Lest we forget Sony’s penchant for archives releases, recent weeks have brought an unusual assortment of eras and genres from the 1940′s heyday of Columbia Pictures.
|Time Out for Rhythm (1943)||The Heats On 1943 Starring Mae West||A Tornado in the Saddle (1942)||And Baby Makes Three (1949)||Among the Missing (1934)|
Time Out for Rhythm (1943): Fluffy musical finds promoter partners Rudy Vallee and Richard Lane at odds over giving top billing to either Ann Miller or Rosemary Lane. The Three Stooges highlight the comic support.
The Heat’s On (1943): Broadway star Mae West has her hands full when she becomes the prize in a rivalry between two conniving stage producers, while also being pursued by the brother of a blue-nosed matron out to keep Mae’s “immoral” entertainment off the Great White Way. Frenetic, song-filled comedy also stars Victor Moore.
When hapless Dub Taylor is spotted with gold nuggets, a pair of owlhoots make a beeline for his claim, offering hot lead to anyone who gets in their path. Sheriff Russell Hayden saddles up to bring them to justice in A Tornado in the Saddle (1942).
And to round it all out, the folks at Sony have also included a gem from the ’30s: Among the Missing (1934) has oldster Henrietta Crossman fleeing her unappreciative kids, and hiring on as a cook and maid to charming antiques dealer Richard Cromwell—little realizing he’s a criminal.