Witness for the Prosecution (1957) starring Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich
In Witness for the Prosecution, a wealthy widow is found murdered. Her married suitor, Leonard Vole, is accused of the crime. Vole’s only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife … But his airtight alibi shatters when she reveals some shocking secrets of her own!
My Fair Lady (1964) starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison
Synopsis of My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady is the tale of a Cockney flower girl becoming the belle of British society. She’s transformed by a strict phonetics expert … who starts to fall in love with her. And, despite his character flaws, she begins to fall in love with him as well. But their relationship is threatened by an aristocratic suitor, closer to Eliza’s age …
The Body Snatcher (1945) starring Boris Karloff, Henry Daniell, Bela Lugosi
The Body Snatcher is considered by many to be Boris Karloff’s finest role–and they may well be right. Unlike what the trailer for the movie says, this is not a team-up between Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Both appear in The Body Snatcher, but in this tale Lugosi is strictly a secondary character, although important. And the scene between the two of them is definitely the most chilling of the film. “Stand still, man! How can I demonstrate if you won’t stand still?”
Lust for Life (1956) starring Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, directed by Vincente Minelli
In short, Kirk Douglas shines in his performance as Vincent van Gogh. Kirk Douglas gave many great performances in his career, but none better than in Lust for Life. He portrays the Dutch painter, a brilliant artist that was tragically tormented by depression and mental illness.
The Great Dictator, possibly the most well-known of Charlie Chaplin’s films, was a timely satire on Nazisim and fascism in general, and Adolph Hitler in particular. In it, Charlie Chaplin plays a double role — Adenoid Hynkel, autocratic dictator of Tomania who blames the Jewish people for all of society’s ills, and a Jewish Barber who happens to be the spitting image of Hynkel. Contrary to what some people believe, the Jewish Barber was not Chaplin’s world-famous tramp character, although they clearly share some of the same traits. The film is a true classic, with the famous “dance with the globe” where Hynkel dances with an oversized inflated image of the globe, fantasizing about his eventual conquests. The film ends with the famous “Look Up, Hannah” speech which is, perhaps, both verbose and even hokey, but it fits properly and plays well.