REMEMBER THE NIGHT
1940, Universal, 94 min, USA, Dir: Mitchell Leisen

In this romantic holiday classic, Barbara Stanwyck is arrested for shoplifting during the Christmas season. District attorney Fred MacMurray is assigned to prosecute her but instead falls in love. Preston Sturges wrote the witty and surprisingly nostalgic script just before he turned to directing.


THE ABSENTMINDED PROFESSOR
1961, Walt Disney Co., 97 min, USA, Dir: Robert Stevenson

Nominated for three Oscars, this classic spawned a sequel, has been remade twice, re-released to theaters in three different decades, colorized, copied and imitated but never replicated. A true original, shown here in its glorious Oscar-nominated lush black-and-white photography. Fred MacMurray stars as the absent minded professor, a loveable small time chemistry teacher who stumbles on a bouncing substance that defies gravity. Madcap hijinks ensue, climaxing with the greatest basketball game of all time. Smart, charming and hysterical, the film still delights youngsters of all ages. Great supporting work by an uproarious Keenan Wynn (look for his dad Ed Wynn as the Fireman), the beautiful Nancy Olson and Disney mainstay, Tommy Kirk.


DOUBLE INDEMNITY
1944, Universal, 107 min, Dir: Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder’s cunning masterpiece helped to spawn Hollywood’s dark era of mordant murder thrillers and is one of the greatest noirs ever made. Fred MacMurray plays Walter Neff, the sardonic insurance salesman who is willingly seduced by slinky Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) into planning and executing the murder of her newly insured husband. Edward G. Robinson is Keyes, Neff’s sharp colleague and gruff friend, who smells a rat when Phyllis’ hubby has a fatal train "accident," qualifying the femme fatale for the lucrative double-indemnity payout.


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