Your Movie Questions Answered: Spencer Tracy, Debbie Reynolds

A Guy Named JoeQ: Could you tell me if WB is ever going to release more Spencer Tracy films, in particular, A Guy Named Joe, The Seventh Cross, Cass Timberlane, Keeper of the Flame and The Sea of Grass?

Also, with all of the classic films on DVD, it seems that Debbie Reynolds has been forgotten! Any chance that such films as I Love Melvin, Give a Girl a Break, Bundle of Joy, This Happy Feeling, Say One For Me, The Gazebo, It Started with A Kiss, The Pleasure of His Company, My Six Loves, or Goodbye Charlie will make it to DVD in the near future?

Finally, when can we expect another installment in the WB Bette Davis collection? Also, will they finally release Beyond the Forest, Winter Meeting, and The Corn is Green?

A: Of the titles you asked about, Cass Timberlane, I Love Melvin, and Give a Girl a Break are all currently available courtesy of Warner’s Archive program. There certainly is a good chance of a new Bette Davis set, but we have no clue when. And we’ve heard rumor of a Spencer Tracy release for some time. As for the other titles, the Warner Brothers/MGM/RKO titles probably have the best shot making it to DVD as Archive releases.  That would include Bundle of Joy, The Gazebo, and It Started With a Kiss. Hey, what an idea: Why not a Debbie Reynolds boxed set?

Q: Will The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm ever be released on DVD ?

A: The MGM title is now owned by Warner, who is said to be working on a special deluxe edition. Word is that on Blu-Ray, it may simulate the Cinerama experience ala How the West Was Won. But this has been in the works for some time, and we have no recent news to report. Brothers Grimm, a George Pal Production, offered an all-star cast that included Richard Beymer, Buddy Hackett, Terry-Thomas, Barbara Eden and Arnold Stang as Rumplestiltskin.

Q: Do you have any information if any of the following will ever be released on DVD? Bless the Beasts and Children (Billy Mumy); Ode to Billy Joe (Robby Benson); Buster and Billie (Jan-Michael Vincent); the animated series Prince Planet.

A: Sony has been talking about Bless the Beasts because for some reason, it didn’t make their Stanley Kramer Collection as it should have. Sony also owns Buster and Billie, which would likely fit into a Jan-Michael Vincent set they’ve mentioned, which would also include White Line Fever. Ode to Billy Joe is a good candidate for Warner Archives in the not-so distant future. As for the Japanese-produced Prince Planet, a fave from the 1960s; We believe it is owned by MGM, now about to be sold, so any Prince Planet possibilities for now or in the near future are definite long-shots.

Q: I have a question. Has the British series Rock Follies ever been put on any form? A few years ago I asked and was told that even though an album of the music was out, there was no video release on any type of format. It was great and quite telling of that business. Has it ever been released, and where?

A: Sorry, no word on a DVD release of Rock Follies. This 1976 British series seems to have quite a following. The show, which helped introduce Rula Lenska to the world, played on PBS in America, but it has never seen a home video release here.

Q: I have been waiting and wondering if Abel Gance’s Napoleon will ever be issued on DVD or Blu-ray? Any chance that could happen?

A: The landmark silent film was reissued in conjunction with Francis Coppola’s Zoetrope Pictures in 1979 and with a new score by the director’s father, Carmine Coppola. There is word that another restoration is in place which will hopefully lead to a theatrical release (with a live orchestra, we’re hoping), and an eventual home digital release. The revolutionary (in many senses) 1927 film employed split screens, hand-held cameras, and color tinting in its telling.  By the way, Gance’s lack of funding only enabled him to cover Napoleon’s life from his early days to his march into Italy. Film historian Kevin Brownlow was involved in the film’s restoration.

Q: What’s the deal on the great historical epic 55 Days at Peking and John Wayne’s Circus World? We’ve read of their release following those of such Samuel Bronston epics El Cid and The Fall of the Roman Empire on DVD, but nothing lately?

