The newest DVDs from Olive Films will make any film fan cheer.
The Bamboo Saucer (1968)
Lead by the U.S. military, a team of scientists secretly travel into Red China to find the truth behind rumors of a downed U.F.O. While enroute to the saucer’s hidden location, the Americans meet a group of Russian scientists who are also searching for the spacecraft.
The two teams race against time to find the alien craft and its promise of a fantastic jump in technology, while trying to avoid the Red Chinese troops in the area. Television veteran Frank Telford directed this action-packed science fiction thriller with top- notch cinematography by the great Hal Mohr. The stellar cast includes Dan Duryea, Bob Hastings, Bernard Fox and James Hong.
Cry Danger (1951)
Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration with funding provided by the Film Noir Foundation. Dick Powell plays Rocky, an innocent man just released from prison.
He’s on the hunt for a $100,000 bankroll he had allegedly stolen and the people who framed him. Delong (Richard Erdman) is a disabled Marine veteran who produced the recent evidence that led to Rocky’s release. He now wants part of the $100,000 in exchange for his help. However, after serving 5 years of a life-sentence for a crime he didn’t commit, Rocky has a different plan. He wants to bring the real crooks to justice and clear the name of his friend Danny Morgan, who’s unjustly serving time for the same crime.
The stellar cast includes Rhonda Fleming as Rocky’s old flame now married to his best friend Danny, Regis Toomey as a tough-as-nails honest cop looking to bust the real criminals, William Conrad as Castro, the crime boss who may have framed Rocky and Danny, and Jay Adler the superintendent of a sleazy trailer court where Rocky and Delong are now living.
This film noir classic was beautifully shot in glorious black-and- white by legendary cinematographer Joseph F. Biroc and directed by Robert Parrish.
Bang! Bang! You're Dead! (1966)
One of the six travelers arriving at the Marrakesh Airport is a diplomatic courier carrying $2,000,000 in bonds. He is paying off a spy, Mr. Casimir (Herbert Lom), for secret documents that could shift a crucial United Nations vote in favor of the People’s Republic of China.
Tony Randall plays Andrew Jessel, an American architect posing as an oil representative. On the bus to his hotel, Andrew meets fellow passenger Kyra Stanovy (Senta Berger), a beautiful CIA agent posing asajournalist.Thesmitten Andrew reluctantly agrees to help Kyra dispose of a dead body planted in her room by Casimir’s henchmen.
Andrew becomes even more enmeshed in the intrigue when he inadvertently takes the secret documents during a trip to Casimir to protest the attempted frame- up. Marked for death, Kyra and Andrew flee through the streets and bazaars of Marrakesh into the hills, followed by Casimir’s right-hand man Jonquil (Klaus Kinski) and groups of his henchmen.
One of the many highlights of this action- packed comedy is the exotic Moroccan locale beautifully shot by the great cinematographer Michael Reed. The wonderful cast also includes Wilfrid Hyde-White, Terry-Thomas, Margaret Lee, Burt Kwouk and was directed by Don Sharp.
Young at Heart (1954)
This gem centers on a family headed by a music-loving patriarch (Robert Keith and his musically inclined daughters looking for romance. Doris Day plays the youngest daughter, Laurie, and Gig Young plays Alex Burke, a likable composer who comes for an extended visit and eventually wins the hearts of all three sisters.
Frank Sinatra plays Barney Sloan, a cynical songwriter hired by Alex to do arrangements for an upcoming Broadway show. The praiseworthy cast also includes Dorothy Malone and Elisabeth Fraser as the older sisters, Ethel Barrymore as the family’s matriarch and Alan Hale, Jr. as Robert Neary, a successful businessman engaged to the oldest daughter (Malone).
The first screen pairing of “Old Blue Eyes” and “America’s Sweetheart” will have your heart smiling and your toes tapping with timeless tunes by the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer.
Men in War (1957)
Director Anthony Mann was best known for his intelligent westerns and film noirs. Men in Wat is an unfliching and intense look at the realities combat of comabt set against the and-white by the great backdrop of the Korean Ernest Haller.
Lieutenant Benson (Robert Ryan) and Sergeant Montana (Aldo Ray) are two soldiers trying to deal with the shock and devastation of War. Montana has been ordered to escort a colonel (Robert Keith) suffering from extreme battle fatigue to a field hospital. Benson's loyalty lies with his platoon and his mission is to overtake a hill occupied by the enemy. Beautifully shot in black-and-white by the great Ernest Haller with a rousing score by renowned Elmer Bernstein.
