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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.
Classic thriller written by Graham Greene and starring Orson Welles in which a writer sets about investigating the death of a friend in post-World War II Vienna. Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a pulp Western writer, arrives in the Austrian capital expecting to take up a job with his old acquaintance, Harry Lime (Welles). When he is informed that Lime died a week previously in a car accident, Martins is intrigued by inconsistencies in the accounts of the death and decides that he can't leave the city without investigating matters further. As a consequence, he finds himself drawn into a web of intrigue and searching for the elusive 'third man' who was at the scene of Lime's death. When the head of the local military police, Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), informs him that Lime was involved in black market drug distribution, the plot thickens even further...
When Richard the Lionheart (Ian Hunter), rightful King of England, is captured and held to ransom in Austria, his wicked brother, John (Claude Rains), sets himself upon the throne. Lone knight Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) dares to defy John, and sets out to pay the ransom by stealing from the wealthy as they pass through Sherwood Forest. He is aided by his band of merry men as he takes on the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Melville Cooper) and his henchman, Sir Guy of Gisborne (Basil Rathbone).
Classic romantic drama directed and co-written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Three best friends Deborah (Jeanne Crain), Rita (Ann Sothern) and Lora Mae (Linda Darnell) are on a boat trip when they each receive a letter from their absent friend Addie Ross, informing them that she has run off with one of their husbands. Forced to wait until they return from the trip that night to find out whose husband has absconded, the three women reminisce about their marriages and the way their lives have turned out compared to their expectations. Kirk Douglas also co-stars in an early role.
Michael Redgrave stars in this classic adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play. Public schoolmaster Crocker-Harris (Redgrave) has become a bitter, disillusioned man. Stuck in a loveless marriage with a wife who openly cheats on him, he has long since lost the enthusiasm he once showed for his career and his pupils. 'The Crock', as he is known within the school, has become a figure of disdain among the students whose life he has made a misery. When ill health forces him to resign his long-standing post, a simple act of kindness from one boy has a profound effect on the seemingly heartless master.
The show business career of George Formby spanned forty years, beginning in 1921 and lasting until his death in 1961. During that period he appeared in 21 hit films, made over 230 records, and made hundreds of stage performances. This collection showcases some of his finest moments on the big screen. 'No Limit' (1935) was Formby's first major film role after leaving the music halls. Assistant chimney sweep George Shuttleworth (Formby) is laughed at by his friends when he dreams of winning the Isle of Man's TT Motor Cycle Race. Undeterred, he spends his time restoring his battered motorcycle to its former glory, and manages to set a new record at the trials when his brakes fail. In 'Let George Do It' (1940), George (Formby) is a ukelele-playing member of the Dinky-Do band, who is mistaken for a British agent and dispatched to Norway on a secret mission. Teaming up with Mary (Phyllis Calvert) - a real operative - George stops bandleader Mendez (Garry Marsh) sending coded musical messages to his Nazi paymasters over the radio, but falls afoul of some enemy agents when they pump him full of a truth drug. Can George overcome the Germans, save the day and win Mary's heart? In 'Turned Out Nice Again' (1941), George Pearson (Formby) works in the manufacturing industry and produces a high quality line of traditional womens' underwear. But the poor fellow loses his job when he invests heavily in a revolutionary new yarn which turns out to be as good as useless. Never mind, though: George is going to prove the worth of his yarn, and produce some attractive and modern ladies' undergarments while he's at it... In 'I See Ice' (1938), George Bright (Formby) is a photographer's assistant who dreams of making it big, but his attempts to obtain a scoop only result in him getting the sack. George gets a job as the property man for an ice ballet company, but keeps up his hobby in his spare time. After inventing a miniature camera that can be concealed in his bowtie, George inadvertently takes an incriminating snap of a leading journalist, which leads to him being acclaimed as a major photographic talent. But will his new-found success help him to woo icy young skater Judy Gaye (Kay Walsh)? In 'Spare a Copper' (1940), George (Formby) is an inept reserve policeman working in wartime Liverpool, who is chosen by a gang of Nazi saboteurs as the stooge for their planned destruction of the British battleship HMS Hercules. Framed by the villains and forced to go on the run, George sets out to clear his name with the aid of his new girlfriend Jane (Dorothy Hyson). In 'It's In The Air' (1939), George (Formby) agrees to salvage the situation after his sister's serviceman boyfriend forgets to deliver a message to his sergeant major. Impersonating the RAF man to gain entry into the local aerodrome, George finds it impossible to drop his disguise, and soon finds himself behind the controls of a state-of-the-art bomber. Finally, in 'Come On, George' (1939), George (Formby) is a drifter on the run from the police, who meets up with a disagreeable stallion while hiding in a horse box. Eventually the two become friends and George ends up riding his mate in the big race.
A young man who hasn't a bean in the world, turns fate around to find fame, fortune, love and success in this light dramatisation of the Arnold Bennett novel starring Alec Guiness.
When Major Marco (Frank Sinatra) returns from service in Korea, he is haunted by a recurring dream in which Congressional Medal of Honor hero Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) appears to kill two of his unit in front of an audience of Korean and Russian officials. Working for Intelligence, Marco eventually discovers that Shaw has become the unwitting pawn in a Communist conspiracy to kill an American presidential candidate. However, discovering this is one thing, the question is whether he can be stopped in time? This acclaimed satirical thriller was withdrawn from release by Sinatra after the assassination of President Kennedy and only became available again years later.
