These Fox Quad Sets are definitely one of my favorite movie collections of classic movies, along with "TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection" from Warner Bros. and Universal's "100th Anniversary Collection". This particular one is one of my favorites, full of classic films you can watch over and over.
An Affair to Remember (1957)- 10/10- One of the best romance films I've ever seen. No wonder why it's #5 on AFI's "100 Years...100 Passions" which celebrates America's greatest romances. It stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr and has made an impact on romantic cinema ever since it's release. Grant and Kerr meet each other on a cruise and keep bumping into each other. Later on, they fall in love, even though they are both engaged to other people. At the end of the cruise, they both agree to meeting each other at the top of the Empire State Building if they still love each other, but an accident both comes in their way. It's an extremely dramatic romance films with hints of comedy, witty dialouge, memorable quotes, fantastic color, and amazing acting. A lot consider it a chick-flick, but I just consider it a great romance flick for every movie-lover. It's a film to remember.
AMC Backstory Episode: "An Affair to Remember"
Movietone Newsreel (Shipboard Premiere)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)- 10/10- One of my favorite films from Fox, one of my favorite films from the 40s, and one of my favorite psychological thrillers, starring the amazing Gene Tierney is eye-popping Technicolor from the 40s. It's such a great film that even Martin Scorsese called it one of his all-time favorite films. That tells you it's good. Cornel Wilde plays Richard Harland, a writer who meets Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney) on a train and they suddenly fall in love and marry. Later on, she becomes obsessed with him and even kills to just be alone with him. It's very creepy and almost noir-ish, even though the film is in the most beautiful Technicolor from the 40s. It also stars Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, and Mary Philips. "Leave Her to Heaven" is an underrated must-see.
Fox Movietone News
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)- 9/10- Wonderful romance film with great acting! Jeanne Crain, Ann Sothern, and Linda Darnell play three wives who aboard a ship for a trip when they receive a letter from their rival, Addie Ross (who narrates but never appears in the film), saying that she has run off with one of their husbands (Jeffrey Lynn, Kirk Douglas, and Paul Douglas). The whole day, the three wives look back at when their marriages went bumpy. The film has some good humor, and an even better storyline. It's definitely a film to see.
Commentary by Mankiewicz biographers Kenneth Geist & Cheryl Lower
Biography: Linda Darnell - Hollywood's Fallen Angel
Fox Movietone News
Oscars presented for Achievements in Motion Pictures
Peyton Place (1957)- 9.5- The famous (and scandalous) book written by Grace Metalious is turned into a fabulous film starring the beautiful Lana Turner. She and other parents in the town of Peyton Place try to keep their teenage children away from sex, while one of them is being tried for murder. It's a very soapy story but that's not bad at all. It keeps you engaged in the films 2 1/2 hours and doesn't let go. It also stars Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Diane Varsi, Arthur Kennedy, Russ Tamblyn (who's character Norman I think inspired Norman Bates in "Psycho"), Terry Moore, and Hope Lange. "Peyton Place" is a fantastic film with great drama.
AMC Backstory: Peyton Place
Movietone News: Premiere and Photoplay Magazine awards
This is a must-buy for romance fans, or just classic film fans!