The Charles Laughton Collection

The Blue Veil
    Starring: Charles Laughton, Joan Blondell, Natalie Wood
                      & Jane Wyman


Story of a young Frenchwoman named Louise, who, after losing her husband and child in WW I, devotes the rest of her life to selflessly caring for other people's children. In true "woman's story" fashion, Louise ages and ages beautifully, sacrificing all for the sake of others. On the brink of destitution, she is rescued by her former charges, all nicely grown up and boundlessly grateful. This movie asks the question "Who is the real Mother of this Child? The woman who gave it life... or the woman who gave it love?”

* Please note there is a 30-second segment with a slight picture distortion

The Bribe
    Starring: Charles Laughton,
Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner,
       Vincent Price, John Hodiak & John Hoyt

In pursuit of stolen aircraft engines on a Central American island, federal agent Rigby meets chief suspect Hintten and his wife Elizabeth, a sultry cafe singer; and is watched by Bealer, a "pie-shaped man" with sore feet. Rigby knows he's on the right track when Bealer offers him money to leave Carlota. When Rigby and Elizabeth are drawn to each other, the gang realizes there's more than one kind of bribe. Everybody sweats.

Full House
   Starring:
Charles Laughton, Marilyn Monroe,
                    Jeanne Crain, Anne Baxter,
                     Farley Grainger & Richard Widmark

A dozen top stars - five famed directors bring you the best stories of O. Henry! Five O' Henry stories, each separate. The primary one from the critic's acclaim was "The Cop and the Anthem". Soapy tells fellow bum Horace that he is going to get arrested so he can spend the winter in a nice jail cell. He fails. He can't even accost a woman; she turns out to be a streetwalker. The other stories are "The Clarion Call", "The Last Leaf”, "The Ransom of Red Chief", and "The Gift of the Magi".


Stand By For Action
    Starring:
Charles Laughton, Robert Taylor,
                    Brian Donlevy & Walter Brennan


This is a gentle comedy wherein a Lieutenant fresh from Harvard University sees his first action as second in command under gruff but human Lt. Commander on a recommissioned WWI vessel setting out in convoy against the Japanese following the attack on Pearl Harbor.


The Suspect
    Starring: Charles Laughton & Ella Raines

In 1902 London, unhappily married Philip Marshall meets young Mary Gray, who is unemployed and depressed. Their deepening friendship, though physically innocent, is discovered by Philip's wife who threatens him with exposure and scandal, driving him to kill her. Thereafter, fortune seems to smile on Philip Marshall; but does fate have a surprise in store?




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