The folks at 20th Century Fox are busy little bees digging into their vaults to find collectible classics for film fans. The recent wave of worthies includes:
Of particular note is My Gal Sal (1942), the biopic/musical with Victor Mature (Victor Mature Movie Articles) as Tin Pan Alley songsmith Paul Dresser, following his rise from medicine show huckster to purveyor of tunes popularized by chanteuse, Rita Hayworth. Mature, quintessentially known for his strong-man roles in Samson and Delilah, The Robe and Demetrius and The Gladiator, was slightly out of character in a Fox musical, but fared better than critics gave him credit for. Knowing his limitations, however, he once said, “I’m no actor, and I’ve got 64 pictures to prove it!”
The Power and the Glory (1933), A railroad magnate’s (Spencer Tracy Movie Articles) life unfolds, from his rise from a humble track walker to the unhappiness that ultimately came with his success. The first Hollywood film to tell its story through narrated flashbacks.
Deep Waters (1948), Set on the coast of Maine, as lobsterman Dana Andrews is cajoled by social worker fiancee Jean Peters to act as a mentor to troubled orphan Dean Stockwell and steer him towards responsible adulthood. Powerful 20th Century Fox cast of contract players includes Jean Peters, Cesar Romero, Anne Revere.
Nob Hill (1945), The musical tale of Barbary Coast innkeep George Raft’s bid to break into the upper crust; due to Raft’s penchant for film noir and action films, he was rarely seen in Technicolor, making Nob Hill a treat for his fans but it isn’t he who walks away with the movie — youngster Peggy Ann Garner steals every scene!
The Forbidden Street (1949), Jacques Tourneur’s unusual period drama tracking the doomed relationship between rich Victorian (Maureen O’Hara) who falls for her impoverished alcoholic art teacher art teacher (Dana Andrews).
Earthbound (1940) Warner Baxter is gunned down by his ex-lover (Lynn Bari), who then callously sets up her husband (Henry Wilcoxon) to take the fall for the murder.
Warner Baxter returns Warner Baxter saddled up for a third and final time as the Mexican Robin Hood, riding to retrieve the land of lovely Lynn Bari from predatory sheriff Robert Barrat. The Return Of The Cisco Kid (1939).
For Heaven’s Sake (1950), a comedy of earthbound misadventures for angelic helpmate Clifton Webb, with Joan Blondell, Joan Bennett and Robert Cummings.Elopement (1951), another comedy with Webb, joined by Charles Bickford, as furious new father-in-laws reluctantly teaming to track down runaway newlyweds Anne Francis and William Lundigan.
The Caribbean Mystery (1945) features James Dunn as a Brooklyn detective searching for a missing surveying team in Trinidad; Aaron Spelling penned the screenplay for One Foot in Hell (1960), a sagebrusher that finds sheriff Alan Ladd out for revenge on his community after his wife dies.
Joel McCrea bolts from new bride Barbara Stanwyck when he think he killed someone on their wedding day in Banjo on My Knee (1936); and in Destination Gobi (1953), Richard Widmark leads a team of American servicemen in Mongolia who depend on local nomads to help them when Japanese forces launch an attack.