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  • You Can't Take It With You [1938] You Can't Take It With You | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £4.57  |  Saving you £8.27 (63.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    You Can't Take It With You, Frank Capra's 1938 populist spin on the George S Kaufman and Moss Hart play about a family of happy eccentrics, is a great deal of fun, though it significantly rewrites the original work and doesn't represent Capra (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) at his best. Jean Arthur plays a member of the blissful Vanderhof househ old who falls in love with a rich man's son (James Stewart) and brings him into her nutty home. Lionel Barrymore, who played such a bad guy eight years later in Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, is the wonderful Grandpa Vanderhof, who addresses God during the dinner prayer as "sir" and speaks plainly and beautifully of why it's good to be alive. Capra took this opportunity to rail against big business and champion the common man, but the overall tone of the film--typical for the director's comedies--is buoyant and snappy. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • The Talk Of The Town [1942] The Talk Of The Town | DVD | (10/03/2003) from £4.49  |  Saving you £8.50 (65.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A condemned murderer eager to prove his innocence stages a spectacular escape from prison. Injured in the breakout he hides out at a friend's house disguised as the gardener. His only chance rests with a Supreme Court candidate who is renting the house for the summer. But all hopes are dashed when he refuses to help.

  • Shane [Masters of Cinema] (Single-Disc Standard Edition Blu-ray) [1953] Shane (Single-Disc Standard Edition Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (06/06/2016) from £9.69  |  Saving you £6.30 (39.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Consciously crafted by director George Stevens as a piece of American myth making, Shane is on nearly everyone's shortlist of great movie Westerns. A buckskin knight, Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into the middle of a range war between farmers and cattlemen, quickly siding with the "sod-busters". While helping a kindly farmer (Van Heflin), Shane falls platonically in love with the man's wife (Jean Arthur, in the last screen performance of a marvellous career). Though the showdowns are exciting, and the story simple but involving, what most people will remember about this movie is the friendship between the stoical Shane and the young son of the farmers. The kid is played by Brandon De Wilde, an amazing child performer; his parting scene with Shane is guaranteed to draw tears from even the most stony-hearted moviegoer. And speaking of stony hearts, Jack Palance made a sensational impression as the evil gunslinger sent to clean house--he has fewer lines of dialogue than he has lines in his magnificently craggy face, but he makes them count. The photography, highlighting the landscape near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, won an Oscar. --Robert Horton

  • Shane [1953] Shane | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £5.59  |  Saving you £10.40 (65.00%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Consciously crafted by director George Stevens as a piece of American myth making, Shane is on nearly everyone's shortlist of great movie Westerns. A buckskin knight, Shane (Alan Ladd) rides into the middle of a range war between farmers and cattlemen, quickly siding with the "sod-busters". While helping a kindly farmer (Van Heflin), Shane falls platonically in love with the man's wife (Jean Arthur, in the last screen performance of a marvellous career). Though the showdowns are exciting, and the story simple but involving, what most people will remember about this movie is the friendship between the stoical Shane and the young son of the farmers. The kid is played by Brandon De Wilde, an amazing child performer; his parting scene with Shane is guaranteed to draw tears from even the most stony-hearted moviegoer. And speaking of stony hearts, Jack Palance made a sensational impression as the evil gunslinger sent to clean house--he has fewer lines of dialogue than he has lines in his magnificently craggy face, but he makes them count. The photography, highlighting the landscape near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, won an Oscar. --Robert Horton

  • Mr Smith Goes To Washington [1939] Mr Smith Goes To Washington | DVD | (26/02/2001) from £4.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In Frank Capra's bright, funny and beautifully paced satire Mr Smith Goes to Washington political heavyweights decide that Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), an obscure scoutmaster in a small town, would be the perfect dupe to fill a vacant US Senate chair. Surely this naïve bumpkin can be easily controlled by the senior senator (Claude Rains) from his state, a respectable yet corrupted career politician. Capra fills the film with Smith's wide-eyed wonder at the glories of Washington, all of which ring false for his cynical secretary (Jean Arthur) who doesn't believe for a minute this rube could be for real. But he is. Capra was repeating the formula of a previous film, Mr Deeds Goes to Town, but this one is even sharper. Stewart and Arthur are brilliant, and the former cowboy-star Harry Carey lends a warm presence to the role of the vice-president. Mr Smith Goes to Washington is Capra's ode to the power of innocence--an idea so potent that present-day audiences may find themselves wishing for a new Mr Smith in the halls of power. The 1939 US Congress was none too thrilled about the film's depiction of their august body, denouncing it as a caricature; but even today, Capra's jibes about vested interests and political machines look as accurate as ever. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

