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Van Heflin: List of Movies, Films and TV Shows

  • 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

  • The Joan Crawford Collection [DVD] [1945] The Joan Crawford Collection | DVD | (17/09/2012) from £11.99  |  Saving you £18.00 (60.00%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Mildred PierceA classic American novel published to tie-in with a major new SKY series starring Kate Winslet.Whatever Happened to Baby JanePossessed

  • Shane [1953] Shane | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £4.49  |  Saving you £11.50 (71.90%)  |  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

  • 3:10 To Yuma - The Criterion Collection [Blu-ray] 3:10 To Yuma - The Criterion Collection | Blu Ray | (08/01/2018) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    3:10 to Yuma is a tight, taut Western in the High Noon tradition. Struggling rancher and family man Van Heflin sneaks captured outlaw Glenn Ford out from under the eyes of his gang and nervously awaits the prison train. Adapted from an Elmore Leonard story, this tense thriller is boiled down to its essential elements: a charming and cunning criminal, an initially reluctant hero whose courage and resolution hardens along the way and a waiting game that pits them in a battle of wills and wits. Glenn Ford practically steals the film in one of his best performances ever: calm, cool and confident, he's a ruthless killer with polite manners and an honourable streak. Director Delmer Daves (Broken Arrow) sets it all in a harsh, parched frontier of empty landscapes, deserted towns and dust, creating a brittle quiet that threatens to snap into violence at any moment. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

  • 3:10 To Yuma [1957] 3:10 To Yuma | DVD | (22/04/2002) from £3.75  |  Saving you £16.24 (81.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    3:10 to Yuma is a tight, taut Western in the High Noon tradition. Struggling rancher and family man Van Heflin sneaks captured outlaw Glenn Ford out from under the eyes of his gang and nervously awaits the prison train. Adapted from an Elmore Leonard story, this tense thriller is boiled down to its essential elements: a charming and cunning criminal, an initially reluctant hero whose courage and resolution hardens along the way and a waiting game that pits them in a battle of wills and wits. Glenn Ford practically steals the film in one of his best performances ever: calm, cool and confident, he's a ruthless killer with polite manners and an honourable streak. Director Delmer Daves (Broken Arrow) sets it all in a harsh, parched frontier of empty landscapes, deserted towns and dust, creating a brittle quiet that threatens to snap into violence at any moment. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com

  • The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers [1946] The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers | DVD | (29/09/2003) from £2.99  |  Saving you £-7.97 (-159.70%)  |  RRP £4.99

    This dark melodrama based on the John Patrick story 'Love Lies Bleeding' stars Barbara Stanwyck as the wonderfully wicked Martha Ivers a wealthy and domineering woman who controls a small town after inheriting a large family fortune. She lives with her weakling husband a district attorney running for mayor played by Kirk Douglas in his feature film debut - a role that's an unusual departure from his later work. What no one in the town knows however is that Stanwyck and Douglas are bound by a dark secret involving murder. Gripping and suspenseful this film noir classic also stars Van Heflin as Martha's old love who returns to town after an 18-year absence whom Douglas thinks is there for one reason: blackmail.

  • Till the Clouds Roll By Till the Clouds Roll By | DVD | (29/07/2003) from £4.50  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £2.99

    Till the Clouds Roll By was the big MGM extravaganza of 1946, purporting to be a life of the first giant of the stage musical, Jerome Kern. Great chunks of Show Boat, Sweet Adeline and Sunny dominate while, in between excerpts, reliable Robert Walker does valiant work as Kern, lending a gentle credibility to even the most extravagant licenses taken by the writers. The liberties taken with Kern's story beggar belief, but what a fine excuse this is to sit back and enjoy a procession of gems from the great American songbook, performed by genuine legends. Judy Garland has two numbers as Marilyn Miller, both directed by husband Vincente Minnelli at the peak of their creative and personal relationships. Singing "Who?", she has to float down the proverbial staircase, obviously pregnant (Liza was born a short time later). Others to shine include Kathryn Grayson, June Allyson, Dinah Shore and, more bizarrely, a skinny young Sinatra drafted in at the last for a rousing "Old Man River". Most poignant of all is the presence of Lena Horne who, but for the racist values of Hollywood at the time, would have been a great film star. Ever confined to guest appearances, she here sings the songs of Show Boat's tragic half-caste Julie. When MGM filmed the musical in 1951, the same part went to Ava Gardner. On the DVD: Till the Clouds Roll By may boast digital remastering, but it could have done with a deal of restoration, too. Presented in 4:3 format, the picture quality is often pixellated and the soundtrack in "HiFi Stereo" is muffled and occasionally cracked. Considering its value as an archive of great performers, some rarely seen on film, this film deserves better DVD treatment. --Piers Ford

