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Where To Buy The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse VHS starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Claire Trevor Allen Jenkins Donald Crisp At The Lowest Price?

The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse VHS starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Claire Trevor Allen Jenkins Donald Crisp

Why Buy A The Amazing Dr Clitterhouse VHS starring Edward G Robinson Humphrey Bogart Claire Trevor Allen Jenkins Donald Crisp?
A stylish, often amusing crime drama, this 1938 feature revolves around a central, improbable plot twist that consciously serves its casting against type: as the eponymous doctor, Edward G. Robinson, who had helped define the Warner Bros. style for gritty gangster sagas, jettisons his signature snarl in favor of a plummy, vaguely English accent that underlines his urbane sophistication. Dr. Clitterhouse is a creature of privilege who embarks on a criminal life not out of desperation, but rather through intellectual curiosity; instead of slouch hats and suits, he has marcelled hair and first appears in white tie and tails. He begins pulling off perfect jewel thefts as research into the criminal mind, but his gradual immersion in New Yorks shadowy demimonde of thieves and fences eventually finds the good doctor between those two worlds.

Robinsons principal foils stick closer to their studio strong suits. Humphrey Bogart is Rocks Valentine, a sturdy if familiar variation on the hoods and have-nots that were his early stock in trade at the studio. Bogarts fence and former paramour is Jo Keller, played by Claire Trevor as glamorous, streetwise, and otherwise decent, apart from her knack for larceny. When the doctor asks her to fence his glittering contraband, shes intrigued, and Clitterhouse, known to the hoods only as the Professor, becomes their strategist. Jo is clearly falling for him, while Rocks is visibly jealous of the fastidious strangers rising influence and romantic rivalry.

In keeping with its ultimately goofy premise, the story navigates some eccentric plot turns with an aplomb that can be credited to the solid cast (including other studio stalwarts such as Allen Jenkins, Ward Bond, and Donald Crisp) and the three principals, who would work off each other to much more riveting effect a decade later in Key Largo. –Sam Sutherland

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Turner Murder My Sweet starring Dick Powell Claire Trevor Anne Shirley Otto Kruger Mike Mazurki – Save 10% Today!

Murder My Sweet starring Dick Powell Claire Trevor Anne Shirley Otto Kruger Mike Mazurki

Why Buy A Murder My Sweet starring Dick Powell Claire Trevor Anne Shirley Otto Kruger Mike Mazurki?
Dick Powell will forever be known as a 1930s crooner in archetypal musical comedies, but this career-changing role shows Powell at his best and remains perhaps the most faithful cinematic representation of Raymond Chandlers hard-boiled hero, Philip Marlowe, ever put on screen. In this adaptation of Farewell, My Lovely, Powells cynical, smart-talking private eye is hired by a dim ex-con (pug-nosed Mike Mazurki) to find his girl Velma, and by the prissy stooge of a blackmail victim to babysit him during a handoff. The meeting ends with the stooges death, and Marlowe is immediately engaged by the owner of some jewels, the wily Mrs. Grayle (Claire Trevor), to recover them. As Marlowe navigates the dark, dangerous world of wartime L.A., splitting his search between high-society haunts and the cheap, smoky bars and flophouses of the inner city, he turns up one too many stones, winds up on the wrong end of a fist, and wakes up to a drug-induced nightmare that director Edward Dmytryk delivers with a mixture of surreal symbolism and sinister expressionism. Powell delivers screenwriter John Paxtons snappy lines and droll asides with hard-boiled cynicism, like someone not quite as tough as he talks; but its Powells innate vulnerability that makes this reluctant saint of the city so compelling. Dmytryks shadowy style creates a visual equivalent to the web of intrigue Marlowe navigates, an almost perpetual world of night. One of the first great films noir and an often-overlooked detective-movie classic. –Sean Axmaker

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  • “Murder My Sweet,” based on the Raymond Chandler novel “Farewell, My Lovely,” featured a then controversial choice of Dick Powell to play the famous Philip Marlowe. Previously, Dick Powell was known only for comedies and musicals, so his appearance in a Film Noir DVD makes the Murder My Sweet DVD an especially unique choice for your mystery DVD collection, and for those who enjoy collecting Raymon

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‘MY ATTITUDE DOESN’T SEEM TO IMPROVE’
When Dick Powell made this movie his acting career astonishingly was at a very low ebb, but this movie helped revitalize the old song and dance man into a transformed ‘noir’ actor. He had a lot of help in this movie not only from an excellent script but also from some excellent actors. One of my favorites has always been Claire Trevor, and if she had not been identified, don’t know that I would have ever recognized her as this dazzling, coniving blonde of the jade necklace.

