"Actor: Jean Arthur"

  • A Foreign Affair (Masters of Cinema) Blu-rayA Foreign Affair (Masters of Cinema) Blu-ray | Blu Ray | (22/06/2020) from £14.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    From the inimitable Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend) comes this classic comedy that mixes romance with hard-boiled wit in a story about stiff-necked Iowa congresswoman Phoebe Frost (Jean Arthur Shane) mired in jaded post-war Berlin. As she investigates the morale of American troops, Phoebe is cynically wooed by fellow Iowan Captain John Pringle (John Lund), who is trying to cover up his affair with Nazi-tainted chanteuse Erika von Schlütow (Marlene Dietrich Witness for the Prosecution, The Blue Angel). Filled with sharp dialogue and satiric jabs, A Foreign Affair is one of Wilder's most beloved comedies, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film in its UK debut on Blu-ray. Special Features: 1080p presentation on Blu-ray Uncompressed LPCM 2.0 audio Audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride New video piece on the film by critic Kat Ellinger Archival interview with Billy Wilder Theatrical trailer A collector's booklet featuring new writing by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; a new essay by critic Richard Combs; and more!

  • Shane [Masters of Cinema] (Single-Disc Standard Edition Blu-ray) [1953]Shane | Blu Ray | (06/06/2016) from £9.99   |  Saving you £6.00 (60.06%)   |  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

  • John Ford at Columbia, 1935-1958 (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] [2020]John Ford at Columbia, 1935-1958 (Limited Edition) | Blu Ray | (27/04/2020) from £49.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A showcase for some of the most unexpected and surprising turns in the great director's prolific career: The Whole Town's Talking is a screwball comedy about a law-abiding man (played by Edward G Robinson) who happens to be the doppelganger of Public Enemy No. 1, ˜Killer' Mannion; The Long Gray Line is a Ford military picture with a difference, focusing its attentions away from the battlefield and onto the fifty-year career of an Irish immigrant who rises through the ranks at West Point; The Last Hurrah is a star-studded political drama boasting the talents of Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Pat O'Brien, Basil Rathbone, Donald Crisp, and John Carradine, and; Gideon's Day takes us on a twenty-four journey in the life of Jack Hawkins' titular London-based detective. All four films are presented for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, with The Long Gray Line making its world Blu-ray premiere. This limited edition box set is strictly limited to 6,000 numbered units. Extras: THE WHOLE TOWN'S TALKING 4K restoration Original mono audio Introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz (2014) Cymbaline (2020): a new video essay by Tag Gallagher, author of John Ford: The Man and His Films Leonard Maltin on ˜The Whole Town's Talking' (2014): archival appreciation by the film critic and historian Sheldon Hall on ˜The Whole Town's Talking' (2020): new appreciation by the film historian Pamela Hutchinson on Jean Arthur (2020): a look at the life and career of the acclaimed actor Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Farran Smith Nehme, an extract from the W R Burnett's Jail Breaker, Edward G Robinson on The Whole Town's Talking, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits UK premiere on Blu-ray THE LONG GRAY LINE 4k restoration Original mono audio Audio commentary with film historians Diana Drumm, Glenn Kenny and Farran Smith Nehme Living and Dead (2020): a new video essay by Tag Gallagher, author of John Ford: The Man and His Films Leonard Maltin on ˜The Long Gray Line' (2014): archival appreciation by the film critic and historian The Red, White and Blue Line (1955): rare promotional film, featuring the principal cast of The Long Gray Line Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Nick Pinkerton, archival interviews with John Ford, Maureen O'Hara on The Long Gray Line, an overview of contemporary critical responses, Anthony Nield on The Red, White and Blue Line, and film credits World premiere on Blu-ray GIDEON'S DAY 4K restoration Original mono audio Alternative feature presentation with the US Gideon of Scotland Yard titles Audio commentary with film historian Charles Barr (2020) Milk and Sugar (2020): a new video essay by Tag Gallagher, author of John Ford: The Man and His Films Leonard Maltin on ˜Gideon's Day' (2014): archival appreciation by the film critic and historian John Ford's London (2020): new appreciation by Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London Interview with Elaine Schreyeck (2020): the continuity supervisor recollects her work on the set John Ford and Lindsay Anderson at the NFT (1957): rare silent footage of Ford visiting London's National Film Theatre during the production of Gideon's Day Original UK theatrical trailer Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Robert Murphy, an interview with producer Michael Killanin, Jack Hawkins on Gideon's Day, Lindsay Anderson on John Ford, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits UK premiere on Blu-ray THE LAST HURRAH 2K restoration Original mono audio True Blue (2020): a new video essay by Tag Gallagher, author of John Ford: The Man and His Films Leonard Maltin on ˜The Last Hurrah' (2014): archival appreciation by the film critic and historian Super 8 version: original cut-down home cinema presentation Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Imogen Sarah Smith, John Ford on Spencer Tracy and The Last Hurrah, screenwriter Frank S Nugent on John Ford, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits UK premiere on Blu-ray Extras subject to chang

  • Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939) [DVD] [2018]Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939) | DVD | (01/10/2018) from £5.00   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Mr Smith Goes To Washington (1939). Import from The Netherlands with English soundtrack and subtitles. Jean Arthur, James Stewart and Claude Rains star in Frank Capra's MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, the award-winning 1939 classic about an idealistic, small town American senator who heads to Washington D.C. and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless politicians out to destroy him. Receiving a total of eleven 1939 Oscar(r) nominations (including Best Picture and Best Director), and winning one (Best Writing, Original Story), MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON is considered one of Capra's, Stewart's and Columbia's finest films. In Frank Capra's bright, funny and beautifully paced satire Mr Smith Goes to Washington political heavyweights decide that Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), an obscure scoutmaster in a small town, would be the perfect dupe to fill a vacant US Senate chair. Surely this naïve bumpkin can be easily controlled by the senior senator (Claude Rains) from his state, a respectable yet corrupted career politician. Capra fills the film with Smith's wide-eyed wonder at the glories of Washington, all of which ring false for his cynical secretary (Jean Arthur) who doesn't believe for a minute this rube could be for real. But he is. Capra was repeating the formula of a previous film, Mr Deeds Goes to Town, but this one is even sharper. Stewart and Arthur are brilliant, and the former cowboy-star Harry Carey lends a warm presence to the role of the vice-president. Mr Smith Goes to Washington is Capra's ode to the power of innocence--an idea so potent that present-day audiences may find themselves wishing for a new Mr Smith in the halls of power. The 1939 US Congress was none too thrilled about the film's depiction of their august body, denouncing it as a caricature; but even today, Capra's jibes about vested interests and political machines look as accurate as ever.

  • You Can't Take It With You [1938]You Can't Take It With You | DVD | (24/02/2003) from £5.38   |  Saving you £7.61 (141.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    You Can't Take It With You, Frank Capra's 1938 populist spin on the George S Kaufman and Moss Hart play about a family of happy eccentrics, is a great deal of fun, though it significantly rewrites the original work and doesn't represent Capra (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) at his best. Jean Arthur plays a member of the blissful Vanderhof househ old who falls in love with a rich man's son (James Stewart) and brings him into her nutty home. Lionel Barrymore, who played such a bad guy eight years later in Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, is the wonderful Grandpa Vanderhof, who addresses God during the dinner prayer as "sir" and speaks plainly and beautifully of why it's good to be alive. Capra took this opportunity to rail against big business and champion the common man, but the overall tone of the film--typical for the director's comedies--is buoyant and snappy. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • The Train [1964]The Train | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £7.89   |  Saving you £8.09 (165.10%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Inspired by a true incident during World War II in 'The Train' Burt Lancaster plays a French Resistance fighter doggedly attempting to stop a train used by the Nazis (led by Paul Scofield as Colonel Von Waldheim) to steal precious French art treasures in the summer of 1944. Featuring spectacular action sequences expertly directed by John Frankenheimer 'The Train' is a truly thrilling war film. The Oscar-nominated screenplay by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis superbly recreates the te

  • Mr Deeds Goes To Town [1936]Mr Deeds Goes To Town | DVD | (04/04/2005) from £6.73   |  Saving you £3.26 (32.60%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Rocking America with laughter! Frank Capra's screwball romantic comedy available for the first time on DVD!!! Longfellow Deeds lives in a small town leading a small town kind of life - including playing the tuba in the town band. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune Longfellow picks up his tuba and moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for everyone from the greedy opera committee to the sensationist daily newspaper. Deeds outwits them all unti

  • Only Angels Have Wings [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2016]Only Angels Have Wings | Blu Ray | (18/04/2016) from £17.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (55.59%)   |  RRP £27.99

