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Eureka Movie Club

Movies About Inventors & Discoverers

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 broadcast 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 (1987)
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.

The 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.

Longitude (2000)
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.

The 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 Sideney's inventions.

The 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 (Rebecca Pidgeon).

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.
 


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