PITTSBURGH
1942, Universal, 91 min, USA, Dir: Lewis Seiler

Made in the same year as THE SPOILERS, this rough-and-tumble drama reunites John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, and Randolph Scott to tell the dynamic tale of the rise and fall - and rise - of a steel baron (Wayne). When Wayne and Scott graduate from the working class to form their own foundry, professional and romantic tensions arise; Wayne’s ruthlessness nearly costs him his best friend and his girl. Lewis Seiler’s stylish direction showcases his three leads to maximum studio system effect in this rousing classic.


THE SPOILERS
1942, Universal, 87 min, USA, Dir: Ray Enright

Western heavyweights John Wayne and Randolph Scott face off against each other in this tale of corrupt miners set against the backdrop of the Nome Gold Rush. Scott is an unscrupulous judge, Wayne the honest cowboy who takes him on, and Marlene Dietrich costars as Wayne’s ex, Cherry Malotte. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for its exquisite art direction and culminates in one of the all-time great saloon brawls.


MY FAVORITE WIFE
1940, Warner Bros., 88 min, USA, Dir: Garson Kanin

Seven years after his wife was lost in a shipwreck, Nick (Cary Grant) has her declared dead so that he can remarry. Unfortunately, the missing spouse (Irene Dunne) resurfaces just as Nick heads off to honeymoon with his new bride. That’s only one of the complications in this frothy romantic comedy, which earned three Oscar nominations. With Randolph Scott.


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