Social drama set in the rural U.S. in the early 1930s, directed by Elia Kazan. Montgomery Clift stars as Chuck Glover, an agent sent by the Tennessee Valley Authority to the small town of Garthville to oversee the building of a dam. He encounters opposition from the local people, including an elderly woman called Ella Garth (Jo Van Fleet) who refuses to budge from her land, and various factions who object to his provision of paid employment to local black labourers. Lee Remick co-stars as Ella Garth's granddaughter Carol, who gradually falls in love with the sensitive and liberal-minded Glover.
Containing 32 films, this collection documents Buster Keaton's short films between 1917 and 1923. Capturing Keaton's first steps in front of a camera, this box set charts his early association with ex-Keystone Kop Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle through to headlining, starring in, and directing his own box office smash hits. Films are: 'The Butcher Boy' (1917), 'The Rough House' (1917), 'His Wedding Night' (1917), 'Oh Doctor!' (1917), 'Coney Island' (1917), 'Out West' (1918), 'The Bell Boy' (1918), 'Moonshine' (1918), 'Good Night Nurse' (1918), 'The Cook' (1918), 'Backstage' (1919), 'The Hayseed' (1919), 'The Garage' (1920), 'The High Sign' (1920), 'One Week' (1920), 'Convict 13' (1920), 'The Scarecrow' (1920), 'Neighbors' (1920), 'The Haunted House' (1921), 'Hard Luck' (1921), 'The Goat' (1921), 'The Playhouse' (1921), 'The Boat' (1921) and 'The Paleface' (1921).
Colourful adaptation of Achmed Abdullah's timeless tale, directed by some of the top names of the time (including Michael Powell and Zoltan Korda). Young thief Abu (Sabu) aids Ahmad (John Justin), the deposed King of Bagdad, when his throne is usurped by the evil Jaffar (Conrad Veidt). Filming began in Britain but was transferred to the States because of the Second World War.
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.
Raoul Walsh directs the classic Douglas Fairbanks version of the tale of a young thief who sets out to win the heart of a beautiful princess. With his impressive acrobatic skills and the assistance of some imaginative special effects, the thief determines to prove himself worthy of his royal sweetheart and embarks on an adventure which takes him through the Valley of Fire, the Vale of Dragons, the Cavern of the Enchanted Trees and the Abode of the Winged Horse. But opposition comes in the form of an evil Mongol prince who will stop at nothing in his attempts to make the princess his bride.
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.
An Academy Award-winning drama about a close-knit army camp in Hawaii before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. Winner of eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Based on the novel by James Jones
In black & white.
Hal Ashby's cult black-comedy. Harold (Bud Cort) is a death-obsessed teenager who hangs around in cemeteries and drives a hearse. When he attends a funeral and meets his polar opposite Maude (Ruth Gordon), a life-loving 79-year-old, a strange love affair ensues. However, the offbeat nature of their pairing, and their defiance of social convention, causes upset all around. With music by Cat Stevens.
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.
Carol Reed directs a host of British stars in this documentary-style WW2 adventure. Following the Dunkirk retreat, Lt. Jim Perry (David Niven) is assigned a bunch of raw recruits and sets about transforming them from bickering civilians into a proficient battle-ready fighting force. When training is finished, Perry and his men ship off to Africa and the battle of El Alamein....
In 16th century Rome, Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) commissions Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo refuses and tries to flee Rome, but is eventually forced to undertake the work by Julius. The project then takes on a subtler scale, representing not merely the heavenly hierarchy, but the clash of wills between the two men.
A collection of classic features from the iconic British film studio. 'Let's Be Famous' (1939), directed by Walter Forde, follows the adventures of Jimmy Houlihan (Jimmy O'Dea), an Irish shopkeeper who dreams of becoming a successful singer and unexpectedly earns his big break. In 'The Divided Heart' (1954), inspired by a true story and directed by Charles Crichton, a boy who is presumed an orphan of war is adopted by a German family. However, after a number of years his real mother locates him and attempts to regain custody. 'His Excellency' (1952), directed by Robert Hamer, follows George Harrison (Eric Portman), an everyday Yorkshire man who unexpectedly finds himself appointed to a position of authority on a Mediterranean island and causes chaos. 'Saloon Bar' (1940), directed by Forde, is set around Christmastime. However, with Eddie Graves (Alec Clunes) set to be executed for a crime he may not have committed things are far from festive. Can amateur sleuth Joe Harris (Gordon Harker) get to the bottom of what really happened in time to save him?
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.
Charlie Drake stars as a hapless sailor, forced to disguise himself as a Wren when his ship is commandeered by a band of Women's Libbers.
Club Elysium may seem like paradise, but just offshore a new breed of terror has been unleashed, and no one is safe from its savage, insatiable hunger.
While investigating the mysterious death of a diver, scuba instructor Anne Kimbrough makes a horrific discovery: Piranha-like fish, with wings that enable them to fly, are responsible. As the body count rises, Anne desperately tries to convince the resort's manager to call off the annual fish fry on the beach - but he's determined to give his guests the ultimate "feeding frenzy."
Packed with suspense, amazing special effects, and featuring a heroic performance by Lance Henriksen, Piranha 2: The Spawning will drench you in waves of cold, biting fear.
This terrifying thriller is based on Ira Levin's best seller in which Dr. Josel Mengele (Gregory Peck), alive and living in South America gathers a group of former Nazis to work on a mysterious project.
Ezra Lleberman (Laurence Olivier), begins to unravel the conspiracy and discovers that Mengele has cloned 94 young Hitlers. Suddenly the terrifying extent of Mengele's plan is revealed: twisting genetic science to become a new weapon of global horror.
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