A: Well, both movies you mentioned are, in fact, owned by The Weinstein Company, which in turn makes them eligible for release by Vivendi, which now controls the back library of the company (Sony distributes their new releases like Nine and The Road). To date, though, no word from the folks at Vivendi on future plans to issue these Bronston epics on DVD and/or Blue-ray.

Q: When will The Rita Hayworth Collection be issued?

A: Sony’s long-promised Rita Hayworth Collection has been postponed—not cancelled—until a later date, now believed to be this November. As it stands, the collection will feature the screen siren in such films as Tonight and Every Night, Salome, Miss Sadie Thompson, Cover Girl and Gilda.

Q: I can recall a weird western from the 1950s in which one of the lead characters used a harpoon. Any clue what this could have been?

A: You must be talking about Terror in a Texas Town, available on DVD, and featuring Sterling Hayden as a Swedish sailor who battles an evil land baron (played by Sebastian Cabot) and his tough henchmen. Hayden also uses a prehistoric type of steel knuckles in a fight in this bizarre sagebrusher from director Joseph H. Lewis (The Big Combo). For the record, the film has many ties to the era’s blacklist. Hayden admitted his Communist ties and named names, while blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo delivered the script using a “front” and co-star Ned Young, who plays a gunslinger, was also blacklisted.

Q: Any chance of Humphrey Bogart’s Across the Pacific being issued on DVD?

A: Unfortunately, John Huston’s 1942 film in which Bogart teams with The Maltese Falcon compadres Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet has never been available on DVD as single. It was on the out-of-print Humphrey Bogart Signature Collection, Vol. 2, and you can now get it on the new 13-disc Humphrey Bogart: The Essential Collection. For the record, Bogie plays a court-martialed soldier who attempts to stop a Japanese plan to attack the Panama Canal. The original story involved Pearl Harbor, but was changed after the military base actually came under fire.

Q: Could you keep me posted or let me know if or when the 1980 movie The Georgia Peaches starring Dirk Benedict, Sally Kirkland, and Tanya Tucker will be released on DVD as it is an excellent movie long overdue.

A: This is one Roger Corman production that seems to have gotten away. It was actually a pilot for a TV series that didn’t make it. Certainly the cast makes it interesting to many fans, as does the car races and moonshine running. It was even directed by American International veteran Daniel Haller (The Devil’s Angels, Die! Monster! Die!). Unfortunately, it is not on any DVD radar for the time being.

  • Barbara

    Could you tell me if the movie Smoky (1946) will ever be available on DVD? Wouldn’t that be a wonderful mini-boxed set containing the three versions – 1933, starring Victor Jory; 1946, starring Fred MacMurray; and 1966, starring Fess Parker?

  • Pat

    Along with the Debbie Reynolds movies listed, what about “Susan Slept Here”? I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

  • Movie Maniac

    Are thier any plans for Fox to release the Christmas comedy “Junior Miss” with Peggy Ann Garner on DVD? I haven’t seen it since AMC showed it in the early 90′s.

  • Movie Maniac

    Any plans for Fox to release the Christmas comedy “Junior Miss” with Peggy Ann Garner on DVD? I haven’t seen it since AMC showed it in the early 90′s.

  • VINCENT SANTANGELO

    CAN YOU TELL ME IF PORGY AND BESS WITH DOROTHY DANDRIDGE WILL BE RELEASED ON DVD? ALSO, LYDIA BAILEY WITH ANNE FRANCIS AND DALE ROBERTSON SEEMS TO BE LOST FOREVER. THIS FILM NEVER SHOWS ON TV AND HAS NEVER BEEN ON VHS OR DVD. WHY? THIS IS A FOX FILM.

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  • Arthur Chertowsky

    Hi, Irv — Will the mermaid comedy “Miranda” (1948) starring Glynis Johns ever be released on dvd? Perhaps along with the sequel, “Mad About Men”? I can imagine a boxed set of those two along with “Mr. Peabody And The Mermaid” (William Powell and Ann Blyth) and “Splash” (Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah) would go over like a tsunami (or not). – Regards, Arthur Chertowsky

  • Mary

    Any idea if the following movies will be released on DVD: A Stolen Life (Bette Davis), Love Letters (Jennifer Jones/Joseph Cotten), Back Street (Susan Hayward version)and the Hayley Mills movies Tiger Bay and Chalk Garden. Thanks.

