Instant Classics: June

Here are the classic movies new to Netflix Watch Instantly in June.

The Iron Mask (1929)
In this lavish sequel to The Three Musketeers, dashing D’Artagnan (Douglas Fairbanks) reunites comrades Athos (Leon Bary), Porthos (Tiny Sandford) and Aramis (Gino Corrado) to undertake the rescue of Louis XIV (William Bakewell), rightful king of France, who is locked away and forced to wear an iron mask. The musketeers must thwart the murderous machinations of Count De Rochefort (Ullrich Haupt) in Douglas Fairbanks’s silent-film swan song.

The Front Page (1931)
Veteran newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson (Pat O’Brien) is about to get married and start a new job. But when his boss, tough-talking editor Walter Burns (Adolphe Menjou), gets wind of a political angle in an upcoming execution, he calls back a reluctant Hildy for one last story. George E. Stone, Mary Brian, James Gordon and Mae Clarke co-star in the first film adaptation of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s humorous play.

Svengali (1931)
When songstress Trilby O’Farrell (Marian Marsh) meets fascinating hypnotist Svengali (John Barrymore), she leaves everyone behind to pursue a career on the concert circuit. But what she doesn’t realize is that she can perform only at the mind controller’s command. Eventually, the young woman suffers under such intense control. Luis Alberni plays Svengali’s sidekick, Gecko; Archie Mayo directs this atmospheric drama.

His Girl Friday (1940)
Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) is about to get hitched to dull insurance agent Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy) — that’s if her ex-husband, ruthless newspaper publisher Walter Burns (Cary Grant), doesn’t succeed in winning her back in this battle-of-the-sexes screwball comedy. Meanwhile, reporters salivating for the scoop on a local voting conspiracy is just a minor distraction as Burns pulls out all the stops for the woman he loves.

Our Town (1940)
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play covers the lives and events of two families in a woodsy New Hampshire village from the year 1900 through 1913. In this film adaptation, William Holden and Martha Scott reprise their roles from the Broadway production, playing teenagers who fall in love, marry and bear a child. Throughout, the film hammers home its message about the preciousness of time in people’s short lives.

In Old California (1942)
When dignified Boston pharmacist Tom Craig (John Wayne) heads out West to set up shop in California, he’s unaware that the Gold Rush is about to explode and change the state forever. The locals quickly take a disliking to the pharmacist and poison his meds, causing Craig to almost lose his business. When typhoid fever strikes the town, however, Craig gets a chance to prove his worth in this quirky Western that features Wayne in an unusual role.

Gung Ho! (1943)
With its thrilling battle sequences and high-voltage star power, this fact-based melodrama about the battalion that recaptured the Japanese-held Makin Island in World War II served as a powerful piece of morale-boosting propaganda upon release.

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
In the first underwater adventure shot in CinemaScope, competing boat crews dive for valuable sponges off the coast of Key West, Florida. Soon, a feud arises between the Greek Petrakis family, led by Mike Petrakis (Gilbert Roland), and a WASP team of divers led by Thomas Rhys (Richard Boone). The feud only intensifies when the Petrakis son (Robert Wagner) falls for the Rhys daughter (Terry Moore).

Charade (1963)
Cary Grant stars as Peter, who may or may not be a flimflam man who aids the recently widowed Regina in her mission to recover a fortune hidden by her late husband. But three sinister crooks — who’ll stop at nothing — also covet the loot.

Instant Classics: May

Here are the classic movies new to Netflix Watch Instantly in May.

Angel and the Badman (1947)
John Wayne flexes his acting muscles in this first-rate oater about a wounded outlaw who falls for the daughter (Gail Russell) — and under the humanizing influence — of a Quaker family. Like Alan Ladd in Shane, it isn’t long before gunfighter Wayne must decide between a life of violence and a life of peace.

