Lists by bderoes
my rating 8+, or
my rating 7 with IMDb similar or better, or
IMDb > 7.5
List order is descending my rating and IMDb average user rating (as of 8.Jul.2015) within mine; those I haven't rated are the last group. As titles are added to the list, it may be a while before they're merged into the correct slot.
Senators Nye, Clark and Wheeler attacked Hollywood for war-mongering in these films, violating the spirit of the Neutrality Act. The subcommittee adjourned near the end of September, and became moot on December 7 before they had a chance to reconvene.
Transcript of hearings was accessed on 8 Dec 2014 and on 21-25 Mar 2015 here:
This site can translate an individual page into text, and is searchable. Page numbers below refer to this transcript.
Some titles were mentioned, particularly on pages 114-5, which I could not find in IMDb, or which I could not disambiguate. Other titles were mentioned, but not as propaganda, so I did not include them here. Since the transcript is 450 pages long, and I could only visually scan the text, additional titles may have been mentioned in the hearings that do not appear in this list.
For the purposes of this committee, propaganda is "designed to influence the public mind in the direction of participation in the European war."
I can't claim to have read the entire transcript, but the hearings got off-topic a lot. Seldom did they elaborate on what was supposed to be inflamatory about the movies mentioned.
Four movie moguls testified: Barney Balaban (Paramount), Nicholas Schenck (Loew's, i.e. MGM), Harry Warner (WB), Darryl Zanuck (Fox). Warner's testimony was worth reading, except when the senators took it off-topic.
Fascinating testimony on September 24, 1941 (page 327) by Nicholas Schenck, president of Loew's, Inc. (MGM films): when asked if he would make films that would make one race of people hate another, he replied he would not if it was a nice decent race. Spain was a candidate for an indecent race, but Japan was a nice, decent race. This is only 2.5 months before Pearl Harbor, and a full 10 years after Japan invaded Manchuria, but Schenck is unaware of Japan's aggressions? And no senator corrects him!
Later (page 332), a senator asks him about referencing Russian atrocities on film, said to be at least as severe as those in Germany, and Schenck doesn't think they're as bad, and at least they're doing it to themselves, and no one has written a book about it. (The Mortal Storm originated as a book.)
Production/distribution companies below come from IMDb, not the transcript.
7 Warner Brothers
3 Twentieth Century Fox
Also see the version by title.
I added a few actors, and the directors who worked with Barbara Stanwyck at least twice. I added the film titles to the names.
List order is by number of titles and then by first year together.
I omitted the 2 feature films where her role was essentially a cameo: Hollywood Canteen (1944) and Variety Girl (1947).
List Order ranks directors according to the number of films on my list.
The number at the end is how many films I own where they are credited, not necessarily as a director.
Because I've rated in IMDb only half the films I own, I also included those which IMDb users rated 7+, duly noted. (Just to be clear, if I rated a movie 6, and IMDb average is 7, then the film did NOT make this list.) When I look at the extra titles, I don't disagree with IMDb ratings of those I remember. But I refuse to post a "retroactive" rating. That would be an interesting statistic, but I don't want to mix it in with the immediate-reaction rating.
My original version of this list, without the IMDb extra titles, had "only" 74 directors. Notable among the absent were Orson Welles, Preston Sturges and Sidney Lumet. The moral of this story is to make sure you rate the titles you've seen!
If you view this in List Order, you'll may detect the path I followed. To earn a spot on this list, the star has to be one who would compel me to watch their movie, and has at least 3 entries on the list of candidate films.
The number at the end is how many films I own where they are credited.
The first choice was easy.
Stars (and supporters) who did not qualify for my list "Always Good ta see ya!", yet I often seek out their work.
Had to appear in a movie on my "favorites" list, and be credited in at least 7 movies I own.
Included are the number of films I own where they are credited. List order is by that number.
Keaton shorts, television and documentaries.
And on what discs they can be found.
half of the Comedy Classics 100 pack
half of the Comedy Classics 100 pack
10 films shown in AP Calculus after the exam. Lots of commentary about Classic Hollywood Cinema, and the stars and directors of these films can be found at the link above.
27.Apr.2015 update to make corrections documented by Trent Allgood (thank you!), to add menu information for various titles, and, best of all, to add the 10 'unadvertised bonus' titles found on Volume 2 (right arrow on 2nd menu; they are NOT included in the Play All option!) [minor rant: I hope Easter Eggs have been abandoned in home video production by now.]