In My Favorite Brunette we witness Bob Hope's own unique brand of film comedy as he teams up with the great screen beauty Dorothy Lamour (who later co-starred with him in many of the classic Road To... movies along with Bing Crosby). Co-starring Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney Jr. Hope romps through this yarn playing a bumbling photographer turned private eye and finds himself involved with a spy caper the mob and a dangerous brunette.
To avoid being charged with arson after burning down a circus Hot Lips Barton (Bob Hope) and Scat Sweeney (Bing Crosby) stow away on an ocean bound ship. Aboard the vessel the duo fall for Lucia Maria de Andrade (Dorothy Lamour) who is under the spell of her evil aunt (Gale Sondergaard) who has arranged a marriage for the young beauty. This film was in good hands since many of Hope's best collaborators worked on the picture. Director Norman Z. McLeod went on to direct Hope in four more features -- Alias Jesse James Casanova's Big Night My Favorite Spy and The Paleface. McLeod had a remarkable career behind the cameras working with such Hollywood greats as Danny Kaye (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty) W.C. Fields (It's A Gift) and Cary Grant (Topper). Writer Edmund Beloin supplied the stories for both My Favorite Spy and The Lemon Drop Kid. His collaborator Jack Rose penned My Favorite Brunette The Great Lover Sorrowful Jones and The Seven Little Foys. This film also features musical guests The Wiere Brothers and The Andrew Sisters.
My Favourite Brunette: Witness Bob Hope's own unique brand of film comedy as he teams up with the great screen beauty Dorothy Lamour (who later co-starred with him in many of the classic Road To... movies along with Bing Crosby). Co-starring Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney Jr. Hope romps through this yarn playing a bumbling photographer turned private eye and finds himself involved with a spy caper the mob and a dangerous brunette. Road To Hollywood: A fictional account
Titles Comprise: 20 Million Miles To Earth (1957): A US army rocket ship returning from an exploratory flight to Venus crashes into the sea of Sicily freeing a small native Venusian creature called the Ymir. Eventually growing to enormous size it threatens the city of Rome. Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers (1956): Aliens travel to Earth to seek help for their dying planet. However when they arrive at a U.S Army base the Army mistakenly greet them with gunfire... It Came From Beneath The Sea (1955): Submarine commander Pete Mathews (Kenneth Tobey) and scientists Lesley Joyce (Faith Domergue) and John Carter (Donald Curtis) battle an angry sea monster driven from the depths of the ocean by an H-bomb explosion. In search of non-contaminated food this tentacled tyrant counts among its victims a fishing trawler and its passengers a family sunning at the beach several San Francisco skyscrapers and even the Golden Gate Bridge!
Notable neither for its director nor its stars, 20 Million Miles to Earth has been given the widescreen spit 'n' polish treatment because of its special-effects man, the legendary Ray Harryhausen. And it's his work here that makes this daft slice of hokum so watchable. When a group of Italian boat fishermen investigate a crash-landed space rocket returned from a trip to Venus, they find one surviving all-American hero and an alien in aspic: the Emere, a tiny homunculus hungry for sulphur and growing faster than a teenager on steroids. Cue man-vs-alien mayhem, screenfuls of avuncular patriarchs and the gratuitous destruction of Rome. A by-numbers B-movie, Harryhausen's sixth feature isn't a patch on his later Technicolor masterpieces, but the unusual Italian setting ("I wanted a trip to Europe") adds an exotic quality and his effects are as solid and convincing as ever. The film only really begins to crackle when his stop-motion creation is onscreen. Like a scaly King Kong, he's as likely to engender sympathy as fear: surely anyone who's been bombed, blasted, burnt, electrocuted, shot at by trigger-happy squaddies and involved in a punch-up with a pachyderm is entitled to lose their rag a little. And fans will enjoy spotting in the Emere the flowerings of Harryhausen's later and greater creations, Sinbad's Cyclops and The Titans' Calibos and Kraken. The denouement, with the creature atop the Colosseum, is as effective as that of Kong's. It wasn't beauty who killed the beast here, however, it was bombs. On the DVD: 20 Million Miles to Earth's black and white picture is clean and crisp in this anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, and the Dolby digital mono soundtrack is clear enough. The theatrical trailer will please fans of kitsch, as will the featurette "This Is Dynamation" produced at the same time as the first Sinbad movie. The real corker here, though, is the generously lengthed documentary "The Harryhausen Chronicles". Narrated by Leonard Nimoy, this features a stellar cast of devotees (George Lucas among them) waxing lyrical about the influence of Harryhausen's films, and allows the man himself to ramble fascinatingly over clips of his filmic canon. The claw-slash menu marker is a nice touch, too. If you're a fan, this disc is Harryhausen heaven. --Paul Eisinger
Starring Sabu This 1942 film of Rudyard Kipling's classic tells the story of man-cub Mowgli as he grows up amongst the animals of the jungle. Jungle Book explores Mowgli's empathy in the natural world and the challenges he faces when presented with fellow humans.
