Classic Hollywood

Classic Hollywood

47 Episodes

They don’t make ’em like they used to! Enjoy these classics from the golden age of Hollywood and beyond.

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  • Can-Can

    Episode 1

    Directed by Walter Lang • 1960 • United States
    Starring Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier

    An all-star cast headed by Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, and Maurice Chevalier lights up this splashy screen adaptation of the musical by Cole Porter—the film famously denounced by Nikit...

  • Irma la Douce

    Episode 2

    Directed by Billy Wilder • 1963 • United States
    Starring Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Lou Jacobi

    Director Billy Wilder reunited with THE APARTMENT stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine for this enchanting, Paris-set comedy of sex and mistaken identity. Meet Nestor (Lemmon), a young French pol...

  • The Honey Pot

    Episode 3

    Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz • 1967 • United States
    Starring Rex Harrison, Susan Hayward, Cliff Robertson

    Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz brings his characteristic sophistication to this witty black comedy in brilliant Technicolor. Inspired by Ben Jonson’s play “Volpone,” millionaire Cecil Fox...

  • Artists and Models

    Episode 4

    Directed by Frank Tashlin • 1955 • United States
    Starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Shirley MacLaine

    Former Looney Tunes animator Frank Tashlin brings his cartoon-crazy sight gags, eye-popping Technicolor art direction, and absurdist pop-culture commentary to perhaps the finest of the collaborat...

  • The Chase

    Episode 5

    Directed by Arthur Penn • 1966 • United States
    Starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford

    One year before his BONNIE AND CLYDE ushered in a new era of adventurous Hollywood filmmaking, Arthur Penn directed this all-star melodrama about a Southern town in the clutches of corruption, adapt...

  • Gambit

    Episode 6

    Directed by Ronald Neame • 1966 • United States
    Starring Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Herbert Lom

    Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine are perfectly matched in a delightful but deadly game of international cat and mouse. The fast-paced caper takes off in Hong Kong where a dapper English cat bu...

  • Sweet Charity

    Episode 7

    Directed by Bob Fosse • 1969 • United States
    Starring Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Chita Rivera

    Shirley MacLaine gives one of her most winning performances in this spectacular musical based on Neil Simon’s smash Broadway hit, which was in turn inspired by Federico Fellini’s NIGHTS OF CABIRIA...

  • The Trouble with Harry

    Episode 8

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1955 • United States
    Starring Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine

    Alfred Hitchcock took a rare and delightful detour into comedy with this darkly humorous tale of a pesky corpse that becomes a big problem for a quiet Vermont village. A young Shirley MacLa...

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    Episode 9

    Directed by David Lean • 1957 • United Kingdom
    Starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins

    A highly principled British colonel (Alec Guinness) becomes obsessed with leading a band of World War II POWs to build a bridge at the behest of their Japanese captors in Burma—setting up an explo...

  • Lilith

    Episode 10

    Directed by Robert Rossen • 1964 • United States
    Starring Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg, Peter Fonda

    The final film directed by Robert Rossen (THE HUSTLER) is a fascinating anomaly: a psychodrama influenced by European art cinema and awash in a mood of otherworldly mystery. Upon returning to his sm...

  • A Raisin in the Sun

    Episode 11

    Directed by Daniel Petrie • 1961 • United States
    Starring Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee

    Lorraine Hansberry’s immortal “A Raisin in the Sun” was the first play by a black woman to be performed on Broadway. Two years later, the production came to the screen, directed by Daniel Petrie. T...

  • The Manchurian Candidate

    Episode 12

    Directed by John Frankenheimer • 1962 • United States
    Starring Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Laurence Harvey

    The name John Frankenheimer became forever synonymous with heart-in-the-throat filmmaking when this quintessential sixties political thriller was released. Set in the early fifties, ...

  • Seconds

    Episode 13

    Directed by John Frankenheimer • 1966 • United States
    Starring Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, John Randolph

    Rock Hudson is a revelation in this sinister, science-fiction-inflected dispatch from the fractured 1960s. SECONDS, directed by John Frankenheimer, concerns a middle-aged banker who, dissatisfi...

  • Suddenly, Last Summer

    Episode 14

    Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz • 1959 • United States, United Kingdom
    Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift

    Gay panic, incest, and a sprinkling of cannibalism: Tennessee Williams’s one-act southern-gothic shocker gets an appropriately lurid screen adaptation cowritten ...

  • In Cold Blood

    Episode 15

    Directed by Richard Brooks • 1967 • United States
    Starring Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe

    Truman Capote’s best seller, a breakthrough narrative account of real-life crime and punishment, became an equally chilling film in the hands of writer-director Richard Brooks. Cast for their uns...

  • Brainstorm

    Episode 16

    Directed by William Conrad • 1965 • United States
    Starring Jeffrey Hunter, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews

    This tense, moody noir thriller opens with a bang as young scientist Jim Grayam (Jeffrey Hunter) comes upon a woman (Anne Francis) passed out in a car on the railroad tracks as a train hurtles t...

  • From Here to Eternity

    Episode 17

    Directed by Fred Zinnemann • 1953 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr

    Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr make waves in this landmark blockbuster about raging passions and stormy personal dramas on a Hawaiian military base in the lead-up to the attack on Pearl Har...

  • The Apartment

    Episode 18

    Directed by Billy Wilder • 1960 • United States
    Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

    Jack Lemmon stars in one of Billy Wilder’s most beloved films as C. C. Baxter, a company man anxious to please his superiors at the New York insurance firm where he works—enough to let his boss...

  • What a Way to Go!

    Episode 19

    Directed by J. Lee Thompson • 1964 • United States
    Starring Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum

    This wildly over-the-top, ultracamp comedy swathes Shirley MacLaine (in a role originally intended for Marilyn Monroe before her death) in an eye-popping array of Edith Head–designed gowns a...

  • The Children’s Hour

    Episode 20

    Directed by William Wyler • 1961 • United States
    Starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner

    A child’s lie has life-shattering consequences in this daring adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s celebrated play—previously filmed by director William Wyler as THESE THREE. Karen (Audrey Hepburn...

  • Born Yesterday

    Episode 21

    Directed by George Cukor • 1950 • United States
    Starring Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden

    Judy Holliday pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Oscar history when she beat out both Bette Davis in ALL ABOUT EVE and Gloria Swanson in SUNSET BOULEVARD for the Academy Award for bes...

  • Pressure Point

    Episode 22

    Directed by Hubert Cornfield • 1962 • United States
    Starring Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin, Peter Falk

    A young psychiatrist (Peter Falk), exasperated by his failed attempts to help a Black patient who hates whites, asks to be reassigned. In a story told in flashback, his seasoned superior (Sidney ...

  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Episode 23

    Directed by Robert Aldrich • 1962 • United States
    Starring Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono

    Two icons of Hollywood’s golden age, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, take their famous feud on-screen in Robert Aldrich’s no-holds-barred classic of Grande Dame Guignol. In fierce, fearless perform...

  • On the Waterfront

    Episode 24

    Directed by Elia Kazan • 1954 • United States
    Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb

    Marlon Brando gives the performance of his career as the tough prizefighter-turned-longshoreman Terry Malloy in this masterpiece of urban poetry. A raggedly emotional tale of individual failure and soc...