Movie buffs alert!
The wait is over.
Olive Films will release seven films that have never—make that never, ever-–been released on DVD or Blu-ray.
Actually, on March 31, the films will be released on both Blu-ray and DVD. Plan the purchases, make the popcorn and take a day off work. Things don’t hotter than this . . . maybe a Klieg light?
Drum beat, please.
In chronicle release date . . .
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)
An aging bachelor in a small New England town, Harry Quincey (portrayed by George Sanders) finds love when a New York fashion designer (Ella Raines) visits the fabric mill where Harry works. But Harry’s long-overdue chance at happiness is thwarted by his neurotic sister Lettie (Geraldine Fitzgerald), who uses her physical ailments as a means of controlling her kind-hearted brother. When Harry proves himself serious about leaving the family home, Lettie goes to shocking extremes to keep him under her thumb. But Lettie fails to realize that her milquetoast brother may not be as harmless as he seems.
Produced by Joan Harrison (best known for her collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock) and directed by Robert Siodmak, The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry is a deceptively diabolical film, a cold-hearted film noir cloaked in the quaint atmosphere of a small-town romance.
The Shanghai Story (1954)
A captivating drama reminiscent of Grand Hotel (transposed to a Cold War setting), The Shanghai Story follows the intersecting lives of Western expatriates who are held in confinement by the Communist Chinese government. Edmond O’Brien stars as Dr. Dan Maynard, a physician determined to uphold the Hippocratic oath, without bending to the will of his heartless captors. The Chinese commander (Philip Ahn) suspects a spy among the Americans, and Maynard believes the informant must be Rita King (Ruth Roman), an icy beauty born in Tangiers, clad in diamonds and furs, seemingly immune to the martial law that hangs like a shadow over Shanghai. When an intelligence agent (Whit Bissell) is killed in a daring escape, O’Brien joins forces with a small-time hoodlum (Richard Jaeckel) to convey information to the Allied forces. But when Rita learns of the plot, will she bring about his success—or his downfall?
Stranger at My Door (1956)
After carrying out a brazen bank robbery, gunfighter Clay Anderson (portrayed by Skip Homeier) finds safe haven in the home of soft-spoken minister Hollis Jarret (Macdonald Carey), his beautiful wife Peg (Patricia Medina) and son (Stephen Wootton). Hollis extends to Clay every hospitality and gives him every chance at redemption, despite the undeniable sexual attraction that is clearly forming between Peg and the gunman.
In time, Hollis earns the outlaw’s respect, and encourages Clay to turn away from a life of crime. But Clay’s moral reformation comes just as the local sheriff (Louis Jean Heydt) tracks down his location, setting the stage for a tense, and potentially tragic, confrontation.
The Quiet Gun (1957)
A cattle rustler clad in black leather (played by Lee Van Cleef) intends to run a stolen herd to Hell’s Canyon. But first he must pass through Rock River, a town plagued by prejudice and corruption, but presided over by the tough but fair Sheriff Brandon (Forrest Tucker). When a man (Jim Davis) is lynched so that his ranch can be taken, Brandon faces down not only the cattle thief but his own townspeople, in a tireless effort to uphold the law. In the tradition of High Noon, The Quiet Gun is a tightly woven Western that exposes the hypocrisy of the morally pious, and valorizes those individuals who dare to stand up against injustice.
The Beat Generation (1959)
By the end of the ’50s, Hollywood’s fascination with bongo-beating, poetry-spouting Bohemians was waning. With The Beat Generation, co-writers Richard Matheson and Lewis Meltzer seized an opportunity to playfully mock the pseudo intellectual by using the beatnik world as a backdrop for their detective story–at turns a potboiler and an exploration of the criminal mind.
Steve Cochran stars as Dave Culloran, a woman-hating cop who has much in common with the serial rapist (Ray Danton) he is pursuing. The paths of the black-hearted cop and the black-gloved stalker converge when Culloran’s wife (Fay Spain) is assaulted by the criminal, becomes pregnant and, not knowing which man is the father, must decide whether or not to keep the baby.
In its final act, the grim drama takes an unexpected detour into slapstick, as Culloran pursues the culprit through a Beatnik hootenanny, and must navigate through a bizarre assortment of counter-culture stereotypes.
In addition to featured cameos by trumpeter Ray Anthony and popular personality Vampira, this Albert Zugsmith production includes musical cameos by Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars and early pop star Dick Contino (playing guitar, rather than his usual accordion).
Night Game (1989)
It’s a game of cat and mouse as Mike Seaver, a Galveston police detective portrayed by Roy Scheider, is in hot pursuit of serial killer terrorizing the city. When a string of murders is linked to night baseball games at the Astrodome, it’s Seaver (a former minor league player) pulling together clues and racing against time to prevent yet another murder. Night Game co-stars Lane Smith, Karen Young and Richard Bradford in a film directed by Peter Masterson from a screenplay written by Spender Eastman and Anthony Palmer, based on a story by Eastman.
Behind Enemy Lines (1997)
This is a story of sacrifice and redemption, Behind Enemy Lines stars Thomas Ian Griffith as Mike Weston, a soldier tasked with retrieving nuclear triggers before they fall into enemy hands. However, the plan goes awry with Mike barely escaping with his life while his friend and fellow soldier, Jones (Chris Mulky), is captured and taken hostage. After a year at home, Mike learns that Jones is still alive and that the Army plans to return to the jungle to rescue him. Action and adventure is ramped up when Mike volunteers for the mission and to save his friend.