  • South of Algiers [DVD] South of Algiers | DVD | (09/11/2015) from £4.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (50.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    This grippingly dramatic adventure film stars Eric Portman as a scholar who encounters deception and danger as he crosses the Sahara in search of the fabled tomb of a Roman general. Co-starring Oscar-winning character actor Van Heflin, featuring lush cinematography from Oswald Morris and solid direction from Jack Lee best-known for A Town Like Alice and the genre-defining The Wooden Horse South of Algiers is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Dr Burnet, an eminent archaeologist, sets out for North Africa to search for the lost tomb of Marcus Manilius, said to contain the priceless golden mask of Moloch. But it soon becomes clear that two crooked fortune-hunters are also seeking the mask, and a desperate and deadly race across the desert begins SPECIAL FEATURES: Original theatrical trailer Image gallery Promotional material PDFs

  • Black Widow [DVD] Black Widow | DVD | (22/04/2013) from £6.89  |  Saving you £2.14 (16.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Bigshot Broadway producer Peter Denver (Van Heflin) meets Nancy (Peggy Ann Garner) at a glamorous show business party. Nancy is an ambitious young writer - and Peter offers her the use of his apartment while his wife Iris (Gene Tierney) is out of town. Iris returns to find a dead body in the apartment and her husband the prime suspect. With Detective Lt. Bruce (George Raft) hot on his trail and his celebrity neighbours (Ginger Rogers and Reginald Gardiner) spreading poisonous rumours, Peter must prove his innocence - by uncovering the real murderer...

  • Tomahawk (Universal) [DVD] Tomahawk (Universal) | DVD | (19/05/2007) from £8.69  |  Saving you £1.30 (13.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    In 1866 the U.S. Government and the leaders of the Sioux Nations met to negotiate a passage through Indian territory, when gold is discovered in the mountains of Montana. Unable to reach an agreement, the U.S. Cavalry defy the peace treaty and build a fort to protect their new road. Van Heflin stars as Jim Bridger, a scout hired by the cavalry and the only man capable of defusing the powder-keg situation. Against the backdrop of a potential war, Bridger must also face personal demons when he runs into Lieutenant Rob Dancy, a bigoted army officer with a dark history.

  • They Came To Cordura [1959] They Came To Cordura | DVD | (22/11/2004) from £5.26  |  Saving you £7.73 (59.50%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Gary Cooper's forte--the searching, lone figure beleaguered by conflicts over conscience, truth, and ethics--followed him all the way to the ambitious They Came to Cordura, his third-to-last feature. Cooper plays Thomas Thorn, a career officer in America's fading horse Army of the early 20th century. Thorn's alleged cowardice in battle has been papered over by superiors: He is to identify acts of bravery during an attack on Pancho Villa's troops and lead those designated heroes to a Medal of Honor ceremony in Cordura, Texas. Though Thorn tries to extract the secret behind courage from each man, he discovers a battle-hardened, bestial side to them as well. The Cordura journey becomes fraught with mutiny and near-assaults on a Yankee expatriate (Rita Hayworth). Thorn, reputation aside, redefines courage on his own terms. This widescreen drama (the DVD offers full-screen format as well) is suspenseful, morally complex, and visually rich, but Cooper's performance carries the day. --Tom Keogh

