Since becoming a vaudeville team in 1922 George Burns and Gracie Allen have made audiences laugh in movies radio and television. The real-life married couple established their personalities in radio with The Burns and Allen Show and brought their comedy to television in 1950. For nine years on CBS every show opened with Burns puffing his trademark cigar regaling the audience with stories of their vaudeville days... and the latest antics of his beloved wife Gracie.
An orphaned boy learns responsibility commitment and friendship when he is hired byi a heartless wealthy sportsmani to train his handsome Irish setter Big Red. Soon the boy and the dog become inseparable much to thei owner's disapproval and the boy is fired. But the bonds of loyalty are tested when Big Red runs away and all hope is lost of ever finding him again. The strong bond that exists among man boy and dog lead them into a series of adventures setting the course for a lif
Nice work if you can get it! Fred Astaire glides through this effervescent comedy of confused courtship written by master humorist PG Wodehouse. Fred stars as Jerry Halliday an American in England who's lured to Tottleigh castle by a love letter from lovely Lady Alyce Marshmorton (Joan Fontaine). But it wasn't actually Lady Alyce who wrote the letter and - what's more - she's set her heart on someone else! Determined to win her hand Jerry goes a-wooing - if only his helpful staff didn't keep making his life so difficult. Featuring some of George Gershwin's finest songs (I Can't Be Bothered Now Things are Looking Up) A Damsel In Distress is one of Fred Astaire's funniest and very best loved films.
John Russell (Scott) a composer and music professor loses his wife and daughter in a tragic accident. Seeking solace he moves into an old mansion unoccupied for twelve years. But a child-like presence seems to be sharing the house and trying to share its secrets with him. Through research into the house's past and a seance held within Russell discovers the horrific secret of the house's past a secret that the presence will no longer allow to be kept...
The Robin Hood Of Modern CrimeThat was how The Saint was often promoted to entice readers, and it's a theme that his creator Leslie Charteris returns to a number of times in his books and stories. It was the publication of The Saint In New York in 1935 that made Charteris an international name. The film rights were sold even before publication and - despite some problem with the American censors over its violent content - became a hit picture for RKO in 1938. Charteris wanted Ronald Colman, Cary Grant or Douglas Fairbanks Jr for the role of Simon Templar. Instead, after Louis Hayward premiered the character, the much-respected George Sanders took on the role in four of the films, with Hugh Sinclair taking the lead in The Saint's Vacation and The Saint Meets The Tiger.The Saint In London:The Saint, newly back in London, is tipped by a friend in the Secret Service to a mystery involving one Bruno Lang, seemingly a Society card-sharp, but really involved in a plot to print and pass a million pounds worth of foreign currency.
Before there was Dick Cavett the talk show host there was Dick Cavett the comedian. Cavett's early career as a writer for Jack Paar and Johnny Carson naturally led him into the world of stand-up comedy where his contemporaries were the likes of Woody Allen and Bill Cosby. Cavett would later welcome both to The Dick Cavett Show. Cavett's comedian guests were by no means limited to his contemporaries. Cavett developed warm personal relationships with people like Groucho Marx Bob Hope and Jack Benny. These great raconteurs and storytellers had some of their finest moments in Cavett's studio where they found a unique forum that didn't necessarily require them to be funny. But of course they simply couldn't be anything else. On this fantastic four disc box set we feature 12 episodes of this timeless show featuring some of the biggest legends in American comedy featuring: Woody Allen Lucille Ball Jack Benny Carol Burnett Mel Brooks George Burns Bill Cosby Bob Hope Jerry Lewis Groucho Marks The Smothers Brothers plus an all new interview with Dick himself.
Gracie Allen and her kooky cronies turn a staid small-town college into an all-singin', all dancin', jumpin' jitterbuggin' joint in this fabulous all-star, old-school musical! College Swing opens in 1738, as Gracie Alden (Gracie Allen) fails for the ninth time to graduate from the college her illustrious grandfather founded. In his will he leaves the whole kit and caboodle to the first female Alden to graduate within 200 years. And now in 1938, with the deadline approaching, another Gracie Alden (played by guess who!) is determined to pass muster, by hook or by crook. She does so by invading the college with a bunch of her vintage vaudevillian cronies, including fast-talking sidekick Bob Hope. Immediately the sober halls of academe are transformed into an all-singin', all dancin', jumping jitterbugging joint! Misogynist Professor Hubert Dash (Edward Everett Horton) and his secretary George Jones, played by George Burns, are mortified. They're determined to stop the college they love being ruined by this bunch of halfwits! College Swing is pure, unadulterated, irresistibly gleeful, all-star musical tomfoolery of a sort they just don't (and can't) make anymore!
