A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
(1945) Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible from their tenement; and young Francie's desire to transfer to a better school...if irresponsible Papa can get his act together.
Classic Christmas Movies
This DVD contains 3 of the best loved Christmas movies. It is a very good buy. It's A Wonderful Life (1946) Miracle on 34th Street (1947) A Christmas Carol (Sim) (1951)
Flim Flam Man
(1967) Mordecai Jones (George C. Scott) is a rural con artist (a flim flam man) who takes on a young army deserter Curley (Michael Sarrazin) as his protege and teaches him the tricks of the trade. Sheriff Slade (Harry Morgan) is in hot pursuit of the pair and rich girl Bonnie Lee Packard (Sue Lyon) becomes romantically involved with Curley and helps the fleeing duo stay one step ahead of the sheriff. The flim-flam man, dressed, as a minister, and his pupil, dressed as an accident victim, steal a car and lead the sheriff on a brilliantly photographed chase down the sidewalks and through the watermelon wagons of the South.
(1953) Houdini is a biographical film about the life of the magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. The film details a highly fictional account of Harry Houdini's life. The film follows his most dangerous stunts and magic tricks along with his love Bess Houdini. The death of the magician is depicted in the film as a failure to escape the Chinese Water Torture Cell; in real life Houdini died of peritonitis due to being punched in the stomach.
It Happens Every Spring
(1949) A college professor, Vernon Simpson (played by Ray Milland) is working on a long term experiment to repel bugs, when a baseball comes through the window destroying all his glassware. Realizing that all his work is ruined and that he can't marry his sweetheart Deborah (Jean Peters) he is very upset. However Vernon discovers that the resultant fluid causes a baseball to be repelled by wood. Suddenly he realizes the possibilities and takes a leave of absence to go to St. Louis to pitch in the big leagues where he becomes a star (King Kelly) and propels the team to a World Series appearance.
Kiss of Death
(1947) Victor Mature plays Nick Bianco, a cheap crook who commits a Christmastime jewelry store heist with his gang, and manages to get the rap while the others slip by the police unnoticed. Nick refuses to testify on the others, and gets sent up the river for 20 years for robbery. Before he goes to prison, he's assured by the criminal element that his wife and children will be taken care of while he's behind bars (thanks in no small part to his refusal to testify), but this is a blatant lie: during his incarceration, he learns that the family has gone broke, his wife committed suicide and his children have been sent to an orphanage. Furious, Nick summons district attorney Louie d'Angelo (Brian Donlevy) and makes an unusual deal: parole, in exchange for his willingness to squeal on the others. In this film Richard Widmark plays a psychopathic killer to perfection.
(1944) New York City police detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) is investigating the murder of beautiful and highly successful advertising executive Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney). He interviews charismatic newspaper columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), an imperious, decadent dandy who relates how he met Laura, became her mentor, and used his considerable influence and fame to advance her career. Through the testimony of her friends and the reading of her letters and diary, McPherson comes to know Laura and slowly becomes obsessed with her, so much so Lydecker accuses him of falling in love with the dead woman. When Laura turns up alive all hell breaks loose.
*****NEW Little Fugitive
(1953) Joey Norton, seven years old, lives with his older brother Lennie in a lower-middle-class neighborhood of Brooklyn. Joey is too small to be taken seriously by Lennie and Lennie's friends.
One day, while their mother is away visiting her sick mother, Lennie and his friends play a joke on Joey. They stage an incident using catsup and a toy gun, so that Joey thinks he has shot and killed his brother. Joey, who is told the police will catch and imprison him, runs to the nearest elevated train station and flees to Coney Island.
Marilyn Monroe Double Feature
1. Niagara (1952) 2. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Return to Oz
(1985) Dorothy Gale has recently come home to Kansas from the Land of Oz is now almost back to perfect health since the incident of the tornado, only she cannot get that wonderful place out of her head. She frequently talks about it and cannot get any sleep at night. Aunt Em worries about her health/well-being. Thinking that she is suffering delusional depression and acute insomnia, she decides to take her to see a special doctor in another town. While he tries to treat her with electro-shock treatment and take those nasty dreams away from her head, she is rescued by a mysterious girl who leads her back to Oz for a new adventure.
*****NEW Sole Survivor
(1970) CBS' first made-for-TV movie, Sole Survivor, is a fantasy yarn founded in fact. In 1960, the ruins of an American bomber were found in the Libyan Desert... but the remains of the crew were never located. In Guerdon Trueblood's teleplay, the ghosts of a bomber crew hang around their delelict plane, awaiting the day that their bones will be recovered and given a decent burial. The sole survivor, navigator Russell Hamner (Richard Basehart), has in the 25 years since become a general. He joins an investigation team that has come across the wreckage, while the ghosts plot to expose Hamner as a coward who deserted his post and left his crew mates to die. Sole Survivor premiered January 9, 1970. Film also stars Vince Edwards and William Shatner.
*****NEW Suddenly Last Summer
(1959) A wealthy harridan, Violet Venable, attempts to bribe Dr. Cukrowicz, a young psycho-surgeon from a New Orleans mental hospital that is desperately in need of funds, into lobotomizing her niece, Catherine Holly. Violet wants the operation performed in order to prevent Catherine from defiling the memory of her son, the poet Sebastian. Catherine has been babbling obscenely about Sebastian's mysterious death that she witnessed while on holiday together in Spain the previous summer.
*****NEW You Came Along
(1945) War hero flier Bob Collins goes on a war bond selling tour with two buddies, and substitute "chaperone" Ivy Hotchkiss. Bob's a cheerful guy with several girls in every town on the tour. After some amusing escapades, Bob and Ivy become romantically involved, agreeing it's "just fun up in the air." Then Ivy finds out the real reason why it shouldn't be anything more.