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Springtime in the Rockies (1942) starring Betty Grable, John Payne, Carmen Miranda and Cesar Romero

Springtime in the Rockies

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Springtime in the Rockies (1942) starring Betty Grable, John Payne, Carmen Miranda and Cesar Romero

Springtime in the Rockies – Two Broadway dance partners rekindle their romance in a series of comic misunderstandings set around the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies.

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Smokey and The Bandit

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Smokey and The Bandit (1977) starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Fields, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed

One of the all-time big box-office hits, Smokey and the Bandit stars Burt Reynolds and Jackie Gleason in an outrageous comedy that boosts full-throttle laughs and high-velocity thrills. Reynolds is the Bandit, a king-of-the-road trucker hero who accepts the ultimate challenge: pick up a truckload of Coors beer in Texarkana – the closest place it can be legally sold – and haul it cross-country to Atlanta in 48 hours. The reward? $80,000! The result? The wildest series of car chases and crashes ever filmed in this hilarious all time box office smash

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Jackie Gleason: Genius at Work

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Editorial Review of Jackie Gleason: Genius at Work, courtesy of

Jackie Gleason knew that to produce his top-rated weekly CBS variety show he needed more than just witty monologues, innovative June Taylor choreography and big name guests. He personally had to garner the respect of his national audience, which he did superlatively with a cavalcade of compelling and lovable characters. As television’s pioneer weekend evening entertainer he created iconic personas and deservingly earned the title “Mr. Saturday Night.”

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Soldier in the Rain [Jackie Gleason]

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Soldier in the Rain (1963) starring Jackie Gleason, Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld

Review of Soldier in the Rain

Soldier in the Rain is a great many things.  It’s a “buddy” film, as Jackie Gleason‘s character take under his wing the young man played by Steve McQueen.  It’s a story of the two becoming friends, then close friends, and finally Gleason treating McQueen as a younger brother.  He goes so far as to rescue McQueen towards the end of the film, with tragic consequences.

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Nothing in Common

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Nothing in Common (1986) starring Tom Hanks, Jackie Gleason

Nothing in CommonJackie Gleason’s final film role, as the gruff father who needs to repair his relationship with his son Tom Hanks before he dies

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Orchestra Wives

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In Orchestra Wives, beautiful but naive Connie meets her idol, trumpeter Bill Abbot, while his band’s on tour. After marriage, though, she finds out how catty the other wives can be. And how a previous tour nearly ended several marriages.

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