Archival Releases From Fox On The Way

After, dare we say, years of speculation, Fox has finally thrown their hats into the MOD ring with a lineup of vintage titles from their vaults. The program is called Fox Cinema Archives, and if the initial offerings are any indication, expect the selection to be diverse and very movie fanatic-oriented.

Highlights of the first 35—count ‘em—titles to be unleashed include:

Rings on Her Fingers (1942): Henry Fonda is a shnook ready to spend his life’s savings on a boat, and Gene Tierney is the lingerie saleswoman enlisted by swindlers to bilk him out of his cash. This delightful comedy in the mold of The Lady Eve was directed by Rouben Mamoulian (The Mark of Zorro).

Diplomatic Courier (1952): Crackerjack spy thriller with Tyrone Power as an undercover agent out to snag a stolen document with secret plans for a Russian invasion of Yugoslavia. Patricia Neal, Lee Marvin, Michael Ansara and Charles Buchinski (Bronson) also star while Henry Hathaway (True Grit) helms.

Sweet Rosie O’Grady (1943): Betty Grable was all the rage when she (and her famous gams) starred in this fizzy romp set in the Gay ‘90s. She plays an ex-burlesque performer who moves to England to become a serious singer and hitch a wealthy suitor. Blowing her cover is a tabloid reporter (Robert Young) who takes a liking to her. Reginald Gardiner and Adolphe Menjou also star; Irving Cummings (My Gal Sal) directs.

Pulling from the Fox vault is a tantalizing prospect for movie fanatics. But what this program has in mind may confound some expectations.

For example, there is The Foxes of Harrow (1947), starring Rex Harrison as a womanizing gambler and Maureen O’Hara as his long suffering wife in antebellum New Orleans; Dangerous Years (1947), a juvenile delinquent drama about the consequences of youths robbing a warehouse with Billy Halop, Scotty Beckett, and 21-year-old Marilyn Monroe making her screen debut as a waitress;  The Perfect Snob (1941), with Charlie Ruggles finding comic complications when he heads to Hawaii to look into his daughter’s engagement to an older guy; The Raid (1954), with Van Heflin, Lee Marvin, Peter Graves, Richard Boone and Anne Bancroft in an underrated western about Confederate soldiers who escape a Union prison with plans to cause trouble in Canada; and  Suez (1938), a highly fictionalized account of the building of the Suez Canal with Tyrone Power and Loretta Young.

Also on the docket are a couple of titles that had previously been solely available as part of sets:  Frontier Marshal (1939) with Randolph Scott as Wyatt Earp and Cesar Romero as Doc Holliday (plus Ward Bond and Lon Chaney, Jr.); and Love is News (1937), starring Tyrone Power, Loretta Young and Romero (which was eventually remade as the aforementioned Sweet Rosie O’Grady; and That Wonderful Urge, featuring Power (again) and Gene Tierney.

And that’s just the tip of the mighty Fox stone logo, folks. You’ll find goodies from Clifton Webb’s third go-round as Mr. Belvedere in Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951) to William Powell in The Baroness and the Butler (1938) to the Paul Muni-Gene Tierney historical actioner Hudson’s Bay (1941).  A comprehensive list of the first 35 offerings from the program can be found here. 

  • Frankiedc

    I have been waiting for years for the release of Fox’s “My Cousin Rachel”, a classic Gothic romance with a luminous Olivia deHavilland as the mysterious Rachel and RIchard Burton, in his American screen debut as the young man totally smitten by her.

    • Jasonrfleming

      My Cousin Rachel is already available from a company called Twilight Time.

  • Bjodrie

    Slatterys Hurricane(1949)With Richard Widmark,Veronica Lake,and John Russell.

  • Juanita123516

    Great to hear about the new releases for Tyrone Power fans.

  • Bernard S

    WHAT A JOY to know some of the rare Fox titles are finally making its way to home video, I would be
    even happier if I see more 20th Century Fox movies such as the following:
     Pat Boone’s “Mardi Gras”, “All Hands on Deck”,”April Love”, “Bernadine”.
     Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn in “The Visit”
     Horst Buchholz in “Nine Hours to Rama”
     Deborah Kerr, Gregory Peck in “Beloved Infidel”
     Jennifer Jones in “Good Morning Miss Dove”, “Cluny Brown”
     Dolores Hart, Stephen Boyd in “Lisa”
     Christine Carere in “A Certain Smile”
      Carol Lynley ,Brandon de Wilde in “Blue Denim”
     Anthony Franciosa in “A Hatful of Rain”
     Susan Hayward in “Marriage Go Around”, “White Witch Doctor”, “Untamed”
      Tyrone Power in “King of the Khyber Rifles”
    Richard Burton in “Prince of Players”, “Staircase”
     William Holden, Capucine in “The Lion”
     All the other Betty Grable musicals that have not seen the light of day since VHS tapes started.

