Years of police work have taught Detective Finlay that where there's crime, there's motive. But he finds no usual motive when investigating the beating death of a man. The man was killed because he was a Jew. "Hate," Finlay says, "is like a gun." Robert Young portrays Finlay, Robert Mitchum is a laconic army sergeant assisting in the investigation of G.I. suspects and Robert Ryan plays a vicious bigot in a landmark film noir nominated for five Academy Awards* including Best Picture. Edward Dmytryk (Murder, My Sweet) directs, draping the genre's stylistic backdrops and flourishes around a topic rarely before explored in films: anti-Semitism in the U.S. Here, Hollywood took aim at injustice - and caught bigotry in a Crossfire. MPAA Rating: NOTRATED (c) 1947 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved
James Curtayne (Spencer Tracy) was once a brilliant defense attorney, saving scores from prison-time and death row. But that was before a part of him crawled inside a bottle and never crawled out. He now practices civil law...it's safer that way. But when John O'Hara (James Arness), a kid from the neighborhood, gets hauled up on Murder One, he allows himself to get cajoled into returning to his former vocation. It's a mistake. The DA runs circles around the alcohol addled attorney, and O'Hara now faces execution. It's Jimmy's worst nightmare come true. The question is, what's he planning to do about it? A young John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven) teams up with seasoned cinema vet Tracy for this noir-tinged legal drama, and it proves a potent combo -- a solid, by-the-numbers thriller rises above the machinations of plot to provide a compelling portrait of a very good, but very weak man in thrall to some very bad, very strong impulses.
Sidney Poitier, in one of his most-celebrated roles, appears as Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia homicide detective who, while visiting a small Mississippi town, will find himself falsely arrested for a murder and then, in a strained collaboration with the town's sheriff (Rod Steiger), stays on to help solve the murder. Steiger's town is a backward "redneck" Southern burg whose population includes an aristocratic racist, the eccentric owner of a fly-infested diner, exceptionally stupid cops, young thugs who beat up "niggers" for the fun of it and a young woman who provocatively cools herself by standing nude at her window. When the murder is finally solved, Poitier and Steiger will part with reserve and distance, but with enormous respect for each other. Norman Jewison directed.
Oscar-winner Spencer Tracy ("Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde," "Adam's Rib") stars in this provocative drama by acclaimed director Fritz Lang ("Metropolis," "M") about an innocent man who barely escapes a violent lynch mob. Believed dead, he secretly returns to seek revenge. Co-starring multiple Oscar-winner Walter Brennan ("Sergant York," "Meet John Doe") and Oscar-nominee Sylvia Sidney ("Summer Wishes Winter Dreams," TV's "An Early Frost"). Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 best American films of all time and inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Three bank robbers are about to pull a big heist on a small Arizona mining town, but first they spend time casing the town to get to know the various townsfolk. There's Shelley Martin, a man who is a disappointment to his son because he didn't serve in the war; a seemingly timid bank manager who is a peeping tom by night; an adulterous wife of a local leading citizen; and an Amish farmer who is forced to take violent action when his children are threatened by the criminals.
J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the first female officer to work there, who also suffers similar discrimination in the otherwise all-white-male work environment. When J.J. becomes increasingly aware of police corruption during the murder trial of Teddy Woods, who he helped to arrest, he faces difficult decisions and puts himself into grave personal danger in the service of justice.
When gun fancier Bart Tare sees Annie Laurie Starr's sideshow sharpshooting act, he's a dead-bang goner. He and she go together, as Bart ultimately says, "like guns and ammunition."
The two become bank robbers on the run, eluding roadblocks and roaring into movie history as one of the benchmark film-noir works. Joseph H. Lewis directs this ferocious thriller selected for the National Film Registry and often cited as a forerunner to Bonnie and Clyde. Peggy Cummins and John Dall star, meeting in a sexually charged carny shooting contest and soon driven by impulses of violence and arousal they don't fully understand. They're young, foolish, doomed - and point blank in Gun Crazy's unforgiving sights.
A lowlife thug, Ralph Anderson (Richard Widmark), returns home in an attempt to hide his mob boss from the law. Ralph's father, who is the town's sheriff, is killed by the mob boss' minions while they await rescue. This galvanizes Ralph who then sets out to bring the mob boss and his men to justice.
Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray star in this gripping film noir from Academy Award-winning director Billy Wilder. A calculating wife encourages her wealthy husband to sign a double indemnity policy proposed by smitten insurance agent Walter Neff. As the would-be lovers plot the unsuspecting husband's murder, they are pursued by a suspicious claims manager (Edward G. Robinson). It's a race against time to get away with the perfect crime in this heart-racing Academy Award-nominated masterpiece.
Spencer Tracy and a stellar supporting cast grab muskets, gun powder and knives, and head out for adventure in Northwest Passage, a lavish Technicolor® retelling of French and Indian War heroics. Based on Kenneth Robert's best-seller, Tracy plays true-life explorer Major Robert Rogers, the intrepid leader of the celebrated Rogers' Rangers fighting force that took on one of the most challenging expeditions in military history. Tracy's portrayal brilliantly captures the American pioneering spirit, but he had to muster up his own will to carry it off. "It isn't exactly fun to work in bitter cold and be sloshing through mud all day," he said. For twelve grueling weeks of location shooting, he endured traipsing through swamps, crossing rapids and climbing mountains. Of this rousing epic (released shortly after Gone with the Wind), The New York Times wrote, "Now that the 'Wind' has stopped ruffling your hair, you can have it lifted, scalp and all, in Northwest Passage."
When a young white woman (Linda Evans) is raped and a black man is accused, a small Alabama town ignites in racial tension. Led by the deputy sheriff, the Ku Klux Klan starts a violent crusade against the black community. Caught in the middle of this conflict are the town sheriff (Lee Marvin) and a Southern aristocrat(Richard Burton) who attempt to keep the peace while protecting their traditional way of life.
Making his film debut in The Killers, Burt Lancaster, portrays Swede, a broken-down ex-fighter waiting in a sleazy room to be assassinated without resistance. Soon after, it becomes the job of insurance investigator Edmond O''Brien to discover why Swede had given up. He pieces together an elaborate look at a man who became the fall guy for gangsters and a seductive, unscrupulous woman (Ava Gardner). A taut Miklos Rozsa score (with a theme later used in Dragnet), an Anthony Veiller screenplay (with, uncredited, John Huston), and the brilliant artistry of director Robert Siodmak make this a stunning tale of cross and double-cross. (Original Title - The Killers (1946)) - 1946 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Oscar-winner Spencer Tracy ("Mutiny on the Bounty," "Adam's Rib," "Boom Town") stars in this Robert Louis Stevenson classic about a 19th century medical doctor whose experiments into the nature of good and evil transform him into the violent Mr. Hyde. Starring Oscar-winner Ingrid Bergman ("Casablanca," "Gaslight," "Anastasia") as a prostitute who becomes Hyde's ill-fated mistress. With Oscar-nominee Lana Turner ("Peyton Place," "The Postman Always Rings Twice") and Academy Award-winner Donald Crisp ("How Green Was My Valley"). Directed by Oscar-winner Victor Fleming ("Gone With the Wind," "The Wizard of Oz"). MPAA Rating: NOTRATED 1941 Warner Bros. Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.