August is finally upon us, and with it comes a truly wonderful assortment of classic releases. Which of these are you looking forward to? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
Early Technicolor effort adapts the oft-filmed Helen Hunt Jackson romance, with Loretta Young as the half-Indian maiden adopted and raised in a Southern California rancho. Choosing the affections of a Native American hand (Don Ameche) over those of the household’s scion (Kent Taylor), she finds only intolerance and heartache from society. Jane Darwell, Katherine DeMille co-star.
After his latest brush with the law, a Chicago JD (Pat Boone) is sent to live and work at the Kentucky farm of his embittered uncle (Arthur O’Connell), who’s none too keen on the idea. Between the chance to train a magnificent trotting horse and the attentions of a pretty neighbor (Shirley Jones), he just may find what’s missing in his life. Winning musical co-stars Jeanette Nolan, Dolores Michaels; score includes “Give Me a Gentle Girl” and the title tune.
This high-spirited British comedy from director Carol Reed concerns dashing millionaire Nicky Brooke (Michael Redgrave), engaged to a gold-digging brat (Margaret Vyner), who almost runs over scatterbrained model Diana Castle (Jessie Matthews) with his car. As sparks fly between Nicky and Diana, he tries to woo his new interest by pretending to be single, despite his upcoming nuptials, resulting in a string of slapstick errors. Alastair Sim co-stars.
Going Hollywood (1933)
Delightful early MGM musical-comedy with Bing Crosby as a singer with aspirations of making it big in Hollywood who finds himself caught between a seductive actress (Fifi D’Orsay) and a pretty French teacher (Marion Davies). Songs include “After Sundown,” “We’ll Make Hay While the Sun Shines,” and the title tune. With Patsy Kelly and Ned Sparks.
The first 18 episodes from season nine are featured in a five-disc set.
The remaining 18 episodes from season nine are featured in a five-disc set.
No Highway In The Sky (1951)
Aviation scientist James Stewart, sent to investigate the crash of a new plane, becomes convinced the craft’s design is unsafe and resorts to sabotage to save lives before a transatlantic flight. Offbeat and provocative drama from England also stars Marlene Dietrich as a famed actress and fellow passenger who believes Stewart’s claims; with Glynis Johns, Jack Hawkins, Janette Scott.
He swings through the forest, robbing the rich to help the poor, but now he’s a fox! What’s more, Little John’s a bear, Friar Tuck’s a badger, and evil Prince John’s a lion. Disney’s thrilling animated version of the timeless legend follows Robin Hood’s adventures as he bravely tries to protect the people of Nottingham from the dastardly Prince John. Features the voices of Brian Bedford, Roger Miller, Peter Ustinov, Terry-Thomas, Phil Harris.
Sweet And Low-Down (1944)
In Chicago for a charity gig, bandleader Benny Goodman chances to hear the hot stylings of an impoverished young trombonist (James Cardwell), and offers him a job on the spot. Though the kid is initially thrilled, will his snowballing ego–and the prodding of his pushy girlfriend (Linda Darnell)–only result in sour notes? Sizzling swing musical co-stars Jack Oakie, Lynn Bari, Allyn Joslyn; score includes “I’m Making Believe,” “Ten Days with Baby.”
This inventively delightful Disney animated feature tells the tale of Wart, a young squire destined to become the legendary King Arthur. Under the tutelage of the slightly muddled mage Merlin, Wart embarks on an exciting adventure that includes a thrilling jousting contest, a wizard’s duel, and a magical sword embedded in stone. Karl Swenson, Rickie Sorenson, Martha Wentworth, Sebastian Cabot supply voices; based on the first book in T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King” series.
All 16 episodes from the third season are presented in a four-disc set.
Embarking from South America for an ultimate destination in Antarctica, the famous ship Calypso brings explorer Jacques Cousteau and his crew on a remarkable journey to islands, volcanic craters, and underneath the surface of the icy waters of the South Pole. This film chronicles Cousteau’s 1975 expedition and offers stunning glimpses of icebergs, fossils, and newly-observed sea creatures.
West Of Memphis (2012)
In 1993, a trio of heavy metal-loving teens from West Memphis, Ark., were arrested for the asserted ritualistic slayings of three young boys. After 18 years filled with public outcry, they obtained freedom, if not exoneration. This sobering documentary looks back at the odyssey of the West Memphis Three, and makes its case as to who actually committed the killings
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