Here’s what classics are available this week!
Successful translation of the Kaufman and Hart comedy stars Jack Benny as a Manhattan businessman who gets the shock of his life after wife Ann Sheridan purchases an ancient country house. He becomes flustered by a barrage of broken plumbing, kooky neighbors, and money problems. With Charles Coburn, Percy Kilbride, Hattie McDaniel, and Charles Dingle.
Though Jack Benny would go on to make it the butt of many a putdown, this truly funny fantasy farce casts the comic as an inept angel assigned to report to Earth and sound the trumpet that’ll bring on Judgment Day. However, a con artist (Reginald Gardiner) and two fallen seraphim (Allyn Joslyn, John Alexander) who like the status quo are out to trip him up! Alexis Smith, Guy Kibbee, Margaret Dumont, Franklin Pangborn co-star; Raoul Walsh directs.
Rockin’ In The Rockies (1945)
The Three Stooges got their first top-billed feature opportunity in this song-filled frontier comedy, as a ranch foreman (Moe) more interested in his pie-in-the-sky prospecting schemes than the family livestock tries to get backing from a pair of knuckleheaded drifters (Larry and Curly). Spade Cooley, Jay Kirby, Mary Beth Hughes, Gladys Blake, and The Hoosier Hotshots co-star.
Have Rocket–Will Travel (1959)
Astro-nuts Moe, Larry, and Curly Joe made their first feature together in this space spoof that has them trapped in a rocket and launched to the planet Venus, where the slapstick trio finds a talking unicorn, giant spiders, and other oddities. With Jerome Cowan, Anna-Lisa, Robert Colbert.
Babes In Toyland (1961)
This grand Disney adaptation of the holiday musical favorite “March of the Wooden Soldiers” stars Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello as Tom Piper and Mary Quite Contrary, the Mother Goose Land lovers who plan to marry. Ray Bolger plays the wicked Mr. Barnaby, determined to ruin Tom and Mary’s nuptials and force her to marry him instead. Ed Wynn co-stars the addlebrained Toymaker; with Tommy Kirk, Ann Jillian.
The Werewolf (1956)
After barely surviving a car accident that robbed him of his memory, a man (Steven Ritch) has the added misfortune of being found by unscrupulous researchers in need of a guinea pig. After getting pumped full of their wolf serum, he becomes a full-blown lycanthrope, preying on the locals of a tiny mountain town. Scarefest from Sam Katzman co-stars Don Megowan, Joyce Holden, Harry Lauter.
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (Criterion Collection) (1965)
Richard Burton earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as a burned-out spy who becomes a pawn in a convoluted scheme to protect a British double agent. But when he unexpectedly falls for a Communist librarian, his mission–and her life–are placed in jeopardy. Based on the novel by John Le Carre, this unglamorized view of intelligence work co-stars Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner, Sam Wanamaker.
All 39 episodes from the debut season are featured in a five-disc set.
House On Straw Hill (1976)
Cult favorite Udo Kier stars in this British shocker once banned in the U.K. as a “video nasty”–portraying a troubled writer who abandons his girlfriend (Fiona Richmond) for the isolation of a country cottage where he hopes to restore the flow of his creative juices. However, the mysterious and sexy secretary (Linda Hayden) he hires only contributes to his further plunge into debauchery and violence. With Patsy Smart, Vic Armstrong. AKA: “Trauma,” “Expose.”
Performers include Johnny Rivers (“Midnight Special”), Chad & Jeremy (“If I Loved You”), The Four Tops (“Just Ask the Lonely”), Bobby Vinton (“You Are My Sunshine”), Lesley Gore (“Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows”), Dionne Warwick (“Who Can I Turn To?”), The Chad Mitchell Trio (“You Were On My Mind”), many others.
Performers include The Ronettes (“Is This What I Get for Loving You?”), The Hollies (“Yes I Will”), The Impressions (“Woman Got Soul”), Brenda Lee (“Too Many Rivers”), Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders (“Game of Love”), The Womenfolk (“My Heart Tells Me to Believe”), Noel Harrison (“Barbara Allen”), many others.
Performers include The Animals (“Bring It on Home to Me”), Jay and The Americans (“Think of the Good Times”), Sammy Davis, Jr. (“A Wonderful Day”), Dusty Springfield (“My Coloring Book”), Lola Falana (“Some of These Days”), The Supremes (“Where Did Our Love Go” medley), Jack Jones (“The Race Is On”), Woody Allen, and more.
Performers include Paul Anka (“Young, Alive and In Love!”), Liza Minnelli (“Gypsy in My Soul”), Dionne Warwick (“Reach Out for Me”), The Nashville Teens (“Tobacco Road”), Johnny Rivers and Anka (“Mountain of Love”), and more.
Includes “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes,” “Now You See Him, Now You Don’t,” “The Strongest Man In The World,” and “The Horse In The Gray Flannel Suit.”
La Cage Aux Folles (Criterion Collection) (1978)
The original French comedy that became one of the most popular foreign films of all time. A pair of middle-aged homosexuals run a gay nightclub on the Riviera, and when the son of one plans to get married, they must make a valiant effort to appear “normal” for his conservative future in-laws. Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault star in this funny and touching love story.
The Family Secret (1951)
After he accidentally kills a close friend, a young man can’t decide whether to inform the police. His attorney father pleads with him to confess, while his mother thinks it’s best to keep the killing quiet. Things get complicated, however, when the father is asked to defend a man implicated in the killing. John Derek, Lee J. Cobb, Erin O’Brien-Moore star in this intriguing crime drama.
Night Chase (1970)
To Los Angeles cabbie Yaphet Kotto, Baltimore businessman David Janssen appeared to be an airport fare pretty much like any other. When the destination turns out to be the Mexican border–and the reticent rider proves to be a fugitive (yep) from the shooting of his wife’s lover–both men are in for revelations during the ensuing flight from the authorities. Tense made-for-TV drama co-stars Victoria Vetri, William Katt, Elisha Cook, Jr.
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