  • Kay Richard

    I would also like to know if either of the following will be available on DVD or Blue Ray:
    Back Street with Susan Hayward and John Gavin and Escape Me Never with Earl Flynn

  • Peps

    I would like to know if “Jamon, Jamon” a spanish movie with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem is available in DVD

  • Jack Barrie

    Can you tell me why the MGM film ” The Student Prince” with Anne Blyth, Edmund Purdom and the singing voice of Mario Lanza seems to have vanished into Oblivion ? Never available on DVD or video tape and last seen on TV ( here in England ) about 25 years ago.

  • Chuck Neumann

    The movie “Hotel” (1967) had not been released on DVDecently I saw it listed in a movies unlimited catalog. However, it doesn’t show up when I tried to order it via the internet. Any advice?

  • Jim

    How about the WB classic “The Sea Wolf” with Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield, and a stellar supporting cast. At least one generation, probably two, is unaware of this great movie based on Jack London’s novel.

  • Jim Foster

    To date, several noir sets have been released, but one title is still missing, that being “The Window” RKO’s tense 1949 nail-biter that helped win the late, great child actor, Bobby Driscoll, a miniature Oscar statuette as the outstanding juvenile performer of that year. Filmed on location on New York’s teeming East Side, it’s the story of a young boy whose reputation for telling tall tales has destroyed his credibility. As a result, after he witnesses a murder during the wee hours of a stiflingly hot summer night, he’s unable to convince anyone of what he’s seen… anyone, that is, except the killers, who set out to silence him permanently. The boy’s terror is palpable during the film’s climactic chase down dark, abandoned streets and through a condemned tenement building. “It Never Lets You Go,” proclaimed the 1949 one-sheet. It still holds true today.

  • michael jefferson

    Dear sirs,has any word been heard of any Red Skelton movies coming out on dvd, like Whistling in Dixie, or any others from the ’40′s or ’50′s? Thank you.

  • Kevin

    When will the original “Sleuth” with Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine be released again on dvd. It’s been out of print for years. I thought it might be re-released when the new version of “Sleuth” hit the theatres, but was disappointed.

  • Richard

    I saw “Terror in a Texas Town” on TCM a while ago. Slightly bizarre western with a true bad guy dressed in black and Hayden with a Scandanavian accent. Does anyone know if that great Australian film “Wake in Fright” is available in any format? A must see for fans of films down under.

  • Music Man

    What about High Road To China lots of people would like to see this come out on dvd in the states. Tom Selleck at his best I think.

  • Robert

    Any idea if 1951′s “Westward the Women” will be released on DVD, possibly through Warner Archive?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063274681 Irv Slifkin

    Re; Westward the Women

    The MGM release would be a good choice for the Archives. Although we’ve heard nothing of the title coming out, the William Wellman production starring Robert Taylor as the enlisted to bring a group of women from Missouri to California has many fans who have requested a DVD entry over the years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063274681 Irv Slifkin

    Attn: High Road to China
    Although issued on VHS by Warner, the title is actually owned by Golden Harvest, the Chinese company best known for such Jackie chan titles as rumbl ein the Bronx and Supercop2 as well as The Cannonball Run movies. We’ve received many requests from the Tom Selleck fans out there, but the title hasn’t been licensed to any studio in the States as of yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063274681 Irv Slifkin

    Re: Wake in Fright
    Wake in Fright, an early 1970s Australian production which recently received some film festival play following an extensive restoration has not been picked up for distribution in America even though it is available in other countries. The acclaimed film tells of a young teacher in the outback whose idealism slides downhill when he gets involved with booze, gambling and sex. Donald Pleasence and a young Jack Thomspon also star. The film was directed by Canada’s Ted Kotcheff (First Blood, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063274681 Irv Slifkin