Jack Watson (George Burns) is a swinging 81- year-old bachelor who loves big cigars and busty women. His grandson David (Charlie Schlatter) is a shy 18-year-old dweeb bullied by his classmates and ignored by the girl of his dreams. But when Jack and David are involved in a freak birthday accident they discover that their souls have now switched bodies. Can David turn his life around with some help from Jack's confidence and style or will a desperate family decision destroy their futures forever?
The Burns And Allen Show: This disc contains two episodes from the first season 'The Wedding' and 'The Tax Assessor' they reflect the transition of Burns and Allen from burlesque through radio to television. Recorded in front of a live audience George Burns often interrupting a sketch to do a stand up routine smoking that eternal cigar. Added to this is the surreal humour and manic confusion created by his terminally naive partner Gracie Allen. Abbott And Costello Live:
This 1958 seasonal spectacular was produced by the USO for the entertainment of troops stationed overseas. Over 50 top names from stage screen and TV appear in this truly all star concert film. Featuring memorable performances from Bob Hope George Burns Bing Crosby Louis Amstrong and many more.
In 'Neath The Arizona Skies' Nina the daughter of a rich Indian is due to inherit her father's oil field but needs his signature to claim the land. Several outlaws have realised her worth and abduct her. In 'Paradise Canyon' an undercover federal agent is on the trail of a gang of counterfeiters.
Riders Of Destiny: A secret service agent is sent to help ranchers threatened by a gang of outlaws... Sagebrush Trail: A young cowboy (Wayne) breaks out of jail after being falsely accused of murder and must prove his innocence before the authorities lock him back up... The Lucky Texan: Jerry Mason (Wayne) and his partner strike it rich but tragedy ensues when one is accused of murder...
A wonderful 4 DVD box set of four of Fred Astaire's greatest dance films for RKO Pictures including Flying Down to Rio, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, A Damsel In Distress and The Sky's The Limit. Fred's co-stars include Ginger Rogers, Dolores Del Rio, Joan Leslie, George Burns, Joan Fontaine and Robert Ryan.
'The Lucy Show' debuted on television on October 1 1962 and featured Lucille Ball as Lucy Carmichael a widow sharing a house with the divorcee Vivian Bagley and their three kids in Danfield NY. Gale Gordon as Mr. Mooney joined the cast in 1963 and the lovable redhead soon found herself getting in trouble with the easily agitated skinflint Mr. Mooney her new banker who was in charge of the meager trust left to Lucy by her dead husband. Disc 1: Lucy Meets the Berles Guest stars: Milton Berle Ruth Berle Ruta Lee Lucy Gets Trapped Guest stars: Joan Swift (Laurie) William Lanteau (Floorwalker) Bartlett Robinson (Mr. Wilkins) Lucy and the French Movie Star Guest star: Jacques Bergerac (Jacques DuPre) BONUS PROGRAM Lucy and the Monkey Guest stars: Hal March (Robert Bailey) Lew Parker (Dr. Parker) Janos Prohaska (Monkey) Disc 2: Lucy the Starmaker Guest stars: Frankie Avalon (Thomas Cheever) Lew Parker (Mr. Penrose) Lucy and Rober Goulet Guest stars: Lucie Arnaz (Dorothy) Sid Gould (Messenger) Robert Goulet (Himself and Chuck Willis and Arthur Finster) Mary Wickes (Miss Hurlow) Vanda Barra (Waitress) BONUS PROGRAM Lucy and Tennessee Ernie Ford Guest stars: Carole Cook (Effie) Joan Swift (Dottie) Tennessee Ernie Ford (Homer Higgins) The Back Porch Majority Robert Easton (Iffie) William OConnell (Assistant Manager) Bert May (Dancer)
The Lucy Show: Best of Season 5 (2 Discs)
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