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Old time movies from the Silent to Adventure and Mystery. Movies that have stood the test of time as all-time favorites or hard to find, are here for you to purchase.


Anna Karenina  $12.00 DVD 

Actors: Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew, Maureen O'Sullivan, May Robson Directors: Clarence Brown Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC Language: English Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 1 Run Time: 93 minutes 1935

Garbo won two consecutive New York Film Critics Awards for best actress in this and Camille--an altogether more satisfying selection. At 95 minutes, this great David O. Selznick movie has a rich supporting cast of characters in Tolstoy's thick novel (notably Kitty, through no fault of the perky Maureen O'Sullivan). Garbo's quiet "Too late, too late," as she realizes early on what a tragedy her obsessive love affair must lead to, is exquisitely doomed; with Fredric March  as tiresome, even petulant, Vronsky. Oddly it is Basil Rathbone, icy-cold as the careerist husband Karenin, who inspires more sympathy than the lover.

Anna Karenina, dutiful wife and doting mother, knows contentment but not passion. That changes when she meets ardent Count Vronsky. For him, she throws away marriage, family, social position and finally her life. Leo Tolstoy's novel receives sumptuous treatment in David O. Selznick's production. The cast - including Fredric March (as Vronsky), Basil Rathbone, Maureen O'Sullivan and Freddie Bartholomew - is stellar under the direction of Clarence Brown. But the soul of the film is Greta Garbo in a nuanced performance that won the New York Film Critics Best Actress Award. At the height of her art, Garbo is unforgettable as a woman helpless in love's thrall and heartbroken at the loss of her son. Her final scene will haunt you.



$10.00 Worldwide favorite Christmas movie.
A Christmas Carol
This, the colorized version of this 1951 Christmas Classic, is the desert-island choice of the many versions of A Christmas Carol, with a magnificent and full-bodied portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge by Alastair Sim that leaves everyone else in the dust. Lean and direct, this film's version of the story wastes no time trying to impress viewers with the magical nature of the spirits' visitations. Director Brian Desmond Hurst keeps the focus on Scrooge's life story, beautifully simplifying and underscoring the theme of his lost women with a haunting musical refrain from the folk song "Barbara Allen." Sim's commitment to the role is at times astonishing; his Scrooge's Christmas-morning ecstasy is a marvel of giddy technique. Watch for Patrick Macnee as the young Jacob Marley--the actor made his screen debut in this 1951 production.
Ebeneezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) contentedly meanders through his life as a cruel miser until one fateful Christmas Eve when he is visited by three ghosts. The spirits show him how his behavior over the years has made him a lonely, bitter man, and how his heart has grown colder. Using events from Scrooge's idealistic past, dreary present and dismal future, the apparitions try their best to melt his steely soul. Tightfisted Ebenezer Scrooge learns the error of his ways through the intervention of the ghost of his former partner and of the three spirits and, just in time for the holidays, manages to make everyone’s lives a little brighter, his included!
Actors: Alastair Sim, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Michael Hordern
Directors: Brian Desmond Hurst
Format:  NTSC
Language: English


$10.00 Dean Stockwell child movie classic.
The Boy With Green Hair
Finding a curiously silent young runaway boy (Dean Stockwell) whose head has been completely shaved, small town police call in a psychologist (Robert Ryan) and discover that he is a war orphan named Peter Frye. Moving in with an understanding retired actor named Gramps (Pat O'Brien), Peter starts going to school and generally begins living the life of a normal boy until his class gets involved with trying to help war orphans in Europe and Asia. Peter soon realizes that -- like the children on the posters, whose images haunt him -- he, too, is a war orphan. The realization about his parents and the work helping the orphans makes Peter turn very serious, and he is further troubled when he overhears the adults around him talking about the world preparing for another war. Peter awakens the next day and his hair has turned green, prompting him to run away after being taunted by the townspeople and his peers. Suddenly, appearing before him in a lonely part of the woods are the orphaned children whose pictures he saw on the posters. They tell him that he is a war orphan, but that with his green hair he can make a difference and must tell people that war is dangerous for children. He leaves determined to deliver his message to any and all. Upon his return, the townspeople chase Peter, and even Gramps tries to encourage him to consider shaving his hair so that it might grow back normally. He agrees to get his head shaved, and the town barber does the job -- that night, however, Peter runs away. Later reunited with Gramps, Peter learns that there are adults out there who accept what he has to say and want him to go on saying it. He's sure that his hair will grow back in green again, and he will continue to carry his message.
Actors: Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Barbara Hale, Dean Stockwell, Richard Lyon, See more
Directors: Joseph Losey
Format: Import, NTSC
Language: English


