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Saturday Night at the Movies


An interesting collection for viewers tonight

1 The Killing Yard (2001) – Alan Alda

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This made-for-cable drama was inspired by actual events that occurred in the wake of the 1971 inmate uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, NY. Shango (Morris Chestnut) is a prisoner involved in the riot who has been charged with killing two men during the melee; Shango contends that he is innocent and that guards were responsible for the murders, but his words don’t carry much weight with the authorities. Shango’s fate appears to be sealed until an aging attorney (Alan Alda) and his youthful researcher (Rose MacGowan) step in to defend him in court. The Killing Yard (produced under the title Atikkka) debuted on the Showtime premium cable network on September 23, 2001.

Critic quotes – A classic courtroom tug-of-war.from Susan Granger -True story, heartfelt performances, but somehow hokey afteNY Magaziner the Court TV documentary using actual footage to drive home the same points. – John Leonard

2 Little Old New York (1943) – Alice Faye,Fred MacMurray,


Little Old New York is a 1940 American black-and-white historical drama from 20th Century Fox, produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, directed by Henry King, that stars Alice Faye, Fred MacMurray, and Richard Greene. The film is based on a play by Rida Johnson Young, which opened on Broadway on September 8, 1920, and starred Genevieve Tobin, Douglas Wood, and Donald Meek.

Little Old New York tells the story of the hardships of the engineer Robert Fulton in financing and building the first successful steam-powered ship in America, which would revolutionize river transportation and then ocean commerce around the world. MORE AT LINK

3 The Amazing Mr Williams (1939) – Melvyn Douglas,Joan Blondell


Homicide detective Kenny Williams (Melvyn Douglas) is so attached to his police work that his longtime fiancée, Maxine Carroll (Joan Blondell), wonders if he would rather solve a case than get married. When Maxine convinces the police captain (Clarence Kolb) to threaten Kenny with suspension, Kenny shows his dedication by accepting a case requiring him to dress as a woman. With a killer on the loose, Kenny must decide between his career obligations and his fiancée’s wishes

4 Three Came Home (1950) – Claudette Colbert,Sessue Hayakawa,Patric Knowles,


Three Came Home is a 1950 American post-war film directed by Jean Negulesco, based on the memoirs of the same name by writer Agnes Newton Keith. It depicts Keith’s life in North Borneo in the period immediately before the Japanese invasion in 1942, and her subsequent internment and suffering, separated from her husband Harry, and with a young son to care for. Keith was initially interned at Berhala Island near Sandakan, North Borneo (today’s Sabah) but spent most of her captivity at Batu Lintang camp at Kuching, Sarawak. The camp was liberated in September 1945.

Adapted and produced by Nunnally Johnson, the film stars Claudette Colbert. It is now in the public domain and so is available to watch in its entirety online at no charge.

American-born Agnes Keith (Colbert) and her British husband Harry Keith (Patric Knowles) live a comfortable colonial life in North Borneo with their young son George in the 1930s. Keith is the only American in Sandakan.

Borneo was strategically important to Japan as it is located on the main sea routes between Java, Sumatra, Malaya and Celebes. Control of these routes was vital to securing the territory. Japan needed an assured supply, particularly of oil, in order to achieve its long-term goal of becoming the major power in the Pacific region.

Worried about the rumours surrounding Japanese invasion in 1941, Harry suggests that Agnes move back to the United States along with George. Agnes refuses and she and George remain.

The Imperial Japanese Army invade Borneo and intern the small British community in a camp on Pulau Berhala island off Sandakan. Later they are sent to the notorious Batu Lintang camp near Kuching, Sarawak,where the men and women are separated. MORE AT LINK

5 Manhandled (1945) – Dan Duryea,Dorothy Lamour,Sterling Hayden,


Manhandled is a 1949 American film noir crime film directed by Lewis R. Foster and starring Dorothy Lamour, Sterling Hayden and Dan Duryea. It is based on the 1945 novel The Man Who Stole a Dream by L. S. Goldsmith.

Struggling writer Alton Bennet explains to psychiatrist Dr. Redman how he has nightmares about murdering his wealthy wife, Ruth, who owns very valuable jewels.

Redman’s private secretary, Merl Kramer, casually mentions Bennet’s problems to her boyfriend, a private eye, Karl Benson. Merl also mentions that Ruth Bennet is scheduled to drop into Dr. Redman’s office that evening for a special session concerning her husband. Benson gets ideas about the jewels, steals Merl’s keys and gets duplicates made. Later, he waits outside Redman’s office until Ruth arrives, then writes down the Bennets’ address from information posted in the car.

Benson is next seen showing his pawnbroker acquaintance, Charlie, jewels and asking him to value them. Charlie mentions there is a “murder rap hanging over this junk” and pays out only for a couple of small pieces, advising Benson to get rid of the rest. Benson runs into Merl and asks her to deposit the money into her bank account, suggesting he has earned it from a recent job and does not want to be tempted to spend it all. He hides the jewels in the water cooler in his office/apartment. MORE AT LINK

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