Joseph L. Mankiewicz

 All About Eve (1950) Rated G

Writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s sharp script anchors this story about New York City theater life, with Bette Davis playing an aging Broadway diva who employs a starstruck fan as her assistant, only to learn the woman is a conniving upstart. The now-classic All About Eve won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.

 Cleopatra (1963) Rated G

The winner of four Oscars, this epic saga of love, greed and betrayal stars Elizabeth Taylor as the passionate and ambitious Egyptian queen who’s determined to hold on to the throne and seduces the Roman emperor Julius Caesar. When Caesar is murdered, she redirects her attentions to his general, Marc Antony, who vows to take power — but Caesar’s successor has other plans.

 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) Rated NR

This lovingly made fantasy, based on R.A. Dick’s novel of the same name, centers on a lonely widow who refuses to be scared away when the ghost of a salty sea-captain unexpectedly turns up in her cottage. When her debts mount, he helps her write a successful novel about his life, but she’s ultimately forced to choose between her love for his spirit and a flesh-and-blood man.

 Guys and Dolls (1955) Rated NR

A singing Marlon Brando stars as Sky Masterson opposite Frank Sinatra in this musical take on Damon Runyon’s Manhattan short stories. One of the richest scores to spring from Broadway to Hollywood includes such classic songs as “Luck Be a Lady.” The mix of movie stars and veterans from the show’s theatrical run makes for a one-two punch of Broadway skill and Hollywood glamour.

 People Will Talk (1951) Rated NR

Dr. Praetorius is a well-liked medical professor at a dull Midwestern college who impresses those around him with his unorthodox ways of teaching. Not as impressed is Praetorius’s archrival, a conservative doctor who does everything within his power to bring Praetorius down. Out of the blue, Praetorius meets and falls in love with an unattached pregnant woman, spiraling him into uncharted territory.

Synopsis by Netflix.

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