$10.00 Tim McCoy in a Western SciFi type Mystery!
Ghost Patrol
Low-budget producer Sigmund Neufeld borrowed some of Kenneth Strickfaden's famous gadgets for this unusual Western that combines several genres: B-Western, gangster melodrama, and science fiction. With Sam Newfield (born Samuel Neufeld), the producer's brother and a notorious hack, holding the megaphone, everything is just a little bit rushed, of course, but Strickfaden's doodads add much-needed production values. Tim McCoy is fine as always and a good cast of old pros make sure that a good time is had by all.
A cowboy turned G-Man looks into a series of mysterious plane crashes in this low-budget but fairly engrossing B-Western starring Tim McCoy. Masquerading as an outlaw, Tim Caverly manages to infiltrate a gang of mail thieves holed up in a ghost town. As Tim discovers, the gang leaders, Dawson (Walter Miller) and Kincaid (Wheeler Oakman), have kidnapped Professor Brent (Lloyd Ingraham), whose electrical ray gun is used to shoot down the planes. Also arriving at the hideout is Natalie (Claudia Dell), the professor's pretty daughter, who warns her father that women and children were among the victims of the latest crash. Although Dawson is suspecting Tim to be a G-Man, the villain orders Brent to shoot down an incoming government plane. There is an exchange of gunfire between Dawson and Tim, and Brent is shot attempting to shut off the ray gun. The professor survives, however, and the villains are apprehended.
 Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Language: English
• Theatrical Release Date: January 1, 1936


Lil Abner   DVD $12.00
Actors: Jeff York, Martha O'Driscoll, Mona Ray, Johnnie Morris, Buster Keaton
Directors: Albert S. Rogell
Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Live, NTSC
Region: Region 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: NR (Not Rated) 1940
Run Time: 72 minutes
This screen adaptation of LI'L Abner does one thing very well: capture the bizarre physical look of Al Capp's outlandish cartoon world. It's not just Granville Owen (a.k.a. Jeff York)'s muscle-bound, lantern-jawed, curlicue banged Abner either ; even the unrealistically squat, potato-nosed Mammy Yokum and outlandishly-bodied Daisy Mae look as if they stepped right out of the newspaper and onto the screen, and the settings are very faithful. The cast's "rightness" goes beyond the physical; while the characters are, by design, lacking in depth, the cast captures their personalities very well. Albert Rogell is to be commended for casting the immortal Buster Keaton, even if it's in a part that doesn't allow him to shine very much. Abner has the right look; it's too bad its charms are too much on the surface. Sadie hawkins Day plays a big [art of the show.
This is the first of two filmed adaptations of Al Capp's classic comic strip, in which the title hillbilly (Granville Owen) does his best to avoid the marital advances of girlfriend Daisy Mae (Martha O'Driscoll).


Lost Horizon   $15.00  DVD   Starring Ronald Colman; Jane Wyatt; John Howard; Directed by Frank Capra;
Originally Released in: 1937  Number of Discs: 1
Frank Capra's timeless masterpiece is fully restored. Based on James Hilton's book, five people stumble upon an idyllic valley in the Himalayas called Shangri-La, where peace abounds and time has virtually stopped. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture. Academy Awards: Best Film Editing, Best Interior Decoration.
Plot Synopsis:
The classic film adaptation of James Hilton's romantic novel of a paradise found... and almost lost forever.
Revolution has broken out in China, and English diplomat Robert Conway and his brother George help to evacuate British citizens from the danger zone. But on their way home, gunmen hijack their plane and take them off course; they finally crash in the mountains of Tibet. To the survivors' surprise, a rescue team approaches and leads them into the land of Shangri-La. Robert Conway discovers that the country, established nearly two centuries ago, has magic qualities; within its borders people may survive for hundreds of years, and live in peace and harmony with each other and the world. For Robert, Shangri-La is everything he ever dreamed of -- but his brother wants only to leave. Should he stay, and desert his brother... or go, and never see Shangri-La again?


