68th Emmy Award Winners

The Emmy Award Ceremony took place on September 18th.  Below is a list of major winners with links to shows you can find on our shelves!

Outstanding Drama Series game-of-thrones
Game of Thrones

Outstanding Comedy Series
Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Rami Malek in Mr. Robot

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series veep
Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Ben Mendelsohn in Bloodline

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series mr-robot
Kate McKinnon in Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson in Baskets

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Peter Scolari in GIRLS

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Margo Martindale in The Americans orphan-black

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Hank Azaria in Ray Donovan

Outstanding Animated Program
Archer

Outstanding Limited Series
The People VS. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series
Sarah Paulson in The People VS. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story the-americans

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series
Regina King in The People VS. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Lead  Actor in a Limited Series
Courtney B. Vance in The People VS. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series
Sterling K. Brown in The People VS. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

 

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New Releases 9/20

Movies huntman
The Hunstman: Winter’s War
Ratchet and Clank
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Pele: Birth of a Legend
Ma Ma

Policing the Police

T.V. Series
Major Crimes, Season 4 originals
The Originals, Season 3
2 Broke Girls, Season 5
Midsomer Murder, Season 18
Blue Bloods, Season 6
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Season 1
The Good Wife, Season 7
Modern Family, Season 7

Music
The Very Next Thing by Casting Crows casting-crwos
Hard II Love by Usher
Disappear Here by Bad Suns
Countdown by Joey Alexander
Sinner by Aaron Lewis
Tidal Wave by Taking Back Sunday
New York Rhapsody by Lang Lang
For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price by Willie Nelson
The Divine Feminine by Mac Miller
Artscience by Robert Glasper Experiment the-wonder

Audiobooks
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Home by Harlan Coben
Agatha Raisin: Pushing Up Daisies by M.C. Beaton

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The Man Booker Prize

Recently, the shortlist of fiction titles for the Man Booker Prize was announced for 2016. Here are some titles from this year’s shortlist and previous years’ shortlists that we have available either on CD, as eBooks, or eAudiobooks.

2016 Shortlist

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh – Available as an eBookeileen

Summary: “Dreaming of life in the city while caring for her alcoholic father and working in a 1960s boys’ prison, a disturbed young woman is manipulated into committing a psychologically charged crime during the holiday season.”

 

2015 Shortlist

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – Available as a book on CD, an MP3-CD or eBooka-little-life

Summary: “When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he₂ll not only be unable to overcome, but that will define his life forever.”

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler – Available as a book on CD, eBook, or eAudiobooka-spool-of-blue-thread

Summary: “‘It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon.’ This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The whole family–their two daughters and two sons, their grandchildren, even their faithful old dog–is on the porch, listening contentedly as Abby tells the tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different too: Abby and Red are growing older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them, and the fate of the house so lovingly built by Red’s father. Brimming with the luminous insight, humor, and compassion that are Anne Tyler’s hallmarks, this capacious novel takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets, all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family.”

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota – Available as an eBookthe-year-of-the-runaways

Summary: “The lives of three young men, and one unforgettable woman, intertwine over the course of one year after they immigrate from India to Sheffield, England.”

 

 

2014 Shortlist

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris – Available as a book on CD or eBook. to-rise-again-at-a-decent-hour

Summary: “Paul O’Rourke is a Manhattan dentist with a thriving practice leading a quiet, routine-driven life. Then one day someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. His biggest fear is that the online ‘Paul’ might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul’s quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future.”

How to Be Both by Ali Smith – Available as an eBookhow-to-be-both

Summary: “The brilliant Booker-nominated novel from one of our finest authors: How to Be Both is a daring, inventive tale that intertwines the stories of a defiant Renaissance painter and a modern teenage girl. How can one be both–near and far, past and present, male and female? In Ali Smith’s new novel, two extraordinary characters inhabit the spaces between categories. In one half of the book, we follow the story of Francescho del Cossa, a Renaissance painter in fifteenth-century Italy who assumes a duel identity, living as both a man and a woman. In the novel’s other half, George, a contemporary English teenage girl, is in mourning after the death of her brilliant, rebellious mother. As she struggles to fill the void in her life, George finds her thoughts circling again and again around a whimsical trip she and her mother once made to Italy, to see a certain Renaissance fresco … These two stories call out to each other in surprising and deeply resonant ways to form a veritable literary double-take, bending the conventions of genre, storytelling, and our own preconceptions.”

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – Available as a book on CD, an MP3-CDeBook or an eAudiobookthe-narrow-road-to-the-deep-north

Summary: “A novel of love and war that traces the life of one man–an Australian surgeon–from a prisoner-of-war camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway during World War II, up to the present.”

