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History

Around 1918, during the heyday of the Model T, and the beginning of the film boom, Jesse D. Hampton built a simple film studio at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue.

Little did he know that his small studio would be passed to some of the greatest influences in film.

1940s

Howard Hughes, a studio tenant for nearly 50 years, directs Jane Russell’s debut in “The Outlaw,” a movie so racy that it isn’t released for three years (and still ran afoul of the Hays Code).

Our Town

1940

Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors.

Starring: William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi

Director: Sam Wood

Genre: Drama, Romance

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Foreign Correspondent

1940

Johnny Jones is an action reporter on a New York newspaper. The editor appoints him European correspondent because he is fed up with the dry, reports he currently gets. Jones' first assignment is to get the inside story on a secret treaty agreed between two European countries by the famous diplomat, Mr. Van Meer. However things don't go to plan and Jones enlists the help of a young woman to help track down a group of spies.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Genre: Action, Romance, Thriller

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Ball of Fire

1941

A group of ivory-tower lexicographers realize they need to hear how real people talk, and end up helping a beautiful singer avoid police and escape from the Mob.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers

Director: Howard Hawks

Genre: Comedy, Romance

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The Pride Of The Yankees

1942

Biopic traces the life of Lou Gehrig, famous baseball player who played in 2130 consecutive games before falling at age 37 to ALS, a deadly nerve disease which now bears his name. Gehrig is followed from his childhood in New York until his famous 'Luckiest Man' speech at his farewell day in 1939.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan

Director: Sam Wood

Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance

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Up in Arms

1944

Hypochondriac Danny Weems gets drafted into the army and makes life miserable for his fellow GIs. He's also lovesick when it comes to pretty Mary Morgan, unaware that she's in love with his...

Starring: Danny Kaye, Dinah Shore, Dana Andrews, Constance Dowling

Director: Elliott Nugent

Genre: Comedy, Musical

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Once Upon a Time

1944

A cash-strapped theater producer promotes a nine-year-old boy's dancing caterpillar.

Starring: Cary Grant, Janet Blair, James Gleason, Ted Donaldson

Director: Alexander Hall

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

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A Walk in the Sun

1945

In the 1943 invasion of Italy, one American platoon lands, digs in, then makes its way inland to blow up a bridge next to a fortified farmhouse, as tension and casualties mount. Unusually realistic picture of war as long quiet stretches of talk, punctuated by sharp, random bursts of violent action whose relevance to the big picture is often unknown to the soldiers.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, George Tyne, John Ireland

Director: Lewis Milestone

Genre: Drama, War

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The Best Years Of Our Lives

1946

The story concentrates on the social re-adjustment of three World War II servicemen, each from a different station of society. Al Stephenson returns to an influential banking position, but finds it hard to reconcile his loyalties to ex-servicemen with new commercial realities. Fred Derry is an ordinary working man who finds it difficult to hold down a job or pick up the threads of his marriage. Having had both hands burnt off during the war, Homer Parrish is unsure that his fiancée's feelings are still those of love and not those of pity. Each of the veterans faces a crisis upon his arrival, and each crisis is a microcosm of the experiences of many American warriors who found an alien world awaiting them when they came marching home.

Starring: Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright

Director: William Wyler

Genre: Drama, Romance, War

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The Strange Woman

1946

In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.

Starring: Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Louis Hayward, Gene Lockhart

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer, Douglas Sirk

Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

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The Bishop's Wife

1947

An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage.

Starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley

Director: Henry Koster

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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