The Film Detective announced its next wave of 50 film
restorations that will be heading to DVD.
The street date for this next group of priced-to-collect film treasures is
Aug. 4!!! Let’s get right to … there is
a lot to cover here!
Beginning with a pair terrific film noir gems, we have both director Tay Garnett’s 1951 film
release of Cause for Alarm, starring Loretta Young as a wife wrongly
accused of plotting her deranged husband’s murder (played by Barry Sullivan),
and director Edgar G. Ulmer’s 1945 “Poverty Row” (Producers Releasing
Corporation) film noir masterpiece, Detour,
teaming Tom Neal with Ann Savage.
Other films in the mix with a dramatic edge are
writer/director Frank R. Strayer’s summer of 1933 “provocative” drama, By
Appointment Only (Sally O’Neill and Lew Cody star in what only can be
described as an awkward relationship); Behind Office Doors (1931, Mary
Astory, Robert Ames and Richardo Cortez); director Felix Feist’s Cold War
biopic, Guilty of Treason, starring Charles Bickford as Cardinal Joszef
Mindszenty (with Bonita Granville and Paul Kelly) and the late Mickey Rooney
stars in director Edward Ludwig’s 1949 film release of The Big Wheel (Mary
Hatcher, Thomas Mitchell and Spring Byington co-star).
Mickey Rooney also stars in director William Nigh’s 1937
film, Hoosier Schoolboy — opposite Anne Nagel — and Bette Davis stars
with Pat O'Brien in writer/director Howard Higgin’s 1932 social drama, Hell’s
Another delight in this mix is August Week-End, the
rare-to-find 1936 film from director Charles Lamont. Valerie Hobson (The Bride of Frankenstein,
of London, etc.) stars as Claire, the beauty who becomes the focus of
attention at a family gathering when powerful attorney George Washburne (Paul
Harvey) tries to bribe her boyfriend (G. P. Huntley) into marrying his daughter
so that he can have the young woman for himself!
There are four films from the Film Detective on the Aug. 4
release calendar that showcase the antics of the East Side Kids — Leo Gorcey
and Huntz Hall, plus Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell and Billy Halop (among others)
— these are: East Side Kids (1940), Boys of the City (also 1940), Bowery
Blitzkrieg (1941) and Ghosts on the Loose (1943).
Westerns? If you
enjoy Westerns, Aug. 4 brings fans the likes of Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Andy
Devine starring in director William Witney’s 1947 film release of Bells
of San Angelo, the all-star Abilene Town (1946) featuring
Randolph Scott, Ann Dvorak, Rhonda Fleming, Lloyd Bridges and Edgar Buchanan
and director Sam Newfield’s 1941 oater, Billy the Kid Wanted, stars Buster
(Flash Gordon) Crabbe as the legendary Billy the Kid … others familiar faces in
the cast are Fuzzy St. John, Dave O’Brien, Slim Whitaker and Charles King.
Comedy? How about
comedy legends Abbott and Costello in Africa Screams? Or how about Shelley Winters, Farley Granger
and William Demarest in writer/director George Beck’s 1951 hit, Behave
Yourself!? They are both here,
plus such fun-filled films as The Bashful Bachelor (1942, with
Chester Lauck, Norris Goff and Zasu Pitts), It's a Joke, Son (1947, Una
Merkel, Kenny Delmar and June Lockhart), Check and Double Check (1930, Amos
and Andy) and the 1938 gold-digger comedy, The Rage of Paris, teaming Douglas
Fairbanks Jr. with Danielle Darrieux.
The Film Detective has prepared eight film restorations from
the silent era for release as new DVD product offerings on Aug. 4.
These are: a real early silent rarity, Florida
(silent-1914), D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance
(silent-1916), Betsy Ross
(silent-1917), Erich von Stroheim’s Blind
(silent-1919), Mary The Hoodlum
Lon Chaney is Quasimodo and Patsy Ruth Miller stars as Esmeralda in The Hunchback
of Notre Dame
(silent-1923), The Eagle
teams Rudolph Valentino with
Vilma Bánky (silent-1925) and director Allan Dwan’s The Iron Mask
with sound effects), starring Douglas Fairbanks.
Pickford stars in
And you can’t have a selection of 50 new film restorations
without at least a couple of classic horror films. Not to worry, director Ray Kellogg’s 1959 The
Giant Gila Monster is here, as is director Allan Dawn’s The
Gorilla, starring Lionell Atwill, Bela Lugosi and The Ritz Brothers.
For a complete listing of the Film Detective’s Aug. 4 DVD
releases check out page 7 in this week’s edition of the DVD & Blu-ray
Release Report or check out the company’s website at www.thefilmdetective.com.