A security guard at Paramount convinces his son that he is actually the head of the studio. When his son arrives in Hollywood he has to go to extreme lengths to maintain the charade culminating in his agreement to arrange a show for his son's navy buddies that includes a host of Paramount's top contract players.
Titles Comprise: The Railrodder The Silent Partner Joseph Frank Buster Keaton (October 4 1895 - February 1 1966) was an Academy Award-winning American comic actor and filmmaker. Best known for his silent films his trademark was physical comedy with a stoic deadpan expression on his face earning him the nickname The Great Stone Face (referencing the Nathaniel Hawthorne story about the Old Man of the Mountain). He has also been called The Michelangelo of Silent Comedy. Keaton's career as a performer and director is widely considered to be among the most innovative and important work in the history of cinema. He was recognized as the seventh greatest director of all time by Entertainment Weekly. A 2002 world-wide poll by Sight and Sound ranked Keaton's The General as the 15th best film of all time. Three other Keaton films received votes in the survey: Our Hospitality Sherlock Jr. and The Navigator. We are pleased to present to you two of Buster Keaton's lesser seen works: The Railrodder A screen short starring Buster Keaton this is one of the last films of the comedian's long career. As the railrodder he crosses Canada from east to west on a railway track speeder. As might be expected the film is full of sight gags as Keaton putt-putts his way to British Columbia. Not a word is spoken throughout and Keaton is as spry and ingenious at fetching laughs as he was in the days of the silent slapsticks. The Silent Partner A seldom seen episode of the NBC anthology series Screen Directors Playhouse entitled The Silent Partner and originally broadcast on December 21 1955. Comedic genius Buster Keaton plays a former silent-film star named Kelsey Dutton. Dutton watches the Academy Awards on television in a bar; in flashbacks Keaton re-enacts Dutton's silent comedies. The silent-film parody is close enough to Keaton's old work to be poignant and funny yet different enough to be part of Dutton's character. This interesting and rare show features Zasu Pitts Joe E. Brown Jack Elam and Bob Hope.
The Ghost Breakers
James Stewart was one of the great western icons and this collection houses several of his finest efforts. The Man From Laramie (Dir. Anthony Mann 1955): Will Lockhart comes to a small town to find the man who sold rifles to the Apaches and caused the death of his brother a cavalry officer. Beaten and nearly killed by cohorts of the arms dealer he also becomes embroiled with a ranch baron and his overwrought son. Father and son are plotted against by their treacherous foreman who wants the ranch for himself. Two Rode Together (Dir. John Ford 1961):: This is John Ford's criminally overlooked western and the first collaboration between Ford and James Stewart A group of children are held captive by the Indians. A Lieutenant enlists the help of a Texas Marshall in a rescue attempt. Based on the novel by Will Cook. Destry Rides Again (Dir. George Marshall 1939): As Destry a mild-mannered deputy who doesn't like guns Stewart is called to restore order to the hopelessly corrupt frontier town of Bottleneck. Though reluctant to undertake such an enormous task he's soon roped into action after meeting the seductive Frenchy (Dietrich) an alluring saloon girl who belts out unforgettable show-stoppers like ""The Boys in the Back Room "" while winning the hero's heart. Shenandoah (Dir. Andrew V. McLaglen 1965): James Stewart stars as a Virginia farmer during the Civil War. He refuses to support the Confederacy because he is opposed to slavery yet he will not support the Union because he is deeply opposedito war. When his son is taken prisoner Stewart goes to search for the boy. Seeing first-hand the horrors of war he is at last forced to take his stand...
A rare musical/comedy outing for James Stewart then at the peak of his career. Stewart plays James Hamilton Haskell a former music store worker who joins his uncle's health food business and befriends a band along the way. His uncle hates music his hatred not being helped by the fact that the band practice next door to his factory. Based on a popular radio show of the time (also called POT O' GOLD) the film gave both James Stewart and Paulette Goddard the opportunity of displayi
This box set features the following classic Laurel and Hardy comedies: Maritime adventures Ollie And Matrimony Pack Up Your Troubles Blockheads
After studying to be an architect James Stewart was drawn to the theatre whilst at university and first made his name on Broadway. After struggling for three years during the Depression he finally got his break in The Farmer Takes A Wife which led to an invitation to Hollywood. He made his first major film in 1936 and by 1938 was established as a major star going on to hold audiences spell bound for the next six decades. Pot O' Gold: A rare musical/comedy outing for James Stewart then at the peak of his career (he won the Best Actor Oscar a year before for The Philadelphia Story). Stewart plays James Hamilton Haskell a former music store worker who joins his uncle's health food business and befriends a band along the way. His uncle hates music his hatred not being helped by the fact that the band practice next door to his factory. Based on a popular radio show of the time (also called Pot O' Gold) the film gave both James Stewart and Paulette Goddard the opportunity of displaying their singing talents. Made For Each Other: Despite knowing each other for just one day Johnny and Jane get married. The first year of their marriage is a struggle with financial worries illness and the hostility of a live in mother-in-law to contend with. When their baby son is dying from pneumonia it seems life can't get any worse.
