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Captain January (1936)
The Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
Our Little Girl (1935)
Fourth collection of classic features from the iconic British film studio. 'Secret of the Loch' (1934) stars Seymour Hicks as an elderly professor who sets out in search of the Loch Ness Monster. What will he discover? 'Birds of Prey' (1930) follows a pair of criminals who set out to exact revenge on the police commissioner who sent them to prison. Robert Loraine, Warwick Ward and Frank Lawton star. 'Davy' (1957) tracks the dilemma faced by the eponymous character (Harry Secombe) as to whether he should continue touring with his family music hall act, the Mad Morgans, or set out alone. Finally, 'The Loves of Joanna Godden' (1947) follows a young woman who determines to make her own way in life. By choosing to run the farm she has inherited and declining wealthy suitors, Joanna (Googie Withers) upsets many in the local community, but will she find happiness?
Directed by thrill master John Carpenter, this edge-of-your seat adventure stars Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a tough talking, wisecracking truck driver who's hum-drum life on the road takes a sudden supernatural tailspin when his best friend's fiancee is kidnapped.
Speeding to the rescue, Jack finds himself deep beneath San Francisco's Chinatown, in a murky, creature filled world ruled by Lo Pan, a 2000-year-old magician who mercilessly presides over an empire of spirits.
Dodging demons and facing baffling terrors, Jack battles his way through Lo Pan's dark domain in a full-throttle, action-riddled ride to rescue the girl. Co-starring Kim Cattrall, this effects-filled sci-fi spectacle speeds to an incredible, twist-taking finish.
After corporate mining boss Coy LaHood begins a campaign of terror to drive independent pan miners out of the area, a stranger called Preacher rides into the underdogs' camp. He becomes their avenger.
The tycoon then hires a badge-wearing killer and his duster-shrouded deputies, men loyal to whomever pays the most.
LaHood pays gold. But in a climactic shootout to remember, Preacher pays in lead.
Henry Koster directs this fantasy Christmas tale starring Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young. Angel Dudley (Grant) is sent to Earth to help out Bishop Henry Brougham (Niven) who is involved in a desperate fundraising appeal to build a new cathedral. However, his financial concerns have led him to become cut off from his wife and parishioners, a state of affairs the suave angel intends to put straight. The cast also includes James Gleason, Gladys Cooper and Elsa Lanchester.
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.
The true story of an English missionary (Ingrid Bergman) who led a hundred children over enemy territory in pre-WWII China. Robert Donat plays a Chinese mandarin in his final screen performance and North Wales stands in for the Chinese countryside.
When the leading lady of a Broadway musical breaks her ankle, she is replaced by a young unknown actress, who becomes the star of the show.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz writes and directs this classic award-winning drama starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter. Eve Harrington (Baxter) is famous actress Margo Channing (Davis)'s biggest fan. When, by chance, she gets to meet the great lady, she quickly ingratiates herself into her life. Before long, however, she has become a bitter rival, stealing Margo's Broadway role and causing turmoil in her personal life. George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill and Thelma Ritter co-star with Marilyn Monroe making an early film appearance. Both Davis and Baxter received Oscar nominations for their roles with the film winning six awards including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Supporting Actor (Sanders).
Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable lead the cast in this classic drama directed by John Huston and written by Arthur Miller, Monroe's then husband. Sensitive, young divorcee Roslyn Tabor (Monroe) and her friend Isabelle (Thelma Ritter) take up with three cowboy drifters Gay (Gable), Perce (Montgomery Clift) and Guido (Eli Wallach), who are in town for the rodeo. Roslyn and Gay fall in love but their relationship is compromised when the men reveal their plan to catch mustangs and sell them as dog food.
Frazzled drama critic Mortimer Brewster has two aunts who ply lonely geezers with poisoned libations, one sociopathic brother who looks like Boris Karloff, one bonkers brother who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt, one impatient new bride - and only one night to make it turn out all right.
In this circus' centre ring is Grant, twisting his face into a clown's gallery of flabbergasted reactions and transforming his natural athletic grace into a rubber-legged comic ballet. You'll die laughing.
In black & white.
World War Two drama from Alfred Hitchcock following the tensions that arise in a lifeboat filled with the survivors of a torpedoed passenger ship. Among those seeking refuge on the lifeboat are fashion journalist Connie Porthead (Tallulah Bankhead), tycoon Rittenhouse (Henry Hull), seaman Kovak (John Hodiak), injured stoker Gus (William Bendix), radio operator Stanley Garrett (Hume Cronyn) and a nurse, Alice (Mary Anderson). Their numbers are swelled further when a German, Willy (Walter Slezak), from the U-Boat responsible for the bombing is also taken on board. Slowly and subtly, the new arrival begins to influence the actions of his fellow passengers, manipulating each situation in order to manoeuvre the craft towards a rendezvous with his own people. Hitchcock was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the film, along with writer John Steinbeck.
Epic romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning novel set during the American Civil War. Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) often uses men to get what she wants, but is unable to get the one man she truly desires, Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard). She soon meets her match in the roguish Captain Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) and in the war itself which destroys the genteel way of life she has always known. With determination she rebuilds her life from the shattered remains the Union Army leaves behind. Despite its sometimes troubled production (director George Cukor was replaced by Victor Fleming, with Sam Wood brought in when Fleming's health failed), the film won ten Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.
