Hosted by Orson Welles, this documentary utilizes a grab bag of dramatized scenes, stock footage, TV news clips and interviews to ask: Did 16th century French astrologer and physician ... See full summary »
A cold hearted American hit man goes to Europe for 'one last score'. His encounter with a beautiful young woman casts self doubt on his lifeblood, and influences him to resist carrying out the contract
The priceless Blue Water sapphire is coveted by the heirs of Sir Hector Geste - his new wife, Flavia; his daughter, Isabel; and his adopted twin sons, heroic Beau and pathetic Digby. When ... See full summary »
This early Seventies British comedy takes us through seven short stories based on the Seven Deadly Sins. This film is a montage of different styles, from Spike Milligan's mainly silent "... See full summary »
Yellowbeard, a pirate's pirate, is allowed to escape from prison to lead the authorities to his treasure. He finds that his wife neglected to tell him that he now has a son, 20, and shame ... See full summary »
Broadcast of a live performance of the Roundabout Theater Company's 2000 New York revival of the classic Kaufman-Hart comedy, about a famous (and famously acid-tongued) theater critic who ... See full summary »
Raised in a Trappist monastery, the innocent Brother Ambrose sets out to find money to save the bankrupt monastery. His education in worldliness is provided by a hooker. He eventually ... See full summary »
Mary Wickes, not only played 'Nurse Preen' here, but created the role three decades earlier in the original Broadway cast and made her screen debut in the 1942 movie version (both with Monty Woolley). See more »
[rejecting his "Tang" orange drink ]
I don't care if it's what the astronauts drink! I want fresh squeezed!
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When I was at college I saw this on television. At the time I was really into the work of Welles, rarely noticing the criticism that was to be found against him. While on the whole he was a welcome film and stage giant he had flaws. One of them was his comic sense. He had a sense of humor, but his performance as Sheridan Whiteside seemed pretty dull. And his singing "American Pie" several times in the course of the play seemed meaningless (Monty Wooley sang "I'se Just a Wittle Wabbit" once in the play and movie, so Welles's warbling seemed even more meaningless).
Actually the real problem was that the Wooley-Davis film of 1941 was just too perfect to be replaceable by later versions (at least until Nathan Lane's excellent "Sheridan Whiteside" portrayal could be compared to Wooley). Both men went to town as the irascible critic who meddles in people's lives. But Welles never came to grips with it. Without a good central performance "The Man Who Came To Dinner" is hardly worth watching. So yes, this one is justly forgotten.
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