My Gal Sal (1942) starring Rita Hayworth, Victor Mature
A gorgeous movie musical, My Gal Sal is a musical biography of Gay Nineties-era songwriter Paul Dresser. The ever-lovely Rita Hayworth is the eponymous Sal, a stage star who helps Dresser to become the toast of Tin Pan Alley.
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) starring Victor Mature, Susan Hayward
Synopsis of Demetrius and the Gladiators
The story of Demetrius and the Gladiators picks up at the point where The Robe ends. After the martyrdom of Diana and Marcellus, Christ’s robe is conveyed to Peter for safe-keeping. But the emperor Caligula wants it back to benefit from its powers. Marcellus’ former slave Demetrius seeks to prevent this, and catches the eye of Messalina, wife to Caligula’s uncle Claudius. Messalina tempts Demetrius, he winds up fighting in the arena, and wavers in his faith.
The Las Vegas Story(1952) starring Victor Mature, Jane Russell, Vincent Price
Synopsis of The Las Vegas Story
Investment broker Lloyd Rollins, insisting to his wife Linda that they stop at Las Vegas on their trip from Boston, begins to gamble heavily. Linda visits the Last Chance, a casino where she used to sing, and where she meets police lieutenant Dave Andrews, with whom she had a brief affair some years earlier. Insurance investigator Tom Hubler soon arrives to keep an eye on Linda’s valuable necklace for his company, unaware that Rollins hocked the necklace with Clayton, owner of the Last Chance. Lt. Andrews, rebuffed by Linda, learns that Clayton has been murdered. He deduces the killer’s identity and begins a deadly chase when he learns the killer has taken Linda hostage and fled into the desert. …The Las Vegas Story
While flipping through channels, I saw The Big Circus on Turner Classic Movies as part of a marathon of circus movies. Despite my love of the circus, I almost went past until I saw Vincent Price as the ringmaster. I’m a long-time fan of Vincent Price. He’s one of the small fraternity of actors who never turn in a poor performance. Another member of that fraternity is Peter Lorre, who also co-stars here as one of the circus clowns. I’m glad that I stayed to watch — The Big Circus is an entertaining, although not dreadfully original, movie.