  • Joan Crawford Collection [DVD] Joan Crawford Collection | DVD | (05/10/2009) from £12.92  |  Saving you £2.07 (13.80%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Titles Comprise: Mildred Pierce: Joan Crawford delivers a critically acclaimed performance as Mildred Pierce a woman clawing her way to success to provide her daughter with everything she lacks. No sacrifice is too much - ending her middle class marriage climbing to the top of a male-dominated business world and marrying a man she doesn't love - but is murder a step too far? Grand Hotel: Oscar-winning drama with an all-star cast exploring the interwoven relationships of the residents of a plush Berlin hotel... Humoresque: Glamorous socialite Helen Wright (Joan Crawford) takes what she wants clothes alcohol men uses them up and tosses them aside. Then she meets brilliant young violinist Paul Boray (John Garfield). But this is one toy she can't break. Instead her love for Paul brings Helen to the breaking point. In this acclaimed and profound exploration of desire Crawford makes Helen a rich layered character torn between selfless love and selfish impulses. Garfield matches her as the driven genius. Possessed: She loves him when he goes away for months. She loves him when he refuses to marry her. But when callow David Sutton chooses to marry someone else Louise Howell's love for him takes a darker turn. Give her a gun and she'll love him to death. Joan Crawford reteams with producer Jerry Wald of her Academy Award winning 'Mildred Pierce' and claims a 1947 Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of tempestuous mentally unstable Louise. The Damned Don't Cry: It's a man's world. And Ethel Whitehead learns there's only one way for a woman to survive in it: be as tempting as a cupcake and as tough as a 75-cent steak. In the first of three collaborations with director Vincent Sherman Joan Crawford brings hard-boiled glamour and simmering passion to the role of Ethel who moves from the wrong side of the tracks to a mobster's mansion to high society one man at a time. Some of those men love her. Some use her. And one a high-rolling racketeer abuses her. When the racketeer murders his rival in Ethel's swanky living room she flees a sure murder rap right back to the poverty she thought she had escaped. And this time there may not be a man to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

  • Battle Cry [1954] Battle Cry | DVD | (21/07/2003) from £5.75  |  Saving you £-6.36 (-45.50%)  |  RRP £13.99

    The most interesting--and entertaining--aspect of Battle Cry, a long, episodic World War II drama, is that it marked the debut of one Justus E McQueen, who subsequently took the name of the good ol' Arkansas boy he played in the movie: LQ Jones. He's only one of eight or nine marine recruits who divide the screen time with commanding officer Van Heflin and James Whitmore as a lifer sergeant named Mac, "just Mac", who ramrods their squad and also delivers the movie's overbearing narration. Unfortunately, the narration is necessary to maintain continuity as the CinemaScope production galumphs its way from rounding up the melting-pot cast to seeing them through basic training and sundry, mostly amatory misadventures in San Diego, to further training in New Zealand and finally to baptism of fire on Guadalcanal. Trouble is, among the recruits only McQueen/Jones (whose job is mostly comic relief) and Aldo Ray (as a brawling lumberjack who's never known family life) have any charisma or acting chops--and that's not forgetting Tab Hunter, whose matinee-idol status at the time does not speak well for the 50s. Battle Cry is also a cardinal example of Hollywood's penchant for buying big, lusty, profane bestsellers (by Leon Uris, in this case) and then bowdlerising all the lustiness and profanity to appease the censors. Raoul Walsh, the poet laureate of lowdown gusto, does what he can in the circumstances, and as one of the first guys ever to direct a widescreen movie (1930's The Big Trail), he makes the battle scenes roar. --Richard T. Jameson

  • Till The Clouds Roll By [1946] Till The Clouds Roll By | DVD | (21/10/2002) from £20.99  |  Saving you £-15.00 (-250.40%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Till the Clouds Roll By was the big MGM extravaganza of 1946, purporting to be a life of the first giant of the stage musical, Jerome Kern. Great chunks of Show Boat, Sweet Adeline and Sunny dominate while, in between excerpts, reliable Robert Walker does valiant work as Kern, lending a gentle credibility to even the most extravagant licenses taken by the writers. The liberties taken with Kern's story beggar belief, but what a fine excuse this is to sit back and enjoy a procession of gems from the great American songbook, performed by genuine legends. Judy Garland has two numbers as Marilyn Miller, both directed by husband Vincente Minnelli at the peak of their creative and personal relationships. Singing "Who?", she has to float down the proverbial staircase, obviously pregnant (Liza was born a short time later). Others to shine include Kathryn Grayson, June Allyson, Dinah Shore and, more bizarrely, a skinny young Sinatra drafted in at the last for a rousing "Old Man River". Most poignant of all is the presence of Lena Horne who, but for the racist values of Hollywood at the time, would have been a great film star. Ever confined to guest appearances, she here sings the songs of Show Boat's tragic half-caste Julie. When MGM filmed the musical in 1951, the same part went to Ava Gardner. On the DVD: Till the Clouds Roll By may boast digital remastering, but it could have done with a deal of restoration, too. Presented in 4:3 format, the picture quality is often pixellated and the soundtrack in "HiFi Stereo" is muffled and occasionally cracked. Considering its value as an archive of great performers, some rarely seen on film, this film deserves better DVD treatment. --Piers Ford

