SERGEANT YORK
1941, Warner Bros., 134 min, USA, Dir: Howard Hawks

Gary Cooper stars as Alvin C. York, a hillbilly sharpshooter and pacifist who is drafted into World War I, only to become one of the most celebrated army soldiers when he single handedly attacks and captures a German position, using his turkey-shoot expertise. Winner of two Oscars for Best Actor (Cooper) and Best Film Editing, with an additional nine nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Walter Brennan) and Best Supporting Actress (Margaret Wycherly).


A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS
1945, Sony Repertory, 93 min, USA, Dir: Alfred E. Green

Cornel Wilde plays Aladdin in this gleeful riff on the "Arabian Nights" tale, and Phil Silvers is his wisecracking sidekick. When Aladdin finds his legendary magic lamp, he summons genie Babs (Evelyn Keyes) to help him with his love life. Unfortunately, Babs has designs of her own on Aladdin and decides to do everything in her power to thwart him on his romantic quest.


BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA
1974, MGM Repertory, 112 min, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

Director Sam Peckinpah’s macabre shaggy-dog story rises to the status of existential masterpiece before the last frame unspools. A ruthless land baron (Emilio Fernandez) offers a huge bounty to find Alfredo Garcia, the father of his daughter’s unborn child. Piano-playing, expatriate loser Bennie (Warren Oates in one of his finest roles) shambles through the hellish backwater villages of rural Mexico on the hunt for "easy" money, a deadly pilgrimage that could jeopardize Bennie’s one real chance at happiness - the love of his loyal, prostitute girlfriend Elita (Isela Vega). Look for the incomparable Robert Webber and Gig Young as the poker-faced killers tailing Bennie.


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