Most Popular Feature Films Released 1952-01-01 to 1952-12-31


1. My Cousin Rachel (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Mystery, Romance, Drama

7.2
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A young man plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin, but his plans are shaken when he comes face to face with the enigmatic beauty.

Writers: Nunnally Johnson, Daphne Du Maurier | Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Audrey Dalton, Ronald Squire

2. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

8.3
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A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Writers: Adolph Green, Betty Comden | Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

3. The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure

7.0
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An Englishman vacationing in a Ruritarian kingdom is recruited to impersonate his cousin, the soon-to-be-crowned king when the monarch is drugged and kidnapped.

Writers: John L. Balderston, Noel Langley, Wells Root, Anthony Hope, Edward E. Rose, Donald Ogden Stewart | Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Louis Calhern, Jane Greer

4. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Thriller, Western

8.1
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89 Metascore

A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.

Writers: Carl Foreman, John W. Cunningham | Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

5. Ivanhoe (1952)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.8
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A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne.

Writers: Noel Langley, Æneas MacKenzie, Marguerite Roberts | Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders

6. Lovely to Look At (1952)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.3
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Al Marsh, Tony Naylor and Jerry Ralby, Broadway producers, are desperately looking for backers. Al is one of the heirs of a dress salon in Paris, but this is almost bankrupt. The two other ... See full summary »

Writers: George Wells, Harry Ruby, Andrew Solt, Alice Duer Miller | Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Red Skelton, Howard Keel, Marge Champion

7. The Quiet Man (1952)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.

Writers: Frank S. Nugent, Maurice Walsh | Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond

8. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

8.3
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

9. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

Not Rated | 152 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.7
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The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle.

Writers: Fredric M. Frank, Barré Lyndon, Theodore St. John, Frank Cavett | Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde

10. Limelight (1952)

Approved | 137 min | Drama, Music, Romance

8.1
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A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.

Writer: Charles Chaplin | Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton

11. The Cimarron Kid (1952)

Approved | 84 min | Western

6.6
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Audie Murphy comes into his own as a Western star in this story. Wrongly accused by crooked railroad officials of aiding a train heist by his old friends the Daltons, he joins their gang ... See full summary »

Writers: Louis Stevens, Kay Lenard | Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Audie Murphy, Beverly Tyler, James Best, Yvette Duguay

12. Monkey Business (1952)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy

7.0
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A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.

Writers: Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer, I.A.L. Diamond, Harry Segall | Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn

13. Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Musical

6.1
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Bloodhounds Of Broadway

Writers: Damon Runyon, Sy Gomberg, Albert Mannheimer | Director: Harmon Jones | Stars: Mitzi Gaynor, Scott Brady, Mitzi Green, Marguerite Chapman

14. Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

Approved | 76 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.9
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After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous.

Writers: Daniel Taradash, Charlotte Armstrong | Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran

15. The Big Sky (1952)

Approved | 140 min | Drama, Western

7.1
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The success of the journey focuses on keeping the Indian girl alive as well as themselves to complete trade with the Blackfeet.

Writers: Dudley Nichols, A.B. Guthrie Jr. | Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin, Elizabeth Threatt, Arthur Hunnicutt

16. Viva Zapata! (1952)

113 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century.

Writer: John Steinbeck | Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn, Joseph Wiseman

17. The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure ... See full summary »

Writer: Roland Kibbee | Director: Robert Siodmak | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Nick Cravat, Eva Bartok, Torin Thatcher

18. The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

Approved | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.3
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Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro.

Writer: Casey Robinson | Directors: Henry King, Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner, Hildegard Knef

19. Moulin Rouge (1952)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.2
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Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Writers: Pierre La Mure, Anthony Veiller, John Huston | Director: John Huston | Stars: José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Colette Marchand, Suzanne Flon

20. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Unrated | 118 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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An unscrupulous movie producer uses an actress, a director and a writer to achieve success.

