Gregory Peck Studio Stars Collection

17/09/2007
  |  Buy to Own: 17/09/2007
  |  567 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

A collection of five films starring Gregory Peck, one of 20th Century Fox's most popular film stars throughout the 1940s and 50s, best known for his roles as the good guy fighting injustice. Elia Kazan's Oscar-winning conscience-raiser 'Gentleman's Agreement' (1947) was the first Hollywood film to take anti-Semitism as its central theme. Journalist Phil Green (Peck) is researching a piece on discrimination against Jews. Dissatisfied with his efforts, Green decides to masquerade as a Jew in order to build up first-hand experience of prejudice. As well as Academy recognition for the film and director, Celeste Holm carried home an Oscar for her supporting role. In WWII drama 'Twelve O'Clock High' (1949), Colonel Keith Davenport (Gary Merrill) is more of a friend than a commander to his men, a US bomber crew stationed in wartime Britain. After a series of dangerous missions, the pilots are living on their nerves - and when Davenport is replaced by the callous General Savage (Peck), the latter's attempts to whip the crew into shape result in a deluge of requests for transfers. However, young Lieutenent Bishop (Robert Patten) rallies his fellow pilots, and soon they and Savage begin to develop a mutual respect. In 'The Gunfighter' (1950), disenchanted gunslinger Jimmy Ringo (Peck) is heading towards a reunion with his son - and, he hopes, a new life free of bloodshed. However, before he can reach his destination, he is confronted by a local hot-head who forces him into a shoot-out. The brothers of the young assailant vow to gain their revenge after Ringo guns him down in self-defence. 'The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit' (1956), based on the novel by Sloan Wilson, is a subtle emotional drama in which Peck plays Tom Rath, an ex-soldier who faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children. In 'The Bravados' (1958), Peck plays a farmer obsessed with hunting down and killing the four outlaws who raped and murdered his wife. As he follows their trail he realises that he has been corrupted by his revenge and is no better than them. Joan Collins and Lee van Cleef co-star.