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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson
Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Alice. An over-30 housewife in a dusty Oklahoma town. Intelligent, pretty, yet out of touch with the unfulfilled promise of her life - until suddenly she's left a widow, with no money, no job, and a 12-year-old son to raise.
But Alice (Ellen Burstyn) has one great resource: her spirit. She sells her possessions and sets out across country, chasing the echo of a talent for singing she left behind in her youth, bound for the half-remembered haven of Monterey, California, where she spent her childhood. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore tells the tale of what happens on her journey.
Director Martin Scorsese here creates a subtle masterpiece of a film that transforms one ordinary woman's struggle into a memorable symbol of liberation and courage.
Also stars Alfred Lutter, Harvey Keitel, Diane Ladd.
1974. COLOR. 105 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
The Awful Truth Cary Grant, Irene Dunne
Director Leo McCarey won an Oscar and star Irene Dunne was nominated (one of her five Best Actress nominations) for The Awful Truth, one of the most captivating screwball comedies ever made.
A comic battlefield presided over by two superbly matched sparring partners, The Awful Truth also stars Cary Grant as the other half of a couple facing divorce - and fighting over custody of their beloved dog, Mr. Smith.
Somewhere before the final divorce decree, however, Jerry decides he wants Lucy back, only to learn that she's marrying a country bumpkin (hilariously played by Ralph Bellamy).
Jerry counters with an engagement to the aristocratic Molly Lamont, sparking a sexy, sophisticated battle of wits that ranks among the wackiest comedies in screen history.
Also featuring Alexander D'Arcy, Cecil Cunningham.
Black and White. 1937. 92 minutes. Out of Print.
Beat The Devil Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre
"Bogart's Boldest Adventure"! A terrifically offbeat film that spoofs all the films of the intrigue genre. Bogie as the movie's hero winds up becoming involved with his "business associates" in a big uranium swindle in British East Africa. Very Funny. Delightful tongue-in-cheek spoof of caper movies in the vein of "The Maltese Falcon" and "Key Largo" about a bunch of misfits scrambling after some uranium. Cobbled on location in Italy, this delightful comedy has become a cult favorite.
Written by Truman Capote. Directed by John Huston. Also starring Jennifer Jones.
Black and White. 1954. 100 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $14.99
The Bells of Cockaigne James Dean
A rare "live" television performance by James Dean! Armstrong Circle Theatre was one of the major dramatic anthology series of TV's golden age and ran for thirteen years. One of James Dean's early television appearances was on this program. Dean is a young man struggling to make a meager living for his wife and sick child. He gets a lucky break with a lucky buck. Also starring Gene Lockhart, Vaughn Taylor and Tige Andrews.
30 minutes. Black and White. Out of print. 4:3 aspect ratio. DVD $14.99.
The Best of "Q" Spike Milligan
Ninety minutes of Spike's own brand of eccentric humor in this fast-moving video containing highlights from the infamous "Q" television series in England.
Spike's talented supporting cast join him in a mixed mad bag of typical Milligoonery that includes such wacky sketches as:
The Arrest of a 6 foot man in a 5 foot 9 inch zone
A plague of Liberaces
The search for the smallest police station in the world
An interview with the Queen's chicken.
Spike appears in an assortment of weird disguises such as various policemen, judges, vagrants, the Lone Ranger, a Dalek, Marlene Dietrich and Adolf Hitler.
Written by Spike Milligan and Neil Shand.
Direction and Production by Ian MacNaughton, Douglas Argent and Ray Butt.
1986. COLOR. 87 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Never released in the US. Out of Print.
Blood On The Sun James Cagney, Sylvia Sidney, Wallace Ford
In prewar Japan, a Japanese group plots to conquer the world. An American newspaperman in Tokyo who exposes the scheme is then threatened by the ruling warlords who try to silence him.
An exciting hard-hitting action film combining suspense, intrigue, and plenty of Cagney Action.
Black and White. 1947. 126 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
The Ray Bradbury Trilogy
Ray Bradbury is the author of a compilation of some 500 short stories, plays, poems and novels. He has honed his talents writing for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone.
The Crowd Starring Nick Mancuso, R.H. Thomson. Directed by Ralph L. Thomas.
In the early hours of the morning, an artist leaving a party is involved in a near-fatal car accident. Semi-conscious, he sees a peculiar group of onlookers quickly gather over him. Whispering and watching. Moments later, the ambulance arrives... they are gone.
Marrionettes, Inc. Starring James Coco, Leslie Nielsen, Jayne Eastwood. Directed by Paul Lynch.
A Computer Salesman trapped in his predictably routine, suburban lifestyle and smothered by a motherly, over-affectionate wife is approached by another electronics company manufacturing a highly-specialized product and offering the opportunity of a lifetime.
The Playground Starring William Shatner. Directed by William Fruet.
An overly-protective father, harboring the ill-effects of a terrifying childhood experience, denies his son the fun of visits to the local playground. It's a cheerful, busy, noise-filled place until Charlie Underhill get there.
1985. COLOR. 90 minutes. Never released in the US. Out of Print.
Call It Murder Humphrey Bogart
After casting the vote that sends a young woman to her death in the electric chair for a murder she committed, a jury foreman is persecuted by the press but steadfastly insists he would do it again, even if a loved one were involved. He then has his beliefs tested when his daughter has committed murder under similar circumstances.
Also starring Sidney Fox, O.P. Heggie, Henry Hull, Lynne Overman.
Black and White. 1934. 73 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $14.99
The Caretakers Joan Crawford and Robert Stack are Caretakers warring over the proper care and treatment of a mentally ill patient in this "flawlessly directed film building to moments of chilling suspense". When Lorna Melford (Polly Bergen) is committed to an institution for the mentally insane, she becomes the unwitting pawn between a crusading psychiatrist (Stack) who believes in kindness and group therapy, and an old-fashioned head nurse (Crawford) whose idea of care includes straitjackets and padded cells. Caught in the middle, Lorna is subjected to an unending series of therapies and procedures from which The Caretakers will determine her ultimate fate - eventual release or permanent incarceration.
Featuring Oscar-nominated cinematography and a provocative musical score by Elmer Bernstein, The Caretakers is a "searing, emotionally charged motion picture of unusual quality and striking impact". Also starring Janis Paige, Diane McBain, Herbert Marshall, Barbara Barrie, Robert Vaughn. Directed by Hall Bartlett.
1963. Black & White. 97 minutes. This classic is available on the Internet or at your favorite movie store.
Carnival Story Anne Baxter, Steve Cochran
A desperate young woman named Lily (Anne Baxter) pickpockets her way into involvement with a carnival to the point that she marries one of its stars and gets into a love triangle.
What she hoped would be a happy life keeps turning sour. Will she learn that nice girls cannot survive the carnival life before it's too late?
Starring Anne Baxter, Steve Cochran, George Nader, Jay C. Flippen, Lyle Bettger.
Directed by Kurt Newmann.
1954. COLOR. 94 minutes. This movie is in the Public Domain. DVD $14.99
The Case Of The Mukkinese Battle Horn
Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan
Filmed in "Schizophrenoscope" (the new split screen!) Sellers and Milligan earned prominence and great popularity during the 1950s as two of the three resident madmen on BBC radio's riotously funny, long-running "The Goon Show."
They appear in this zany, free-form featurette that adequately reflects the show's inspired nuttiness.
The centerpiece of the scenario - which, we are told, is "straight from the files of Scotland Yard" - is a mukkinese battle horn, a 9th Century relic, that is stolen from a museum.
Sellers is great in a role in which he should be all-too familiar: the bumbling, incompetent police inspector and self-described raving idiot in charge of the investigation. There are sight gags and double entendres, mysterious blondes and guys in drag, characters who speak to the camera and jabs at London's infamous smog, Scotland Yard procedure, and the stiff-upper-lip manner of the British.
The inspiration for the "Pink Panther" comedies of later years as Peter Sellers tries to solve this fiendishly difficult case!
Hilarious! A collector's must! Also features Dick Emery.
1956 - England. Black and White. 27 minutes. Out of Print. $14.99 DVD.
Charade Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn
Directed by Stanley Donen.
This sophisticated comedy-mystery in the style of Alfred Hitchcock teams Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn together with an exceptional screenplay by Peter Stone and delightful direction by Stanley Donen.
Hepburn portrays Reggie Lambert, who meets Grant on a skiing trip in the Alps. When she return home to Paris, she finds her apartment ransacked, her husband dead and a group of crooks searching for a fortune her husband had and they're convinced she's hiding it.
As Hepburn avoids the sinister group, she becomes fond of Grant who comes to her aid. but, one by one, each gang member is murdered, making it more difficult for Hepburn to distinguish the good guys from the bad ones.
Filmed in Paris with a score by Henry Mancini, Charade also features a terrific supporting cast: James Coburn, George Kennedy and Walter Matthau. Also Featuring Ned Glass, Dominique Minot, Jacques Marin, Paul Bonitas, Thomas Chelmsky.
COLOR. 113 minutes. 1963. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $14.99
The Conversation Gene Hackman
Written, Produced & Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Francis Ford Coppola's provoking mystery-drama explores the morality of privacy and stars Gene Hackman as Harry Caul, expert surveillance man.
A routine wire-tapping job turns into a modern nightmare as Harry hears something disturbing in his recording of a young couple in a park. He begins to worry about what the tape may be used for and becomes involved in a maze of secrecy and murder.
Set in San Francisco, the film also features Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford and Frederic Forrest. Music by David Shire.
Nominated for Best Picture of 1974.
1974. COLOR. 113 minutes. Out of Print.
Buster Keaton's Cops
In "Cops" Buster Keaton's cinematic attractions are grounded within the conventions of the chase film.
Here, Keaton's downtrodden everyman must become a success in business or else his girlfriend won't marry him. With that as his goal, Keaton, in a series of coincidences and unfortunate circumstances becomes linked to an anarchist bombing and a series of robberies.