While Born To Dance is the movie musical most associated with James Stewart the largely forgotten Pot o' Gold is the one in which he is most involved with music. The plot has Stewart as Jimmy Haskell a music-loving harmonica-playing man who comes across a poor but excellent band (led by Horace Heidt) that rehearses on a boarding-house roof. Jimmy becomes interested in the people who own the boarding-house Ma McCorkle (Mary Gordon) and her lovely daughter Molly (Pau
Pot 'O' Gold: While 'Born To Dance' is the movie musical most associated with James Stewart the largely forgotten Pot o' Gold is the one in which he is most involved with music. The plot has Stewart as Jimmy Haskell a music-loving harmonica-playing man who comes across a poor but excellent band (led by Horace Heidt) that rehearses on a boarding-house roof. Jimmy becomes interested in the people who own the boarding-house Ma McCorkle (Mary Gordon) and her lovely daughter
Destiny Rides Again (Dir. George Marshall 1939): Destiny Rides Again will forever be remembered for Marlene Dietrich's performance as Frenchy a crooked saloon waitress with a heart of gold. Her rendition of ""See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have"" is one of the highlights of her career. But Destiny Rides Again has much more to offer than just Dietrich's performance. This hilarious satire carries Jimmy Stewart in the lead as Tom Destry a supposedly tough law enforcement man who doesn't like guns. Stewart's comic touches are brilliant as he eagerly gives out educational anecdotes anytime an opportunity affords itself. The plot concerns the efforts of a saloon owner and a corrupt Mayor to rob the local cowpokes blind. Frenchy's on the payroll of the bad guys but when sparks fly between her and Destry her loyalty becomes a deciding factor in whether it's Destry or the bad guys who will ride off into the sunset. A Foreign Affair (Dir. Billy Wilder 1948): A congressional committee visits occupied Berlin to investigate G.I. morals. Congresswoman Phoebe Frost appalled at widespread evidence of human frailty hears rumors that cafe singer Erika former mistress of a wanted war criminal is ""protected"" by an American officer and enlists Captain John Pringle to help her find him...not knowing that Pringle is Erika's lover.
Boxset Contains Titles: 1. Caught In The Draft 2. Louisiana Purchase 3. Star Spangled Rhythm 4. The Ghost Breakers 5. Where There's Life 6. Sorrowful Jones
The Stork Club: Hutton plays a struggling Stork Club hat check girl who saves multimillionaire Jerry Bates from drowning. As a reward Bates sets her up in a life of luxury in her own penthouse apartment. When Danny her bandleader beau returns from the service he mistakenly thinks the worst about her involvement with her very wealthy benefactor. A lighthearted chronicle of life and times at the legendary New York eatery and nightclub. The Perils Of Pauline: A dramatized biography of the Queen of the Serials Pearl White who started out as a young movie extra who went from a day to fame fortune and retirement in less than a decade. The film does a fine job of re-creating the silent movie stunts and settings of the era.
A box set housing a bevy of brilliant Jimmy Stewart films from the Universal vaults. Films Comprise: 1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 2. The Rare Breed (1966) 3. Shenandoah (1965) 4. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) 5. Rear Window (1954) 6. Harvey (1950) 7. Destry Rides Again (1939) 8. Vertigo (1958) 9. Night Passage (1957) 10. The Glenn Miller Story (1953) 11. Thunder Bay (1953) 12. Bend Of The River (1952) 13. Winchester '73 (1950) 14. Rope (1948) 15. The Far Country (1954) 16. You Gotta Stay Happy (1948) 17. Vivacious Lady (1938) 18. Airport '77 (1977) 19. Next Time We Love (1936)
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