Writers: Charles Schnee, George Bradshaw | Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell

21. The Lusty Men (1952)

113 min | Action, Drama, Sport

7.6
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Retired rodeo champion Jeff McCloud agrees to mentor novice rodeo contestant Wes Merritt against the wishes of Merritt's wife who fears the dangers of this rough sport.

Writers: David Dortort, Horace McCoy, Claude Stanush | Directors: Nicholas Ray, Robert Parrish | Stars: Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy, Arthur Hunnicutt

22. The Gentle Gunman (1952)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.3
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In 1941 in wartime UK, two Irish brothers working for the IRA come against their local leader's ruthless methods.

Writer: Roger MacDougall | Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: John Mills, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Beatty, Elizabeth Sellars

23. Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.

Writers: Ketti Frings, William Inge | Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore, Richard Jaeckel

24. Bend of the River (1952)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.4
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When a town boss confiscates homesteader's supplies after gold is discovered nearby, a tough cowboy risks his life to try and get it to them.

Writers: Borden Chase, William Gulick | Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Arthur Kennedy, Jay C. Flippen

25. Othello (1952)

90 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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The general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with one of his officers Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter lieutenant named Iago.

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote, Suzanne Cloutier

26. Clash by Night (1952)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.

Writers: Alfred Hayes, Clifford Odets | Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas, Marilyn Monroe

27. Scaramouche (1952)

Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.6
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18th century France. A man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman.

Writers: Ronald Millar, George Froeschel, Rafael Sabatini | Director: George Sidney | Stars: Stewart Granger, Janet Leigh, Eleanor Parker, Mel Ferrer

28. Hangman's Knot (1952)

Approved | 81 min | Western

6.8
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A Confederate Major and his troops are falsely led to believe the Civil War is not over, and become wanted men after they attack a Union Army wagon train in Nevada.

Writer: Roy Huggins | Director: Roy Huggins | Stars: Randolph Scott, Donna Reed, Claude Jarman Jr., Frank Faylen

29. Eight Iron Men (1952)

80 min | Drama, War

6.6
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During WW2 in Italy, Sergeant Joe Mooney is leading his small squad on the front-lines but is ordered to avoid rescuing a soldier trapped in no man's land.

Writer: Harry Brown | Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Bonar Colleano, Arthur Franz, Lee Marvin, Richard Kiley

30. Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Writers: George Bruce, Harry Essex, Harold Greene, Rowland Brown | Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand

31. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Family, Musical

6.9
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The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."

Writers: Moss Hart, Myles Connolly | Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh

32. Road to Bali (1952)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

6.8
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Two unemployed show-biz pals accept treasure-diving work in Bali for a local princess and they find treasure,love and trouble.

Writers: Frank Butler, Hal Kanter, William Morrow, Harry Tugend | Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Murvyn Vye

33. The Narrow Margin (1952)

Not Rated | 71 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.8
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A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Writers: Earl Felton, Martin Goldsmith, Jack Leonard | Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White, Gordon Gebert

34. The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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When Algernon discovers that his friend, Ernest, has created a fictional brother for whenever he needs a reason to escape dull country life, Algernon poses as the brother, resulting in ever increasing confusion.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Richard Wattis, Michael Denison, Walter Hudd

35. Wagons West (1952)

Approved | 70 min | Western

6.0
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Jeff Curtis (Rod Cameron), a wagon-master on his way to accept the job of leading a pioneer train from Joplin, Missouri to the Oregon territory, picks up Ben Wilkins (Michael Chapin), a ... See full summary »

Writer: Daniel B. Ullman | Director: Ford Beebe | Stars: Rod Cameron, Noah Beery Jr., Peggie Castle, Michael Chapin

36. Angel Face (1952)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

Writers: Frank S. Nugent, Oscar Millard, Chester Erskine | Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman, Herbert Marshall

37. The Winning Team (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Poor health and alcoholism force Grover Cleveland Alexander out of baseball, but through his wife's faithful efforts, he gets a chance for a comeback and redemption.

