YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH
1941, Sony Repertory, 88 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Lanfield

Rita Hayworth became a star playing a dancer wooed by choreographer Fred Astaire after he’s been drafted into the Army. Costar Robert Benchley provides laughs and composer Cole Porter provides the songs in this delightful wartime musical.


THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI
1948, Sony Repertory, 87 min, USA, Dir: Orson Welles

The camera is the star in one of director Orson Welles’ most phantasmagorical films, a dazzling noir thriller about a seaman, a crippled lawyer and his homicidal wife pursuing one another through a "bright, guilty world" of infidelity, deception and murder. The hall-of-mirrors climax is riveting. With Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth and Everett Sloane.


THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE
1941, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Raoul Walsh

"Well, your mother's a bloomer girl, you're a nicotine fiend, are there any more at home like you?" "I have an aunt who's an actress." A perfect showcase for the comedic chops of James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland, this delightfully witty romantic comedy from director Raoul Walsh follows Biff Grimes (Cagney), a good-hearted student dentist who always seems to finish last. Biff finds himself completely conned by his best friend Hugo Barnstad (Jack Carson), who steals away the infatuation of his life, known as "The Strawberry Blonde" (Rita Hayworth), and leaves Biff broken-hearted to pick up the pieces of Hugo's shady business dealings. As Biff's frustration mounts, he picks more and more fights with The Strawberry Blonde's opinionated suffragette best friend Amy (de Havilland), and soon realizes that their relationship is taking on slightly different dimensions than he'd bargained for. Walsh’s personal favorite of his sound pictures. Oscar nominated for Best Score.


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