DRAMA TRAILERS

 

Cast: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard
Running Time: 3 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

The atmospheric use of black and white expressionist cinematography (by Robert Krasker), with harsh lighting and distorted camera angles, is a key feature of this rich and strange film. Combined with the unique musical theme, seedy locations, and excellent performances from the cast, the style evokes the atmosphere of an exhausted, cynical post-war Vienna at the start of the Cold War.

 

Cast: Miriam Hopkins, Frances Dee, Cedric Hardwicke, Billie Burke
Running Time: 2 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

The first three-strip Technicolor feature! Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray. Becky and Amelia are girls at school together, but Becky is from a "show biz" family, or in other words, very low class. Becky manages to insinuate herself in Amelia's family and gets to know all their friends. From this possibly auspicious- beginning, she manages to ruin her own life, becoming sick, broke, and lonely, and also ruins the lives of many other "loved ones". In the movie we get to see the class distinctions in England at the time, and get a sense of what it was like for the English military at the time of the Napoleonic wars.

 

Cast: Clara Mortensen, Rita Martinez, Timothy Farrell, Peaches Page
Running Time: 2 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

Scalli is a gangster who manages women wrestlers as a front for his bookmaking, drug, and prostitution rackets. He trusts the wrong people and ends up trying to run away from both the police and mysterious mob boss Mr. Big, to whom he owes $35,000. This film features real-life wrestlers Peaches Page, Clara Mortensen (world champion wrestler), and Rita Martinez (champion of Mexico).

 

Cast: Tyronne Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Anthony Quinn
Running Time: 3 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

Based on the novel by Vincente Blasco Ibanez, Blood and Sand is the beautifully rendered story of the rise and fall of a young, cocksure Spanish bullfighter, played by Tyrone Power. Working his way slowly up the ladder to success, Power achieves fame when he is praised to skies by fatuous, fickle critic Laird Cregar. A country boy at heart, Power finds himself way over his head with sophisticates, and is soon torn between his pious and faithful wife Linda Darnell and sexy, mercenary Rita Hayworth. It is Darnell, however, who comforts Power after his final, fatal goring in the bull ring. The film's best scenes depict the curious combination of horror and fascination with which bullfighting aficionados treat this most barbaric of "sports."

 

Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, Everett Sloane
Running Time: 4 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

Multimillionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies alone in his extravagant mansion, Xanadu, speaking a single word: "Rosebud." In an attempt to figure out the meaning of this word, a reporter tracks down the people who worked and lived with Kane; they tell their stories in a series of flashbacks that reveal much about Kane's life but not enough to unlock the riddle of his dying breath.

 

Cast: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams
Running Time: 3 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice decides to murder his wife for her money and because she had an affair the year before. He blackmails an old college associate to strangle her, but when things go wrong he sees a way to turn events to his advantage.

 

Cast: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
Running Time: 2 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

Insurance agent Walter Neff plots with attractive Phyllis Dietrichson to murder her husband. After the husband has been tricked into signing a double indemnity accident policy, they kill him to make it look like an accident. Insurance investigator Barton Keyes doesn't believe it was an accident and pursues the case, linking Phyllis with everyone but his friend, Walter. Neff, meanwhile, is told by Dietrichson's daughter from a previous marriage that she believes that Phyllis killed her mother in order to marry her father. Neff suspects Phyllis of a double cross and she believes he has abandoned her for the younger woman.

 

Cast: Susan Oliver, Linda Plowman, Beverly Long
Running Time: 2 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

The Story of a Teen-Age Fire-Bomb! Look out! She's set to explode! It's shameful but it's real! The naked truth told by a girl who lived in a home for unwed mothers!

 

Cast: Yvonne Lime, Brett Halsey
Running Time: 2 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

The Hellcats are an all-female gang bent on bucking authority and terrorizing the schools by doing things like having a bad attitude toward their teachers and parents. When Joyce, a new student, moves into the neighborhood, she draws the attention of The Hellcats. Desperate for acceptance and unhappy with her homelife, Joyce goes along with the gang, and is soon drinking, dancing and meeting boys. Can her parents stop her descent into depravity?

 

Cast: Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Maureen O'Hara
Running Time: 2 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

If You Have Chills to Feel, Prepare to Feel Them Now... The Horror Drama of the Ages Returns as the Season's Most Spectacular Film... Big Beyond Words, Thrilling Beyond Belief, Magnificent Beyond Comparison... With Charles Laughton in His Greatest Screen Portrayal!

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