New DVD titles featuring the 1936 thriller The Unguarded Hour (1936) starring Loretta Young, The White Cockatoo (1935), and the 1956 Writers Guild of America nominated film Full of Life starring Judy Holliday.
A young woman (Jean Muir) sojourns to a French chateau to reunite with the brother she was separated from twenty years before…and allow them both to lay claim to a multi-million-dollar inheritance. It seems, though, that someone else has a stake in the estate, and is willing to spill blood to keep from sharing. Ricardo Cortez, Minna Gombell, Ruth Donnelly co-star in this adaptation of the Mignon Eberhart mystery.The White Cockatoo (1935)
The Unguarded Hour (1936)
Rather than let prosecutor husband Franchot Tone’s future be compromised by a past indiscretion, noblewoman Loretta Young submits to blackmail. On a rendezvous for the money drop, she witnesses a woman’s accidental death…and the victim’s spouse is wrongly charged with murder. Will she reveal the whole truth, or let an innocent man face the gallows? Roland Young, Lewis Stone, Henry Daniell, Dudley Digges co-star.
Moonlight Murder (1936)
Dying onstage happens all the time, but it’s the literal fate of egotistical, womanizing tenor Leo Carrillo as he collapses mid-aria before a stunned Hollywood Bowl audience. LAPD plainclothesman Chester Morris and forensics whiz Madge Evans have to sift through a copious suspect pool before the killer takes a curtain call. Frank McHugh, Benita Hume, Grant Mitchell, and Carrillo’s future “Cisco Kid” compadre Duncan Renaldo co-star.
The Fighting Frontiersman (1946)
When an old prospector (Emmett Lynn) comes across an abandoned cache of Santa Ana’s gold, he realizes that his life won’t be worth a plugged nickel, unless the Durango Kid (Charles Starrett) can turn away the ornery owlhoots out to relieve him of his prize. Sensational shoot-’em-up also stars Smiley Burnette, Helen Mowery, Hank Newman and The Georgia Crackers.
The Golden Fleecing (1940)
A struggling insurance salesman (Lew Ayres) thinks he’s made a career-making conquest when he moves a big-money life policy. Seems he’s the last to learn that his new insured (Lloyd Nolan) is a notorious racketeer…and he’s now on orders from the front office to keep him alive by any means necessary!
Chain Gang (1950)
In the wake of a chain gang revolt that ended in prisoner fatalities, journalist Douglas Kennedy gets himself placed as a corrections officer so he can report firsthand on the inmates’ circumstances. When corrupt guards become wise to his pose, however, his expose may never make it to the presses. Gritty tale co-stars Marjorie Lord, Emory Parnell, Thurston Hall.
Full of Life (1956)
Judy Holliday plays the pregnant wife of struggling writer Richard Conte who comes under duress when hubby’s opinionated father tries to ensure that the couple finally gets a proper, full-blown church wedding. Family farce features Esther Minciotti, Joe De Santis, and Metropolitan Opera star Salvatore Baccaloni as Papa; scripted by John Fante from his novel.
The Iron Petticoat (1956)
Angered with her superiors’ sexism, Soviet air force pilot Katharine Hepburn touches down in West Berlin, seeking to defect. American officer Bob Hope draws the duty of trying to sell his ardently communist charge on the joys of capitalism, and it isn’t long before the sparks fly. Long-unseen Cold War comic charmer for an unlikely star duo also features James Robertson Justice, Robert Helpmann.
Babes in Toyland (1961)
This grand Disney adaptation of the holiday musical favorite “March of the Wooden Soldiers” makes its Blu-ray debut, starring 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.
East of Sudan (1964)
With their 1880s-era outpost overrun during a Mahdist insurrection, it falls to rank-and-file military lifer Anthony Quayle and inexperienced superior Derek Fowlds to transport emir’s daughter Jenny Agutter and governess Sylvia Syms down the Nile to safety. Rousing period adventure (replete with stock footage from the 1939′s “The Four Feathers”) co-stars Johnny Sekka.
The Wild Geese (1978)
Gutsy action classic stars Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Hardy Kruger, and Roger Moore as soldiers of fortune hired to rescue the jailed opposition leader of an African dictatorship. But when the corporation that hired them switches allegiances to the country’s corrupt ruler, the mercenaries must fight for their own survival. With Stewart Granger, Winston Ntshona.