Here foxy, foxy, foxy: Fox made a big splash with their batches of classic stuff tapped from their vaults of archive collections and the anticipated crops of DVDs continue in the same unpredictable style, much desired by movie fans.
|Josette (1938)||China Girl (1942)||36 Hours to Kill (1936)||The Country Doctor (1936)|
Spanning genres and decades, the goodies include: the seldom-seen Josette (1938), with Don Ameche and Robert Young mistaking attractive singer Simone Simon for the gold-digger stalking their father; The Rookie (1959), a long -lost military farce with comedy team Peter Marshall and Tommy Noonan as Americans stuck on an island with gorgeous Julie Newmar.
Fans of Dorothy McGuire who made her big screen debut in 1943′s smash hit Claudia, will welcome Claudia and David (1946), the sequel which has Dorothy and Robert Young returning as the married Connecticut couple.
Accent on Love (1941), in which unhappily married, privileged George Montgomery falls for immigrant Osa Massen while serving as a ditch digger and helping out New York’s poor.
36 Hours to Kill (1936) is a crackerjack crime yarn set mostly on a train starring Brian Donlevy, Douglas Fowley and Gloria Stuart; Miss Stuart, a veteran of more than 70 films, will best be remembered as “Old Rose” in James Cameron’s Titanic (1997).
The wartime drama China Girl (1942), written by Ben Hecht, stars George Montgomery as an American newsreel photographer who escapes prison with mercenary pal Victor McLaglen with help from beautiful Asian girl Gene Tierney; Nancy Steele is Missing! (1937) also stars McLaglen, this time as a waiter with antiwar sentiments who kidnaps the daughter of munitions manufacturer Walter Connolly to protest World War I.
The Country Doctor (1936), a real movie oddity, stars Jean Hersholt as the title character, a friendly physician struggling to make ends meet until he delivers the Dionne quintuplets (played by the real quints!)
We can’t help but give special mention to one of Fox’s new offerings that stands alone in its sheer weirdness. It’s The Day the Fish Came Out (1967), a post-Dr. Strangelove nuclear bomb satire from Michael Cacoyannis, the director of Zorba the Greek, in which two bombs accidentally land in the sea near a Greek island. A couple of NATO officers start to investigate the bombs’ whereabouts as the island is overrun by pleasure-seeking tourists. We won’t give away anything else that happens, but we will say it’s way, way-way-out and stars Tom Courtney, Sam Wanamaker and Candice Bergen.