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Which 3-5 films would you pick to highlight a career or a genre?

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The man: *Edward G. Robinson*

 

The Films:

 

Little Caesar

A Slight Case of Murder

The Sea Wolf

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

Key Largo

 

(MissGoddess great Hawks selections! This is really hard. Scottman I just noticed your list. I thought of *Five Star Final* as well. I've never had the chance to see *Scarlett Street* unfortunately)

 

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Richard Widmark

 

Kiss of Death

 

Panic in the Streets

 

Pickup on South Street

 

The Bedford Incident

 

Madigan

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Alfred Newman, composer:

 

The Mark of Zorrro

Captain from Castille

The Robe

How the West Was Won

Airport

 

BUt if I was presenting this person with the 5 films, I would have to point out the 20th Century Fox fanfare (the best studio fanfare I think to ever come out of Hollywood) was written by him, and sneak in his theme from Street Scene.

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JOAN CRAWFORD .....(Who Else!??!)

 

Untamed (1929) (Silent!)

Sadie McKee (1934)

The Women (1939)

Mildred Pierce (1945)

The Story of Esther Costello (1957)

Sudden Fear (1952) (Joan was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role!)

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Jerry Goldsmith, composer

 

Lonely Are the Brave

 

Patton

 

Chinatown

 

The Wind and the Lion

 

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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James Cagney:

 

Public Enemy

Footlight Parade

Angels with Dirty Faces

Yankee Doodle Dandy

White Heat

 

(It's funny, but all of the entries I have made here, these five titles came the fastest and definitely do not require any thinking about.)

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> {quote:title=molo14 wrote:}{quote}

> The man: *Edward G. Robinson*

>

> The Films:

>

> Little Caesar

> A Slight Case of Murder

> The Sea Wolf

> Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

> Key Largo

>

 

And I like yours for Eddie---I'm glad to see a comedy in there, I do

enjoy his gangster-parodies. My personal favorite is *Little Giant*,

happily now out on DVD.

 

My *Edward G. Robinson* list:

 

Little Ceasar

Little Giant ;)

The Whole Town's Talking

Tiger Shark

All My Sons

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Lana Turner (My 2nd All Time Favorite!)

 

They Won't Forget (1937)

Ziegfeld Girl (1941)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).

The Flame and the Flesh (1954)

Peyton Place (1957)

Imitation of Life (1959)

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Ray Milland

 

It Happens Every Spring (bright comedy)

The Lost Weekend (dark drama)

Beau Geste (good adventure)

The Thing With Two Heads (defies description)

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Meryl Streep

 

1. The Deer Hunter

 

2. Silkwood

 

3. Out of Africa

 

4. Sophie's Choice

 

5.The Devil Wears Prada and Kramer vs. Kramer

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> {quote:title=Film_Fatale wrote:}{quote}

> did you watch *It Happens Every Spring* earlier today, Rich? B-)

 

I recorded it, but caught some of it anyway. I love that movie.

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The Actor: *Walter Huston*

 

The Films:

 

Rain

Gabriel Over the White House

Dodsworth

The Devil and Daniel Webster

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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*Marilyn Monroe* - 5 Could Never Do!

 

The Asphalt Jungle

Don't Bother to Knock

Niagara

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Bus Stop

The Misfits

Marilyn: Something's Got to Give (1990) - Documentary!

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Maureen O'Hara

 

1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

 

2. Rio Grande

 

3. The Quiet Man

 

4. She Wore A Yellow Ribbon

 

5. Miracle on 34th Street

 

6. The Rare Breed

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The Star: *Carole Lombard*

 

The Films:

 

Twentieth Century

My Man Godfrey

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Nothing Sacred

To Be or Not To Be

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I see that the 3-5 request is getting pushed aside, and listings are getting longer. _Please do stick to the 3-5 film max request for two reasons:_

 

1. Remember the original reason for the thread (go back to the first post if you haven't read it)...you are trying to instruct a newbie who wants to know about classic films. In order not to overwhelm them with any one actor or director or genre at once, you look very carefully at the entire career of an actor (or whatever) and pick the best three-to-five film representations of that actor's entire career.

 

2. It becomes more like a game, and a game should never be too easy, when you think, "I'd recommend this and this and this but what about that and that and that. This is hard, but, ultimately, these are the three (or four or five) films I would want to present to the newbie as the very best of the very best to get them hooked on classic films."

 

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Elizabeth Taylor

 

1. National Velvet

 

2. Ivanhoe, yes, ma'am you never looked any better...

 

3. Giant

 

4. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

 

5. Cleopatra

 

6. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

 

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Barbara Stanwyck

 

Films:

THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN (1933)

STELLA DALLAS (1937)

REMEMBER THE NIGHT (1940)

THE LADY EVE (1941)

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1946)

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