If there’s one thing I’ve learned from writing these new release rundowns its that you all can never get enough of classic films! So I’m pleased to bring you yet another batch of yesteryear favorites. Here we go!
|Brave Warrior (1952)||Harriet Craig (1950)||Lost Angel (1943)|
When some rascals sabotage a dam construction project along the “Red River Valley” (1936), it’s up to Gene Autry to ride in, set things right, and show he’s the toughest hombre by a dam site. Smiley Burnette, Frances Grant, and Boothe Howard co-star. AKA: “Man Of The Frontier.” Gene joins his fellow ranchers in a rent protest and winds up running the land company, but has to deal with some crooks out to pocket the proceeds for themselves, in “Saddle Pals” (1947). With Sterling Holloway and Lynne Roberts. A series of raids sends Autry and sidekick Pat Buttram into “Apache Country” (1952) to find out who’s stirring up trouble between settlers and Native Americans. Carolina Cotton co-stars. And “food hijackers get it in the old breadbasket,” as Gene settles up with crooked shopkeepers who are gouging settlers for vital supplies, in “Pack Train” (1953). With Gail Davis and Kenne Duncan.
Kilroy Was Here (1947)
When World War II vet Johnny Kilroy (Jackie Cooper) has his G.I. Bill admission bid to the college of his choice rejected, his army buddy (Jackie Coogan) starts spreading the rumor that he’s the notorious “Kilroy” of battlefield graffiti fame. The duped school administration does a turnaround when they think they have a celebrity, but what happens when the ruse is uncovered? Tandem for the former kid stars co-stars Wanda McKay, Frank Jenks, Rand Brooks; Phil Karlson directs.
Lost Angel (1943)
It was just another day on the job when an NYC reporter (James Craig) met his latest interview subject: a six-year-old orphan girl (Margaret O’Brien) raised in isolation to be a genius. He didn’t count on his questions about normal childhood spurring the intrigued prodigy into slipping out of the institution and showing up on his doorstep! Comic charmer co-stars Marsha Hunt, Donald Meek, Keenan Wynn.
Where Are Your Children? (1943)
Lonely after boyfriend Jackie Cooper signs up with the Navy, impetuous, rebellious teen Gale Storm gets together with her irresponsible friends for an impromptu road trip to his base. What she doesn’t know is that they’re taking the journey in a stolen car…and that she’s fated to become an accessory to murder. Overheated youth-in-crisis opus co-stars Patricia Morison, John Litel.
Wife Wanted (1946)
Seeking financial security, a fading movie star (Kay Francis, in her screen farewell) puts her trust in a real estate investor (Paul Cavanagh). Unfortunately, her new advisor has a lonely-hearts fraud racket going on the side, and he threatens to implicate her in a ruinous scandal. Can a dogged reporter (Robert Shayne) blow the lid off the scam while leaving her reputation intact? Veda Ann Borg, John Gallaudet co-star in this Monogram Pictures crime drama.
Tales Of Manhattan (1942)
A “cursed” formal tailcoat is followed through a series of owners in this five-episode, all-star film that mixes laughter and poignancy. Among the garment’s owners: actor and lothario Charles Boyer, unfaithful fiance Cesar Romero, symphony conductor Charles Laughton, destitute lawyer Edward G. Robinson, and unlucky thief J. Carrol Naish. With Rita Hayworth, Henry Fonda, Ginger Rogers, Elsa Lanchester, George Sanders, and Paul Robeson.
Harriet Craig (1950)
Joan Crawford turns in a powerhouse performance as the title character, a neurotic perfectionist whose need for neatness and control in her stately mansion borders on the psychotic. When husband Wendell Corey is about to be promoted, she sabotages his chances, forcing him to admit that her selfishness and torment have gotten way out of control. Lucile Watson and Allyn Joslyn also star in this adaptation of George Kelly’s 1925 Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Brave Warrior (1952)
The Indiana Territory, 1811: In order to head off a British alliance with the Shawnee, a U.S. envoy (Jon Hall) is sent to attempt and broker a peace with Tecumseh (Jay Silverheels), who’d been his friend since boyhood. However, the chieftain’s covetous brother Tenskwatawa (Michael Ansara) has other ideas, making the battle at Tippecanoe inevitable. Historical actioner co-stars Christine Larson, James Seay.
The Whole Truth (1958)
Deciding that his union with loving wife Donna Reed is worth saving, movie producer Stewart Granger breaks off his affair with temperamental leading lady Gianna Maria Canale. The faithless filmmaker finds his troubles just beginning when the actress is found dead, and agenda-driven investigator George Sanders starts turning up the heat, in this British thriller based on Philip Mackie’s play.
Intriguing repurposing of “Kiss of Death” to a frontier setting concerns a jailed bank robber (Hugh O’Brian) who inadvertently discloses the location of his loot to his sociopathic cellmate (Robert Evans). After the lunatic is loosed–and makes a brutal, bloody beeline for the treasure–the bandit must partner with the law to end the rampage. Dolores Michaels, Linda Cristal, Stephen McNally, Ron Ely co-star.
Considered a cult classic, director John Frankenheimer’s innovative, sci-fi-flavored drama follows a bored, middle-aged New York businessman (John Randolph) as he meets with a mysterious company that offers him a new life in a younger body. “Reborn” as a handsome artist (played by Rock Hudson), he soon begins having second thoughts about the arrangement, but finds there may be no going back. With Will Geer, Salome Jens, and eerie cinematography by James Wong Howe.
Conserje En Condominio (1974)
When a luxury high-rise is in need of a new superintendent, the incorrigible Cantinflas fast-talks himself into the job, and quickly makes himself indispensable to the building’s oddball tenants. Can he add “detective” and “hero” to his list of duties when one of the residents is kidnapped for ransom? Claudia Islas, Raquel Olmedo, Jesus Salinas co-star.
Don Quijote Cabalga De Nuevo (1972)
Cantinflas offers his singular spin on Sancho Panza, as this flavorful and elaborate take on Don Quixote takes the squire’s perspective on the misadventures of Cervantes’ honorable, if addled, would-be knight errant (Fernando Fernan Gomez). Maria Fernanda D’Ocon co-stars as Dulcinea; Paca Gabaldon, Ricardo Merino also star.
El Barrendero (1982)
In his screen farewell, Cantinflas cleans up–literally–as a humble street sweeper whose humdrum but happy existence ended the day some fleeing art thieves tossed a priceless painting into his trash bin. It’ll take all his savvy to keep from getting disposed of himself, once the creeps come back for the canvas! Maria Sorte, Ursula Prats, Eduardo Alcaraz also star.
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