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Tony Williams <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 2 May 1995 17:18:37 CDT
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(Moderator's note:  This is such a tall, varied order, please send responses
directly to Tony at [log in to unmask]  Thanks, Jeremy.)
From: Tony Williams
 Dear Friends, I'm working on a modern version of the copyright problems
surrounding Jack London's suit against D.W. Griffith and Biograph over the
1908 film "Just Meat." The 1916 ruling disallowed London's suit saying that
the Griffith film used a stock motif as opposed to an embellished one (i.e.)
one unique and original. I wish to find out whether members can help with
suggesting films and T.V, movies where the following have occurred.
1. A man threatens or abducts a woman's child (or baby). The woman despertately
   attempts to get the child back.
2. A situation where any baby is in danger.
3. The situation where any cat is murdered (e.g. STRAW DOGS, TWO EVIL EYES).
4. A doll is substituted for a baby (50s British movie in color about a
   kidnapping has this - but I've forgotten the title!).
5. A young woman falls in love with a charming young man who later turns out to
   be a dangerous person who threatens her or tries to harm her (SLEEPING WITH
   THE ENEMY, a cable movie withMimi Rodgers called "Lady Killer"?
6. Which movie directors have used situations more than ONCE in their films?
   (e.g. Hitchcock uses the device of a man and woman handcuffed together in
   SABOTEUR and THE 39 STEPS; the siege in Hawk's RIO BRAVO, EL DORADO,
   RIO LOBO; Dario Argento's damsels in bloody distress etc). NOTE - NO
      All genres - musicals, love stories, sci-fi thrillers applicable.
7. Directors who have used the SAME THEME in their movies (not sequels or
   remakes). E.G. Hitchcock's REBECCA and SUSPICION have inexperienced young
   girl falling for sophisticated man whom she later believes to be a killer.
   In both films her suspicions are incorrect.
8. Films or TV movies involving poisoned milk.
9. Any film or TV movie using abortion as a central theme.
10. Movie thrillers in which a killer falls to his death from a high place
    from which eh has pursued his female victim. TV features also applicable.
     Thanking you all in advance, Tony Williams