Grab the tissues and join us for a mini-retrospective from the maestro of 1950s melodrama, director Douglas Sirk. Shot in blazing technicolor, featuring stellar performances (Rock Hudson! Jane Wyman! Lauren Bacall! Lana Turner!) and simmering emotions, these lush and sumptuous films are not to be missed.
Reckless playboy Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson, in his breakthrough role) crashes his speedboat, requiring emergency attention from the town’s only resuscitator—at the very moment that beloved local Dr. Phillips has a heart attack and dies waiting for the life-saving device. Thus begins one of Douglas Sirk’s most flamboyant master classes in melodrama, a delirious Technicolor mix of the sudsy and the spiritual in which Bob and the doctor’s widow, Helen (Jane Wyman), find themselves inextricably linked amid a series of increasingly wild twists, turns, trials, and tribulations.