Your Questions on Samson and Delilah, The Sterile Cuckoo, Many More Answered

Q: Hi, I would like to know if you would be able to find out if the title Fast Charlie, the Moonbeam Rider with David Carradine and Brenda Vaccaro will be released soon on DVD or Blu-Ray.  As a motorcycle enthusiast, I think this movie is right up there with the best. It was released in 1979, I believe, and I have seen it on VHS although to find one for sale is almost impossible. Thank you for any information you may be able to provide.

A: After a few collaborations between Carradine and producer Roger Corman for Corman’s New World Pictures, Corman and Carradine teamed for this film from Universal. Carradine is a WWI veteran who abandoned his fellow troop members, but tries to make things right by competing in a transcontinental motorcycle race and having his military friends help him. Vaccaro plays the love interest. As the film is owned by Universal, it is unlikely they will put it out. Sorry. It seems to have quite a following, based on the requests we have received for it.

Q: How about The Trap with Oliver Reed ?

A: This 1965 film is a drama with Reed as a rugged trapper in late 19th century Canada who takes a young mute woman (Rita Tushingham) as his wife. Even though she is fearful of him, she comes to his aid in his time of need. The film has never been on DVD, and its rights are under the auspices of MGM. That is a good thing as the company has been aggressive in putting out archive titles of late, so we could see the effort with gorgeous cinematography in the future.

Q: Where is Peter Pan with Mary Martin?

A: In DVD NeverNeverLand. Peter Pan aired on NBC on December 8, 1960, and starred Mary Martin as J.M. Barrie’s boy who never wanted to grow up. Cyril Ritchard played his nemesis Captain Hook. It is owned by Universal, but there are some entanglements about rights issues and licensing regarding its score, which included songs by Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and Carolyn Leigh and Moose Charlap. So, sadly, this classic TV special is not available for the holidays.

Q: Any idea when we might see 77th Bengal Lancers [TV series with Phil Carey and Warren Stevens?] Also the feature film Bengal Brigade with Rock Hudson?

A: Guess you got Bengal on your mind! Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers, a TV series that ran for one year on NBC starting in 1956, involved a regiment of soldiers facing adventure as they try to protect the Crown Jewels of England during the final days of the Raj. Stevens, Carey and Patrick Whyte starred. While it ran on NBC, the show was produced by Screen Gems, which makes it the property of Columbia. We would say it’s a longshot at best for a DVD appearance. 1954’s Bengal Brigade starred Hudson as a leader of the Sepoys in India who finds himself in trouble after leading his troops into battle against orders, then relinquishes his commission. Arlene Dahl and Torin Thatcher also starred in this adventure director by The Wild One’s Laszlo Benedek. It’s owned by Universal and a future DVD release is unlikely.

Q: Betty Grable made so many movies, yet not many of hers do I see for sale. She is and always has been my favorite. I am 78 years young. Would love to see more of them.

A: Miss Grable’s films were made, for the most part, 20th Century Fox, with whom she had a contract with from the 1930s through the 1950s. They have been relatively slow of late putting out catalog titles, but this may be changing, as evidenced by their release of Stars and Stripes Forever. We only hope that Ms. Grable and her gams get their day on DVD.

Q: I am looking for Voodoo Heartbeat and Help Me I’m Possessed.  I would also be interested in any other Nizet titles.  Maybe you can help?

A: As far as we can tell, neither is on DVD, although the latter was released on VHS from the long-defunct manufacturer Video Gems. Remember them? They had the big, plastic boxes. Charles Nizet was an exploitation director from Belgium who worked mostly in Las Vegas. The only film of his we can find on DVD is 1970’s The Ravager, about a Vietnam vet who witness atrocities during his tour of duty, then returns home to become a serial killer. Among Nizet’s other efforts were Rescue Force, Three-Way Split and Slaves of Love.

Q: Any chance of Samson and Delilah with Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature getting the DVD treatment?

A: We are told by a reliable source that Paramount is gearing up to make a big splash with catalog titles for their 100th birthday. And, good news: Cecil B. DeMille’s 1949 Biblical epic is among the titles slated for a DVD and Blu-ray release.  Look for Chinatown and other classics to get new treatment as well.

Q: What’s the latest on Porgy and Bess with Sidney Poitier?  Will I see the DVD release in my lifetime?  I’m 68.  Probably slim and none. I see on eBay that there are some bootlegs out there.  I am not interested in these.