The House of Usher (1960)
Vincent Price stars in Roger Corman’s first Edgar Allan Poe adaptation as Roderick Usher, whose cursed New England bloodline dooms him and his sister, Madeline (Myrna Fahey), to madness and debauchery. When Philip Winthrop (Mark Damon) arrives at the grim Usher mansion with plans of marrying Madeline, Roderick attempts to dissuade him with the tales of the Usher curse. But Philip is undeterred … until the horrors begin.

Premature Burial (1962)
Medical student Guy Carrell believes his father was buried while still alive and fears he’ll suffer the same fate. Growing increasingly paranoid, he builds himself a mausoleum rigged for escape.

The Raven (1963)
Roger Corman directs this hoot of a film featuring Dr. Erasmus Craven (Vincent Price), a washed-up sorcerer who turns a talking raven back into a man and learns that his presumed-dead wife is actually living with a rival magician (Boris Karloff). But when Craven tries to rescue his wife, he gets more than he bargained for. Loosely based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem, this tongue-in-cheek classic co-stars Peter Lorre and a young Jack Nicholson.

The Trip (1967)
Paul Groves, a TV commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John, a self-styled guru who’s an advocate of LSD. Paul asks John to be the guide on his first “trip.”

Instant Classics: April

Here are the classic movies new to Netflix Watch Instantly in April.

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Stellar performances highlight this delightfully witty adaptation of the hit Broadway play about two dotty spinsters (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair) with a peculiar avocation: helping lonely old gents by poisoning them and burying them in the cellar. But the jig is up when the ladies’ newlywed nephew, Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant), discovers his aunts’ “benevolent” deeds. Raymond Massey and Peter Lorre also star.

Ace in the Hole (1951)
Fired from a number of big-city papers, reporter Charles Tatum tries to re-establish himself in New Mexico. When a local store owner is trapped in a cave-in, Tatum turns the victim’s misfortune into a media frenzy to further his own career.

Dial M for Murder (1954)
Director Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of double-cross and intrigue stars Ray Milland as former tennis champ Tony Wendice, who concocts a plan to kill his rich but unfaithful wife (Grace Kelly), who’s embroiled in a liaison with a writer (Robert Cummings). When Tony’s plans go awry, he improvises a second act of deceit, but the entire bloody affair turns out to be far messier than he expected. John Williams plays a sly Scotland Yard inspector.

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
Tragedy is in the offing when widowed Eurasian doctor Han Suyin (Jennifer Jones) falls for dashing American war correspondent Mark Elliot (William Holden). Despite insurmountable obstacles — Hong Kong’s anti-miscegenation laws and the refusal of Mark’s wife to give him a divorce — Han and Mark’s love deepens … till he’s sent to cover the “police action” in Korea. The film chalked up multiple Oscars, including Best Song.

Anastasia (1956)
In 1928 Paris, a group of exiled White Russians claims to find Anastasia (Ingrid Bergman, who won a Best Actress Oscar), the only living heir of Czar Nicholas II. The entire Romanoff royal family was executed in 1918, after the Bolsheviks took power. Based on the true story of an infamous hoax in which a woman named Anna Anderson maintained for years (and was believed by many) to be the Russian Crown Princess. Co-stars Yul Brynner.

Giant (1956)
In Oscar-winning director George Stevens’s sprawling epic, Texas cattleman Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson) journeys to Virginia in the early 1920s, falls in love with aristocratic, independent-minded Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor) and takes her back to his ranch — setting the stage for an intergenerational saga that spans decades. James Dean (in his last film appearance) co-stars as sulking, nouveau riche Jett Rink — the root of Bick’s worries.

Auntie Mame (1958)
Rosalind Russell dazzles in a tour de force performance as the larger-than-life Mame Dennis, who unexpectedly gains custody of her young nephew Patrick in 1920s New York. As Patrick grows, he learns to live by Auntie Mame’s motto: “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” Peggy Cass, Coral Browne and Pippa Scott co-star in this exhilarating comedy based on the memoir by Patrick Dennis.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Members of an avaricious Southern clan scramble to curry favor with dying, wealthy patriarch Harvey “Big Daddy” Pollitt (Burl Ives) in this Oscar-nominated adaptation of playwright Tennessee Williams’s sizzling stage drama. Paul Newman stars as alcoholic ex-football star Brick Pollitt, whose self-pity and drunken malice jeopardize not only his inheritance, but also his marriage to the seductive Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor).

