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You Can't Run Away From It (1956)
Starring June Allyson and Jack Lemmon

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You Can't Run Away From It is a musical remake of Frank Capra's Oscar-winning classic It Happened One Night, complete with same-named characters and word-for-word scene reconstructions. It all begins when spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (June Allyson) is literally kidnapped from the altar by her wealthy father (Charles Bickford). Escaping from her daddy's yacht with only a handful of clothes and minimal finances, Ellie hops a bus, intending to travel cross-country to be reunited with her fortune-hunting husband. Reporter Peter Warne (Jack Lemmon), sensing a swell newspaper story, tags along. Though Peter and Ellie aren't terribly fond of one another (that's putting it mildly!), by the end of their journey they've fallen in love -- but there are still several last-minute complications before a happy ending can be reached. Most of the musical numbers in the remake are inserted during the more famous scenes from the Capra original: the "Walls of Jericho," the impromptu singalong on the bus, the hitchhiking bit, etc. Benefiting from the breezy performances of Jack Lemmon and June Allyson, You Can't Run Away From It is easy to take.
Director: Dick Powell
Writers: Samuel Hopkins Adams, Claude Binyon, Robert Riskin

Stars: June Allyson, Jack Lemmon, Charles Bickford, Paul Gilbert, Jim Backus, Stubby kaye, Henny Youngman, Allyn Joslyn, Jacques Scott, The Four Aces, Byron Foulger, Louise Beavers, Jack Albertson
Songs include:

You Can't Run Away From It
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed by The Four Aces

Howdy Friends and Neighbors
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed by June Allyson, Jack Lemmon, Stubby Kaye and Chorus

Thumbin' A Ride
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed by June Allyson and Jack Lemmon

Temporarily
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed by June Allyson and Jack Lemmon

Scarecrow Ballet
Music by Gene de Paul

One of several musicals made by Columbia Pictures in the mid-1950s that were based on earlier, non-musical studio properties. While this one spawned from It Happened One Night (1934), Let's Do It Again (1952) was a musicalization of The Awful Truth (1937), and Three For the Show (1955) was based on Too Many Husbands (1941). Another musical remake was more inadvertent: Columbia had planned to make the film version of the 1953 Broadway hit "Wonderful Town," which had been based on the Columbia property My Sister Eileen (1942), but the asking price for the rights was so steep that the studio ultimately decided to go ahead with its own version, keeping the original title, which they already owned, and commissioning a new score.
Because she married an international playboy, Ellie Andrews (June Allyson) is kidnapped by her own father, Texas cattleman A. A. Andrews (Charles Bickford). She escapes, managing to evade his nationwide search for her with the help of Peter Warne (Jack Lemmon), a jobless reporter, who sees himself getting the biggest story of the year - until he and Ellie fall in love. When Ellie suspects Peter has sold her out, she returns home. Realizing his daughter really loves the newspaperman, Andrews tries to persuade Ellie to run away again, this time from her own wedding ceremony. Who will Ellie choose, her husband or the man who has stolen her heart?
Van Johnson and Constance Towers were considered for the starring roles.  By November 1954, a Los Angeles Times news item announced that Robert Mitchum was to star with June Allyson.  Producer-director Dick Powell was married to Allyson. This was the only film in which Powell directed Allyson.
You Can't Run Away from It was based on Samuel Hopkins Adams' short story "Night Bus," which also served as the basis for the 1934 Columbia film It Happened One Night, which starred Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert and was directed by Frank Capra. The 1956 film took place on a Texas to California trip, rather than the Florida to New York setting of the 1934 film.
June makes the movie in the scene where they sleep in a field, as she sings & dances to a scarecrow, with moves that would have done Donald O'Connor proud. Such energy & wit, paired with her funny, froggy voice, are a delight. Who knew she had all this talent hidden away?
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Stars: Jameson Thomas, Florence Britton, Thomas E. Jackson

The Devil Plays is a heavily plotted tale of blackmail, purloined letters and murder. Jameson Thomas plays a writer who, for a lark, gets mixed up with a murder investigation, much to the consternation of the cops. Midway through the film there is an attempt at social commentary, as the wealthy suspects are permitted to move about freely by the police, while the poorer suspects are summarily locked up. This is eventually forgotten as Thomas pieces together the clues and reveals the guilty party. Thomas Jackson, perennial investigating detective in films of this nature, goes through his customary paces in The Devil Plays.

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Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston

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Stars: Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., J. Carrol Naish

In many ways the most endearing of Universal's B-grade "monster rallies" of the 1940s, House of Frankenstein manages within its 70-minute time span to make room for Frankenstein's monster (Glenn Strange), Dracula (John Carradine) the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.), and a couple of new recruits, mad scientist Boris Karloff and demented hunchback J. Carroll Naish. Escaping from prison, Karloff vows to continue his diabolical efforts to emulate Dr. Frankenstein's "eternal life" experiments; he also swears vengeance on the three men (Sig Ruman, Frank Reicher and Michael Mark) who were responsible for sending him to prison. With the help of fellow escapee Naish, Karloff murders a travelling-carnival impresario (George Zucco) and assumes his identity. He travels first to the village where Ruman is burgomaster. Since his carnival is a "chamber of horrors", Karloff utilizes one of those horrors--Count Dracula--to settle his account with Ruman. Dracula does so, but dies when the first rays of sunlight stream across his body. En route to the next village, Naish gives shelter to runaway gypsy girl Elena Verdugo, who joins the caravan (though she remains incredibly naive concerning Karloff's intentions!) Coming to the village when the Frankenstein monster and the Wolfman were presumably drowned at the end of Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1944), Karloff revives the latter, who when he's not baying at the moon is the comparatively good-looking Lawrence Talbot. Karloff secures Talbot's cooperation by promising to perform some brain surgery that will relieve him of his lycanthropy. Later on, Karloff kidnaps and kills his other enemies Mark and Reicher, intending to use their brains to cure Talbot and to reactivate the Frankenstein monster. Jealous of Verdugo's attentions towards Talbot, Naish rebels against Karloff, and is killed for his troubles. Talbot turns into the Wolfman, whereupon Verdugo kills him before expiring herself. And Karloff, rendered immobile by the requisite attack of angry villagers, is dragged by the lumbering Monster into a pit of quicksand. Thus House of Frankenstein has something in common with Hamlet: No one is left alive at fade-out time.
Lucky Boy (1928)

Stars: George Jessel, Gwen Lee, Richard Tucker

In this drama, with a story that closely parallels the 1927 feature The Jazz Singer, a Jewish son disregards his father's hope that he too will become a jeweler in favor of a show business career. His devoted mother supports him all the way as he goes to California where he is a hit at an amateur show. Unfortunately, when his mother becomes terrible ill, he must curtail his plans and return home to New York. There he finds his real break when he is selected to star in Broadway's newest show Lucky Boy. Songs include: "Lucky Boy," "My Mother's Eyes," "Old Man Sunshine," "My Real Sweetheart," "In My Bouquet of Memories," "My Blackbirds are Bluebirds Now," and "California Here I Come."
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