Leading Actors Playing Outcasts

Outcasts! We’ve all felt like a third wheel, a red-headed step-child, the geek in the corner, or that guy (or gal) that just doesn’t fit in with the crowd. This week, Moviezoot.com takes a look at leading actors playing outcasts that just do not fit into society and we do so with the movies of Kris Kristofferson in Convoy, Jean-Paul Belmondo in Breathless, Jeff Daniels in Paper Man, and Mr. New York himself, Frank Sinatra in The Man with the Golden Arm. Each of these award-winning and highly successful leading actors delivers an exceptional performance in their respective movies as humanely believable Outcasts!

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Convoy

“Convoy”Convoy is the 1978 Sam Peckinpah 70’s pop-drama starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali McGraw, Ernest Borgnine and Burt Young telling the story of a handsome young trucker whom ultimately fakes his death to avoid prosecution as a bevy of organized truckers are pitted against dirty cops with chase scenes, bar fights and plenty of ‘good-buddy’ CB radio chatter.

Breathless

“Breathless”Breathless is 1960 Jean-Luc Godard drama/romance starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger and Henri-Jaques Huet where a young criminal commits murder and hides out in Paris while seducing his protector that eventually betrays him – but not without remorse.

Paper Man

“PaperPaper Man is the 2009 comedy action drama film directed by Keiran and Michele Mulroney starring Jeff Daniels, Lisa Kudrow, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds. It tells the story of a failed novelist clinging to his childhood imaginary superhero friend as he very slowly and tediously learns the art of ‘adulting.’

The Man with the Golden Arm

“TheThe Man With The Golden Arm is the award-winning 1955 Otto Preminger drama starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker and Darren McGavin telling a heart-wrenching tale of a newly-released ex-con musician struggles in his run-down neighborhood and with his deceitful wife that weigh heavily on his recovery and rehabilitation. He’s just one suicide away from peace – but who’s?

Classic Black & White Movies

This week, Moviezoot.com has added 4 awesome classic black & white movies into our film vault of free-streaming and mobile-friendly movies. The recently acquired films are 1952’s western romance The Bushwhackers with Dorothy Malone and John Ireland, 1947’s musical romance Calendar Girl with Jane Frazee and Kenny Baker, 1946’s drama/mystery The Chase with Robert Cummings and Michele Morgan, and 1959’s ever-puzzling crime/drama Compulsion with Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman and Orson Welles. All of these films – and many more – can be seen now or anytime on any fixed or mobile device at Moviezoot.com

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The Bushwhackers

“TheThe Bushwhackers is the 1952 black & white Rodney Amateau western starring Dorothy Malone and John Ireland telling the story of a Confederate war veteran trying to swear-off firearms when he gets caught up in greedy, pre-railroad land-grabs in Missouri. His passivity yields to violence out of necessity.

 

Calendar Girl

“CalendarCalendar Girl is the 1947 black & white Allan Dwan musical romance starring Jane Frazee, William Marshall, Kenny Baker and Gail Patrick telling the story of two friends coming to NYC at the turn of the century (the 1900’s) to seek their destinies but are sidetracked by romance and the pursuit of true love, while still holding on to their secrets.

 

The Chase

“TheThe Chase is the 1946 Arthur Ripley black & white romance/drama starring Robert Cummings, Michele Morgan Steve Cochran and Lloyd Corrigan telling the story of an unemployed veteran gaining employment as a chauffeur after returning a lost wallet, but his shady new employer’s wife wants to escape. But wait – that’s just the beginning!

 

Compulsion

“Compulsion”Compulsion is the 1959 black & white Richard Fleischer crime drama starring Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman and Orson Wells exploring the ‘perfect crime’ of a pre-meditated murder accidentally gone wrong, and the clever manipulation of the American legal system – illuminating and exposing the Leopold/Loeb case of the time.

