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Next Update: March 1, 2023  

 

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DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY (1971 version)

Starring Yvette Mimieux, Myrna Loy, Monte Markham and Melvyn Douglas. Death takes a human form and visits Earth to try to find out why humans want so desperately to cling to life. He unexpectedly falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

 

GOLD DIGGERS OF BROADWAY (1929)

The lost film is still lost. But the complete soundtrack exists courtesy of sound discs and the final two reels of film footage was found. This is a reconstruction using still photographs and is an excellent way to fill in the gap. Three Broadway chorus girls get out to seduce and secure rich husbands, amidst a variety of musical numbers on a Broadway stage.

 

LA LOBA (1965)

Stars Kitty De Hoyos and Roberto Canedo. A young attractive woman from a rich Mexican family is under a curse that causes her to transform into a wolf-woman at night and kill people. Yep, a Mexican werewolf horror film. She falls in love with the doctor she sees (in order to get cured from her curse) who is also a werewolf. Unfortunately for both, their love filled killing spree comes to an end when they are killed by a trained, werewolf-killing dog. (This is the only foreign film we offer without subtitles. You can follow the story quite easily.) Great atmospheric visuals.

 

ORDERS TO KILL (1958)

Starring Eddie Albert, Lillian Gish and Paul Massie. American agent faces an engrossing moral dilemma when he is parachuted into France to eliminate a suspected traitor in the French Resistance.

 

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (1929)

This is the four-long epic that is rarely seen, starring Jean Angelo. This is a two-disc set. After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to get his revenge on them.

 

THE SNAKE GIRL AND THE SILVER-HAIRED WITCH (1968)

Japanese horror film. Extremely fun Daiei adaptation of two shojo horror manga into a single, crazily FX-laden story about two rival, shape-shifting sisters who are on less than good terms. However, when an evil creature makes an appearance they have to overlook their differences and join forces to battle it.

 

LATITUDE ZERO (1969)

Starring Joseph Cotten, Patricia Medina, Cesar Romero and Linda Haynes. An American photo-journalist accompanies two Japanese scientists in a bathysphere to study the Cromwell Current deep in the mid-Pacific Ocean. Suddenly, a volcano erupts at close hand. Shock waves from the vent tear the diving bell loose from its research ship. The three men are saved by a high-tech submarine, the Alpha. Unbelievably, its captain, Craig McKenzie, is more than 200 years old and the sub was launched in 1805. With the stranded research crew aboard, it heads for its home port in the underwater Utopian city, Latitude Zero. A rival 200-year-old scientist, Dr. Malic, sends his Black Shark sub after them. When he fails to destroy it before it reaches Latitude Zero's protective shell, he designs a plan to lure McKenzie out again. He captures Dr. Okada, a Japanese scientist bound for their Latitude Zero, to bait his trap. McKenzie must penetrate Malic's base on Blood Rock to free him and his daughter. Malic has a host of human/ animal hybrids waiting to greet the intruders.

 

THE SINNER (1950)

When it was released in 1950, The Sinner inspired vigorous protests and caused huge controversy for a film industry just getting back on its feet. Its tale of a young woman who survives as a prostitute after the war and later falls in love with a dying artist shocked conservatives and religious authorities. A popular actor and director of comedies since the 1920s, director Forst, in his first postwar movie, reveals a considerable feeling for melodrama. His narration proceeds without any sensationalism, and the theme of a great, ill-fated love is skillfully developed through the unfolding memories of the woman.

 

THE CASE OF DASHIELL HAMMETT (documentary)

A one-hour public television (PBS) biography of Dashiell Hammett, creator of the “hardboiled” modern detective novel and author of “The Maltese Falcon” and “The Thin Man.” It follows Hammett’s life from Pinkerton detective in San Francisco to his career as fiction and screen writer, companion of playwright Lillian Hellman, and leftwing political activist. The biography investigates why Hammett stopped writing at the height of his fame.

 

THE SILENT PLAYGROUND (1963)

A taut crime thriller about the hunt for a mysterious stranger who is poisoning small children with barbiturates. A tough and compelling film, which offers a gritty reflection of life in 1960s South East London behind the initial whodunnit. Ellen McIntosh gives a bravura performance as a single mother juggling work with raising a family, and Jean Anderson paints a sympathetic portrait of an older mother coming to terms with the extent of her son’s mental health issues. Striking and bold, The Silent Playground explores the fine line between innocence and criminality.

 

LADY IN DISTRESS (1940)

While on his way to work one morning, a man looks out the window of the train and sees a young woman being murdered. When he investigates the crime, he discovers a foul-tempered illusionist, Zoltini, who has a turbulent relationship with his young wife Vivienne. Starring Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas and Sally Gray.

 

THE SIGNAL TOWER (1924)

Starring Wallace Beery, Frankie Darro and Virginia Valli. A railroad worker accepts a colleague’s offer to stay in his home, but when his friend is called out one night to stop a runaway train, he makes a play for the man’s wife.

 

MARRY ME  (1949)
Starring Derek Bond, Susan Shaw and Guy Middleton. The stories of several individuals who consult a marriage bureau, including a peer of the realm, his butler, a lonely school teacher, a French girl on the run from a violent boyfriend, a country vicar, and a newspaper reporter, sent by his editor, to do an undercover story.

 

A RACE FOR LIFE (1954)

Starring Richard Conte. An idol of auto-racing fans attempts a comeback afterserving in the Air Force. When his former rival lies dying in the hospital he must decide whether to continue in the Grand Prix, or make peace with his adversary. Featuring race car greats Stirling Moss, Reg Parnell, John Cooper, Alan Brown, Geoffrey Taylor and Leslie Marr.

 

MARRIED TOO YOUNG (1962)

Starring Harold Lloyd Jr. and Jana Lund. Two high-school sweethearts get married, then find that married life isn’t what they thought it would be. In their desperation, they get mixed up with a gang of car thieves.

