Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1950): Mitchell Leisen’s Oscar-Nominated Melodrama Starring Alan Ladd


Mitchell Leisen’s post-WWII melodrama concerns an American man (played by Alan Ladd), who returns to an Italian village, where he and the residents were betrayed by an informer.

Nat King Cole’s tune hit, “Mona Lisa,” started a trend in Hollywood of using popular songs in movies, whether or not they are directly related to their plots.

The secondary cast includes Wanda Hendrix and Francis Lederer, and you can spot the very young Russ Tamblyn (who would later appear in he musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”).

Oscar Nominations: 1

Song: “Mona Lisa,” music and lyrics by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston

Oscar Awards: 1