Max Steiner

Born: 10 May 1888, Vienna
Died: 28 December 1971, Los Angeles, Cal.

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  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    Greed is the undoing of a party of gold prospectors led by Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) in John Huston’s acclaimed south-of-the-border adventure film.

  • The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    Howard Hawks reteamed Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall for this stylish and seductive adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s labyrinthine private-eye novel.

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    Everybody comes to Rick’s bar, including expat Rick’s (Humphrey Bogart) former lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), in one of Hollywood’s most-loved romantic melodramas.

  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    John Ford created perhaps the greatest of all westerns with this tale of a Civil War veteran doggedly hunting the Comanche who have kidnapped his niece.

  • Arsenic and Old Lace

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    Cary Grant is panic-stricken when he suspects his seemingly sweet spinster aunts harbours a dark secret, in Frank Capra’s uncharacteristic foray into twisted farce.

  • Mildred Pierce

    Joan Crawford is the upwardly mobile waitress/restaurant owner in Michael Curtiz’s adaptation of James M. Cain’s novel.

  • White Heat

    Noir classic starring James Cagney as a scarily convincing psychotic hoodlum with a mother fixation.

  • Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    An epic romance set against the backdrop of the American Civil War which broke box-office records and swept the board at the 1939 Academy Awards.

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