 

 

by Howard Jacobson – Available as an eBookj

Summary: “A profound, darkly comedic parable set in a future where collective memory has vanished following a historic catastrophe, and one young couple’s love affair could have shattering consequences for the human race. In a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying. After the devastation of WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED, all that should remain is peace and prosperity. Everyone knows his or her place; all actions are out in the open. But Esme Nussbaum has seen the distorted realities, the fissures that have only widened in the twenty-plus years since she was forced to resign from her position at the monitor of the Public Mood. Now, Esme finds something strange and special developing in a romance between Ailinn Solomons and Kevern Cohen. As this unusual pair’s actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme realizes she must do everything in her power to keep them together–whatever the cost. With a sense of the dramatic sweep of Michael Ondaatje and the dystopian, literary sensibility of Margaret Atwood, Howard Jacobson’s J is an astonishing feat of fiction. In this exquisitely written, beautifully playful and imaginative, and terribly heart-breaking work, Jacobson gathers his prodigious gifts for the crowning achievement of a remarkable career.”

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler – Available as an MP3-CDeBook or eAudiobookwe-are-all-completely-beside-ourselves

Summary: “Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.”

 

 

All summaries taken from http://catalog.ccls.org/.

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New Releases 9/13

Movies civil-war
God’s Not Dead 2
Captain America: Civil War
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
The Conjuring 2
Churchill’s Secret
Marauders

T.V. Series
Quantico, Season 1
Longmire, Season 4
The Big Bang Theory, Season 9 big-bang-s9
Father Brown, Season 3 Part 2
The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Season 2
Hawaii Five-O, Season 6
Madam Secretary, Season 2
Scorpion, Season 2
Empire, Season 2

Music
Wild World by Bastille
They Don’t Know by Jason Aldean wild-world
One Way by Tamela Mann
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Soundtrack
Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Thin Line by Billy Ray Cyrus
Cold World by Of Mice and Men
Schmilco by Wilco
Something Worth Saving by Gavin Degraw
Kid Sister by The Time Jumpers
The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl by The Beatles
Big Mess by Group Love
Kin by Kt Tunstall common-wealth
Stripped by Macy Gray

Audiobooks
Common Wealth by Ann Patchett
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson

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Jamie’s Staff Picks for September

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms knight of the seven kingdoms
By George R.R. Martin

“Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, this audiobook compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.”

While waiting for The Winds of Winter to come out, I decided to start reading Martin’s prequels to the Song of Ice and Fire series. These three novellas feature the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall (whom you may have heard name-dropped now and again as a legendary knight of the Kingsguard if you read the books, but at the beginning he was a humble hedge knight) and his squire, Egg. Game of Thrones super fans may already realize Egg’s secret identity… but I won’t give it away! While my hope in reading the books was to get some background knowledge to the secrets and intrigues of the main series, I can’t say that so far I’ve discovered anything like that. However, the novellas are entertaining and easy to read, and since Martin plans to write more, perhaps the later novellas will set up Westeros as we know it in the main series. So, if you’re looking for something to tide you over between seasons of the TV series and during the interminable wait for the next book, I would recommend checking this out!

(P.S. We also have this available as a playaway, eAudiobook, and eBook.)

Kiss Kiss Bang BangKiss_kiss_bang_bang_poster

“While fleeing from the cops, small time hood Harry Lockhart stumbles into an acting audition. He does so well he gets to go to Hollywood. While there, Harry pursues a girl he loved in high school and ends up getting caught up in twisted murder mystery. His only chance of getting out alive is a private detective named Gay Perry, who also works as a consultant for movies.”

A long time ago, I read An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England. One of the central themes of that book is that the main character is a “bumbler,” who just bumbles his way through life– almost nothing happens as he plans and he generally stumbles from one accident to the next. The main character of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Harry Lockhart (played by Robert Downey Jr.), is most definitely a bumbler. The story is entirely driven by the fact that Harry, while robbing a toy store with his friend, is chased by the cops and finds refuge in what turns out to be an audition for an upcoming movie. He is overcome with emotion because his friend was shot, which the directors take as method acting, and before you know it he’s in LA at a party for Hollywood bigwigs. He is paired with Perry, played by Val Kilmer, who is a private eye/movie consultant, to prepare him for his role. Thus begins a series of bumbles where these two find themselves wrapped up in a murder mystery/missing persons case. The comedy in this is very dark but very funny, and Downey/Kilmer are a hilarious pair. Shane Black wrote and directed this movie, and it is similar in style to his recent release The Nice Guys (which I also very much enjoyed).

