Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Producers: Lawrence Weingarten
  • Writers: Tennessee Williams, Richard Brooks, James Poe
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives

Late one night, Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman) is out trying to recapture his glory days of high school sports by leaping hurdles on a track field, dreaming about his glory moments as a youthful athlete. Unexpectedly, he falls, leaving him dependent on a crutch. Brick, along with his wife, Maggie “the Cat” (Elizabeth Taylor), are seen the next day visiting his family in Mississippi, waiting to celebrate Big Daddy’s 65th birthday.

Depressed, Brick decides to spend his days inside drinking while resisting the affections of his wife, who taunts him about the inheritance of Big Daddy’s wealth. Numerous allusions are made as to their tempestuous marriage–the most haunting of these are speculations as to why Maggie does not yet have children, while Brick’s brother Gooper (Jack Carson) and his wife (Madeleine Sherwood) have a whole clan, many of which run around the “plantation” (as Big Daddy’s estate is called) unsupervised and singing obnoxiously.

Big Daddy (Burl Ives) and Big Mama (Judith Anderson) arrive home from the hospital and are greeted by Gooper and his wife, along with Maggie. The news is that Big Daddy is not dying from cancer. However, the doctor later visits privately with Brick and divulges to him that it is a deception; Big Daddy is a terminal case, but the family wants him to remain happy. Maggie begs Brick to put care into getting his father’s wealth, but Brick stubbornly refuses. When Big Daddy is fed up with his alcoholic son’s behavior, he demands to know why he is so stubborn. Brick angrily refuses to answer.

Big Daddy learns that he will die from cancer before his birthday. Shaken, he retreats to the basement. Meanwhile, Gooper, his wife, Maggie, and Brick argue over Big Daddy’s will. Finally, Brick descends into the basement, a labyrinth of antiques and family possessions hidden away. Once he finds his father, Brick and Big Daddy confront each other before a large cut-out of Brick in his glory days as an athlete. They eventually decide to give the inheritance to Maggie, who “has life.” Brick, with his troubles behind him, and the couple finally shares a long kiss.

A Place in the Sun

  • Directors: George Stevens
  • Producers: George Stevens
  • Writers: Screenplay, Michael Wilson, Harry Brown, Novel, Theodore Dreiser, Play, Patrick Kearney
  • Genres: Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere

George Eastman (Montgomery Clift), the nephew of industrialist Charles Eastman (Herbert Heyes), takes a job in his factory to learn the business. While working there, he starts dating factory worker Alice “Al” Tripp (Shelley Winters), who becomes pregnant.

At the same time, he meets society girl Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor), and loses interest in Al. Shortly after Al tries to blackmail George into marrying her by threatening to expose their relationship to Angela, she is killed in a boating accident, while out on the lake with George. The film ends when George is convicted of her murder.

National Velvet

  • Directors: Clarence Brown
  • Producers: Pandro S Berman
  • Writers: Helen Deutsch, Enid Bagnold
  • Genres: Drama, Family, Sport
  • Actors: Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Revere, Angela Lansbury, Reginald Owen, Terry Kilburn

National Velvet is the story of a twelve-year girl, Velvet Brown, living in Sewels in Sussex, England, who saves a horse from the knacker’s yard and trains it for the Grand National steeplechase, aided by her father’s hired hand, a young drifter, Mi Taylor. The fictional horse which Velvet Brown trained and rode in the National is called “The Pie”. However, when she discovers that the Latvian jockey hired to ride the Pie doesn’t believe he can win, she disguises herself as a male jockey and rides the horse to victory herself.

Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

  • Directors: Mike Nichols
  • Producers: Ernest Lehman
  • Writers: Ernest Lehman, Based on the play by Edward Albee
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

Set on the campus of a small New England college, the film focuses on the violent and volatile relationship of associate history professor George and his overweight, hard-drinking, and crudely boisterous wife Martha, the daughter of the college president.

It’s 2:00am Sunday morning, and they have returned from one of her father’s gatherings. Martha announces she has invited a young couple – Nick, a young, good-looking, newly-appointed instructor, and his mousey wife Honey – to join them for drinks. George is disturbed because she did so without consulting him first, prompting Martha to launch into the first of many loud and lengthy tirades during which she taunts and criticizes him. Knowing his wife is an ugly drunk, he asks her to behave herself when they arrive, and when the doorbell rings, he warns her to refrain from mentioning their child to their company.

