VCI Entertainment has target Dec. 15 for the DVD release of the double-feature collection of two rare post-war comedy classics … it is titled Classic Comedy Double Feature: Let's Live Again and Gay Intruders.
The war is over, the atomic age has begun and Larry Blake (John Emery — Kronos, Rocketship X-M, Spellbound, Blood on the Sun, etc.) is on the cutting edge of nuclear science — which is stressful enough — but when word arrives that his brother, George (played by James Millican), has been killed in a plane crash the news could easily send this story off into the world of film noir, spy thrillers and international intrigue, but Let’s Live Again is a post-war comedy that is very much a forerunner to Disney’s Shaggy Dog.
George, the dead brother, returns in the form of a mongrel dog on a mission to protect his brother from the likes of spies and saboteurs. It’s enough to get even the most prestigious of nuclear physicists locked up in the loony bin … my dead brother is a talking dog!!!
On hand for the romantic interest in Larry’s life is none other than Hillary Brooke (Sherlock Holmes Faces Death, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Invaders from Mars … as herself in The Abbott and Costello Show and as Roberta in the My Little Margie comedy series).
Teamed with Let’s Live Again on this delightful comedy double-bill is director Ray McCarey’s summer of 1948 programmer (originally released by 20th Century-Fox), The Gay Intruders, also starring John Emery, but this time as the famous stage actor John Newberry, who is locked in mortal (verbal) combat with his equally famous stage wife, Maria (played by Tamara Geva — Manhattan Merry-Go-Round, Night Plane from Chungking, etc.).
They trade barbs and insults … and eventually get the good doctors (psychiatrists) Matson (Leif Erickson — On the Waterfront, The Snake Pit … and as “Big John” Cannon in the TV series, The High Chaparral) and Nash (Virginia Gregg — The Amazing Mr. X, I'll Cry Tomorrow, Terror at Midnight … and she would supply the voice of Norma Bates in all three of the Psycho movies) involved in their verbal fisticuffs.
Two little-seen comedies on their way to the collector’s market … and just in time to be a stocking stuffer during the Christmas holiday period!!!