All summaries from http://catalog.ccls.org/.

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If You Enjoyed…

the-girl-with-the-lower-back-tattooAmy Schumer’s much anticipated biography, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, has only been out since late August, but it’s been flying off the shelf and the hold list is growing longer and longer each day. Check out the list below of audiobooks, movies, and T.V. shows you can binge after finishing her bio or as you wait for your hold to arrive.

Audiobooks
Yes Please by Amy Poehler– Amy Poehler offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious.

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey– From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kahling– Mindy Kaling shares her observations, fears, and opinions about a wide-ranging list of the topics she thinks about the most – from her favorite types of guys to life in the Office writers’ room to her leisure pursuit of dieting and how much she loves romantic comedies.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson– Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives – the ones we’d like to pretend never happened – are in fact the ones that define us. In Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

Movies
Trainwreck– Since she was little, it’s been drilled into Amy’s head by her dad that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo ; enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment, but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners ; Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups might be on to something.

Joy– A wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce.

Sisters– The story of two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.

Pitch Perfect– Arriving at her new college, Beca finds herself not right for any clique but somehow is muscled into one that she never would have picked on her own: alongside mean girls, sweet girls and weird girls whose only thing in common is how good they sound when they sing together. When Beca leads this a cappella singing group out of their traditional arrangements and perfect harmonies into all-new mash-ups, they fight to climb their way to the top of college music competitions.

T.V. Shows
Inside Amy Schumer– Amy Schumer explores sex, relationships, and more with sketches, stand-up comedy, and woman-on-the-street interviews.

Broad City– Follow the adventures of two best friends working the big city. No matter how bad it gets, these broads are always down with whatever hits them.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt– Rescued after fifteen years in an underground doomsday cult, Kimmy decides to rebuild her life in New York City armed with only a fifth-grade education and a firm belief that truly anything is possible. She quickly finds a roommate, Titus Andromedon, a job working for a spoiled Manhattan mom, Jacqueline Voorhees, and a new beginning.

Veep– Former Senator Selina Meyer was a charismatic leader and a rising star in her party with her eye on the White House, then she became Vice President. VEEP follows the whirlwind day-to day existence of Vice President Meyer as she puts out political fires, juggles a busy public schedule and demanding private life, and defends the President’s interests, even as she tries to improve her dysfunctional relationship with the Chief Executive.

All images and summaries taken from catalog.ccls.org.

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Zoey’s Staff Picks for September

Here is what I picked for this month, including short reviews:

Looking for Alaskalooking for alaska
by John Green, performed by Jeff Woodman

“Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the Great Perhaps. Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green’s arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.”

I remember reading Looking for Alaska back while I was in high school, and in fact, a majority of it during my Junior Prom. Ever since my first reading of John Green’s first publication it has been placed on my favorites shelf, and subject to some re-reading here and there. But this time, I’m re-reading it in preparation for CCL’s first D.F.T.B.A. Book Club meeting** and reading it as a (somewhat) more mature adult is a lot different than when I read it in high school. Looking for Alaska is a great coming-of age novel perfect for anyone. John Green, as usual, really drives home the idea that you can have a great story without the sappy, happily-ever-after ending. Personally, I think that’s what I enjoy most about John Green’s writing– his realistic portrayal of life. There are moments in Looking for Alaska that will leave you crying, on the edge of your seat, laughing out loud, or even cringing out of second-hand embarrassment. John Green is a phenomenal writer and achieves the perfect pace that makes you want to keep reading.

**If you are interested in John Green’s Looking for Alaska, or involved in the Nerdfighter community, join Chester County Library for our first D.F.T.B.A.* (*Don’t Forget to Be Awesome) Book Club. Check out our events page for more information!

 

Star Trekstar trek
dir. J.J. Abrams; feat. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, and Simon Pegg

“On the day of James Kirk’s birth, his father dies on his ship in a last stand against a mysterious alien vessel. He was searching for Ambassador Spock, who is a child on Vulcan, disdained by his neighbors for his half-human nature. Twenty years later, Kirk has grown into a young troublemaker. He is inspired by Capt. Christopher Pike to fulfill his potential in Starfleet, even though he annoys his instructors. Suddenly, there is an emergency on Vulcan when the Romulan Nero comes from the future to take revenge on the Federation. The newly commissioned USS Enterprise is crewed with promising cadets like Uhura, Sulu, Chekov and even Kirk himself thanks to Leonard McCoy’s medical trickery. Together, this crew will travel to the final frontier where the old legend is altered forever.”