The Petrified Forest DVD $12.00
Actors: Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Genevieve Tobin, Dick Foran, Humphrey Bogart
Directors: Archie Mayo, Roy Mack, Friz Freleng
Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
Language English
Leslie Howard (the Hitchhiking author) and Humphrey Bogart (the wanted mobster on the run) and Bette  Davis (the Paris dreaming waitress) meet near the Petrified Forest and it is a matter of life or death. This was made again into a film called "Escape in the Desert." This is a story a lot of people coming from different directions in their life. Together they evaluate and solve their problems the best they can in a short given time. The beauty in this movie is the action and reaction of the characters.


$9.00 Mystery, murder and theater!
Phantom Of 42nd Street
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Language: English
• Theatrical Release Date: May 2, 1945
• Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
• Import, Black & White, NTSC
A policeman teams up with a drama critic to solve a mystery in this drama. They look into a case involving a wealthy, famous uncle who is killed backstage. His death destroys the Broadway debut of the uncle's niece whose father, also a very popular actor, becomes the prime suspect as the recently bankrupt fellow was in line to inherit the uncle's fortune. It is a complex case, but somehow the critic and the cop are able to sort through it all and reveal who the killer's identity is.
Stars: Dave O'Brien, Kay Aldridge and Alan Mowbray.


Tarzan Of The Apes  1932  $10.00 DVD James Parker (C. Aubrey Smith) is an English explorer in deepest Africa who has settled into the life of running a trading post. However, what he really wants to do is search for - and find - the fabled Elephants' Graveyard which legend has it contains so much ivory that it could make Parker a very rich man indeed. Currently, the thing he misses most about home is his daughter Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan), so it's fortunate that she should arrive at the post that very day, eager to accompany her father on his expedition. Little does she know what a life-changing adventure she is about to embark on...Luckily, there's one white man who respects his environment and the locals, and he's Tarzan, played by the record-breaking Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the role almost everyone recalls him for. As I say, this is more Jane's tale than his, but he is integral to her breaking away from her upbringing and family and standing on her own two feet. Already when we meet her she is well on the way to emancipation, although she does have a tendency to cry and scream when in the face of danger - she almost follows one of the bearers off a cliff.

When Jane is kidnapped by Tarzan she is frightened, but gradually she grows to like this rough wildman for his tender side, and when she is recaptured by Parker and his right hand man Harry Holt (Neil Hamilton, the future Commissioner Gordon of TV's Batman), she is more hurt by the fact they shoot one of Tarzan's ape friends; Tarzan is pretty dismayed too. That seems to be the supposedly civilised white men's answer to everything: just shoot it, so much so that I'm surprised they weren't taking potshots at the mosquitos. Tarzan's way of life is far more appealing to Jane, she realises, and as he can save her from a tribe of pygmies among other things, he has to be the man for her. The film may look primitive now, but Weissmuller and O'Sullivan make a great couple, and it was a fine start to the celebrated series.


The Last Days Of Pompeii $12.00 DVD Classic 1935 movie of the end of Pompeii    Actors: Wryley Birch, Ward Bond, Louis Calhern, Preston S. Foster, Alan Hale Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack Format: NTSC Language: English Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Fresh off their monumental success with King Kong, producer Merian Cooper and director Ernest Schoedsack teamed again on The Last Days of Pompeii, another big-scale offering with a special-effects emphasis. Nominally based on the Bulwer-Lytton book, the film invents a new storyline much in the spirit of the Cecil B. DeMille religioso-melodrama school. Preston Foster plays a pacifist blacksmith whose life is ruined by fate; he turns his fighting skills to the gladiatorial arena and raises a foster son. A cameo appearance by Jesus Christ affects the boy but not the man, and it all comes a-cropper years later when Mount Vesuvius gets restless outside Pompeii's city limits. One of several definite bright spots: Basil Rathbone, bringing his equine deliberation to the role of Pontius Pilate.

The last moments of The Last Days of Pompeii are thrilling. Pompeii is one of those "historical" epics that plays fast and loose with history. They do well with Pontius Pilate, helped no doubt by Basil Rathbone's sly performance. When the climactic destruction arrives, Willis O'Brien's special effects make the viewer sit up and take notice. O'Brien's work is not as seamless as modern CGI, but it's still enormously effective. As Marcus, Preston S. Foster goes through the motions with all the right feelings. Rathbone steals any scene he is in, and Louis Calhern has decent moments.


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