The true story of an unassuming band leader and trombonist Glenn Miller (played by James Stewart) who got his first break playing his own arrangement of 'Everybody Loves My Baby' at an audition. He never looked back. He married his childhood sweetheart and everything he played became an instant hit...songs like 'Moonlight Serenade' 'String of Pearls' and 'Tuxedo Junction'. Hollywood beckoned and success piled upon success. But then came World War II. A war from which Glenn Miller never returned. He was on his way to Paris to entertain the American Forces when his plane disappeared. But the show had to go on...and Glenn Miller became a legend. The film features all of Glenn Miller's hits and there are many guest performances who make this film an all time classic. Winner of an Oscar for Best Sound in 1955.
It's always a small surprise to revisit this movie and realise what a subtly dark performance James Stewart gives as an alcoholic who claims he keeps company with a six-foot-tall, invisible rabbit. As Elwood P. Dowd, the actor emits a faint whiff of decay and spirits, yet Stewart also embraces Dowd's romanticism and grace with splendid ease. Based on a hit play and directed by Henry Koster, the film is terribly funny at times, especially whenever Elwood decides it is only polite to introduce Harvey to complete strangers. The supporting cast can't be beat. --Tom Keogh
Burt Lancaster gives one of his most daringly complex performances in The Swimmer, a fascinating adaptation of John Cheever's celebrated short story. At first it seems that middle-aged businessman Ned Merrill (Lancaster) is merely enjoying a spontaneous adventure, swimming from pool to pool among the well-tended estates of his affluent Connecticut neighbourhood. But as Ned encounters a variety of neighbours, we see from their reactions that he's on an entirely different kind of journey, balanced on the edge of some mysterious psychosis that we can't fully understand until the film's final, devastating image. A compelling portrait of loss, refracted memories, and deep-rooted emotional denial, The Swimmer sprung from the same late-60s soil that yielded similarly ground-breaking literary films such as The Graduate and Goodbye, Columbus. It's an egotistical showcase for the physical prowess of its 55-year-old star, but Lancaster turns it into something deeper, more disturbing, and completely unforgettable. --Jeff Shannon
James Stewart gives one of his finest performances in this lighthearted film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Stewart stars as the good-natured Elwood P. Dowd, whose constant companion is Harvey, a six-foot tall rabbit that only he can see.To his sister, Veta Louise, Elwood's obsession with harvey has been a thorn in the side of her plans to marry off her daughter. But when Veta Louise decides to put Elwood in a mental hospital, a hilarious mix-up occurs and she finds herself committed instead. It's up to Elwood to straighten out the mess with his kindly philosophy, and his imaginary friend, in this popular classic that features a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winning performance by Joesphine Hull
AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON 3D BLURAY! Amateur astronomer John Putnam (Richard Carlson) and his fiancÃ©e Ellen Fields (Barbara Rush) are stargazing in the desert when a spaceship bursts from the sky and crashes to the ground. Just before a landslide buries the ship, a mysterious creature emerges and disappears into the darkness. Of course, when he tells his story to the sheriff (Charles Drake), John is branded a crackpot; but before long, strange things begin to happen, and the tide of disbelief turns... Based on a story by acclaimed writer Ray Bradbury, It Came From Outer Space is a science fi ction classic that is as thought- provoking and tantalizing today as it was when it fi rst landed on the silver screen.
A Star Is Born: This film marked Judy Garland's return to movies after a four year absence director George Cukor's first musical and first colour film and a showcase for the great Harold Arlen/Ira Gershwin songs in state-of-the-art stereo. One of the most beloved show business stories of all time A Star Is Born: represents a career peak for many involved. Garland is singer Esther Blodgett an undeniable talent on the rise. She catches the eye of Norman Maine (James M
Valley Of The Dolls: An adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's trashy novel telling the story of three remarkable women whose lives are affected by show-business celebrity. Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls: An uninhibited all-girl rock trio and their manager arrive in Hollywood to claim an inheritance due to one of the group. They meet Ronnie Barzell a strange personality but a gifted promoter who soon has the combo headed for the big time. During their ascent the girls beco
Decorated Vietnam hero Frank Vega returns home only to get shunned by society leaving him without a job or his high school sweetheart. It's not until forty years later when an incident on a commuter bus (where he protects an elderly black man from a pair of skin heads) makes him a local hero where he's suddenly celebrated once again. But his good fortune suddenly turns for the worse when his best friend Klondike is murdered and the police aren't doing anything about it.
A meteor crashes in the desert near a small Arizona town and research scientist John Putnam (Richard Carlson) thinks it's a spaceship but no one will believe him except his loyal girlfriend Ellen (Barbara Rush). Weird evidence begins to back up his theory however from the strange behavior of some of the locals to the slime trails the ghostly noises in the phone lines and the apparitions of hideous alien eyes swooping down on passing cars. Director Jack Arnold (Creature Fro
Frontiersman Lin McAdam (Stewart) is attempting to track down both his father's murderer and his one-of-a-kind rifle the Winchester '73 as it passes among a diverse group of desperate characters including a crazed highwayman (Dan Duryea) an immoral gunrunner (John McIntire) a savage young Indian chief (Rock Hudson) and McAdam's own murderous brother (Stephen McNally)...
