When people talk about the Golden Age of Hollywood, they are most often referring to the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. These decades gave audiences films that changed the world, and stars — including Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean — who made showbiz seem like the most glamorous job in existence. We’ve currently got a sale happening in which our most in-demand titles from this magical movie era are now available at a discounted price. Here’s an assortment of 10 titles we think you’ll want to add to your home video library.
After starring in the title role on Broadway, Bela Lugosi became forever identified with the bloodsucking count in director Tod Browning’s Gothic film adaptation. Follow Dracula from his Transylvanian castle to England as he ensnares the unwary in his diabolical schemes. With Dwight Frye, Helen Chandler, Edward Van Sloan.
Duck Soup (1933)
The pinnacle of Marxian madness finds Groucho as Rufus T. Firefly, president of Freedonia; Chico as his trusted aide and a spy; Harpo as Groucho’s chauffeur; and secretary Zeppo nodding his head. This wild satire, with political humor decades ahead of its time, co-stars Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern, Edgar Kennedy.
The Shadow (1933)
A string of murders in London is traced back to a dangerous blackmailer known as the Shadow. A novelist and would-be sleuth offers his help to Scotland Yard, but what is his secret link to the killer? Atmospheric whodunit stars Henry Kendall, Elizabeth Allan, Felix Aylmer.
My Man Godfrey (1936)
William Powell stars as Godfrey, a vagrant who is brought home by wealthy society girl Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard) to serve as her eccentric family’s butler. He winds up teaching the well-healed clan a thing or two about life, and Irene starts to fall for him. But is Godfrey really as down-and-out as he wants everyone to believe? Classic screwball comedy of manners also stars Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Eugene Pallette, Jean Dixon.
Shirley Temple is the 8-year-old Swiss orphan girl from Johanna Spyri’s 1880 novel, who, following the death of her parents, is taken to her gruff, reclusive grandfather, Adolph (Jean Hersholt), in his Alpine hut. Taken away by her aunt and left with a German family as a companion to their crippled daughter, Heidi makes the best of her circumstances, but longs only to one day be returned to her beloved opa. With Marcia Mae Jones, Sidney Blackmer. Songs include “In Our Little Wooden Shoes,” “Silent Night.”
This Gun for Hire (1942)
The movie that made Alan Ladd a star is a film noir classic, based on Graham Greene’s thriller. Ladd plays Philip Raven, a cold-blooded killer out for revenge against double-crossing nightclub owner Willard Gates (Laird Cregar). Raven teams up with beautiful singer Ellen Graham (Veronica Lake)–who’s been tasked with spying on Gates–and the two are soon caught up in the intrigue surrounding a dangerous secret formula, with Ellen’s police lieutenant boyfriend (Robert Preston) hot on their trail.
Humphrey Bogart excels as a world-weary commander of a huge American tank named Lulu Belle which he must move across the Sahara desert during World War II in order to rejoin the British Eighth Army. Bogey and crew face enemy forces, a diverse group of passengers and a desperate need for water while trying to reach their destination. With Bruce Bennett, Lloyd Bridges.
One of the greatest Hollywood whodunits ever made, Otto Preminger’s noir-flavored thriller stars Dana Andrews as Detective Mark McPherson, the lead investigator on the case of the murder of New York socialite Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), who becomes infatuated with her beautiful image in a portrait in her apartment. Memorable support is provided by Clifton Webb as a sardonic columnist, Vincent Price as Laura’s callous playboy fiancé, and Judith Anderson as her aunt; based on the novel by Vera Caspary.
The Snake Pit (1948)
A devastating descent into the world of mental illness starring Olivia de Havilland as a disturbed young woman whose husband places her in a mental institution following an emotional lapse. There she witnesses the horrid treatment of other patients, while receiving help from an understanding psychiatrist. Mark Stevens, Leo Genn, and Celeste Holm also star.
Famed director Noel Langley exercises unusual artistry in his shadowy “Svengali,” played by Donald Wolfit (“Lawrence of Arabia”) unveiling an unwashed alley minstrel whose latent, diabolical genius finally emerges out of an uncontrollable passion for beautiful Trilby O’Ferral, played by the German bombshell Hildegarde Neff.
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