Story of convicted murderer Robert Stroud, who became an authority on birds by raising them in his prison cell. Outstanding performances all around.
The Southerner movie trailer - starring Zachary Scott, Beulah Bondi, Betty Field, J. Carrol Naish, Percy Kilbride, Jay Gilpin. Directed by Jean Renoir. Theatrical Release Date: 4/30/1945
Rating: Not Rated
Famed French director Jean Renoir came up with a true slice of Americana in this drama, in which he also helped to write the screenplay, which chronicles a year in the life of a tenant-farmer and his family. Zachary Scott abandoned his usual smooth characterizations to portray the beleaguered man of the land, coping with trying to survive against the problems of farming and a troublesome neighbor. Excellent photography and top performances by all involved make this a special film not to be missed by any classic film buff. Based on George Sessions Perry's novel, Hold Autumn in Your Hand, The Southerner was Renoir's favorite among his American films. The film, though not a huge boxoffice success for United Artists, garnered much critical acclaim and also won the Venice Film Festival's Best Picture Award.
Another night, another club. Jigger Pine's quintet is sockin' 'em solid before hopping a boxcar to the next gig. Not much money in this life. But plenty of tumult involving a criminal (Lloyd Nolan), a songbird (Priscilla Lane), a siren (Betty Field) and those Blues in the Night (the famed title tune and other songs are by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.) Anatole Litvak (The Snake Pit) directs this work packed with future filmmakers: scripter Robert Rossen (The Hustler), actors-turned-directors Richard Whorf (numerous TV series) and Elia Kazan (A Streetcar Named Desire), and Don Siegel (Dirty Harry), who provides the film's montages. Check your pulse if one of Siegel's inventive sequences doesn't provoke gasps of amazement!
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