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Caravan (1934)
Starring Charles Boyer and Loretta Young

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
Charles Boyer played his first major Hollywood role (and gets to sing in the bargain!) in the oddball musical romance Caravan. A miscast Loretta Young stars as young Countess Wilms, who is forced to wed by midnight or lose her inheritance. She impulsively chooses gypsy vagabond Latzi (Boyer), offering him a huge sum of money if he'll consent. Swallowing his pride, Latzi agrees to the marriage, but soon the coy Countess falls in love with young Lieutenant Von Tokay (Philips Holmes) -- who is himself in love with Latzi's gypsy sweetheart Tinka (Jean Parker). Director Erik Charrell, famed for his European musical productions (notably Congress Dances), seems uncomfortable adapting to the Hollywood movie-making process. Though evidently intended to be taken seriously, there are times that Caravan comes off like a parody of operettas: one half expects the stars to join in a duet of Cole Porter's spoofish "Wunderbar."
Director: Erik Charell
Writers: Melchior Lengyel, Robert Liebmann, Hanns Kraly, Melchior Lengyel, Samson Raphaelson, Arthur Ripley, Raymong Van Sickle, Bernard Zimmer

Stars: Charles Boyer, Loretta Young, Jean Parker, Phillips Holmes, Louise Fazenda, Eugene Pallette, C Aubrey Smith, Charley Grapewin, Noah Beery, Dudley Digges, Billy Bevan, Lionel Belmore, Zita Baca, Lynn Bari
Songs include:

The Sweetest Things in Life (Wine Song)
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Music by Werner R. Heymann

Happy, I Am Happy
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Music by Werner R. Heymann

Ha-Cha-Cha
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Music by Werner R. Heymann

Gypsy Song
Words and Music by Werner R. Heymann

Fox decided to make the film a "super-special" budgeted at over a million dollars, and Daily Variety reported that 3,000 extras would be used in the production.
The film was a failure and afterward, Charell's film career virtually ended. Charles Boyer met and married Pat Paterson, an up-and-coming Fox star, while waiting for production of this film to begin.
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Leopard In The Snow (1978)

Stars: Keir Dullea, Susan Penhaligon, Kenneth More

A beautiful young woman is driving through the English countryside during a terrible snowstorm. She wrecks her car, and is found by a bitter, reclusive former American racecar driver, who was crippled in an accident. He has some secrets of his own that are hidden. The two fall in love with each other, and he almost blows things with her. He had to learn that sometimes love doesn't come easily, and when it does after a struggle, it is even more precious.

A Portrait Of Murder (1955)

Stars: George Sanders, Dana Wynter, Robert Stack

A detective is assigned to a case of murder of the wrong victim. During the investigation he finds himself taking a more than professional interest in the intended victim, the mysterious Laura.
Billie (1965)

Stars: Patty Duke, Jim Backus, Jane Greer

Billie is a screen version of Ronald Alexander's perennial stage favorite Time Out For Ginger. Patty Duke plays a tomboyish high schooler who excels in athletics but who continues to strike out socially. Jim Backus and Jane Greer perform yeoman service as Duke's parents, who wonder how long it's going to be before their daughter stops trying to be their son. Backus is particularly concerned because he's running for mayor on a platform of "male supremacy" (this is 1965, remember?). From time to time, Duke expresses her frustration in song: her big number finds her holding her gym shoes in one hand, a bottle of perfume in the other. Warren Berlinger also stars as Duke's long-suffering boyfriend.