Classic Hollywood Musicals

This week, with a nod to La La Land’s almost-Oscar-win last Sunday, Moviezoot.com is featuring just four of our star-studded, song-and–dance films from our large collection of Classic Hollywood Musicals that and includes Black Tights with Cyd Charisse, Royal Wedding with Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, The Blue Angel with Marlene Dietrich, and Till the Clouds Roll By with June Allyson and Judy Garland. Join us in kicking up our heels and cutting the rug, and keep on dancing…

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Black Tights

“BlackBlack Tights is the 1961 Terence Young black and white anthology of four independent stories performed in the form of ballet, all choreographed by the infamous and renowned Roland Petit starring Cyd Charisse, Moira Shearer, Zizi Jeanmarie, Roland Petit and Maurice Chevalier. The performances include La croqueuse de diamants -a romantic comedy, Cyrano de Bergerac – a tragic romantic story, Deuil en 24 heures – a black comedy, and Carmen – a tragic romance.

Royal Wedding

“RoyalRoyal Wedding is the 1951 Stanley Donen romantic/comedy musical starring Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford and Sara Churchill telling the story of an American brother and sister dance team in London in 1947 during the height of the royal wedding of Elizabeth and Prince Phillip when the siblings find loves of their own!

The Blue Angel

“TheThe Blue Angel is the 1931 black and white Josef von Sternberg dramatic musical starring Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, Kurt Gerron and Rosa Valetti telling the story of a strict educator who falls hopelessly in love with a beautiful cabaret dancer and ruins his life chasing that which he cannot hold. Blue Angel, the first major German sound film, brought Dietrich international fame and introduced her signature song, “Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It)”.

Till the Clouds Roll By

“TillTill the Clouds Roll By is the 1946 Richard Whorf and Vincent Minnelli musical comedy starring Robert Walker, Van Heflin, June Allyson, Lena Horne and Judy Garland telling the story of famed songwriter Jerome Kern’s charmed life leading up to his Broadway opening of “Show Boat.” Consisting of many musical numbers, the all-star cast includes a bevy of Hollywood talent including Kathryn Grayson, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore, among many others.

Classic Mystery Films

Welcome to the black & white classics of “Who done it?”

This week, Moviezoot.com explores the world of mystery with just four outstanding Sherlock Holmes selections from our classic, free-streaming movie cache – Murder at the Baskervilles, The Sign of Four, The Woman in Green, and for you binge-watchers – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes TV series from the 50’s. We hope you enjoy these classic mystery mind games – we sure do! Again and again!

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Murder at the Baskervilles

“MurderMurder at the Baskervilles is the 1937 Thomas Bentley black & white Sherlock Holmes mystery starring Arthur Wontener, Ian Flemming (not 007), Lyn Harding and John Turnbull telling the tale of Holmes’ vacation-gone-wrong involving some very shady characters and the attempt to “fix” the outcome of the world-famous Barchester Cup horse race.

 

The Sign of Four

“TheThe Sign of Four is the 1932 Graham Cutts black & white Sherlock Holmes mystery starring Ian Hunter, Arthur Wontener, Ilsa Bevin and Graham Soutton and tells the tale of Jonathan Small, a convicted criminal parlaying hidden treasure information for his release, the betrayal of the agreement, and the vengeance he seeks on the family of the double-crosser.

 

The Woman in Green

“TheThe Woman in Green is the original black & white version of the 1945 Roy William Neill mystery starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and Hillary Brooke telling the tale of baffling murders of women who have had their fingers severed. This is a wild tale of deception, mutilation and murder that has Holmes and Watson stretching their collective powers of reasoning and evaluating opportunity and motive!

 

The Sherlock Holmes 1954-55 TV Series

“TheThe first American television series of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes adventures aired in syndication in the fall of 1954 through 1955. The 39 half-hour mostly original stories were produced by Sheldon Reynolds, filmed in France by Guild Films, and starred Ronald Howard (son of Leslie Howard) as Sherlock Holmes, Howard Marion Crawford as Watson, and Archie Duncan as Inspector Lestrade.

Classic Horror Films

After last week’s ‘love-fest’ of Marilyn and Valentine’s Day, how about a little horror to bring us back to reality of our world? We’ve selected just four of our choice classic horror films from our film vaults for your featured viewing entertainment this week: Blood Thirst with Robert Winston and Katherine Henryk, Bloodtide with James Earl Jones and Jose Ferrer, Lady Frankenstein with Joseph Cotton and Rosalba Neri, and The Pyx with Karen Black and Christopher Plumber. There’s nothing like a scary movie to make you feel alive!