Lilies of the Field (1963)
Aimless ex-soldier Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier) is on his way to California when his car overheats in the desert. He stops to get some water at an isolated farm and soon finds himself building a chapel for the nuns who live there. The stern mother superior (Lilia Skala) is certain God has sent Smith for just that purpose, and all of Smith’s words to the contrary fall on deaf ears in this Oscar-winning film from director Ralph Nelson.

The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
Based on the novel by Theodore Pratt, this quaint little children’s fantasy leads the viewer on a deep-sea adventure. Henry Limpet (Don Knotts), a bespectacled, milquetoast bookkeeper, loves his pet fish so much that he longs to be one. When Henry’s wish comes true and he’s turned into a talking fish, the simple ocean life he’d envisioned proves more exciting than mundane as he helps the U.S. Navy defeat the Nazis during World War II!

How to Steal a Million (1966)
Trouble ensues when noted art collector and forger Charles Bonnet (Hugh Griffith) lets his ego get the best of his senses, and he decides to loan his prized Cellini “Venus” — the forged version, that is — to a museum. It doesn’t take Bonnet and his daughter (Audrey Hepburn) long to realize that the museum won’t be duped, so they hire a suave cat burglar (Peter O’Toole) to steal the statue back. William Wyler directs.

The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966)
A Russian submarine runs aground near a small New England town, and it’s up to Lt. Rozanov (Alan Arkin) as the Russians’ second-in-command to covertly secure a towboat to avoid an international confrontation. When he hooks up with residents such as Walt Whittaker (Carl Reiner) and the police chief (Brian Keith), all hell breaks loose. This classic comedy earned three Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Serial bank robbers, sometime lovers and folkloric heroes Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) barrel across Depression-ravaged America on a shooting spree that ends in a deadly rain of bullets and tragedy. Directed by Arthur Penn, this stylish and sexy film shattered the mold when it came to crime pictures, layering comedy onto mayhem and youthful criminality. Gene Wilder makes his big-screen debut.

Instant Classics: October

Here are the movies coming to and expiring from Netflix Watch Instantly in October. Since there aren’t many new titles this month, I also included some extra new movies from September that you may have overlooked.

New This Month

Scarface (1932) September 2
Mobster Tony Camonte (Paul Muni) seizes control of Chicago’s bootlegging racket in this classic crime drama, which also stars George Raft, Boris Karloff and Osgood Perkins (Anthony Perkins’ father). From director Howard Hawks and producer Howard Hughes, Scarface set the benchmark for future gangster films. Karen Morley portrays Camonte’s love interest and Ann Dvorak the gangster’s beloved sister.

Montana (1950) September 2
Australian Errol Flynn plays an Australian for the only time in his career in this tale of Morgan Lane, a sheepherder from Down Under who relocates to Montana. His arrival angers local cattlemen who believe he’s encroaching on their grazing land. Lane’s ace in the hole may be Maria Singleton (Alexis Smith), a rancher who is attracted to Lane despite her disapproval of him and her engagement to one of his most violent opponents (Douglas Kennedy).

On the Waterfront (1954) September 2
Winner of eight Oscars, director Elia Kazan’s classic morality tale stars Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy, a has-been boxer who experiences a crisis of conscience while working for mobbed-up union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb). Terry turns a blind eye when Friendly’s thugs kill a fellow dockworker to keep him from testifying in a corruption case, but he has second thoughts when the victim’s sister (Eva Marie Saint) urges him to take a stand.

