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A priceless classic, My Fair Lady has become one of the most popular musicals of all time. Based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play Pygmalion, the film swept the Academy Awards. Cecil Beaton's lavish sets and costumes and Lerner and Loewe's winning score became the background for George Cukor's striking mix of styles that ranged from the fantastic to the abstract in his telling of the tale of a waif who's educated into being a lady.
Egotistical linguist Professor Henry Higgins bets his friend, Colonel Hugh Pickering, that he can transform Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle in time for an important society ball. His gamble could pay off--but the spirited Eliza is more of a handful than the Professor could have predicted.
As she slowly becomes more refined, and less reliant upon him, Higgins realizes, to his confusion, that he can't live without her.
The film was nominated for 12 Oscars and won eight, including Best Picture and Director.
British comedy drama linking the lives and stories of three very different people through their ownership of the same yellow Rolls Royce Phantom II. The first to own the car is Englishman Lord Charles Frinton (Rex Harrison), who buys it as a birthday present for his wife Lady Eloise Frinton (Jeanne Moreau). The car is then bought by gangster Paolo Maltese (George C Scott) to tour round Italy with his moll Mae Jenkins (Shirley MacLaine). In the middle of their journey, however, Paolo is called back to the United States to take care of business. In his absence Mae takes up with street photographer Stefano (Alain Delon) whom she falls in love with. The final purchase is by Gerda Millett (Ingrid Bergman), a wealthy American widow on her way to visit royalty in Yugoslavia during its invasion by the Nazi Germans in World War II...
Collection of ten classic films from the award-winning British director. In 'The Sound Barrier' (1952), Ralph Richardson stars as an aircraft manufacturer whose all-consuming passion with making the ultimate supersonic jet kills both his son and son-in-law and almost destroys him and the rest of his family. In 'Hobson's Choice' (1953), Lancashire bootmaker Henry Horatio Hobson (Charles Laughton) keeps a tight rein on his three daughters until his eldest, Maggie (Brenda De Banzie), marries his assistant, Willie Mossop (John Mills), and sets him up in his own bootmaking firm. To Hobson's consternation, Willie has soon become his father-in-law's main business rival. In 'Blithe Spirit' (1945), cynical writer, Charles Condomine (Rex Harrison), asks a medium (Margaret Rutherford) to hold a seance in his house so he can collect material for his latest book. No one is more surprised than the medium when she inadvertently conjures up the ghost of Condomine's first wife (Kay Hammond). The ghost refuses to go away, preferring to taunt her less sophisticated replacement (Constance Cummings). In 'Brief Encounter' (1945), a respectable, happily married doctor (Trevor Howard) comes to the aid of an equally upstanding housewife (Celia Johnson) when a passing train blows cinder into her eye. Thus begins a tentative romance, conducted in the tearooms and railway cafe of a small English town. In 'Great Expectations' (1946), orphan, Pip (Anthony Wager), befriends an escaped convict before being elevated to higher circles as the companion of Miss Havisham and her niece, Estella (Jean Simmons), with whom the boy quickly falls in love. When the adult Pip (Mills) discovers a mysterious benefactor has paved the way for him to become a gentleman, he assumes Miss Havisham is responsible. In 'Oliver Twist' (1948), Oliver (John Howard Davis) is a young orphan boy who is expelled from the workhouse run by Mr Bumbel (Francis L. Sullivan). After becoming an apprentice to an undertaker, Oliver decides to run away to London, only to meet the Artful Dodger (Anthony Newley) and fall amongst his gang of thieves, led by the scheming Fagin (Alec Guinness). In 'Madeleine' (1949), Madeleine (Ann Todd) is the eldest daughter in a respectable Victorian Glasgow family. She begins an affair with Frenchman, Emile L'Anglier (Ivan Desny), without her father's knowledge. Meanwhile, Madeleine's father insists on her seeing various suitors. When Madeleine becomes engaged to William Minnoch (Norman Wooland), Emile threatens to reveal their relationship. 'The Passionate Friends' (1944) is an episodic tale of an average working class family in the interwar years. The story traces the melodrama caused by illicit affairs, family bereavement, the first ripples of women's liberation and political instability in the country during the General Strike. It highlights the fact that these internal wranglings are all happening in one house in an average street, and that each average house has its own dramatic stories to tell. Finally, 'In Which We Serve' (1942) is a World War II drama about a destroyer, told through flashbacks and the reminiscences of the surviving crew after their beloved ship is torpedoed.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton star in this Academy Award-winning, epic retelling of the life and loves of the Egyptian queen. Desperate to hold onto her throne in the face of Roman expansion, Cleopatra (Taylor) employs all her charms in an attempt to secure an alliance with Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison). When Caesar is subsequently murdered, however, a vulnerable Cleopatra quickly turns her affections to popular Roman general Mark Antony (Burton). But although the relationship initially fares well, it's not long before the once proud general, now emasculated by the queen's charms, is reduced to a shadow of his former self that presages the doomed lovers' ultimate fate.
In this Noel Coward comedy, cynical writer Rex Harrison asks a medium (Margaret Rutherford) to hold a seance in his house so he can collect material for his latest book. No one is more surprised than the medium when she inadvertently conjures up the ghost of Harrison's first wife (Kay Hammond). The ghost refuses to go away, preferring to taunt her less sophisticated replacement (Constance Cummings).
Star-studded film adaptation of Mark Twain's adventure novel featuring Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Rex Harrison and George C Scott, among others. Tom Canty (Mark Lester) is a poor boy from the slums of London who swaps places with Prince Edward (also Lester), heir to the throne and the spitting image of his lowly subject. Trading places opens the eyes of both boys, but complications ensue when King Henry VIII (Charlton Heston) dies.
Comedy crime drama written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Millionaire Cecil Fox (Rex Harrison) feigns terminal illness in an attempt to trick three of his former mistresses. Hoping to find out which of the women really cares for him and not just for his money, Fox hires struggling actor William McFly (Cliff Robertson) to play his servant. The three women soon appear at his bedside, but what was intended to be a joke soon turns into a drama as one of his former lovers attempts to give nature a helping hand by speeding him on his way to the afterlife.
Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer star in this 1940s drama directed by Sidney Gilliat. When young aristocrat Vivian Kenway (Harrison) fails in his studies at Oxford, he decides to use the talents he has - namely, his irresistible charm - to create a new career centred around decadence and promiscuity. When World War II breaks out Vivian is given a chance to create a lasting name for himself. Will he take it?
Social comedy based on the play by George Bernard Shaw. Barbara Undershaft (Wendy Hiller) is the idealistic daughter of a wealthy munitions manufacturer. A Major in the Salvation Army, she is devoted to a crusade against capitalists such as her father, and has little time for the romantic intentions of love-struck Greek professor Adolphus (Rex Harrison). She is shocked when the Army accepts a large donation from her father, and hands back her uniform. There are further surprises in store when she agrees to take a tour of his factory...
""Much Ado About Nothing" brings together the most famous and personable pair ever invented for the theatre - Beatrice and Benedick. Whether sparring, teasing or loving, these two raise the English language to new heights of wit and light-hearted ribaldry." - G.B. Harrison, Editor of texts for The Shakespeare Recording Society.
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