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Monograms and Margarets
¡BOMBA ES LA BOMBA!
BOMBA THE JUNGLE BOY, VOLUME 2 (1952-55) He's back for a final rousing round-up of jungle action - Johnny Sheffield stars as Bomba, the boy who would be jungle king! Producer Walter Mirisch's skillful blend of high-caliber and cost-conscious camera trickery was refined to a bravura blend by this point in the series with an added dash of studio specialty spice. Monogram/Allied Artists' affinity for lean, mean noir is keenly felt in these latter installments which play out as more jungle crime thrillers than standard jungle adventure fare. Includes:
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MR. CHIPS (1939) Robert Donat's award winning performance may have seemed like
a spoiler in a year packed to the rafters with amazing acting - but there's a
good reason he won the laurels. Find out by watching this deeply moving film
about a man who loses a family but gains generations. And informed legions of
schoolkids that it was ok to mispronounce
KITTY FOYLE (1940) Ginger got the nod for playing the title gentlwoman in this breakout smash soaper depicting passion among the classes.
PRESENTING LILY MARS (1943) Judy got her first big-time grown up MGM glamour treatment in this backstage lucky break saga thats a cut above the rest. Based on a Booth Tarkington opus, Lily Mars' titular lady is small town girl who hounds a Broadway producer (Van Heflin) for a break - and gets one when the prod's leading lady ankles the show. But is it Lily's time to shine? Producer Joe Pasternak's first pairing with Judy, under the directorial auspices of Norman Taurog.
BELINDA (1948) Jane Wyman astonishes as a deaf-mute girl who faces prejudice,
gossip, horror and love high in the remote wilds of
RED BADGE OF COURAGE (1951) John Huston directs real-life war super-hero Audie Murphy in this adaptation of Stephen Crane's classic war tale.
Although the filmmaker may have felt differently, the final film resounds as an astonishing piece of cinema. The film is replete with film noir framed battle sequences, a fine narration by James Whitmore and a sensitive, revealing performance from Murphy, who knew the territory, inside and out.
THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE (1953) Errol Flynn swashbuckles out of his long association with Warner Bros. with this Technicolor piece of high-adventure adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. When a Scots laird decides to play both sides during the Jacobite rebellion, his catspaw scion (Flynn) ends up on the losing side, while his other son (Henry Steel) stands to inherit everything - land, title, and older brother's intended. Directed by William Keighley and shot by color king Jack Cardiff.
THE LOVED ONE (1965) From an impeccable pedigree - a novel by Evelyn Waugh, screenplay by Christopher Isherwood and Terry Southern - is born one of the maddest and blackest comedies the world has seldom seen.
Director Tony Richardson assembles an all-star team around center player Robert Morse (Mad Men) in this look at the American way of death. Morse plays Dennis Barlow, a British would-be poet, who falls for comely funeral cosmetician Aimée Thanatogenos (Anjanette Comer) when attempting to send his uncle (John Gielgud) out in style via Reverend Glenworthy's (Jonathan
Winters) Whispering Glades cemetery and mortuary. In need of funds and desperate to stay close to the cosmetician, Dennis takes on work at the Reverend's brother Henry's (Winters, in a dual role) pet cemetery, and becomes embroiled in a plan to send the dearly departed to the stars.
Originally advertised as "the motion picture with something to offend everyone!" Shot by the legendary Haskell Wexler, who also served as a producer.
GUMMO (1997) Harmony Korinne's directorial debut still devastates a decade and a half later. As much a tone/texture poem as a narrative film, Gummo depicts the post-apocalyptic lives of small town Americans stuck living in the present day. Prescient then, prescient still, Gummo lingers long in the memory.