Overhearing Martha’s crude retort as the door opens, Nick and Honey – too polite and naïve to have declined the late-night invitation in the first place – immediately feel ill at ease and quickly find themselves caught in the middle of a verbal warzone when their efforts to engage in small talk set off a volley of insults between their hosts. Martha begins to flirt lewdly with Nick while his meek wife tries to pretend she is unaware of what is happening.

Nick suddenly realizes George and Martha’s child never existed. For years they have filled the void in their marriage with a pathological obsession with a fantasy child. As the sun rises, Nick and Honey depart, leaving their hosts physically exhausted and emotionally depleted. Martha asks if it really was necessary for their son to die, and George gently tells her it was time.

Giant

  • Directors: George Stevens
  • Producers: George Stevens
  • Writers: Edna Ferber, Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, Western
  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean

Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson), the head of the rich Benedict ranching family of Texas, goes to Maryland to buy a stud horse, War Winds. There he meets and courts the socialite Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor), who becomes his wife. They return to Texas to start their life together on the family ranch, Reata. Luz (Mercedes McCambridge), Bick’s sister, and Leslie don’t get along. Jett Rink (James Dean) the family handyman, is envious of the Benedict wealth and flirts with Leslie.

Luz dies after War Winds bucks her off, and as part of her will, Jett is given a plot of land within the Benedict ranch. Bick tries to buy back the land, but Jett refuses. Jett keeps the fenced off waterhole as his home and names the property Little Reata. Leslie eventually gives birth to twins, Jordan Benedict III (Dennis Hopper), or Jordy, and Judy Benedict (Fran Bennett), and a younger daughter named Luz Jr (Carroll Baker).

Jett discovers oil on his property, and when he gets his first gusher, he barges onto the Benedicts’ property proclaiming in front of the entire family that he will be richer than the Benedicts. Bick and Jett have a fistfight and Jett runs off.

A major sub-plot of the movie is the racism against Mexican Americans in Texas. When the movie starts, Bick and Luz are racist towards the Mexicans who work on their ranch, which shocks Leslie. By the end of the movie, though, Bick realizes the wrongs of racism and defends his daughter-in-law and grandson, Juana and Jordan Benedict IV, respectively and earns Leslie’s respect.

The Flintstones

  • Directors: Brian Levant
  • Producers: Bruce Cohen
  • Writers: Tom S Parker, Jim Jennewein, Steven E de Souza
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Family
  • Actors: John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Elizabeth Perkins, Kyle MacLachlan, Rosie O Donnell, Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor

Cliff Vandercave, the Executive Vice President of Industrial Procurement at Slate & Co., plans to appoint a Vice President of his division to frame for a crime. To find one, he makes an exam to give to the quarry operators, among whom are Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone. Fred loans Barney money so he and his wife, Betty can adopt a child. They adopt a caveboy named Bamm-Bamm. Barney appreciates what Fred did for him and is determined to pay him back. While taking the exams, Fred fails it, and is disappointed since he will not be able to give his wife, Wilma the wealthy life she used to have. Barney takes Fred’s exam up for him and notices how poorly he did. To pay him back for giving him the money to adopt Bamm-Bamm, he swaps his exam with Fred’s and Fred is promoted to Vice President.

On Fred’s first day as an executive, Cliff brings him to his new office, where he meets Sharon Stone, Cliff’s assistant. Stone seduces Fred and tells him she will do whatever he desires. Fred is then introduced to the dictabird. Cliff orders Fred to fire Barney because of his exam score, and he (very reluctantly and sadly) fires Barney at the Rubbles’ surprise party, but does his best to help Barney afterwards with financial problems. Cliff proposes a new machine that will do all of the quarry work and increase the company’s income. However, Fred is concerned about the operators losing their jobs. Cliff plans to have a fake version of the machine built and flee with the money gained from the machine, and frame Fred for it. Cliff orders Stone to give Fred the forms, but he is against the idea. To get him to sign the forms, Miss Stone once again seduces Fred, but Wilma walks in on them this time.

The film ends with a live-action montage of the animated series’ closing credits.