The Barefoot Contessa (1954) October 1
Movie director Harry Dawes (Humphrey Bogart), in a sequence of flashbacks, ponders the life of ravishing Tinseltown star Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner). A flamenco dancer at a two-bit cabaret when a trio of showbiz VIPs discovers her, Maria finds fame, fortune and love in the blink of an eye. It appears at first glance that Maria has it all, but her tempestuous nature and a devastating secret in her marriage to an Italian count give rise to tragedy.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) October 1
In this Blake Edwards-directed adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel, fortune hunter Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard), who’s moved into her building on a wealthy woman’s (Patricia Neal) dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly (Buddy Ebsen) shows up on the scene, revealing Holly’s past. The film received Oscars for Best Song (“Moon River”) and Best Score.

The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966) October 1
A Russian submarine runs aground near a small New England town, and it’s up to Lt. Rozanov (Alan Arkin) as the Russians’ second-in-command to covertly secure a towboat to avoid an international confrontation. When he hooks up with residents such as Walt Whittaker (Carl Reiner) and the police chief (Brian Keith), all hell breaks loose. This classic comedy earned three Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture.

Midnight Cowboy (1969) October 1
When hayseed hustler Joe Buck (Jon Voight) comes to Manhattan to earn cash as a freelance sex stud and work toward his dream of becoming a kept man, he meets seedy gimp Ratso Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), and an improbable friendship blossoms. John Schlesinger’s 1969 cinema classic won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, becoming the first X-rated film to win an Oscar in any category.

The Great Train Robbery (1978) October 1
Victorian rogue Edward Pierce (Sean Connery) crafts an ambitious plan to stage England’s first hold-up of a moving train. To get to the 25,000 pounds of gold bars on board — which are well-guarded by a complex key system — Pierce enlists a bedmate (Lesley Anne Down), a safecracker (Donald Sutherland) and a tough guy (Wayne Sleep). Director Michael Crichton adapted the script from his novel by the same name, which is based on actual events.

Interiors (1978) October 1
In Woody Allen’s first dramatic film, the disintegration of an upper class couple’s marriage forces their three grown daughters (Diane Keaton, Mary Beth Hurt and Kristin Griffith) to reveal their feelings about them and each other. But none are able to provide ample support to their devastated mother. The film received five Oscar nods, including Best Director, Best Actress (Geraldine Page) and Best Supporting Actress (Maureen Stapleton).

Zelig (1983) October 1
“Human chameleon” Leonard Zelig (Woody Allen) soars to celebrity with his unexplained ability to transform himself into anyone he meets. Zelig finds himself in the unlikeliest of places — from the intensity of the Yankees dugout to the frenzy of a Nazi rally. But his doctor, brainy psychiatrist Dr. Eudora Fletcher (Mia Farrow), insists that Zelig’s condition can only exist in his mind. Allen directs this newsreel-style mockumentary.

Expiring This Month

The Animal Kingdom (1932) October 6
When free-spirited publisher Tom Collier (Leslie Howard) — a devotee of art and literature — decides to marry socialite Cee Henry (Myrna Loy), he leaves his longtime lover, the like-minded Daisy Sage (Ann Harding), in the lurch … and along with her, any chance of happiness. Soon, his wife reveals herself to be conniving and deceitful, while his mistress displays all the qualities of a loving wife, leaving poor Tom in a quandary.

The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935) October 9
Everyone’s favorite loincloth-clad Man of the Apes, Tarzan (Herman Brix), heads to Central America for some true cliff-hanging adventures in this complete collection of 12 serialized episodes. Intent on rescuing an old friend, Tarzan travels to Guatemala and ends up fighting bad guys who are after a priceless idol, which also happens to contain top secret information. Ula Holt, Frank Baker and Ashton Dearholt also star.

