Nina Foch (born Nina Consuela Maud Fock on April 20, 1924 in Leiden, Netherlands) is a Dutch-born American actress and leading lady in many 1940s films. Her mother was American actress Consuela Flowerton, who returned to the U.S. after her marriage to Dutch classical music conductor Dirk Fock collapsed.
Her movie fame was during the height of the 1940s in which she played cool, aloof and often foreign women of sophistication. She has been featured in over 80 feature films and hundreds of television shows, most notably as a regular in John Houseman's Playhouse 90 series. In 1951, she co-starred with Gene Kelly in An American in Paris.
In 1952, Foch played Marie Antoinette in Scaramouche. Another noteworthy role for Foch came as Bithiah in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments, in which she played the Pharaoh's daughter who found the baby Moses in the bullrushes and adopted him as her son. She was actually a year younger than Charlton Heston who played Moses. Foch was nominated for...
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Jennifer is a 1978 horror film directed by Brice Mack, starring Lisa Pelikan. The screenplay is written by Kay Cousins Johnson. The original music score is composed by Porter Jordan. The film was marketed with the tagline She's got the power... and you haven't got a prayer!Jennifer Baylor is a poor, red-headed young woman from West Virginia. Jennifer possesses a power over snakes, an ability to control them and communicate with them. She and her father, Luke Baylor had left their home in disgrace, because when Jennifer was around the age of seven, some snakes she had been handling apparently bit and killed the preacher's son. She refused to handle snakes ever again, though Luke now runs a pet store and often encourages her to use her power again. Luke is mentally disabled, unable to make meals for himself without burning them, and so has been relying on Jennifer since his wife died. While he does run the pet store, he spends most of the time in a back room, listening to Christian...,
Child of Glass is a TV movie based upon a novel by Richard Peck (The Ghost Belonged To Me). Child of Glass was updated to the present when it was created for Disney's TV series in 1978, had been aired on NBC.Alexander Armsworth and his family move into a spooky old Dixie mansion that was once the home of a notorious river pirate. Before long, Alexander catches sight of a mysterious little girl and her dog, both of whom turn out to be ghosts. The little girl ghost tells Alexander that her name is Inez, and appeals to him for help in finding a child of glass.With the aid of his new friend, Blossom, Alexander finds out that Inez was a victim of the river pirate whose house his family now inhabits. The pirate killed the young girl when she refused to tell the location of the treasure he sought; for good measure, he placed a curse upon her that has caused her to roam the plantation after death. With only a few days left before the curse becomes permanent, Alexander and Blossom rush to find...
Spartacus is a 1960 film directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast about the historical life of Spartacus and the Third Servile War. The film stars Kirk Douglas as rebellious slave Spartacus and Laurence Olivier as his foe, the Roman general and politician Marcus Licinius Crassus. The film also stars Peter Ustinov (who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as slave trader Lentulus Batiatus), John Gavin (as Julius Caesar), Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Herbert Lom, Woody Strode, Tony Curtis, John Dall and Charles McGraw. The titles were designed by Saul Bass. The film begins at a mine worked by slaves in the Roman province of Libya. Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), a burly Thracian, comes to the aid of an old man who has fallen down. A Roman soldier tells Spartacus to get back to work, only to be attacked and bitten on the ankle, apparently on the Achilles tendon. (In the film, he is said to have "hamstrung" the guard, which is...,
Cash McCall is a 1960 movie starring James Garner and Natalie Wood. It was based upon the novel by Cameron Hawley about a man who buys businesses in order to sell them at a profit. Recognized by critics as decades ahead of its time in numerous ways, especially its hardcore depiction of business dealings, the innovative film was directed by Joseph Pevney from a screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee and Marion Hargrove....
The Ten Commandments is a 1956 motion picture dramatizing the Biblical story of Moses, an Egyptian prince-turned deliverer of the Hebrew slaves. It was released by Paramount Pictures in VistaVision on October 5, 1956. It was directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starred Charlton Heston in the lead role. Co-stars included Yul Brynner as his adoptive brother, Rameses, Anne Baxter as Nefretiri, John Derek as Joshua, Edward G. Robinson as Dathan, Yvonne De Carlo as Sephora, Vincent Price as Baka, and John Carradine as Aaron. Heston also provided the voice of God uncredited. Charlton Heston's newborn son, Fraser appeared as the infant Moses. According to author Katherine Orrison in the commentary of the DVD versions of The Ten Commandments, DeMille deliberately timed the filming of his scenes when Heston was about three months of age. This, and other stories about the making of the film, were related to her by producer/actor Henry Wilcoxon and his wife, Joan Woodbury. Orrison later wrote...
Executive Suite is a 1954 MGM drama film depicting the transfer of power in a corporation. It was directed by Robert Wise and produced by John Houseman from a screenplay by Ernest Lehman based on the novel of the same name by Cameron Hawley. The cinematography was by George J. Folsey and the costume design by Helen Rose.
