ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN
1975, Walt Disney Pictures, 97 min, Dir: John Hough

Orphaned siblings Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards are pursued by ruthless millionaire Ray Milland and his lawyer Donald Pleasence, who are eager to exploit the children’s psychic powers; fortunately widower Eddie Albert helps the kids escape. Remade in 2009 as RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN.


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”).


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