  • Frank Capra Box Set Frank Capra Box Set | DVD | (25/10/2004) from £13.61  |  Saving you £26.38 (66.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    It Happened One Night (1934) Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert team up for laughs as mismatched lovers in this 1934 screwball comedy classic. Spoiled Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly) who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman Peter Warne (Gable). When their bus breaks down the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Peter hopes

  • Shirley Temple: The Collection Shirley Temple: The Collection | DVD | (25/10/2004) from £9.98  |  Saving you £25.01 (71.50%)  |  RRP £34.99

    A collection of classic Shirley Temple films! Heidi (1937) When her aunt tires of caring for her orphan Heidi is taken into the Swiss mountains to live with her gruff grandfather (Jean Hersholt) a hermit who comes to adore her. But the aunt returns to steal Heidi away selling her to a family whose invalid daughter (Marcia Mae Jones) needs a companion. Bullied by an evil governess (Mary Nash) Heidi still charms the entire household and never stops trying to returnito her

  • Elmer Gantry [1960] Elmer Gantry | DVD | (03/02/2003) from £6.79  |  Saving you £6.20 (47.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Brothers and sisters, can we get a witness for Elmer Gantry, a woeful tale of saints and sinners? Burt Lancaster earned his only Oscar as the wide-smiling, glad-handing, soul-saving charlatan Gantry, a salesman who turns his gift for preaching into a career at the pulpit. Climbing on board the barnstorming evangelical tour of revivalist Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), Gantry declaims, invokes, and sermonises his way to the top, until a former flame-turned-prostitute (Shirley Jones in an Oscar-winning performance) threatens to reveal his dark past as a womaniser and con man. Lancaster harnesses all his physical vigour and natural charisma for this role, literally throwing himself into his preaching with the suppleness of an acrobat and the sing-song delivery of a gospel singer--he even brays like a hound to show the Holy Spirit within him. Gantry is a showman, pure and simple, and while he doesn't fool true-believer Sister Sharon, he gives her a few object lessons in playing the crowd. Director Richard Brooks, who also took home an Oscar for his screenplay (adapted from the Sinclair Lewis novel), creates a rousing drama both on and off the pulpit, and provides fine roles for an excellent supporting cast, including Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger, John McIntire, and singer Patti Page. --Sean Axmaker

  • Only Angels Have Wings [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2016] Only Angels Have Wings | Blu Ray | (18/04/2016) from £12.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (53.60%)  |  RRP £27.99

    Hands down, Only Angels Have Wings is one of the most buoyantly entertaining movies in the American cinema. It is also a razor-sharp example of the action-oriented films of Howard Hawks, the wide-ranging auteur who would go on to make To Have and Have Not and Red River. This one is set in Barranca, a South American port city swathed in perpetual night fog, where a band of mail pilots struggle daily to get their planes through a treacherous mountain pass. They don't care about the mail so much as they live by the rules of adventure, professionalism and friendly rivalry. Cary Grant is the leader of this daredevil group, a man who won't be pinned down to anything except his own code of stoicism. ("I don't believe in laying in a supply of anything" he says, which may be why he's always asking people for matches to light his cigarettes.) His cool style is tested by the arrival of a wisecracking blonde (Jean Arthur) and an ex-mistress (Rita Hayworth); Rita's now married to a pilot (Richard Barthelmess), disgraced by a single act of cowardice. Hawks always got great mileage from throwing a bunch of colourful characters together in an enclosed space, where death could strike in a moment. The great secret about Hawks is that although his feel for action was crackling, he was really more interested in the way people exchanged sidelong glances or lit each other's cigarettes--there's a lot of both in Only Angels Have Wings. --Robert Horton

  • Arizona [DVD] Arizona | DVD | (05/09/2011) from £4.72  |  Saving you £5.27 (52.80%)  |  RRP £9.99

    When Cooper became unavailable, the studio assigned the male lead to their Golden Boy sensation, William Holden. Budgeted at $2.3 million, ARIZONA was produced on a grand scale, complete with a full-sized recreation of the 1860's Tucson settlement, majestic location scenery, hundreds of extras, boisterous Apache raids and a spectacular cattle stampede. Opening on Christmas Day 1940, ARIZONA was hailed as a rip-roaring Western from a director, Wesley Ruggles, who knew how to make them (Ruggles directed the 1931 Academy Award(r)-winning Best Picture, Cimarron).

