Stagecoach is more of an ensemble piece rather than a Western: a group of strangers – each with a secret – travel aboard a stagecoach pursued by Indians. This was the one that made John Wayne a star.
The World of Henry Orient 1964
Two teenage girls chase their crush – a concert pianist – played by Peter Sellers all over New York City. This features an unbelievable cast: Angela Lansbury, Paula Prentiss, Tom Bosley, Phyllis Thaxter, plus a good pal of mine Merrie Spaeth as one of the gals.
The Mating Season (1951) – January 27th
Character actress Thelma Ritter scores her second Oscar nomination out of a total of six (she never won), in this movie about mistaken identities, newlyweds, and mother-in-laws. The underrated Gene Tierney stars.
The Awful Truth 1937 – February 3rd
One of the earliest examples of “screwball” comedy, The Awful Truth was made without a structured script, but you’d never know it. Irene Dunne and Cary Grant are a dream team, and the movie was an Oscar nominee for Best Picture.