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Adventures of Marco Polo, TheAdventures of Marco Polo, The (1938)
Dir. Archie Mayo
Feat. Gary Cooper, Basil Rathbone, George Barbier
Chronicles the numerous exploits of the famed explorer, played by Gary Cooper. More light–hearted than the usual swashbuckler.
Love Finds Andy HardyLove Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Dir. George B. Seitz
Feat. Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Judy Garland
Mickey Rooney stars in this early teenage rom–com as a ruddy–faced youth who becomes entangled with three different girls (Garland,…
Ziegfeld GirlZiegfeld Girl (1941)
Dir. Robert Z. Leonard
Feat. James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr
A star–sudded MGM musical melodrama featuring musical numbers staged by Busby Berkeley, highlighted by "You Stepped Out of a Dream". Set in the…
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Dir. Victor Fleming
Feat. Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner
Handsomely produced version of the Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, in which a mild doctor transforms himself by night into a murderous maniac.
Postman Always Rings TwicePostman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Dir. Tay Garnett
Feat. John Garfield, Lana Turner
Steamy film noir with John Garfield and Lana Turner as doomed, murderous lovers.
Green Dolphin StreetGreen Dolphin Street (1947)
Dir. Victor Saville
Feat. Lana Turner, Van Heflin, Donna Reed
One of the biggest box office hits of its time, this sweeping colonial melodrama of unrequited lovers who migrate to Aotearoa in the 1850s has dated…
Three Musketeers, TheThree Musketeers, The (1948)
Dir. George Sidney
Feat. Gene Kelly, Lana Turner
An inventive and high–spirited version with duels presented like musical numbers.
Bad and the Beautiful, TheBad and the Beautiful, The (1952) Aro Favourite
Dir. Vincente Minnelli
Feat. Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon
Masterpiece of Hollywood navel–gazing, with charismatic producer Kirk Douglas clawing his way to success on a Freudian subtext, using and…
Peyton PlacePeyton Place (1957) Recommended
Dir. Mark Robson
Feat. Lana Turner, Hope Lange, Lee Philips
A cheesy classic based on the mega–seller, weaving almost any domestic scandal you can think of into a compelling melodrama. Followed by a TV…
Another Time, Another PlaceAnother Time, Another Place (1958)
Dir. Lewis Allen
Feat. Lana Turner, Barry Sullivan, Glynis Johns
Though a vehicle for Lana Turner, this enjoyable romantic melodrama is remembered for introducing Sean Connery to a wider audience, as a married BBC…
Imitation of LifeImitation of Life (1959) Recommended
Dir. Douglas Sirk
Feat. Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee
Douglas Sirk's famed melodrama of American ambition and racism is justly renowned for the surprisingly bitter commentary buried within its involving…
Portrait in BlackPortrait in Black (1960)
Dir. Michael Gordon
Feat. Lana Turner, Anthony Quinn, Richard Basehart
Sudsy potboiler with Turner and Quinn murdering Turner's wealthy husband, unfortunately the perfect crime does not go undetected. Campy fun.
By Love PossessedBy Love Possessed (1961)
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Lana Turner, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Jason Robards Jr.
Junky drama set in picture perfect New England town centres on the insipid lives and loves of its inhabitants. Sub–Sirkian melodrama has its…
Who's Got The Action?Who's Got The Action? (1962)
Dir. Daniel Mann
Feat. Dean Martin, Lana Turner, Eddie Albert
Comedy drama with Dean Martin playing a lawyer with a bad gambling habit whose behaviour concerns both his wife and his law partner.
Madame XMadame X (1966)
Dir. David Lowell Rich
Feat. Lana Turner, John Forsythe, Ricardo Montalban
Sudsy melodrama with Turner as a woman with a past who's dalliance with a wealthy politician leads to murder. Superior weepie, lushly mounted and…

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