 

MARACAIBO (1958)

Starring Cornel Wilde (also directed by Cornel Wilde), Jean Wallace, and Michael Landon. Troubleshooting oil man Vic Scott has arrived in Venezuela to help put out a fire at an offshore well. It’s a ticklish situation: if Scott fails, not only will he die in the blaze, but all of Maracaibo will likely be destroyed. When he isn’t risking his life, Scott romantically pursues ice-princess journalist Laura Kingsley.

 

THUNDER OVER TANGIER (1957)

Starring Robert Hutton, Lisa Gastoni. Actor Chuck Collins becomes involved in passport forgery after accidentally swapping coats with a criminal in a London barber’s shop. He ends up assisting the police authorities in their investigation of the gang.

 

MEXICANA (1945)

Starring Constance Moore, Tito Guizar, Leo Carrillo. In this musical comedy, a popular Mexican singer finds himself tiring of the constant adulation of rabidly adoring females and decides to fake a marriage so that will stop ripping the clothing off his body after concerts. Unfortunately, he and the woman he chooses seldom agree and mayhem ensues. Songs include: “Mexicana,” “Lupita,” “See Mexico,” “Heartlessness,” “Time Out for Dreaming,” “De Corazon a Corazon,” “Somewhere There’s a Rainbow,” and “The Children’s Song.”

 

MEDAL FOR THE GENERAL (1944)

Starring Petulia Clark, Godfrey Tearle and John Laurie. A retired general, whose request for active duty is turned down, finds his own way into action by providing shelter for evacuees during World War II. Based on James Ronald’s novel “Medal for the General.”

 

MAZURKA (1935)

Stars Pola Negri. A young and unexperienced music student is courted by a famous pianist, but just when she is about to fall for him, the pianist is fatally shot by an unknown woman. At the court trial, the woman finally tells her own story and the reason for the crime she committed, and a complex family tragedy is unveiled…

 

MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET (1939)

Starring Margo, Walter Abel, Lyle Talbot and Jane Darwell. On Christmas Eve in the Spanish quarter of L.A. police try to arrest a couple running a shady floor show. Hiding in a church, the girl finds an abandoned baby and uses it as cover to escape capture. Thus she finds herself with a baby she is becoming ever more fond of, a helpful doctor himself too fond of the bottle, and a husband who has disappeared. Dare she try and change her ways and keep the child?

 

MISSILE MONSTERS (1958)

A warlord from Mars recruits an Earth industrialist with a Nazi past to manufacture weapons by means of which Mars can take over the Earth. Feature version of the 1951 movie serial “Flying Disc Man from Mars”.

 

MISS FANE’S BABY IS STOLEN (1934)

Starring Alice Brady, Baby LeRoy, Spanky McFarland, William Frawley and Alan Hale. Miss Madeline Fane is a famous California screen star who has been devoted to her baby son Michael since her husband’s death the previous year. One morning she awakens to find Michael has been kidnapped. After a day, she calls in the police, who instantly begin an all-out search.

 

RETURN FROM THE BEYOND (1958)

Professor Tejada is an expert in magic. He and his daughter go to a show by the magician Eglé Elohim, they are fascinated by their demonstrations of great power, so he decides to investigate more about Eglé, without knowing the torment that is coming.

 

MODELS, INC. (1952)

Starring Howard Duff, Coleen Gray and John Howard. The wealthy owner of a modeling agency keeps a new student in the high life, unaware that she and a recently released convict share a criminal and personal history.

 

MOVIE CRAZY (1932)

Starring Harold Lloyd, Constance Cummings. Due to a clerical error, Harold, a bumbling small-town chap with Hollywood dreams, is invited to a film audition in Los Angeles. His screen test is a disaster, but he’s hired as a film extra. He begins a romance with actress Mary, not recognizing her as the “Spanish Lady,” the heavily-costumed female lead in the movie he’s in. On set, Mary uses her sultry alter ego to toy with Harold, who becomes so flustered that he blunders his way to comic stardom.

 

MURDER IN REVERSE (1945)

Starring William Hartnell. Tom Masterick, a dock worker, is wrongfully convicted of a murder charge. His death sentence is commuted to a long prison term. When released as an old man, he vows to find the real killer.

 

MY WOMAN (1933)

Starring Helen Twelvetrees, Wallace Ford and Victor Jory. A devoted wife helps her husband achieve success as a radio comic, but stardom comes at a price.

 

MY SON IS A CRIMINAL (1939)

Starring Alan Baxter and Julie Bishop. “Big Tim” Halloran retires as Police Chief, and hopes his son, Tim, will join the police force. But the son opts for racketeering and, running a garage for Velvikak Taxicabs. He uses his father’s police entrée for knowledge of squad car activity, leads a gang on bold holdup jobs in the heart of the city. Tim’s boyhood friend, Allen Coltrin, works in the police lab. Myrna Kingsley, daughter of the new chief, wavers between Tim and Allen with her affection. All are on a collision course that does not bode well for two of them.

 

NERO WOLFE (1979)

This is the TV pilot movie that sold a series but would later star William Conrad. In this version, Thayer David plays the lead, with Anne Baxter, John Hoyt and Brooke Adams in the cast. A wealthy realtor sends out dozens of copies of a book that paints the FBI in an unfavorable light. They harass her. So she turns to Nero Wolfe to get them off her back.

 

NEVER TRUST A GAMBLER (1951)

Starring Dane Clark. Small-time gambler flees town and hooks up with his ex-wife (Virginia) to avoid arrest for murder. Protecting Virginia from a masher, he accidentally kills the man, then tries to make it look like an accident. When police detect the crime and come after him, he goes on the run again, but this time with his wife as a hostage.

 

OPIUM (1919)

Starring Conrad Veidt. Doctor Gesellius travels to China to research the effects of opium. There, he frees a young woman named Sin from a mafia led by Nun Chiang, who swears vengeance. On the way back to his home, Gesellius discovers that Sin is the illegitimate daughter of one of his colleagues, whose son is having an affair with the doctor’s wife. After the revealing discovery, his colleague’s son turns up poisoned, making Gesellius the prime suspect.