Director John Carpenter's first feature, begun when he was a film student, has become a cult favourite. Seen as a parody of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey', the film tells the story of four space-weary astronauts - Lt. Doolittle (Brian Narelle), Sgt. Pinback (Dan O'Bannon), Boiler (Carl Kuniholm) and Talby (Dre Pahich) - on an extended mission to blow up unstable planets. An electronic forcefield, however, has altered the programming of their bomb and the four must somehow find a way to reset it before it blows them up.
Four films based on the literary works of Graham Greene. In 'The Third Man' (1949), writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arrives in war-torn Vienna to take up a job with his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). He is informed that Lime died a week previously in a car accident, but upon investigating further discovers that the circumstances of Lime's death are shrouded in confusion. Martins begins to wonder just how well he knew his old friend after the head of local military police, Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), convinces him that Lime was in fact a black market drug racketeer responsible for many deaths. In 'Brighton Rock' (1947), 16-year-old gangster Pinkie Brown (Richard Attenborough) uses young waitress Rose Brown (Carol Marsh) as an alibi after commiting a murder at the race track. Worried that she will give him away, Pinkie marries Rose. However, his subsequent attempts to drive her to the point of suicide do not go according to plan. 'The Heart of the Matter' (1953) stars Trevor Howard as Scobie, an assistant police commissioner posted in Sierra Leone in World War 2. Exploring familiar Greene themes such as religion and work politics, the film co-stars Elizabeth Allan and Maria Schell as the wronged wife and the hard-done-by mistress. 'The Fallen Idol' (1948) is an award-winning adaptation of Greene's short story 'The Basement Room', and is told primarily from a child's perspective. Philippe (Bobby Henrey) is the young son of a diplomat who idolises Baines (Ralph Richardson), his father's butler. When Baines' wife is found murdered and Baines is implicated, Philippe does everything he can to point the investigation away from the butler. In doing so he makes matters worse - and also discovers that his hero is not the man he thought he was.
Boris Karloff stars as the screen's most memorable monster in what many consider to be the greatest horror film ever made.
Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts.
Director James Whale's adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel, blended with Karloff's compassionate portrayal of a creature groping for identity make Frankenstein a masterpiece.
In black & white.
A classic 'noir' adaptation of Raymond Chandler's much-filmed novel.
Private detective Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) agrees to rid a wealthy family of a blackmailer who is threatening the younger daughter, but the man is killed before he can act.
Drawn nevertheless into the Sternwood family's problems (not least because of his attraction to the elder sister, played by Lauren Bacall), Marlowe uncovers drugs, murder and more blackmail.
The great Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson star in this vibrant tribute to one of America's legendary bandleaders, charting Miller's rise from obscurity and poverty to fame and wealth in the early 1940's.
The wonderful score swings with the original Miller music performed by the Glenn Miller Orchestra and such musical giants as Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa, Frances Langford and The Modernaires.
Rounding out the great cast are such favorites as Henry Morgan, Charles Drake and George Tobias. Tastefully directed by Anthony Mann, Glenn Miller's dynamic sound of swing comes alive once more.
Alexander Hall directs this classic drama starring Robert Montgomery as a boxer who his called up to Heaven too early due to a clerical error. When promising fighter Joe Pendleton (Montgomery) is killed in a plane accident, he is greeted at the Pearly Gates by guardian angel Mr Jordan (Claude Rains) who tells him that he has arrived too soon and that he must go back to Earth and enter the body of a soul who needs some nurturing. The cast also includes Rita Hayworth, John Emery and Don Costello.
The story of R.J. Mitchell (Leslie Howard), the man who designed the Spitfire. Told in flashback by Mitchell's philandering test pilot, Jeffrey Quill (David Niven), the film follows Mitchell as he attempts to persuade Whitehall to sponsor the project and struggles to overcome the technical problems on a plane which was to become one of the Allies' most valuable assets during the Second World War. Leslie Howard, the star and director, was later to be shot down and killed when his plane was attacked by the Luftwaffe. This was his last film.
Turned down by the RAF for air service on medical grounds, Pilot Officer Rawlings (Ralph Michael) instead joins Air Sea Rescue, helping to pull downed Allied airmen out of the sea. Rawlings is initially resentful of his new job, but gradually comes to appreciate its importance. When the crew of a Boston bomber become stranded at sea in a dinghy, Rawlings and his colleagues become involved in a race against time - and the elements - to save their lives.
A classic collection of 34 vintage Stan and Ollie films, including early silent shorts, made between 1928 and 1940. The films featured comprise: 'Our Relations', 'Brats', 'Twice Two', 'Way Out West', 'One Good Turn', 'Thicker Than Water', 'Swiss Miss', 'The Chimp', 'Flying Elephants', 'Sons of the Desert', 'We Faw Down', 'Their Purple Moment', 'On the Wrong Trek', 'Saps at Sea', 'You're Darn Tootin', 'Below Zero', 'Tiembla y Titubea', 'The Bohemian', 'Along Came Auntie', 'On the Loose', 'That's My Wife', 'A Chump at Oxford', 'From Soup to Nuts', 'Another Fine Mess', 'Pack Up Your Troubles', 'Their First Mistake', 'Putting Pants On Philip', 'Block-Heads', 'Unaccustomed As We Are', 'With Love and Hisses', 'Should Married Men Go Home', 'Pardon Us', 'The Hoose-Gow' and 'Battle of the Century'.
This tear-jerking classic was Chaplin's first feature, and launched the 'kid' of the title, Jackie Coogan, into child stardom. Chaplin plays a tramp who raises an abandoned child among the slums, always fighting the police and other agencies who want to take the boy into care.
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