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Blood Thirst

“BloodBlood Thirst, with Robert Winston and Katherine Henryk starring in Newt Arnold’s 1971 black & white horror film tells the story of a South American belly dancer who uncovers an ancient Aztec secret for eternal life involving regular blood transfusions so she enlists a monstrous club owner to help fill her needed pipeline…

 

Bloodtide

“Bloodtide”Bloodtide, with James Earl Jones and Jose Ferrer starring in Richard Jefferies’ 1982 horror film tells the tale of a treasure hunter who accidentally frees a monster and forces the local villagers to revisit the demonic practice of sacrificing virgins.

 

Lady Frankenstein

“CHANGELady Frankenstein, with Joseph Cotton and the fabulous Rosalba Neri starring in this 1971 Mel Welles horror drama tells the story of a recently graduated daughter who picks up where her mad scientist father left off – assembling bodies from the dead. Only this time, it’s different!

 

The Pyx

“TheThe Pyx with Karen Black and Christopher Plumber star in this 1973 Harvey Hart horror crime thriller about a grizzly murder that puts an investigating detective in the middle of the occult surrounded by prostitution, drug addition and conspiracy with all of her suspects mysteriously dropping like flies.

Marilyn Monroe’s Most Glamorous Romantic Comedies

For Valentine’s Week, what better star to feature than sex-goddess Marilyn Monroe and 4 of her most glamorous romantic comedy films – 1956’s Bus Stop, 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blonds, 1953’s How to Marry a Millionaire and 1957’s The Prince and the Showgirl. Just remember – for Valentine’s Day and any other day – Diamonds are a Girl’ Best Friend!

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Bus Stop – Marilyn with Don Murray

“BusBus Stop is the 1956 Joshua Logan romantic drama/comedy starring Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O’Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Robert Bray and Hope Lange and tells the story of a naive virgin cowboy’s overly-enthusiastic wooing of a talentless but ambitious performer bent on ‘making it’ in Hollywood all taking place at bus stop in the middle of nowhere. Oh, those chance encounters!

 

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Marilyn with Jane Russell

“GentlemenGentlemen Prefer Blondes is the 1953 Howard Hawks romantic comedy starring Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn, Elliot Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow and Marcel Dalio telling the story of two showgirls struggling to find what the want in a relationship versus what they need in a marriage partner. Of course these girls go through laughable shenanigans on their way to the alter!

 

How to Marry a Millionaire – Marilyn with Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable

“HowHow to Marry a Millionaire is the 1953 Jean Negulesco romance, comedy/drama starring Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell and Alexander D’Arcy telling the story of how three women in search of financial security share a Manhattan apartment to snare a rich husband. Sounds like a good plan, but there are speed bumps in their execution plans that send them in different directions, helping them to find love and riches of the heart. Yes, karma works in love matters, too!

 

The Prince and the Showgirl – Marilyn with Laurence Olivier

“TheThe Prince and The Showgirl is the 1957 romantic comedy directed by and co-starring Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe, Richard Wattis, Sybil Thorndike, Jean Kent, Jeremy Spenser and David Horne. Set in London in 1911, it tells the tale of a dignified prince in London for Royal business that falls in love with a traveling showgirl and their whirlwind courtship during the pompous Royal festivities. With their diverse backgrounds, can they make it work? Love always wins!

Classic Pairings

This week is all about Classic Pairings as we feature just 4 of Hollywood’s greatest movies in our collection with 9 of Hollywood’s most legendary actors: 1951’s Another Man’s Poison with Bette Davis and Gary Merrill, 1954’s The Last Time I Saw Paris with Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson, 1955’s The Man With the Golden Arm with Kim Novak and Frank Sinatra, and 1939’s The Women with Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer and Rosalind Russell. All of them are glamorous feature films from Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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Another Man’s Poison – with Bette Davis and Gary Merrill

“AnotherAnother Man’s Poison is Irving Rapper’s 1951 black & white mystery crime drama starring Better Davis, Gary Merrill, Emlyn Williams, Anthony Steele, Barbara Murray, Reginald Beckwith and Edna Morris. It tells the story of a privileged but philandering mystery writer whose tangled relationships develop into a macabre, murderous cat-and-mouse game.