A: First of all, beware of anyone offering the film because not only would it be illegal, but it’s likely of poor quality. The film has been withdrawn for circulation because of an ongoing feud between the Gershwin estate and producer Samuel Goldwyn’s people. The Gershwins wanted it filmed on location in its original operatic form by director Rouben Mamoulian. Goldwyn decided instead to shoot in on soundstages with filmmaker Otto Preminger behind the camera.  The film is in need of some serious restoration as well, but because of the conflicts, no one has undertaken the chore. The only way to see it, really, is though archival screenings. These only occur once in a blue moon, as there are few viewable prints around.

Q: This is not a comment, but a question. Is there any chance that these 3 movies with Kathryn Grayson will be released on DVD anytime soon, Grounds for Marriage, Desert Song, and Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary.

A: Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary will be available in December, courtesy of the Warner Archive program! Grounds for Marriage with Van Johnson and the 1953 version of Desert Song with Gordon MacRae are Warner-owned and likely future candidates for their archives collection.

Q: I want to see some Henry Aldrich movies.  I loved them as a kid.  Do you remember “Henry — Henry Aldrich!!” “Co-m-ing Mother”?

A: We actually don’t remember them, but we’ve sure heard a lot about them. Eleven films were produced by Paramount, the first starring Jackie Cooper as the problematic kid Henry and the others with Jimmy Lydon in the role. Since Universal now controls the rights, we’d doubt a DVD appearance anytime in the near future. The popular character started in a play called What a Life in 1938, and was adapted into a radio show that same year. Henry later made the rounds on TV.

Q:  I’m looking for the following on DVD: Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair (Burt Lancaster), Valentine (Mary Martin), Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (Stockard Channing), and Mythquest and The Peacock Spring (Naveen Andrews).

A: We would say all of these TV productions are a longshot for DVD/Blu-ray release at this point in time.

Q: Does Wait ‘TIl the Sun Shines, Nellie even exist anymore?  If so, will it ever appear on DVD?  It was a nice slice of Americana (as they say) and should appeal to a couple of generations who have never even heard of it.

A: The 1952 film is from Fox, and we’re hoping that the surprise release of Stars and Stripes Forever on DVD will jumpstart interest in further library titles like this. David Wayne is the late 19th century barber who settles in small-town America with wife Jean Peters, even though he’d prefer to move to Chicago.  During their lives, the couple faces tragedies and moments of joy and surprises. And, yes, the title song is featured in the film.

Q: My list of wants is beginning to show some movement, but there are still some omissions.  Any hope for the releases of the following:  The President’s Lady, Hold Back the Dawn, The Sterile Cuckoo,  Red Sky at Morning, The Uninvited, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Frenchman’s Creek, A Certain Smile, My Foolish Heart, Rock-a-Bye Baby, The Blue Veil, State Fair (1962), Beyond the Forest, No Down Payment, The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Machine Gun Kelly, Margie, Harriet Craig, Baby Face Nelson (Mickey Rooney), The Dorothy Parker Story,  The Mating Season, Down to the Sea in Ships, Blue Denim or The Devil and Miss Jones? My list is longer, but any of these would be greatly appreciated……oh yes, 10 North Frederick hasn’t been out for a long while.  Thanks forgot:  Goodbye, Columbus, Abandon Ship, The Lusty Men, Wuthering Heights, Full of Life, I’d Climb the Highest Mountain, The Comic and Northwest Passage.  I don’t want to seem greedy.

A: That’s quite a list you have there. Let’s say that you can now order Northwest Passage, Rock-a-Bye Baby will be hitting in late winter, and The Sterile Cuckoo with Liza Minnelli is on its way next year. The others are up in the air for now.

Q: I’m looking for China Beach to be released on DVD, as well as The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.

A: The pilot for China Beach was on VHS once upon a time, but we are not sure why the 1988-1991 series with Dana Delaney has yet to be offered on DVD. Warner Brothers controls the rights. The Blair Brown-starrer The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, which ran on NBC and Lifetime, is also conspicuously absent, and we don’t have any info about an impending release.

Q: There was a TV movie, I believe, that starred William Holden as a uniformed policeman and Lee Remick as a waitress? It was done in the second half of the 1970′s. Was it called The Blue Knight?

A: You are the correct about the stars of the 1973 TV adaptation of Joseph Wambaugh’s book. It was later transformed into a TV series with George Kennedy which ran from 1975 to 1976 on NBC. Neither is currently available but are certainly candidates as they were produced by Lorimar, now owned by Warner Brothers.

Q: Any information on the following films: Willard, (1971), Ben (1972),The Reincarnation of Peter Proud 1975), Death Ship (1980), Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965), A Cold Night’s Death (1977) and Fright Night Part II (1988).