Chased through the streets, Keaton avoids the police, by climbing a ladder straddled over a fence. As the cops yank on one end, Keaton daringly flips to the other side of the ladder, creating a see-saw effect. Eventually he's flung from the ladder, and again takes to the streets, sliding head first under a burly cop's spread-eagled stance.
Keaton avoids capture and winds up in the police precinct. The doors close, there's a momentary pause, and Keaton, now a triumphant trickster figure, emerges dressed in a copy uniform. His girl sees him, and unimpressed by his new found "success" rejects him. Keaton, with a quiet dignity and resignation, turns and re-enters the precinct, where the police mob seizes and beats him.
Written and Directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline. Starring Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox. Great musical score.
1922. Black and White. 18 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $9.99
Dance, Fools, Dance Joan Crawford ~ Clark Gable
Bonnie Jordan (Joan Crawford) swings from socialite to reporter to "a cheap moll in the underworld" without missing a beat. When her rich father dies penniless after the stock market crash, she and her brother Rodney must find work. Bonnie becomes a reporter, while Rodney takes to selling bootleg booze and gets involved with Chicago underworld giant Jake Luva (Clark Gable). The story shifts into high gear as Bonnie - working undercover to solve a murder - is hired as a dancer at Jake's nightclub. Soon, she and Jake are dancing cheek to cheek.
Harry Beaumont, whose Our Dancing Daughters made Joan Crawford a star, directs this hard-hitting melodrama based on sensational gangland killings of the day. Crawford is superb as she does the "high kick and tap, in brief costume" (Variety) that brings her to Gable's attention. This was the first pairing of the stars, who would do seven more films together. In the full bloom of their youth, they're a joy to watch. Or, as Variety said, Gable's "gang chieftain is vivid and authentic" and Crawford "is sock appeal from toes to headlights." Directed by Harry Beaumont.
1931. Black & White. 81 minutes. Out of print.
Dead End Humphrey Bogart, Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea
4 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture! Baby Face Martin (Humphrey Bogart) and Dave Connell (Joel McCrea) don't know it, but they're on a collision course. Martin is a flashy, notorious hoodlum who's returned to his East Side ghetto roots to visit old haunts, lie low from the cops, and perhaps even pull off a few jobs. Connell is an aspiring architect who dreams of rebuilding the slums. But first, he has a different problem to confront: Martin. One way or another, Connell must rid the neighborhood of the infamous felon before Martin's influence rubs off on the area's hero-worshipping kids.
TRIVIA: Bogart won the coveted role of Martin after George Raft declined it. In 1941, history repeated itself when Raft refused two roles: High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon... In 1946 Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall and other Dead End Kids became the Bowery Boys, the comedy team that appeared in 48 movies in 12 years... The start of filming was delayed three months after a mishap inside a beauty salon gave co-star Sylvia Sidney a broken nose.
Directed by William Wyler (Ben-Hur) and scripted by Lillian Hellman (The Little Foxes), this multiple Oscar-nominated film is powerful, entertaining and a true landmark in moviemaking. Also starring Wendy Barrie, Claire Trevor, Allen Jenkins.
1937. Black & White. Remastered. 90 minutes. Out of Print.
Death In Venice Dirk Bogarde, Bjorn Andresen, Mark Burns, Silvana Mangano
Gustav Aschenbach is a distinguished man, a world-famous composer and conductor who embodies all the civilized virtues of the European culture he represents. Yet on a solitary rest holiday in Venice, he spies an innocent young boy - and abandons himself to a secret passion that carries him to his doom.
Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice is the celebrated story of a man obsessed by ideal beauty - and the realization of a life-long dream for its distinguished director, one of the giants of Italian cinema. For years Visconti planned his adaptation of Thomas Mann's classic tale. Finally, after the overwhelming success of his powerful study of pre-war Nazi Germany, The Damned, he was able to start on his ambitions project.
Visconti chose Dirk Bogarde to portray his haunted central character Gustav Aschenbach. In a Venice hotel, Aschenbach's obsession begins innocently enough: he sees a Polish family mingling with the other guests and picks out a boy of 15, Tadzio, as a figure of rare grace and charm. Amused, he watches Tadzio through the sultry and oppressive days of his rest. When the weather grows unbearable, he decides he must move on. Then his luggage is missent, and a startling joy invades him at the thought that he will remain near Tadzio a little longer.
But Venice in this holiday season has become a death trap. An epidemic of Asian cholera is sweeping the city. Aschenbach learns the truth, but his passion blinds him to the danger - and suddenly, it is too late.
Critics hailed Death In Venice as a masterpiece, one of the few occasions when a literary classic finds perfect visual expression in a film of equal stature. Capping Visconti's triumph, Death In Venice was voted the Grand Prize winner at the 25th Anniversary Cannes Film Festival.
1971. COLOR. 127 minutes. Italy. Out of Print. Rated "PG".
Dinner At The Ritz David Niven, Annabella
A lavishly exciting production will capture your attention throughout as the heroine tries to clear her father's name and develops a romance with the hero.
Starring Annabella, Paul Lukas, David Niven, Romney Brent, Stewart Rome, Francis L. Sullivan.
1937. Black & White. 78 minutes. Out of Print.
The Divine Nymph Laura Antonelli, Marcello Mastroianni, Terence Stamp
To desire her was dangerous... to love her was deadly.
A fascinating story of decadence and deception, "The Divine Nymph" depicts the erotic adventures of Manuela, the beautiful and sensuous object of two cousins' lust, affection and obsession.
Seduced by them both, Manuela becomes the sexual and romantic center of a tragic love triangle.
A provocative script and brilliant performances by Laura Antonelli, Marcello Mastroianni, and Terence Stamp make this compelling and erotic feature a must see. Also featuring Michele Placido, Duilio Del Prete, Ettore Manni. Directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi.
1976. COLOR. 90 minutes. Italy. Out of Print. Rated "R".
The Divorce of Lady X Lawrence Olivier ~ Ralph Richardson ~ Merle Oberon
Unable to go home because of fog, Miss Oberon and other guests of a hotel ball are forced to spend the night.
Since there are no available rooms Miss Oberon sneaks into the suite of divorce lawyer Lawrence Olivier and convinces him to sleep on the floor in the sitting room while she sleeps on the bed then leaves early the next morning without a word.
When Ralph Richardson asks him to handle his divorce due to his wife having spent the evening with another man in the hotel, Olivier belies that it is Miss Oberon and himself that he is talking about. Is he?
Also features Binnie Barnes. Directed by Tim Whelan.
COLOR. 1938. 92 minutes. Very Good in SP mode VHS NTSC. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $14.99
Dressed To Kill Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone ~ Nigel Bruce
Sherlock Holmes is hot on the trail of stolen Bank of England plates.
The key to unlocking their hiding place can be found in the coded tunes from three music boxes manufactured in Dartmoor Prison.
Hand on to the edge of your seat as Sherlock attempts to out-sleuth his opponents to crack the secret codes and return the priceless plates to their rightful owners.
Starring Basis Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Patricia Morrison, Edmond Breen, Patricia Cameron.
Directed by Roy William Neill.
1946. Black and White. 72 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. This movie is in the Public Domain. DVD $14.99
The Enforcer Humphrey Bogart
Bogie is a hard-hitting D.A. facing the hottest case of the year.
Armed with a killer's confession, a score of missing persons and a mob undertaker working full-time, he knows he's onto something. Relentless and determined, he tracks down a notorious murder for profit ring, headed by a killer named Mendoza. With Mendoza in jail, Bogart's work has just begun. His single eyewitness, a henchman turned stool pigeon, plunges to his death in a desperate attempt to avoid testifying on the night before the trial. He has twelve hours and one last chance to bring this killer to justice... and Bogart's going to take it!
Also starring Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia, Roy Roberts, Everett Sloane. Written by Martin Rackin. Directed by Bretaigne Windust.
1950. Black & White. Remastered. 87 minutes. Out of Print.
ESCAPES Hosted by Vincent Price. Join Vincent Price on a suspense-filled Journey to the Supernatural! Five original stories in the tradition of Amazing Stories, The Twilight zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents... where the difference between fantasy and reality is a very fine line! 1986. Visual Perceptions Productions. Out of Print. COLOR. 4:3 aspect ratio. 72 minutes. Not Rated. Excellent in SP mode VHS NTSC. Comes in collector's box.
Something's Fishy - A fisherman feels what it's like to be at the other end of the rod!
Coffee Break - A brash, young delivery driver learns to relax by being given the longest coffee break of his life!
Who's There? - A lazy Sunday runner literally finds himself running for his life when he is joined by an alien species!
Jonah's Dream - One eerie night an old widow living on a desolate mountain top has a strange encounter that brings alive her husband's lifelong dream!
Think Twice - A street vagrant with magical abilities and a cold blooded thief collide deep in the alleys of a big city!
Escapes. Out of print.
54 Mike Myers, Neve Campbell, Salma Hayek, Ryan Phillippe
Hot Hollywood stars Mike Myers (Austin Powers, Wayne's World), Neve Campbell (Wild Things, Scream) and Salma Hayek (Fools Rush In) give must-see performances in this provocative look behind the bright lights of the hottest nightclub ever! When Steve Rubell (Myers), the mastermind behind New York's infamous Studio 54 disco, plucks young Shane O'Shea (Ryan Phillippe) from the sea of faces clamoring to get inside his club, Shane not only gets his foot in the door... but lands a coveted job behind the bar.
By following Shane's rapid rise from naive busboy to the notorious nightspot's sexy main attraction, you're allowed an unforgettable look at the spectacular rise and fall of Steve Rubell's decadent empire. An entertaining hit that pulses with the best dance music of the era, 54 is not just your ticket inside this legendary place... it places you at the very epicenter of the greatest party on earth!