The film stars William Holden, June Allyson, Barbara Stanwyck, Fredric March, Walter Pidgeon, Shelley Winters, Louis Calhern, Paul Douglas, Dean Jagger and Nina Foch.
Avery Bullard, president and driving force of the Tredway Corporation, dies at a critical time. Bullard had lost his way in recent years and the furniture manufacturing company had steadily lost ground to the competition. But he had not groomed a successor, so the board of directors must vote for his replacement.
The frontrunner is the ambitious, but unimaginative Loren Shaw (Fredric March), a senior executive concerned more with profitability and satisfying the stockholders than rejuvenating the...
Scaramouche is a 1952 MGM romantic adventure film based on the 1921 novel Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini. It was directed by George Sidney and produced by Carey Wilson from a screenplay by Ronald Millar and George Froeschel. The music score was by Victor Young and the cinematography by Charles Rosher.
The film stars Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, Janet Leigh, Mel Ferrer with Henry Wilcoxon, Nina Foch, Richard Anderson, Robert Coote, Lewis Stone and John Dehner.
The film is set in France just prior to the French Revolution.
The Queen of France, Marie Antoinette (Nina Foch), has given Noel, the Marquis de Maynes (Mel Ferrer) and her cousin, the task of finding Marcus Brutus (Richard Anderson), a pamphleteer. Meanwhile, André Moreau (Stewart Granger) has kidnapped his beloved Lenore (Eleanor Parker) to keep her from running off to marry another man. Through some twists and turns, the two stories merge.
In telling the story, the film gives a picture of the backstage and on-stage...
An American in Paris is a 1951 musical film inspired by the 1928 classical composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, and Oscar Levant, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner. The choreography is by Gene Kelly. All the music is by George and Ira Gershwin. The climax is an 18 minute ballet featuring Kelly and Caron and set to Gershwin's An American in Paris. The ballet alone cost more than half a million dollars, a staggering sum in those days.Jerry Mulligan (Kelly) is an exuberant American expatriate trying to make a living in Paris as a painter. His friend Adam (Levant) is a struggling pianist who's a long time associate of a famous singer, Henri Baurel (Georges Guétary). A lonely society woman (Nina Foch) takes Jerry under her wing and supports him, only to have Jerry fall for Lise (Leslie Caron), a French girl he meets at a restaurant. Lise loves him as well, but she is already in a relationship with...,
The Undercover Man is a 1949 crime drama film starring Glenn Ford. This one of a number of film noir for director Joseph H. Lewis, who went on to direct Gun Crazy and The Big Combo.Frank Warren is a treasury agent assigned to put an end to the activities of a powerful mob crime boss. The "undercover" agent poses as a criminal to seek out information but is frustrated when all he finds are terrified witnesses and corrupt police officers. Although most informants end up dead, Agent Warren gets critical information about the mob from an unlikely source.The film was based on an article entitled "He Trapped Capone," the first part of the autobiography Undercover Man by Federal Agent Frank Wilson, which was serialized in Collier's in 1947.Many details were fictionalized. The time-frame was changed from the Prohibition era to the post-war era. Chicago became an unnamed, fairly nondescript big city. Capone was referred to only as the shadowy "Big Boy" (ironically, this was also how the Capone...,
The Dark Past (1948) is a psychological thriller film directed by Rudolph Maté, and starring William Holden, Nina Foch, and Lee J. Cobb. The film, released by Columbia Pictures is a remake of Blind Alley (1939), also released by Columbia, and based on a play by American playwright James Warwick.A psychoanalyst and his young family and some friends are taken hostage by a gang led by an escaped killer Al Walker. The doctor gets the killer to talk to him in an attempt to find out the killer's unconscious motivation for his evil ways.He relates a dramatic dream he's been having since childhood. Eventually, his crimes are traced back to his childhood and lack of parental guidance, and by the end of the night the doctor has calmed the killer's murderous rage and prevents any more killings....,
My Name is Julia Ross is a 1945 suspense film directed by Joseph H. Lewis. This is the first in a series of film noir directed by Lewis. It is based on the novel The Woman in Red by Anthony Gilbert.Julia Ross secures employment as secretary for a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and moves into her house. Two days later, she awakens in a house with high walls surrounding it keeping her captive. She's in different clothes and has a new identity. The young woman is told she is the daughter-in-law of Mrs. Hughes and has suffered a nervous breakdown. She soon learns that the son of Mrs. Hughes has murdered his wife, disposed of her body and, with his mother's help, plans to pass Julia off as his wife. A panicked Julia desperately tries to contact her boyfriend, one of the only people in England who might be able to help her.Critics praised the short B-movie but many felt the end rushed. Channel 4's review called the film a taut suspense thriller "Think of this as the 1945 equivalent of the...,
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