WorldCat Identities

Ferguson, Perry

Works: 28 works in 54 publications in 2 languages and 3,682 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Journalism films  Comedy films  Documentary television programs  Films à clef  War films  Film noir  Christmas films 
Roles: ard, Other, Production personnel
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Perry Ferguson
The best years of our lives by William Wyler( Visual )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the problems faced by three returning veterans of WWII as they attempt to pick up the threads of their lives. Captain Derry is returning to a loveless marriage, Sergeant Stephenson is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him, and sailor Parrish is tormented by the loss of his hands
The bishop's wife by Henry Koster( Visual )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 1,273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Heavenly bells are ringing, jubilant choirs are singing, and Christmas joy is blanketing the world like freshly fallen snow. But the Yuletide spirit has yet to warm Bishop Henry Brougham's Victorian home. Struggling to raise funds for a new cathedral, the preoccupied young clergyman has neglected his loving wife, Julia, and now only divine intervention can save their marriage! But the powerful and handsome angel sent from above has a mind of his own ... and teaching nortal Henry an immortal lesson in romance isn't all he has planned!"--Container
Rope by Alfred Hitchcock( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two friends strangle a college classmate and then proceed to invite his family and friends to dinner after they stuff the body inside a trunk to be used for the dining table. One of the guests, their teacher, suspects foul play and returns later to discover not only the body, but also how his own academic theories had been twisted to provide the motivation for the grotesque murder. Based on the real-life Leopold-Loeb murder, Hitchcock's study of total mise-en-scene construction was shot entirely on a single sound stage
Danny Kaye : the Goldwyn years( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Up in arms: Hypochondriac Danny Weems gets drafted into the army and makes life miserable for his fellow GIs. He's also lovesick when it comes to pretty Mary Morgan, unaware that she's in love with his best friend Joe
Edward G. Robinson crime dramas( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The woman in the window: An intellectual college professor is mesmerized by the painting of a beautiful woman in a gallery window. When he, by chance, meets the subject of the alluring painting, he becomes trapped in a murder plot and witnesses his own investigation. He must now protect the temptress
The stranger by Orson Welles( Visual )

7 editions published between 1946 and 2013 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Edward G. Robinson stars as Wilson, a government agent who tracks down a high-ranking Nazi officer (Welles) who has managed to craft a new identity for himself in a quaint Connecticut town, marrying the daughter (Loretta Young) of a local judge."--Case
Without honor( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A housewife having an affair is caught by a private detective. When her lover breaks it off with her, she accidentally stabs him with an ice pick. Her brother-in-law blackmails her for the crime, but is her lover really dead?
Citizen Kane by Orson Welles( Visual )

5 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amerika in den 1920er Jahren: Charles Foster Kane herrscht über eine Vielzahl von Zeitungen und Radiostationen, doch sein Erfolg hat ihn grössenwahnsinnig gemacht. In völliger Einsamkeit stirbt er schliesslich auf seinem riesigen Schloss Xanadu. Ein Journalist versucht das Rätsel um sein letztes Wort "Rosebud" zu lüften und kommt einem faszinierenden Leben auf die Spur
Gunga Din by George Stevens( Visual )

