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1940-1949

Escape (1940)

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, Conrad Veidt, Nazimova. "Robert Taylor plays an American who comes to Germany looking for his mother, a well-known German actress, who married an American and returns to Germany to sell her house. One can really feel his frustration as he frantically tries to find information on her whereabouts. Finally, he learns that she is in a concentration camp awaiting execution. Along the way, he has met Shearer, an American, who continued to live in Germany after she was widowed and is now seeing a German officer." [IMDB] 104 min.

Gang War (1940)

Directed by Leo C. Popkin. Host: RichardRoundtree. Cast: Ralph Cooper, Gladys Snyder,Reggie Fenderson, Lawrence Criner, Monte Hawley,Jesse Brooks, Johnny Thomas, Maceo Sheffield,Charles Hawkins, Robert Johnson, Henry Roberts,Harold Garrison. Classic battle between 2 gangs forcontrol of the juke box machines in Harlem. 65 min.; Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Celeste Holm, Anne Revere, June Havoc, Albert Dekker, Jane Wyatt, Dean Stockwell. A writer who is assigned to do a magazine series on anti-Semitism decides to pose as a Jew, and soon discovers what it is like to be a victim of religious intolerance. Special DVD features: Audio commentary by Celeste Holm, June Havoc and film critic Richard Schickel; AMC Backstory episode: "Gentleman's agreement"; 2 Fox Movietone newsreels; still gallery; theatrical trailer. 118 min.

Girl in Room 20(1946)

Directed by Spencer Williams. Cast: GeraldineBrock, July Jones, Spencer Williams, Mamie Fisher,Celeste Allen, Buzz Ayecock. A Texas girl moves toNew York to make it as a singer, but runs intotrouble with a man who offers to be her agent.Meanwhile her boyfriend arrives from Texas to winher back. A film produced by blacks for blackaudiences. 63 min. ; also ; Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Go Down, Death! (1944)

Directed by Spencer Williams. Cast: Myra D.Hemmings, Samuel H. James, Eddye L. Houston,Spencer Williams, Ames Droughan, Walter McMillion.Based on a poem of the same title by James WeldonJohnson. Director, Spencer Williams. A minister'sreputation is in question as he wavers betweenheaven and hell. 50 min. ; also ; ; also on VHS Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

God, Man and Devil (Got, Mensh un Teyvel)(USA, 1949)

Directed by Joseph Seiden. Cast: Michal Michalesko, Berta Gersten, Lucy Gehrman, Gustav Berger. Poor, pious Torah scribe Hershalle Debrovner has a life that glorifies God until Satan, disguised as a business partner, turns him into a greedy, dishonest factory owner whose success desecrates both his religion and his community; betrayal and abandonment replace serenity and familiarity. Based on the play by Jacob Gordin. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Directed by John Ford. Cast: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin. The migration of the Joad family to California from their dust-bowl farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression. 100 min. :508 Credits and information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards & Honors
Academy Award - Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best DirectorNational Film Registry Selection

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