 

The Last Time I Saw Paris – with Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson

“TheThe Last Time I Saw Paris is the 1954 Richard Brooks romance/drama starring Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon, Donna Reed, Eva Gabor, Kurt Kasznar and George Desher. It tells the story of an American soldier who returns to Paris after the war to try to capture his dream of family, success and acclaim, but fate has other plans for him during his journey where none of his dreams are assured.

 

The Man with the Golden Arm – with Kim Novak and Frank Sinatra

“TheThe Man With The Golden Arm is Otto Preminger’s 1955 black & white drama starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker, Arnold Stang, Darren McGavin, Jon Conte and Doro Merande telling the story of an ex-convict, ex-heroin addict and former musician trying to get his life together amid the temptations of the big city of Chicago.

 

The Women – with Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell

“CHANGEThe Women is George Cukor’s black & white 1939 classic comedy/drama starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard, Phyllis Povah and the fabulous Joan Fontaine. The Women follows the lives of Manhattan’s women of society and how gossip shrinks the big city to a mere scandalous neighborhood.

Powerful Classic Wartime Movies

This week, MovieZoot.com highlights just 4 of the powerful classic wartime movies in our collection featuring 1945’s A Walk In The Sun with Dana Andrews and Richard Conte, 1987’s Deadline with Christopher Walken and Hywel Bennett, 1984’s The Glory Boys with Rod Steiger and Anthony Perkins, and 1964’s Zulu with Stanley Baker and Michael Caine. Each movie is a forceful story with a strong and twisted plot revealing both the hell and sometimes the humanity of war.

 

A Walk in the Sun – Dana Andrews and Richard Conte.

“A A Walk in the Sun is a 1945 black & white war drama directed by Lewis Milestone, starring Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, George Tyne and John Ireland telling the story of a WWII platoon of American soldiers that trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way.

 

 

Deadline – Christopher Walken and Hywel Bennett

“Deadline”Deadline, also released under the name “Witness in the War Zone,” is a 1987 Nathanael Gutman war drama starring Christopher Walken, Hywel Bennett, Marita Marschall and Arnon Zadok telling the story of an ace reporter assigned in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war of 1983 when he is duped, set-up and uncovers a murderous plot to kill hundreds of civilians. Walken performs this role flawlessly.

 

 

The Glory Boys – Rod Steiger and Anthony Perkins

“TheThe Glory Boys is a 1984 Michael Ferguson 3-part war drama staring Rod Steiger, Anthony Perkins, Alfred Burke and Joanna Lumley telling the story of an alcoholic ex-government agent who is brought back into service to stop two opposing terrorist organizations plotting to assassinate an Israeli nuclear scientist. This is not Steiger’s best performance, but the plot is strong and the story is intriguing.

 

 

Zulu – Stanley Baker and Michael Caine

“Zulu”Set in 1879, Zulu is the 1964 Cy Endfield grand-scale, historical war drama starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, James Booth and Michael Caine, telling the story of the Zulu nation having stood up to the British forces handing them a resounding defeat, go on to the smaller battle of Rorke’s Drift. Narrated by Richard Burton, this epic and iconic film is treasured within the 500 Greatest Films by both Total Film and Empire magazines.

Classic Movies from an Earlier Era

This week’s featured selections on MovieZoot.com is Classic Movies from an Earlier Era – a Greater America – a more focused story-telling era unafraid of exploring right and wrong, and our own morality. Four gut-wrenching stories that still transport us to the core of our emotions are presented in Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, The Man Who Knew Too Much with James Stewart and Doris Day, The Snows of Kilimanjaro with Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Susan Hayward, and To Kill A Mockingbird with Gregory Peck, Kim Stanley, Jon Megna and Robert Duval.

