This is why for decades and centuries - long after their authors have gone silent - the writings of Dante, Shakespeare, and Austen, among so many other vital voices, will continue to captivate readers and comment upon life. Literature has innumerable qualities and purposes and can open doors to unique situations and worlds which are never wholly removed from our own.
Arsenic and Old Laceminutes, D: Frank Capra A hilariously-funny, frantic farce and black comedy - a frenzied adaptation of the smash Broadway comedy from towith three of the stage performers reprising their roles. Set around Halloween night in Brooklyn, two sweet old spinster ladies, Abby Josephine Hull and Martha Brewster Jean Adair poisoned lonely gentlemen male callers in their Brooklyn home as mercy killings.
They served them homemade elderberry wine and then buried them with Christian burials in their cellar. Their hapless nephew Mortimer Brewster Cary Granta mild mannered drama critic with a frustrated new wife Elaine Harper Priscilla Lanediscovered what was going on when he found a dead body in the window seat - and there were twelve more in the basement.
He mistakenly believed that his crazy eccentric brother "Teddy Roosevelt" Brewster John Alexanderwho was digging cellar graves for Panama Canal yellow fever victims, was responsible and wanted to get him safely committed, never even suspecting his two aunts. Teddy regularly charged up the stairs with a bugle in hand.
Witherspoon Edward Everett Hortonthe director of the Happydale Sanitorium rest home was reluctant to accept Teddy, because he already had too many "Roosevelts. Jonathan was accompanied by another villainous companion, Dr. As they investigated the incident, they became suspicious of the eccentric local magistrate, Thomas Colpeper JP Eric Portmanalso a farmer whom Alison was to begin working with.
Each of the three pilgrims also miraculously received a blessing in Canterbury and were changed forever. Double Indemnityminutes, D: Cain, written by Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder.
In the novel, the main characters were named Walter Huff and Phyllis Nirdlinger. Told in a flashback by the wounded protagonist with a tense voice-over narrationinsurance salesman Walter Neff Fred MacMurray fell hard for a blonde-wigged, sexy housewife named Phyllis Dietrichson Barbara Stanwyck with a sexy anklet.
The femme fatale enticed him into a scheme to murder her husband, in order to fraudulently collect a double indemnity accident policy pay-off.
Claims agent Barton Keyes Edward G. In the uncompromising ending, the two lovers plotted against each other. Gaslightminutes, D: It was called Angel Street when it played on Broadway beginning in latewith Vincent Price in the villainous role.
Anton killed the Aunt years earlier. The menacing Anton methodically victimized and terrorized his wife by playing upon her memory lapses and by tricking her with dimming gaslights and unsettling sounds from the attic, until savvy Scotland Yard detective Brian Cameron Joseph Cotten entered the case and realized Paula was deliberately being tormented.
The saucy, teenage maid Nancy Oliver was 17 year-old Angela Lansbury in a supporting role - her film debut. Going My Wayminutes, D: It was followed by the sequel, The Bells of St.
He sought to win over his strict, loveable, but crusty, conservative old parish priest Father Fitzgibbon Barry Fitzgerald, uniquely nominated for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, winning the latter and to teach a group of street kids responsibility and respect by organizing a boys choir.
With a memorable screen performance for Eddie Bracken, in a Paramount Studios film that was daring for its time.
World War II Marine Corps 4-F reject due to chronic asthma or hay fever Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith Eddie Brackenashamed and embarrassed to admit his lack of fitness for duty, masqueraded as a soldier - he worked in a shipyard but wrote deceptive letters home telling of his military exploits.
He allowed a group of sympathetic soldiers on board a train to pass him off as a true war hero, to deceive his hometown folks when he returned home in a great homecoming sequence, complete with brass bands. In the small town of Oakridge, Woodrow was "hailed as the conquering hero" and lauded for his bravery at Guadalcanal.
Woodrow was ashamed to renew their love he told her that he had met someone else. After a sleepless night, Woodrow confessed to all the falsehoods, and to his surprise, he was commended for his courage, and he won back his girlfriend. The townsfolk even nominated him for mayor to replace the current corrupt one Mayor Noble Raymond Walburn.
Olivier was given an Honorary Oscar as actor, producer and director in bringing Henry V to the silver screen. The film was the story of the young, 15th century, 28 year-old Plantagenet Prince of Wales Laurence Olivier who decided to act on his claim to the French throne by invading France, and won a victory at the crucial Battle of Agincourt against a larger, vastly superior French force.
Innovatively staged, it was intimate and theatrical the film opened on a bare Elizabethan stage, the Globe Theater, in the style of a play in the s, and then expanded outward from there. The narrative then shifted to an epic film format shot on-location with sweeping, technicolor battle scenes.
The film was chiefly about royal responsibility, war and its effects. The film was deeply affected by the historical context in which it was created -- Olivier had intended Henry V to be a rallying morale booster for Britain at the height of WWII.
For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.
Based on the novel by Vera Caspary. It opened with the voice of a prissy, acerbic, cynical newspaper columnist named Waldo Lydecker Clifton Webb purportedly based upon columnist, broadcaster, and The New Yorker theater critic Alexander Woollcott who unfolded the story in flashbacks.
It was revealed that the murdered girl was not Laura, but Diana Redfern, after Laura returned from a long weekend. He expired with the words:How and when you choose to kill off a character can make or break a novel.
It’s also incredibly difficult for authors, being a little like purposefully breaking one of your own toys. When done right, a character’s death can break a reader’s heart, but if done wrong it’ll just exhaust their patience. In this article, I’ll get to the bottom of what makes a character.
Of Mice And Men (Theme Of Loneliness) Of Mice And Men: Loneliness Of Mice and Men - Theme of Loneliness The Loneliness Of mice and Men Theme of Loneliness in Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck How effective is Act 1 scene 1 in establishing the main theme and characters in the plot.
With Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck wanted to tell the story of a community largely unheralded in literature and high culture. 2. LENNIE WAS BASED ON A REAL PERSON.
Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck. Published in , it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States.
John Steinbeck, Famous for: Bunnies, an “interesting” perspective on women, a horrible, tragic ending. In Of Mice and Men, author John Steinbeck uses the techniques of cinema to bring his readers into the action with George and Lennie. Shannon Clarke – forty-six, separated, and a mother with grown children – finds herself at loose ends after staging a mischievous and unauthorized boarding of a vessel with three friends during the Labor Day Weekend Gloucester Schooner Festival.