6 editions published between 1900 and 1995 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At a British army post in India, native water carrier Gunga Din dreams of becoming a soldier. When the regiment learns that the telegraph wires to one of their outposts have been cut, Sergeants Cutter, MacChesney and Ballantine are sent to investigate. The three sergeants find the compound in the hands of a fiendish band of killers known as the Thugges, members of a fanatic religious order that worships the goddess Kali and has sworn to annihilate the British in India. The sergeants fend off the fanatics' attack, and upon their triumphant return to the post, Ballantine announces that he is foresaking the army to marry Emmy Stebbins and take a job in a tea company. His announcement is met with consternation by his pals, who immediately begin to scheme to keep their buddy in the service. Meanwhile, Gunga Din leads Cutter, who is obsessed with discovering hidden treasure, to a temple of gold, which, they discover, is the holy shrine of the Thugges. As he decoys the Thugges, Cutter sends Gunga Din to the post for reinforcements. MacChesney uses Cutter's dangerous position to trick Ballantine into reenlisting in the rescue mission, and the two ride out, leaving Ballantine's sweetheart behind. The sergeants have misunderstood Gunga Din however, and believing that Cutter is being held captive by priests, arrive with no reinforcements. Captured by the Thugges, the three sergeants watch helplessly as the Scottish troops march in to the fanatics' ambush. Then Gunga Din, imbued with the soldier's spirit, realizes his dream by sounding the bugle to warn the troops, heroically sacrificing his life for his sense of duty. Saved by Gunga Din's warning, the British defeat the Thugges. Later, Ballantine decides that his place is in the army, and Gunga Din is appointed a corporal in the British army and is buried with military honors"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Coffy by Jack Hill( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coffy, a young nurse, takes vengeance on the powerful drug ring that destroyed her younger sister's life
Annie Oakley by George Stevens( Visual )

1 edition published in 1900 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Energetic biographical drama based on the life and legend of sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her on-off relationship with Wild Bill Hickock
Conflict( Visual )

1 edition published in 1956 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"A weekly dramatic hour-long program. 'Silent Journey' is the episode entered for consideration. It tells the story of a deaf boy's odyssey. He travels, alone, nearly 3000 miles to reach a clinic where he hopes his deafness can be cured. In the course of his journey, the boy's faith in the goodness of the silent world he lives in is shattered, but in a climax of great warmth and even greater surprise, it is restored."--1956 Peabody Digest
Murder on a honeymoon( Visual )

1 edition published in 1935 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"While flying to Santa Catalina Island, schoolteacher and amateur detective Hildegarde Withers witnesses the sudden death of fellow passenger Roswell T. Forrest. Although Britt, the Catalina police chief, insists that Forrest died of a heart attack, Hildegarde is confident that Forrest was murdered and wires her friend, Inspector Oscar Piper, in New York City. There, Oscar learns that Forrest was to be a state's witness against a gang of mobsters, and that a mobster named McArthur was offering $10,000 for Forrest's death. Convinced now that Forrest was murdered, Britt begins to question the plane passengers, which include Joseph B. Tate, a motion picture director, would-be actress Phyllis La Font, newlyweds Kay and Marvin Deving, and Captain Beegle, a retired rumrunner. In front of the suspects, Hildegarde theorizes that Forrest was poisoned and establishes that several of the witnesses had the opportunity to kill him. Soon after, Oscar arrives and discovers that Forrest's body has been stolen from the police station. Sure that the killer is always the least likely suspect, Oscar accuses the Devings of the crime until Hildegarde informs him that Tate, who had offered Forrest a drink from his whiskey flask, had been covering up the fact that his flask had a secret compartment. In addition, Kay reveals the next day that she saw the plane's pilots apparently stealing Forrest's body from the station. After Oscar unsuccessfully grills the pilots and Tate, Hildegarde discovers that Arthur T. Mack, a fellow hotel guest, has left an envelope containing $10,000 in a post office box and assumes that Arthur T. Mack is an alias for McArthur. Then, Marvin is shot and killed in the Avalon casino as he is about to reveal information about Forrest. Eventually, Oscar and Hildegarde determine that the man who called himself Forrest actually was named Kelsey, and that the real Forrest, who has arrived on the island, hired Kelsey to impersonate him. After Hildegarde finds a pack of poisoned cigarettes and confronts Mack about the murder, Mack is killed. On a hunch, Hildegarde takes Oscar to see Kay and offers her a cigarette from the poisoned pack. Kay nervously turns down the cigarette and then draws a gun on Hildegarde. Overcome by Oscar, Kay confesses that Marvin had slipped Kelsey a poison cigarette on the plane, then was murdered by Mack, whose crime was avenged by Kay"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
The nitwits( Visual )

