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 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 8:14 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO ARTHUR GRANT-TCM showed the gold tinted version.

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 3:58 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

"Once a Thief" (1965) is on TCM Tuesday, September 10 at 8 am EST.

This movie stars the amazing Alain Delon and features a great score by Lalo Schifrin.

It has apparently never been on DVD or VHS in the US.

 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

One of the lesser-known Rutger Hauer films, 1984's A BREED APART will be shown on THIS TV on Monday, September 9 at 3 AM ET. The film has a distinguished cast that includes Powers Boothe, Kathleen Turner, and Donald Pleasence, and concerns a conservationist and a widow who hire a mountain climber to steal bald-eagle eggs. (That description alone is probably sufficient to explain the film's lack of appearance on a Region 1 DVD.)

One item of note: Aside from SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, A BREED APART is the only film to have dramatic underscore composed by Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees.

 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 2:43 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

On Friday, September 13th, at 2 PM ET, THIS TV will show the 1986 Gene Wilder-Gilda Radner comedy HAUNTED HONEYMOON. The film was released on DVD back in 2001, but even used copies of that out-of-print disc are going for $40.

HAUNTED HONEYMOON was the fourth and last feature directed by Gene Wilder, and as with the other three, John Morris was his composer. La-La Land released the score in 2010.

 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

On Thursday, September 12th, at 7:30 AM, Turner Classic Movies will be showing the William Wellman film THE STAR WITNESS. This 1931 feature, which stars Walter Huston (father of director John Huston), has never been available on any video format.

Wellman directed such noted films as PUBLIC ENEMY (1931) and THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY (1954). Screenwriter (and later producer) Lucien Hubbard received an Academy Award nomination for writing the film, which focuses on the pressures faced by a witness to a crime.

Warner Bros. rushed the film into release in response to a gang shooting in Harlem, in which several children were shot and police were unable to get witnesses to talk. The studio turned over the entire proceeds of the first two performances of the film at New York's Winter Garden Theatre to the families of five children who were victims of gang bullets in New York's Little Italy.

 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

On Saturday, September 14th, at 8 AM ET, Turner Classic Movies will be showing the 1941 version of Jack London's THE SEA WOLF. This Michael Curtiz-directed film stars Edward G. Robinson as "Wolf Larsen" and has a score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, which was released (along with KING'S ROW) on a 2007 FSM CD.

Warner Bros. originally offered Paul Muni the part of "Wolf Larsen," but he refused to consider it unless either Rafael Sabatini, Sidney Howard, or Eugene O'Neill was assigned as the screenwriter. Subsequently, the film was taken out of development. After the success of the 1940 Warner Bros. film THE SEA HAWK, the studio revived the project planning to re-use the $400,000 sets built for THE SEA HAWK. Famed writer-director Robert Rossen (ALL THE KING'S MEN, THE HUSTLER) wrote the screenplay.

The film received two Oscar nominations: Byron Haskin was nominated for Best Photographic Special Effects and Nathan Levinson was nominated for Best Sound Effects. The film's world premiere was the first to be held on a ship and took place aboard the luxury liner America during a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. THE SEA WOLF has never had a DVD release.

 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 2:34 PM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

TO ARTHUR GRANT-TCM showed the gold tinted version.

Thank you!...Thanks so much...just saw your post. It's the same on all of the DVDs out there I believe. I think they tried to make it more dramatically significant than it was meant to be in many ways including that golden tint gimmick. Love to have a DVD of the technicolor version. I did a little write up on it if anyone is interested here:

(It's #9)

 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

On Saturday morning, September 14th, at 9:30 AM ET, Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Fred F. Sears sci-fi film THE NIGHT THE WORLD EXPLODED. This low-budget 1957 effort was made available as a Sony on-demand DVD a few years ago, but this is one of its rare television showings.

The film opens with the following voice-over narration: "Those who lived to tell the tale remember that the day began with fragile, breathtaking beauty. The temperature was cool, air mountain pure...A day unreal enough to serve as the setting for the birth of the world or the death of it."

 Posted:   Sep 12, 2013 - 6:28 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Some more obscure films coming up in SEPTEMBER on TCM-SUMMER WITH MONIKA-55-A INGMAR BERGMAN film will be shown on MONDAY THE 16TH-Years since this embraced TV-----THE LONG HAUL-57-with VICTOR MATURE, DIANA DORS-another pic that has laid in TV limbo will be shown on THURSDAY the 18th-THE MAN WHO COULD WORK MIRACLES-37-With ROLAND YOUNG , RALPH RICHARDSON-fine SCIFI FANTASY getting a rare TV showing on SATURDAY THE 21TH.

 Posted:   Sep 12, 2013 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

While not a great movie, I'm a little taken aback that HAUNTED HONEYMOON is considered an obscure movie.

I remember when Comedy Central used to air it every other week. Might've been late 90s/early 00s or a few years ago, but they did show it quite a bit.

