Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, starring MGM soprano Jane Powell and handsome baritone Howard Keel, has retained a remarkably loyal following among fans of the musical film ever since its release in 1954. Although it was filmed in state-of-the-art CinemaScope, Stanley Donen was obliged to direct much of the film on Metro's sound stages, where the artificial sets and painted backdrops don't inevitably live up to the scenes shot on location in Oregon. Viewers coming fresh to the picture may find this visual discrepancy jarring and some too may find Miss Powell's singing a shade plummy. The screenplay, by husband and wife team Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich with Dorothy Kingsley, tells the story of seven brothers living in the Oregon hills and their adventures to find themselves wives. The casting of each brother with his rugged, masculine looks and ability to dance with grace and athleticism, presided over by an authoritative Howard Keel, gives the film a dynamic impetus second to none in an MGM musical. The lengthy barn-raising episode under choreographer Michael Kidd's intrepid direction, where the music and the incredibly agile and energetic male and female dance ensemble unite as one, produces a square dance without parallel. The music and lyrics by Gene De Paul and Johnny Mercer--including the mating chorus, "Spring, Spring, Spring", the rollicking "Bless You're Beautiful Hide", the rousing "Sobbin' Women" and the visually enchanting "June Bride"--are both tuneful and mindful of the plot's exposition. Adolph Deutsch and Saul Chaplin won the Academy Award in 1954 for their arrangements and conducting. On the DVD: The digital remastering has created a clearer picture of what had been a faintly muddy Ansco colour system on the original print while the polish and attack with which the MGM Studio Orchestra play the music on this full-bodied stereophonic soundtrack remains a thing of wonder. Howard Keel, standing tall and erect in his 80s, hosts the "making of" documentary. Director Donen, choreographer Kidd, Jane Powell and several of the dancers recall how the film was considered a "sleeper" during production and wasn't expected to do as well as Brigadoon, in production at the same time. The documentary also highlights the care taken over the casting of the brothers, two of whom including Keel were not dancers and their often brave and brilliant feats of acrobatic dancing executed on precarious planks and other props. When Howard Keel takes his farewell walk down the main street lot at MGM, breaking into a few brief dance steps, it's impossible not to feel a moment of regret that the curtain had to come down on MGM's most treasured possession. --Adrian Edwards
Pilot: Prescription: Murder Psychiatrist Roy Fleming and his wife are celebrating their anniversary when he is called to deal with a patient - Susan Hudson. On returning he has to soothe his angry wife with the promise of a trip to Acapulco. When Fleming's wife is found dead Columbo is brought in to investigate and seeds of doubt are planted in his mind which typically he can not ignore. 2: Fade In To Murder Ward Fowler a star with a reputation for being difficult and demandin
A loose adaptation of a novelette by author Peter Handke, this early effort from director Wim Wenders follows penalized goalie as he makes his way through the city after missing penalty kick and getting suspended from a game.
""Oh just one more thing..."" Peter Falk returns as Lt. Columbo for the complete second season which includes guest stars Robert Culp Valerie Harper Dean Stockwell Leonard Nimoy Martin Landau and Marc Singer and two episodes written by Stephen Boccho (Murder One). Expect plenty of cigar-chewing slouching and suspects being questioned about their shoes! Episodes comprise: 1. tude in Black 2. The Greenhouse Jungle 3. The Most Crucial Game 4. Dagger of the
A U.S. Sheriff entrusted with a map of the legendary Valley of Gold is attacked by an unruly bandit gang and his own local townspeople. They are all fired by greed and gold lust but bound together by a fear of their common enemy - the Apache. Based on a novel by Will Henry with music by Quincy Jones.
TV's iconic Dynamic Duo has been captured, along with a legion of abominable archenemies in a POW-erful numbered limited-edition collection. Featuring ALL 120 original broadcast episodes, ever popular guest stars like Julie Newmar and Cesar Romero, The Adam West Scrapbook, complete episode guide - and exploding with over 3 hours of all new extras - you can bring home all the crime fighting action that won generations of fans! Episodes Comprise: Season One Disc One: Hi Diddle Riddle Smack in the Middle Fine Feathered Finks The Penguin's a Jinx The Joker is Wild Batman is Riled Instant Freeze Rats Like Cheese Zelda the Great A Death Worse Than Fate A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away When the Rat's Away the Mice will Play Disc Two: The Thirteenth Hat Batman Stands Pat The Joker Goes to School He Meets his Match, the Grisly Ghoul True or False Face Holy Rat Race The Purr-fect