COLOR. 93 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Rated R. Out of Print.
Fire Over England Laurence Olivier ~ Vivien Leigh
Laurence Olivier stars in this excellent British production as a bold courtier serving Queen Elizabeth I as the Spanish Armada threatens in the 1500s.
Against this historical background is played out the intriguing romance of Olivier with a young lady of the court (Vivien Leigh).
Adapted from A.E.W. Mason's novel, the film convincingly conveys the colorful history and atmosphere of the era, marked by cloak-and-sword action, sumptuous staging and the brilliant yet subtle characterization of Queen Elizabeth by Flora Robson.
Also starring Raymond Massey, Leslie Banks, Morton Selten. Directed by William K. Howard.
1937. Black and White. 93 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. DVD $14.99
The Flight In a rare TV appearance on the popular series "Suspense", Audie Murphy stars as an ex-Navy flyer hired to transport a mysterious passenger. Thrills and surprises about in this TV suspenser that also features Jack Warden, Everett Sloane and Susan Kohner. First aired September 30, 1957. Alfred Hitchcock produced several of the the "Suspense" episodes, but this was not one of them!
1957. Black & White. 60 minutes, 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. Quality is good considering source - kinescope. SP mode VHS NTSC. DVD $14.99.
The General Buster Keaton
Ranked among the greatest films ever made, Buster Keaton's The General is so brilliantly conceived and executed that it continues to inspire awe and laughter with every viewing.
Rejected by the Confederate army as unfit and taken for a coward by his beloved Annabelle Lee, young Johnnie Gray (Keaton) sets out to single-handedly win the war with the help of his cherished locomotive, The General. What follows is, without exaggeration, probably the most cleverly choreographed comedy ever recorded on film.
Johnnie wages a one-man war against hijackers, an errant cannon and the unpredictable hand of fate while roaring along the iron rails - exploiting to the fullest the dramatic and comedic potential of Keaton's favorite filmic prop: the train.
Insisting on accuracy in every detail, Keaton created a remarkably authentic historical epic, replete with hundreds of costumed extras, full-scale sets and the breathtaking plunge of an actual locomotive from burning bridge into a placid river.
Written and Directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman. Starring Buster Keaton, Marian Mack. Adapted from "The Great Locomotive Chase" by William Pittenger. Marvelous musical score.
Black & White / Color tinted. 1926. 105 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $9.99.
The Grass Is Greener
Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons
It's a rollicking romp through royal romance when an impoverished British Earl opens his home to the public... and an American oilman invades the private wing of the mansion to meet and fall in love with the Lady of the house.
Her next trip to the hairdresser in London turns into an intimate night on the town with the millionaire, and she arrives at her best friend's apartment just before dawn with a new mink coat.
Having shared her own intimacies with the Earl, the best friend promptly telephones him and lets the mink out of the bag. They all wind up back at the family mansion for a madcap weekend... and a pistol duel to determine who gets whom!
Music and Lyrics by Noel Coward. Screenplay by Hugh and Margaret Williams. Produced and Directed by Stanley Donen.
COLOR. 1960. 105 minutes. Remastered from the original film negative. This classic is available on the Internet or at your favorite movie store.
The Hasty Heart Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal, Richard Todd
"The Scars of War Run Deep. But so can Friendship and Love."
The monsoons drench them. The sun scorches them. Still, the allies fight doggedly through Burma in 1945. But for easygoing Yank (Ronald Reagan) and hard-headed Lachie (Richard Todd), the road to victory ends at a remote jungle hospital. Their war is suddenly over. Now, with the help of a devoted nurse (Patricia Neal), they face a new battle called recovery.
The Hasty Heart is based on a play by John Patrick, who drew from his own wartime service in a British ambulance unit. Vincent Sherman (The Hard Way, Mr. Skeffington) directs this sensitive adaptation sparked by the performance that ranks, along with his work in Kings Row, as Reagan's best. The future President's portrayal wasn't the only one to draw accolades. Todd won a 1949 Best Actor Oscar nomination as the valorous, wounded Scotsman who doesn't know that his new fight is his last.
Screenplay by Ranald MacDougall. From the stage play by John Patrick.
Black and White. 1949. 102 minutes. This classic is available on the Internet or at your favorite movie store.
Heart Brad Davis
Set against the gritty world of small-time boxing, Heart packs a powerful dramatic punch. Brad Davis (Midnight Express) stars as Eddie Brennan, a down-and-out fighter with nowhere to go but up... and with just the right combination of guts and spirit to become a winner.
Once a contender, Brennan is now a washed-up has-been living in a fantasy world halfway between the dreams of his glory days and the dreams of a comeback. And when a set-up fight disguised as a legitimate bout comes his way, he jumps at the chance.
No one thinks Eddie can win... least of all his trainer. No one wants Eddie to win... especially the crooked promoters. But Eddie's got something to prove to them all... and to himself. And he'll do anything to show that he's got the Heart it takes to be a winner.
Heart - There's a last fight left in everyone.
Also starring Jesse Doran, Sam Gray, Robinson Frank Adu, Steve Buscemi, Bill Costello, Frances Fisher.
Directed by James Lemmo.
COLOR. 93 minutes. 1987. 4:3 aspect ratio. Rated "R". Out of Print.
P. G. Wodehouse's Heavy Weather Peter O'Toole
As Seen on BBC TV.
Peter O'Toole heads a star-studded cast in this lavish adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse's highly entertaining drams.
Trouble is brewing at Blandings Castle, home of the Earl of Emsworth, where scandal looms in the form of an unsuitable marriage between the Earl's nephew and a chorus girl. Galahad Threepwood, the Earl's brother, is about to publish his 'kiss and tell' book which will ruin the family name.
Lady Constance, the Earl's sister, wants to stop both the marriage and the book and yet the Earl seems only to be concerned about his prize pig 'The Empress of Blandings'.
This is a wonderful tale of the elegant yet eccentric bygone world of the British aristocracy.
Starring Peter O'Toole, Richard Briers, Judy Parfitt, Richard Johnson, Sarah Badel, Roy Hudd, and David Bamber. Directed by Jack Gold.
COLOR. 95 minutes. 1995. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. Never released in the US. DVD $19.99.
His Girl Friday Cary Grant
This hilarious re-working of The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur sees Cary Grant as the savage editor and, in a switch, the reporter played by a scheming Rosalind Russell.
This version adds the twin lures of sex and romance. The film moves at whirlwind speed, as director Howard Hawks instructed his actors to overlap their lines, so much so that at times everyone seems to be talking at once.
Hawks also had his cast move at twice the normal speed so the screen looks frantic from scene to scene, thus conveying th urgency of the news world he was depicting.
It's undoubtedly Cary Grant's greatest comedic role, proving once again the amazing versatility of this Hollywood legend.
Starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell. Featuring Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, Helen Mack, Porter Hall, Ernest Truex, Cliff Edwards, Clarence Kolb, Roscoe Karns, Frank Jenks, Regis Toomey.
Produced and Directed by Howard Hawks.
Black & White. 92 minutes. 1940. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD 14.99
The Hitch-Hiker (The movie) Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy
Ida Lupino's Film Noir Classic
"There's Death in his Upraised Thumb!" screamed posters for Ida Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker (1953), often referred to as the only film noir to be directed by a woman.
But The Hitch-Hiker doesn't need an historic footnote to be interesting. It's an expertly-directed suspense film by any standards.
Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy play family men on a fishing trip who make the near-fatal mistake of picking up mad-dog killer William Talman. Talman, known for playing the DA in the Perry Mason TV series, is pure evil here; he even sleeps with one eye open!
Black & White. 71 minutes. 1953. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
The Hitchhiker (TV Series) (Vol. I) Harry Hamlin ~ Gary Busey ~ Karen Black
If you love The Twilight Zone, you'll die
for The Hitchhiker - a shadowy presence with tales to tell on long rides
through dark country. Featuring superb casts, these haunting stories of
the supernatural are destined to become the cult hit of the year. The
three chilling installments included here are guaranteed to run an icy finger
over your soul.
Give The Hitchhiker a lift. It's a ride you'll never forget.
WGOD Talk Radio Gary Busey and Academy Award winner Geraldine Page star in this timely tale of a radio preacher with a past that's quite literally buried.
Hired Help Karen Black plays a tough businesswoman who gets more than she bargained for when the handsome young man she's hired becomes an avenger from hell in her arms.
The Curse Harry Hamlin plays an amoral yuppie who learns a hard lesson from a beautiful girl and a mysterious tattoo of a snake that's crawling toward his neck.
80 minutes. 1985. Color. 4:3 aspect ratio. $14.99 DVD.
The Hitchhiker (TV Series) (Vol. 4) Robert Vaughn ~ Sybil Danning ~ Michael O'Keefe
Three chilling tales of murder, lust, and mystery from the popular TV series...
Video Date A video dating service lothario (Greg Henry) at last finds the perfect woman (Shannon Tweed)... or so he things. In the end, he unknowingly finds himself ensnared in a video art piece that costs him more than he expected.
Face to Face Following a corrupt night of cocaine and lust, an egocentric plastic surgeon (Robert Vaughn) botches an important cosmetic operation. He later finds himself lured by a beautiful face only to discover that sometimes beauty and beast are one. Also starring Sybil Danning and Sonja Smitts.
Man's Best Friend When a lonely and mysterious man (Michael O'Keefe) befriends a stray dog, he soon discovers his enemies are being violently torn to shreds.
80 minutes. 1984 - 1985. Color. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. $14.99 DVD.
Humoresque Joan Crawford ~ John Garfield
Considered one of Joan Crawford's finest performances, Humoresque is the heartbreaking story of a glamorous socialite's doomed affair with an ambitious musician. Twice divorced and trapped in a loveless marriage to an older man, Helen Wright (Crawford) buries her loneliness in biting humor and stiff drinks. But when she agrees to underwrite the debut performance of Paul Boray (John Garfield), a talented young violinist, her life is forever changed. Irresistibly drawn to the tempestuous Boray, Helen finds herself reluctantly falling in love with him. Together, the two share a glorious but brief moment of happiness before Helen's alcoholism and self-doubt come between them.
