DEEP VALLEY
1947, Warner Bros., 104 min, Dir: Jean Negulesco

A shy girl (Ida Lupino) raised on a remote coastal farm by unloving parents (Henry Hull and Fay Bainter) has her world turned upside down when she falls in love with an escaped convict (Dane Clark) being hunted by a posse. One of Lupino’s most sensitive performances is bolstered by a nuanced screenplay by Salka Viertel and assured direction by Negulesco. Also starring Wayne Morris. Filmed on location at Palos Verdes and Big Bear Lake.


HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE
1953, 20th Century Fox, 95 min, USA, Dir: Jean Negulesco

HOW TO MARRY was actually the first feature shot in CinemaScope by 20th Century Fox, but it was released after THE ROBE in 1953. Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall learn the price of true love in this hilariously mercenary musical comedy, scripted and produced by Nunnally Johnson. Watch for mild-mannered boyfriend David Wayne (who made four films with Monroe, more than any other actor), and listen for the sparkling score arranged by Alfred Newman.


THE BEST OF EVERYTHING
1959, 20th Century Fox, 121 min, USA, Dir: Jean Negulesco

This adaptation of the Rona Jaffe bestseller follows the lives and loves of three young women (Hope Lange, Diane Baker and Suzy Parker) who share a Manhattan apartment and work together at a publishing house under demanding boss Joan Crawford. Beautifully shot by William C. Mellor, this delectable romantic drama brought composer Alfred Newman an Oscar nomination for the title song, and served as partial inspiration for the series “Mad Men.” Costarring Stephen Boyd, Louis Jourdan and future producer Robert Evans.


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