In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges ... See full summary »
Wife is cheating her husband and the husband is cheating her back with her lover's girlfriend. The two cheating couples decide to go to a resort but they unintentionally pick the same one. Hilarity ensues.
Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a French contract assassin hired by a Los Angeles crime family, ostensibly to perform a hit on some other mafia target. But simultaneously, as he arrives to do ... See full summary »
Huckleberry Finn, a rambuctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi ... See full summary »
In this comedy-satire on conformity, Dick Van Dyke plays a Manhattan bank teller who grows a beard when he develops a rash from a bee sting. He is promptly fired from his job while his ... See full summary »
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The movie centers on a piano competition whose winner is assured of success. It is Paul's last chance to compete, but newcomer Heidi may be a better pianist. Can romance be far away? Will ... See full summary »
When 21 year old Jack London participated in the Klondike gold rush in 1897, he experienced many exciting events and the closely observed knowledge he acquired of men he met with in the chilly north was used prototypically in the tales and novels that brought him far greater success than did his attempt at mining. As an opening enscripted frame makes clear, the episodes depicted in this film are fictional but in some instances they parallel occurrences of the young author's stay in the Yukon, as we watch Jack, played earnestly by Jeff East, disembark at Skagway, Alaska, rescue a dog from harsh treatment, overcome many natural obstacles to reach the minefields, woo dance hall girls, compete in a dogsled race, and make friends and enemies along the way. A rather substantial budget (for a Canadian-made film) is in place and a good deal of footage is shot, leading to post-production difficulties of editing and sound mixing (problems of asynchronism appear), but the product is never boring, and there are solid contributions from the crew; unfortunately, the work disappeared after a two week run. East has a narrow acting range but Peter Carter directs him well, with London's early commitment to Socialism being subtly addressed, while Angie Dickinson as owner of a saloon walks through her part, but Rod Steiger, employing his Method methods as principal villain of the piece, Lorne Greene as supervising Mountie in Dawson and Gordon Pinsent as an inveterate gambling man each controls his scenes. Credit must be given to those who make the work visually agreeable, notably Seamus Flannery for production design and Patti Unger for accurate costumes; a pleasing score is contributed by Hagood Hardy; all in all, in spite of its flaws, this film was worthy of being produced and is worthwhile to see.
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