1 edition published in 1935 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"After music publisher Winfield Lake receives an extortion letter from someone calling himself the Black Widow, his wife Alice insists that he hire William Darrell, a famous private detective, to protect him. As Darrell begins his assignment for Lake, unsuspecting Johnny and Newton, who run the cigar store in Lake's office building, audition their new song, 'The Black Widow is going to get you if you don't watch out, ' for him. Terrified, Lake angrily rejects the song and storms up to his office, where he is greeted by songwriter George Clark, who charges him with cheating on his royalty payments. Lake then accuses Lurch, his auditor, of tampering with the account books and assures Clark that he will investigate the matter. After locking Clark's file in his desk, Lake flirts with his secretary, Mary Roberts, who is also Johnny's girl friend. When Johnny shows up with an unloaded gun to 'plug' his song again, he sees Lake being repulsed by Mary and slugs him, then announces that Mary is quitting. While Mary prepares to go, Lake is murdered by the Black Widow, who fires his gun through a hole hidden in the ceiling. Caught hiding on the balcony with Johnny's gun, Mary is arrested in spite of 'confessions' from both Johnny and Newton. That night Johnny and Newton visit Mary's jail cell and learn that she saw Lurch trying to break into Lake's desk shortly after the murder. Determined to help Mary, Johnny and Newton return to the Lake Building to plant Newton's 'truth device' invention on Lake's chair and then trick Lurch into confessing. At the same time, the police surround the building in order to catch the Black Widow, who is to collect extortion money that has been deposited by Alice and others in the basement. While Johnny and Newton set up their device, Darrell shows up and suggests that they re-enact the crime. By accident, Darrell activates the truth device and confesses that he is the Black Widow, but Johnny and Newton conclude that the device has malfunctioned and proceed with the re-enactment. After the boys barely escape with their lives, Darrell murders Lurch, who has shown up to retrieve Clark's file, and then knocks out Clark as he arrives on the scene. A group of blacks, meanwhile, who have snuck into a costume company office to play a game of craps, discover Darrell's money, which has blown up the ventilation shaft from the basement, in a heating grate. To retrieve his money, Darrell dons a 'skeleton' costume and scares the blacks, but is then confronted by Johnny and Newton. After an extended chase and fight involving Darrell, his men, the blacks, and Johnny and Newton, the police burst in and apprehend Darrell. Cleared of all charges, Mary accepts both Johnny's proposal and his pegboard engagement ring"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
The lady consents( Visual )

1 edition published in 1936 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A woman allows a gold digger to steal her husband from her, then saves him from her clutches
Belle of the Yukon( Visual )

1 edition published in 1944 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Randolph Scott is a reformed confidence man who fled north from the law, and opened a successful dancehall-gambling establishment at Malamute. Gypsy Rose Lee, deserted by Scott in his flight, arrives as head of a new entertainment unit and is intrigued by his reformation to again fall in love with him. bob Armstrong tries to muscle in on the casino play with crooked dice and wheels without success, and Scott frames him with phony weather report on the date of river freezing. Armstrong gives odds to the miners on the early date, with Scott organizing a bank to keep the wagers. But Armstrong finds out about the fake report, and there's a round of double-cross episodes among the former con men over escape with the dust, including a temporary run on the bank"--Variety review, Nov. 29, 1944
Booth Tarkington's Alice Adams( Visual )

