We wondered how this would affect their archive program. We’re happy to report that it won’t. We have an interesting new batch of Columbia Pictures releases to let you know about.
Let Us Live (1937) tells of cabbie Henry Fonda and pal Alan Baxter who are falsely accused of committing a robbery and homicide. Can Fonda fiancé Maureen O’Sullivan convince the authorities of the truth before the men are executed? Ralph Bellamy also stars.
The Competition (1980) is a real crowd-pleaser starring Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving as competitive classic pianists finding love while going against each other in an intense contest.
White Sister (1972) stars Sophia Loren as an Italian nun caring for a communist leader who takes a liking to her.
Hamlet (1969) has Nicol Williamson as the great Dane, Anthony Hopkins as Claudius, Marianne Faithfull playing Ophelia and Tony Richardson directing.
The Mad Magician (1954) is Vincent Price’s follow-up to the hit House of Wax was also presented originally in 3-D. He plays a magic trick inventor who wants to take the stage himself. When his former employer tries to forbid him from using his devices, Vince turns murderous.
Escape in the Fog (1947) was directed by Oscar Boetticher, Jr., before he was the revered helmer of westerns named “Budd.” Nina Foch plays the woman who has a disturbing dream involving a man being accosted on the Golden Gate Bridge. Then she meets the man, a psychological warfare expert and gets involved in a plot involving wartime documents and German spies.
Band of the Hand (1986) is a flashy actioner produced by Michael Mann with a title tune by Bob Dylan. A group of trouble-making teens from Miami are taken to the Everglades to learn some life lessons from rugged ex-Marine Stephen Lang. When they return to the city, drug dealers go after them.
I Capture the Castle (2003): A struggling family living in a dilapidated castle in England gets an opportunity to change their fortunes when two handsome American brothers who have inherited the property arrive on the scene. Bill Nighy, Tara Fitzgerald, Rose Byrne and Romola Garay star in this terrific, overlooked dramedy.