The great supporting cast includes Phillip Pine, Nehemiah Persoff, Vic Morrow, James Edwards and L.Q. Jones. Anthony Mann was nominated for a 1958 DGA Best Director award.
Sleep My Love (1948)
The great Douglas Sirk directed the third and final teaming of Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche, they first appeared together in Mitchell Leisen’s Midnight and later in Sam Wood’s The Guest Wife. This Hitchcockian thriller casts Colbert as Alison Courtland, a wealthy New York socialite who awakens on a Boston-bound train with no memory of how she got there. A kind, elderly woman helps Alison call her husband Richard (Ameche), who in the meantime had contacted Detective Sgt. Strake (Raymond Burr) to help him find his missing wife. On the plane back home, Alison meets Bruce Elcott (Robert Cummings), who’s immediately enamored with her. Upon Alison’s return, Richard urges her to consult a psychiatrist, but the doctor’s bizarre behavior and abusive manner nearly drives Alison mad. Is she really losing her mind or is there an elaborate scheme at play? This classic film noir features wonderful atmospheric cinematography by Joseph A.Valentine and stylish art direction by William Ferrari. Co-starring the beautiful Hazel Brooks.
The Pawnbroker (1964)
Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night) earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his stunning performance in this powerful story of hope and empathy from celebrated director Sidney Lumet. Steiger plays Sol Nazer- man, a survivor of a WWII Nazi death camp where his wife, parents and children were murdered. His soul robbed of hope, he takes refuge in misery and a bitter condemnation of humanity while managing a Harlem pawnshop subjected to an endless parade of prostitutes, pimps and thieves. Jamie Sanchez plays Ortiz, Sol’s underprivileged and idealistic assistant who dreams of a better life.
Two of the film’s best features are the gorgeous black-and-white cinematography by the great Boris Kaufman with a memorable trumpet score by the legendary Quincy Jones. The wonderful cast also includes Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters and Raymond St. Jacques.
Stranger On The Prowl (1952)
Upon its initial American release, Stranger on the Prowl’s credits read: written and directed by Andrea Forzano.
In truth Forzano was two people: screenwriter Ben Barzman and director Joseph Losey, both of whom had been blacklisted by Hollywood and were forced to work under pseudonyms.
The film stars screen legend Paul Muni as a disillusioned vagrant who accidentally kills a shopowner.Whileonthe lam he befriends a young street urchin (Vittorio Manunta) who suspects the police are after him for stealing milk from the same shop owner. The police pursue the two lost souls through the war-torn streets and buildings of an Italian port city. This neorealist film noir was based on a story by novelist Noël Calef.
Based on Nell Dunn’s iconic tale of life in London’s swinging six- ties, Up the Junction is a memorable slice of British cinema starring Suzy Kendall as Polly and Dennis Waterman as her hard- up boyfriend, Pete.
The tale is of a bored, young party girl who decides to cast off her affluent Chelsea lifestyle to move to the industrialized ghetto of Battersea. In search of realism, Polly takes a factory job where she befriends sisters Rube (Adrienne Posta) and Sylvie (Maureen Lipman) and moves into a rundown apartment in the area. She soon discovers the seedier side of life in an impoverished world of crime, desperation and questionable morality–a side of life that everyone but Polly is desperately trying to leave behind. This beautiful and haunt- ing film was directed by cult-filmmaker Peter Collinson.
Betty Boop: The Essential Collection Volume 3 (1932-38)
Regarded as one of the first and most famous sex symbols on the animated screen; she was a symbol of the Depression era and a reminder of the more carefree days of the Roaring Twenties.
Her popularity was drawn larger from adult audiences and the cartoons, while seemingly surreal, contained many sexual and psychological elements.
The queen of the animated screen returns to allure and entice audiences all over again in this fantastic four-volume compilation featuring many of her greatest adventures.
Volume Three includes 12 animated short films available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray.
All 12 shorts were produced by Max Fleischer and directed by his brother Dave Fleischer. Featuring the voices of Mae Questel,Bonnie Poe, Ann Little and Margie Hines as Betty Boop. Also featuring guest voices of Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Don Redman, Jack Mercer and William Pennell with music by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra and Don Redman and His Orchestra.