THE BLUE DAHLIA
1946, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: George Marshall

Hard-luck WWII vet Alan Ladd returns to Los Angeles only to become the prime suspect in the murder of his two-timing wife (Doris Dowling). Fortunately, plucky Veronica Lake is around to help him navigate the twists and turns of Raymond Chandler’s Oscar-nominated screenplay. Ladd is accompanied by his faithful dogface pal William Bendix and a pre-Ward Cleaver Hugh Beaumont. An exquisite time capsule of 1940s L.A. hardboiled style, featuring the impeccable wardrobe stylings of Edith Head. Script by Raymond Chandler.


THE MATING GAME
1959, Warner Bros., 96 min, Dir: George Marshall

Uptight IRS agent Tony Randall shows up on a family farm to collect some back taxes but finds his job unexpectedly complicated by farmer's daughter Debbie Reynolds. Before long he's falling for the young woman in this glorious Cinemascope comedy (featuring a title song sung by Reynolds).


YOU CAN’T CHEAT AN HONEST MAN
1939, Universal, 79 min, USA, Dir: George Marshall

W.C. Fields re-creates his legendary radio feud with wooden wag Charlie McCarthy in this cavalcade of gags and insults. The Great Man plays Larson E. Whipsnade, owner of a debt-ridden circus, whose daughter is in love with the troupe’s ventriloquist (Edgar Bergen). Fields allegedly turned down the title role in THE WIZARD OF OZ to focus on this film.


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