    Re: Sleuth

    Sleuth’s rights appear to be in limbo right now, and somehting even Peter Shaffer couldn’t figure out. The film has skipped around from company to company throughout its video existence–Anchor Bay, Fox and even budget line Video Treasures have all had dibs on it, but right now no one seems to be claiming its rights. It was produced by Palomar, which had ties to ABC, and other films from the company included Thye Shoot Horses, Don’t They? and the Killing of Sister George, but sleuth remains oddly off market.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063274681 Irv Slifkin

    Re: Red Skelton

    Good news. We have several Red Skelton films from that era in stock now including Whistling in Dixie. That’s part of Red skelton: Whistling Collection, which features that title plus Whistling in the Dark and Whistling in Brooklyn, with Red as radio detective Wally “The Fox” Benton. Other Skelton titles include I Dood It, Excuse My Dust and the double Bill of Make Me a Star (w/o Red)/Merton of the Movies (w/Red).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063274681 Irv Slifkin

    Re: The Window

    We are huge fans of this classic variation on The Boy who Cried Wolf Story. We expect on an upcoming Film noir set from Warners, but we have no clue when it would be issued. Apparently, others have fond memories of the suspsenser, too, because we have received lot sof requests for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063274681 Irv Slifkin

    Re: Miranda
    This nearly forgotten mermaid farce is unlikely to make a splash on DVD anytime soon. The title and its sequel are owned by a British enterprise and no American company owns its licensing rights. It would be cool to bundle all the mermaid movies together, but different companies own the rights, so it seems highly doubtful. Other mermaid masterworks you may also recall are Aquamarine, Peter Pan, the creepy Night Tide and The Little Mermaid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063274681 Irv Slifkin

    Re: Jamon Jamon

    This sexy film which introduced mos tof the the world to the frewutnly naked Ms. Cruz and now beau Bardeem is in a legal tussle over rights, so any DVD release anytime in the near future would be a surprise to us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063274681 Irv Slifkin

    Re: The Student Prince

    Warner holds onto to the rights of the 1954 film well-known for its Lanza singing and behind-the-scenes intrigue (original director Curtis Bernhardt was fired during production, replaced by Richard Thorpe). We believe it was on VHS, so you may want to see out an old copy of it in that format, since it seems Warner is sitting on its DVD release for some reason.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063274681 Irv Slifkin

    Re: Hotel
    Hotel with Rod Taylor, Catherine Spaak and Karl Malden, based on Arthur Hailey’s novel, was announced, but unceremoniously dropped by Warners. It will likely appear in the future on DVD. We suspect it needed more tech work to get it out on DVD.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063274681 Irv Slifkin

    Re: Back Street/Escape Me Never

    Back Street remains an incredibly popular request title for us as people can’t get enough of Susan Hayward. Sadly, Universal has not placed the supreme sudser based on the Fannie Hurst novel on DVD or Blu-Ray yet. As for Escape Me Never, it remains an elusive Flynn in that it’s one of the actor’s few movies not on DVD. This could be because it’s not an adventure or western, but rather a drama in which Errol teams with Ida Lupino, Gig Young and Eleanor Parker a music-filled soap opera set in Venice in 1900. Seems like a candidate for the Warner Archives to us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1063274681 Irv Slifkin

    RE: Stolen Life, Hayley Mills, etc.
    Great News! A Stolen Life with Bette Davis in a dual role as twin siblings tussling over the attention of handsome lighthouse keeper Glenn Ford is slated for a soon-to-be-determined date from Warner Archives. Love Letters. boasts Cotton as a British soldier who writes love letters for fellow officer Roger Sully to Jennifer Jones. While Sully eventually marries Jones even though it’s the engaged cootn who has fallen in love with her from the letters. If it all sounds a little Cyrano De Bergerac—you’re right, only this Cyrano was adapted by Ayn Rand! The title is from Paramount but now owned by Universal and we wouldn’t be surprised if it comes in some archives edition in the future. As for Hayley Mills, we hope to have The chalk Gadren, also with Deborah Kerr, available to us by year’s end. No word on tiger Bay, however.

  • cathy

    Looking for a DVD of So This is Paris with Tony Curtis, Gene Nelson, Gloria DeHaven. Any idea if it will be out soon.

