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 Posted:   Dec 12, 2013 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

We're all familiar with the movie title songs sung by Frankie Laine, but Laine also appeared onscreen in a number of films, usually as himself. 1951's SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET finds him in his first lead role, starring as the host of a television variety show, which gives him and the other stars plenty of chances to sing. The soundtrack includes such songs as the title tune, plus "Pennies From Heaven," "Let's Fall In Love," I Get a Kick Out of You," and many others, all under the musical direction of George Duning.

SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET is slated for airing by TCM on Monday, December 16th, at 2:30 PM ET. The film, which has never been available on home video, has only been seen by insiders in recent years in black-and-white, but TCM is promising to run a print in its original SuperCineColor glory.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2013 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Getting close to that 10,000 mark, whoopee [ha-ha]

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 26, 2014 - 11:00 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

On Monday, April 28th, beginning at 7:50 PM ET, GET-TV will be showing three of the German-produced westerns based on the books of Karl May. May was a popular German writer, noted mainly for adventure novels set in the American Old West (best known for the characters of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand, aka Old Surehand). With one exception, Columbia Pictures released this series of films in the U.S. None of the three films being shown is available on Region 1 DVD.

First up at 7:50 PM is 1962’s THE TREASURE OF SILVER LAKE. Lex Barker plays Old Shatterhand and Pierre Brice plays Winnetou. This film, like the other two, has a score by Martin Böttcher.



At 10:20 PM comes 1965’s RAMPAGE AT APACHE WELLS. This time Stewart Granger plays Old Surehand with Brice again playing Winnetou.



Finally, at 12:20 AM is 1964’s FRONTIER HELLCAT, with Granger and Brice.



Although all three films were shot in widescreen CinemaScope, THE TREASURE OF SILVER LAKE is being shown panned-and-scanned, and the other two are broadcast in a modified 1.78:1 ratio.

Other films in the Old Shatterhand series are Apache Gold (1963), Shatterhand (1964), Last of the Renegades (1964), The Desperado Trail (1965), Half-Breed (1965), and In the Valley of Death (1968) all starring Lex Barker. Stewart Granger also played Old Surehand in one additional film, Flaming Frontier (1965).

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2014 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

On Wednesday, May 21st, at 6 PM ET, Turner Classic Movies will be showing the 1965 comedy-drama THE BATTLE OF THE VILLA FIORITA. The film, which was written, produced, and directed by Delmar Daves, was based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Rumer Godden. Maureen O'Hara stars as a middle-class British housewife who falls in love with an Italian concert pianist (Rosanno Brazzi). The film has never been released on any home video format.

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2014 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Tonight/ early morning/MAY 10/11, TCM will show 2 obscure genre films BLUE SUNSHINE-77.Directed by JEFF LIBERMAN[SQUIRM] A tale that deals with psychedelic drugs, it got a limited theatrical release and since has been a rare item on TV. Even more rare is the other feature HAUSU-77- Another limited theatrical release film. Which has barely ever been shown on TV, free or cable.

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2014 - 12:42 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TCM will show DEATH BY INVITATION-71 on SATURDAY MAY 17. now this is what one would call a real obscure film. WHY?. It had barely any known theatrical release when it was new. IT never appeared on NETWORK TV it as far as I know never got put into any syndication packages over the years. it seemed to have never been on cable TV. No record of even being put on VIDEO OR DVD or on YOU TUBE. For genre film experts it seems the only knowledge of this effort has come from genre film research books which listed it as being made and completed. then lying in limbo.

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2014 - 2:09 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

TCM will show DEATH BY INVITATION-71 on SATURDAY MAY 17. now this is what one would call a real obscure film. WHY?. It had barely any known theatrical release when it was new. IT never appeared on NETWORK TV it as far as I know never got put into any syndication packages over the years. it seemed to have never been on cable TV. No record of even being put on VIDEO OR DVD or on YOU TUBE. For genre film experts it seems the only knowledge of this effort has come from genre film research books which listed it as being made and completed. then lying in limbo.

DEATH BY INVITATION premiered in St. Louis on 20 October 1971, but didn't open in Los Angeles until 17 May 1972. Reportedly, gray market vendor Something Weird Video released the film on tape back in 1994, from a black-and-white print source, and then on a DVD-R in 2006 from a color print. A year ago, it received a formal release on a Vinegar Syndrome double feature DVD, from a 2K master of a mostly clean 35mm print.

http://www.amazon.com/Dungeon-Harrow-Death-Invitation/dp/B00BYGTN7A/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1400214971&sr=1-1&keywords=death+by+invitation

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2014 - 2:33 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO BOB- Thanks, that is what I thought, never came to the east coast and most of the world and no TV , grey market video, and then finally after all those years DVD .thanks again. Anything on TILL DEATH-77- A low budget genre film that got shown on WOR-tv in New York in the late 70's and seems to have vanish from sight since. Neat little film.

