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.


FOLLOW THE FLEET
1936, Warner Bros., 110 min, USA, Dir: Mark Sandrich

A Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers European opus, this time with Astaire as a sailor on shore leave and Rogers as the dance hall hostess he romances. The great songs include "Let's Face the Music and Dance" and "Let Yourself Go," and the great supporting cast includes Randolph Scott and Betty Grable.


RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY
1962, Warner Bros., 94 min, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

Peckinpah’s first uncontested masterpiece is this elegiac portrait of the end of the Wild West, embodied in the form of two aging friends (unforgettably portrayed by Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea) with very different agendas, who are hired to guard a shipment of gold. Lucien Ballard’s cinematography was never better, capturing the untainted splendor of the high mountains and the bone-weary sadness of two men nearing the end of their lives’ trails. With Mariette Hartley, Ronald Starr.


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