  • Mr Deeds Goes To Town [1936] Mr Deeds Goes To Town | DVD | (04/04/2005) from £3.99  |  Saving you £5.45 (54.60%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Rocking America with laughter! Frank Capra's screwball romantic comedy available for the first time on DVD!!! Longfellow Deeds lives in a small town leading a small town kind of life - including playing the tuba in the town band. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune Longfellow picks up his tuba and moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for everyone from the greedy opera committee to the sensationist daily newspaper. Deeds outwits them all unti

  • James Stewart - It's A Wonderful Life/Harvey/Rear Window/Mr. Smith Goes To Washington [DVD] James Stewart - It's A Wonderful Life/Harvey/Rear Window/Mr. Smith Goes To Washington | DVD | (27/09/2010) from £15.29  |  Saving you £14.70 (49.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    It's A Wonderful Life (Dir. Frank Capra 1946): Starring the unforgettable James Stewart as George Bailey the man who receives the greatest Christmas gift of all. A superb ensemble cast includes Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore this high spirited Christmas tale is Directed by the immortal Frank Capra and ranks as an all-time favourite of fans and critics alike. Harvey (Dir. Henry Koster 1950): James Stewart stars as Elwood P. Dowd a wealthy alcoholic whose sunny disposition and drunken antics are tolerated by most of the citizens of his community. That is until Elwood begins to claim that he has a friend named Harvey who is an invisible six foot rabbit. Elwood's snooty socialite sister Veta determined to marry off her daughter Myrtle to a respectable man begins to plot to keep Elwood's lunacy from interfering. Rear Window (Dir. Alfred Hitchcock 1954): Alfred Hitchcock amply demonstrates why he's been called The Master of Suspense with this both witty and macabre tale of voyeurism and murder starring two of cinema's all-time favourites James Stewart and Grace Kelly. L. B. Jeffries (Stewart) a photographer with a broken leg takes up the fine art of spying on his Greenwich Village neighbours during a summer heat wave. But things really hot up when he suspects one neighbour of murdering his invalid wife and burying the body in a flower garden. Mr Smith Goes to Washington (Dir. Frank Capra 1939): James Stewart Jean Arthur and Claude Rains star in this award-winning 1939 classic about an idealistic small-town politician who heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless politicians out to destroy him.

  • Only Angels Have Wings [1939] Only Angels Have Wings | DVD | (10/01/2005) from £4.22  |  Saving you £1.77 (29.50%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Available for the first time on DVD! Thrilling As Love Born Amid A Thousand Fabulous Adventures! A tale of adventure and excitement directed by Howard Hawks. The story focuses on a pilot who delivers mail to remote locations by plane. But when a showgirl sets her sights on him he discovers that some women can be more dangerous than flying solo over the Andes...

  • Frank Capra - It's A Wonderful Life/Mr Smith Goes To Washington/You Can't Take It With You/It Happened One Night [DVD] Frank Capra - It's A Wonderful Life/Mr Smith Goes To Washington/You Can't Take It With You/It Happened One Night | DVD | (20/09/2010) from £21.03  |  Saving you £8.96 (29.90%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Titles Comprise: It's A Wonderful Life (1946) This collectors edition of Frank Capra's masterpiece is the ultimate feel good film. Starring the unforgettable James Stewart as George Bailey the man who receives the greatest Christmas gift of all. A superb ensemble cast includes Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore this high spirited Christmas tale is directed by the immortal Frank Capra and ranks as an all-time favourite of fans and critics alike. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939) James Stewart Jean Arthur and Claude Rains star in this award-winning 1939 classic about an idealistic small-town politician who heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless politicians out to destroy him... You Can't Take It With You (1938) James Stewart Jean Arthur Lionel Barrymore and Edward Arnold star in this screwball comedy. Arthur stars as Alice Sycamore the stable family member of an offbeat clan of free spirits who falls for Stewart the down-to-earth son of a snooty wealthy family. Amidst a backdrop of confusion the two very different families rediscover the simple joys of life... It Happened One Night (1934) Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert team up for laughs as mismatched lovers in this 1934 screwball comedy classic. Spoiled Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly) who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman Peter Warne (Gable). When their bus breaks down the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Peter hopes to parlay the inside story of their misadventures into a job. But complications fly when the runaway heiress and brash reporter fall in love.

