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Black Hand (1950) -- (Movie Clip) Old World Terror Richard Thorpe directs, in a style that might be compared to Francis Coppola's, the opening in Little Italy of MGM's noir-ish Mafia drama Black Hand, 1950, Peter Brocco a soon-to-be-martyred lawyer, Eleonora Mendelssohn his wife, and Raymond Malkin the son who will grow up to be Gene Kelly.
Seven Sweethearts (1942) -- (Movie Clip) House Of Seven Tulips Joining the opening scene, from producer Joe Pasternak, Van Heflin is feature reporter Henry arrived in a Dutch-themed Michigan town, where S.Z. Sakall runs the hotel and has seven daughters, Victor, George and Peter (Cecilia Parker, Frances Rafferty, Dorothy Morris) introduced here, in Seven Sweethearts, 1942.
Seven Sweethearts (1942) -- (Movie Clip) Mozart's Cradle Song Co-top-billed Kathryn Grayson is introduced as “Billie,” the sixth of seven daughters of the owner of a Dutch-style hotel in Michigan, all of whom appear to have boys’ names, this one being the handy-type, with musical talent, further perplexing reporter-guest Henry (Van Heflin), in Seven Sweethearts, 1942.
How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965) -- (Movie Clip) Title Song Frankie (Avalon), away on naval duty, had a witch doctor conjure this animated bikini, and back in California John Ashley leads the title song, producing Cassandra (Beverly Adams), whom Frankie figures will prevent anyone hitting on Dee Dee (Annette Funicello), in How To Stuff A Wild Bikini, 1965.
How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965) -- (Movie Clip) You Navy Boys In the opening, Frankie (Avalon), largely absent from this 5th picture in AIP’s “Beach Party” series, has been explaining his Navy Reserve gig to a sexy islander (Irene Tsu), but he’s worried that girlfriend Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) might stray, inducing Buster Keaton’s cameo, in How To Stuff A Wild Bikini, 1965.
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) -- (Movie Clip) Jaws Of The Deep Frankie (Avalon) and the gang have rescued singer Sugar (Linda Evans), who’s replaced the stunt double who parachuted into the surf, her PR man (Paul Lynde) hustling for columnist Earl Wilson, biker villain Von Zipper (Harvey Lembeck) spying, and girlfriend Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) steamed, in Beach Blanket Bingo, 1965.
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) -- (Movie Clip) Title Song A couple minutes into the picture, after comical character introductions, Frankie (Avalon) and Dee Dee (Annette Funicello) tumble to the title song, from series songwriters Jerry Styner and Guy Hemric, with Buster Keaton’s cameo at the end, in the 4th “Beach Party” movie, Beach Blanket Bingo, 1965.
Black Hand (1950) -- (Movie Clip) He Discovered America! Jumping eight years from the prologue, Gene Kelly is Johnny, with impressive memorized Italian, returning to New York from the old country, looking to avenge his father’s murder, eventually meeting a girl from grade school (Teresa Celli), in MGM’s atmospheric Mafia drama Black Hand, 1950.
Black Hand (1950) -- (Movie Clip) You Might Have Been My Son Just back in New York from Italy, sworn to avenge his father’s murder, Gene Kelly as Johnny (though using assumed name) meets old cop friend Lorelli (J. Carrol Naish) and discovers his contact has been killed, in MGM’s loosely fact-based Black Hand, 1950, directed by Richard Thorpe.
It Started With Eve (1941) -- (Movie Clip) Diming Us To Death Johnny Reynolds (Robert Cummings), son of a New York tycoon who seems moments from death, rushes into the hotel seeking his new fiancee' for a last-gasp introduction, and meets hat-check girl Anne (Deanna Durbin), early in It Started With Eve, 1941, from producer Joe Pasternak.
It Started With Eve (1941) -- (Movie Clip) You Can Smile Your Way Out Hat-check girl Anne (Deana Durbin), stand-in for the missing fiancee` of Johnny (Robert Cummings), has been summoned for an unexpected second meeting with his presumed-to-by dying father (Charles Laughton), Guy Kibbee the doting bishop, in Universal's It Started With Eve, 1941.
It Started With Eve (1941) -- (Movie Clip) When I Sing Aspiring singer Anne (Deanna Durbin), who's been asked to pose as the future daughter-in-law of suddenly recovering tycoon Reynolds (Charles Laughton), has found out he's connected in the New York classical music scene, Walter Catlett his befuddled doctor, in It Started With Eve, 1941.