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A sleazy downtown motel in Memphis, Tennessee provides the stopping off point for three very different groups of people: a rock'n'roll obsessed Japanese couple paying a visit to Elvis' home, Graceland; a beautiful Italian widow who has a surprise encounter with the 'King' himself; and an inept gang of thugs seeking refuge in the hotel after a liquor store robbery. Cult director Jim Jarmusch links their stories together by the comic antics of the night clerk and bellboy, played by Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Spike Lee's brother Cinque.
This sequel to 'Private's Progress' takes a satirical look at trade unions and labour relations. Upon leaving the army, upper class twit Windrush (Ian Carmichael) takes a job in industry. Before long he has inadvertently started a national strike, which is subsequently mishandled by everyone involved.
Peter Brook made his directorial debut with this adaptation of John Gay's 1728 opera. A highwayman imprisoned in Newgate jail whiles away the hours by creating an opera based on his own life.
Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara), an executive at Macy's department store, believes in taking a common-sense approach to life and is consequently raising her daughter Susan (Natalie Wood) not to believe in Santa Claus. This year however, the convictions of both mother and child are challenged when the kindly old man (Edmund Gwenn) hired as the store Santa insists that he is in fact the real thing. No one believes him, some even think he's insane, but he is willing to go to court to prove his case. Oscars were won by Edmund Gwenn (Best Supporting Actor) and George Seaton (Best Screenplay) and the film was remade in 1994 with Richard Attenborough in the lead.
Diana Dors vehicle, based on the real-life case of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. Mary Price Hilton (Diana Dors) is a condemned murderess about to face the hangman's noose. As she awaits the sentence, she relives the series of events that have brought her to this situation. Abused by men all her life, she thinks she's finally met the right man, only to discover that he too has been taking advantage of her. Finally reaching breaking point, she exacts deadly revenge on her husband's mistress.
Early 1960s crime drama starring Sean Connery as Paddy Damion, a thief who is recruited by a mobster (Alfred Marks) to oversee his money collection. Paddy is no thug but takes the job because his partner (Kenneth Griffith) has been injured in a robbery and he feels obligated to support him. Marks is actually the puppet of criminal mastermind Zhernikov (Herbert Lom), who has the image of a respectable businessman, but is in fact manipulating the local mobsters for his own ends. Also in the mix are the beautiful Anya (Yvonne Romain), wannabe singer and Zhernikov's mistress, to whom Paddy immediately takes a shine, and Sayers (John Gregson) the dedicated cop trying to crack open organised crime.
It has always been recognized as one of Charles Dickens' literary masterworks, but this Bleak House is now fast-moving, daring, gripping television. Here is the murder mystery, the love story, the comic genius and the tantalising scandal of the novel but, stripped of its sentimentality, we find ourselves swept along by a pulsating and edgy drama.
Out of an interminable court case spin three young people each searching for their place in the world. Their story moves fast - swirling through an incredible array of characters from passionate young lovers to ruthless layers, from an ice-cold aristocratic beauty to a shrewd, relentless detective - until the final thrilling climax.
Scan Connery stars as the mysterious wanderer Shalako, who comes to the rescue of a party of European aristocrats who become lost on an Apache reservation while on a hunting trip.
The group, including Brigitte Bardot and Honor Blackman, must learn to trust the grim and laconic Shalako as they work together to fight off the flaming arrows of the angry Apaches in their bid to reach safety.
Bette Davis (complete with eye-patch) stars as Mrs Taggart, a widowed mother with three sons. Once a year, to celebrate the death of a husband she despised, the entire family gathers and has to endure her cold sarcasm and malicious interference in their lives.
A lively biopic of French artist Toulouse Lautrec, directed by John Huston. Deformed in early age when his legs stop growing, dwarfish Parisian Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Jose Ferrer, who also plays Lautrec's father) arrives in Paris during the 1890s and becomes obsessed with the dancers at the infamous Moulin Rouge club. Due to his deformities he is rejected by most women, so he seeks solace in cognac and women of disrepute and decides that he is better off becoming 'a painter of the gutter'. However, he goes on to become one of the great masters of Impressionism.