 Posted:   Sep 13, 2013 - 9:48 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO SBD- I agree it is not really an obscure film, but I would not want to challenge the great expert BOB on this board. it would be rude.

 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 2:09 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

On Monday, September 16th, at 6 PM ET, Turner Classic Movies will be showing the first film adaptation of the 1895 Oscar Wilde play AN IDEAL HUSBAND. This 1947 British film stars Paulette Goddard and Michael Wilding, and was directed by famed Hungarian emigre Alexander Korda. Arthur Benjamin (THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL) scored the film. AN IDEAL HUSBAND is not available on Region 1 DVD.

 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 7:18 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

More obscure films from TCM in SEPTEMBER-SATURDAY THE 21TH- VALLEY OF THE DRAGONS-61-Pretty much ignored for years now, used to be on often in syndication years ago, this cheapie has plenty of dinosaur stock footage.-SUNDAY THE 22TH-DOOR TO DOOR MANIAC -61- with JOHNNY CASH- Seldom seen low budget effort.

 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Today at 6:15 PM ET, Turner Classic Movies will be presenting the 1937 film THE LAST OF MRS. CHEYNEY, starring Joan Crawford. This film is the second of four films adapted from the British play of the same name by Frederick Lonsdale. Lonsdale's play, which had a very successful run in London and in New York, where it opened on 9 November 1925, was previously adapted for the screen in 1929 by Sidney Franklin for M-G-M, starring Norma Shearer and Basil Rathbone. Later versions of the story included a 1951 M-G-M picture entitled THE LAW AND THE LADY, directed by Edwin H. Knopf, with Greer Garson and Michael Wilding, and a 1961 German film entitled FRAU CHEYNEY'S ENDE.

Director Richard Boleslawski died at age 47 of a heart attack on 17 January 1937, prior to the completion of the film. George Fitzmaurice was given the assignment to finish the remaining days of shooting after a temporary halt in production, however, Fitzmaurice became ill and Dorothy Arzner was then given the assignment to finish the picture. The extent of Fitzmaurice or Arzner's work that is included in the released film is not known. Dr. William Axt, who scored the film, wrote more than 70 film scores, perhaps the most famous being for King Vidor's 1925 silent epic THE BIG PARADE. Little of his music has ever appeared on record.

A drawing room drama that involves confidence men and jewel thieves, THE LAST OF MRS. CHEYNEY has never been on DVD.

 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Without going through 32 pages of responses, let me add 2 that may or may not have already been cited:

Something For Everyone
Sheila Levine Is Dead And Living In New York

and maybe the American release of "The Big Blue" with Bill Conti's glorious music and NOT Eric Serra's!!!!

 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

On Wednesday, September 18, at 7:30 AM ET, Turner Classic movies will show the 1942 film SEVEN DAYS' LEAVE, with Victor Mature and Lucille Ball. This war-time romantic comedy includes numerous then-popular bandleaders and performers on radio. They include bandleaders Freddy Martin and Les Brown, and radio's "The Great Goldersleeve" (Harold Peary) and "Truth or Consequences" emcee Ralph Edwards. Famed Broadway composer Frank Loesser contributed five songs to the film.

During production, Harold Peary threatened to leave the cast unless his role as "Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve" was expanded. In December 1942, RKO launched a new film series based on Peary's "Gildersleeve" character.

SEVEN DAYS' LEAVE has never had a DVD release.

 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

On Wednesday, September 18, at 4:30 PM ET, Turner Classic Movies will be showing the 1956 Victor Mature action film THE SHARKFIGHTERS. This is a rare chance to see this film, which has a score by Jerome Moross, and has never been made available on any home video format. TCM is promising a showing of the film in its widescreen CinemaScope proportions.

Filmed entirely in Cuba, THE SHARKFIGHTERS marked the feature film debut of James Olsen, who went on to star in MOON ZERO TWO (1970) and THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN (1971).

 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 3:07 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

A great cast appears in HELL DRIVERS, a 1957 British action drama that shows on Turner Classic Movies on Saturday, September 28th at 9:45 PM ET. HELL DRIVERS stars Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, and Patrick McGoohan, and features early film appearances by Jill Ireland, David McCallum, and Sean Connery. The film was directed by Cy Endfield (MYSTERIOUS ISLAND; ZULU) and was photographed in black-and-white by Geoffrey Unsworth (A NIGHT TO REMEMBER). TCM is promising a showing in the film’s original VistaVision ratio.

HELL DRIVERS is not available on Region 1 DVD.

 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

i saw this recently. Mcgoohan was excellent, and baker his usual solid self.
supporting cast was a whos who of british 50s film.
fast paced, believable truck driving footage.

Good shout Bob.

 Posted:   Sep 27, 2013 - 6:34 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

The past few months THIS has been showing more recent low budget fare from the 90's and 00's, which is ok if your not into Dvd buying of non big films. But I would consider, obscurity more from 90 and before.

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