    Hands down, Only Angels Have Wings is one of the most buoyantly entertaining movies in the American cinema. It is also a razor-sharp example of the action-oriented films of Howard Hawks, the wide-ranging auteur who would go on to make To Have and Have Not and Red River. This one is set in Barranca, a South American port city swathed in perpetual night fog, where a band of mail pilots struggle daily to get their planes through a treacherous mountain pass. They don't care about the mail so much as they live by the rules of adventure, professionalism and friendly rivalry. Cary Grant is the leader of this daredevil group, a man who won't be pinned down to anything except his own code of stoicism. ("I don't believe in laying in a supply of anything" he says, which may be why he's always asking people for matches to light his cigarettes.) His cool style is tested by the arrival of a wisecracking blonde (Jean Arthur) and an ex-mistress (Rita Hayworth); Rita's now married to a pilot (Richard Barthelmess), disgraced by a single act of cowardice. Hawks always got great mileage from throwing a bunch of colourful characters together in an enclosed space, where death could strike in a moment. The great secret about Hawks is that although his feel for action was crackling, he was really more interested in the way people exchanged sidelong glances or lit each other's cigarettes--there's a lot of both in Only Angels Have Wings. --Robert Horton

  • Mr Smith Goes To Washington [1939]Mr Smith Goes To Washington | DVD | (26/02/2001) from £6.46   |  Saving you £13.53 (67.70%)   |  RRP £19.99

    In Frank Capra's bright, funny and beautifully paced satire Mr Smith Goes to Washington political heavyweights decide that Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), an obscure scoutmaster in a small town, would be the perfect dupe to fill a vacant US Senate chair. Surely this naïve bumpkin can be easily controlled by the senior senator (Claude Rains) from his state, a respectable yet corrupted career politician. Capra fills the film with Smith's wide-eyed wonder at the glories of Washington, all of which ring false for his cynical secretary (Jean Arthur) who doesn't believe for a minute this rube could be for real. But he is. Capra was repeating the formula of a previous film, Mr Deeds Goes to Town, but this one is even sharper. Stewart and Arthur are brilliant, and the former cowboy-star Harry Carey lends a warm presence to the role of the vice-president. Mr Smith Goes to Washington is Capra's ode to the power of innocence--an idea so potent that present-day audiences may find themselves wishing for a new Mr Smith in the halls of power. The 1939 US Congress was none too thrilled about the film's depiction of their august body, denouncing it as a caricature; but even today, Capra's jibes about vested interests and political machines look as accurate as ever. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com

  • Only Angels Have Wings (1939) [DVD] [2018]Only Angels Have Wings (1939) | DVD | (01/10/2018) from £5.00   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and Rita Hayworth star in this classic drama directed by Howard Hawks. As the San Luis ship docks into the port of Barranca to deliver supplies, cabaret singer Bonnie Lee (Arthur) seizes the opportunity to take a look around. While exploring the town she meets a group of American pilots who risk their lives on a daily basis to fly cargo planes over the Andes. As Bonnie gets to know pilot Geoff (Grant) and sparks between them fly, Geoff faces the difficult decision of whether to commit to his new love, giving up his one passion in life: his job.

  • Elmer Gantry [1960]Elmer Gantry | DVD | (03/02/2003) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (37.75%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Brothers and sisters, can we get a witness for Elmer Gantry, a woeful tale of saints and sinners? Burt Lancaster earned his only Oscar as the wide-smiling, glad-handing, soul-saving charlatan Gantry, a salesman who turns his gift for preaching into a career at the pulpit. Climbing on board the barnstorming evangelical tour of revivalist Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), Gantry declaims, invokes, and sermonises his way to the top, until a former flame-turned-prostitute (Shirley Jones in an Oscar-winning performance) threatens to reveal his dark past as a womaniser and con man. Lancaster harnesses all his physical vigour and natural charisma for this role, literally throwing himself into his preaching with the suppleness of an acrobat and the sing-song delivery of a gospel singer--he even brays like a hound to show the Holy Spirit within him. Gantry is a showman, pure and simple, and while he doesn't fool true-believer Sister Sharon, he gives her a few object lessons in playing the crowd. Director Richard Brooks, who also took home an Oscar for his screenplay (adapted from the Sinclair Lewis novel), creates a rousing drama both on and off the pulpit, and provides fine roles for an excellent supporting cast, including Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger, John McIntire, and singer Patti Page. --Sean Axmaker

  • Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936) [DVD] [2018]Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936) | DVD | (01/10/2018) from £5.00   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Frank Capra classic, which earned the director an Oscar. When Vermont poet Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) inherits a fortune from his uncle, he sets off for New York to take over his new business empire. Newspaper editor MacWade (George Bancroft), believing the naive and trusting Deeds to be too good to be true, assigns reporter Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur) to dig up the dirt on him. Babe inveigles her way into Deeds' confidence by staging a fainting fit in front of his mansion, but despite her best efforts finds him to be nothing other than a gentleman. Others, however, are determined to prove that Deeds is not fit for his new fortune, and a court case ensues.