 

THE HANDS OF ORLAC (1924 version)

Starring Conrad Veidt. Orlac is a world famous pianist. One day he is badly hurt in a big train wreck. He is in danger of losing both his hands so his wife begs the doctors to save them. They eventually manage to transplant his hands with those of another deceased person. After his recovery Orlac discovers that there is something seriously wrong with his new pair of hands — it is as if they had a will of their own. But Orlac doesn’t know that they actually belonged to a dangerous murderer.

 

HARD TO HOLD (1937)

Starring Julie Bishop, Don Terry and Rita Hayworth. Government undercover agents William Dennis and Joan Bradley are working to solve the disappearances of girls working as “taxi-dancers” from dance halls operated by Jack Miranda and his henchman Nifty. Dennis sets himself up as a theatrical booking agent, and shows his power by the opening and closing of Miranda’s Paradise Club at will.

 

PICK-UP  (1933)

Starring George Raft and Sylvia Sidney. The scheme of a pair of married con artist goes awry when their victim dies, and they care both caught and imprisoned. When she gets out of prison, she tries to put her life back together.

 

PICK-UP (1955)

Starring Beverly Michaels and Hugo Haas. Jan “Hunky” Horak is a hard-of-hearing railroad dispatcher who lives in a poor neighborhood by the railroad tracks and is seduced by Betty, who is after his money. After they marry, Betty and her lover Steve Kowalski scheme to murder him.

 

BROADWAY LOVE (1918)

Starring Dorothy Phillips and Lon Chaney. A small-town girl goes to New York hoping to become a star on Broadway, but the best she can do are roles as chorus girls. She falls in with a “fast” crowd, notably a “party girl” named Cherry Blow, and finds herself involved with wild parties, horny millionaires and her boyfriend from back home who has come to New York to marry her. 

 

THE MIRACLE MAN (1932)

Starring Boris Karloff, Chester Morris and Sylvia Sidney. A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang’s leader, John Madison, encounters a faith healer and uses him to scam the gullible public of funds for a supposed chapel. But when a real healing takes place, a change comes over the gang.

 

MACKENZIE’S RAIDERS: The Complete TV Series

Starring Richard Carlson in this short-lived series. Colonel Mackenzie, commander of the 4th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Clark near Brackettville in Kinney County in southwest Texas during the 1870s, receives secret orders from President Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of War William W. Belknap to stop bandits from crossing the Rio Grande into the United States, or from returning to Mexico. This is a five-disc set and as usual, for TV series from 1958-59, the celebrity guests are often a surprise.

Sale Price $24.95

 

WIRE SERVICE: The TV Series

Televised from 1956-57, this hour-long series dramatized the adventures of three globe-trotting reporters who worked for the International Wire Service. The gimmick here is that for the one season of its run Wire Service had three different stars all playing wire service reporters. Usually, their reporting of the news determined whether a story had more than local significance. A different star alternated every week, George Brent, Dane Clark, and Mercedes McCambridge. This eight-disc set contains fifteen hour-long episodes.

Sale Price $29.95

 

THE THIN MAN: The Complete First Season

Based on the movie of the same name, Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk play the role of Nick and Nora Charles for this half-hour series of murder and mayhem. Nick often solves the mysteries while Nora brushes shoulders with the elite – including Hollywood celebrities who make guest appearances. Boy, were we surprised to see Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and Robby the Robot making a guest appearance in episodes. Televised from 1957-59. This eight-disc set contains the complete first season.

Sale Price $37.95

 

THE THIN MAN: The Complete Second Season

Based on the movie of the same name, Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk play the role of Nick and Nora Charles for this half-hour series of murder and mayhem. Nick often solves the mysteries while Nora brushes shoulders with the elite – including Hollywood celebrities who make guest appearances. Boy, were we surprised to see Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and Robby the Robot making a guest appearance in episodes. Televised from 1957-59. This eight-disc set contains the complete second season.

Sale Price $37.95

 

THE COMPLETE TORCHY BLANE MYSTERIES

Both volume one and volume two box sets together containing nine classic Torchy movies, with Glenda Farrell playing the role of Torchy as she wandered about getting into trouble, tied and gagged to chairs, and solving crime capers. Barton MacLane was her co-star in most of the films, who also played the object of her affections. But little B-mysteries all together for one set.

Sale Price $39.99

 

THE COMPLETE MAISIE MOVIES

The comedy film series that was originally slated for Jean Harlow, but the actress died before the first shooting script could be completed. It was put on hold until 1939 when Ann Sothern agreed to play the lead, with Robert Young as her leading man. The movie was so profitable that the studio quickly produced in assembly-line fashion a number of sequels. These two volume box sets contain all ten movies from 1939 to 1947. Lots of zany fun and a few mysteries along the way.

Sale Price $39.99

 

THE COMPLETE HENRY ALDRICH MOVIES

From 1939 to 1944, a series of movies designed to compete against Andy Hardy was produced with Jackie Cooper in the lead for the first two, and Jimmy Lydon for the remaining nine. A total of eleven films were produced, and a radio program would also result. From Henry Aldrich Haunts a House (1943) to Henry Aldrich’s Little Secret (1944), from “What a Life” (1939) to “Henry Aldrich, Editor” (1942), these are fun movies and they just don’t show them on TV these days. All eleven films on this eleven-disc box set.

Sale Price $44.95

 

STAGECOACH WEST: The Complete TV Series

Produced by Four Star Productions, this hour-long series has rarely been seen on TV in the last two decades and is not easy to find. Stars Wayne Rogers and Richard Eyer as Luke Perry and Simon Kane, who run a stagecoach line in the old west, where they inadvertently come across a wide variety of killers, robbers and ladies in distress. Celebrity guests are plenty, including DeForest Kelley, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Lee Van Cleef, and so on. This ten-disc set contains every hour-long episode of the series, telecast from 1960 to 1961.