  • cathy mirenzi

    Looking for DVD So This Is Paris, Tony Curtis, Gene Nelson, Gloria DeHaven, late 1950′s early 60′s.

  • David Shaffer

    I really crave that Debbie Reynolds box set and I want it to include SAY ONE FOR ME. I realize that it’s a 20th Century Fox release. And on this theme, I keep hoping for a Pat Boone box set, especially APRIL LOVE, also Fox property, but should include: BERNADINE, ALL HANDS ON DECK, MARDI GRAS, and THE MAIN ATTRACTION. (We have the STATE FAIR remake, Thanks to whoever made that happen.

  • Bill

    Could you please tell me the status of these movies being released to DVD. i have waited so long for them to come out.

    Sands of the Kalahari
    Winged Victory
    captain Eddie
    Harlen Globetrotters
    forever and a day
    the winds of Kitty Hawk

    thanks in advance

  • Helen Jolly

    I have been looking for years for a video of STRABGE LADY IN TOWN with Greer Garson. any luck?

  • ladybug675

    Hello Irv,

    What’s the deal with “Shack Out on 101″ and “They Won’t Believe Me”. Will they be coming out in the near-future!

  • Gord Jackson

    I have a HUGE list of 50s movies I would love to see out on DVD. Please let us know if there is ANY chance of ANY of them coming out.

    “A Hatful of Rain” and “From Hell to Texas” – two films owned by Fox that star Don Murray and could see life as a three film box-set by including the previously availble “These Thousand Hills”. Other Fox flicks missing in action include, “The Wayward Bus”, “Wild River”, “The Sound and the Fury” and the inexplicably never-on-video or dvd 1962 gem “Gigot” with Jackie Gleason.

    “Beau James” – A Paramount Bob Hope non-comedy from 1957, I personally think it is one of his best. Also from Paramount, how about “The Birds and the Bees” from 1956 with the almost forgotten George Gobel or, from much more recent times, “American Hot Wax” from the late 70s.

    Universal could favour us with “What’s So Bad About Feeling Good”, a cute 1968 comedy with George Peppard, Mary Tyler Moore and Dom DeLuise and, getting back to Bob Hope, MGM could release “Bachelor in Paradise”, one of Hope’s better 60s comedies that co-starred Lana Turner, Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss and Don Porter.

    Towards the end of the VHS days, Warner’s licensed the Frank Sinatra starrer “The Naked Runner” but I have never seen anything about it being available on dvd.

    And then there is all of that wonderful 50s sci-fi/horror stuff like “I Was a Teenage Werewolf”, “Invasion of the Saucer Men”, “She Devil” (with Mari Blanchard) and the one legions of us would love to see Roger Corman make available, the original 1957 gem “Not of This Earth” with Paul Birch and Beverly Garland.

    Oh there’s lots of other stuff I could also list but that should suffice for now.

    Here’s hoping…

  • patsy heyliger

    hOW ABOUT “MY FOOLISH HEART” STARRING SUSAN HAYWARD, ALSO DEBBIE REYNOLDS IN “SUSAN SLEPT HERE”? I CANT SEEM TO FIND THEM ANYWHERE.

  • Jackie Curley

    For the person who asked about “Across the Pacific” released as a single DVD, I got it through Amazon.com as a single DVD – not in a set – last year. When I want a movie, new or used, I check out availability on Amazon.com. They are the greatest for this and the most inexpensive. And TCM is the greatest source for many of the movies mentioned above. I still have my VHS and DVR.

