The above image is from the 1947 movie Miracle On 34th Street, which is a Christmas classic starring Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, and Edmund Glenn. Glenn plays Kris Kringle, who is hired by Doris Walker (O'Hara) to be Santa in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade when their original Santa turns up drunk. The new Santa proves immensely popular and Macy's wishes to hire him for the Christmas season. Doris is less enthusiastic, because Kris claims to actually be Santa Claus, and she has always been firm about telling her daughter Susan (Wood) that Santa isn't real. She doesn't want her daughter getting confused, and also figures that Kris is either refusing to tell the truth, or is crazy. It turns out that Kris lives at a nursing home, and the doctor there assures Doris that he is harmless. The home is a considerable distance from the store, however, so they need to find Kris a place to stay in the city for the duration of his employment. In the end, Doris' neighbour Fred (Payne) who is trying to thaw Doris' cold and cynical heart and also bring some joy into Susan's very pragmatic and unimaginative life, lets Kris move in with him. Before that, however, the plan had been for Mr. Shellhammer- the head of the toy department- to ask Kris to stay with him and his wife. Shellhammer is afraid that his wife won't agree, so gets her liquored up before asking, then puts her on the telephone with Doris. In a giddy haze, she blurrily informs them that "We'd love to have Santa Claus come live with us..."
This image is from the 1942 movie Casablanca and yes, I know the last movie picture challenge was also from that film. I just watched it on Remembrance Day- introducing a few of my older nephews and nieces to the film for the first time- and couldn't resist. In this image, petty crook Ugarte is being arrested by the police in Rick's cafe. Ugarte had earlier confided in Rick that he was in possession of two letters of transit stolen off of murdered German couriers. He gave them to Rick, asking him to keep them concealed until he- Ugarte- could later meet with the man to whom he was planning to sell them. When the police approach him while gambling, Ugarte pulls a gun and tries to flee, begging Rick to help him, which leads to Rick's classic line: "I stick my neck out for nobody."
This image is from the final scene in the 1942 film Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Set in World War II, the movie tells the story of Rick Blaine (Bogart), a night club owner in Casablanca who is trying to keep his head down and run his business, intent on remaining neutral and uninvolved in the global conflict. This proves impossible when his former lover Ilsa (Bergman) arrives with her husband Victor Laszlo, a resistance leader on the run from the Nazis. They are looking for assistance in escaping to America. In the above scene, Rick has obtained letters of transit for Ilsa and Victor and they are leaving by plane when the German Major Strasser arrives and attempts to sound the alarm. Rick shoots him and Captain Renault, the corrupt and self-serving police chief who is nevertheless a loyal Frenchman, covers for Rick, telling his men to- in the now iconic phrase- "Round up the usual suspects."
This image is from the 1944 film Arsenic and Old Lace, my favourite Halloween movie, which stars Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster and Raymond Massey as his creepy brother Jonathan. In this scene, Jonathan and his partner in crime Dr. Hermann Einstein (Peter Lorre), on the run from the police, have arrived at the home of Jonathan's- and Mortimer's- two aunts with a dead body in their car. They decide to rid themselves of it by burying it in the basement but to their shock, they discover that there are already a dozen bodies buried down there...
This image is from the 1952 Cecil B. DeMille movie The Greatest Show On Earth, which is about a travelling circus managed by Brad Braden (Charlton Heston). In the scene from which this picture is taken, two disgruntled former employees plot to make the circus trains crash. One of them- Klaus- has a change of heart when he realises that Angel, the circus performer he's in love with- is on one of the trains. He attempts to stop the train, with disastrous results.