Sale Price $44.95

 

HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE: The Complete TV Series

Starring Barbara Eden in what was her first recurring role on TV. This wacky half-hour sitcom featured three young women who move in to the big city in search of wealthy men as potential husbands. The series was based on the 1953 movie with Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall, but the TV series stars a different cast: Merry Anders, Lori Nelson, Lisa Gaye and Barbara Eden. This seven-disc set contains every episode, uncut and remastered.

Sale Price $34.95

 

DANTE: The Complete TV Series

This is one of those short-lived TV series that is awesome and highly-recommended. Howard Duff plays the tole of Willie Dante, the owner of a San Francisco nightclub with a shady history. Neither the cops nor the bad guys really believe he’s done with the underworld, which causes him to be dragged down into the capers as a semi-private detective. Telecast from 1960 to 1961, this half-hour series lasted a mere 26 episodes and a darn shame. It is a lot of fun. Guest stars include: Karen Steele, Dick Foran, Ann Robinson, Allison Hayes, Charles McGraw, Adele Mara, Ruta Lee, Edward Platt, and many others.

Sale Price $24.95

 

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THE LION OF ST. MARK (1963)

Starring Gordon Scott. Set in Venice, around 1620, a group of Skokian pirates invade a nightly ball where the Doge's son, Manrico (Gordon Scott) is engaged with a Lady, and after stealing the guests' jewellery, Manrico makes a vow to stamp out these pillaging pirates from terrorising Venice and dons a mask to become the leader of St. Mark ( the symbol of Venice), however, during this, he falls in love with a pirate (Giana Maria Canale), which poses a problem as his father wouldn't approve of this union. Gordon Scott dons in flamboyant costume and tights and rattles a fair sabre (well, epee) as the hero, though it's baffling why his likeminded group of saviours didn't don a mask too, but that's overthinking, and with a vibrant film punctuated with so much action - sword fighting galore- it's best just to relax and enjoy this pulp matinee style swashbuckler for what it is. Good escapism.

 

PRIEST KILLER (1971)

This is the made-for-TV movie that would launch the short-lived TV series, SARGE. Produced by Raymond Burr, in order to ensure higher ratings, Raymond Burr also played the role of Ironside in this movie but in a guest-starring capacity. On SARGE, Samuel "Sarge" Cavanaugh is a priest at the St. Aloysius Parish in San Diego, California. He is known as Sarge because of his police background of working for nine years as a homicide detective in the area in which he tries to help out with guidance to his parishioners in their struggle to cope with the problems of a metropolitan environment.

 

A MAN CALLED SLOANE (The Complete Series)

This short-lived series starred Robert Conrad as Thomas R. Sloane III, a freelance spy who takes on occasional assignments for UNIT, a secret American intelligence operation run by The Director, played by Dan O'Herlihy. The secret entrance to UNIT headquarters was through a toy store. KARTEL was the evil secret organization that was UNIT's nemesis. Aiding Sloane's missions was Torque, his deadly right-hand man played by Ji-Tu Cumbuka. Torque had a mechanical hand with interchangeable parts (drill, saw blade, etc.) that often helped during their assignments. The pair was also assisted by Effie, a computer voiced by Michele Carey.

A Man Called Sloane is an American secret agent adventure television series that aired on NBC during the 1979–1980 television season. It was an amalgam of elements from numerous spy series of the previous 15 years, including The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible, and Robert Conrad's own The Wild Wild West. This collection contains the complete series: all 12 episodes plus the "T.R. Slone" pilot.

Sale price $14.95

 

GHOSTS (1915)

Despite what the title suggests, this is not a horror movie. Helen and Manders are in love and wish to marry. Her parents object to his poverty and want her to marry Alving, a notorious rake, who is wealthy and powerful. Manders protests. The family physician also objects because of the result such a match would mean on the children, but Helen's parents laugh at these new-fangled notions. The doctor then appeals to Alving, who laughs him to scorn. Urged on by her parents, ambitious Helen, disregarding all warnings, marries Alving. Later Helen discovers a liaison between her husband and a young married woman. She contemplates leaving her husband and seeks her physicians advice, but he declines to give it. She then sees her pastor, who advises her to adhere to convention and her husband. Meanwhile, the young married woman gives birth to a child by Alving, and the physician agrees to bring the father to see it and keep the real parentage secret.

 

THE FALLEN SPARROW (1943)

Starring Maureen O’Hara and John Garfield. A surprisingly better movie than you would expect. Tortured by Fascists during the Spanish Civil War, veteran John Garfield (as John "Kit" McKittrick) returns to find the policeman who helped him escape has supposedly committed suicide by jumping, or accidentally falling, from an open window. Smelling a rat, Mr. Garfield immediately realizes his friend was murdered. With the New York police seemingly in on the cover-up, Garfield begins investigating alone. The first suspects are three beautiful women - presumably red-haired hat clerk girl Maureen O'Hara (as Toni Donne), brunette ex-girlfriend Patricia Morison (as Barby Taviton), and blonde songstress Martha O'Driscoll (as Whitney Parker).

 

LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES (1974).

Starring Peter Cushing. Count Dracula journeys to a remote Chinese village in the guise of a warlord to support six vampires who are dispirited after the loss of a seventh member of their cult. At the same time, vampire hunter Prof. Van Helsing happens to be lecturing in the country and is persuaded by villagers to help them fight this curse of the ages.

 

TO FIND A MAN (1972)

Pamela Sue Martin’s first film. The platonic friendship between two high school youths is explored through the attempts to get the girl an abortion. Her young male friend offers his support and tries to find her a doctor. She is grateful, but has trouble in expressing her thanks. At times funny, at other times touching, this is a refreshing, uncommon look at teenage friendship.

 

THE DEVIL’S HAIRPIN (1957)

Starring Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Arthur Franz, and Mary Astor. Cocky car racer Nick Jargin has retired since he nearly caused the death of his brother at a hairpin bend on a circuit. He now holds a trendy café who keeps him busy full time until one day, Tony Boari, a new champion racer, challenges him. Nick returns to competition and this time around he will have not only to beat his new rival but also his own demons. Kelly, her pretty lover, and Mrs. Jargin, his no-nonsense mother will help him to.