  • Mike Manley

    Some more titles I’ve been hoping for: Travels With My Aunt (Maggie Smith), Seconds (Rock Hudson), Say One For Me (Bing Crosby and Debbie Reynolds), Until They Sail (Paul Newman and Jean Simmons), Home Before Dark (Jean Simmons), Career (Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine), This Could Be the Night (Paul Douglas and Jean Simmons), Bachelor in Paradise (Bob Hope and Lana Turner), The Joker is Wild (Frank Sinatra and Mitzi Gaynor), Saint Louis Blues (Nat King Cole and Pearl Bailey), All the Fine Young Cannibals (Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner), The Student Prince (Ann Blyth and Edmond Purdom)

  • bogart10

    I AM LOOKING FOR TWO EAGLE LION RELEASES….”ROGUE RIVER” WITH RORY CALHOUN AND PETER GRAVES, AND “MICKEY” WITH LOIS BUTLER AND BILL GOODWIN. I BELIEVE ROGUE RIVER WAS RELEASED IN 1950, AND MICKEY IN 1948….ANYONE KNOW IF THESE HAVE EVER BEEN RELEASED ON DVD OR VHS?????

  • bogart10

    “INVASION FROM MARS”?????IN CINECOLOR… ABOUT 1951????WHERE IS IT? ANYONE KNOW OF A DVD OR VHS…..ALSO “THE FRMALE ANIMAL” WITH HEDY LAMARR AND JANE POWELL???AROUND 1958….

  • tom

    any information on the fleets in,with william holden and dorothy lamour?

  • WALT

    One of my boyhood, alltime flying flicks is “Men With Wings,” Ray Milland, Fred MacMurry, Andy Devine, and young Dolald O’Conner and Virgiian Weidler.Technicolor and great WWI flying sequences. I saw it again – once – on a local TV station in Washington, DC, in 1958-59. Do you suppose it will ever be resurrected on DVD?
    Also: In the first film in which I saw Glennys Johns, c.1951/52, “Vacation From Marriage,” she was so incfedibly cute, I fellinlove with her, and would love to see her again at that delightful stage of her live. Any hope?

  • bogart10

    HOW ABOUT A “NEW” PRINT OF “FOREVER AMBER”……

  • bogart10

    JUST CAUGHT DEBBIE REYNOLDS AND HER DAUGHTER ON OPPRA……SHE HAS NOT HAD IT EASY….NOW SHE HAS TO PUT UP HER COSTUME COLLECTION FOR AUCTION CUZ SHE IS 78 AND STILL HAS TO TOUR 48 MONTHS A YEAR TO STAY AFFLOAT…..HANG IN THERE DEBBIE….WE STILL LOVE YOU…..

  • Kath

    I am searching for the “Wheeler &Woolsey” movie titled “The Nitwits.”. Many of the ” Wheeler & Woolsey” movies are available but I can’t find this one. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Kath

  • lee mathis

    i know in the late 50′s or early 60′s anthony quinn and robert ryan starred in a movie. they both played the good guys. the title was city beneath the sea or underwater city i can’t mremember the exact title.it also starred linda darnell and mala powers. it is a good movie.is it on dvd or vhs. or what is the correct title? i saw it one time on tcm or amc.

  • John

    “Sol Madrid” was an action picture made at the height of David McCallum’s popularity and I haven’t been able to find it anywhere.Any info?

  • Mr. Dale J. Dugan

    Are there any plans fo The Breaking Point from 1950 and He Ran All The Way from 1951 to br released on dvd?

  • JIM RICK

    WHERE IS A DECENT COPY OF “SLIGHTY DANGEROUS”? IT WAS JANE POWELL’S SECOND MOVIE AND AL I HAVE SEEN IS A REALLY POOR COPY….ANY CHANCE OF A GOOD COPY? ALSO ANY ISSUE OF “ROGUE RIVER”. ABOUT 1950, STARRING RORY CALHOUN AND PETER GAVES?

  • liznytx

    Still hoping for the release of “Rachel and the Stranger” Early William Holden, Loretta Young and Robert Mitchum, as pioneers settling outside the safety of the froniter fort. Love this movie!! Any hope it will come out on DVD? Also would loe to see “The Second Time Around” – Debbie Reynolds and Steve Forest and “Ballad of Josie” a Doris Day favorite of mine.

  • JIM RICK

    DOES ANYONE KNOW IF STEVE FOREST THE ACTOR, WHO WAS DANA ANDREWS BROTHER, IS STILL ALIVE…IF SO WHAT IS HE DOING THESE DAYS?