Olive Films announced this past week a group of post-Labor Day DVD and Blu-ray that includes director Charles F. Hass’ 1959 crime thriller starring the late Mickey Rooney, The Big Operator.
Slated for delivery on Sept. 16, Rooney stars as a sadistic “union boss,” which is nothing more than a cover for his criminal enterprise. Steve Cochran and Mamie Van Doren co-star as husband and wife — he takes on the mob — while none other than Dennis the Menace (Jay North) plays their son.
Other familiar faces in this overlooked film gem include Mel Tormé, Jim Backus, Jack Coogan, Ray Danton (The George Raft Story, The Beat Generation, etc.) and Vampira (who also appear with Danton, Cochran and Van Doren in The Beat Generation … of note, both The Big Operator and The Beat Generation were directed by Hass).
Elsewhere on the September release calendar from Olive Films are Distant Drums and South of St. Louis (both available on DVD and Blu-ray on Sept. 23) and Betty Boop Essential Collection, Volume #4 (Sept. 30).
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