Cary Grant is the single most important star in the history of motion pictures Joe Queenan - The Guardian 9 Classic Movies Featuring Cary Grant Includes: Blonde Venus She Done Him Wrong Charade That Touch of Mink I'm No Angel The Grass Is Greener Indiscreet The Last Outpost Operation Petticoat
Superb 1957 film noir starring Tony Curtis. When catholic priest, Father Tomasino is brutally stabbed to death in an alleyway, San Francisco traffic cop, Joe Martini (Tony Curtis), vows to help catch his murderer because the priest had been like a father to him. But when the homicide detective in charge of the case, Lieutenant Kilrain (Ted de Corsia), refuses to let him interfere on their turf, Martini turns in his badge in order to hunt down the killer on his own...
A bumper box set of films featuring the iconic Mae West! My Little Chickadee (Dir. Edward F. Cline 1940): Suspected of being in a relationship with local criminal 'the Masked Bandit' Flower Belle Lee (Mae West) is run out of town; and told she can't return until she's earn't some 'respectability' (read marriage). Setting off for calmer shores Flower meets the con-man Cuthbert J. Twillie (W.C. Fields); marrying each other for 'respectability' (or the bag of money on his per
She Done Him Wrong
Charlton Heston plays Colt Saunders a Civil War vet returning home after years spent on the battlefield but once he reaches his ranches faces many challenges. Whilst his new bride is desperately attempting to hide her wild past they are also being pursued by a ruthless and corrupt government intent on keeping Colt's land for themselves.
George C. Scott plays Thomas Hudson a sculptor whose self-imposed isolation in the Bahamas is ended by two forces; the visit of his sons and the outbreak of World War II... The film is touching in its details of a father's love and heroic in its defiance of tyranny based on the posthumous novel 'Papa' by Ernest Hemingway.
Special Double Feature: CABO BLANCO Gifford Hoyt expatriate American marlin fisherman and owner of the Club El Alto has come to Cabo Blanco to escape the world and its worries. But with the arrival of a British ship and a beautiful French widow Marie DeVries who is in search of the fate of her husband there is an ever menacing presence of ex-Nazi Gunther Beckdorff that combines to throw the sleepy fishing village into a climax of explosive action and adventure. U.S. MA
André De Toth directs 1947's The Other Love which was re-released theatrically in 1953 under the title Man Killer. The film is based on a story by Erich Maria Remarque well-known for their work on action-packed war flicks (Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front) and westerns (De Toth's Day of the Outlaw). This film is a tear-jerking romantic drama with music by the incomparable Miklos Rozsa. Seriously ill concert pianist Karen Duncan (Barbara Stanwyck) is admitted to a Swiss sanitorium. She is attracted to her suave Doctor Stanton (David Niven) who perscribes lots of rest and fresh air. Karen decides to enjoy whatever life she has left in the night clubs of Monte Carlo in the presence of dashing Paul Clermont (Richard Conte). Doctor Stanton does all he can to save Karen.
In 1946 ex-Navy engineer Steve Martin comes to a Louisiana town with a dream: to build a safe platform for offshore oil drilling. Having finessed financing from a big oil company formerly penniless Steve and his partner Johnny are in business... and getting interested in shrimp-boat captain Rigaud's two lovely daughters. But opposition from the fishing community grows fast led by Stella Rigaud. Other hazards include sabotage a hurricane... and a treacherous board of directors.
The exhilaratingly unhistorical adventures of pirate Captain Kidd revolving around treasure and treachery!
Titles Comprise: She Done Him Wrong (Dir. Lowell Sherman 1933): Lady Lou New York nightclub owner and sometimes singer has plenty of male admirers (and subsequently diamonds too); some she wants and others she doesn't. One of the latter an escaped criminal is on his way to see Lou unaware of her dalliances in his absence. However maybe Captain Cummings (Cary Grant) might be willing to help - once she's seduced him that is! Belle Of The Nineties (Dir. Leo McCarey 1934) Mae West stars as Ruby Carter a popular burlesque singer in this hilarious musical comedy that boasts the musical talents of Duke Ellington and his orchestra. Shifting operations from St. Louis to New Orleans Ruby hopes to escape the attentions of prize-fighter Tiger Kid. Settling in quick she becomes the star attraction at 'The Sensation Club' for both the buying public and its owner Ace Lamont; whose infatuation causes trouble with his old-flame Molly. When Tiger steps into town for a prize-fight Ace has a few cards up his sleeves and convinces him to steal some of Ruby's jewels. Needless to say Ruby is much smarter than those two dummies and has a plan of her own... I'm No Angel (Dir. Wesley Ruggles 1933): The story begins with the bewitching Tira who in addition to circus acts performs some shady business manoeuvres and takes a job as a lion tamer to escape jail. After her first show at Madison Square Garden catapults Tira to stardom she attracts the attention of wealthy but engaged Kirk Lawrence. But Kirk's handsome business partner Jack Claton blows his friends cover and begins a romance with Tira. This time Tira is in love for real and is devastated when a misunderstanding causes Jack to break off the affair. Serving as her own counsel Tira sues Jack for breach of contract and takes him through a cross-examination Jack will never forget! Klondike Annie (Dir. Raoul Walsh 1936): Beautiful Rose Carlton (Mae West) a kept woman of the wealthy and possessive Chan Lo escapes San Francisco's Chinatown on a ship bound for Alaska's gold rush territory. The ship's captain Bull Brackett instantly falls for Rose but she is distracted by her new cabin mate Sister Annie Alden. Exchanging philosophies the unlikely pair develop a meaningful friendship before Sister Annie becomes sick and dies. Meanwhile Bull learns Rose is wanted for murder but tells her he will stand by her. Rose in desperation changes identities with her deceased friend and once in Alaska is inspired to a new calling. My Little Chickadee (Dir. Edward F. Cline 1940): Suspected of being in a relationship with local criminal 'the Masked Bandit' Flower Belle Lee (Mae West) is run out of town; and told she can't return until she's earn't some 'respectability' (read marriage). Setting off for calmer shores Flower meets the con-man Cuthbert J. Twillie (W.C. Fields); marrying each other for 'respectability' (or the bag of money on his person!). However their destination Greasewood City appears to house a certain 'Masked Bandit'! The Heat's On (Dir. Gregory Ratoff 1943): Believing that her forthcoming musical Indiscretions is destined to flop its leading actress Fay Lawrence decides to leave producer Tony Ferris to star in a revue Tropicana for rival producer Forrest Stanton. Meanwhile Hubert Bainbridge attempts to get his niece Janie (Mary Roche) to be a headliner in Tony's show - In spite of his moral-minded sister (Almira Sessions) wanting to close the whole thing down.
