STAGE TO SCREEN...from the theatrical stage to the silver screen, plays on film

"the play's the thing...", that will capture in one place crafted dialogue and fleshed out character. words, how they are placed one against the other, matter. films are made, plays are wrought.
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1.
All My Sons (1948)
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During WW2, industrialist Joe Keller commits a crime and frames his business partner Herbert Deever but years later his sin comes back to haunt him when Joe's son plans to marry Deever's daughter. (94 mins.)
Director: Irving Reis
 
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After the Fall (1974 TV Movie)
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Adaptation of Arthur Miller's semi-autobiographical play about Quentin, a Jewish intellectual from New York who must reexamine his life and his troubled relationship with Holga. (128 mins.)
Director: Gilbert Cates
“ The playwright, Arthur Miller, one of the three greatest playwrights of the twentieth century, passed away recently with hardly a mention. That is our shame. This play has been largely ignored, which is regrettable. Imperfect, difficult to stage, too auto-biographical, might be some complaints. The lead female character, patterned after Inge Morath, who was present when cities and the civilians living therein were bombed in Europe during WWII speaks. It is a line which I do not recall perfectly but paraphrase, "One day you faint when the gardener cuts his finger, and the next you step over the corpses of dead children in the subway." Arthur Miller had something to say and his plays were well wrought. We should have remembered him. ” - gsaint09
 
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The Glass Menagerie (1950)
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Merchant marine officer Tom Wingfield reminisces about his life in St. Louis where he had lived with his nagging mother Amanda and crippled shy sister Laura. (107 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
 
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Plaza Suite (1971)
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Three separate stories concerning relationship issues are presented, each largely taking place in suite 719 of the Plaza Hotel in New York City... (114 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
 
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Noises Off... (1992)
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A travelling theater group find so much action going on behind-the-scenes, they almost ruin the performances. (101 mins.)
 
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Hamlet (1948)
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Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king. (155 mins.)
 
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Henry V (1989)
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War in 1415, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France. (137 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
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The Lion in Winter (1968)
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1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. (134 mins.)
Director: Anthony Harvey
 
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A Man for All Seasons (1966)
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The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
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Becket (1964)
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King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's. (148 mins.)
Director: Peter Glenville
 
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The Browning Version (1951)
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Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband. (90 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith
 
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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
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An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades. (114 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
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A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view. (116 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
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Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
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A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (118 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
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His Girl Friday (1940)
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
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The Miracle Worker (1962)
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The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate. (106 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
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Our Town (1940)
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Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married... (90 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
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You Can't Take It with You (1938)
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A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
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Educating Rita (1983)
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A young wife decides to complete her education and take her exams. She meets a professor who teaches... (110 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
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Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
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The working-class Smiths change their initially sunny views on World War I after the three boys of the family witness the harsh reality of trench warfare. (144 mins.)
 
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'night, Mother (1986)
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What would you do if someone you loved sat down with you one night and calmly told you that they were going to end their life before morning... (96 mins.)
Director: Tom Moore
 
23.
Dead End (1937)
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The Dead End Kids, an unemployed architect, and gangster Baby Face Martin interact with an East Side neighborhood over one day and night. (93 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
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Inherit the Wind (1960)
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Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution. (128 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
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12 Angry Men (1957)
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
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Great Performances (1971 TV Series)
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While at an impromptu reunion lunch, five women reminisce and relive their college days at Mount Holyoke, and weigh their goals and aspirations against their lives.
 
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The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
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Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they're falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal. (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
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Play It Again, Sam (1972)
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A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart. (85 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
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Charley's Aunt (1941)
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In 1890, two students at Oxford force their rascally friend and fellow student to pose as an aunt from Brazil--where the nuts come from. (80 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
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To Be or Not to Be (1942)
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During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy. (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
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Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
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Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn. (145 mins.)
Director: Charles Jarrott
 
32.
The American Clock (1993 TV Movie)
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This film is based on Arthur Miller's recollection of the events of the 1930's Depression. In the film... (92 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
 
33.
A Few Good Men (1992)
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Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders. (138 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
34.
The Norman Conquests (1977 Mini-Series)
Episode: Living Together (1977)
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A dysfunctional family gets together at the house of their cantankerous mother and old resentments, jealousies, and rivalries are reignited. (93 mins.)
Director: Herbert Wise
 
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The Norman Conquests (1977 Mini-Series)
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Annie has second thoughts about spending the weekend with brother-in-law Norman as the dysfunctional family tries to come to terms with itself. (93 mins.)
Director: Herbert Wise
 
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The Norman Conquests (1977 Mini-Series)
Episode: Table Manners (1977)
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A dysfunctional family gathering for the weekend reunites three siblings and significant others in a small country cottage with farcical consequences. (93 mins.)
Director: Herbert Wise