SHOW BOAT
1951, Warner Brothers, 108 min, Dir: George Sidney

The revolutionary Broadway musical by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II gets the deluxe M-G-M treatment with the help of producer Arthur Freed and director George Sidney. Captain's daughter Kathryn Grayson falls in love with riverboat gambler Howard Keel on board the Cotton Blossom while best friend Ava Gardner watches from afar in this box office hit. “Ol' Man River” and “Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man” are among the memorable songs heard here.


PINOCCHIO
1940, Disney, 88 min, USA, Dir: Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen

Walt Disney’s follow-up to SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS represented a quantum leap in animation technique, and is seen by some as the studio’s summit achievement. When woodworker Geppetto longs for a son, his puppet Pinocchio is magically brought to life. Pinocchio must prove himself “brave, truthful and unselfish” to become a real boy, but he faces temptation at every turn, despite the advice of surrogate conscience Jiminy Cricket. Oscar winner for Best Original Score and Song (the immortal “When You Wish Upon a Star”).


BABE
1995, Universal, 91 min, USA, Australia, Dir: Chris Noonan

“That'll do, pig.” This charming story of a pig who wants to be a sheepdog remains one of the most magical family films ever made. James Cromwell was never better than as Arthur Hoggett, a simple farmer who sees Babe’s potential and gives him a chance. Co-written and produced by George Miller (the MAD MAX mastermind, of all people), this heartwarming box office hit was nominated for seven Oscars, including a win for Best Visual Effects.


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