  • Greatest Westerns Collection - 3:10 To Yuma/The Man From Laramie/High Plains Drifter/Shenandoah/Fort Apache Greatest Westerns Collection - 3:10 To Yuma/The Man From Laramie/High Plains Drifter/Shenandoah/Fort Apache | DVD | (02/06/2008) from £18.32  |  Saving you £21.67 (54.20%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Greatest Westerns features the biggest stars of the western genre - from John Wayne to Clint Eastwood and James Stewart this box set brings together clasic movies such as the original version of 3:10 To Yuma Stagecoach and High Plains Drifter amongst others. This Box Set Includes: 3:10 To Yuma (Dir. Delmer Daves) (1957): After a hold-up and a murder outlaw Ben Wade (Glenn Ford) and his gang are captured. Wade's men break out of jail and wait for a chance to rescue him. The authorities suspect that a daring escape plan is underway so they look for a guard to escort Wade by train to Yuma to stand trial. The marshal offers a bounty and Dan Evans (Van Heflin) a poor rancher hit hard by a crippling drought takes the job. His wife pleads with him to save his own life by letting Wade go free but for Evans it's a matter of principle as well as money. He takes Wade and begins the dangerous trek to the station. The Man From Laramie (Dir. Anthony Mann) (1955): Will Lockhart comes to a small town to find the man who sold rifles to the Apaches and caused the death of his brother a cavalry officer. Beaten and nearly killed by cohorts of the arms dealer he also becomes embroiled with a ranch baron and his overwrought son. Father and son are plotted against by their treacherous foreman who wants the ranch for himself. High Plains Drifter (Dir. Clint Eastwood) (1973): Eastwood portrays a mysterious stranger who emerges out of the heat waves of the desert and rides into the guilt-ridden town of Lago. After committing three murders and one rape in the first 20 minutes The Stranger is hired by the town to protect it from three gunmen just out of jail. The Stranger then paints the entire town bright red renames it ""Hell "" and supplies Divine retribution in a fiery climax. Shenandoah (Dir. Andrew McLaglen) (1965): With the integrity and depth of an epic Shenandoah tells the dramatic story of a man caught in a dilemma. James Stewart stars as a Virginia farmer during the Civil War. He refuses to support the Confederacy because he is opposed to slavery yet he will not support the Union because he is deeply opposed to war. When his son is taken prisoner Stewart goes to search for the boy. Seeing first-hand the horrors of war he is at last forced to take his stand. Stagecoach (Dir. John Ford) (1939): The film is set against the impressive backdrop of Monument Valley in Utah and tells the story of a mixed group of travellers who are making their way across country to Arizona. They are endangered by an Indian War Party and this along with their various characters results in difficulties for the party... Fort Apache (Dir. John Ford) (1948): Henry Fonda plays the stubborn Colonel Thursday whose Textbook methods of warfare appear as pure as suicide to everyone but him. John Wayne stars as Captain York a soldier experienced in Apache warfare from whom Thursday will tak

  • The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers [1946] The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers | DVD | (01/09/2003) from £4.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £3.99

