ICTN Movie of the Week

Tune in for a classic movie that the whole family can enjoy.

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Life With Father – 1947 – (1:58:00) 

–  Director Micheal Curtiz couldn’t have been a better choice to adapt this longest running Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse Broadway play to the screen. After all, who better to direct a “family values” story than the man responsible for the great Yankee Doodle Dandy. William Powell is superb in the role of Clarence Day, the benign despotic head of an upper class family living in 1883 Manhattan. But Irene Dunne is the real star of this film in her performance as Vinnie Day, the outwardly bewildered, yet inwardly strong matriarch of the family who manages to keep father in check and the rest of the household running fairly smoothly. The real hilarity is Vinnie’s determination to have her husband baptized so that he will be able to enter the Gates of Heaven with her. Clarence’s fitful answer is to first shrug it off, then, when pressed further by his determined wife, to state, “Vinnie...if there is one place the church should leave alone it is a man’s soul.” This wonderful Technicolor production is one of the great American films about family values and an opportunity to see one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, Elizabeth Taylor, early in her career. 4 Academy Award Nominations 1947: Best Actor, Best Score, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction.
Starring: William Powell, Irene Dunne, James Lyndon, Zazu Pitts, Elizabeth Taylor, Edmond Gwenn, Martin Milner, Derek Scott, Heather Wilde, Queenie Leonard, Arlene Dahl. Producer: Robert Buckner. Director: Michael Curtiz. Screenwriter: Donald Ogden Stewart. From the play by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse. Cinematographers: Peverell Marley, A.S.C., William Skall, A.S.C. Composer: Max Steiner.


Coming up September 30

The Jackie Robinson Story – 1950 – (1:16:28) 

– Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee and Minor Watson. This is one of the greatest baseball films ever made about the extraordinary life of one of baseball’s greatest players. This film is a testament to Robinson’s courage, not only for having to prove that he is a great player, but also for maintaining his dignity while enduring the harassment and prejudice he had expected for being the first African-American to break organized baseball’s color barrier. What is most remarkable about the film, aside from being a successful dramatization of Robinson’s career, is Robinson’s performance as himself. He is so believable in his mild mannered and understated performance that he appears to be a natural actor. Having Robinson play himself was a stroke of genius, as not only does he do an excellent job as an actor, but he makes the story so real because he really is Jackie Robinson. The film is first and foremost a story about a great baseball player who happens to be a Black American. You are absolutely convinced after seeing this film that Robinson is truly a great American hero.
An Eagle Lion Picture. Starring Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson, Louise Beavers, Richard Lane, Harry Shannon, Ben Lessy, Bill Spaulding, Billy Wayne, Joel Fluellen, Bernie Hamilton. Producer ... Mort Briskin, Director ... Alfred E. Green, Screenwriter ... Lawrence Taylor and Arthur Mann, Cinematographer ... Ernest Laszlo, A.S.C., Score ... Herschel Burke Gilbert, Original Arrangements ... Joseph Mullendore, Music Supervision ... David Chudnow.
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