Hywel Bennett and Hayley Mills play newlyweds living in a small, Lancashire village with the groom's dominating father (John Mills). When they are unable to consummate their marriage, the young bride determines it is her fault - neglecting to consider the bullying behaviour of the father towards her husband.
Classic swashbuckling adventure starring Rock Hudson. With the threat of Napoleonic invasion hanging heavy over Britain, the mysterious Drouette (Yvonne DeCarlo) meets Gilliat (Hudson): a Guernsey smuggler who directs her to the chief of customs. He agrees to help her to get back to France to help her to save her brother from the guillotine, but all is not as it seems...
This historical 1966 television adaptation by Arthur Miller of his Pulitzer Prize-winning modern tragedy stars the incomparable Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock recreating their original Broadway roles.
In a career-defining performance, Cobb portrays Willy Loman, the travelling salesman who's come at last to the end of his dreams. Death of a Salesman has been called the greatest American play of the Twentieth Century, and this classic recording brings forth breath-taking performances from Cobb, Dunnock, George Segal, James Farentino and Gene Wilder.
This landmark production has been digitally re-mastered and will endure for all generations to come. This program as originally recorded was edited for network time considerations with portions of the play's text omitted.
Collection of three films from Britain's Ealing Studios all starring Alec Guinness. In 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (1949) an embittered aristocrat sets out to murder the eight heirs that stand between him and succession to the family title. Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) holds no love for the aristocratic family he counts as relations, the D'Ascoynes. The family cast his mother out when she decided to marry a 'commoner', Louis's father, and on her death refuse to allow her to be buried in the family vault. An outraged Louis vows revenge and begins working his way into the trust of the family to provide him with the opportunity to bump off the male heirs (all played by Guinness) one by one. However, complications arise when he becomes romantically entangled with one of the widows of his victims, Edith D'Ascoyne (Valerie Hobson). Will Louis be able to stay the course and murder his way to a Dukedom? In 'The Lavender Hill Mob' (1951) Guinness stars as a mild-mannered bank clerk whose sudden compulsion to rob the bank he works for causes all manner of chaos. Henry Holland (Guinness) has been trusted with delivering gold bullion for 20 years and is considered a safe pair of hands by his employers. However, Henry harbours dreams of becoming rich and hatches a plan to steal the gold when he makes the acquaintance of the artist, Alfred Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway). The pair realise that if Alfred melts the stolen gold into miniature statues of the Eiffel Tower, it could be smuggled safely to France and sold on. However, things go awry when the gold statues become mixed in with a group of ordinary statues, leading to a frantic chase as Henry and Alfred try to recover the gold without their crime being detected. The film features a brief cameo from a young Audrey Hepburn. In 'The Man in the White Suit' (1951) eccentric Sidney Stratton (Guiness) is a laboratory cleaner in a textile factory, who invents a material that will neither wear out nor become dirty. Initially hailed as a great discovery, Sidney's astonishing invention is suffocated by the management when they realise that if it never wears out, people will only ever have to purchase one suit of clothing.
When a young girl is murdered a Police Inspector is sent to investigate a prosperous Yorkshire household. It emerges that each one of the family has a guilty secret - each one is partly responsible for her murder. Alastair Sim stars in this classic drama.
Classic drama based on the novel 'Washington Square' by Henry James and starring Montgomery Clift and Olivia de Havilland. Catherine Sloper (de Havilland) is a naive young woman and heiress to a considerable fortune, who is swept off her feet by the charming Morris Townsend (Clift) in 19th century New York. Against the wishes of her domineering father (Ralph Richardson), Catherine continues her romance. But is Morris the love of Catherine's life, or are his purposes more sinister, and is he merely after her fortune? Torn between her desire for Morris and her need to placate her father, Catherine is forced to make an agonising decision.
The Shakespeare Collection is a unique collection of some of the finest dramas in the English language, each production a celebration of the greatest talents in contemporary British Theatre and Television. These plays feature the cream of the 20th Century's acting talent.
