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THE OTHER FILMS VY­ING FOR THE OUT­STAND­ING MO­TION PIC­TURE CROWN IN 1942

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BLOS­SOMS IN THE DUST

Fic­tion­alised drama about Edna Glad­ney (Greer Gar­son) — an ad­vo­cate for the rights of il­le­git­i­mate chil­dren in Texas. CU­RI­OUS FACT: This film marked the first of five con­sec­u­tive Best Ac­tress nom­i­na­tions for Gar­son. She’d win the next year for Mrs. Miniver.

HERE COMES MR. JOR­DAN

Ro­man­tic com­edy in which a boxer (Robert Mont­gomery) dies, but is re­turned to Earth for a sec­ond chance at life. CU­RI­OUS FACT: Heaven Can Wait, the 1978 War­ren Beatty film, is adapted from the same play.

HOLD BACK THE DAWN

A Ro­ma­nian gigolo (Charles Boyer) mar­ries an Amer­i­can (Olivia de Hav­il­land) for a US visa, but is soon in­ves­ti­gated by im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials. CU­RI­OUS FACT: Co-writ­ten by Billy Wilder, it was the fi­nal script he wrote but didn’t di­rect as he was in­censed by di­rec­tor Mitchell Leisen delet­ing one of the scenes.

THE LIT­TLE FOXES

Wil­liam Wyler adap­ta­tion of a 1939 play about a once-wealthy South­ern woman (Bette Davis) bat­tling with her fam­ily to se­cure her fi­nan­cial sta­tus. CU­RI­OUS FACT: Re-re­leased in 1942 in a dou­ble-bill with Ci­ti­zen Kane as RKO at­tempted to re­cover its losses on Welles’ film.

THE MAL­TESE FAL­CON

Now-clas­sic film noir star­ring Humphrey Bog­art as pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor Sam Spade, who’s hired to track down a miss­ing statue. CU­RI­OUS FACT: This ver­sion was the third adap­ta­tion of Dashiell Ham­mett’s novel, all made within a decade of each other.

ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN

Biopic of preacher Wil­liam Spence (Fredric March), who was posted to a run-down par­son­age in ru­ral Iowa. CU­RI­OUS FACT: The writer of the orig­i­nal book, Hartzell Spence (son of Wil­liam), is cred­ited with coin­ing the term “pin-up”.

SERGEANT YORK

Howard Hawks biopic of World War I hero Alvin York, played by Gary Cooper, who won his first Best Ac­tor Os­car for the role. CU­RI­OUS FACT: Thanks to the at­tack on Pearl Har­bor, Sergeant York was the high­est-gross­ing film of 1941.

SUS­PI­CION

Al­fred Hitch­cock thriller in which Lina (Joan Fon­taine) runs off with a play­boy (Cary Grant), only to dis­cover he’s a con­man and, pos­si­bly, try­ing to kill her.

CU­RI­OUS FACT: Joan Fon­taine won Best Ac­tress — it’s the only Os­car-win­ning per­for­mance in a Hitch­cock film.

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