Make Way For Tomorrow (1937) Beyond Forever (1940) Christmas Eve (1986) The Cheaters (1945) 4 gems/3 DVDs
Make Way for Tomorrow is a 1937 American drama film directed by Leo McCarey. The plot concerns an elderly couple (Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi) who are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in.
McCarey believed that this was his finest film. When he accepted his Academy Award for Best Director for The Awful Truth, which was released the same year, he said "Thanks, but you gave it to me for the wrong picture."
In 2010, this film was selected for preservation by the United States Library of Congress in the National Film Registry.
Beyond Tomorrow (also known as And So Goodbye) is a 1940 American fantasy film directed by A. Edward Sutherland and produced by noted cinematographer Lee Garmes; Garmes was one of a handful of cinematographers who became film producers.
Structured as a B film, the production did not engage any stars who would receive billing above the title, relying instead on a quartet of veteran characters actors, Charles Winninger, Maria Ouspenskaya, C. Aubrey Smith and Harry Carey, second-tier young leads Richard Carlson and Jean Parker as well as "other woman" Helen Vinson, a minor lead/second lead during early and mid thirties, here approaching the end of her career.
All seven actors received a "Featuring" billing after the title. The remaining supporting cast included Rod La Rocque, a top leading man of the silent era, now reduced to playing minor supporting roles.
Because the events of the plot take place during the Christmas season, it is a contemporary but little-remembered example of the Christmas film.
The original print has been digitally remastered and preserved by the National Film Museum, Incorporated.
1 DVD 2 gems!
The Cheaters (1945) Billie Burke, Ona Munson & Joseph Schildkraut + Billie Burke Radio Show
The Cheaters (1945)
Joseph Kane, Director
Joseph Schildkraut as Anthony Marchaund also known as Mr. M. .... (legendary silent film star)
Ona Munson as Florie Watson (oOa played Belle Watling in Gone With the Wind)
Billie Burke as Clara Pidgeon ... (Billie was Glinda, the Good Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz)
Eugene Pallette as James C. Pidgeon
Raymond Walburn as Willie Crawford ...
Anne Gillis as Angela Pidgeon
Ruth Terry as Therese Pidgeon ...
Robert Livingston as Stephen Bates
David Holt as Reggie Pidgeon ...
Robert Greig as MacFarland ...
St. Luke's Choristers as Carolers
Release Date: 15 Jul 1945 ... Black and White / Sound: Mono
Production Dates: 1 Feb--mid-Mar 1945
Alternate Title(s): Mr. M. and the Pidgeons, The Amazing Mr. M., The Magnificent Mr. M., The Magnificent Rogue, The Castaways
Duration (in mins): 83 / Country: United States ...
Mastered from Ona Munson's 16mm print
Billie Burke on Radio
The Billie Burke Show
with Earle Ross, Marvin Miller & Lillian Randolph
The Tramp (3-27-1946)
The Playground (8-3-1946)
Christmas Eve (1986) Loretta Young - TV Classic!
Christmas Eve (1986) Loretta Young
with Arthur Hill, Ron Leibman, Trevor Howard, Patrick Cassidy, Season Hubley, Kate Reid
Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (1987) - Loretta Young
NBC TV network, Original airing Dec. 22nd, 1986 - Story of a well-to-do elderly woman, who befriends the homeless and volunteers her time with children, who learns she has an incurable illness and wants desperately to reunite her three grown grand children (who are scattered across the U.S. living their own lives), with their estranged father, her son. She hires a private detective to search for them so as to try to get everyone together on Christmas Eve for one last reunion.
DVD exactly as seen on TV when originally aired.
A heart warming story line that most can relate to.
"Loretta Young brings her strength, intelligence and charm to this role. Welcome Back!"
Although scripts were still occasionally coming in, Loretta now considered herself permanently retired. That is, until 1986, when she was offered the perfect script, the lead in an NBC made-for-TV movie titled "Christmas Eve."
Filming was on location in Toronto, and twelve hour days were the norm, the director and crew allowed her to sleep a little later than everyone else in the mornings. Other than that, at 74, she kept up with the pace.
And she had lost none of her perfectionist tendencies: every night she looked at her dailies to see if her character was developing on-screen the way she should. "Unless you do," she told the director, "you don't know if the character is alive, dead, or too one-dimensional."
Four months later with Ronald Reagan - Loretta attended the Golden Globe awards. As the "Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Movie" category was announced, the winner was . . . Loretta Young! She received a standing ovation as she went onstage to collect her prize. "Miracles do happen," she said to the packed hall. "God in His mysterious way gave me 23 years to prepare for this role. This is the icing on the cake." She thought she heard Mama clapping too.
Two years later, Loretta made her very last film, Lady In A Corner, co-starring Brian Keith and Lindsay Frost, also for NBC and also filmed in Toronto.
Critic Hal Erikson said; "The sole reason for watching this made-for-TV movie is star Loretta Young, looking as youthful and stunning as ever." She was then 77 years young.
Exactly as seen on Television the night it aired ....
4 Christmas gems - 3 DVDs
DVDs in DVD/CD sleeves, photo labels. Guaranteed, replaced with same title.