A soaring score (with violinist Isaac Stern's stirring performance highlighting the soundtrack) and a superb supporting cast, including pianist Oscar Levant as Boray's cynical best friend, combine to make Humoresque "one of the most potent love stories of the American cinema" - Los Angeles Reader. Beautifully acted and achingly romantic, Humoresque is a classic. Also starring J. Carrol Naish. Directed by Jean Negulesco. Screenplay by Clifford Odets and Zachary Gold.
Black and White. 1947. 126 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This classic is available on the Internet or at your favorite movie store.
Izzy & Moe Jackie Gleason ~ Art Carney
Directed by Jackie Cooper.
Jackie Gleason and Art Carney are an hilarious team again, this time as out-of-work vaudeville actors turned prohibition agents. Gleason plays Isadore Einstein and Carney is Morris Smith, two unorthodox federal agents who are highly publicized and very creative Roaring Twenties crimestoppers.
Gleason's Einstein believes, "serious jobs can be done with a little style and humor." And with a little style, a lot of humor and a penchant for outrageous disguises, Gleason and Carney bust speakeasies in their own madcap manner
When their wily ways pit them against machine-gun-toting gangsters, the laughs fly as fast as the bullets. guns, Feds and gangsters provide fast-paced excitement in "Izzy and Moe" as Gleason and Carney display the magic that has made them legendary laughmakers.
Music by Jackie Gleason.
"Jackie Gleason and Art Carney have never been better." - People Magazine.
COLOR. 92 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. $14.99 DVD.
The Killers Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner
Film Noir: Means "black film," a reference to the often low, black and white visual style of the films themselves, and to the alienation and morally-compromised obsessions of the protagonists of these ofen crime-based stories.
"The Killers, a relentless search through the back alleys of a dead man's past, is a brilliant movie." - Liberty Magazine.
It opens with an Ernest Hemingway short story in which Burt Lancaster, making his film debut, plays Swede, a broken-down ex-fighter waiting in a sleazy room to be assassinated.
He does not resist when two men empty their guns into him. It becomes the job of insurance investigator Edmond O'Brien to discover why Swede had given up. He pieces together an elaborate look at a man who became the fall guy for gangsters and a seductive, unscrupulous woman (Ava Gardner). Also featuring Albert Dekker, Sam Levene.
A taut Miklos Rozsa score (with a these later used in Dragnet), an Anthony Veiller screenplay (with, uncredited, John Huston), and the brilliant artistry of director Robert Siodmak make this a stunning tale of cross and double-cross. "there is not a dull moment... nothing but menacing action managed with supreme competence." - Life Magazine.
Black and White. 1946. 103 minutes. This classic is available on the Internet or at your favorite movie store.
King Of The Gypsies Eric Roberts, Sterling Hayden, Shelley Winters
Frank Pierson's energetic and ambitious film is a fascinating saga of three generations of a violent gypsy family.
Eric Roberts makes an impressive screen debut as Dave, grandson of the aging King Zharko, who is chosen by him to lead the gypsy clan at his death.
Dave's only inclination is to join the American mainstream, but he knows that the mantle of gypsy power cannot be taken lightly or denied.
Based on the best-selling non-fiction book by Peter Maas (author of The Valachi Papers and Serpico), King Of The Gypsies is a compelling and realistic depiction of life inside the mysterious gypsy culture.
Also starring Judd Hirsch, Brooke Shields, Annette O'Toole, Annie Potts, Susan Sarandon. Written for the screen and Directed by Peter Maas.
COLOR. 111 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. DVD $14.99.
Lady Of Burlesque Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck brings her acting and dancing talents to the murder mystery based on Gypsy Rose Lee's bestseller, "The G-String Murders."
Stanwyck stars as Dixie Daisy, the latest stripping sensation. She manages to stay clear of backstage bickering and hold off the advances of fellow performer Biff Brannigan (Michael O'Shea) until a fellow stripper is found strangled by her own g-string.
When a second victim is found strangled, Dixie looks like a suspect, and must join together with Brannigan to find the real killer.
Arthur Lange's music score received an Academy Award nomination. One of the film's highlights is Stanwyck's rendition of "Take It Off The E-String" - complete with bumps and grinds!
Also featuring J. Edward Bromberg, Iris Adrian, Gloria Dickson, Charles Dingle, Pinky Lee. Directed by William A. Wellman.
Black and White. 1943. This movie is in the Public Domain. 91 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. DVD $9.99.
The Last Time I Saw Paris Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited," this classic film favorite is an emotional story of a lost generation and its beautiful people.
Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson star in this touching classic, two restless lovers trying to find some kind of meaning in the turbulent world of post-war Paris. Donna Reed, Walter Pidgeon, Roger Moore and Eva Gabor complete the timeless cast of Fitzgerald characters.
Screenplay by Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein and Richard Brooks. Based on the Novel "Babylon Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Directed by Richard Brooks.
Black and White. 1954. This movie is in the Public Domain. 116 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. DVD $14.99.
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery and William Powell sparkle in this scintillating comedy of most delicious scandal. Lovely larcenist Fay Cheyney (Crawford) gets herself invited to a stately British home, intending to filch the family jewels. But she's soon forced to choose between loyalty to her "butler" - partner-in-crime Powell - and two sovereign suitors: the licentious but charming Lord Dilling (Montgomery) or proper Lord Kelton (Frank Morgan). Fay quickly masters the real distance between the low life and the high... for, after all, what's a little thieving amongst the right sort of people?
This witty gem features Powell's (The Thin Man) impeccable style, Montgomery's martini-pouring elan, a touching performance from Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz) as a fiftyish Lord suffering an unseemly first love - and the young Joan Crawford at her most incandescent. Also starring Nigel Bruce, Jessie Ralph. Directed by Richard Boleslawski.
Black and White. 1937. 99 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
Little Murders Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland, Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin made his stunning directorial debut with this outrageous black comedy that aims straight for the heart of satire.
Meet the Newquist family... They live in a typical American city where riots, muggings and sniper attacks are a way of life. All this violence is great for Patsy Newquist's (Marcia Rodd) love life. She meets Alfred (Elliott Gould), the man of her dreams, while he is being mugged outside her apartment. Now she and Alfred are trying to make it on their own. Not even the city's 345 unsolved murders can put a damper on their love... or so they think!
Donald Sutherland and Vincent Gardenia round out the all-star cast in this biting contemporary classic from Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer (Carnal Knowledge).
Also starring Lou Jacobi, Marcia Rodd. Screenplay by Jules Feiffer, based on his play.
"A Vicious, brilliant comedy!" - Judith Crist, NBC Today
1971. COLOR. 107 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. DVD $14.99
Love Affair Charles Boyer, Irene Dunne
Two people, each engaged to someone else, meet aboard a ship and instantly fall in love.
To test their true love for each other they make arrangements to meet again in six months, but heart-breaking complications occur altering their plans.
Sounds familiar? Sounds like "An Affair To Remember"? It should...
"Love Affair" moves at a quick pace with a touch of comedy, great dialogue and sweet romance.
A very memorable romantic-drama sure to touch the hearts of all who watch it.
Starring Charles Boyer, Irene Dunne, Astrid Allwyn, Maurice Moscovich, Lee Bowman, Maria Ospenskaya.
Directed by Leo McCarey.
Black and White. 1939. 89 minutes. This movie is in the Public Domain. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. DVD $14.99.
Marlene A Film by Maximilian Schell
"...She Hypnotizes Us All."
Winner: New York Film Critics, National Society Film Critics, National Board of Review.
"Ten Best Movies Of The Year": New York Daily News, Robert Osborne, Peter Travers.
"The film Marlene is a triumph for director Maximilian Schell who has overcome difficult circumstances and a recalcitrant star to create a moving, hypnotic, totally original movie..." - Michael Medved, At The Movies
Robert Osborne, film critic, says of Marlene, "Movies don't come any better... a riveting, sometimes dangerous ride info the persona - and thoughts - of one of the world's most fascinating women... It also unfolds in a way no movie has ever quite done before. Moviegoers will be talking about this one for years to come..."
This is a voyeuristic journey into the mystique of a woman, Marlene Dietrich, who set an unparalleled standard for erotic beauty, and is by turns intimate, revealing and exquisitely humorous.
1986. Black & White and COLOR. 96 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
Meet John Doe Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck
An ambitious newspaper woman saves her job by inventing an imaginary victim who has pledged to kill himself. She persuades a broken down ball player to pretend to be the imaginary "John Doe" but a greedy politician tries to use the image of "John Doe" love and faith to his own advantage only to be defeated by faith on a desperate vigil in the Empire State Building by faithful believers in the message that we must love our neighbors if we are to find happiness.
Director Frank Capra's wonderful, message-laden populist melodramatic tale about the common man. The screenplay, written by Robert Riskin was derived from a 1939 film treatment titled The Life and Death of John Doe. With all-time persuasive performances by both Stanwyck and Cooper, this sobering film remains an important social commentary. Cooper won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Sergeant York in the same year. Stanwyck's role was originally considered by both Ann Sheridan and Olivia de Havilland.
Starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, Spring Byington, James Gleason, Gene Lockhart, Regis Toomey, Ann Doran. Directed by Frank Capra.
Black and White. 1941. 126 minutes. This movie is in the Public Domain. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. DVD $14.99
Mr. Lucky (The Movie) Cary Grant, Laraine Day
It's 1941 and Cary Grant is Joe Adams, co-owner of a gambling ship, soon to set sail for Havana. However, Joe receives his draft notice which could spoil all his plans. He dodges the draft by taking the identity of recently deceased crew member Joseph Bascopolous - not knowing that Bascopolous is an ex-convict with 3 convictions, one more and he goes to prison for life. Although unscrupulous, Joe lives by the rule "Never give a sucker an even break, but don't cheat a friend."