Crime Better Luck Next Time The Penguin Goes Straight Not Yet, he Ain't The Ring of Wax Give 'em the Axe Disc Three: The Joker Trumps An Ace Batman Sets The Pace The Curse Of Tut The pharaoh's in a rut The Bookworm Turns While Gotham City Burns Death in Slow Motion The Riddler's False Notion Fine Finny Fiends Batman Makes The Scenes Season Two Disc Four: Shoot a Crooked Arrow Walk the Straight And Narrow Hot Off The Griddle The Cat And The Fiddle The Minstrel's Shakedown Barbecued Batman? The Spell Of Tut Tut's Case Is Shut The Greatest Mother Of Them All Ma Parker The Clock King's Crazy Crimes The Clock King Gets Crowned Disc Five: An Egg Grows In Gotham The Yegg Foes In Gotham The Devil's Fingers The Dead Ringers Hizzonner the Penguin Dizzoner the Penguin Green Ice Deep Freeze The Impractical Joker The Joker's Provokers Marsha, Queen Of Diamonds Marsha's Scheme Of Diamonds Disc Six: Come Back, Shame It's How You Play The Game The Penguin's Nest The Bird's Last Jest The Cat's Meow The Bat's Kow Tow Disc Seven: The Puzzles Are Coming The Duo Is Slumming The Sandman Cometh The Catwoman Goeth He Contaminated Cowl The Mad Hatter Runs Afoul The Zodiac Crimes The Joker's Hard Times He Penguin Declines That Darn Catwoman Scat! Darn Catwoman Penguin is a Girl's Best Friend Disc Eight: Penguin Sets A Trend Penguin's Disastrous End Batman's Anniversary A Riddling Controversy The Joker's Last Laugh The Joker's Epitaph Catwoman Goes to College Batman Displays His Knowledge A Piece Of The Action Batman's Satisfaction King Tut's Coup Batman's Waterloo Disc Nine: Black Widow Strikes Again Caught in The Spider's Den Pop Goes The Joker Flop Goes The Joker Ice Spy The Duo Defy Season Three Disc Ten: Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin Ring Around The Riddler The Wail Of The Siren The Sport Of Penguins A Horse Of Another Color The Unkindest Tut Of All Louie, The Lilac The Ogg And I How to Hatch A Dinosaur Surf's up! Joker's under! Disc Eleven: The Londinium Larcenies The Foggiest Notion The Bloody Tower Catwoman's Dressed to Kill The Ogg Couple The Funny Feline Felonies The Joke's On Catwoman Louie's Lethal Lilac Time Nora Clavicle And The Ladies' Crime Club Penguin's Clean Sweep The Great Escape The Great Train Robbery I'll be a Mummy's Uncle The Joker's Flying Saucer Disc Twelve: The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires Disc Thirteen: Bonus Content Disc
Hey...Hey..The Monkees are back! Containing all 32 episodes from the first series of The Monkees TV show! Episodes Comprise: 1. Royal Flush 2: Monkee See Monkee Die 3. Monkee vs. Machine 4. Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers 5. The Spy Who Came In From the Cool 6. Success Story 7. Monkees in A Ghost Town 8. Don't Look A Gift Horse In the Mouth 9. The Chaperone 10. Here Come the Monkees-The Pilot 11. Monkees A La Carte 12. I've Got A Little Song Here 13. One Man Shy (Peter and the Debutante 14. Dance Monkee Dance 15. Too Many Girls (Davy and Fern) 16. Son of a Gypsy 17. The Case of the Missing Monkee 18. I Was a Teenage Monster 19. The Audition 20. Monkees In the Ring 21. The Prince and the Pauper 22. Monkees At the Circus 23. Captain Crocodile 24. Monkees A La Mode 25. Alias Micky Dolenz 26. Monkee Chow Mien 27. Monkee Mother 28. Monkees on the Line 29. Monkees Get Out More Dirt 30. Monkees In Manhattan 31. Monkees At the Movies 32. Monkees On Tour
From exotic threesomes in 'Black Venus' to decadent antics in 'Love Circles', these 5 classic erotic films from Playboy Cinema offer some of Playboy's sexiest women together for the first time in one boxed set.Includes:- Black Venus- Christina- Ecstasy- Frank and I- Love Circles
Episodes comprise: 1. Amok Time 2. Who Mourns For Adonais? 3. The Changeling 4. Mirror Mirror 5. The Apple 6. The Doomsday Machine 7. Catspaw 8. I Mudd 9. Metamorphosis 10. Journey To Babel 11. Friday's Child 12. The Deadly Years 13. Obsession 14. Wolf In The Fold 15. The Trouble With Tribbles 16. The Gamesters Of Triskelion 17. A Piece Of The Action 18. The Immunity Syndrome 19. A Private Little War 20. Return To Tomorrow 21. Patterns Of Force 22. By Any Other Name 23. The O
He was hired to Mate them . . . but not to Date them!
""Oh just one more thing..."" Peter Falk stars as Lt. Columbo in this box set featuring the first four seasons. Expect plenty of cigar-chewing slouching and suspects being questioned about their shoes! Season 1: 1. Murder By The Book 2. Death Lends A Hand 3. Dead Weight 4. Suitable For Framing 5. Lady In Waiting 6. Short Fuse 7. Blueprint For Murder Series 2: 1. tude in Black 2. The Greenhouse Jungle 3. The Most Crucial Game 4. Dagger of the Mind 5. Requiem for a Falling Star 6. A Stitch in Crime 7. The Most Dangerous Match 8. Double Shock Series 3: 1. Lovely but Lethal 2. Any Old Port in a Storm 3. Candidate for Crime 4. Double Exposure 5. Publish or Perish 6. Mind over Mayhem 7. Swan Song 8. A Friend in Deed Series 4: 1. An Exercise In Fatality 2. Negative Reaction 3. By Dawn's Early Light 4. Troubled Waters 5. Playback 6. A Deadly State Of Mind
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