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 Posted:   Mar 8, 2014 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

On Friday, March 14th, at 1:15 AM ET, Turner Classic Movies will be showing the little-seen Kirk Douglas film THE RACERS. This 1955 film was directed by Henry Hathaway and was the last 20th Century Fox film for erstwhile actress (and Darryl F. Zanuck mistress) Bella Darvi. The film, which was scored by Alex North, has never been released on DVD.

The film was based upon a 1953 novel by Hans Ruesch, and when Fox purchased the rights, it became the first studio to acquire a novel which was originally published as a paperback. Although extensive background filming was done at actual race sites throughout Europe, including France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany, a great deal of the picture was shot on the studio backlot.

THE RACERS was the first CinemaScope picture shot in De Luxe color, rather than the standard Technicolor. Several technical innovations aided production, including a 4-inch telescopic CinemaScope lens allowing the cinematographer to shoot close-ups of the cast as they were driving, and a system that allowed the lenses to be remote-controlled, thereby reducing danger to the photography team during the racing sequences.

Sadly, TCM will be showing THE RACERS in a pan-and-scan format.


 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2014 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Tomorrow, March 25th, at 12:15 PM ET, Turner Classic Movies will be showing David Lean's 1949 film THE PASSIONATE FRIENDS. This romance stars Ann Todd, Claude Rains, and Trevor Howard. The screenplay, which is based upon a 1913 novel by H.G. Wells, was written by Eric Ambler (THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE). Richard Addinsell scored the film, and his main title has appeared on several compilation CDs as rerecorded by Morton Gould and Kenneth Alwyn. An MGM DVD of the film is now OOP and hard to find. When the film was released in the U.S. by Universal Pictures, it was re-titled "One Woman's Story."

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2014 - 4:29 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

On Friday, March 28th, at midnight (the Thursday-Friday overnight), Turner Classic Movies will be showing the 1959 James Cagney film SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL. The film depicts a period of the Irish "troubles," during which the "Black and Tans," consisting of former soldiers recruited by the British government, attempted to quell the Irish nationalist rebellion in 1920.

Cagney’s co-stars, Don Murray and Dana Wynter, were borrowed from Twentieth Century-Fox for the production, while the credits note that Michael Redgrave and Sybil Thorndike appear by "special arrangement." The picture was filmed at the Ardmore Studios in Bray, Ireland, and on actual Irish locations, including the streets of Dublin. This may have been only the second American picture to be filmed entirely in Ireland, after 1951’s THE QUIET MAN. SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL was the first American film shot at Ardmore Studios, however, and was the first production of both Troy Films, which was director Michael Anderson's production company, and Pennebaker, Inc., which was founded by Marlon Brando and his father, Marlon Brando, Sr., in 1955. Producers George Glass and Walter Seltzer, who were also partners in Pennebaker, were former press agents who made their producing debut with this picture.

SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL had its world premiere in Dublin, Ireland on 21 May 1959. The film was initially banned from exhibition in Northern Ireland, where officials feared that the film would incite riots due to its subject matter. However, the ban was lifted in late August 1959.

The film was scored by William Alwyn. Muir Mathieson conducted the music with the Sinfonia of London. The score was released on a United Artists LP, the only CD release of which came in FSM’s “MGM Soundtrack Treasury” box set in 2008. SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL has never appeared on Region 1 DVD.


 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2014 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

TO EUGENE- Sheila Levine is dead and living in New York-75- can be seen on VUDU[CHECK COMPUTER] for $2.99-Something for everyone-70- can be seen in 4 parts on YOU TUBE.

Didn't catch this a couple of weeks ago. Thanks, DTM, for the heads-up.

If I might add to the list, Pretty Poison dir. Noel Black, from 1968. With Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld. Perkins is let out of a mental institution and immediately falls for Miss Weld's charms as a high school cheerleader with ulterior motives. In retrospect, Perkins here could be warming up for his continuing role in the Psycho series.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2014 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

If I might add to the list, Pretty Poison dir. Noel Black, from 1968. With Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld. Perkins is let out of a mental institution and immediately falls for Miss Weld's charms as a high school cheerleader with ulterior motives. In retrospect, Perkins here could be warming up for his continuing role in the Psycho series.


I haven't seen the film in 20 years. I wonder what the score by Johnny Mandel sounds like.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

On Friday, April 18th, at 5:05 PM ET, GET TV will be showing the 1959 pop music film HEY BOY! HEY GIRL! starring the husband and wife team of Louis Prima and Keely Smith. Shot in Las Vegas, HEY BOY! HEY GIRL! was the first film in which Prima and Smith appeared not just as musical performers, but as narrative protagonists. The film was made to capitalize on the entertainers' then-recent surge in popularity. In the film, the pair become involved in raising money for a summer camp program. HEY BOY! HEY GIRL! has never been made available on any video format.

