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Name the pre-1970 film

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Sorry, here is a different type of clue:

The female star,  best known as a specialty performer, had a relatively short film career.  The actor who played her husband, was a rising matinee idol at the studio.  He would soon leave, however, to enlist his homeland early in WW 2.  While he made the occasional film during the war, upon his return to Hollywood after the war, his career had definitely cooled.  The two main crooks were popular character actor; the main one had also directed films, mostly in the silent era.

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A couple more clues:  

The female star performed her specialty in this film.

A few years after this film, The character actor/director played a fictionalized version of himself in an acclaimed movie.

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On 1/30/2020 at 2:44 PM, Arturo said:

A couple more clues:  

The female star performed her specialty in this film.

A few years after this film, The character actor/director played a fictionalized version of himself in an acclaimed movie.

Arturo, found this all the way down page 3!

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10 hours ago, lavenderblue19 said:

Arturo, found this all the way down page 3!

The well-known character actors that played the two main crooks included one who usually had his head shaved of hair.  The other one, quite short, usually came off as creepy, both from his voice and many of his roles.  Both were Central Europeans with accents.

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50 minutes ago, Arturo said:

The well-known character actors that played the two main crooks included one who usually had his head shaved of hair.  The other one, quite short, usually came off as creepy, both from his voice and many of his roles.  Both were Central Europeans with accents.

I Was An Adventuress ?

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31 minutes ago, lavenderblue19 said:

I Was An Adventuress ?

Yes, Lav, you got it.  Vera Zorina played the female lead.  Being a ballerina, she was given a scene performing “Swan Lake” in  Paris (for charity I think), after giving up her crooked ways and marrying.  Richard Greene was the rising matinee idol under contract at Fox, whose career would soon be out on hold when he went to fight for Britain after making this movie.

Peter Lorre was the short crook (obviously).  Eric Von Stroheim the bald one, who had been a well-known director.    The fictionalized  version was his turn as Max in SUNSET BLVD.

 

Your Turn Lav!

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Thanks Arturo :)

While at a construction site a truck and a young woman's car have a small accident. She's rescued from the abrasive truck driver by a young man who's the foreman.

 

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The young woman and the young man are attracted to each other and make a date.   A few more dates and they fall in love and make plans for a future together.

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The young woman was born into wealth, she marries a wealthy man and the young man who was poor graduates from an Ivy League college determined to become successful.

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The man the young women marries is killed during the war, the young man has also served, he returns safely and a good friend of the young woman and the young man returns from the war disabled.

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On 2/27/2020 at 7:54 AM, lavenderblue19 said:

 

The man has become a successful attorney. It's not his specialty but he defends his friend who's been charged with murder.

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The film was nominated for 3 Oscars, one for Best Supporting Actor, he's the one playing the disabled vet friend.

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The star who plays the attorney discredits the butler's testimony about the alcohol that was consumed the night of the relative's death by putting gin in a cup instead of water. The butler takes a gulp and chokes, He had testified that he was an expert and he had said that the liquid was definitely water before he drank it.

 

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This film is shown on TCM and was part of 31 Days of Oscar. It's a late 1950's film. The scene with the butler was taken from an actual court case. The main character plays a tax attorney even though he is defending his friend in a murder trial. One of the relatives has basically blackmailed the star's attorney character by telling his mother that if he's called to the stand to testify, he will release the info that the star's character was illegitimate and that his mother had an affair with the family friend the night of the wedding. The man she married ran out of the hotel room and was in a car accident and died, The man his mother married who was a rich man could not consummate their relationship the night of the wedding.  The star calls the relative to testify anyway. Now does anyone recognize this film? the star of the film is an A+ actor who's an Oscar winner in the 1980's  ( for another film) and won a Hersholt Humitarian Oscar.

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With clues like that, it must be "The Young Philadelphians" with Paul Newman and Robert Vaughn.

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1 hour ago, MilesArcher said:

With clues like that, it must be "The Young Philadelphians" with Paul Newman and Robert Vaughn.

LOL No kidding. Just wanted to wrap this one up. Can't believe you're the only one besides me that know this film. Yes The Young Philadelphians Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Robert Vaughn etc great cast. OK Mr.Archer, your thread.

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On 3/4/2020 at 5:27 PM, MilesArcher said:

With clues like that, it must be "The Young Philadelphians" with Paul Newman and Robert Vaughn.

Miles, my response is above, it's your thread

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Can you name the movie in which Gene  Kelly plays a Greek-American who is disliked by his girlfriend's father simply because of his Greek heritage?

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Yes, that's the movie.  Janet Leigh plays his girlfriend.  One of her sisters is played by young Sharon McManus, who was the little girl who danced with Gene in "Anchors Aweigh" years before.  Good work, Star.  You're up next.

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