  • Joan Crawford Signature Collection - Mildred Pierce/Grand Hotel/Humoresque/Possessed/The Damned Don't Cry Joan Crawford Signature Collection - Mildred Pierce/Grand Hotel/Humoresque/Possessed/The Damned Don't Cry | DVD | (25/06/2007) from £24.99  |  Saving you £5.00 (16.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Mildred Pierce:Joan Crawford delivers a critically acclaimed performance as Mildred Pierce a woman clawing her way to success to provide her daughter with everything she lacks. No sacrifice is too much - ending her middle class marriage climbing to the top of a male-dominated business world and marrying a man she doesn't love - but is murder a step too far? Grand Hotel:Oscar-winning drama with an all-star cast exploring the interwoven relationships of the residents of a plush Berlin hotel... Humoresque:Glamorous socialite Helen Wright (Joan Crawford) takes what she wants clothes alcohol men uses them up and tosses them aside. Then she meets brilliant young violinist Paul Boray (John Garfield). But this is one toy she can't break. Instead her love for Paul brings Helen to the breaking point. In this acclaimed and profound exploration of desire Crawford makes Helen a rich layered character torn between selfless love and selfish impulses. Garfield matches her as the driven genius. Possessed:She loves him when he goes away for months. She loves him when he refuses to marry her. But when callow David Sutton chooses to marry someone else Louise Howell's love for him takes a darker turn. Give her a gun and she'll love him to death. Joan Crawford reteams with producer Jerry Wald of her Academy Award winning 'Mildred Pierce' and claims a 1947 Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of tempestuous mentally unstable Louise. The Damned Don't Cry:It's a man's world. And Ethel Whitehead learns there's only one way for a woman to survive in it: be as tempting as a cupcake and as tough as a 75-cent steak. In the first of three collaborations with director Vincent Sherman Joan Crawford brings hard-boiled glamour and simmering passion to the role of Ethel who moves from the wrong side of the tracks to a mobster's mansion to high society one man at a time. Some of those men love her. Some use her. And one a high-rolling racketeer abuses her. When the racketeer murders his rival in Ethel's swanky living room she flees a sure murder rap right back to the poverty she thought she had escaped. And this time there may not be a man to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

  • The Ultimate Film Noir Collection The Ultimate Film Noir Collection | DVD | (04/09/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Ten classic film noirs in this gripping 5 disc collection! Disc 1: Scarlet Street / Robinson / Detour Disc 2: The Strange Love of Martha Ivers / Whistle Stop Disc 3: He Walked By Night / Trapped Disc 4: Impact / D.O.A. Disc 5: Quicksand / The Hitchhiker

  • The Joan Crawford Collection (4 Disc Box Set) The Joan Crawford Collection (4 Disc Box Set) | DVD | (17/10/2006) from £12.99  |  Saving you £0.04 (0.10%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Humoresque (Dir. Jean Negulesco 1946): Helen Wright a neurotic society woman sets her sights on ambitious young violinist Paul Boray who returns her love but is undeterred from his music. She becomes his patroness helping him to great success but cannot abide being of secondary importance (""second fiddle?"") in his life. Tragedy ensues. Possessed (Dir. Jean Negukesco 1947): A dazed woman walks the streets of Los Angeles looking for a man named David. After collapsing in a diner she's taken to the psychiatric ward of a nearby hospital. Flashbacks reveal her obsession for David as a result of borderline personality disorder which ultimately leads to murder. The Damned Don't Cry (Dir. Vincent Sherman 1950): The murder of gangster Nick Prenta touches off an investigation of mysterious socialite Lorna Hansen Forbes who seems to have no past and has now disappeared. In flashback we see the woman's anonymous roots; her poor working-class marriage which ends in tragedy and her determination to find ""better things."" Soon finding that sex appeal is her only salable commodity she climbs from man to man toward the center of a nationwide crime syndicate...a very perilous position. Grand Hotel (Dir. Edmund Goulding 1932): Berlin's plushest most expensive hotel is the setting where in the words of Dr. Otternschlag ""People come people go. Nothing ever happens."". The doctor is usually drunk so he missed the fact that Baron von Geigern is broke and trying to steal eccentric dancer Grusinskaya's pearls. He ends up stealing her heart instead. Powerful German businessman Preysing brow beats Kringelein one of his company's lowly bookkeepers but it is the terminally ill Kringelein who holds all the cards in the end. Meanwhile the Baron also steals the heart of Preysing's mistress Flaemmchen but she doesn't end up with either one of them in the end...

  • Shane - Paramount Originals (includes Limited Edition reproduction film poster) [1953] Shane - Paramount Originals (includes Limited Edition reproduction film poster) | DVD | (23/07/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Director George Stevens' legendary rendition of the archetypal Western myth earned six Academy Award nominations and made Shane one of the timeless classics of American cinema. Based on Jack Schaefer's novel the story brings Alan Ladd a drifter and retired gunfighter to the assistance of a homestead family terrorised by an ageing cattleman and his hired gun. In fighting a last decisive battle Shane sees the end of his own way of life. Mysterious moody and atmospheric th

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