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.


THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW
1956, Universal, 84 min, Dir: Douglas Sirk

Hard-working toy manufacturer, Cliff (Fred MacMurray) thinks he has a fairly idyllic family life until old flame, Norma (Barbara Stanwyck) blows back into town, still carrying the torch. Melodrama master Douglas Sirk directs with his usual attention to expressionistic color and emotion-fraught sequences. Numerous top-notch leading and supporting performances, including Pat Crowley as Cliff’s son’s fiancee, Ann.


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