"Now perhaps the most beloved American film, It's a Wonderful Life was largely forgotten for years, due to a copyright quirk. Only in the late 1970s did it find its audience through repeated TV showings. Frank Capra's masterwork deserves its status as a feel-good communal event, but it is also one of the most fascinating films in the American cinema, a multilayered work of Dickensian density. George Bailey (played superbly by James Stewart) grows up in the small town of Bedford Falls, dreaming dreams of adventure and travel, but circumstances conspire to keep him enslaved to his home turf. Frustrated by his life, and haunted by an impending scandal, George prepares to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. A heavenly messenger (Henry Travers) arrives to show him a vision: what the world would have been like if George had never been born. The sequence is a vivid depiction of the American Dream gone bad, and probably the wildest thing Capra ever shot (the director's optimistic vision may have darkened during his experiences making military films in World War II). Capra's triumph is to acknowledge the difficulties and disappointments of life, while affirming--in the teary-eyed final reel--his cherished values of friendship and individual achievement. It's a Wonderful Life was not a big hit on its initial release, and it won no Oscars (Capra and Stewart were nominated); but it continues to weave a special magic." --Robert Horton
LASSIE'S GREAT ADVENTURE - CAST: JUNE LOCKHART, HUGH REILLY
Lassie and Timmy face a struggle for survival when they end up sailing wildly through the air as the County Fairs prized hot-air balloon becomes unfastened by a windstorm! They are in for the ride of their lives as they are swept across the Canadian wilderness into uncharted backcountry. June Lockhart (from Lost in Space) and Hugh Reilly co-star as Timmys parents. 1962, COLOUR
RESCUE FROM GILLIGANS ISLAND - CAST: BOB DENVER, ALAN HALE JR., JIM BACKUS
Those zany castaways are back - 14 years after they first landed on their uncharted desert isle! Join Gilligan, the Skipper and all your favourites in this side-splitting comedy adventure. After so long trapped on the island, a rescue looks possible. But will it really work, and can the crew actually keep themselves away from the island? 1978, COLOUR
STORY OF SEABISCUIT - CAST: SHIRLEY TEMPLE, BARRY FITZGERALD
Shawn O'Hara is a well known race horse trainer who if famous for his skill at picking champion horses. Margaret O'Hara, his young niece, travels with him to the stables and the sales and in the process meets a young jockey with whom she falls in love. Her love is hindered as her jockey brother was killed only a year ago on the track and this still haunts her memory. The Story of Seabiscuit is a romantic tale in the Hollywood 40's style and features a mature Shirley Temple with the same attractive happy manner that was the trademark of all her earlier films.1949, COLOUR
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