The Verdict (1982) October 11
A washed-up, ambulance-chasing attorney (Paul Newman) gets a chance at redemption when his friend (Jack Warden) tosses him an open-and-shut medical malpractice case. But instead of accepting an easy cash settlement, he takes the powerful defendant to court. James Mason plays the opposing counsel, whom his legal adversary calls “The Prince of Darkness,” in this courtroom drama from director Sidney Lumet.

The Beguiled (1971) October 13
An injured Civil War soldier (Clint Eastwood) takes refuge in a fancy Southern girls’ school and quickly becomes the center of attention as the girls clamor for his affections, and the headmistress (Geraldine Page) freely practices her surgical skills on him. A far cry from typical Eastwood films, this moody, atmospheric drama is a tension-filled cult favorite from director Don Siegel (Dirty Harry, Escape from Alcatraz).

The Creature with the Blue Hand (1967) October 15
Committed to an asylum after the family gardener is murdered, aristocrat Dave Emerson (Klaus Kinski) — who insists he is innocent — escapes the institution and returns to the family castle, where he assumes the identity of his twin brother, Richard (also played by Kinski). The intrigue multiplies when more people are slain, attracting the interest of Scotland Yard snoop Inspektor Craig (Harald Leipnitz) in this scary psychological thriller.

Young Billy Young (1969) October 15
Robert Mitchum is Ben Kane, a lawman with a personal score to settle in this 1960s Western. When Kane meets Billy Young (Robert Walker Jr.), he recruits the gunslinger, an outlaw on the run with a vendetta of his own. Trouble rides into town with Kane’s nemesis, Boone (John Anderson), and his outlaw son, Jesse (David Carradine), who’s Young’s ex-partner in crime. Angie Dickinson stars as saloon dancer Lily Beloit.

King Lear (1971) October 15
In Peter Brook’s cinematic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tale about a vain and aging king and the daughters who will be his undoing, Paul Scofield seems to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders as the weary and unraveling Lear. Shot in black-and-white, the film creates a grim, frigid world devoid of light and hope in which its inhabitants labor nonetheless. Irene Worth, Susan Engel and Anne-Lise Gabold play Lear’s daughters.

Stevie (1978) October 15
Glenda Jackson reprises her stage role in Hugh Whitemore’s play about acclaimed British poet Stevie Smith, who lives with her elderly aunt (Mona Washbourne) in their London home. Reclusive Stevie uses her writing as a way to cope with her emotional fragility. As she recalls her past, Stevie describes her failed relationship with boyfriend Freddy (Alec McCowen), the tribulations of living with her eccentric aunt and the pitfalls of fame.

Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (1982) October 15
This made-for-TV film from director Jackie Cooper dramatizes the turbulent life and career of singer and television actress Rosemary Clooney (Sondra Locke), including her rise to national prominence with “Come on-a My House” and other radio hits. But as Clooney’s stardom waxes then wanes, her personal life with actor husband Jose Ferrer (Tony Orlando) disintegrates into depression and drug abuse, until pal Bing Crosby revives her career.

Montana Belle (1952) October 25
Brunette bombshell Jane Russell stars in this fictional “biography” as brazen Wild West outlaw Belle Starr, a sharp-shooting gal who charms a trio of men — including the handsome gang leader who rescues her from a lynching.

Instant Classics: September

Here are the movies coming to and expiring from Netflix Watch Instantly in September.

New This Month

Heidi (1937) September 1
When 8-year-old Heidi (Shirley Temple) is orphaned, her mean Aunt Dete (Mady Christians) takes her to the mountains to live with her even meaner grandfather, Adolph (Jean Hersholt). Heidi’s eternal charm soon warms her grandfather’s heart, and the two become great friends. But when Aunt Dete returns and steals Heidi, Adolph sets out on a quest to find the girl and bring her home in this sweet classic from Hollywood’s golden age.

A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941) September 1
American pilot Tyrone Power delivers a bomber to Britain during World War II. When he runs into old flame Betty Grable, he decides to stay in England, joins the Royal Air Force and is soon competing with a fellow pilot for Grable’s affection. But as the Nazis threaten Britain, the two heroes team up to pull off a daring evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk.

