The Lew Ayres Collection

Big News
    Starring: Lew Ayres, Carole Lombard
                    & Robert Armstrong

Steve Banks, addicted to alcohol and the wisecrack, is a dedicated reporter for the Courier. When Banks investigates a narcotics ring, Reno, the leader of the gang and an important advertiser in the Courier, pressures the publisher to fire him. Having secured a confession from a Mrs. Perotti implicating Reno in a murder, the reporter is restored to his position on the Courier. Later, Reno goes to the Courier office and listens from across the hall to a conversation between Banks and the editor. After Banks' departure, Reno stabs the editor with a knife left by the reporter. Banks' innocence is established, however, when it is learned that a dictaphone recorded Reno's incriminating conversation with the murder victim.

Ice Follies of 1939
    Starring: Lew Ayres, Jimmy Stewart & Joan Crawford

Mary and Larry are are a modestly successful skating team. Shortly after their marriage, Mary gets a picture contract, while Larry is sitting at home, out of work. To prove that he can accomplish things on his own, he leaves Hollywood and convinces a former partner to put on an ice revue in Canada. The show is a huge success, but it makes it impossible for him to be with his wife, but the studio boss has a wonderful idea. This film has the color sequences entact.

The Kiss
    Starring: Lew Ayres, Greta Garbo & Conrad Nagel

Irene (Greta Garbo) is unhappily married to an older businessman, but very much in love with a handsome young lawyer. He doesn't want to add to her unhappiness by ruining her marriage; she is terrified of her husband's jealousy and anger. They decide to stop seeing each other, and she bides her time with Pierre, a young friend of the family who walks their dogs and is in puppy love with Irene. When Pierre is about to leave for college, he begs her for a goodbye kiss. She agrees, and who should walk in while it is happening, but her ailing and financially distraught husband...A true silent masterpiece!!

Murder with Pictures
    Starring: Lew Ayres & Gail Patrick

Lew Ayers is a newspaperman who tries to scoop all others in his field. Gail Patrick as Meg is wonderful as a daughter out to avenge a wrong done to her father. This neat little suspense yarn is quite atmospheric, with courtroom dramatics, fast gunplay, and a tight little mystery that can only be solved by a picture photographed by one of the newspapermen present when a high-priced criminal lawyer falls over dead. Of course, the picture disappears. Did the killer take it? Only one way to find out!

Rich Man, Poor Girl
   Starring: Lew Ayres, Robert Young, Ruth Hussey
                    & Lana Turrner

The upper crust collides with the more financially unfortunate members of society. When wealthy young executive Bill Harrison falls in love with Joan Thayer, his secretary, she doesn't believe he would be able to accept her boisterous relatives. Determined to marry Joan, Bill moves in with her family in order to prove his love for her. Though Joan's sister Helen is thrilled with the idea, Joan still has a host of reservations. During his stay, Bill learns about the struggles of the lower middle class, and eventually decides to sell his property and use the money to help fund a hospital for the poor. Convinced his feelings are genuine and his mind open, Joan agrees to marry Bill.

State Fair
    Starring: Lew Ayres, Janet Gaynor & Will Rogers

This quaint, loving story set at the Iowa State Fair springs from Hollywood’s deep feeling for its version of rural America, and audiences returned the affection. This drew the blueprint for the two musical versions that followed. Homespun philosopher Rogers plays a farmer who has a chance for a blue ribbon with his prize hog, Blue Bell; his wife, Dresser, has high hopes for her mincemeat recipe; son Foster takes an adolescent shine to worldly trapeze artist Eilers; and daughter Gaynor wins the heart of a newsman with a roving eye, Ayres. The plot may be as simple as the desires of the characters, but the picture never condescends, making this a warmhearted portrait of another time and place.

These Glamour Girls
    Starring: Lew Ayers,
Lana Turner, Anita Louise
                    & Marsha Hunt

A drunken college student invites a dance hostess to the big college dance and then forgets he asked her. When she shows up at school, he tries to get rid of her, but she won't leave. Instead she stays and shows up both him and his classmates snooty dates.

The Unfaithful
    Starring: Lew Ayres, Ann Sheridan & Zachary Scott

Chris Hunter kills an intruder and tells her husband and lawyer it was an act of self-defense. It's later revealed that he was actually her lover and she had posed for an incriminating statue he created.

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