When an armed train carrying a treasure is attacked and the money disappears three men embark on a mission to find the fortune. One is a notorious bandit known as Monetero infamous for his daring raids and one is a straight-laced banker named Clayton who is determined to retrieve the money that was in his protection. The third is simply known as The Stranger a mysterious bounty hunter whose loyalties and intentions are unclear. 0 000 in gold awaits the last man standing in this tale of deceit and murder
The miracle that stunned the world.The faith that inspired millions. As three children play in a meadowland near Fatima they see a vision a woman in a cloud of light who brings prophesies and words of faith. Local officials hear of the vision and threaten the children with torture if they don't recant. But the youthful believers cling to their convictions inspiring the faith of the community.. and far beyond. Seventy thousand people pour into Fatima after the children report the vision will perform a miracle. A beautiful breathtaking tale in the tradition of Song of Bernadette and Keys to the Kingdom The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima is a glorious tribute to the triumph of human faith - and a memorable movie recreation of events which changed the world.
The Cult Action Extravaganza three-disc set offers three very different movies that have nothing in common bar residency in Siren's film archive. They are: The Most Dangerous Game (1932), Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953) and Get Christie Love! (1974). The Most Dangerous Game is a classic, one of the first talkies to get pictures moving after five very static years following the birth of sound. The plot finds resourceful hero Joel McCrea and heroine Fay Wray being hunted on the island of the insane Zaroff (Leslie Banks). One of the grandfathers of the summer blockbuster, the film's setup has been reworked many times since, notably in John Woo's Hard Target (1993). By modern standards it's technically primitive, though still gripping stuff, complete with the jungle set built as a test run for King Kong (1933) and graced by Max Steiner's prototype of all Hollywood action scores. Beneath the 12-Mile Reef is another landmark or rather watermark. The third-ever CinemaScope production, this was a prestige release with Technicolor location filming at Key West, Florida of never-before-achieved underwater cinematography and four-channel stereo recording of a superlative Bernard Herrmann score. Even a still-impressive underwater battle with an octopus pre-dates the more famous giant squid of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). The humans aren't bad either, with a young Robert Wagner making a charismatic if ethnically unconvincing Greek lead as sponge fisherman Tony and Terry Moore playing Juliet to his Romeo with real vivacity. Starring Theresa Graves, Get Christie Love! is a tame TV movie imitation of early 1970s female blaxploitation films such Pam Grier's Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974). Running a standard TVM 73 minutes and with a low budget and content sanitised to US network standards, this is lightweight stuff about an undercover cop determined to smash a drugs ring. Nevertheless the movie was popular enough to spawn a short-lived TV show and is significant for being the first time a black woman took the title role in any American network production. Tarantino completists may be interested, as before he paid homage to Christie Love in the dialogue of Reservoir Dogs (1991). On the DVD: Cult Action Extravaganza presents the films in their original aspect ratio and sound format; The Most Dangerous Game and Get Christie Love! are 4:3, mono. The former is faded b/w with reasonably sturdy sound, though the transfer suffers from compression artefacting. No one would expect great quality from a 1974 TV movie, but Get Christie Love! suffers from both a poor print and a mediocre DVD transfer. Beneath the 12-Mile Reef is presented in the extra wide 2.55:1 of early CinemaScope and though sadly not anamorphic both the seascapes and underwater cinematography are still impressive. The four-channel stereo sound is revelatory, clear, detailed and years ahead of what we have come to expect early 1950s films to sound like. --Gary S Dalkin
Father and son Mike Petrakis (Gilbert Roland) and Tony (Robert Wagner) are coral-sponge diving entrepreneurs whose business is being threatened by the Rhys family of fishermen who are prepared to resort to violence and even murder to maintain and establish their fishing grounds. Run-ins between the Rhys and Petrakis families lead to threats resulting in all-out brawls and a most surprising outcome - love. When Tony Petrakis meets Gwyneth Rhys (Terry Moore) he falls head over heels. In this adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet will the rivalry of the two families bring Tony and Gwyneth closer together or will it end in tragedy? In one of the earliest films shot in Cinemascope this timeless movie gathered critical acclaim for the break-through underwater photography.
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