THE CAINE MUTINY
1954, Sony Repertory, 124 min, USA, Dir: Edward Dmytryk

A superb ensemble cast, including Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Fred MacMurray and Van Johnson, leads this classic adaptation of Herman Wouk's novel. Bogart is Captain Queeg, a paranoid authoritarian whose men (led by Johnson and MacMurray) stage a mutiny in the last days of WWII. Ferrer is the brilliant military lawyer who takes on the case once the ship returns to port. Lee Marvin is on hand as a crewman and E.G. Marshall is a withering prosecutor at the court-martial.


THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 84 min, USA, Dir: Woody Allen

1930s matinee idol Jeff Daniels walks down off the movie screen into sweet, adoring fan Mia Farrow’s life in this bittersweet comic fantasy. With Dianne Wiest, Danny Aiello, Van Johnson, Milo O’Shea, Edward Herrmann.


THE PRICE OF POWER
IL PREZZO DEL POTERE
1969, 108 min, Italy, Dir: Tonino Valerii

In Dallas, as a liberal, anti-racist president cavalcades through the town, violence breaks out, with an alleged assassin shot down during a prison transfer. 1963? JFK? No, it’s 1881 and Van Johnson’s President Garfield, with Fernando Rey leading the conspirators. In Italian with English subtitles. Not available on DVD.


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