  • Shane [1953]Shane | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £3.00   |  Saving you £12.99 (81.20%)   |  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

  • Arizona [DVD]Arizona | DVD | (05/09/2011) from £3.00   |  Saving you £6.99 (70.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    When Cooper became unavailable, the studio assigned the male lead to their Golden Boy sensation, William Holden. Budgeted at $2.3 million, ARIZONA was produced on a grand scale, complete with a full-sized recreation of the 1860's Tucson settlement, majestic location scenery, hundreds of extras, boisterous Apache raids and a spectacular cattle stampede. Opening on Christmas Day 1940, ARIZONA was hailed as a rip-roaring Western from a director, Wesley Ruggles, who knew how to make them (Ruggles directed the 1931 Academy Award(r)-winning Best Picture, Cimarron).

  • James Stewart - It's A Wonderful Life/Harvey/Rear Window/Mr. Smith Goes To Washington [DVD]James Stewart - It's A Wonderful Life/Harvey/Rear Window/Mr. Smith Goes To Washington | DVD | (27/09/2010) from £25.63   |  Saving you £4.36 (17.01%)   |  RRP £29.99

    It's A Wonderful Life (Dir. Frank Capra 1946): Starring the unforgettable James Stewart as George Bailey the man who receives the greatest Christmas gift of all. A superb ensemble cast includes Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore this high spirited Christmas tale is Directed by the immortal Frank Capra and ranks as an all-time favourite of fans and critics alike. 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 respectable man begins to plot to keep Elwood's lunacy from interfering. Rear Window (Dir. Alfred Hitchcock 1954): Alfred Hitchcock amply demonstrates why he's been called The Master of Suspense with this both witty and macabre tale of voyeurism and murder starring two of cinema's all-time favourites James Stewart and Grace Kelly. L. B. Jeffries (Stewart) a photographer with a broken leg takes up the fine art of spying on his Greenwich Village neighbours during a summer heat wave. But things really hot up when he suspects one neighbour of murdering his invalid wife and burying the body in a flower garden. Mr Smith Goes to Washington (Dir. Frank Capra 1939): James Stewart Jean Arthur and Claude Rains star in this award-winning 1939 classic about an idealistic small-town politician who heads to Washington and suddenly finds himself single-handedly battling ruthless politicians out to destroy him.

  • The Talk Of The Town [1942]The Talk Of The Town | DVD | (10/03/2003) from £3.00   |  Saving you £9.99 (76.90%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A condemned murderer eager to prove his innocence stages a spectacular escape from prison. Injured in the breakout he hides out at a friend's house disguised as the gardener. His only chance rests with a Supreme Court candidate who is renting the house for the summer. But all hopes are dashed when he refuses to help.

  • Frank Capra Box SetFrank Capra Box Set | DVD | (25/10/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £39.99

    It Happened One Night (1934) Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert team up for laughs as mismatched lovers in this 1934 screwball comedy classic. Spoiled Ellie Andrews (Colbert) escapes from her millionaire father (Walter Connolly) who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York Ellie gets involved with an out-of-work newsman Peter Warne (Gable). When their bus breaks down the bickering couple set off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition. Peter hopes

  • Shirley Temple: The CollectionShirley Temple: The Collection | DVD | (25/10/2004) from £13.49   |  Saving you £-6.10 (N/A%)   |  RRP £7.39

    A collection of classic Shirley Temple films! Heidi (1937) When her aunt tires of caring for her orphan Heidi is taken into the Swiss mountains to live with her gruff grandfather (Jean Hersholt) a hermit who comes to adore her. But the aunt returns to steal Heidi away selling her to a family whose invalid daughter (Marcia Mae Jones) needs a companion. Bullied by an evil governess (Mary Nash) Heidi still charms the entire household and never stops trying to returnito her

  • The Trial Of Joan Of Arc [1962]The Trial Of Joan Of Arc | DVD | (23/05/2005) from £7.99   |  Saving you £14.00 (233.72%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Characteristically breaking with tradition director Robert Bresson presents a realistic unique view of the life and death of Joan of Arc. Using a script based on the actual transcript notes taken during her trial Bresson focuses on the psychological and physical torture that Joan had to endure showing how these techniques were used to break her resolve and cause her to eventually recant her faith. With impeccable historical accuracy Bresson re-creates the story of the peasant gi

  • Only Angels Have Wings [1939]Only Angels Have Wings | DVD | (10/01/2005) from £6.73   |  Saving you £-0.74 (-12.40%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Available for the first time on DVD! Thrilling As Love Born Amid A Thousand Fabulous Adventures! A tale of adventure and excitement directed by Howard Hawks. The story focuses on a pilot who delivers mail to remote locations by plane. But when a showgirl sets her sights on him he discovers that some women can be more dangerous than flying solo over the Andes...

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