Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian inventor and actress who starred in some of the most popular films in the golden age of Hollywood. She made her film debut in the Austrian-German romantic comedy ‘Gold on the Street’ (1930). After immigrating to the US in 1938, she landed her first American film, ‘Algiers’. Lamarr was initially expected to become the next Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich but gradually she built up a reputation for herself as the archetypal exotic seductress.
The list of best Hedy Lamarr films includes ‘Ecstasy’ (1933), ‘Lady of the Tropics (1939), ‘Ziegfeld Girl’ (1941), ‘Tortilla Flat’ (1942), ‘Let’s Live a Little’ (1948), and ‘Loves of Three Queens’ (1954). Over the course of her three-decade-long career, she had experienced both success and failure, starring in top-grossing movies which also marked her best roles as well as in films that turned out to be box-office duds. If projects like ‘Boom Town’ (1940) and ‘Samson and Delilah’ (1959) are regarded by critics and audiences alike as her best films, then ‘The Conspirators’ (1944) and ‘The Story of Mankind’ (1957) should be considered the worst entries in her filmography.
In this movie, based on John P. Marquand bestselling novel - H. M. Pulham, Esq - a middle aged wealthy businessman Harry Pulham looks back at his life after he receives a phone call from his former Harvard friend about a college reunion and another one from a lady, Marvin Myles, who he was once in love with. The two calls make him reflect on his own disciplined life and whether he ever was happy.
Solly, a longshoreman is shot and wounded by several thugs working for a union boss. Solly is wounded and hospitalized, and his wife starts taking care of him. Meanwhile, an assistant DA searches hard for witnesses against the criminals.
A burlesque comic called Peanuts Whites is talked into doubling as the well known international spy Eric Augustine by US intelligence and sent to Tangier, Morocco. His job is to get hold of a million dollar microfilm. While in Tangier, he comes across Augustine’s friend, alluring Lily Dalbray, who is now working with a rival agent. Will he succeed?
Vincent Van Der Lyn also known as the ‘Flying Dutchman’ is a resistance fighter during World War II. After the Nazis place a bounty on his head, he is forced to escape to Portugal where he joins a group of resistance fighters. Unfortunately, one of them is a traitor.
European Princess Veronica travels to New York to look for the American journalist she had met and fallen for 6 years earlier. Jimmy, the bellhop at her elite hotel, mistakes her for new maid. Amused, she doesn’t clear his misunderstanding and asks him to escort her around New York, unaware that Jimmy has fallen in love with her, thus complicating the matters.
This 1940 drama film revolves around a doctor who rescues a young woman while the latter tries to commit suicide due to a failed romance. The duo eventually get married, but in order to afford her expensive lifestyle, the doctor abandons his clinic services to the poor, and joins a famous hospital.
Vicky feels neglected because William, her astronomer husband, is more interested in a comet he has discovered. So she goes to see an astrologer, who convinces her that a new man will walk into her life. As if to make the prediction come true, William leaves home, angry that his wife believes in astrology, while a military officer moves into their locality.
Loosely based on Hendrik Willem van Loon nonfiction book of the same name, this movie has a devil and an angel acting as prosecutor and defender respectively in the Great Court of Outer Space. The argument revolves around whether to allow humanity to continue existing despite its faults or let it get destroyed by the Super H-bomb invented by earth scientists.