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2014 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

TO BOB- Thanks, that is what I thought, never came to the east coast and most of the world and no TV , grey market video, and then finally after all those years DVD .thanks again. Anything on TILL DEATH-77- A low budget genre film that got shown on WOR-tv in New York in the late 70's and seems to have vanish from sight since. Neat little film.


According to one source, TILL DEATH was shot in 1974, but not released until four years later, in February 1978. Where it ever played, I couldn't say. It's available on video from some gray market sources, such as Trash Palace.

http://www.trashpalace.com/collectorsmovies/horror2.htm

 
 
 Posted:   May 16, 2014 - 10:21 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO BOB-Thanks for info.

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 5:24 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TCM on MONDAY MAY 19 will show THE EXTRAORDINARY SEAMAN-69- starring FAYE DUNAWAY, ALAN ALDA, AND MICKEY ROONEY. it has been giving rare exposure on free tv and cable over the decades.Got a CBS showing way back in the 70's .

 
 
 Posted:   May 17, 2014 - 5:24 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TCM on MONDAY MAY 19 will show THE EXTRAORDINARY SEAMAN-69- starring FAYE DUNAWAY, ALAN ALDA, AND MICKEY ROONEY. it has been giving rare exposure on free TV and cable over the decades. Got a CBS showing way back in the 70's .

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2014 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I’ve never seen THE EXTRAORDINARY SEAMAN, but it’s one of so many films that assembled loads of talent, yet somehow went awry. This was director John Frankenheimer’s next film after GRAND PRIX. Deciding to do something different, he chose a World War II comedy about an eccentric British Captain whose barely seaworthy wreck of a ship is beached on a small island in the Philippines. When four misfit American sailors, who were lost at sea, wash up on the island, they help the Captain repair his ship with the aid of a female trading post owner.

You can’t argue with the talents of the cast, which was headed by David Niven, and included Faye Dunaway, Alan Alda, Mickey Rooney, and Jack Carter. Hal Dresner (THE EIGER SANCTION) co-wrote the screenplay, and Frankenheimer’s GRAND PRIX composer, Maurice Jarre, did the score.

But the production faced one obstacle after another. After failing to find locations in the Philippines, Frankenheimer settled on a remote Mexican location on the Gulf Coast, a literal backwater far from civilization, where equipment and supplies had to be trucked in through the jungle. Faye Dunaway recalls "nearly daily tropical downpours" that "could drive anyone to the brink of madness." The rain sent the film over schedule while, according to Frankenheimer, misunderstandings with the script supervisor (hired from the local Mexican industry, where they did things a little differently) left them with significantly less material in the can than they assumed.

Faced with a film well under feature length, to pad out the running time Frankenheimer interspersed clips of newsreels and classic wartime movies through the film, played as ironic counterpoint to the incompetence of the characters on screen. Even with the inclusion of about 10 minutes of black-and-white 1940s footage, the film only runs 80 minutes.

"We decided we could really use this premise to make an anti-war statement," Frankenheimer told Gerald Pratley in 1968, after the film was completed but before it was released. "I think we did, and it terrified MGM." Maybe, but MGM was certainly promoting the film to its exhibitors, along with its other big pictures, in this 1967 promotional reel. See the sequence from 09:55 to 11:15:




In the end, however, MGM was scared off after a string of dismal screenings for exhibitors and critics, where the response was tepid at best. "Light comedy, parodying as satire, does not seem to be [Frankenheimer's] particular art," read the Hollywood's Reporter review, one of the less hostile reviews. Leonard Maltin is more succinct in his Movie Guide, rating the film a “bomb.” MGM held up the film for two years, and then gave it a nominal release in early 1969. I seriously doubt that the film ever had a legitimate “first run,” but was probably offered as a second feature for drive-ins and other second run situations. As Dan mentions, the film first came to widespread public attention as part of the CBS Late Movie package, where it made its network debut in 1972.

For those who want to watch the film at their leisure, although it has never been released on home video, it is available on YouTube.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2014 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

DELETE

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2014 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Sorry folks, this is now dated I was going to mention that TCM was going to show FACE OF FIRE-59- JAMES WHITMORE, this month, but I see it was on this morning. However maybe they will show it again soon. This effort has not been on TV in decades, worth checking out , oh well next time.

 
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