Grace Kelly, who later became Princess of Monaco, was an American actress who gained recognition for her performance in the film 'Mogambo' (1953), for which she won a 'Golden Globe Award' and an 'Academy Award' nomination in 1954. She subsequently won an 'Oscar' for her deglamorized performance in the lead role of Georgie Elgin in the drama film 'The Country Girl' (1954).
Starting her acting career despite her parents' initial disapproval, she impressed director Henry Hathaway with her theatre performances and earned a minor role in 'Fourteen Hours' (1951). Her first major film role was in 'High Noon' in 1952. In 1954, she starred in two mystery thriller films directed by Alfred Hitchcock: 'Dial M for Murder' (1954) opposite Ray Milland and 'Rear Window' (1954) opposite James Stewart. The same year, she also appeared in 'Green Fire' and 'The Bridges at Toko-Ri'. In 1955, she starred opposite Cary Grant in her final Hitchcock movie, 'To Catch a Thief'. Her final films before retirement were 'The Swan' and 'High Society'. When she left acting in 1956 after her marriage to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, her short filmography included only eleven films, most of which were critically and commercially successful.
Counted as one of Alfred Hitchcock's best movies, Rear Window is a mystery thriller that follows the observations of a wheelchair-bound man who suspects that a neighbor has murdered his wife and is disposing off the evidence. The movie was ranked no. 42 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies list.
Tony Wendice, a professional tennis player, plans the murder of his socialite wife, Margot Wendice, for having an affair with writer Mark Halliday. Tony blackmails Charles Swann to commit the murder but Margot survives the murder attempt. Tony then schemes to incriminate Margot for the crime but has to contend with Inspector Hubbard.
Newly married U.S. Marshall Will Kane is preparing for retirement with his wife Amy when he gets the news that notorious criminal Frank Miller and his gang are coming to exact revenge on him. Unfortunately, he finds the townspeople, he protected from Miller turn cowards and must face Miller alone.
Notorious jewel thief John Robie is now retired, tending his vineyards on the French Riviera. But when a series of thefts begins to take place, emulating his style, he becomes a suspect; leaving him no other option but to catch the new robber in order to clear his name and in the midst of that he also develops romantic relationship with the daughter of a rich widow.
Filmmaker Roman Polanski spends a weekend with world champion driver Jackie Stewart as he tries to win the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix. This documentary film offers an extraordinary glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete.
The Country Girl is a musical drama film which tells the story of Frank Elgin, a fading actor who gets an opportunity to make a comeback when director Bernie Dodd offers him the leading role in his new musical. However, Frank finds himself very insecure and begins to turn to alcohol. Frank’s wife Georgie finds it harder and harder to cope with her husband’s lack of spirit, and feels that Bernie is responsible for all his troubles.
A musical remake of the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story, which itself was based on a play of the same name, this film tells the story of a famed jazz musician, who attempts to regain the affection of his ex-wife, after she decides to get married to another man.
Set during the Korean War, The Bridges at Toko-Ri is a war drama film which revolves around a Navy fighter pilot who has been assigned for a dangerous bombing mission over North Korea. However, he has mixed feelings towards this mission, as he is suffering from battle fatigue, and longs to return to civilian life and live with Nancy, his wife.
Mogambo is a romantic adventure drama film which tells the story of Eloise Kelly, a socialite, who arrives at a remote African outpost. She is upset after finding out that her acquaintance has canceled his trip, due to unrest in his region. She soon meets a hunter and wild animal catcher Victor Marswell, who soon develops a liking towards her.
Explorer Rian Mitchell is over the moon when he discovers the fabled emerald mines of the Conquistadors; however, before he can do anything, he is wounded by bandits. Catherine Knowland, owner of a coffee plantation, tends to his wound. He leaves and returns with his partner Vic Leonard to begin mining. However, the work is not smooth as Mitchell has to deal with multiple issues.
Grace Kelly Awards
|The Country Girl||Best Actress in a Leading Role||1955|
|Winner||World Film Favorite - Female||1956|
|The Country Girl||Best Actress - Drama||1955|
|Mogambo||Best Supporting Actress||1954|