Some of the great actors featured in these plays include: Laurence Olivier, Brenda Blethyn, Colin Blakely, Leo McKern, John Gielgud, Jonathan Pryce, Michael Hordern, Felicity Kendall, Cyril Cusack, Anthony Andrews, Diana Rigg, John Hurt, Bernard Hill, John Cleese, Trevor Peacock, William Hurt, John Fortune, Robert Lindsay, John Bird, Julia Foster, Annette Crosbie, Zo Wanamaker, Mark Wing-Davey... The list goes ever on.
This 37 disc box set includes the following BBC Shakespeare adaptations:
Desperate to win the girl of his dreams, timid short-order cook Stanley Moon sells his soul to the devil for seven wishes. With the magic words 'Julie Andrews' he becomes everything from a rock star to an intellectual to try and impress her.
But the 'horned one' has a wicked sense of fun (he tears the last page out of Agatha Christie novels) so things never quite go according to plan.
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore at their very best in a true comedy classic.
Matt Masters (John Wayne) is a circus owner who has to start from scratch when his ship sinks in the Barcelona harbour. Starting up a Wild West act, he takes under his wing Toni Alfredo (Claudio Cardinale), a trapeze artist whose mother Lili (Rita Hayworth) has abandoned her. Seeking Lili out in a Hamburg bar, Masters obtains her a job in the circus anonymously, so that she can get to know her daughter.
When a Mexican land baron puts a million dollars on the head of the man who seduced his daughter, two money-hungry men recruit a small-town bartender to help them do their dirty work.
But their tequila-fuelled trek across the desolate Mexican frontier grows more intense, gruesome and bloody with every savage murder they leave in their wake!
Director Don Siegel's gritty remake of the 1946 original. Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager star as two hitmen determined to find out why their latest victim offered no resistance.
Basil Rathbone is the classic embodiment of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's timeless creation, master detective Sherlock Holmes. The films he made alongside Nigel Bruce (as Holmes' bumbling assistant, Dr Watson) proved to be the perfect combination for generations of viewers.
This definitive edition boxset includes all fourteen of those classic movies, each one digitally restored to pristine condition.
Gorgeously shot in black and white, in each film the duo take on a new challenge with ingenuity and Holmes' famous use of logic.
With commentaries by leading Sherlock Holmes experts, production notes, biographies and a set of artcards, this collection is a must-have for fans of suspense and adventure.
Newly re-mastered, John Ford’s The Quiet Man celebrates one of Hollywood’s most romantic and enduring epics, winner of two Oscars, including Best Director.
Sean Thornton is a retired American boxer trying to put the tragedy of accidently killing an opponent behind him. Returning to the Irish town of his birth, he finds happiness when he falls in love with the fiery Mary Kate. Though he is sorely tempted to pick up the gloves against her brother, the town bully, Sean is determined not to use his fists. Mary Kate and Sean wed but her brother refuses to pay the dowry. Sean would rather walk away than accept this challenge. Even when his new wife accuses him of cowardice, Sean stands firm.
But when she boards a train to leave, he is finally ready to take matters into his own hands. The resulting fist-fight erupts into the longest brawl ever filmed, followed by one of the most memorable reconciliations in motion picture history.
Paul Wegener's landmark gothic horror film was first released in 1914, before being substantially reworked for a reissue six years later. The Golem, a clay hulk brought to life by a magic scroll implanted in his chest, saves the Jews from Rudolf II in 16th Century Prague. Reverting to his inanimate form, the golem is given the gift of life once more by a Rabbi's assistant who wants him to kidnap the beautiful Miriam.
One night over Europe, a crippled Lancaster Bomber struggles home across the English Channel, all crew dead except for the young pilot (David Niven) desperately scanning the radio for signs of life. A young radio operator picks up his signal, and in the final moments of the young flyer's life, a special bond is formed. The next morning, washed up on an English beach, the pilot is alive and somehow he survived. It's a miracle...or is it?
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