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Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) starring Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Victor Moore

Star Spangled Rhythm

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Star Spangled Rhythm is a patriotic WWII musical comedy featuring all the biggest Paramount Studio stars of the era. Musical mayhem ensues when an attendant at Paramount (Victor Moore) tries to impress his navy son (Eddie Bracken) … by claiming that he is a studio mogul!

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I Want to Live

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I Want to Live (1958), starring Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland

In I Want to Live, a low-level criminal is convicted of beating an elderly woman to death. She’s then sentenced to die. But the question is, is she guilty? Can a reporter uncover enough evidence to overturn her conviction, before it’s too late? A truly great performance by Susan Hayward.

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Demetrius and the Gladiators

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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.

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Ada (1961) starring Susan Hayward, Dean Martin, Wilfrid Hyde-White Synopsis of Ada In Ada, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks weds a governor and… Read More »Ada

Sing You Sinners

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Sing You Sinners lyrics, sung by Susan Hayward in I’ll Cry Tomorrow

Brothers, sisters
Listen to what I say
Moanin’ and groanin’
Won’t drive those blues away
Lift up your voices in song
You know you’ve all done wrong

You sinners, drop everything
And let that harmony ring
Up to Heaven
And sing, you sinners

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I’ll Cry Tomorrow

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I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1956), starring Susan Hayward, Eddie Albert, Richard Comte

Editorial review of I’ll Cry Tomorrow courtesy of

 Susan Hayward has a signature role in I’ll Cry Tomorrow, a pedal-to-the-metal look at the troubled times of singer Lillian Roth. Hayward snagged her fourth Oscar nomination for the part, which takes Roth from humble beginnings through great stardom and finally into a hell of alcoholism and recovery. The movie delivers on a couple of tendencies of its era (1956): a fresh frankness about addiction (The Man with the Golden Arm had come out the year before), plus some handy psychoanalyzing of the heroine–in this case, Roth’s problems are laid at the feet of her pushy stage mother (Jo Van Fleet).

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House of Strangers [Edward G. Robinson]

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House of Strangers (1949) starring Edward G. Robinson, Richard Comte, Susan Hayward

House of Strangers is supposedly a film noir, but it doesn’t feel like one. Instead, it’s the story of an immigrant family, with a controlling, hard father who runs the family with an iron fist, and his anger and control extends beyond the grave. It’s also the story of the favored son, who goes to prison for his father’s crime — and after his father’s death, manages to break free of the anger and bitterness that his father used to control him.

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I Married a Witch

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I Married a Witch (1942) starring Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Susan Hayward, Cecil Kellaway

I Married a Witch is a screwball comedy with a magical twist. The men in the Woolsey family are cursed — to marry the wrong woman.  Ever since a pilgrim ancestor was instrumental in burning a father and daughter witch at the stake.  Their evil spirits have been captured in a tree ever since. Until a lightning bolt strikes the tree, and frees them, and they decide to have their revenge on the last of the Woolseys …  But something goes wrong!

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