William H. Wright


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People Against O'Hara, The (1951) -- (Movie Clip) Three Beers Nicely staged urban crime by director John Sturges, photographed by John Alton, character actor Jay C. Flippen the sailor-bystander who will turn up later, opening The People Against O'Hara, 1951.
People Against O'Hara, The (1951) -- (Movie Clip) We Plead Not Guilty First court appearance for Spencer Tracy as recovering-alcoholic and ex-prosecutor Curtayne, defending accused killer and family friend Johnny (James Arness), John Hodiak the prosecutor, Henry O’Neill the judge, then a jail visit, angered because Johnny isn’t telling him everything, in The People Against O’Hara, 1951.
People Against O'Hara, The (1951) -- (Movie Clip) Old Friends The O'Hara's (Louise Lorimer, Arthur Shields) appeal to their old neighbor, the recovering alcoholic prosecutor-turned-defense lawyer Curtayne (Spencer Tracy) on behalf of their son, early in John Sturges' The People Against O'Hara, 1951.
Stars In My Crown (1950) -- (Movie Clip) Sharing The Parson's Heart Rejoining narration in the voice of the mature John (Dean Stockwell), exposition on the circumstances of his living with preacher Josiah Gray (Joel McCrea) and his wife and church organist Harriet (Ellen Drew), Jacques Tourneur directing in the MGM version of the novel by Alabama’s Joe David Brown, Stars In My Crown, 1950.
Stars In My Crown (1950) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Always A Boy In Walesburg With narration by Marshall Thompson, the screenplay derived from the somewhat autobiographical novel by Alabamian Joe David Brown, we meet Dean Stockwell as young John, Joel McCrea the preacher, plus Polly Bailey, Amanda Blake, Adeline de Walt Reynolds, Wilson Wood, Ed Begley and Arthur Hunnicutt, in MGM’s Stars In My Crown, 1950.
Stars In My Crown (1950) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Not Interested In Souls Southern gun-toting preacher Gray (Joel McCrea) is called to the bedside of a parishoner, crossing paths with James Mitchell (known-best for theater and as Palmer Courtland on All My Children) as Dr. Harris Jr., who plans to leave his hometown, because the locals don’t trust his modern methods, in the face of a typhus outbreak, in Stars In My Crown, 1950.
Act Of Violence (1949) -- (Movie Clip) Opening, These Solemn Rites Brisk opening, Robert Ryan as WWII vet Joe Parkson, his purpose not made clear, first in New York then on the bus to Santa Lisa, California on Memorial Day, from Fred Zinnemann's Act Of Violence, 1949.
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.
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.