I Was A Male War Bride (1949) September 1
Captain Henri Rochard (Cary Grant) is a French officer who’s paired up on assignment with an American female lieutenant, Catherine Gates (Ann Sheridan). After a while, the two fall in love and decide to wed. All is blissful until Rochard tries to accompany his wife back to the States and finds that the U.S. Army isn’t as lenient as he previously thought. Now, Rochard must impersonate a woman in order to join his new bride.

People Will Talk (1951) September 1
Dr. Praetorius (Cary Grant) is a well-liked medical professor at a dull Midwestern college who impresses those around him with his unorthodox ways of teaching. Not as impressed is Praetorius’s archrival (Hume Cronyn), a conservative doctor who does everything within his power to bring Praetorius down. Out of the blue, Praetorius meets and falls in love with an unattached pregnant woman (Jeanne Crain), spiraling him into uncharted territory.

The Fugitive Kind (1959) September 1
Marlon Brando stars as guitar-playing drifter Val Xavier, who shuffles into a small Southern town after abandoning a life of petty crime. He soon takes up with two disparate ladies: brassy bad girl Carol Cutrere (Joanne Woodward) and the volatile Lady Torrance (Anna Magnani) — his boss’s wife. Maureen Stapleton and Victor Jory provide solid support in this smoldering melodrama based on Tennessee Williams’s play “Orpheus Descending.”

The Miracle Worker (1962) September 1
A bout with scarlet fever has rendered Helen Keller (Patty Duke) blind, deaf and mute. When her parents can no longer cope with the feral girl’s tantrums, they call in inexperienced but innovative teacher Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft). Though Helen perceives sign language as a finger game, Annie’s unflagging tutelage ultimately awakens in her charge the concept of words. Bancroft (Best Actress) and Duke (Supporting Actress) won Oscars for their work.

The Cat O’Nine Tails (1971) September 1
Blind retired detective Franco Arno (Karl Malden) overhears a strange conversation by two men outside a pharmaceutical company. When a series of killings occurs connected to the company’s top secret research, Franco joins forces with a reporter (James Franciscus) to catch a killer with an extra chromosome. Catherine Spaak also appears in this traditional mystery from typically flamboyant horror director Dario Argento.

Dirty Harry (1971) September 1
When a madman dubbed the “Scorpio Killer” terrorizes San Francisco, hard-boiled cop Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) — famous for his take-no-prisoners approach to law enforcement — is tasked with hunting down the psychopath. Harry eventually collars Scorpio in the process of rescuing a kidnap victim, only to see him walk on technicalities. Now, the maverick detective is determined to nail the maniac himself.

Earthquake (1974) September 1
Academy Award winners Charlton Heston and George Kennedy star in this 1974 box office blockbuster. When a massive earthquake hits Los Angeles, construction engineer Stewart Graff (Heston) must try to rescue his father-in-law boss, Sam Royce (Lorne Greene), who’s trapped in his own building. Meanwhile, tough cop Lew Slade (Kennedy) and motorcycle daredevil Miles Quade (Richard Roundtree) are fighting for their lives.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) September 1
Director Tobe Hooper’s horror classic is a gruesome reminder that a movie need not be complicated to scare the daylights out of viewers. Sally (Marilyn Burns), her wheelchair-bound brother (Paul A. Partain) and their friends travel to a vandalized graveyard to see if their grandfather’s remains are intact. En route, they come upon chainsaw-wielding maniac Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), and it’s a fight to the bloody death between good and evil.

Expiring This Month

King of Hearts (1967) September 2
During World War I, Pvt. Charles Plumpick (Alan Bates) is sent on a mission to the French town of Marville to defuse a German bomb. But Plumpick discovers he’s not alone in Marville and is soon befriended by the “inmates” of the local sanitarium, who were left behind when the town was evacuated. Thanks to his handiness, the residents, in all their quirkiness, deem Plumpick the “King of Hearts.” With that honor, can he go back to the war?