Mademoiselle Fifi (1944)

Stars: Simone Simon, John Emery, Kurt Kreuger

One of the few failures for RKO Radio's resident "prestige programmer" producer Val Lewton, Mademoiselle Fifi is based on two Guy De Maupassant tales, with emphasis on Boule de Suif. The story takes place during the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, though it is clearly an allegorical representation of the German mindset of WW2. "Mademoiselle Fifi" is the derisive nickname of a brutal Prussian officer (Kurt Krueger) who rules the roost in a tiny French village. When a stagecoach rides into the village, the passengers are detained by the Prussian tyrant, who threatens to kill them all at any given moment. Desperately, the passengers demand that one of their own, a laundress of dubious morals named Elizabeth (Simone Simon), surrender herself sexually to the Prussian to secure their freedom. Previously the object of scorn and ridicule from her fellow passengers, Elizabeth is bitterly amused by their change of heart, but she's too loyal to France to refuse their request. How she completes her "mission" and eliminates "Mademoiselle Fifi" in the process is the film's dramatic core. Though superbly directed by Robert Wise, Mademoiselle Fifi is laid low by its pretentiousness-not to mention the uneveness of the performances, none more uneven than Jason Robards Sr., who at one point declaims in his flat midwestern tones "We must not forget that we're all Frenchmen!"
The Exile (1931)

Stars: Eunice Brooks, Stanley Morrell, Celeste Cole

One of the more controversial black films of the early sound era, this Oscar Micheaux production was billed as the "first Negro talker." Stanley Morrell starred as Jean Baptiste, an honest black youth whose girlfriend, Edith (Eunice Brooks), turns down his proposal of marriage in favor of running a Chicago gambling establishment. Dejected, Jean builds a new life for himself as a farmer in South Dakota. He falls in love with Agnes (Nora Newsome), the daughter of his white neighbor, and she reciprocates his feelings. But fearing that the racial barrier would make marriage impossible, Jean returns to Chicago and once again proposes to Edith. She accepts this time but is killed by a jealous suitor (Charles Moore). Jean is at first accused of the killing but manages to clear his name. Agnes, meanwhile, has learned from her father that her mother was "of Ethiopian descent," leaving her free to marry Jean. With a reported budget of only $4,500, Micheaux filmed part of this melodrama at New York City's Charles Schwab mansion without having secured the necessary authorization. The Exile was banned in several places, ostensibly because it lacked a seal of approval from local censorship boards. The real reason, however, was more likely its depiction of a love affair between an African-American man and a black woman "passing" for white. Reportedly, Micheaux was so unhappy with Stanley Morrell's performance that he re-filmed scenes with Lorenzo Tucker as Jean. Surviving prints of The Exile, however, feature Morrell in the role. 

The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)

Stars: Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March

The postwar classic The Best Years of Our Lives, based on a novel in verse by MacKinlay Kantor about the difficult readjustments of returning World War II veterans, tells the intertwined homecoming stories of ex-sergeant Al Stephenson (Fredric March), former bombadier Fred Derry (Dana Andrews), and sailor Homer Parrish (Harold Russell). Having rubbed shoulders with blue-collar Joes for the first time in his life, Al finds it difficult to return to a banker's high-finance mindset, and he shocks his co-workers with a plan to provide no-collateral loans to veterans. Meanwhile, Al's children (Teresa Wright and Michael Hall) have virtually grown up in his absence. Fred discovers that his wartime heroics don't count for much in the postwar marketplace, and he finds himself unwillingly returning to his prewar job as a soda jerk. His wife (Virginia Mayo), expecting a thrilling marriage to a glamorous flyboy, is bored and embittered by her husband's inability to advance himself, and she begins living irresponsibly, like a showgirl. Homer has lost both of his hands in combat and has been fitted with hooks; although his family and his fiancée (Cathy O'Donnell) adjust to his wartime handicap, he finds it more difficult. Profoundly relevant in 1946, the film still offers a surprisingly intricate and ambivalent exploration of American daily life; and it features landmark deep-focus cinematography from Gregg Toland, who also shot Citizen Kane. The film won Oscars for, among others, Best Picture, Best Director for the legendary William Wyler, Best Actor for March, and Best Supporting Actor for Harold Russell, a real-life double amputee whose hands had been blown off in a training accident. 

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