In 1981, the legendary Euston Films produced this quirky, one-off sci-fi kids' comedy, both paying homage to and gently parodying the genius of Gerry Anderson. Featuring a blend of live-action and puppetry, Stainless Steel and the Star Spies is written by celebrated cartoonist Gray Jolliffe, produced by Verity Lambert, and stars comedy greats Anna Karen and Deryck Guyler. The Metaliens, alien robots intent on galactic domination, encounter a major setback. Their enormous Space Saucer, 'Compromise', enters a black hole in a strange, uncharted region of Space, and collides with another craft - sending the Kleptonite Ball, their precious cargo and the key to Universal Conquest, hurtling to a planet inhabited by primitive life forms: Earth. Having materialised in a bar, the Ball variously functions as a Christmas tree decoration, a bathroom ornament, and a fortune-teller's prop. The Metaliens must retrieve the Kleptonite Ball if their mission is ever to succeed. And that's when their problems really begin...
Celebrate the season with this special collection of Disney's most treasured holiday moments together on one volume for the first time ever! Join Mickey Donald Belle Bambi and other favourite Disney characters for stories songs and clips from these memorable Disney classics: 'Bambi' 'Beauty & The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas' 'Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas' and many others! 'Winter Wonderland' is the perfect heartwarming holiday gift for the entire family!
US World War II hero Audie Murphy is memorable in his role as a ""good"" bad guy in this tense tale of retribution. When hired killer John Gant (Murphy) rides into town no one is sure whose name is on his bullet. Several townsfolk knowing they have enemies each believe that the professional assassin is there to kill them. While they wait for him to make his move paranoia starts taking over in this suspense-filled story of payback on the wide-open plains.
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
In this star-studded Western, murder, robbery and betrayal plague a small, rural town and, secretly, one desperate farmer is at the centre of the action. Zachary Hallock (Joel McCrea) is broke. The farmer has just lost his wife, and looking for a place he and his son can call home decides to move West to begin a new life. At first, things seem to be shaping up: Zack finds a new bride (Emmy award-winning Barbara Hale, Perry Mason) and starts a new farm but now more than ever, money is tight. The town spirals into chaos when the local sheriff is shot down in the streets by a gang of outlaws, who are dead-set on making dirty money and terrorising anyone who gets in their way. Soon, Zach finds himself at the wrong end of a barrel, held up at gunpoint by the outlaws, who make him an offer he can't refuse His family needs money. His life is in danger. Tangled in a web of violence, betrayal, and deceit, Zach must choose between doing what is right, and what is necessary.
During the Allied push to Paris, General Patton's tanks have outrun their supply lines in a dramatic dash into German-held territory. Lieut. Campbell is assigned to throw together a racially mixed 'red ball' unit of supply trucks and get them through to the front. Campbell's sergeant is Kallek, a bitter young man who despises Campbell, believing him to be responsible for the death of his brother before World War II began. The two men remain at odds during the dangerous mission, and find the...
Three U.S. air force cadets are sent to a flight school in the arid red deserts of Arizona. They meet Major Jack Page (Stephen McNally), a strict commander who rules with an iron fist; he has been hardened by the stress of sending too many young soldiers to their deaths. Jack starts to see a psychiatrist for help with his trauma the same doctor who simultaneously treats his estranged wife, Janet (Gail Russell). One of the cadets, Russ Coulter (Richard Long), soon meets and falls in love with Janet. Russ begins to suspect that his new rivalry with Jack may run even deeper than an ex-lover's jealousy, and a connection with his dead brother slowly unearths the horrifying truth
Neil Simon's curious comedy The Out-of-Towners concerns a pair of non-New Yorkers (Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis) having a hellish visit to the Big Apple on the eve of a job interview for Lemmon's character. Made in 1970 and directed by Arthur (Love Story) Hiller, this hectic film almost seems ahead of its time when compared to more recent misery-piled-on-misery comedies such as Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The couple in this film endure everything that can go wrong on a trip, including being forced to spend the night in a mugger-happy Central Park. The strange element in Simon's script, though, is that Lemmon's character is so unpleasant. A middle-class, uptight guy who can't believe that New Yorkers in the service profession don't perform their jobs slavishly, he's kind of a one-note joke that quickly wears thin. It was remade with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn in 1999. --Tom Keogh
Widely considered to be one of the scariest TV movies ever made. When young Marylee Williams (Tonya Crowe) is found viciously mauled, all hell breaks loose in her small rural town. Officious postmaster Otis P. Hazelrigg (Charles Durning) leads a gang of bigots in pursuit of the suspect: her mentally challenged friend Bubba Ritter (Larry Drake). Finding him hiding inside a scarecrow, they exact brutal mob justice...only to discover a tragic mistake! Now a strange apparition stalks the land seeking each of them out, as the legend of the Scarecrow begins.
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