A: The popular Willard with Bruce Davison and Ernest Borgnine, its sequel Ben, featuring the hit title track by Michael Jackson, and Peter Proud, the parapsychology thriller with Michael Sarrazin and Margot Kidder, were all produced by Bing Crosby, of all people. He also produced Walking Tall and the TV series Ben Casey and Hogan’s Heroes. The films are now under the auspices of CBS and Paramount.  Death Ship with George Kennedy and Richard Crenna is owned by a Canadian company and not licensed for DVD. Dr. Terror, a film that found Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing heading to Hammer competitor Amicus, was left out of the license to MPI, who put out other Amicus films on DVD in recent years. A source says Paramount, which controls part of the Republic library, is the current owner. A Cold Night’s Death (aka Chill Factor), an unnerving TV movie with Robert Culp and Eli Wallach as scientists in the Arctic who become the target of disturbing occurrences, was an ABC Movie of the Week, and was produced by ABC—and owned by Disney. Not likely to be on DVD soon—if ever. The sequel to Fright Night was from the short-lived Vista Organization (along with such films as Russkies and Maid to Order). From what we can tell, its rights are not controlled by anyone right now.

Q: When will Northwest Passage (1940) and the Blondie series be out on DVD? I know that a few Blondie movies have been released but why not the whole set? Also, I agree that the whole Andy Hardy series should be released and with commentary by Mickey Rooney while he is still with us!

A: Some good news here. On the way to DVD is Spencer Tracy as the leader of Roger’s Rangers, who find themselves in trouble during the French-Indian War. Also, there are a half-dozen Andy Hardys on the way including You’re Only Young Once, Out West with the Hardys, Judge Hardy and Son, Life Begins for Andy Hardy, Andy Hardy Meets Debutante and Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary. No commentary from Mickey, unfortunately.

Q: Robots in a shopping mall? Sound familiar?

A: If you said zombies in a shopping mall we would have said “Yep, every Christmas.” Just kidding. Well, we know zombies are in the two Dawn of the Dead films. You must be talking about Chopping Mall, a 1986 Roger Corman production in which a group of teenagers (the popular Keli Maroney among them) are mistaken as intruders by killer robot security guards. Bloody situations and movie references ensue. It is available on DVD and—guess what?—it is in the process of being rebooted (as opposed to “robot-ed”).

Q: I am a big fan of Robert Montgomery, both as an actor in such films as Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Here Comes Mr. Jordan and as a director of Lady in the Lake, Ride the Pink Horse and The Gallant Hours. But he made a lot of films and I was wondering if we would see any of them on DVD in the future?

A: You’re in luck. On the way is The Robert Montgomery Collection, featuring early works with the talented actor/director and father to Elizabeth Montgomery. Included in the set are:

Shipmates (1931): Features Montgomery as a cocky young sailor trying to woo an admiral’s daughter (Dorothy Jordan).

The Man in Possession (1931): This one showcases Montgomery as a bailiff who falls in love with broke heiress Irene Purcell while looking after her goods.

Faithless (1932): Society girl Tallulah Bankhead strings working class boyfriend Montgomery along, at least until she blows her own fortune.

Lovers Courageous (1932): With Montgomery as a struggling playwright who finds a patron, and perhaps more, in wealthy Madge Evans.

…But the Flesh is Weak (1932): Montgomery and C. Aubrey Smith are cast as a father-son gigolo team, with Robert having to choose between his intended target and true love.

Made on Broadway (1933): Press agent/powerbroker Montgomery saves the life and career of despairing actress Sally Eilers.

Live, Love and Learn (1937): Struggling painter Montgomery gets a flash of success, to girlfriend Rosalind Russell’s dismay.

The Earl of Chicago (1940):  Bootlegger turned legit distiller Montgomery learns he’s a British noble.

Q: I keep hoping for The Questor Tapes (Robert Foxworth and Mike Farrell), and also the British series How Green Was My Valley, with Sian Phillips as the mother. Any chance they’ll become available soon?

A: Gene Rodenberry’s 1974 TV movie—created to serve as a launching pad for a TV series after Star Trek was cancelled—is owned by  Universal, so it is unlikely it will be issued anytime soon, although many have asked about it. For the record, it involves the creation of an android (Foxworth) by a team of scientists. When the android’s chief creator goes missing, it teams with another scientist (Farrell) to track him down and find missing data that will inform him of the purpose of his creation. The series was slated as a go with scripts for 13 episodes written, when Rodenberry’s battles with Universal over content eventually led to the show’s the its curbing. As for How Green Was My Valley, the 1975 Masterpiece Theater version is not slated for DVD anytime soon. It’s a BBC production, so Warner would distribute it in the States. It’s based on the same book as the 1941 John Ford Oscar winner, and centers on the tough lives of a South Wales mining family.

