Originally released under the title “The Big Carnival,” this 1951 Film Noir classic directed and produced by Billy Wilder, stars Kirk Douglas as the desperate and unscrupulous newspaperman Chuck Tatum, who deliberately delays the rescue of a man trapped in a mine shaft to make a more sensational news story in an attempt to jumpstart his own flailing career. Ace in the Hole was Academy nominated for best story and screenplay.
On April 28, 1789, aboard the HMS Bounty, Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Captain William Bligh, setting him and 18 loyal crew members adrift in an open boat. Bligh survived a 47-day voyage sailing over 3,600 miles, eventually returning safely to Britain. Mr. Christian and his fugitive crew sailed the Bounty back to Tahiti, and eventually settled on Pitcairn Island. This presentation will highlight the telling of this famous story featuring pictures from MGM’s 1935 release of “Mutiny on the Bounty”, starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable.
Winning seven Academy awards in 1946, Samuel Goldwyn’s production of “The Best Years of our Lives” followed the difficulties faced by 3 US servicemen being abruptly returned to civilian life after years of wartime service overseas. The film, beyond its critical acclaim and commercial success, was a timely and significant study of the challenges faced by combat veterans, including PTSD.