Based on a collection of stories with the focus on young John Humperdink "Dink" Stover, a student at the Lawrenceville Prepatory School, in 1896, whose family, in Eastcester, New York, have... See full summary »
William A. Wellman
The story of Soviet cypher-clerk Igor Gouzenko who was posted to the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa,Canada in 1943 and defected in 1945 to reveal the extent of Soviet espionage activities directed against Canada.
A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Quebec, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.
Plot #1 is the love triangle between two guys and one girl as they grow into adults and affiliate themselves in the new aircraft industry. Plot #2 is aircraft evolution from the days of Wilbur and Orville Wright to just prior to WWII.
William A. Wellman
Around the turn of the 20th century, during a harsh northern California winter, members of a ranching family are squabbling among themselves while the two oldest sons go hunting for a panther that is killing their livestock.
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
Joel McCrea wants an outboard motor so he can dig more clams, his summer job. He heads down to Detroit, where they pay $5 a day, and hooks up with Eddie Bracken, the wise city dweller. Soon they have the motor and are paying it off, when Joel ups and marries Ellen Drew. He's been wrangling with her since the first reel, so you know they're in love. Ellen has no interest in smelly motors or the open pleasures of the forest. Plus they have a baby.
There's plenty of arguing between McRea and Drew, and a great fight at the plant between McRea and Albert Dekker using heavy equipment, but remarkably little cynicism in this rare William Wellman movie. Instead, it's about types of people and what they need to make them happy. If I wanted to be pompous, I would suggest that McRea is a natural, almost Rousseau-like man. More than that, he sees his woodland life as part of his identity. Throughout the movie, people tell him he can be just like everyone else. He doesn't want that.
It's a particularly good role for Ellen Drew. She was one of those actresses who had a few good roles and did a lot with them, yet never made it to the A list. Here she plays a Wellman woman, smart, argumentative and willing to hold her own.
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