The Guns Of Navarone
Five-star action-adventure based on a great Alistair MacLean novel, which premiered 53 years ago today. In 1961, it outdrew every film made that year except West Side Story, was nominated for seven Oscars and won for Best Special Effects. Stars David Niven and Anthony Quinn had one and two Oscars respectively when this movie was made, and Gregory Peck won his the following year, so once again, assembling that much talent around a great story pays off handsomely onscreen. It also served to get blacklisted screenwriter/producer Carl Foreman out of the doghouse of anonymity, where he'd languished ghostwriting scripts in England after refusing to name names before HUAC in 1951.