 

THE FLYING MISSILE (1950)

Starring Richard English, Viveca Lindfors and Carl Benton Reid. A submarine commander is determined to use guided missiles on his sub in this war drama. To do so, he defies the edict of the navel bureaucracy and begins testing the prototypes. This results in personal injury and the death of a crewman. So guilty does the commander feel, that he begins to suffer a mental breakdown and becomes hysterically paralyzed.

 

SNATCHED (1973)

Starring Howard Duff, Barbara Parkins, Sheree North and Leslie Nielsen. The wives of three wealthy men are kidnapped and held for a $3 million ransom-$1 million for each of them. One of the wives, a diabetic, needs her insulin medication or she will soon die. One of the husbands refuses to pay his share of the ransom because he believes that his wife is having an affair with another man.

 

THE WIFE TAKES A FLYER (1942)

Starring Joan Bennett, Franchot Tone and Allyn Joslyn. In this WW II spy comedy, an American pilot stationed in England is flying a routine mission when the Nazis shoot down his plane. He ends up seeking shelter in the home of an unhappily married Dutch woman. She covers for the pilot by introducing him as her mentally unbalanced but basically harmless husband. A Nazi major has taken over her home, and mayhem ensues when he and her “husband” meet.

 

THE SCARECROW (1972)

Starring Nina Foch, Norman Lloyd, Blythe Danner, Pete Duel, Gene Wilder and Elisha Cook Jr. Just before the Salem Witch Trials, an embittered old woman, who has learned witchcraft, teams up with the Devil, and brings a scarecrow to life as part of her diabolical revenge on the judge who was once her lover.

 

LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS (1969)

Starring Christopher Plummer, Glynis Johns, Susannah York, and Roy Kinnear. Comedy based on the book `Rape upon Rape’, by Henry Fielding; and also `The Relapse’, by John Vanbrugh. Set in the 18th century, the story involves the love affairs of three bawdy women and three sailors.

 

HEAT (1972)

Starring Joe Dallesandro and Sylvia Miles. “Heat” is a parody of “Sunset Boulevard.” Joey Davis, an unemployed ex-child actor, uses sex to get his landlady, Lydia, to reduce his rent, and then tries to exert his influence on Sally Todd, who is now washed-up and wasn’t even more than slightly important at the height of her career. Sally tries to help Joey, until he realizes that she just isn’t well-connected enough to be of any service to him. The affair is complicated by Sally’s psychotic, maybe-lesbian-or-maybe-not daughter Jessica, who tries to muscle in on her mother’s relationship with Joey.

 

GRUMPY (1930)

Starring Cyril Maude, Phillips Holmes and Paul Lukas. Grumpy, a retired London criminal lawyer who lives on his country estate with his granddaughter, Virginia, is a witty and lovable, though temperamental, old man. Jarvis, one of Virginia’s recent acquaintances, is their houseguest when Ernest Heron, Virginia’s sweetheart, returns from South Africa as the secret bearer of a valuable diamond. That night, Ernest is attacked in the library and the diamond is stolen, the only clue being a camellia placed in his hand.

 

HELL’S CROSSROADS (1957)

Starring Robert Vaughn, Peggie Castle and Stephen McNally. This Republic western is yet another retelling of the James Brothers saga–albeit one with a few unexpected twists. This time, Jesse and Frank are supporting characters, while the film’s dramatic weight is carried by Jesse’s (fictional) friend and fellow outlaw Vic Rodell. After one holdup too many, Vic decides to retire from the robbery biz and settle down with his fiancee Paula Collins. It so happens that Paula’s brother is another ex-James gang member, Bob Ford. In exchange for full pardons, Vic and Bob agree to betray Jesse and Frank and bring them to justice, dead or alive. This may well be the only American film in which “dirty little coward” Bob Ford, the man who ultimately plugs Jesse in the back, is depicted sympathetically.

 

HELLFIRE (1949)

Starring Bill Elliott, Forrest Tucker, Marie Windsor and Jim Davis. Zeb Smith is a gambler with a larcenous streak, but when an itinerant preacher takes a bullet meant for him, Zeb vows to fulfill the preacher’s mission of building a church. Frustrated in his attempts to get donations, Zeb attempts to capture fugitive Doll Brown in order to obtain the reward. But he finds that there’s more to Doll than meets the eye. When his old friend Bucky McLean shows up gunning for Doll, Zeb sees a chance to redeem them all… one way or another.

 

DIAMONDS AND CRIME (1943)

Also known as HI DIDDLE DIDDLE, starring Adolphe Menjou, Martha Scott, Dennis O’Keefe, Pola Negri and Billie Burke. When the bride’s mother is supposedly swindled out of her money by a spurned suitor, the groom’s father orchestrates a scheme of his own to set things right. He is aided by a cabaret singer, while placating a jealous wife.

 

HER FIRST ROMANCE (1951)

Starring Margaret O’Brien, Jimmy Hunt and Sharyn Moffett. Betty Foster, a high school student, has a crush on Bobby Evans, who is more interested in sports than girls. Betty and her kid brother, Herbie, follow Bobby and Lucille Stewart, Betty’s competitor in the pursuit of Bobby. Betty’s efforts to have Bobby crowned King of the Camp, and win his lover, almost ruin her father, Joe Foster, financially.

 

HOME SWEET HOMICIDE (1946)

Starring Peggy Ann Garner, Randolph Scott, Lynn Bari, James Gleason and Dean Stockwell. Mystery writer Marian Carstairs is hard at work trying to finish her latest novel. Her three children meanwhile are entertaining themselves trying to solve a murder in their own neighborhood. In between gathering clues, the kids play matchmaker by trying to fix up their widowed mom with the handsome detective investigating the case.

