Hillary Brooke (September 8, 1914 â€“ May 25, 1999), was an American film actress best known for her work in Abbott and Costello and Sherlock Holmes films. She also played Lou Costello's love interest in the first season of the Abbott and Costello Show.
A former model, the tall (5'6") blonde was born in Astoria, New York but spoke with a cultured accent. Brooke developed this early in her career to separate herself from other sexy blonde actresses.
She appeared in Africa Screams (1949) and Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952) with the comedy team, and was a regular on The Abbott and Costello Show. She also co-starred in three Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, including The Woman in Green (1945).
Her other film credits include Jane Eyre (1944); the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, The Man Who Knew Too Much; the 3D film The Maze; and the 1953 sci-fi B-movie classic Invaders from Mars.
In The Abbott and Costello Show, which was broadcast in the early 1950s but...
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The Man Who Knew Too Much is a 1956 suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart and Doris Day. It is a remake in widescreen VistaVision and Technicolor of Hitchcock's 1934 film of the same name. In the newer version, one of the most financially successful films of its year of release, Brenda De Banzie and Bernard Miles play an apparently benign British married couple, Christopher Olsen plays the son of Day and Stewart and Reggie Nalder and Daniel GÃ©lin are featured as assassins.
In the book-length interview, Hitchcock/Truffaut (1967), Hitchcock told fellow filmmaker FranÃ§ois Truffaut that he considered his 1956 remake to be superior, saying that the 1934 version was the work of a talented amateur, the 1956 version the work of a professional.
The film won an Academy Award for Best Song for "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)," sung by Doris Day at several points in the action.
While an American couple and their young son are traveling on vacation in ...,
The House Across the Lake is a 1954 British film released in the U.S. as Heat Wave. The film noir drama stars Alex Nicol and Hillary Brooke. An American pulp novelist, Mark Kendrick (Nicol), meets his rich neighbors across the lake and is soon seduced by beautiful blonde Carol (Brooke), the wife of the older Forrest (James). Forrest is badly injured when his boat has an accident in the fog, and Carol throws him overboard. After first refusing to go along with her attempt to call it an accident, Kendrick agrees when they plan to meet in a month's time and live off her dead husband's money. But when the coroner calls the death an accident, she secretly marries another old flame three weeks later and changes residences. When Kendrick finds out about the betrayal he angrily confronts her and she sneers at him that she only used him and that there's nothing he could do about it. Mark confesses, knowing that doing so would only mean a prison sentence for him. ...,
Invaders from Mars is a 1953 science fiction film. It was directed by William Cameron Menzies and stars Jimmy Hunt and Leif Erickson.
It is notable for its child's point of view as well as for its vivid color cinematography (color by Color Corporation of America). It is also notable for its surreal set designs and unique use of bizarre sound effects, including the use of multiple voices "singing" to indicate the ground opening up for the Martians. These elements put this film a notch above most other low budget science fiction films of the era and has since become a cult classic.
There was a 1986 remake using the same title. It was directed by Tobe Hooper and starred Karen Black.
One night, a small boy, David MacLean (Jimmy Hunt), sees a meteorite land near his home. His scientist father (Leif Erickson) goes to investigate; when he returns, there is an unusual mark on the back of his neck and he behaves in a different, sinister manner. Gradually, David realizes that there is a...
Ministry of Fear is a 1944 film noir directed by Fritz Lang based on the novel 'The Ministry of Fear by Graham Greene. The film tells the story of a man who finds himself caught up in an international spy ring, in London during the Blitz. It all starts after he guesses the weight of a cake at a fair and ends up becoming the owner of secret microfilm hidden inside. The original music for the film was composed by MiklÃ³s RÃ³zsa and Victor Young.
Judd Blaise, writing for All Movie Guide, states "While it does not reach the same level of timeless classic as Carol Reed's adaptation of Greene's The Third Man four years later, Ministry of Fear stands as a well-made, thoroughly gripping and intelligent example of film noir." ...,
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