Powell is given some very good, wise cracking lines, but underneath he is a teddy bear and that comes through at times, especially with Anne Shirley. One client says he doesn’t care for Marlowe’s (Powell’s role) attitude, with Marlowe replying that he has had complaints about that before, but the attitude doesn’t seem to improve. Along the way, and it is a confused way for much of the movie, Marlowe accuses or suspects nearly everyone in the cast, with the police always eyeing Marlowe as a possible suspect. Ring around the rosey, only death intervenes from time-to-time in this game. Everyone seems to have something to hide or some angle they are playing with Marlowe picking up easy money. As he says, some people are paying him to stay with the investigation, while others are paying him to drop the investigation. As many times as he is sapped and knocked out, one would think he would welcome grabbing the money and letting the thing solve itself. But as he says, ethics are involved, his mainly since he was originally hired to body guard a client, with that client turning up dead on Marlowe’s watch. It’s just another aspect of being a teddy bear underneath it all.

Rich good looking women, sleezy con men and thugs, a stolen jade necklace worth a cool hundred thousand never stolen, and plenty of guns leads to a full fledged Raymond Chandler group of writings brought to the Hollywood screen by RKO. When looking at ‘noir’ films it just doesn’t get much better than this film.

If you haven’t seen it you have missed a very good effort in both acting and writing.

Semper Fi.

Film Noir at its Very Best
RKO turned out some of the best film noir drama of the forties and fifties and did it with sound economy, capitalizing on multiple talent working in a coordinated fashion.

“Murder, My Sweet” directed by Edward Dmytryk falls into the above category. John Payton’s script adaptation from Raymond Chandler’s novel “Farewell, My Lovely” moves at a spellbinding pace as we see the world of detective Philip Marlowe, played by Dick Powell in a dramatic debut after a career as a song and dance man, unfold in Los Angeles. When he meets up with ex-con Moose Malloy, played by veteran pro wrestler and character actor Mike Mazurki, he becomes a marked man.

Powell’s nemises are beautiful bad girl Claire Trevor and gang head Otto Kruger while Anne Shirley, as Trevor’s stepdaughter, helps the detective find romance while providing him with the lowdown on the wayward blonde, who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

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Marjorie Morningstar starring Gene Kelly Natalie Wood Claire Trevor Everett Sloane Martin Milner

Why Buy A Marjorie Morningstar starring Gene Kelly Natalie Wood Claire Trevor Everett Sloane Martin Milner?
Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly make a cute (if not exactly convincing) couple in this Hollywood soap-opera version of Herman Wouks coming-of-age romance. French/Russian Natalie Wood is decidedly non-ethnic as Marjorie Morgenstern, the starry-eyed Jewish college girl who falls in love with summer resort small-timer Gene Kelly (who never quite sells himself as a show-biz dreamer with limited talent). A stolid mix of modern, clear-eyed romance and old-fashioned melodrama, it nonetheless manages to slip in some frank (for 1958) discussions of sex and the single girl and sketch out an intriguing portrait of Jewish life in New Yorks upper crust between the romantic complications. Everett Sloane and Claire Trevor are excellent as Marjories success-obsessed parents, pre-Adam 12 Martin (Marty) Milner offers his boy-next-door charm as the former flunky turned Broadway success, and Ed Wynn is delightful as her eccentric uncle. –Sean Axmaker

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I have always loved this movie from the first time I saw it years ago. It used to be shown on TV but have not seen it for several years. It is a great love story.

Love it
Search high and low to find Majorie Morningstar.
Happy to have found it for a great price

Marjorie Morningstar
In my opinion one of the better movies of the period (1957). For anyone who remembers that period and in particular, the Catskill mountains of NY state during that period, this movie is a must have.

Gene Kelly was a fantastic dancer and actor and his leading lady, Natalie Wood played a very convincing part. Nostalgia at it’s best.

My purchase was delivered on time as promised, in fact it arrived a couple of days early. I am very pleased with the service I received….as usual

Walter D. Pereira

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Where To Buy Great American Western V16 The starring Gary Cooper Chuck Connors Cesar Romero At The Lowest Price?

Great American Western V16 The starring Gary Cooper Chuck Connors Cesar Romero

Why Buy A Great American Western V16 The starring Gary Cooper Chuck Connors Cesar Romero?
Four western classics: Fighting Caravans, The Women of the Town, The Proud and the Damned, and The Old West Cowboy.

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Tough Guys…And… The Women Who Tamed Them
This review refers to “The Great American Western – Volume 16″(Platinum Disc)

I really enjoyed this volume. It had some really good stuff on it.The films range from 1931 through a recent(made in the 90′s) Documentary. Tough Guys seemed to be the theme of this one, and.. the women who tamed them.

