John Payne and Maureen O’Hara in Sentimental Journey (1946), God’s Gift to Women from 1931, West of Broadway (1931) featuring John Gilbert and the very Hollywood-ized The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939) are now available.
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It’s Tough To Be Famous (1932)
After his desperate gambit saves the life of every man on his sunken submarine, young naval officer Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. finds himself the object of instant celebrity. The humble sailor, however, has no need or want for the spotlight, and the crush of media attention threatens the happy homelife that was his only desire. Thoughtful rumination on hero worship co-stars Mary Brian, Walter Catlett, J. Carroll Naish.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)
Astounding silent adventure incorporates two Jules Verne novels, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and “The Mysterious Island,” to tell the story of the obsessed Captain Nemo and his fantastic submarine, the Nautilus. Amazing underwater footage shot in the Bahamas and color-tinted sequences are a highlight. Allen Holubar, Dan Hanlon, and Edna Pendleton star.
You’ll want to pick up on Don Ameche in the role he’d become most identified with, portraying the Scottish emigre instructor to the deaf who never lost faith in his oft-ridiculed notion of transmitting the human voice by wire. Enjoyable (if very Hollywood-ized) biopic co-stars Loretta Young, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Gene Lockhart.
West of Broadway (1931)
Returning from World War I to find himself thrown over by fiancee Madge Evans, hard-living socialite John Gilbert opts to get even through a drunken quickie marriage to party girl Lois Moran. Waking up with a hangover and a ring, he flees to Arizona for an annullment, but his smitten new bride pursues for a chance to prove herself worthy of love. Ralph Bellamy, El Brendel, Hedda Hopper co-star.
Side Show (1931)
With performers bailing left and right on Guy Kibbee’s failing circus, loyal employee Winnie Lightner has to step in and fill the void wherever and whenever, be it as barker, cooch dancer, high diver, or caged wild man. When her kid sister moves in on her boyfriend, though, the show really starts! Donald Cook, Evalyn Knapp, Charles Butterworth co-star; Roy Del Ruth directs.
God’s Gift to Women (1931)
Love-’em-and-leave-’em Gallic playboy Frank Fay finally loses his own heart to pretty American Laura La Plante. She isn’t buying his proclamations of future fidelity, however, and she’s got just the trick to cool his ardor…bribing a cardiologist to tell him he’d better stay celibate, or else! Pre-Code farce co-stars Joan Blondell, Louise Brooks, Charles Winninger, Alan Mowbray; Michael Curtiz directs.
Aware of the precarious state of her health, and not wanting her producer husband (John Payne) to go on alone, an actress (Maureen O’Hara) moves ahead on the adoption of an orphan girl (Connie Marshall). Her husband half-heartedly goes along, but will he accept single fatherhood when tragedy strikes? Four-hankie standard-setter also stars William Bendix, Cedric Hardwicke.
That Lady in Ermine (1948)
In 18th-century Italy, contessa Betty Grable finds her castle commandeered by Hungarian military officer Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and his troops. Turning to the portrait of her lookalike ancestress for advice, she actually gets a response…and the counsel she receives is stranger still! Fluffy musical-comedy co-stars Cesar Romero, Walter Abel, Reginald Gardiner; Ernst Lubitsch’s last, posthumous directing credit (completed by an unbilled Otto Preminger).
The Brasher Doubloon (1947)
Tight adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s “The High Window” casts George Montgomery as Philip Marlowe, retained by an eccentric widow (Florence Bates) to find out who purloined a rare coin from her possession. His pursuit takes him on a convoluted trail of blackmail, murder, and cover-ups. Nancy Guild, Conrad Janis, Fritz Kortner co-star; John Brahm directs. AKA: “The High Window.”
Eight episodes–with guest stars Shirley Jones, Janet Leigh, The Osmond Brothers, Lynn Redgrave, Don Rickles, Flip Wilson, and others–are featured.
The Late George Apley (1947)
Boston blueblood George Apley (Ronald Colman) will go to any lengths to ensure his family’s standing among Beacon Hill society, up to and including scuttling the dalliance of his daughter (Peggy Cummins) with a (shudder) Yale man. Edna Best, Richard Ney, Richard Haydn, Mildred Natwick co-star in J.P. Marquand’s crisp comedy of manners; Joseph L. Mankiewicz directs.
Eight classic episodes–”Mr. Earp Becomes a Marshall,” “Marshall Earp Meets General Lee,” “The Killer,” “The Bank Robber,” “The Big Baby Contest,” “Trail’s End for a Cowboy,” “Rich Man’s Son,” and “One of Jesse’s Gang”–are collected.
Eight classic episodes–”Californy, Here We Come,” “The Egg War,” “Kate’s Dress,” “Grampa Sells His Gun,” “A Question of Discipline,” “You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man,” “Luke Gets His Freedom,” and “Grampa’s Date”–are collected.
I Escaped from the Gestapo (1943)
Sprung from prison by Nazi spy John Carradine and his cronies, counterfeiter Dean Jagger soon learns the price for his freedom. He’s expected to forge phony securities to send the Allied economies into a tailspin. Will he risk all to steer them into the FBI’s hands? Sidney Blackmer, Mary Brian co-star; Frances Farmer, fired a day into production, can be seen in a montage.
Mark Stevens, with his vocals dubbed by Buddy Clark, stars as early-20th-century singer-tunesmith Joe Howard in this engaging musical biopic. Fun production leavened by such Howard standards as “Hello! Ma Baby,” “What’s the Use of Dreaming,” “Goodbye, My Lady Love,” and the title song; June Haver, Reginald Gardiner, William Frawley, Gene Nelson co-star.