Stanley Kramer – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)


Joey Drayton brings her fiancé, Dr. John Prentice, home to sunny San Francisco to meet her affluent parents. Their liberal persuasions are now put to the test, for although the young man is an ideal choice (he’s highly and internationally respected in the medical field, and he’s impeccably mannered, handsome, well dressed and of a respectable California family), he’s black. The film, which covers one busy day in the Drayton home, is essentially a drawing-room comedy, a series of cross-conversations between the young doctor and the girl’s parents, and finally between all sets of parents and offspring. A simple dinner is extended to include the doctor’s parents, who fly up from Los Angeles for the evening, and the crusty but benevolent old Irish priest, a friend of the family. Thus, the title of the film . . . Continue reading

Stanley Kramer – It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)


Author: Ephraim Gadsby from USA

Often accused of being less than the sum of its parts, “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World is one of the most precious gems in filmdom. True, it’s far from being the funniest movie ever. Once, when Monty Python was putting a film together, they found that after fifty-odd minutes the audience stopped laughing. Thinking it was the material, they recut it so the latter material came out first. The audience still stopped laughing at fifty-odd minutes, even with what MP assumed the funnier materials backloaded. The fact is, people can only laugh so long. Continue reading

Stanley Kramer – Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)


This movie is a fictionalized account of the war crimes trial of judges and prosecutors who served the Nazis.
“Judgment at Nuremberg” depicts a watershed event: the first trials, based on principles of justice and international law, of the leaders of a country that waged aggressive war and committed crimes against humanity. The film is a gripping, searching and provocative look at the moral issues surrounding both the actions of the accused and the process of bringing them to justice. The film also explores the issue of whether ordinary Germans bore responsibility for the Holocaust. Continue reading

Stanley Kramer – Inherit the Wind (1960)


Description: Inherit the Wind (1960) portrays, in partly fictionalized form, the famous and dramatic courtroom “Monkey Trial” battle (in the sultry summer of 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee) between two famous lawyers (Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan) who volunteered to heatedly argue both sides of the case (over 12 days, including two weekends).

Its story centers around the issue of evolution vs. creationism, in the prosecution of 24 year-old Dayton High School mathematics teacher and sports coach – and substitute science teacher – John T. Scopes for violating state law (the 1925 Butler Act) by teaching the Darwin’s theory of evolution in a state-funded school. The film’s title was taken from the Biblical book of Proverbs 11:29: “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind.” Continue reading

Stanley Kramer – On the Beach (1959)


In 1964, nuclear war wipes out humanity in the northern hemisphere; one American submarine finds temporary safe haven in Australia, where life-as-usual covers growing despair. In denial about the loss of his wife and children in the holocaust, American Captain Towers meets careworn but gorgeous Moira Davidson, who begins to fall for him. The sub returns after reconnaissance a month (or less) before the end; will Towers and Moira find comfort with each other? Continue reading

Stanley Kramer – Ship of Fools (1965)


“What do a dwarf, anti-Semitic Germans, tolerant Jews, Spanish political prisoners, and 600 Mexican deportees all have in common? They’re all on board the Ship of Fools, an epic seafaring melodrama directed by the legendary Stanley Kramer (It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World). Nominated for eight Academy Awards™ in 1965, it’s an uneven but wholly watchable picture made better by at least one excellent performance, and a host of familiar faces from Hollywood past.” – Continue reading