 

GREEN FINGERS (1947)

Starring Robert Beatty, Carol Raye and Charles Victor. A fisherman begins studying to be a doctor. Although he isn’t finished with medical school, he begins treating his landlady’s daughter who is believed to have a terminal illness. He seems to cure her, and the case draws a lot of attention, some of it negative because he was unlicensed when he treated her. He still does not have a degree when he marries the daughter and begins practising osteopathy.

 

GOODNIGHT, SWEETHEART (1944)

Starring Robert Livingston, Henry Hull, Grant Withers and Ruth Terry. In this comedy/drama a big-city reporter moves to a tiny town to begin running the newspaper he half-owns. His in-your-face reporting style does not make him very popular; especially when he begins causing trouble for the incumbent mayor’s opposition. It is the candidate’s pretty niece who teaches the arrogant journalist a valuable lesson.

 

GOOD-TIME GIRL (1948)

Starring Jean Kent, Dennis Price and an early screen appearance of Diana Dors. A young girl from the ghetto gets involved with some criminals. Driving while drunk, she knocks down and kills a policeman. She runs away with two GI’s who are also on the run and they start a crime wave.

 

SNOW TRAIL (1947)

Three bank robbers, Eijima, Nojiri, and Takasugi, flee the police and escape into the mountains. At an inn high in the Japanese Alps, Eijima and Nojiri encounter a young woman and her father, as well as Honda, a mountaineer. The inn folk do not realize their guests are wanted criminals and the visitors are treated with great kindness. Honda volunteers to lead them over the mountains, but Eijima’s paranoia endangers all of them as they make the perilous trip. This is a Japanese crime caper with English subtitles.

 

HUNTED IN HOLLAND (1961)

Stars Sean Scully. Tim visits his penfriend Piet van Helder in Holland. Piet has a kid sister named Aanike. Tim throws away a raw herring, which lands in the megaphone of a man, who is guiding British tourists in a channel boat. Confused he drops his walking stick into the water. The children later fishes it up and they discover that a valuable diamond bracelet was hidden inside. The guide actually belongs to a gang of diamond thieves. 

 

I AM SUZANNE (1933)

Directed by Rowland V. Lee. Starring Leslie Banks, Lilian Harvey and Gene Raymond. A dancer falls in love with a puppeteer, much to the consternation of her manipulative manager. The puppeteer himself seems more interested in his puppets than in romance with her. Can she find true love?

 

ICE CAPADES (1941)

Starring James Ellison, Barbara Jo Allen, Phil Silvers and Jery Colonna. Newsreel cameraman Bob Clemens, an avowed woman hater, is assigned to cover the Lake Placid exhibition of Karen Vadja, the Swiss ice Queen. He misses his plane and fails to get the footage needed for a newsreel. Deciding that if you’ve seen one ice skater, you’ve seen them all, he goes to Central Park to film a skater picked at random. He selects Marie Bergin who is wanted by the immigration people for having over-stayed her visa.

 

INNOCENTS IN PARIS (1953)

Starring Alastair Sim, Margaret Rutherford and Claire Bloom. A selection of passengers catch the plane from London for an early 1950’s weekend in Paris. The Scotsman in his kilt, the elderly lady painter, the international negotiator, and the pretty young girl all find the city welcomes them and changes their lives in some way.

 

INSURANCE INVESTIGATOR (1951)

Starring Audrey Long, Richard Denning and Hillary Brooke. When a businessman who has had a double indemnity policy taken out on him dies mysteriously, his insurance company sends an undercover investigator to town to determine exactly what happened.

 

JAPANESE WAR BRIDE (1952)

Starring Marie Windsor, Shirley Yamaguchi and Cameron Mitchell. Korean War veteran returns home to rural Salinas, California with his new Japanese wife, whom he met at a war hospital. The couple are forced to deal with the sometimes subtle, sometimes overt racism of his family and the townspeople, especially after the birth of their son.

 

JAZZ BOAT (1960)

Starring James Booth, Anne Aubrey and Anthony Newley. Electrician Bert Harris boasts that he’s a successful cat burglar, which leads to him getting mixed up with real thieves who need those special skills for a big jewelry heist. However, Bert was only giving them a “song and dance” about being a cat burglar, but now discovers it’s too late to back out.

 

JENNIE GERHARDT (1933)

Starring Sylvia Sidney, Donald Cook, Edward Arnold and Mary Astor. This turn-of-the-century tragedy chronicles the sorrowful travails of a woman who endures a series of devastating losses.

 

JIMMY AND SALLY (1933)

Starring Claire Trevor, James Dunn and Jed Prouty. A young man gets into trouble with his girl when he tries his hand at a publicity campaign for a meatpacking house.

 

GIRL WITHOUT A ROOM (1933)

Starring Charles Farrell, Charles Ruggles, Marguerite Churchill and Gregory Ratoff. Tom Duncan, a young Tennessee painter, is thrilled to receive an art scholarship to Paris. When he arrives, he finds himself surrounded by a group of eclectic characters, as well as his beautiful new roommate, Kay. What relationship could form between them, however, is soon threatened when fellow artists begin to advise Tom to drink, and he falls in with a notorious golddigger.

 

GIRLS ABOUT TOWN (1931)

Starring Kay Francis, Joel McCrea, Eugene Pallette and Lilyan Tashman. A dynamic duo in silk and ermine entertain hick businessmen looking for a good time while in Manhattan.

 

GIRL FROM HAVANA (1940)

Starring Dennis O’Keefe, Victor Jory and Claire Carleton. Woody Davis and Tex Moore are ambitious and enterprising friends who decide to become South American oil drillers in hope of becoming wealthy. Woody and Tex set up a site, but unfortunately, must spend their time fending off attacks from the rebellious locals. Their friendship is also threatened by the beautiful Havana who comes between them.

 

GERALDINE (1953)

Starring Mala Powers, Jim Backus, Carolyn Jones and Stan Freberg. Jancy Edwards works for Cambria Records and is managing the personal appearance tour of songster Billy Weber. While at a college, they hear a performance of a song that Billy wants. Janey meets with the composer, Grant Sanborn, who happens to also be the music instructor at the school. Jancy returns to the record company with a disc of Sanborn’s songs that he gave to her to play for her boss, Jason Ambrose. He is not interested in the kind of songs on the record, but likes Grant’s voice and wants to sign him to a contract. The story gets intersting when Grant only wants to sing folk songs and the record company wants him to sing popular songs.