Joe meets up with charity fund raiser Dorothy (Laraine Day) and gets the idea of a gambling concession at the forthcoming charity ball. Unfortunately, the ladies of the War Relief Office take some persuading, particularly Dorothy, and it is only by using his particular 'skills' to their advantage that they finally give in. Once Dorothy is on his side she even helps him to evade the police, under the impression that he is an ex-con.
Joe's intention is to con the ladies and take all the money from the gambling concession. However, he has a change of heart when a priest translates a letter from Bascopolous' mother. Despite an attempt by his ex-partner, Zepp, to double-cross him, he ensures that the charity receives all the money. Dorothy finds out just in time that his ship is due to set sail, not as a gambling ship, but instead loaded with medical supplies, and hurries to the docks. She tells him she loves him but he leaves. On the return trip, his ship is sunk and Dorothy waits, night after night, at the dock side. Is he dead or is he alive?
Great supporting cast features Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper, Alan Carney, Henry Stephenson. Directed by H. C. Potter. This movie was later adapted into a successful TV series by the same name starring John Vivyan.
Black and White. 1943. 99 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
Mr. Lucky (TV Series) John Vivyan, Ross Martin, Pippa Scott
Mr. Lucky (John Vivyan) is the handsome owner of the yacht Fortuna II, an elegant supper and gambling club that attracts the jet set of the world. As host to this glittering clientele, Mr. Lucky is drawn into both the glamour and danger of high society - beautiful women, ruthless criminals, deadly secrets.
Ross Martin co-stars as Mr. Lucky's friend and sidekick; Pippa Scott plays his beautiful girlfriend. Guest appearances by television and film stars highlight each episode. There was a total of 34 shows. Included here are ten episodes on three videos in Very Good SP quality:
The Magnificent Bribes (10/24/59) Jack Elam
The Big Squeeze (3/12/60) Nehemiah Persoff
Dangerous Lady (6/11/60) Lee Van Cleef
The Money Game (11/14/59) Barbara Bain
Hair Of The Dog (4/9/60) Joi Lansing
Election Bet (6/18/60) Peter Whitney
That Stands For Pool (11/21/59) Frank Gorshin
The Last Laugh (2/13/60) Stanley Adams
Stacked Deck (5/28/60) Jack Nicholson, Yvette Minieux
Anniversary Party Richard Chamberlain
Series created by Blake Edwards, based on the 1943 movie "Mr. Lucky", starring Humphrey Bogart. Music composed by Henry Mancini.
1959-60. Black & White. 300 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
Night Must Fall Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell
"A tightly written, terrifically tense and gripping drama of a pathological murderer gone haywire" - Cue Magazine.
A headless corpus delicti, a weird forest at night and a woman's head in a locked leather hat box under the bed. Add to this a neurotic English girl, a doddering hypochondriac and a charming but cold-blooded killer. The result? One of the most unusual and daring thrillers to come out of Hollywood in the '30s... Night Must Fall.
Frustrated with being constantly cast as a leading man in light romantic comedies, Robert Montgomery saw the role of the psychopathic page boy as a way to break out of the mold. Though MGM chiefs Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg were convinced it could only damage his career, Montgomery insisted upon the part. Both the resulting film and Montgomery's performance are remarkable.
Equally effective are Rosalind Russell and Dame May Whitty as two women seduced by his boyish but deadly charm.
Notable in its time for using a murder story not as mystery but as a study in psychotic behavior, this highly entertaining film has taken its place in film history as a "gripping and distinguished study in homicide" - New York Herald Tribune.
Also featuring Alan Marshal, Merle Tottenham, Kathleen Harrison. Directed by Richard Thorpe.
Black and White. 1937. 105 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This classic is available on the Internet or at your favorite movie store.
The Night They Raided Minsky's
Jason Robards, Britt Ekland, Norman Wisdom, Bert Lahr
Return to the hurly-burly days of vaudeville, when burlesque brought the rage of the vigilantes and when patrons bought a beer for a song... in William Friedkin's The Night They Raided Minsky's.
It seems that the Society for the Suppression of Vice has their eye on Minsky and his suspect burlesque theater. Business is bad and no one offers to take the theater off his hands. But when pretty Rachel Schpitendavel enters the picture, ready to dance her way to stardom, everything changes hilariously for the better...
An all-star cast highlights this entertaining, zany glimpse of burlesque, 1920s style, including Jason Robards as a slapstick comic, Britt Ekland as the young Amish girl who originally wants to dance in Bible scenes, Bert Lahr and Elliott Gould. Visually, this movie is a feast - gorgeous!
Also co-starring Forrest Tucker, Harry Andrews, Joseph Wiseman, Denholm Elliott, Jack burns. Screenplay co-written by Norman Lear. Produced by Norman Lear. Directed by William Friedkin.
1968. COLOR. 99 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. DVD $14.99
Nothing Sacred Carole Lombard, Fredric March
Crazy and zany from the screwball comedy era.
A desperate newspaper to beef up circulation gives a lady who has been told she only has two weeks to live, a fling in the public limelight
Things get crazy when they find out the diagnosis is wrong. Hilarious with an excellent cast.
Carole Lombard is at her best in this classic satirical comedy about an innocent girl who is mistakenly thought to have only six weeks to live.
Fredric March plays a hotshot ambitious reporter who selfishly exploits her to near national sainthood. The pace is brisk, the dialogue hilarious, and the entire supporting cast is electrifying.
Also starring Walter Connolly, Charles Winninger, Frank Fay, Maxie Rosenbloom, Sig Ruman, Monte Wooley. Directed by William Wellman. Produced by David O. Selznick.
1937. Black & White. 74 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $14.99
Of Human Bondage Bette Davis, Leslie Howard
W. Somerset Maugham's novel of emotional entrapment is effectively adapted in this 1934 film classic. Bette Davis, as Mildred Rogers, reaches the depths of sluttish behavior as a vulgar London barmaid and overwhelms the audience in her role as the tramp with willful spirit.
Leslie Howard as Philip Carey, the club-footed medical student and a well-to-do Englishman, is brought down by his infatuation with this sluttish waitress.
Also features Frances Dee, Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Alan Hale, Reginald Owen. Screenplay by Lester Cohen. Based on the Novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Directed John Cromwell.
Black and White. 1934. 83 minutes. Very good in SP mode VHS NTSC. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $14.99.
The Outer Limits Vera Miles in "The Forms of Things Unknown".
The only television series produced by Joseph Stefano, screenwriter of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, The Outer Limits is a classic of mind-stretching imagination and terror...
The Forms of Things Unknown: Perhaps the series' most unusual offering, this tale of gothic horror stars Vera Miles (Psycho) and Barbara Rush as two women who kill a ruthless blackmailer. Fleeing from their crime, they stumble across an eccentric inventor (David McCallum, "The Man From Uncle") obsessed with "tilting time' and returning the dead to life. When his experiment proves all too successful, both he and the women are at the mercy of a once-murdered man!
Starring Vera Miles, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, David McCallum, Barbara Rush. Written & Produced by Joseph Stefano. Directed by Gerd Oswald.
1964 Daystar-Villa Di Stefano Productions. Out of Print. B&W, 52 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio.
Penny Serenade Cary Grant, Irene Dunne
Produced and Directed by George Stevens.
Penny Serenade is the story of Julie and Roger Adams. It is an honest look at a happy, if not exactly peaceful period, in the domestic life of a newspaperman and a former salesgirl in a music shop.
Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, one of Hollywood's best comedy teams, are perfectly cast. Neither has any difficulty in sliding from fast comedy to a heartbreaking scene or ending a poignant moment with a laugh.
"When you go to the theater this time, take along a couple of blotters and a sponge. In fact, if you are prone to easy weeping, you might even take along a washtub. And don't be disturbed if your neighbor, unprovided, drips and splatters all over you. For this time the comic muse very frequently gives way to tears. Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, who previous cinematic marriages have been more or less on the frivolous and nicely indecent side, are so blissfully and properly united that it takes a tragedy to threaten briefly to tear them apart. This time the new Picture is Penny Serenade... Some very credible acting on the part of Mr. Grant and Miss Dunne is responsible in the main for the infectious quality of the film." - New York Times
Also featuring Beulah Bondi, Edgar Buchanan, Ann Doran, Eva Lee Kuney, Leonard Willey, Wallis Clark, Walter Soderling, Baby Billie, Edmund Elton, Billy Bevan.
Black & White. 117 minutes. 1941. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $14.99.
Pitfall Dick Powell, Jane Wyatt
In this 1948 film noir about the pitfalls of a single night's philandering, Dick Powell stars as a happily married insurance salesman who becomes bored with his perfect marriage.
John Forbes (Dick Powell) is bored with his routine job as an insurance executive and craves adventure beyond his stable home with his loving wife, Sue (Jane Wyatt), and their young son.
Forbes gets his wish when he takes over an embezzlement case from sinister private detective and ex-cop, MacDonald (Raymond Burr), and meets sultry blonde dress model Mona Stevens (Lizabeth Scott). Forbes must repossess gifts given to Mona by jailed embezzler Bill Smiley (Byron Barr), but instead finds himself spending an afternoon on Mona's boat, the aptly named Tempest.
One rendezvous leads to another, but trouble swiftly arrives for the lovers when the jealous MacDonald begins stalking Mona and threatening Johnny. As Mac's sadistic obsession grows, and the day of Smiley's release from prison approaches, Mona fears for her safety and Johnny longs for his lost respectability.
Director Andre de Toth delivers a dark cautionary tale about the consequences of betrayal and grass-is-always greener syndrome, with smart, snappy dialogue and a surprise ending.
