The Film Detective announced this past week that 12 new film restorations will be ready for the DVD market place this coming Mar. 10. That’s right, a dozen film classics have been fully restored and will be ready for film buffs and collectors to own at very attractive pricing on Mar. 10.
Let’s begin with three-time Oscar nominated for Best Director Sam Wood’s 1946 film release of Heartbeat. Ginger Rogers, who stars here, teamed with filmmaker Sam Wood six years earlier for Kitty Foyle, her performance in that film won her the Oscar for Best Actress.
The same magic is as work here as Rogers stars as a pickpocket in training (her teacher is none other than Basil Rathbone) who falls for her mark (played by Jean Pierre Aumont).
More star power is on parade in Jose Ferrer’s Oscar-winning performance in director Michael Gordon’s 1950 film adaptation of French playwright Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano De Bergerac. And the same holds true for both director Stanley Donen’s 1951 romantic musical, Royal Wedding, which teamed Fred Astaire with Jane Powell and Peter Lawford and the 1941 comedy, Pot O’ Gold, starring five-time Oscar nominee for acting, James Stewart (a Best Actor win for The Philadelphia Story in 1940) and Paulette Goddard (nominated Best Actress for 1944 performance in So Proudly We Hail!).
You want sleuths? The Film Detective has three new film restorations featuring mysteries and the detectives on the case to bring those bad guys to justice. There are two Dick Tracy flicks, one with Ralph Byrd (1947, Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome … with Boris Karloff) and the second featuring Morgan Conway (1945, Dick Tracy Detective … with Mike Mazurki and Anne Jeffreys) and one starring Bonita Granville as kid sleuth Nancy Drew in the 1938 film release of Nancy Drew: Detective.
Westerns? Sure!! How about the Zane Gray novel-to-screen presentation of Fighting Caravans, starring Gary Cooper and Howard Hughes’ storied Western, The Outlaw, showcasing the abundant talents of Jane Russell! Both are included in this Mar. 10 release package.
A rare find that is also on the list is director Lew Landers’ 1944 comedy, I'm from Arkansas, starring Slim Summerville, Bruce Bennett and Iris Adrian.
Rounding out the film selections are Gulliver's Travels and Hollow Triumph.