richard Maibaum, Max Trell, Hammond Innes, from his novel The White South

production details
Country: UK
Studio: Warwick
Duration: 90 minutes
Year of Release: 1954

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Woman’s World (TCF 1954, June Allyson, Lauren Bacall)

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In Woman’s World each of three women (Lauren Bacall, June Allyson, and Arlene Dahl) uses a different facet of feminine wiles and graces to help their husbands when an auto executive searching for a general manager makes his decision based on his impression of their wives. The right man gets the job despite being with the wrong woman. Interesting glimpse at social roles of the mid-’50s, with smart direction by Jean Negulesco.

Alan Reed, who plays Tomaso the restaurant owner in the movie is best known for his voice work as patriarch Fred in the animated series The Flintstones.

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Clifton Webb as Ernest Gifford
June Allyson as Katie Baxter
Van Heflin as Jerry Talbot
Lauren Bacall as Elizabeth Burns
Fred MacMurray as Sid Burns
Arlene Dahl as Carol Talbot
Cornel Wilde as Bill Baxter
Elliott Reid as Tony Andrews
Margalo Gillmore as Mrs. Evelyn Andrews
Alan Reed as Tomaso
David Hoffman as Jabernowski

crew details
Director: Jean Negulesco
Producer: Charles Brackett
Original Story: Mona Williams
Cinematography: Joseph MacDonald
Editor: Louis R. Loeffler
Music: Cyril J. Mockridge
Script: Claude Binyon, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay, Mary Loos, Richard Sale
Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler

production details
Country: USA
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Year of Release: 1954
Duration: 94 minutes

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Desert Rats, The (TCF 1953, Richard Burton, James Mason)

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In The Desert Rats British commando captain Richard Burton takes charge of a hopelessly outnumbered but stubbornly defiant Australian division in their heroic stand against Field Marshal Rommel in North Africa. Their new leader wastes no time in alienating his men, but the Australians prove themselves both plucky and amusing. Another sweeping evocation of the North Africa campaign (an undeniably photogenic setting), with James Mason’s Rommel once again lurking over the next dune.

Following The Desert Fox (1951), Fox Studios quickly assembled The Desert Rats to capitalize on the success of the earlier film. It made almost as much money as The Desert Fox, largely due to the re-appearance of James Mason as Rommel.

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Richard Burton as Capt. ‘Tammy’ MacRoberts
James Mason as Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
Robert Newton as Tom Bartlett
Robert Douglas as General
Torin Thatcher as Col. Barney White
Chips Rafferty as Sgt. ‘Blue’ Smith
Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell as Lt. Harry Carstairs
Charles Davis as Pete
Ben Wright as Mick

crew details
Director: Robert Wise
Producer: Robert L. Jacks
Cinematography: Lucien Ballard
Editor: Barbara McLean
Music: Leigh Harline
Script: Richard Murphy
Production Design: Addison Hehr, Lyle Wheeler

production details
Country: UK
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Year of Release: 1953
Duration: 88 minutes

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