The above picture is from the wonderful 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, a Frank Capra movie starring James Stewart as Jefferson Smith, a naive newly-appointed junior Senator. Along with his office, Smith has inherited his predecessor's secretary Clarissa Saunders (Jean Arthur) who is as world-weary and cynical as Smith is wide-eyed and idealistic. In the scene from which this photo is taken, Smith is excitedly telling Saunders about a bill he intends to propose. Saunders, who has been around Washington for a long time, takes it upon herself to explain to her schmuck of a boss exactly how his proposed bill is going to end up.
The above image is from the 1955 Hitchcock movie To Catch A Thief. In it, Cary Grant plays John Robie, a reformed jewel thief (Le Chat) who is pressed back into service when a new cat burglar begins to steal jewellery from wealthy tourists on the French Riviera. The new thief is copying Le Chat's methods almost exactly, causing the police to suspect Robie has gone back to plying his old trade. This compels Robie to go on the run and attempt to track down the copycat in order to prove his own innocence. The movie culminates with a chase scene at a casino/resort, Robie pursuing his nemesis over the roofs, intent on catching the burglar while avoiding the police. The above picture is from that scene. The film is fine but to be honest, I'm not really a fan of it despite my admiration of all things Cary Grant. The big problem is, I read the book first and it is so superior to the film that I was disappointed when I watched it some time afterwards.
This image is from the 1940 comedy His Girl Friday which stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. In it, newspaper editor Walter Burns (Grant) talks his ex-wife and former star reporter Hildy Johnson (Russell) into covering one last story: the controversial hanging of convicted murderer Earl Williams (seen above). Williams is obviously mentally ill, but the crooked mayor is pushing for his execution because it's an election year and he wants to be seen as tough on crime. Following a series of events too convoluted to explain here, Earl escapes from prison and ends up taking Hildy hostage. She handily disarms the weak and ineffectual Williams and ends up stuffing him in a roll-top desk in order to hide him long enough for Walter to arrive and help her break the case wide open and scoop all the other papers.
This image is from the 1934 film The Scarlet Pimpernel, based on the 1908 novel by Baroness Orczy. In this scene Sir Percy Blakeney, an Englishman leading a double life as a vigilante rescuing French aristocrats from the Terror in France, is in disguise as an old woman (that's him with the big nose). He's seated near the guillotine with women who are knitting while watching the public executions as a spectator sport. This macabre scene is historically accurate: these gruesome chicks were called Les Tricoteuses, which means "the knitting women". Sir Percy is played by Leslie Howard.
This image is from the 1957 film Twelve Angry Men. This movie is about a jury attempting to reach a verdict in a murder case in which a teenage boy is accused of killing his father. The guy being held back is Juror #3- played by Lee J. Cobb- who all along seems to take the case very personally. He wants to declare the boy guilty immediately and is opposed to discussing the evidence and testimonies at all. As it turns out, he has a troubled and violent relationship with his own son and is letting his anger over that influence his opinions on this case. The man he is lungeing at is Juror #8 (Henry Fonda), who isn't convinced of the accused's guilt and wishes to go over every shred of evidence carefully. As he gradually convinces other jurors to question their snap decision, Juror #3 becomes more agitated and angry. Finally, goading him, Fonda's character accuses him of being a sadist who wants to see the boy executed no matter what the evidence proves. Cobb's character loses it and tries to attack Fonda, having to be held back by several of the other jurors.