  • JIM RICK

    WOW….AM I EXCITED….JUST SAW THE TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER, AND A FILM I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR…”MARGIE”…WILL BE SHOWN ON DECEMBER 24TH AT 9PM KANSAS CITY TIME…WHAT A GREAT GIFT….NOW IF ONLY “DESERT FURY”,” ROGUES RIVER”, AND ALAN LADD’S “TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST” WOULD SHOW UP, I WOULD BE A HAPPY MAN….

  • Clay Robinson

    I may have left this question here earlier this year but I must have missed any response to it:
    Is the PBS mini series I’ll Fly Away produced in the late 1990′s (starring Sam Waterson and an excellent supporting cast) going to be in DVD or better rerun on cable? I think A&E Network has already run it once.

  • mike jaral

    a lot of the movies requested on dvd were available at one time on vhs, if you still have a vcr, you can probably find these movies, and enjoy them. I still have mine, and watch what I want, cause I still have a large collection, and if you store them properly, they will last and play for many a year. old fashion yes, enjoyable, yes. inexpensive, yes. and I still like to drive to car shows in my 73 mopar.

  • Ric S

    For you asking for Samson & Deliha it is already available on DVD just purchased it two (2) months ago. It’s the greatest!!!! Also any idea when “Come to the Stable” with Loretta Young & Celeste Holm will be released? This is a wonderful Christmas movie although it really isn’t about Christmas…

  • Classic Movie Lover

    For hard to find movies on DVD check Warner Archives and Screen Archives. Warner Bros. has a large library of rare movies that they burn on demand.

    Screen Archives purchases copyrights for a limited amount of copies of certain movies. I purchase The Egyptian (1954). I have been waiting for that movie for years. I purchased the blu-ray version but it is also offered in DVD format.

    Make sure that you watch Movies Unlimited exclusive offerings. I purhased Rhaposody in Blue several weeks ago.

    Many of the movies that we classic movie lovers crave are out there. You just have to search them down. :-)

  • fred buschbaum

    Odd that “Let it ride” starring Richard Dreyfus which once in a blue moon will showup on tv is never listed in film inventories, or in Dreyfus’ film credits. besides dreyfus, it has several other great actors and a cast of gteat support charactors in a race track setting about the perfect day of a chronic gambler. I can’t find it listed anywhere????

  • Robert

    Re: the above question about “China Beach”, I’ve always heard one major stumbling block to a DVD release of the TV series is music rights, due to the heavy use of ’60s and Motown hits.

  • Anne McClain

    When will “Second Time Around”, with Debbie Reynolds, Be put on DVD. Also “I’d Rather Be Rich”
    with Sandra Dee. “Take Me TO Town”, with Ann Sheridan, and Sterling Hayden. I can hardly wait.
    These are favorite movies in the world.

  • Al Featherston

    My question would be about “All at Sea” with Alec Guinness (aka “Barnacle Bill”). It is one of his Ealing comedies. Any chance it shows up soon?

    PS As for “Let it Ride”, that is one of my guilty pleasures. I couldn’t find it on DVD alone, but I was able to get it as part of a two-film set with a John Travolta comedy, “Lucky Numbers”.

    Which reminds me of another DVD I can’t find — Travolta and Kelly Preston in “The Experts” — a great cold war comedy.

  • Anne McClain

    Could you tell me when “The Second time around”
    with Debbie Reynolds, Be put on DVD. Also “I’d
    Rather Be Rich”. Starring Sandra Dee,Robert Goulet
    and Andy Williams.
    “Take Me To Town”, starring Ann Sheridan, and
    Sterling Hayden.

  • aaron

    I would still like to know when Paramount will release the second and third “official” seasons of “ONE STEP BEOND”. The first season was released in 2009,then nothing.
    Also the remaing seasons of “THE EQUALIZER” and “NIGHT GALLERY” would be nice. Universal’s last releases were in 2008!
    I also wish they would get out “IN SEARCH OF…”.
    The Leonard Nimoy version.

    Thank you.

  • M. L. Wirick

    Of course I don’t know any of the problems that go with DVD releases of TV and movies. But it seems to me there is a big demand for movies and shows that people would love to own and watch. The studieos just seem reluctant to release old stuff. New stuff, fine, old stuff no. Maybe it’s because most new stuff isn’t very good and doesn’t make money when released so they try to force people to make up for thecost.