A an early Gary Cooper film is up first. A “talkie” from 1931, Coop is quite a cad in “The Fighting Caravans”. In order to avoid jail time for a misdemeanor in town, he pretends to be married to a French belle, and hooks up with a wagon train headed West. Sparks fly between the two, but he’s a tough scout and not one to be shackled to no woman! Slowly he begins to warm to her, but first must save the Wagons from an Indian attack. The film looks pretty good for it’s age, and what’s really nice is watching the wonderful facial expresiions of many of the actors who came from the silent era.

“The Woman Of Town” (1944) is a real treat for fans of Claire Trevor. A saloon singer with a heart of gold, she’s got the good guys, lead by Bat Masterson(Albert Dekker) and the bad guys headed by one King Kennedy(Barry Sullivan) shootin in out in Dodge City. Also look for Dewey Robinson. This film shows it’s age. The film really needs to be cleaned up.

A recently made fabulous documentary, “Old West Cowboys”, uses reenacted stills and some acutal photos, to tell of the hard life of the real cowboy. Those that drove cattle, lived, worked and played hard. It’s wonderfully narrated as well. The box shows it as 70 minutes but I think it acutally ran about an hour and a half.

Lastly from 1969, tough guy, Chuck Conners, is the leader of a group of Civil War Vets, who head to South America for some adventure, and they find it! General Martinez has hired them to do a job, and on the way they meet with a gypsy caravan, and some beautiful women who sidetrack them, causing a big rift with the town and a shootout.It also stars Cesar Romero, and Jose Greco. Lots of wonderful Spanish Guitar music and some Flamenco dances as well. The color is a little washed out, but the picutre is quite clear.

Platinum has put together many volumes of these good ole oaters. The single volumes have 4 films each. They are all on one side, and all have about ten chapter stops. There are also several package deals ranging from a 2pack to 10 packs in a set. This can get really confusing, as the multi-packs are also called Volume 1 and 2 etc. You can usually tell by the price how many are in a set. Also the multi disc sets are called Great American Westerns(Plural) instead of Great American Western. The earlier single volumes 1-10 usually feature a specific actor, the later volumes seem to follow some sort of theme.

Don’t expect a Criterion like transfers of these films. They often show their age, but for the price, and the fun of these, western lovers really cant go wrong. Each volume comes in a keep case, each with different cowboy artwok. Each film has been enhanced in DD5.1. There isn’t anything about the films that will take away from your viewing pleasure.

Saddle Up and Happy Trails To You….Laurie

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Stagecoach [Vhs] Starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell

Stagecoach [Vhs] Starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell

Why Buy A Stagecoach [Vhs] Starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell?
This landmark 1939 Western began the legendary relationship between John Ford and John Wayne, and became the standard for all subsequent Westerns. It solidified Ford as a major director and established Wayne as a charismatic screen presence. Seen today, Stagecoach still impresses as the first mature instance of a Western that is both mythic and poetic. The story about a cross-section of troubled passengers unraveling under the strain of Indian attack contains all of Fords incomparable storytelling trademarks–particularly swift action and social introspection–underscored by the painterly landscape of Monument Valley. And what an ensemble of actors: Thomas Mitchell (who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as the drunken doctor), Claire Trevor, Donald Meek, Andy Devine, and the magical John Carradine. Due to the films striking use of chiaroscuro lighting and low ceilings, Orson Welles watched Stagecoach over and over while preparing for Citizen Kane. –Bill Desowitz

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The Western That Started It All
Throughout the 1930s, Westerns were considered “B-movie” fodder until John Ford’s influential classic placed the genre back in the “A” category. “Stagecoach” (1939) not only revitalized the Western, but marked the beginning of Ford’s iconic partnership with John Wayne and the director’s introduction to breathtaking Monument Valley. The Duke received second billing in a legendary ensemble featuring Claire Trevor, George Bancroft, John Carradine and Thomas Mitchell (in his Oscar-winning role as the drunken Doc Boone). Ford’s first sound Western remains a textbook for international filmmakers and cineastes – its mythic power undiminished.

Masoud Mirmomeni
It is one of the greatest movies in Western genre. Like other Ford’s movies, the ending is great.

AN ICON IS BORN
After doing the ‘B’ circuit for years John Wayne was given the lead in John Ford’s still impressive STAGECOACH. Everything about this production pops, from the stunning cinematography, to the incredible cast, the excellent score, and Ford’s impeccable direction. There are so many memorable scenes ( that were to be ‘borrowed’ in other lesser westerns repeatedly ) in this classic that it almost seems unfair to label it by genre. It is a great western. It is a wonderful actioner. It is an excellent social commentary. On top of that it is also a first-rate character study. Wayne looms very large in this pic, and from his first close-up, there is little doubt of his star quality.

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