1948. Black and White. 88 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $14.99.
The Playhouse Buster Keaton.
In this technical tour-de-force, Buster Keaton portrays every member of the stage company, the entire audience and an undisciplined chimp to boot (in one scene appearing simultaneously as nine characters)!
In "The Playhouse" Keaton exhibits his visual splendor with some trick photography that illustrates Keaton's cinematic artistry. The film begins with Keaton entering a music hall full of Keatons. He plays all of the instruments (including a cellist who chalks his bow and a drummer who can't keep time).
In addition to shots of three Keatons simultaneously playing music, the director / star photographs a series of two shots of his alter egos in conversations, arguments, and synchronized dancing.
Keaton achieved these amazing effects by rewinding the film and shooting over already existing footage. This required great comic timing to recall the previous shots and create the illusion of characters interacting with each other. Truly, a tour-de-force... Wonderful musical score.
Written and Directed by Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline. Starring Buster Keaton and Virginia Fox.
1921. Black and White. 23 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $9.99
The Pope Of Greenwich Village Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke
Picture if you will two cousins, Charlie (Mickey Rourke) and Paulie (Eric Roberts), prowling the mean streets of New York's Little Italy. Charlie is reasonably put-together, a maitre d' at a chic cafe who aspires to running his own restaurant someday.
Paulie, on the other hand, is an incurable flake who can't resist a temptation or a goofball scheme, couldn't tell the truth to save his soul, and keeps splashing Charlie with the street slop of his slewing trajectory through life. This includes drawing Charlie into the circles of Mob crime, most especially Paulie's boss, that supreme sleazebag "Bedbug Eddie" (Burt Young).
The movie has its charms, most of them deriving from a terrific cast. At the time it came out, in the summer of 1984, Rourke and Roberts were both exciting, unpredictable talents; Roberts in particular had an amazing talent for being somebody brand new - psychologically, even physically - in every film he made. But even with great performances, Rourke and Roberts are upstaged by old pros Kenneth McMillan, M. Emmet Walsh and Geraldine Page.
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg. Also featuring Daryl Hannah, Tony Musante, Jack Kehoe, Philip Bosco.
1984. COLOR. 120 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
Possessed (1931) It's Crawford and Gable, magnetically locked in a passionate affair - one rumored to be as real off screen as on - in Possessed. Joan Crawford plays an ambitious factory worker who dreams of satin gowns and penthouse apartments, diamond earrings and champagne. In an effort to get them, she heads for New York. Clark Gable plays the man able to make her dream come true. An influential lawyer with political aspirations and an aversion to marriage, Gable gives her everything she desires, including a wedding ring. But there's a catch: The ring, and a fictitious married name, are merely designed to legitimize their affair. As Gable notes, a divorcee living on alimony need make no explanations. In reality, she's still a single woman open for disgrace.
In 1931 Crawford was already a veteran star, and she shows her mastery of the medium in every shot. The camera becomes a voyeur that studies her most vulnerable and private reactions. From the shy gutsiness of the factory girl to the poised elegance of the Park Avenue sophisticate, Crawford plays her role with Breathtaking eloquence. With it high style and snappy dialogue, Possessed gives Crawford a showcase for the character that made her a legend - the lone woman tough enough to live by her wits, but beautiful enough not to need them. Also starring Wallace Ford, Marjorie White. Directed by Clarence Brown.
1931. Black and White. 77 minutes. VHS NTSC. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
Possessed (1947) Joan Crawford in a film noir Fatal Attraction!
In an Academy Award-nominated performance that "tops the one in Mildred Pierce", Joan Crawford gives a wrenching portrayal of a spinster who becomes obsessed with a lover who no longer wants her. Shot in stark black-and-white in the film noir style of the '40s, Possessed is a true classic of its genre.
Louise Howell (Crawford) is a solitary, emotionally unstable private nurse who embarks upon a largely one-sided affair with callous bachelor David Sutton (Van Heflin). When he tires of Louise, her obsessive attempts to regain his love ultimately drive her into madness - and murder.
"I worked harder on Possessed than on any film I ever made," said Crawford in a later interview. And the critics agreed: "The greatest performance - bar none - of her brilliant career." - The Holly wood Reporter. Also starring Raymond Massey, Geraldine Brooks. Directed by Curtis Bernhardt.
Black and White. 1947. 108 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This classic is available on the Internet or at your favorite movie store.
The Premature Burial (From Thriller Theatre)
Hollywood horror-film legend Boris Karloff is your host for a classic tale of spine-tingling terror from the landmark, 1960s hit television series "Thriller."
After an attack of death-like catalepsy, wealthy, aging Edward Stapleton (Sidney Blackmer) is accidentally buried alive - only to be unearthed just in time by his friend, Dr. Thorne (Boris Karloff). A short time later, Stapleton marries the ravishing, money-hungry Victorine (Patricia Medina), who plans to funnel her newfound wealth to her greedy lover Julian (Scott Marlowe). Stapleton takes elaborate precautions to prevent a reenactment of his ordeal, but he is blinded by love for his wife, who is eager to be rid of him by any means. Soon, however, Victorine and Julian get more than they bargained for when a ghostly presence appears... to terrorize them from beyond the grave!
Also starring Scott Marlowe and William D. Gordon. Directed by Douglas Heyes.
Black and White. 1961. 51 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. $9.99 DVD.
Pygmalion Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller
From city Streets to Society Glamour Girl! Winner of 2 Academy Awards.
This is the Oscar winning film adaptation of Bernard Shaw's play about a young girl who has her life turned up-side down. Leslie Howard, a stuffy professor of phonetics, takes a bet that in six months time he can turn a Cockney flower seller, Eliza Doolittle, into a lady who he could pass off as a duchess.
A superbly acted comedy, that was later adapted into the musical "My Fair Lady."
Academy Award Winner for 1938 Best Adaptation: Screenplay and 1938 Best Adaptation: Writing.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Actor: Leslie Howard and Best Actress: Wendy Hiller
Best Picture: Venice Film Festival.
Directed by Leslie Howard and Anthony Asquith. From the play by Bernard Shaw.
Black and White. 1938. 96 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $14.99.
The Racketeer Carole Lombard
Directed by Howard Higgin.
The familiar eternal triangle has mobster Robert Armstrong falling all over Carole Lombard.
She in turn is madly in love with an ailing concert violinist (Roland Drew)... and the fun begins.
Lombard is splendid in this early talkie that has snappy dialogue and features overall lively performances.
Also featuring John Loder, Paul Hurst.
Black and White. 1930. 33 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie in in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $14.99.
Rain Joan Crawford ~ Walter Huston
Joan Crawford is Miss Sadie Thompson, the legendary fallen woman redeemed by the love of a self-destructive, fire and brimstone missionary on a remote South Seas island, in this definitive screen version of W. Somerset Maugham's provocative, oft-told tale.
Joan Crawford is Sadie Thompson, Walter Huston is Reverend Davidson; Beulah Bondi is Mrs. Davidson and William Gargan is Sergeant O'Hara. Directed by Lewis Milestone.
Black and White. 1932. 93 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
The Rebel (aka "Call Me Genius") Tony Hancock
Frustrated creative artiste and bored city clerk, Tony Hancock decides to escape across the Channel to la vie de Boheme. So it's farewell East Cheam, au revoir Railway Cuttings. Off to Paris he goes, resolved to be a successful artist - or cut off his ear...
Never released on VHS NTSC in the US! British comedian supreme Tony Hancock is a bookkeeper, totally bored with his job, his life, everything in general. He has been sculpting his love, Aphrodite, in his flat. He decides to leave it all, take Aphrodite with him and head for Paris and a bohemian artiste's life. What happens is hilarious...
Starring Tony Hancock, George Sanders, Paul Massie, Margit Saad, Gregoire Aslan, Dennis Price. Directed by Robert Day.
COLOR. 101 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Has never been released in the U.S. Out of Print. DVD $14.99
Reborn Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider) and Michael Moriarity (Holocaust) star in this thrilling expose of a television "faith healer" and a true "miracle" woman. Hopper is Reverend Tom Harley, an extraordinary television preacher, who, to ensure his following, has a talent scout (Moriarity) place healthy performers in the audience to be cured of fake ailments.
Meanwhile, a young Italian woman is quickly gain prominence by performing true Godlike miracles. Believing that adding this "miracle woman" to his show will further his credibility, Reverend Harley sends for her. However, he is unprepared for the upheaval her advent will bring. Is it possible that the miracle has been reborn? Also starring Antonella Murgia, Francisco Rabal. Directed by Bigas Luna.
1984. COLOR. 91 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $14.99.
The Rumor Mill (Malice in Wonderland) Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Alexander
Arch Rivals in the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Alexander are delightful as the two gossip columnists who reigned over Hollywood in the 30s and 40s in this award winning light comedy.
Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, the widest read gossip columnists in the world, arch rivals both personally and professionally, engaged in a monumental "cat fight." Millions of fans loved their scandalous gossip, while fearful Hollywood moguls trembled.
The film covers the years from 1928 to 1944, showing in flashback Louella's arrival in Hollywood and her relationship with Hedda. Rich with period details, from clothes and decor to vintage automobiles, this light hearted romp takes us to the Hollywood of yesteryear.
Also featuring Richard Dysart, Joyce Van Patten, Jon Cypher, Leslie Ackerman, Bonnie Bartlett, Thomas Byrd. Directed by Gus Trikonis.
1985. COLOR. 94 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
Seven Sinners Constance Cummings, Edmund Lowe
Sparks fly when a Pinkerton agent and a beautiful investigator (Constance Cummings) tangle with international saboteurs and each other in this witty Hitchcockian thriller that heralded a new film genre.
