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My Darling Clementine (1946) starring Henry Fonda, Victor Mature, Ward Bond, Tim Holt, Walter Brennan

My Darling Clementine

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My Darling Clementine (1946) starring Henry Fonda, Victor Mature, Ward Bond, Tim Holt, Walter Brennan

Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday clean up Tombtone by taking on the Clanton gang at the O.K. Corral. Meanwhile, Earp becomes smitten with a pretty Eastern lady as Holliday romances a saloon girl in My Darling Clementine.

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My Gal Sal (1942) starring Rita Hayworth, Victor Mature

My Gal Sal [Rita Hayworth]

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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.

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Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) starring Victor Mature, Susan Hayward

Demetrius and the Gladiators

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Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) starring Victor Mature, Susan Hayward

Synopsis of Demetrius and the Gladiators

Buy from Amazon 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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The Las Vegas Story (1952) starring Victor Mature, Jane Russell, Vincent Price

The Las Vegas Story

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The Las Vegas Story (1952) starring Victor Mature, Jane Russell, Vincent Price

In The Las Vegas Story, a casino owner’s been murdered, a diamond necklace is missing and a shady husband is suspected of the crimes. Then the police show up …

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The Big Circus (1959) starring Victor Mature, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Red Buttons

The Big Circus

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The Big Circus (1959) starring Victor Mature, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Red Buttons

Vincent Price as the ringmaster in The Big Circus

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.

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