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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


Poster from The Cabinet of Dr. Calidari At a fair in the village of Hostenwall, Dr. Caligari obtains a permit to set up his tent show featuring Cesare the 23 year-old Somnabulist who has slept for 23 years. Francis and his friend Alan visit the popular show and Alan asks Cesare in his trance-like state to tell him his future. Cesare predicts that he will die that night and when Alan is in fact found dead in the morning it seems to be just one of many such crimes recently. Frances is determined to find his friend’s killer, all the more so after Cesare tries to kidnap his fiancĂ©e. He follows him to an insane asylum but not all is as it seems.

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What Price Hollywood? screenplay


Read Newman in Cool Hand LukeWhat Price Hollywood?

A drunken director whose career is fading helps a waitress become a Hollywood star.

The film’s original title was The Truth About Hollywood. Adela Rogers St. Johns loosely based her plot on the experiences of actress Colleen Moore and her husband, alcoholic producer John McCormick, and the life and death of director Tom Forman, who committed suicide following a nervous breakdown.

Adela Rogers St. Johns and Jane Murfin were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Story but lost to Frances Marion for The Champ.

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Cool Hand Luke Screenplay


Read Newman in Cool Hand LukeCool Hand Luke

Luke is sent to a prison camp, where he gets a reputation as a hard man. The head of the gang hates him, and tries to break him by beating him up. It doesn’t work, and he gains respect. His mother dies, and he escapes, but is caught, escapes again, and is caught again.

Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson were nominated for the 1968 Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. They didn’t win, tho George Kennedy did win for best supporting actor.

The Grapes of Wrath


Well, I thought I’d take the new site out for a test drive with The Grapes of Wrath

Needless to say, this 1940 movie is based on the novel, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. The screenplay was written by Nunnally Johnson known also for writing scripts such as The Dirty Dozen and The Three Faces Of Eve.

Summary: Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked out of their farm due to foreclosure. He catches up with them on his Uncles farm, and joins them the next day as they head for California and a new life… Hopefully. Based on the John Steinbeck novel.

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