A trip to the Continent becomes a working holiday when Inspector Harwood (Edmund Lowe) stumbles on a stiff in his hotel room... that promptly vanishes. But when Harwood's train is derailed and the corpse reappears in the wreckage, a cryptic note draws the detective into a dizzying web of intrigue and a deadly cover-up for murder in this romantic comedy from the screenwriters of Hitchcock's classic, The Lady Vanishes.
Based on the story by Arnold Ridley and Bernard Merivale. Screenplay by Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder, L. Dugarde Peach and Austin Melford. Produced by Michael Balcon. Directed by Albert De Courville.
1936. Black & White. 70 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
The Shining Hour Joan Crawford
From one of Hollywood's finest romantic directors, Frank Borzage, comes this compelling melodrama of frustrated passion and family dissension. With its themes of sacrifice and spiritual awakening, The Shining Hour gives us a most revealing glimpse into that special private world of lovers.
Joan Crawford is perfectly cast as a brassy nightclub dancer who marries rich, debonair Melvyn Douglas. But her dream of a simple life on his Wisconsin farm is dashed by her husband's possessive, spinster sister (Fay Bainter) and his brother (Robert Young), whose initial disapproval of Crawford quickly turns to love. As Young's naive wife, Margaret Sullavan creates a fascinating contrast to Crawford's woman of the world.
Made during a period of emotional turmoil in Joan Crawford's private life, the film drew this comment from the Los Angeles Times during a recent retrospective: "there's a special poignancy in The Shining Hour that comes from the realization of how much of her real self Crawford poured into this role." Screenplay co-written by Ogden Nash.
1938. Black & White. 77 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
The Singing Detective The entire series.
"The Singing Detective is the greatest production in the history of television." - Chicago Sun Times
Starring Michael Gambon, Janet Suzman and Joanne Whatley, this outstanding series remains one of the most unique and acclaimed productions in BBC history. A gripping murder mystery. A lavish musical. An intense psychological thriller. A warped romance.
Dennis Potter's legendary award-winning masterpiece is all this and more. It's the story of Philip Marlow, a mystery writer stricken with a crippling skin disorder whose hallucinations interweave memories of his past with the murder mystery in his book, "The Singing Detective," the story of a suave sleuth who croons with a big band when he's not cracking cases.
Skin Mystery writer Philip Marlow is admitted to the hospital with a crippling case of psoriasis. With his mental health falling apart as rapidly as his blistering, flaky skin, he begins to hallucinate episodes from his life and from one of his early books, "The Singing Detective." He takes the title role. The book's hero, a suave sleuth who sings delicious 40s-era tunes with a big band, is looking into the death of a mysterious woman and the life of a slipper man - Mark Binney. It's a violent, sordid case with a veneer of class, leaving a trail of intrigue and deceit. But how much of this fiction is really a reflection of Marlow's own life and twisted psyche? (70 minutes)
Heat A difficult patient, Marlow grudgingly submits to the attention of the hospital psychiatrist and tries a new drug therapy. but the small improvements in his physical condition are not matched by his mental health. As hallucinations return him to his childhood, an isolated, angry youngster emerges. Are unresolved incidents from his youth, which he is now just glimpsing in his tormented reveries, the cause of his hideous affliction? Especially troubling is the vision of his mother and a man in a forest. What really happened? Meanwhile, the Singing Detective, ever on the case, learns that a beautiful Russian who may be a spy has disappeared. What really happened? (70 minutes)
Lovely Days England during the War was a lonely place for young Philip, after being separated from his father. Lying in his hospital bed, Marlow doesn't even have to hallucinate to remember it now. But the lavish musical productions he imagines, starring the staff and fellow patients, continue, as do his searing, introspective visits to the hospital psychiatrist, triggering the full traumatic recollection of the incident with his mother he witnessed in the forest. While Marlow the patient battles internal demons, detective Marlow has his hands full with the Binney affair. Who are the two men in trench coats? Is there an intelligence agency connection? And whose body has been fished out of the river? (65 minutes)
Clues Patient Marlow realizes the identity of the woman in the river. But there's no time to brood. His estranged wife, Nicola, appears at the hospital, claiming someone wants to option his old book, "The Singing Detective," for a movie. Marlow plays along, knowing she's conspiring with Binney to get control of the project. Meanwhile, another childhood memory obsesses him, taking him back to the classroom where a stern, cruel teacher accuses him of a vile prank. When he finally relives the incident to its deciding moment, a new wrinkle is added to the mystery of "The Singing Detective." But with gunmen stalking Marlow the sleuth, the hero may not live to appreciate the patient's last insight. (70 minutes)
Pitter Patter Nicola returns to the hospital with an option agreement for "The Singing Detective." But a pair of nefarious characters from the book also momentarily appear. Feigning trust, Marlow signs the agreement, even as he imagines the bloody double-cross the document will provoke between Nicola and Binney. Despite the persistence of such hallucinations, Marlow's condition is definitely improving, and his sessions with the psychiatrist yield even more epiphanies. Memories of his parents take him back again to listen to his father, a talented and popular amateur crooner, singing. And to the day he confronted his mother about what he'd seen in the forest. (60 minutes)
Who Done It Traumatic visions and memories overwhelm Marlow: his mother standing alone on a bridge, a singing scarecrow, his father searching for him in the woods. At his next session with the psychiatrist, he confronts the guilt and sadness his memories provoke. Recalling the death of his mother and a youthful betrayal, Marlow takes a momentous step forward. But the battle with his demons and his struggle to bring the mystery to a satisfying conclusion isn't over. His distrust of Nicola, who has hinted at a desire for reconciliation, is played out in a horrific hallucination. If he can't imagine a new ending to his story, he won't be able to turn a new page in his life. (80 minutes)
Here are all six episodes of the series. Total 415 minutes on 3 videos or DVDs. 1991. COLOR. 4:3 aspect ratio. Hi-Fi. Out of Print. Never released in the US. DVD $19.99.
Spike Milligan Narrates Adolf Hitler
~ My Part In His Downfall
Spike Milligan's true stories of army life from his enlistment in 1940 to landing in Algiers in 1943 made an hysterically funny, sometimes moving best-selling book.
The highlights of this brilliant story, narrated by Spike Milligan have been brought to life with footage from the Pathe News archive - a source almost as vast as Spike's own imagination.
The result is an evocative and hilarious romp through idiotic army rules, life as a private soldier, the stark realities of war and of course the amazing exploding thunder box!
Produced and Directed by Martin Morgan.
1994. COLOR. 58 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Never released in the US. Out of Print. $14.99 DVD.
Stage Door Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers
"The Great Kate" stars as Terry Randall in this delightful tale of a millionaire's debutante daughter wanting to make it on her own in show business. Having run off to live at the dingy "Footlights Club," a boarding house filled with other young performers (including Lucille Ball and Eve Arden), Terry antagonizes the other roomers - especially her own roommate, Jean (Ginger Rogers).
When she lands the lead in a stageplay produced by the philandering Anthony Powell (Adolphe Menjou), Terry's cohorts consider her merely an amateur. But on opening night, Terry's performance astonishes everyone.
A star-studded cast makes this film a treasure. Katharine Hepburn performs with her famous grace and wit while stars-to-be Lucille Ball, Ann Miller and Eve Arden provide glimpses of their burgeoning talent.
1937. Black & White. 92 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
The Story Of Boys & Girls
Italian with English Subtitles.
The Story of Boys & Girls is a sumptuous feast of wine, food, sex and celebration. An intoxicating mix of friends and families meet to celebrate an engagement over a banquet that fondly recalls the endless meal in Babette's Feast.
Between the twenty delicious courses and flowing wine, the guests loosen their belts as well as their tongues spilling family secrets and revealing romantic intrigues.
Even the maid gets caught between courses in a lusty tryst that leaves her flushed and rumpled when she serves the next dish.
The Story of Boys & Girls is a feast for lovers that will whet your appetite.
Starring Davide Benchini, Lucrezia Lante Della Rovere. Written and Directed by Pupi Avati.
1991. COLOR. 92 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print.
Strangers When We Meet
Kirk Douglas, Kim Novak, Ernie Kovacs, Barbara Rush
Screenplay by Evan Hunter, based on his own novel. Kirk Douglas stars as Larry Coe, a gifted architect who, unhappily married, falls in love with his beautiful neighbor Maggie (Kim Novak), whose marriage is also on the rocks. The two meet secretly while Larry is at work building a "dream house" for the eccentric writer and playboy Roger Altar (Ernie Kovacs).
These clandestine trysts are known only to one other person - their mutual friend Felix Anders (Walter Matthau). But when Larry is offered a tremendous career opportunity in Hawaii, he is suddenly torn between his home, his career and his love for Maggie. And when Felix starts making passes at Larry's wife (Barbara Rush), the foundation of his entire life starts to crumble. Produced and Directed by Richard Quine.
1960. COLOR. 117 minutes. Hi-Fi. Out of Print.
Subway Christopher Lambert, Isabelle Adjani
Romance and Rebellion Beneath the Streets of Paris.
The dark tunnels and shadowy corners of Paris' Metro make up the subterranean world that is the backdrop of this stylish thriller from one of France's leading young directors, Luc Besson. Fred (Christopher Lambert), is a casual thief and cool rebel on the run. He literally goes underground to escape his pursuers. Here he encounters a motley collection of subway denizens, including a roller skating purse snatcher, a shifty flower seller, a muscleman who works out with subway car parts, and several roving musicians.
He's also joined by the beautiful helena (Isabelle Adjani), who is both his would-be lover and his victim. But has she come to run away with him, or to kill him?
A sly mix of humor, whimsy, suspense and social comment shot almost entirely beneath the streets, Subway is an intriguing journey through the Paris underworld. Also featuring Richard Bohringer, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Hughes Anglade, Jean Reno, Michel Galabru, Jean Bouise.
1985. COLOR. 103 minutes. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. Hi-Fi. Rated "R". DVD $14.99.
Sudden Fear Joan Crawford turns in one of the most emotionally charged performances of her career as a playwright who must use her plotting skills to save her own life, in this beautifully crafted film-noir thriller.