The Conversation (1974) September 16
Francis Ford Coppola follows The Godfather with this intimate film about an audio surveillance expert (Gene Hackman) who faces a moral quandary when he suspects that a couple whose conversation he’s been hired to surreptitiously record will be murdered. The San Francisco-set film features a tremendous supporting cast, including John Cazale and Teri Garr, and was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

Elpidio Valdés (1980) September 17
Acclaimed Cuban director Juan Padrón sends communist cartoon hero Elpidio Valdés — Cuba’s most popular animated character — on a series of adventures to help members of the disenfranchised working class stand up to the world’s most tyrannical capitalists. Every time this pint-sized protagonist takes down another greedy businessman for the sake of the downtrodden, you’ll find yourself rooting for the little guy.

The Sting (1973) September 25
After rookie grifter Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) tracks down veteran flim-flam man Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) in 1930s Chicago, the duo plans to fleece a homicidal racketeer (Robert Shaw) through a phony racetrack scam involving a string of double and triple crosses. The Sting picked up seven Academy Awards, including Oscars for Best Picture, Best Directing (George Roy Hill) and Best Original Screenplay (David S. Ward).

Roxie Hart (1942) September 30
Ambition trumps murder in this satire based on the play “Chicago.” Ginger Rogers stars as feisty Roxie Hart, who’s so thirsty for notoriety she doesn’t care that she’s accused of a heinous crime. Tabloid reporters fall at her feet for every bit of seamy gossip, which Roxie happily supplies to remain in the limelight. Even her lawyer (Adolphe Menjou) sees her case as a shortcut to fame, but things turn grim when it seems Roxie may be convicted.

Yellow Sky (1948) September 30
When a gang of outlaws led by James “Stretch” Dawson (Gregory Peck) rolls into an abandoned frontier town, the only residents they find are an old man (James Barton) and his granddaughter (Anne Baxter), who inform them there’s gold in them thar hills. Problems arise when a maverick gang member (Richard Widmark) plots to kill the innocent townsfolk so he can claim the loot for himself, prompting Stretch to come to the rescue.

Halls of Montezuma (1950) September 30
Assigned to the Pacific, Marine lieutenant Anderson (Richard Widmark) and his men must thwart a Japanese rocket-launching facility in this World War II epic. Ex-schoolteacher Anderson uses the right touch in handling veterans Pidgeon Lane (Jack Palance) and Doc (Karl Malden) and raw recruit Coffman (Robert Wagner), but the soldiers are outnumbered. In order for their mission to succeed, Anderson must lead a band of men into enemy territory.

Dragnet (1954) September 30
Hard-boiled Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and his partner, Officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander), are on the trail of a mob hit man in this film noir-style police drama based on the popular 1950s TV show. When a two-bit hood is gunned down, Friday and Smith work the case with undercover policewoman Grace Downey (Ann Robinson), surveilling a mob hangout and interrogating suspects until they piece together the evidence needed to charge the guilty.

The Detective (1968) September 30
Tough detective Joe Leland (Frank Sinatra) gets the call to investigate the murder of Teddy Leikman, the homosexual son of a department store mogul. Leland scores a confession from Teddy’s roommate, and the case is open-and-shut … or is it? Later, Leland uncovers other evidence implicating a corrupt New York City political machine. Lee Remick, Jack Klugman and Lloyd Bochner co-star. Gordon Douglas directs.

Quintet (1979) September 30
Essex (Paul Newman) struggles to survive in a bleak, frozen city of the future. Director Robert Altman’s existential film pulls no punches in presenting a withering vision of a postapocalyptic world in which inhabitants of the city play a puzzling cat-and-mouse game called Quintet, with death awaiting the player who makes a misstep. Bibi Andersson, Fernando Rey, Vittorio Gassman and Nina Van Pallandt co-star in this chilling sci-fi thriller.