  • The Plainsman [1936] The Plainsman | DVD | (06/02/2006) from £4.99  |  Saving you £1.00 (10.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Cecile B. DeMille brings you Gary and Jean in their grandest picture...the story of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane the hardest boiled pair of lovers who ever rode the plains...a glorious romance set against the whole flaming pageant of the Old West... This stylish western skillfully interweaves classic real-life Old West legends like Wild Bill Hickok (Cooper) Calamity Jane (Arthur) Buffalo Bill Cody George Armstrong Custer and Abraham Lincoln into a stunning tale as va

  • James Stewart - Screen Legends James Stewart - Screen Legends | DVD | (13/03/2008) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £24.99

    This tremendous box set features a quartet of Jimmy Stewart's classic performances. Harvey (Dir. Henry Koster 1950): James Stewart stars as Elwood P. Dowd a wealthy alcoholic whose sunny disposition and drunken antics are tolerated by most of the citizens of his community. That is until Elwood begins to claim that he has a friend named Harvey who is an invisible six foot rabbit. Elwood's snooty socialite sister Veta determined to marry off her daughter Myrtle to a respec

  • Heidi [1937] Heidi | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £4.69  |  Saving you £8.30 (63.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Shirley Temple in a role that seems custom-made for her portrays the spirited young heroine of the popular children's novel giving her rich emotional depth and infinite charm. When her Aunt tires of caring for her orphan Heidi is taken into the Swiss mountains to live with her gruff Grandfather (Jean Hersholt) a hermit who comes to adore her. But the Aunt returns to steal Heidi away selling her to a family whose invalid daughter (Marcia Mae Jones) needs a companion. Bullied by an evil governess (Mary Nash) Heidi still charms the entire household and never stops trying to return to her beloved Grandfather.

  • Under The Rainbow [DVD] Under The Rainbow | DVD | (11/08/2014) from £8.65  |  Saving you £7.34 (45.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Laura is still waiting for Prince Charming at the age of 24. So when Sandro appears at a party exactly like her Prince would in her dreams she thinks she's finally found her knight in shining armour. But then when she meets Maxime the following night Laura starts to wonder if some Princes could be more charming than others. Will everything end happily ever after for Laura? Or will the prince turn out to be the frog? A sharp snappy and wonderfully droll comedy of manners and errors this charming French romantic drama has won over legions of admirers across the channel and is now poised to set hearts aflutter in Britain too.

  • Easy Living [DVD] Easy Living | DVD | (18/08/2014) from £9.09  |  Saving you £3.51 (27.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Hilarious comedy written by Academy Award winner Preston Sturges. Mary (Jean Arthur) is a poor working girl who gains a fortune when a financier throws a fur coat out of a window into her lap! Everyone assumes she's his mistress but soon her rags-toriches lifestyle threatens a real romance with an inept waiter (Ray Milland)!

  • The Plainsman (1936) - Westerns Collection 2011 [DVD] The Plainsman (1936) - Westerns Collection 2011 | DVD | (30/05/2011) from £6.49  |  Saving you £3.50 (35.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Screen legends Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur star in Cecil B. DeMille’s sweeping classic. This stylish western skillfully interweaves classic real-life Old West legends like Wild Bill Hickok (Cooper), Calamity Jane (Arthur), Buffalo Bill Cody, George Armstrong Custer and Abraham Lincoln into a stunning tale as vastas the wild frontier itself. Packed with thrilling action, powerful drama and spectacularset pieces, The Plainsman set the standard by which other western extravaganzaswould be forever measured.

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