GET TV is relatively new in my area. It's one of those channels like THIS TV, which exist because of the additional digital channels given to over-the-air broadcasters. But mine also appears on my local cable network. GET TV's primary programming consists of pre-1970s classic feature films, mainly from the Sony Pictures Television library. The channel includes commercials in its programming, as do THIS and other similar networks. But unlike some of the others, it often shows films in their widescreen aspect ratio. But they are not consistent in this. Often 1.85:1 films will be shown properly, but a very widescreen film like PICNIC (2.55:1) was shown pan-and-scan.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I HAD THE LP from that movie years ago, back when I had just about every LP soundtrack put out. Sometimes I regret when I moved cross country I didn't put them in storage in New York instead of selling the giant load.

 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 6:26 PM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

"Where Were You When The Lights Went Out" - (Doris Day 1968):

Unfortunately, this is one of the very last Doris Day films that has not yet been released on DVD (although it was issued on videocassette a number of years ago by MGM). Will “Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?” ever see the “Light” of “Day” on DVD? Well, some inside information I was told by someone in the know at Warner Bros. (who has been releasing all Doris’ MGM films) is that this film – which is based upon a French farce play – has the rights tied up due to this very same “French connection”. For this reason, the rights to releasing Doris’ 1965 blackout comedy are tied up for the present time.

"Skatetown USA" - (Patrick Swayze)

Skatetown, U.S.A. is a 1979 American comedic feature film produced to capitalize on the short-lived fad of roller disco. There have been no known licenced VHS or DVD releases. This may be owing to home video licencing woes over the soundtrack's many major label recordings. Following a widely publicized premiere party at Flipper's roller disco in West Hollywood on 1 October 1979 and billed as the Rock and Roller Disco Movie of the Year, by the time of its release roller disco was a fast-waning fad and the popularity of disco music had peaked (Disco Demolition Night had already happened two and a half months earlier). Aside from some praise for Patrick Swayze's skating and screen presence the movie was neither a critical nor a box office success. However, by the early 21st century a writer for oddculture.com called the film "a true cult item and one of the best 70s time capsules around.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 9:16 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I HAD THE LP from that movie years ago, back when I had just about every LP soundtrack put out. Sometimes I regret when I moved cross country I didn't put them in storage in New York instead of selling the giant load.


The Capitol LP of HEY BOY! HEY GIRL! was issued on CD by DRG in 2009, as a "two-fer" with a Keely studio album "Swingin' Pretty" backed by Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 10:51 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

"Where Were You When The Lights Went Out" - (Doris Day 1968):

Unfortunately, this is one of the very last Doris Day films that has not yet been released on DVD (although it was issued on videocassette a number of years ago by MGM). Will “Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?” ever see the “Light” of “Day” on DVD? Well, some inside information I was told by someone in the know at Warner Bros. (who has been releasing all Doris’ MGM films) is that this film – which is based upon a French farce play – has the rights tied up due to this very same “French connection”. For this reason, the rights to releasing Doris’ 1965 blackout comedy are tied up for the present time.


I wonder if we could still get the Dave Grusin score? He also composed a title song, sung by The Lettermen in the film, and on this 45:



 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 10:58 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

"Skatetown USA" - (Patrick Swayze)

Skatetown, U.S.A. is a 1979 American comedic feature film produced to capitalize on the short-lived fad of roller disco. There have been no known licenced VHS or DVD releases. This may be owing to home video licencing woes over the soundtrack's many major label recordings. Following a widely publicized premiere party at Flipper's roller disco in West Hollywood on 1 October 1979 and billed as the Rock and Roller Disco Movie of the Year, by the time of its release roller disco was a fast-waning fad and the popularity of disco music had peaked (Disco Demolition Night had already happened two and a half months earlier). Aside from some praise for Patrick Swayze's skating and screen presence the movie was neither a critical nor a box office success. However, by the early 21st century a writer for oddculture.com called the film "a true cult item and one of the best 70s time capsules around.



Interestingly, Patrick Swayze is billed fourth--right behind Ruth Buzzi! Miles Goodman scored the film between all the pop songs. Here's the film's trailer:



 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Then there was ROLLER BOGIE with LINDA BLAIR, remember that? THIS showed it a little while back.

 
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