Upon leaving the theater, I wanted to staff pick Star Trek: Beyond, the new film in J.J. Abram’s Star Trek franchise, but, alas, I have to wait until it’s out on DVD. That won’t stop me, however, from recommending the first in the series. Released in 2009, Star Trek is a reboot (of sorts) of the original television series with William Shantor and Leonard Nimoy. I feel as though Abrams and everyone involved did the series justice and, perhaps, beyond. The writing is certainly clever, in the original Star Trek fashion, the humor always finds itself in the right place at the right time, and the cinematography, as always with Abrams, is simply beautiful. The reboot series sparked a quirky bond between my mother and I. She, who adores the original Shatnor Star Trek, and I, who adores Chris Pine (although Karl Urban as Bones is admittedly my favorite character), have come together to binge watch any Star Trek we can get our hands on. Needless to say, for me it’s amusing hearing my mom talking about the days she remembers watching it back in the late sixties when she was just a child; yet, it still is something I never would have imagined my mom and I having in common. Whether you have or have not seen the original Star Trek T.V. series or the movies, still give “the newer” version a shot. I can guarantee you will become curious about anything Star Trek.

All images and summaries taken from catalog.ccls.org.

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New Releases 9/6

Movies money-monster
Money Monster
Love & Friendship
Now You See Me 2
The Meddler
A Bigger Splash
Compadres
Genius
Wild Oats the-flash-s2
Nina 
Equals

T.V. Series
Rectify, Season 3
The Flash, Season 2
Supernatural, Season 11
CSI: Cyber, The Final Season
South Park, Season 19 closed-casket

Audiobook
Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah & Agatha Christie
Downfall by J. A. Jance
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

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The Light Between Oceans Book to Movie Event Tonight

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The Least is the Funniest

Doris Day and Rock Hudson co-starred in three highly successful comedies:  Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, and Send Me No Flowers.  The first is generally considered the best.  But is it the funniest?

Pillow Talk (1959)pillow talk tells the tale of a shared telephone line (remember party lines?) on which Jan Morrow (Day) accidentally eavesdrops on the pick-up lines Brad Allen (Hudson) is using on innumerable women.  He eventually learns about his eavesdropper and naturally masquerades as someone else in order to romance her.  Thelma Ritter adds her typical endearing support, and as with the ensuing two films, Tony Randall is an engaging sounding pad and foil.

Lover Come Back (1961) is about advertising “mad men” and a woman.  Jerry Webster (Hudson) competes for accounts with cross-town rival Carol Templeton (Day).  Pretending to be the inventor of the nonexistent VIP, Webster’s ruse falls apart when his boss (Randall) places the seductive Rebel (Edie Adams) in TV commercials for the imaginary product.  A chemist (Jack Kruschen) is hired to come up with something, anything that will prove to the Ad Council that VIP is not a hoax.  The chemist succeeds and Jerry proclaims, “Gentlemen, I give you VIP, a pleasant concoction to be enjoyed by the entire family.”  VIP turns out to be….I won’t give it away.

Send Me No Flowers (1964) features Day and Hudson as a suburban married couple (So much for the myth that she was always the eternal virgin.), Judy and George Kimball.  A hypochondriac, George mistakes for his own a doctor’s chart for another patient and thinks he has a limited time to live.  A noble fellow, he decides to keep Judy in the dark while he hooks her up with an appropriate future husband.  Enter the imposing Clint Walker (of TV’s Cheyenne fame).  send me no flowersSo large of frame is he that he can barely exit his Jaguar.  Hearing of Judy’s travails, he calls her a “brick.”  George retorts, “I’ll tell my wife when she’s a brick!”  When he learns that George is (supposedly) dying, Arnold (Randall) goes on a binge and finds solace in the extreme smoothness of a wooden table top.  George’s weird behavior eventually promotes suspicion in Judy’s mind that he’s having an affair, possibly with Linda Bullard (Patricia Barry).  Arnold tells George to admit his unfaithfulness.  What could go wrong?  Of course it backfires, and in a priceless scene in a train station baggage office Judy grills George, demanding the name of the lady in question. “Dolores,” says he.  She wants a last name, too.   At a loss, George scans the room, his eyes alighting on a park poster of Smokey the Bear.  Thus, “Dolores Yellowstone.”   Send Me No Flowers is a solid mix of sight gags, memorable one-liners, and characters coming to erroneous conclusions.  It benefits from a stable of excellent character actors, including Paul Lynde as a funeral director, Edward Andrews as the doctor, and Hal March as a philanderer.  Chalk up some of its appeal to director Norman Jewison, who the following year helmed The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.  Credit the writers as well:  Norman Barasch and Carroll Moore, who’d written the play upon which the film is based.

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