Classic Movies

Grey Market Cinema: Casbah (1948)

Jewel thief Pépé Le Moko (Tony Martin) is wanted by the French police...for obvious reasons.  Pépé is the mastermind of a gang of no-accounts that operates out of The Casbah in Algiers (Casbah translates as "fortress" or "citadel"), an area where he can apparently move freely without being molested by the gendarmes.  Algiers' police commissioner… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Casbah (1948)

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Grey Market Cinema: All the Way Home (1963)

Upon his death in 1955, author and film critic James Agee did not leave his wife Mia with much money to keep their family going, and so editor David McDowell decided to publish an unfinished work of Agee's (which Jim had been working on since 1948) entitled A Death in the Family.  An autobiographical novel… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: All the Way Home (1963)

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Grey Market Cinema: Non-Stop New York (1937)

On New Year's Eve in the Big Apple, down-and-out chorus girl Jennie Carr (Anna Lee) depends on the kindness of a stranger: mob lawyer Billy Cooper (James Pirrie), who takes the hungry woman in for some sustenance on the eve of his departure for England.  In Cooper's apartment, Jennie stumbles across a transient named Henry… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Non-Stop New York (1937)

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Grey Market Cinema: Swiss Family Robinson (1940)

Pastor Johann David Wyss’ novel The Swiss Family Robinson (Der Schweizerische Robinson), first published in 1812, has served as inspiration for several motion pictures and television adaptations (the series Lost in Space, for example, functions essentially as a “Swiss Family Robinson in the cosmos”) with perhaps the best-known adaptation emanating from the Walt Disney Studios in 1960.  The… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Swiss Family Robinson (1940)

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Grey Market Cinema: Black Tuesday (1954)

Convicted racketeer Vincent Canelli (Edward G. Robinson) has a date with “Old Sparky” (in layman's terms, the electric chair).  He’s not, however, going out alone; the state has a doubleheader planned that evening in that they’ll also be frying Peter Manning (Peter Graves), a man who robbed a bank of $200,000…but unfortunately, killed a cop… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Black Tuesday (1954)

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Grey Market Cinema: Here Come the Nelsons (1952)

Beginning on radio in 1944 and continuing until the popular sitcom telecast its last episode on the small screen in 1966, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was one of show business’ greatest misnomers.  Ozzie and Harriet Nelson—“America’s favorite young couple”—may have been involved in the radio/TV endeavors…but their weekly visits into the homes of American listeners/viewers were… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Here Come the Nelsons (1952)

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Gray Market Cinema: The Wedding March (1928)

During the brief period The Great DISH Austerity Program was in effect here at Rancho Yesteryear, I was kind of bummed missing out on one particular “Summer Under the Stars” presentation on The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™.  Their August 4 daylong tribute to Fay Wray was going to yield a pair of rarely… Continue reading Gray Market Cinema: The Wedding March (1928)