These poignant classic movies still pull at your heart as well as your soul. They are worth watching again and again.

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Charade – Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn

“Charade”Charade is the BAFTA Award-winning 1963 Stanley Donen mystery/romance starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn telling a tale of intrigue where Hepburn plays a widow in Paris being pursued by a bevy of men hoping to gain her husband’s fortune. The only person she can trust is Cary Grant. Or can she? Reel-style abounds in this classic beauty!

The Man Who Knew Too Much – James Stewart and Doris Day

“TheJames Stewart and Doris Day star in this 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery/Thriller/Drama The Man Who Knew Too Much, in which Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart) is on vacation with his wife (Doris Day) and son in London when a chance encounter with a stranger sets their trip, and their lives, on a drastically different course. The stranger, killed in front of the family in the marketplace, reveals an assassination plot to the Americans. The couple’s son is abducted in order to ensure the plot is kept secret, and suddenly the mother and father, with no help from the police, must figure out a way to get their child back. This is one of Hitchcock’s best thrillers and the song “Que Sera, Sera” became Doris Day’s biggest hit, winning the 1956 Best Song Oscar.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro – Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Susan Hayward

“SnowGregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner star in the 1952 classic Technicolor Adventure/Romance/Drama The Snows of Kilimanjaro, based on the unforgettable novel by Ernest Hemingway and directed by Henry King in which adventure writer Harry Street reflects on his life, as he is dying on safari in Kenya. Have your tissues and popcorn handy for this movie – you’ll need both!

To Kill a Mockingbird – Gregory Peck, Kim Stanley and Robert Duval

“ToTo Kill a Mockingbird is Pulitzer Prize winning author Harper Lee’s classic coming-of-age tale examining fear, mental illness and racial bias brought to light in a small Alabama town in the 1930’s. The drama was intentionally shot in black & white to portray the societal contrasts of the time, and interpreted for the big screen by Robert Mulligan in 1962. This iconic movie stars Gregory Peck, Kim Stanley and Jon Megna and one of the first appearances on the screen from a very young Robert Duval. In 2003, the American Film Institute named Peck’s character Atticus Finch “The Greatest Movie Hero of the 20th Century,” and that’s really saying something!

Watch List – 01/06/2017

Let’s start the New Year off with legs – Musicals that show a lot of legs! For this week’s featured selections, MovieZoot is proud to exhibit some of the best legs in Hollywood history with the beautiful gams of Cyd Charisse in Black Tights, Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel, and Doris Day in The Pajama Game. These dames really know how to help us ring in another New Year with their high-kicks and long, sleek beautiful movie-star legs!

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Black Tights

Black TightsBlack Tights is a 1961 Terence Young directed black & white musical drama starring Cyd Charisse, Moira Shearer and Roland Petit that is a mash-up of four outstanding ballet dance performances choreographed by Roland Petit – Carmen, La croqueuse de diamants, Deuil en 24 heures and Cyrano de Bergerac. Also known as “Un Deux Trois Quatre!” in France, this film inspired many mid-century young women to pursue a career in dance. C’est Magnifique!

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer BlondesGentlemen Prefer Blondes is the 1953 Howard Hawks rom/com musical starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe playing tow showgirls that are best friends on a quest for finding a rich husband. Ah, the 50’s – where anything was possible in America!

The Blue Angel

The Blue AngelThe Blue Angel is a 1931 Josef von Sternberg black & white musical drama starring Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron and Emil Jannings telling the story of an educator so smitten by a cabaret dancer that he loses everything in the name of love, eventually losing his very life! Eyes up boys – it’s dangerous down there!

The Pajama Game

The Pajama GameThe Pajama Game is an iconic 1957 rom/com musical directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen and starring Doris Day and John Raitt. The Pajama Game tells the story of conflict between management and labor as worker’s demand a 7 and ½ cent raise in their hourly wages. Although a comedy, this film paved the way for a later films, including Norma Rae, starring Sally Field, that explore the many contributions of women in the American labor movement. Also worth noting, John Raitt, playing the male lead, is the father of famed country singer Bonnie Raitt’.