     For those of you who are Fox film fans, yes there is a company ( or video label series ) that had
     released some classic Fox titles ( such as “My Cousin Rachel”, “Woman Obsessed”, but they
     chose to put out limited editions on Blue Ray format and charge  a hefty $29.95, so if you
     don’t have enough disposable income to indulge in your collecting hobby YOU ARE OUT
     OF LUCK ! 

      This is a plea to whichever company is doing these new 35 classic titles “reissue”s to
    PLEASE  price your product reasonably !

    Bernard
     

  • Blair Kramer

    As long as you’re talking about films from 20th Century Fox,  when are they going to release OUR MAN FLINT and IN LIKE FLINT on Blu-Ray DVD?  Those two James Bond parodies are the most entertaining films of their type EVER made!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713983697 Gordon S. Jackson

    I am glad to see “The Raid” from 1954 become available.  I remember seeing it when I inaugurated my theatre management career as an usher in 1955.  It’s one title I never expected I would be able to add to my film library.  Definitely a very overlooked western.

    Regretfully, a number of titles many of us would like did not make their initial list.  Hopefully, “A Hatful of Rain”, “From Hell to Texas”, Gigot”, “The Wayward Bus”, “The Sound and the Fury”, “Blue Denim”, “Bernardine”, and “The Lion” will not be overlooked next time out.

  • Barbara Atkinson

    Somewhere in the world must be a copy of Fox’s 1932 “Hat Check Girl,” starring Sally Eilers and Ginger Rogers.  This is the “Holy Grail” for Ginger fans.  If it were reissued or made available in any shape or form, am sure the Ginger fans would go nuts!  If any of you know where this might be available, please advise!  Thanks!  

    • Vkmfanhuey

      …PREACH ON, LADY F!!!!
      :-)

      …it’s good to see FOX finally breaking out some of the classics…Ginger had quite a few with them, so maybe some clean copies of others, like Broadway Bad – Joan Blondell and Ginger – pretty cool, regardless of the movie itself (it’s pretty much like ‘Upper World’, minus the murders…)

      …so, you Fox folks…get to hunting! You have our full support!!! :-]

      Keep It Gingery, y’all!

      Hu

  • Oscar

    I have been frantically looking for ‘Isadora’ with a young Vanessa Redgrave. It was 1968 and nominated for best picture. It’s not that old but it was a good movie about Isadora Duncan. Can’t find it.

  • Gary Vidmar

    Let’s hope they get on the bandwagon with their more obscure CinemaScope titles, some of which are available overseas, but not in the USA: 
    BOY ON A DOLPHIN
    UNTAMED
    KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES
    THE ADVENTURES OF HADJI BABA
    NIGHT PEOPLE
    HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR
    PRINCE OF PLAYERS
    THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR
    SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD
    THE VIEW FROM POMPEY’S HEAD
    THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE
    ON THE THRESHOLD OF SPACE
    23 PACES TO BAKER STREET
    THE REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER
    APRIL LOVE
    HARRY BLACK AND THE TIGER
    GOOD MORNING, MISS DOVE
    A HATFUL OF RAIN
    A CERTAIN SMILE
    HILDA CRANE…

    • Phillip Carter

      Hi Gary,
      Dont know if of any interest to you but Harry Black and the Tiger has just been released in the UK on Amazon – but is region 2 and also 23 Paces to Baker Street has been released as an exclusive by an outlet called Moviemail – and they are also a very well renowned and reputable company.
      Cheers
      Phil Carter UK.

    • Joan

      THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR is available in the USA  as  THE RAINS CAME.

  • Ronald A. Wood

    Hey Gary,

    Don’t forget: Desiree with Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons, and
    The Egyptian again with Jean Simmons.

    • Gary Vidmar

      Both of these titles are already available from Twilight Time on blu-ray.  They’re sold at premium prices exclusively on the Screen Archives Entertainment website, but they both look and sound opening-night spectacular!

  • Norman Gillen

    “Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell” is fine, but even better would be “Sitting Pretty,” which started the Belvedere/Clifton Webb cycle in ’48.

    Other titles I hope to see from FOX:

    “Dreamboat” (also w/Clifton Webb)
    “Violent Saturday”
    “Destination Gobi”
    “Chad Hanna”
    “Home Sweet Homicide”
    “Chicken Every Sunday”
    “Everybody Does It”
    “Wait ‘Til the Sun Shines, Nellie”

  • Bornagain710

    Nice, but you can get them on TCM

    • Norman Gillen

      Good point.

      But I haven’t had cable since 1998. And I don’t miss it — or the inflated numbers on the bill I used to receive every month.

      Besides, I prefer collecting my nostalgia one disc at a time. That way, I omit the checkerboard-pattern interference that hampers so much digital-cable reception. And with DVD’s, I can do away with that annoying perpetual logo image that appears on the bottom right-hand side of the screen.

  • Stratfordr1

    do you think any chance of fox classics releasing Pat boone movies & the musical the Best things in life are Free

  • mick

    Genevieve Bujold and Jack Lemmon in Alex and the Gypsy. Not much chance as it was a bomb in the theatres. Genevieve Bujold has always been my favorite actress.