 

FUNNY THINGS HAPPEN DOWN UNDER (1965)

Starring Susanne Haworth, Ian Turpie and Bruce Barry. A group of children use a cabin as the meeting place where they gather to sing. When the owner of the place has financial difficulties and thinks of selling it, the friends will devise a way to earn money: they will dye the surrounding sheep in different colors and try to sell the wool as if it were a natural product.

 

LEADBELLY (1976)

Starring Roger Mosley, James Brodhead, and John McDonald. Biography of the legendary musician Huddie Leadbetter “Leadbelly” that deals with the problems he had in his youth due to racial segregation including his time and prison and his efforts to conquer a position in the world of music.

 

TOOMORROW (1970)

Starring Olivia Newton-John. A group of students pay their way through school by forming a pop band called Toomorrow; sonic vibrations from a special instrument called a “tonaliser” cause an extraterrestrial to abduct the group, and have them entertain the Alphoid population.

 

TOPPER (1979)

Starring Kate Jackson, Andrew Stevens, Jack Warden and Rue McClanahan. This updating of the screwball classic about two brand new angels, a carefree rich couple on earth who have a devil of a time getting into heaven stars Kate Jackson and her then-husband Andrew Stevens (who also were the film’s executive producers) in the roles played in the 1937 original by Constance Bennett and Cary Grant. It also served as a pilot to a prospective new “Topper” series (the earlier one with Anne Jeffreys and husband Robert Sterling as the invisible twosome ran from 1953 to 1956).

 

VALI: THE WITCH OF POSITANO (1965)

This documentary financed by George Plimpton concerns the life of reclusive Australian artist Vali Myers. Heralded as a great artist in 1958, she married Rudi Rappolid after a failed suicide attempt. The cinéma vérité-styled feature tries to bring the viewer some semblance of her reclusive and eccentric personality. Myers eschews the public spotlight and has never agreed to sell any of her artwork to collectors, choosing instead to lead a life of quiet obscurity.

 

MOTORCYCLE GANG (1958)

Starring Steven Terrell, John Ashley, Carl Switzer and Anne Neyland. A troublemaker returns to town only to find his old tearaway pals have joined a supervised motorcycle club. Friction erupts between him and the new leader about this goody-goody setup, and about the charms of gang moll Terry.

 

MARRY ME (1949)

Starring Derek Bond, Carol Marsh and Patrick Holt. The stories of several individuals who consult a marriage bureau, including a peer of the realm, his butler, a lonely school teacher, a French girl on the run from a violent boyfriend, a country vicar, and a newspaper reporter, sent by his editor, to do an undercover story.

 

LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR (1977)

Starring Diane Keaton, Tom Berenger, Richard Gere and Tuesday Weld. Theresa is a successful teacher of deaf children during the day but after a short unhappy affair starts to spend her nights cruising bars. Her craving first for sex but later also for drugs leads into increasingly demeaning and dangerous situations at odds with her daytime commitment to her children.

 

MIRACLE ON MAIN STREET (1939)

Starring Margo, Jane Darwell, Lyle Talbot and Walter Abel. On Christmas Eve in the Spanish quarter of L.A. police try to arrest a couple running a shady floor show. Hiding in a church, the girl finds an abandoned baby and uses it as cover to escape capture. Thus she finds herself with a baby she is becoming ever more fond of, a helpful doctor himself too fond of the bottle, and a husband who has disappeared. Dare she try and change her ways and keep the child?

 

THE PEACEMAKER (1956)

Starring James Mitchell, Rosemarie Stack, Jan Merlin and Robert Armstrong. A former gunfighter who went to prison but then took up religion arrives in a western town as the new preacher. There he finds a feud between the ranchers and the farmers. The Railroad Agent is after the ranchers land and has his men causing all the trouble. The new preacher sets out to bring the two sides together and he says he will not need a gun.

 

THREE ON A SPREE (1961)

Starring Jack Watling, Carole Lesley and John Slater. A young man will inherit a huge fortune–8 million pounds–but to qualify, he must spend a million pounds in just two months. Easy to do? That’s what you think!

 

THE RETURN OF OCTOBER (1948)

Starring Glenn Ford, Terry Moore and James Gleason. Terry Ramsey and her uncle Willie share a great love for horses, so much so that Willie jokes that he’ll come back as a racehorse in his next life. When Willie dies unexpectedly, Ramsey is heartbroken — until she comes across a horse that, somehow, might be her uncle. However, her greedy aunt and cousins would like nothing more than to deem her insane to take over her inheritance. Now Ramsey and a professor  must prove her sanity.

 

THE KINGFISH CAPER (1975)

Starring Hayley Mills and David McCallum. Set in South Africa, and based on the novel by Wilbur Smith. A family owned diamond empire is torn by the battles between an ambitious businessman and his playboy step-brother and a recently divorced sister. Power, money, love and passion all play heavily in the intrigue surrounding this battle for control.

 

THIS IS THE LIFE (1935)

Starring Jane Withers, John McGuire, Sidney Toler and Sally Blane. During a break before another grueling performance, precocious musical sensation Geraldine “Gerry” Revier meets Michael Grant, an apparent tramp on the run from the law. When Grant explains his plan to travel to California to clear his name, Gerry sees her chance to escape from her exploitative adoptive parents, Ed and Diane. After sneaking off, Grant finds that Gerry has accompanied him — with her dastardly parents in hot pursuit.

 

HARRY-O (Season One)

Starring David Janssen in the complete first season. Harry Orwell is a world-weary private investigator who was forced to leave the San Diego Police Department after a bullet became lodged near his spine. He lives on the beach, and when he's not working on cases he spends his time fixing up his boat, "The Answer." Harry O is unusual in that he doesn't own a flashy car in which to conduct high-speed chases, preferring to ride the bus. This is a ten-disc box set.

