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 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!
James 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.
Gregory 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
To 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!