Writers: Ted Sherdeman, Seeleg Lester, Merwin Gerard | Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Doris Day, Ronald Reagan, Frank Lovejoy, Eve Miller

38. Pat and Mike (1952)

95 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

7.0
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Pat is a women's sports sensation unless her fiancé is around. Her new shady manager Mike keeps them apart and develops feelings for her.

Writers: Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin | Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Aldo Ray, William Ching

39. The Life of Oharu (1952)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

8.2
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Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.

Writers: Saikaku Ihara, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yoshikata Yoda | Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirô Sugai, Toshirô Mifune

40. We're Not Married! (1952)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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In separate stories, five wedded couples learn that they are not legally married.

Writers: Nunnally Johnson, Dwight Taylor, Gina Kaus, Jay Dratler | Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Victor Moore, Fred Allen

41. Belles on Their Toes (1952)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy

6.7
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The "Cheaper by the Dozen" crew is back, sans Clifton Webb. Lillian is struggling to make ends meet without her husband's income, while Anne, Martha, and even Ernestine find romance.

Writers: Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron, Frank B. Gilbreth Jr., Ernestine Gilbreth Carey | Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Myrna Loy, Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter

42. The Little World of Don Camillo (1952)

107 min | Comedy

7.7
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In a village of the Po valley where the earth is hard and life miserly, the priest and the communist mayor are always fighting to be the head of the community. If in secret, they admired ... See full summary »

Writers: Giovanni Guareschi, Julien Duvivier, René Barjavel | Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Vera Talchi, Franco Interlenghi

43. Europe '51 (1952)

Approved | 113 min | Drama

7.6
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Irene Girard is an ambassador's wife and used to living in luxury. After the dramatic death of her son, she feels guilty of having neglected him and feels compelled to help people in need ... See full summary »

Writers: Roberto Rossellini, Sandro De Feo, Mario Pannunzio, Ivo Perilli, Brunello Rondi | Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Alexander Knox, Ettore Giannini, Giulietta Masina

44. Umberto D. (1952)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

8.2
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92 Metascore

A elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Writer: Cesare Zavattini | Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova

45. Sudden Fear (1952)

Approved | 110 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

7.5
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After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her.

Writers: Lenore J. Coffee, Robert Smith, Edna Sherry | Director: David Miller | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame, Bruce Bennett

46. Le Plaisir (1952)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women - pleasure and youth. Then comes the long tale of Mme ... See full summary »

Writers: Guy de Maupassant, Jacques Natanson, Max Ophüls | Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Jean Gabin, Danielle Darrieux, Simone Simon, Claude Dauphin

47. Macao (1952)

Passed | 81 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.7
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Nick Cochran, an American in exile in Macao, has a chance to restore his name by helping capture an international crime lord. Undercover, can he mislead the bad guys and still woo the handsome singer/petty crook, Julie Benson?

Writers: Bernard C. Schoenfeld, Stanley Rubin, Robert Creighton Williams | Directors: Josef von Sternberg, Nicholas Ray | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix, Thomas Gomez

48. The Sniper (1952)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant.

Writers: Harry Brown, Edna Anhalt, Edward Anhalt | Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Arthur Franz, Adolphe Menjou, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor

49. Wild Stallion (1952)

Passed | 70 min | Western

6.0
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Young Dan Light (Orley Lindgren), an orphan, is taken in hand by Johnny Wintergreen (Edgar Buchanan),hunter of wild horses for selling to the U. S. cavalry. Dan's grief over the death of ... See full summary »

Writer: Daniel B. Ullman | Director: Lewis D. Collins | Stars: Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan, Martha Hyer, Hayden Rorke

50. 5 Fingers (1952)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

7.9
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During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.

Writers: Michael Wilson, L.C. Moyzisch | Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie, Walter Hampden