Sale Price $44.95

 

HARRY-O (Season Two)

Starring David Janssen in the complete first season. Harry Orwell is a world-weary private investigator who was forced to leave the San Diego Police Department after a bullet became lodged near his spine. He lives on the beach, and when he's not working on cases he spends his time fixing up his boat, "The Answer." Harry O is unusual in that he doesn't own a flashy car in which to conduct high-speed chases, preferring to ride the bus. This is a nine-disc box set.

Sale Price $44.95

 

THE SECRETS OF ISIS: The Complete Series

She was Saturday morning's first live-action super-heroine, saving lives and stopping crime in a mini-skirt and go-go boots on The Secrets of Isis! When science teacher Andrea Thomas unearthed a lost treasure on an archeological dig, she found that the mystical amulet endowed her with the powers given to the ancient Egyptian Queen, Isis! Now granted the powers of animals and the elements, Isis soars as the falcon soared, runs with the speed of gazelles, and commands the elements of the sky and the earth. Although her secret identity is unknown to even her closest friends, fellow teacher Rick Mason, or students Cindy Lee and Renee Carrol, Andrea uses her powers as Isis to stop criminals, save lives, right wrongs, and teach valuable lessons... sometimes with the aid of fellow hero Captain Marvel. This set contains the entire two seasons of The Secrets of Isis plus special features.

Sale Price $19.95

 

THE BIONIC WOMAN: The Complete Series

She can hear things undetectable to the human ear. She can crush steel in one hand. She can run faster than a sports car. She is The Bionic Woman: the world's-first female cyborg… and the role model who inspired an entire generation. Join Lindsay Wagner in all 58 action-packed episodes from the complete, iconic series. From the early days with her new abilities, to her changing relationship with Steve Austin (The Six Million Dollar Man), to her increasingly dangerous role as a secret agent, Jaime Sommers' incredible, trailblazing journey is chronicled here, and it remains an indelible chapter in television history.

Sale Price $44.95

 

VOYAGERS! The Complete Series

Journey back in time with all 20 episodes of Voyagers! The Complete Series. Join former pirate Phineas Bogg (Jon-Erik Hexum) and 12-year-old orphan Jeffrey Jones (Meeno Peluce) on their amazing, action-packed adventures through history, guided by the mysterious Omni device. From rescuing Cleopatra to saving the Founding Fathers and joining Robin Hood's merry men, these intrepid travelers do whatever it takes to make sure past events happen the way they're supposed to. Popping up throughout their adventures are such timeless guest stars as Ed Begley Jr., Miguel Sandoval, Shannen Doherty, Mako and more.

Sale Price $19.95

 

THE GROOVIE GOOLIES: The Complete Series

Televised from 1970 to 1971, this multi-disc set contains all 16 half-hour episodes. Sabrina's involved with a band of monsters, The Groovy Ghoulies; a rock band with Dracula, the Wolfman, and Frankenstein; who scare people for their own amusement.

Sale Price $19.95

 

IN SEARCH OF with LEONARD NIMOY (The Complete Series)

All 144 episodes on this multi-disc box set as Leonard Nimoy hosts and narrates a fascinating documentary series of mysteries that have yet to be answered, and sometimes defy explanation. All six seasons include such subjects as Houdini and his daring escapes, ghosts, Bigfoot, a missing prince of England, and the disappearance of D.B. Cooper.

Sale Price $39.95

 

CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT: The 1950s TV Series

Captain Midnight, of the Secret Squadron, flew around the globe in his personal jet the Silver Dart. He fought various criminals and spies with his comical sidekick Ichabod Mudd aided by a scientist, Dr. Aristotle Jones. Richard Webb played the title role for a total of 39 half-hour episodes and this ten-disc box set contains 29 of those episodes, plus alternate Jet Jackson renditions as bonus extras.

Sale Price $44.95

 

TALES OF THE TEXAS RANGERS: The 1950s TV Series

This eight-disc set contains more than 20 half-hour episodes of this rarely-seen television western that, today, is still highly sought-after. Typical western with a twist. The two stars appeared as Texas Rangers but in a different scenario each program. One week, they might be Rangers in the 1840s and the next week they would be current day Rangers, i.e., it was a history of the Texas Rangers.

Sale Price $39.95

 

DICK TRACY: The Complete Movie Series

All four of the classic RKO productions starring Ralph Morgan and Ralph Byrd. Because these movies are in the public domain, quality varies everywhere but we got lucky and have what is probably the best quality for all four movies on this two-disc set. Includes the following movies:

DICK TRACY, DETECTIVE (1946)

DICK TRACY VS. CUEBALL (1946)

DICK TRACY’S DILEMMA (1947)

DICK TRACY MEETS GRUESOME (1947)

 

SEXTETTE  (1977)

Starring Mae West, Timothy Dalton and Alice Cooper. Also with Ringo Starr and George Hamilton. Marlo Manners (Mae West) is enjoying her honeymoon with Sir Michael Barrington (Timothy Dalton), husband number six. As luck would have it, an international conference is taking place in the same hotel and the Russian delegate (one of Marlo's former husbands) is threatening to derail the negotiations unless he can have one more fling with his ex. Adding to the complications is a tape Marlo has made detailing all of her affairs and scandals, which her manager is desperately trying (and failing) to destroy. This was the final film for Mae West and Walter Pidgeon.

 

AUTOPSY OF A GHOST (1968)

Starring John Carradine and Basil Rathbone. Basil Rathbone plays Canuto Perez, the ghost of a man who committed suicide in the sixteenth century. He has been living in the dungeon of a castle for 400 years, and he can separate himself from his skeleton, which walks and talks as if it’s a separate person. Perez was not a good man; he had spent his life taking advantage of innocent young women. He choose to commit suicide instead of accepting punishment for his crimes. Because Perez repented at the last moment before he died, God has granted him four chances to save his soul.