On a train headed home to California, Myra Hudson (Crawford) falls in love with, and marries, actor Lester Blaine (Jack Palance) whom she has just fired from her most recent New York play. Back on her San Francisco estate, something evil appears to be lurking beneath the surface of the couple's "idyllic" life. Enter Gloria Grahame, as Palance's girl-friend (in a stunning performance the New York Times called "hard, brash and sexy"). Soon it is clear they are after more than new scripts as they greedily scheme for Myra's money.
Director David Miller (Lonely Are The Brave) guides the story with supreme confidence, assisted by gorgeous black and white cinematography and an excellent score by Elmer Bernstein, as Sudden Fear races towards it jolting climax.
Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Crawford) and Best Supporting Actor (Palance), Sudden Fear is the unbeatable combination of a lushly produced Joan Crawford melodrama and a drop-dead suspense thriller. They just don't make 'em like this anymore!
1952. Black & White. 110 minutes. Out of Print.
Things To Come H. G. Wells classic, starring Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey stars in H. G. Wells' futuristic fantasy that is filled with outstanding visual treats.
The story begins in 1949 with Massey as a successful businessman. When world war begins, lasting more than a quarter of a century, Massey survives by making it to an unseen safe place.
He returns as a white-haired old man in 1966 to direct the rebuilding of Everytown. By 2036 his great-grandson has taken over the task, but is soon caught up in a struggle between art and science.
This is a truly stunning visualization of H. G. Wells' depiction of the future.
Also starring Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Ed Chapman, Margaretta Scott. Directed by William Cameron Menzies.
1936. Black & White. 98 minutes. This movie is in the Public Domain. Out of Print. DVD $9.99.
Torch Song Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding, Gig Young
All America knows musical star Jenny Stewart (Joan Crawford). To her fans, she's a song-and-dance legend with sensational gams and a sparkling personality. But Broadway insiders know a different Jenny. Her mouth belongs to an angel, one co-worker says, but the words that come out are pure tramp.
After a 10-year absence, Joan Crawford returned to MGM for Torch Song, a music-filled melodrama about a domineering star who finds love and learns humility in the arms of a blind pianist. The glossy production, highlighted by dazzling costumes and splashy production numbers, fits its leading lady's bigger-than-life persona like fishnet hose. And Crawford proves her footwork hasn't slowed a beat since she broke into movies in the '20s as a Charleston dancer.
The cast includes Michael Wilding as the pianist, Gig Young, and Marjorie Rambeau in her Oscar-nominated performance as Jenny's mother. And director Charles Walters appears as the dance partner subjected to Jenny's fiery wrath. Screenplay by John Michael Hayes and Jan Lustig.
1953. COLOR. 91 minutes. Out of Print.
To The Lighthouse The Virginia Woolf classic...
This 1983 British made-for-TV adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel begins with the Ramsay family vacationing in their summerhouse in Cornwell shortly before WWI.
Rosemary Harris plays the mother, the ideal woman of the time, who forgives her husband's outbursts of temper and is loving to her six growing children, summer guests, and neighbors. Michael Gough plays the husband, an educator who is frustrated by the confines of family life, and Kenneth Branagh plays a graduate student with strong political beliefs.
Constant throughout is the six-year old son's request for a trip to the lighthouse, but the weather is never quite right. It's symbolic, of course, as it stands off in the distance, a future adventure that keeps being postponed.
The essence of the Woolf story is well captured - we get to see a piece of the seemingly idyllic world through the eyes of the family and the resultant effects of the following ten years, which are filled with tragedy.
Cinematography is excellent, capturing the mood and beauty of the English countryside. It's a melancholy story that keeps getting sadder as it moves through time. And so, when the coveted trip to the lighthouse actually happens, it seems anti-climatic, but it is the glue that holds the story together.
Also featuring Suzanne Bertish, Lynsey Baxter, T. P. McKenna. Directed by Colin Gregg.
COLOR. 1983. 115 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of print. Never released in the US. DVD $19.99.
The Trial Directed by Orson Welles. Screenwriter: Orson Welles. Starring Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elsa Martinelli, Akim Tamiroff. Orson Welles applied his exceptional directorial style to Kafka's landmark 1925 novel about Joseph K. (Anthony Perkins), an office clerk who gets arrested without being told why. The film, which opens with a brilliant series of pin-screen pictures, (a technique using pins, cloth, light, and shadows created by A. Alexeieff), concentrates on the atmosphere of K's world, accompanied by the dreamy musical leitmotif of Albinoni's "Adagio". The sets are typical Welles baroque, massive structures which engulf K in the same way Xanadu swallowed Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane. These sets alone, with their haunting shadows and claustrophobic walls and ceilings, make The Trial essential viewing! Welles considered the the best film he ever made.
B&W. 1963. 118 minutes. Not rated. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of print.
An Evening With Sir Peter Ustinov
Take a Front Row Seat for his acclaimed One-Man Show. Peter Ustinov's incomparable storytelling and dead-one impersonations have entertained royalty, dazzled critics and delighted audiences from San Francisco to Kuala Lumpur
Now the famed raconteur has allowed his wildly successful one-man show to be captured on film. The result is unlike any performance you've ever seen - it's a lifetime's worth of hilarious observations, uncanny impressions and virtuoso physical comedy. From his early childhood memories to his wartime service to his personal experiences with nearly every head of state in the world, Sir Peter weaves a brilliant web of sophisticated comedy. A two-time Oscar winner (Spartacus, Topkapi), he'll have you laughing out loud with stories about such stars as Laurence Olivier, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and Alfred Hitchcock.
Take a front row seat at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre for an evening of unparalleled wit and sophistication - an evening with the legendary Sir Peter Ustinov.
COLOR. 1964. 60 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of print. Never released in the US. DVD $14.99.
The Visitor Mel Ferrer, John Huston, Glenn Ford
They know we are here...
Katy Collins is no ordinary eight-year-old girl
Indeed, she is unique, carrying within her the power of Sateen, an inter-spacial force of immense magnitude.
Katy's primary mission on earth is to carry these genes forward, a task accomplished by convincing her mother, Barbara, to bear a similarly endowed male child with who Katy would eventually mate.
Opposing this scheme is The Visitor, a sage of galactic stature who has come to this world not to kill Katy, but to end her "confusion."
Find out what happens in this unforgettable, supernatural suspense thriller.
Also featuring Shelley Winters. Directed by Michael J. Paradise.
1977. COLOR. 96 minutes. Out of Print. Rated "R".
The Woman In Green Sherlock Holmes - Basil Rathbone ~ Nigel Bruce
Hypnotism, Mystery and Professor Moriarity... What do these three things have in common?
Along with the aide of Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce), Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) goes looking for the villain behind the most atrocious murders since Jack The Ripper.
1945. Black and White. 67 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of Print. This movie is in the Public Domain. DVD $9.99.
A Woman of Affairs Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lewis Stone
Greta Garbo is the "unlucky-in-love" heroine in this silent screen adaptation of Michael Arlen's highly controversial novel "The Green Hat."
After losing the man of her dreams (John Gilbert) due to the meddling of his disapproving father, Diana Merrick (Garbo) reluctantly weds another admirer. These dubious marital beginnings become even more questionable when her new husband takes his own life. Immediately all eyes turn to Diana, and her free-spirited lifestyle is deemed his unofficial cause of death.
Socially chastised, Diana decides to live up to her reputation and ventures on a series of "foreign affairs," amorously globe hopping with dignitaries from London to Cairo. This bittersweet tale of love really begins to unfold when Diana is at last reunited with her one true love - only to learn of his recent engagement.
Garbo's all-star supporting cast includes an early screen appearance by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. "revealing great promise as an actor" (The New York Times) in the role of Diana's alcoholic brother, John Mack Brown as the unfortunate husband and Hobart Bosworth as the meddling father. Also features Dorothy Sebastian. Directed by Clarence Brown.
Black & White. Original Silent Film with Stereo Orchestral Soundtrack. 1928. 98 minutes. 4:3 aspect ratio. Out of print. DVD $14.99.
Image Of An Assassination - A New Look At The Zapruder Film Includes a Never-Before-Seen version of President Kennedy's Assassination. "Of all the witnesses to the tragedy, the only unimpeachable one is the 8-mm movie camera of Abraham Zapruder." - Life Magazine. The film shows 3 shots fired in 8 seconds, the first shot deflected by a tree branch but causing Gov. John Connally to look over his right shoulder, the second shot hitting Kennedy in the neck and Connally's right side, and the third shot hitting Kennedy's head. Frame 313 shows brain matter spraying forward from the third shot. Abraham Zapruder sold the rights to his film to Life magazine for $50,000, including the original negative and 2 of the 3 prints Zapruder had made Nov. 22, 1963, at the Kodak Laboratory in Dallas. Time Inc. purchased the film rights for an additional $100,000 and published still frames of the film in the Nov. 29 issue. Life provided slides of some of the frames to the Warren Commission. Garrison subpoenaed the film to be shown in the 1969 trial of Clay Shaw and had copies made. After death of Abraham Aug. 30, 1970, an unauthorized copy of the film was shown for the first time on TV during the Good Night America show hosted by Geraldo Rivera in 1975. time Inc. returned the film to the family April 9, 1975 for $1, with rights assigned to the family company LMH. The family donated the original film to the National Archives in 1978. LMH in 1997 decided to make a digital copy with restoration by McCrone Associates. At the National Archives, McCrone made 483 photographs using special 4x5 equipment. The restoration process was filmed MPI. Produced 1998 by MPI Teleproductions and the Zapruder family, with digital restoration of the 26-second 483-frame Zapruder 8mm film stored in National Archives, 1.37:1 screen ratio. COLOR & B&W. 45 minutes. Out of Print.
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