Eureka Movie Club
Movies About Inventors &
Empire of the Air: The Men Who
Made Radio (1991)
In a few short years in the early twentieth century inventors Marconi, De
Forest, and Armstrong create and deliver reliable and inexpensive radio
communication into the hands of NBC's Chairman David Sarnoff, a ruthless merchandising
genius; afterward nothing is ever the same.
Ford: The Man and His Machine
Henry Ford (Cliff Robertson) invents and manufactures a relatively inexpensive
automobile, from which he creates a personal business empire, with sometimes tragic
results for Ford's family, his employees and certain minorities.
Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Capricious chairman Waring Hudsucker's (Charles Dunning) suicide enables
Hudsucker Industries' devious V.P. Sidney Mussberger (Paul Newman) to scheme for
an inexpensive insider buyout of the deceased's controlling shares. V.P.
Mussberger promotes naive, inept mailroom clerk Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) to
"boy genius" president, assuming that the stock will soon plummet. But VP
Mussberger must switch to other tactics when Norville successfully markets his
pet invention, a hoop toy. Norville then falls for brash but attractive reporter
Amy Archer (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who is conducting an undercover investigation
of Hudsucker Industries.
It Happens Every Spring (1949)
A wayward baseball causes young chemistry professor Vernon Simpson (Ray Milland)
to discover a compound that rejects wood, creating an opportunity for a career
change to baseball pitching.
About 40 years before the American revolution, self-educated British carpenter
John Harrison (Michael Gambon) saves the British navy from frequent navigation disasters
by creating an incredibly reliable ship's clock always displaying the precise
time at Greenwich, England.
Man in the White Suite (1951)
When rogue textile chemist Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness) invents a fiber and
fabric that won't get dirty or wear out, he wins the heart of his boss's
perspicacious and beautiful daughter Daphne Birnley (Joan Greenwood). But the
couple soon are upset to learn that both management and labor want to snuff out
Spanish Prisoner (1997)
Joe Ross (Campbell Scott) has invented a process that will make his company
millions, but fears his evasive boss (Ben Gazzara) will stiff him. Soon
afterward Joe finds himself conned out of the process disclosure by a swindle involving a
mysterious wealthy acquaintance Jimmy Dell (Steve Martin) and a fake FBI unit.
Desperate, he turns for help to his tightly-wound assistant, Susan Ricci
Stanley & Iris (1990)
Romance in which a part-time inventor, illiterate cook Stanley (Robert De Niro),
is taught to read by newly widowed factory worker Iris (Jane Fonda).
Tucker: The Man
and His Dreams (1988)
At the end of World War II inventor Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges) and his wife
Vera (Joan Allen) discover an opportunity to finance and manufacture Tucker's dream
car of the future in competition with the automotive majors.