John Farrow was a celebrated Australian-American screenwriter, film director and producer. He bagged in an ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Around The World in Eighty Days.’ He also earned an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for ‘Wake Island.’ He started his career as a technical adviser and script consultant. ‘The Big Clock’ is considered as one of his highly regarded films. ‘Men In Exile’ marked his directorial debut in 1937. He had an accomplishing career which includes popular movies like ‘Where Danger Lives,’ ‘John Paul Jones,’ ‘Hondo,’ ‘Five Came Back,’ ‘The Sea Chase,’ ‘Alias Nick Beal,’ ‘His Kind of Woman,’ and ‘Back from Eternity,’ to name a few. ‘The Saint Strikes Back’ was one of his highly profitable works which was followed by ‘Sorority House,’ which was described as a surprise hit. He has a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame.’
District Attorney Joseph Foster wants to become a governor to bring down the criminal underworld. One day he makes a deal with a stranger named Nick Beal and begins rising up the ranks of power, but becomes corrupted. He finally manages to escape the deal with the help of his wife Martha and his friend Thomas.
The story focuses on a fake wizard, who earns his living by fortune telling at a nightclub. But trouble begins when he suddenly develops an occult power and all his predictions, especially those involving death, start becoming true. One of his friends also earns millions by using his tips. But far from being happy, his new-found psychic power frightens him.
The movie tells the story of Scotland native, John Paul Jones, who becomes a legendary U.S. Naval officer through his many heroic feats after adopting USA as his home country. He even carries out personal missions from George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette, and Catherine the Great showing the respect he had earned.
Charles Stewart, the spoilt son of a shipping tycoon, is pressganged on one of his father’s ship, ‘Pilgrim', commanded by heartless Captain Thompson, where he witnesses the crew’s hardships and daily floggings. He befriends Richard Dana, a novelist trying to get first-hand experience of ship life. After suffering a scurvy outbreak and brutality beyond limits of endurance, the crew rises in mutiny.
Comet Over Broadway is an American drama film which tells the story of Eve Appleton, who is the wife of a small-town garage owner, but hopes to become a theatrical star some day. When her husband is sent to prison for accidentally killing an actor, she decides to go away and pursue her dreams.
Rocky feels guilty thinking that he may have caused the death of his commanding officer in Tunisia. He decides to pay a visit to the officer’s widow, and they soon fall for each other.
During the Japanese invasion of China, a cynical and macho profiteer meets a beautiful schoolteacher. Along with his friend, he helps protect her, her schoolgirls as well as a baby from the Japanese military.
Around the World in 80 Days is an Oscar winning adventure comedy film which is based on a novel of the same name by Jules Verne. The story revolves around Phileas Fogg, an English gentleman, living in the 19th century, who makes a bet that he can travel around the world in eighty days. Along with his French valet Passepartout, he sets out on an adventurous journey.
A mild-mannered widower who lives in a small Norwegian village is enraged at the atrocities of the Nazis against his fellow peaceful villagers. He escapes to Britain and returns leading a commando force against the Nazis.
Calcutta is a crime drama film, which revolves around Neale and Pedro, who fly cargo between Chungking and Calcutta. When their friend Bill gets murdered, they are drawn into the investigation. Neale meets Virginia, Bill’s fiancée, and soon becomes suspicious of a conspiracy. However, he also finds himself getting attracted to her.
A commercial plane carrying eleven people crash lands into a South American jungle occupied by brutal cannibals. To escape, the plane has to be repaired and pilot Robert Ryan successfully manages to do that. However, the plane can now only carry five passengers. Who gets to return to safety?
American adventurer Al Colby is hired by a woman called Anna Luz and her antiquities collector husband to help them to smuggle an artifact from Havana into Mexico, where it can be properly valued. He agrees; but the process is not at all safe and easy.
Submarine Commander Ken White, remembers his early years in his navy career, when two of his men were killed while following his orders. Even though he receives a promotion, the events still continue to haunt him, and also affect his marriage. When the Korean War flares up, he is called back to active duty again, and lead the submarine once more.
Bandit Jose Esqueda hates settlers in his Texas town and attacks them. Jose’s adoptive brother, Rio, teams up with new settler, King Cameron, and gets close to Cameron’s wife Cordelia. As Rio continues to save Cameron’s life and Cordelia falls in love with him, a final gunfight with Jose will decide all of their fates.
During the Gold Rush, Lieutenant Jonathan Trumbo goes AWOL to guide a train to California. En route, he is joined by Lily Bishop, earning her enmity when he accuses her of cheating at cards. Lily later opens a salon in Pharaoh City and becomes friendly with powerful Pharaoh Coffin, who is against granting of statehood to California while Trumbo holds the opposite view.
Eleanor is an actress who is dating many men, including Bunny Harris, unaware of the fact that he is a gangster. Harris is the financier for one of her shows, but when he suddenly gets murdered and is found dead in her apartment, Eleanor finds herself in deep trouble.
Botany Bay is a 1952 drama film, which takes us to the year 1787. It tells us the story of a wrongly imprisoned medical student, who is being shipped along with other prisoners to Botany Bay. He also finds himself being victimized by the ship’s captain.
During the last days of the Civil War, rebel Confederate Captain Brett Sherwood, traveling across Colorado to join Quantrill, saves gold prospector Lane Waldron from being hanged for a killing committed by Brett. Lane is accompanied by his fiancée Chris who hates Quantrill for destroying her family. In a confrontation with Quantrill’s raiders, Lane gets killed, while Brett realizes the truth about mercenary Quantrill.
A woman gets married to a rich wine producer although he is unaware of the fact that her eyes are on his wealth. Soon, she makes a new lover, with whom she plots to get rid of her husband.
A small plane carrying a deputy sheriff Frank Munson and a handcuffed prisoner named Ed, crashes due to a storm, in the California wilderness. Frank and Ed soon find an isolated farm, where they take shelter, but soon Ed tries to escape from Frank, as Frank intends to kill him, rather than take him to the police.
John Farrow Awards
|Around the World in 80 Days||Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Adapted||1957|