  • Louis Martinez

    I would like to know if the made for television movie “A Fire In The Sky” with Richard Crenna,Elizabeth Ashley,and David Dukes is available on DVD….also “The Seventh Dawn” with William Holden, Capucine, and Susannah York….. the made for television movie “Christmas Eve” with Loretta Young…and finally “McGuire, Go Home” with Dirk Bogarde….can anyone help?????

  • Sam Tomaino

    Re: the BBC version of How Green Was My Valley with Stanley Baker & Sian Phillips. I picked that up on Region 2 DVD a few years ago. I do not know if it is still available.

  • Larry Wiseman

    There are a lot of movies I would like to see released on DVD: THE HANGING TREE: BALLAD OF A GUNFIGHTER w/ Marty Robbins; WHO’S MINDING THE STORE; VISIT TO A SMALL PLANET; WAY…WAY OUT; (all with Jerry Lewis); I COULD GO ON, BUT YOU GET THE PICTURE! THANKS, Larry

  • Louis Martinez

    TO LARRY WISEMAN: I RECORDED THE HANGING TREE FROM TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES ONTO MY DVR AND BURNED A COPY OF IT ON MY DVD RECORDER…..NOW I DON’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR IT ON DVD……DVD RECORDERS ARE FAIRLY CHEAP AND THE BLANK DVDs ARE REASONABLE….BUT BE SURE TO GET DVD+RW….IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE JUST DELETE THE CONTENT YOU RECORDED AND START OVER….ALL OTHER BLANK DVDs WON’T LET YOU DO THAT….

  • verneaux

    Peter Pan with Mary Martin came out on dvd but is out of production. You can still get it on Amazon if you are willing to pay big bucks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.m.henderson Kenneth Henderson

    Peter Pan from TV with Mary Martin was a popular RCA LP back when it was new. A laserdisc was issued and it was colorized. It has also been released on DVD in USA, maybe from Goodtimes Video.

    Betty Grable, often a uncredited and starting at 13 she says, started at Goldwyn and RKO(seen in a trio in Follow the Fleet for example) and then Paramount before 1940- at Fox.

    State Fair(1962) has been on DVD in USA from Fox with the lady Betty Grable moreorless tookover from in Fox musicals, Alice Faye in a one-off comeback. The 1933 Will Rogers State Fair from Fox is what I am waiting and waiting for.

  • Lisa C

    I also would like to see Come to the Stable come out on dvd and Midnight Lace starring Doris Day.

  • Neil Blount

    How about Under 10 F;ags with Van Heflin and American Guerilla in the Philippines with Tyrone Power?

  • Colin Brown

    Do you know if 20th Century Fox has plans to release its 1954
    film ” The Egyptian ” on dvd ?

  • Terry J Gross

    I remember a film called “Trouble In Tahiti” Any one else know this film? As obscure as it is, I doubt if it’s available in any format.

  • william english

    what about danny kaye’s KNOCK ON WOOD a terrific picture.

  • Salvatore R LaRosa

    Is there any chance that the Anthony Quinn film 25th Hour will ever come to DVD?

  • Lou Coppola

    You mentioned that Paramount might be putting out a number
    of great titles.
    Would Sunset Blvd. and Northwest Mounted Police be included?

  • patti

    I have been looking for a film with Natalie Wood, called “The Cracker Factory”. Any info. on when this will released on DVD. I also have been waiting for “A Girl Named Sooner” with the lovely Lee Remick.

  • Geoff Mullins

    Just my annual request for information on Alan J Pakula’s “The Sterile Cuckoo” and Frank Perry’s “Last Summer”. I did hear that the former was slated for a 2012 DVD release and that the later had a recent screening in the USA from an Australian 16mm print with Barbara Hersey present. Both deserve to be released.

  • http://twitter.com/LarryCox6 Larry J. Cox

    Some flix I have been waiting for to get to DVD are The Nights the Lights Went Out in Georgia , and Alfred the Great, and the 70s TV flix Amber Waves, Murder Can Hurt You, and Shirts and Skins..

  • http://twitter.com/LarryCox6 Larry J. Cox

    Sometime maybe Three in the Attic will get to DVD. It can be found on VHS but is terrible quality.
    will

  • http://twitter.com/LarryCox6 Larry J. Cox

    Northwest Passage has a reputation as being Very anti-Native American. Can it be put out for sale on DVD without at least some controversy as to its PCness?