The Film Detective announced this past week that a dozen newly re-mastered classic films will be arriving on DVD this coming Feb. 10.
This group of films to own begin with director John Cromwell’s 1938 film adaptation of the Henri La Barthe’s novel, “Pepe Le Moko,” which was titled for the screen as simply Algiers. Charles Boyer stars as Pepe le Moko and Hedy Lamarr shines as Gaby in the Hollywood production that made her a star … Boom Town, Ziegfeld Girl, Tortilla Flat and White Cargo would all follow in short order.
Continuing in the spirit of Hollywood screen legend are two films starring Elizabeth Taylor. Director Michael Curtiz’s Life with Father was released in 1947 and featured Taylor opposite Irene Dunne and William Powell … Father's Little Dividend, 1951, was directed by Vincente Minnelli and is the hit sequel to Father of the Bride (Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett co-star here).
Cary Grant joins the hit parade with two films of his own. Director Howard Hawks’ 1940 screwball comedy, His Girl Friday, teams him with Rosalind Russell, while director George Stevens’ 1941 romantic tale, Penny Serenade, earned him his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor (his co-star was Irene Dunne).
Another screen legend getting a double-look as part of The Film Detective’s Feb. 10 release package is the late Mickey Rooney. Director Irving Pichel’s 1950 film noir thriller Quicksand (opposite Jeanne Cagney and Peter Lorre) is joined by the post-war entry in the Andy Hardy film series, Love Laughs at Andy Hardy … Lewis Stone reprises his role as Judge Hardy, while Bonita Granville co-stars as Andy’s love interest.
Claudette Colbert shines as Japanese POW survivor Agnes Newton Keith in the 1950 film adaptation of her book, Three Came Home … Sessue Hayakawa co-stars.
Rounding out the Feb. 10 selections from The Film Detective are The Little Princess (1939, starring Shirley Temple), All American Co-Ed (1941, teaming Johnny Downs with Frances Langford), James Carney stars in the 1937 musical comedy, Something to Sing About, and lastly, the 1941 comedy teaming Roland Young with Billie Burke as Mrs. and Mrs. Cosmo Topper, Topper Returns … Joan Blondell and Carol Landis join the fun.