TRAILERS

 

Cast: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia
Running Time: 2 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

A spaceship returns to Earth after a mission to Venus but the crew have brought a creature back with them which proceeds to grow to enormous size. It only asserts itself when threatened, which naturally it is when humans try to stop it from destroying Rome.

 

Cast: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard
Running Time: 3 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

The atmospheric use of black and white expressionist cinematography (by Robert Krasker), with harsh lighting and distorted camera angles, is a key feature of this rich and strange film. Combined with the unique musical theme, seedy locations, and excellent performances from the cast, the style evokes the atmosphere of an exhausted, cynical post-war Vienna at the start of the Cold War.

 

Cast: Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Tommy Retting
Running Time: 2 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

Bart has only one enemy in the world: his piano teacher Dr. Terwilliker. Dr. T has a mad plan to force 500 young boys to practice at his magnificent piano 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bart is the only hope to save these boys from being enslaved. Fantastic sets, screenplay, and even song lyrics were provided by Dr. Seuss. Features the only piano academy ever known to be equipped with cells and surrounded by an electric fence.

 

Cast: Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee, Arthur Kennedy, Troy Donahue
Running Time: 3 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

Propelled by a certain degree of infamy (due to its stand on sexual matters), an attractive pair of young lovers and a theme song that for a while was pretty near inescapable, A Summer Place was a big hit upon its initial release -- Seen today, it's pretty tame stuff, and modern audiences will laugh at some of the soapier moments (as well as some of sappier moments, usually given to Troy Donahue and/or Sandra Dee). Still, there's enough to A Summer Place to make it consistently enjoyable. Delmer Daves has directed slickly and stylishly, and there's some good over-the-top fun from the wicked Constance Ford. Indeed, the cast in general makes the film worth watching. Donahue can't really overcome a great deal of his material, but Dee does very well and in her centerpiece "examination" scene is exceptional. Richard Egan also does a fine job, even making the bluntly written "this is what the film is really all about" speeches work as well as can be expected. Even better are Arthur Kennedy and a gorgeous Dorothy McGuire who bring much more skill to their roles than is necessary, and Beulah Bondi, who seems to relish the rare opportunity of playing a member of the upper class. They're all shown off to their best visual advantage via Harry Stradling's yummy cinematography, which by itself is almost enough to make the viewer forgive the screenplay for its strained stretches.

 

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley
Running Time: 3 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

The 1951 John Huston classic, set in Africa during World War I, garnered Humphrey Bogart an Oscar for his role as a hard-drinking riverboat captain in Africa, who provides passage for a Christian missionary spinster (Katharine Hepburn). Taking an instant, mutual dislike to one another, the two endure rough waters, the presence of German soldiers, and their own bickering to finally fall into one another's arms. This is classic Huston material--part adventure, part quest--but this time with a pair of characters who'd all but given up on happiness. Bogart (a longtime collaborator with Huston on such classics as The Maltese Falcon and Key Largo) and Hepburn have never been better, and support from frequent Huston crony Robert Morley (Beat the Devil, also featuring Bogart) adds some extra dimension and color.

 

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly
Running Time: 3 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

This mammoth musical is at base the story of two sailors on leave in Hollywood. Brash Joseph Brady (Gene Kelly) has promised his shy pal Clarence Doolittle (Frank Sinatra) that he will introduce Clarence to all the glamorous movie starlets whom he allegedly knows so well. Featuring Kelly dancing with such partners as a cartoon mouse (courtesy of MGM's house animators Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera), Anchors Aweigh was a huge hit in 1945, assuring audiences future Gene Kelly/Frank Sinatra teamings.

 

Cast: Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers, George Douglas
Running Time: 2 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

Allison Hayes achieved screen immortality as Nancy Archer, the wealthy, dipsomaniac wife of shameless philanderer Harry Archer (William Hudson). When she witnesses the crash landing of a alien spaceship -- whose occupant is a 30-foot giant, dressed in the manner of a medieval Frenchmen! -- Nancy goes to the local sheriff (George Douglas) with her story, only to be laughed off as a drunken crank. Even the local TV anchorman makes cruel fun of Nancy on his nightly newscast. Meanwhile, hubby Harry is making whoopee at a roadhouse with his latest tootsie, Honey Parker (Yvette Vickers). Not long afterward, Nancy, who's been exposed to the radiation of the spaceship, begins to feel queasy. Within a few days, she has grown to the height of 50 feet and is lumbering around the countryside clad only in a gigantic towel, smashing houses and trees in search of her faithless husband shouting the immortal lines: "HARRY! HARRY!"

 

Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charlotte Henry, Felix Knight, Henry Kleinbach, Florence Roberts, The Three Little Pigs
Running Time: 4 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep's shoe and keep it and Little Bo Peep from the clutches of the evil Barnaby. When that fails, they trick Barnaby into marrying Stanley Dum instead of Bo Peep. Enraged, Barnaby unleashes the bogeymen from their caverns to destroy Toyland.

 

Cast: Miriam Hopkins, Frances Dee, Cedric Hardwicke, Billie Burke
Running Time: 2 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

The first three-strip Technicolor feature! Set against the background of the Battle of Waterloo, Becky Sharp is the story of Vanity Fair by Thackeray. Becky and Amelia are girls at school together, but Becky is from a "show biz" family, or in other words, very low class. Becky manages to insinuate herself in Amelia's family and gets to know all their friends. From this possibly auspicious- beginning, she manages to ruin her own life, becoming sick, broke, and lonely, and also ruins the lives of many other "loved ones". In the movie we get to see the class distinctions in England at the time, and get a sense of what it was like for the English military at the time of the Napoleonic wars.

 

Cast: Bela Lugosi, Duke Mitchell, Sammy Petrillo
Running Time: 2 mins.
Vault: TRAILERS

Lugosi is cast as Dr. Zabor, a stereotypically sinister jungle doctor on the island of Kola-Kola. The real stars of this disaster though are Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo, a bargain-basement Martin and Lewis knockoff who were eventually sued by Jerry Lewis himself, leading to the team's breakup in 1957. Mitchell doesn't look anything like Dean Martin, but Petrillo does a fairly good Lewis imitation, despite working with an absolutely awful script which has branded this film as one of the worst comedies of all time!

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