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Nightcomers, The (Avco Embassy 1972, Marlon Brando, Stephanie Beacham)

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In The Nightcomers, an unusual literary prequel, Michael Winner directs a speculative reconstruction suggesting what happened prior to the events told in Henry James’s novella The Turn of the Screw. Two orphaned children living in a mansion in England in the early 1900s fall under the influence of a gardener (Marlon Brando) and eavesdrop on his sadomasochistic doings with their governess (Stephanie Beacham).

Marlon Brando recounted in his memoir Brando that while making the movie at a big country house in England, director Michael Winner restricted use of the elegant dining room to himself, Brando and their immediate friends. The actor objected to Winner’s characteristically British sense “of class” and announced that he wanted to eat with the other actors. However, the rest of the cast stayed away from him, intimidated by his presence.

The Nightcomers Stephanie Beacham Marlon Brando

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Marlon Brando as Peter Quint
Stephanie Beacham as Miss Jessel
Thora Hird as Mrs. Grose
Harry Andrews as Master of the House
Verna Harvey as Flora
Christopher Ellis as Miles
Anna Palk as New Governess

crew details
Director: Michael Winner
Producer: Michael Winner
Director of Photography: Bob Paynter
Editor: Frederick Wilson
Composer: Jerry Fielding
Screenwriter: Michael Hastings
Art Director: Herbert Westbrook

production details
Country: UK
Studio: Avco Embassy
Year of Release: 1972
Duration: 96 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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Look Back in Anger (Woodfall 1959, Richard Burton, Claire Bloom)

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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

cast
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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