Celebration of one of the greatest directors of Hollywood's "Golden Age".
Hands Across The Table and No Man of Her Own
Arise, My Love
(Country: US; Year: 1940; Director: Mitchell Leisen; Writer: Charles Brackett, Benjamin Glazer, Hans Székely, Jacques Théry, Billy Wilder; Stars: Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Dennis O'Keefe, Walter Abel, Dick Purcell, George Zucco, Frank Puglia, Esther Dale, Paul Leyssac, Ann Codee, Stanley Logan)
Romance blossoms between a war reporter and a pilot.
Death Takes A Holiday
(Country: US; Year: 1934; Director: Mitchell Leisen; Writer: Alberto Casella, Walter Ferris, Maxwell Anderson, Gladys Lehman; Stars: Fredric March, Evelyn Venable, Guy Standing, Katharine Alexander, Gail Patrick, Helen Westley, Kathleen Howard, Kent Taylor, Henry Travers, G.P. Huntley, Otto Hoffman)
The grim reaper decides to take a spin at being a mortal.
(Country: USA, IMDb USA section; Year: 1937; Director: Mitchell Leisen; Writer: Vera Caspary, Preston Sturges; Stars: Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland, Luis Alberni, Mary Nash, Franklin Pangborn, Barlowe Borland, William Demarest, Andrew Tombes, Esther Dale, Harlan Briggs)
Screwball comedy about a rich financier whose grand gesture against his spoilt wife has unexpected repercussions.
Hands Across The Table
(Year: 1935; Director: Mitchell Leisen; Writer: Norman Krasna; Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy, Astrid Allwyn, Ruth Donnelly, Marie Prevost)
Romcom about a manicurist aiming to marry for money. Showing as part of the 2006 EIFF's
Mitchell Leisen retrospective.
Hold Back The Dawn
(Country: US; Year: 1941; Director: Mitchell Leisen; Writer: Ketti Frings, Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Richard Maibaum, Manuel Reachi; Stars: Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland, Paulette Goddard, Victor Francen, Walter Abel, Curt Bois, Rosemary DeCamp, Eric Feldary, Nestor Paiva, Eva Puig, Micheline Cheirel)
An immigrant enters a marriage of convenience... but his wife has no idea that she's purely a means to an end.
The Lady Is Willing
(Country: US; Year: 1942; Director: Mitchell Leisen; Writer: James Edward Grant, James Edward Grant, Albert McCleery; Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Fred MacMurray, Aline MacMahon, Stanley Ridges, Arline Judge, Roger Clark, Marietta Canty, David James, Ruth Ford, Harvey Stephens, Harry Shannon)
A Broadway babe surprises everything by coming home with a foundling.
(Country: US; Year: 1939; Director: Mitchell Leisen; Writer: Charles Brackett, Edwin Justus Mayer, Franz Schulz, Billy Wilder; Stars: Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Francis Lederer, Mary Astor, Elaine Barrie, Hedda Hopper, Rex O'Malley, Monty Woolley, Armand Kaliz, Eugene Borden)
A millionaire tries to break up his wife's affair.
No Man of Her Own
(Country: USA; Year: 1950; Director: Mitchell Leisen; Writer: Sally Benson, Catherine Turney, Cornell Woolrich; Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund, Jane Cowl, Phyllis Thaxter, Lyle Bettger, Henry O'Neill, Richard Denning)
Atmospheric film noir, shown as part of EIFF 2006's Mitchell Leisen retrospective.
No Time For Love
(Country: US; Year: 1943; Director: Mitchell Leisen; Writer: Robert Lees, Frederic I. Rinaldo, Warren Duff, Claude Binyon; Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Ilka Chase, Richard Haydn, Paul McGrath, June Havoc, Marjorie Gateson, Murray Alper, Faith Brook, Rod Cameron, Ken Christy)
Romantic comedy sees a tough cookie reporter falls for a labourer.
(Country: US; Year: 1944; Director: Mitchell Leisen; Writer: Norman Krasna; Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Gil Lamb, Cecil Kellaway, Robert Benchley, Tom Powers, Jane Frazee, Rosemary DeCamp, Isabel Randolph, Mikhail Rasumny, Stanley Andrews)
Farce about a pilot who finds himself romantically linked to a radio operator... despite the fact they've never met.
Remember The Night
(Country: US; Year: 1940; Director: Mitchell Leisen; Writer: Preston Sturges; Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson, Willard Robertson, Sterling Holloway, Charles Waldron, Paul Guilfoyle, Charles Arnt, John Wray, Thomas W. Ross)
An assistant DA falls for a shoplifter after he takes pity on her and takes her home for Christmas.
Swing High, Swing Low
(Country: US; Year: 1937; Director: Mitchell Leisen; Writer: George Manker Watters, Arthur Hopkins, Virginia Van Upp, Oscar Hammerstein II, Walter DeLeon, Francis Martin; Stars: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Charles Butterworth, Jean Dixon, Dorothy Lamour, Harvey Stephens, Cecil Cunningham, Charles Arnt, Franklin Pangborn, Anthony Quinn, Charles Judels)
A feckless ex-soldier goes from a honky-tonk to success... and has his head turned along the way.
To Each His Own
(Country: US; Year: 1946; Director: Mitchell Leisen; Writer: Charles Brackett, Charles Brackett, Jacques Théry, Dodie Smith; Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Mary Anderson, Roland Culver, Phillip Terry, Bill Goodwin, Virginia Welles, Victoria Horne, Griff Barnett, Alma Macrorie, Bill Ward, Frank Faylen)
A woman gives up her illegitimate son for adoption... but can't stop following his life.