1 edition published in 1935 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"In the small town of South Renford, Alice Adams, the pretty daughter of Virgil Adams, an invalid clerk, is escorted by her brother Walter to an elegant party that is being hosted by Mildred Palmer, a local debutante. Dressed in a two-year-old gown and carrying a bouquet of wilted violets, Alice, who dreams of social acceptance, is snubbed by the Palmers and their guests until Arthur Russell, Mildred's cousin, asks her to dance. Although entranced by the handsome Arthur, Alice shyly refuses a second dance and asks him to find Walter, who is playing dice with the servants in the cloak room. A humiliated Alice returns home and, after a brave smile for her mother, cries bitterly in her room. Later, however, Alice runs into Arthur in town and walks with him to her house. Embarrassed by the house's shabby appearance, Alice discourages an eager Arthur from coming inside but agrees to receive him for an evening visit. After two nights of anxious waiting, Alice finally finds Arthur at her door and chats with him on the porch. As Alice's mother listens by the window, Arthur showers Alice with sincere compliments and asks her to a party that the daughter of Virgil's employer, J.A. Lamb, is planning. Furious that Alice was not invited by the Lambs, Mrs. Adams later rails against Virgil for his lack of career ambition, which she contends has ruined Alice's chances at 'catching' Arthur. Overwhelmed by his wife's arguments, Virgil gives in and, backed by a formula for glue that he had invented years before while working for Lamb, opens his own glue works. Arthur, meanwhile, continues to romance Alice and happily accepts an invitation to a family dinner. Just before the dinner, Arthur hears from Mildred's father that Lamb has accused Virgil of stealing the glue formula and is planning to open a rival factory. In spite of a surly maid, bad food and her father's social awkwardness, Alice maintains an overly cheerful facade for Arthur throughout the 'formal' dinner. When Walter, who has been caught stealing from Lamb's company, shows up, however, the evening falls apart, and Alice says goodbye to Arthur, sure that she will never see him again. Lamb then arrives and accuses Virgil of stealing the glue formula. After Virgil yells at his former boss that he is a 'mean man, ' Alice takes Lamb aside and explains to him that her father opened the factory only to help her. Touched by Alice's words, Lamb offers to join Virgil in his venture, and hostilities are put aside. Alice then steps out on the porch and finds Arthur waiting for her with open, loving arms"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Ciudadano Kane Citizen Kane( )

in Spanish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Mother Carey's chickens( Visual )

1 edition published in 1938 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Hours before his departure for the Spanish-American War, Captain John Carey, a career naval officer, invites his wife and four children to a picnic near Newport, Rhode Island. While driving in the country, the Careys, who are renting a nearby furnished house, discover an abandoned mansion and stop to investigate it. Enchanted by the once-splendid house, daughter Nancy fantasizes with her sister Kitty about having the money to buy the property. Several months later, during a birthday dinner given in Captain Carey's honor, Mrs. Carey receives word that her husband has been killed. To make ends meet on her husband's pension, Mrs. Carey takes work at a factory and is seriously injured on the job. In spite of offers from their rich aunt Bertha, the Carey children vow to find a way to restore their mother's health while staying together as a family. Consequently, when Nancy is out driving with Ralph Thurston, a Latin teacher with whom both she and Kitty are infatuated, she comes up with a scheme whereby the family will lease the still-empty mansion for a small yearly fee, restore and furnish it using her father's life insurance money, and transform it into a profitable boardinghouse for Ralph and his fellow teachers. With help from the Pophams, the local real estate agents and general store owners, the Careys turn the dilapidated mansion into an inviting residence. Unknown to them, however, Pauline Fuller and her henpecked husband Clarence are plotting with the mansion's Boston landlord, Thomas Hamilton, Sr., to buy the house for themselves. Before the Careys are able to open their doors to the boarders, they are visited by Dr. Tom Hamilton, Jr., who informs them that they must vacate the premises within two weeks. That same day, however, three-year-old Peter Carey falls ill, and Tom volunteers to treat him. After Tom saves Peter's life, he pledges to prevent the Fullers from moving in and, with the help of the Carey children, terrifies the Fullers into leaving by 'haunting' the house with manufactured ghosts. Impressed by Tom's kindness, Nancy, who previously had lost Ralph to Kitty, agrees with her siblings that a doctor would be a good addition to the Carey family"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
The secret life of Walter Mitty by Norman Z McLeod( Visual )

1 edition published in 1947 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A mild-mannered mouse of a man imagines himself to be a number of daredevil heroes in the whimsical adaptation of James Thurber's short story
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