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Adventures in Blu-ray: Crime of Passion (1957)

I don’t mind telling you—when my part-time employer, ClassicFlix, announced in February of this year that they were rolling out their very own DVD/Blu-ray label…I was a tad skeptical.  But their releases have surprised even jaded, cynical ol’ me; they’ve brought back quite a few titles from the Land of Dead DVDs (also referred to… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Crime of Passion (1957)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: Topper (1937)

In the 1930s, Hal Roach’s success as an independent producer of short movie comedies was threatened by events completely beyond his control.  His “Lot of Fun” had cranked out one- and two-reelers since 1915 and introduced the ticket-buying public to such popular film comedians as Harold Lloyd, Charley Chase, and Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy. … Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Topper (1937)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: One Million B.C. (1940)

The last Hollywood project that the legendary D.W. Griffith worked on before being ignored by the industry until his passing in 1948 was a fantasy-adventure film produced at Hal Roach’s “Lot of Fun,” One Million B.C. (1940).  Roach hired Griffith to produce that movie and his earlier Of Mice and Men (1939), requesting in a… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: One Million B.C. (1940)

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Buried Treasures: Little Orphant Annie (1918)

The members of the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear faithful comprise a very erudite crowd (okay, you can take your hands out of your pants pockets now—I’m not asking for money) and they’re no doubt aware that if I were to mention “James Whitcomb Riley” their immediate reaction would be to think of his famous 1885 poem Little Orphant… Continue reading Buried Treasures: Little Orphant Annie (1918)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

In 1922, motion picture audiences were treated to The Man from Hell’s River, the first of a myriad of feature films and serials starring a German Shepherd that had been rescued from a World War I battlefield by American soldier Lee Duncan.  Following in the paw prints of the earlier silver screen canine known as Strongheart,… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: The Phantom Honeymoon (1919)

Professor Juno P. Tidewater (Leon Dadmun), is a respected member of the Psychological Research Society—and part of his job title with that outfit is debunking ghosts.  He’ll get the opportunity to engage in this pastime while touring Ireland with nieces Vera (Harriet Cox) and Caroline (Katherine Perkins); while the three of them are sightseeing, they happen… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Phantom Honeymoon (1919)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: Caught (1949)

It’s a fairy tale right out of Cinderella!  A young carhop named Leonora (Maude) Eames (Barbara Bel Geddes), meets and marries dashing tri-zillionaire Smith Ohlrig (Robert Ryan), and soon settles in for a life of ease and plenty.  Jewelry, dresses, minks—plus a gaw-jus house complete with swimming pool, perfect for lunching around in the afternoons.  Only in America,… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Caught (1949)