To avoid being charged with arson after burning down a circus Hot Lips Barton (Bob Hope) and Scat Sweeney (Bing Crosby) stow away on an ocean bound ship. Aboard the vessel the duo fall for Lucia Maria de Andrade (Dorothy Lamour) who is under the spell of her evil aunt (Gale Sondergaard) who has arranged a marriage for the young beauty. This film was in good hands since many of Hope's best collaborators worked on the picture. Director Norman Z. McLeod went on to direct Hope in four
Returning from his stint in World War II tough Marine Rusty meets up with a famous writer.
Lots of action and an abundance of music take center stage in this classic Roy Rogers' western. The action takes place in the frontier town of Caliente California shortly after that state's admittance to the Union. It is a turbulent time when land-hungry settlers fortune hunters and outlaws threaten the existence of the Old Spanish dons and their sprawling ranchos. Roy stars as the right-hand man for one of the Spanish aristocrats Don Miguel (Frank Puglia). Another of the original Spanish-Americans Delgado (Jack LaRue) robs Don Miguel's son of $40 000 and places the blame on the upstart American settlers. It's up to Roy to settle accounts which he does in an exciting fight at the edge of the ocean.
This collection of films stars one the of the true originals when it comes to horror 'The Uncanny' Boris Karloff! The Ape: An evil doctor obsessed with curing a young woman of a dreadful disease goes around injecting people with spinal fluid resulting in a killer ape being let loose! Doomed to Die: Mr. James Lee Wong (Boris Karloff) uncovers a murderous plot of saboteurs. The Fatal Hour: Boris Karloff is the famous sleuth Mr. Wong on the trail of murder.
This swashbuckling remake of the silent classic stars Tyrone Power as the dashing masked avenger who must single-handedly save Los Angeles from Spanish despots. Don Diego Vega (Power) is summoned home from his elite training corps in Spain to California where he finds his father the Alcalde deposed and the people living in tyranny. Disguised as Zorro a sword-wielding mystery man dressed in black he works to restore his father to power and return tax money stolen by the villains.
This is one of the first American martial arts movies and features some gripping action with James Cagney doing his own stunts for which he trained intensively with Ken Kuniyuki a fifth degree judo master before shooting. This is Cagney at his best.
Bumbling baby photographer Ronnie Jackson gets mistaken for a private detective and hired to find the missing Baron by Baroness Carlotta Montay. This is not a straight forward assignment however and Jackson soon finds himself involved in a murder and pursued by gangsters....
Mowgli (Sabu), having been lost in the jungle as a child, is raised by wolves. Although Mowgli has no trouble conversing with his animal neighbours, his instinct drives him to seek out his human roots and so he returns to the native village from whence he came. With the help of his jungle companions, Mowgli rescues his adoptive family - his natural mother, Messua (Rosemary DeCamp) and the rest of the humans - from the greedy machinations of villains Buldeo (Jospeh Calleia), The Barber (John Qualen) and The Pundit (Frank Puglia). This version is considered by most film historians to be the most faithful and definitive interpretation of this classic story from Rudyard Kipling.
The grandoise original Hollywood film starring Sabu & Rosemary De Camp
Bulldog Drummond's Revenge: In ""Bulldog Drummond's Revenge"" debonair detective Captain Hugh ""Bulldog"" Drummond embarks on a mission to find out who stole the highly explosive element ""hextonite"". The clever thief tries to throw Drummond off his trail but Drummond manages to retrieve the explosives only to have them stolen again. In hot pursuit Drummond and his friends board a train at Victoria Station where the cunning thief disguised as a woman tries to smuggle the ""hextonite"" out of London. Bulldog Drummond's Peril: In ""Bulldog Drummond's Peril "" Captain Hugh ""Bulldog"" Drummond is in Geneva getting ready for his upcoming marriage. He receives a diamond as wedding present from his best friend's father-in-law Professor Bernard Goodman. But this seemingly innocent gift starts of a chain of disastrous events that include theft murder and kidnapping. Because Professor Goodman had artificially generated the jewel the nefarious Sir Raymond Blantyre head of the Metropolitan Diamond Syndicate of London makes it his mission to destroy Goodman's laboratory and stop production of the artificial diamonds. Then it looks as if someone's murdered the Professor... and it is up to Drummond to discover the truth.
While much of the world watched the early success of 'Mein Kampf' and the bombing of Pearl Harbour was ten years in the future few were aware of the existence of an oriental 'Hitler' ... Baron Giichi Tankara. But the war had already started in Japan for James Condon American journalist and editor of the Japanese Chronicle whose intuition has led him to believe that major trouble was brewing. The role of Condon man of hard words and harder fists is just the kind of tough guy t
The master detective Mr Wong the suave Boris Karloff solves another puzzling murder when Captain Street's best friend detective Dan O'Grady is mysteriously killed. Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong who uncovers smuggling ring on the waterfront of San Francisco and unmasks the killer though not until several more vicious murders occur.
Join Mowgli, Baloo the Bear and friends in the classic Disney adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's children's novel
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