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A Look at Al Capone in the Movies

Al Capone is America’s best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city and an interesting variety of Hollywood stars have had the leading role as Al Capone in the many films that have been made that featured him as a character.

The first film about Capone was produced when he was still making headlines. The main character may be named Antonio Camonte, but there’s little doubt as to who producer Howard Hughes had in mind when he and director Howard Hawks filmed Scarface during the Great Depression. Camonte shares more than the same initials with one Al Capone, who was about to begin his eleven-year sentence for tax evasion when the movie was released
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The Wrong Man

Alfred Hitchcock's true-life saga of a man wrongly accused may be Hitchcock's most troublesome movie -- all the parts work, but does it even begin to come together? Henry Fonda is the 'ordinary victim of fate' and an excellent Vera Miles is haunting as the wife who responds to the guilt and stress by withdrawing from reality. The Wrong Man Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1956 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date January 26, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle, Harold J. Stone, John Heldabrand, Doreen Lang, Norma Connolly, Lola D'Annunzio, Robert Essen, Dayton Lummis, Charles Cooper, Esther Minciotti, Laurinda Barrett, Nehemiah Persoff. Cinematography Robert Burks Art Direction Paul Sylbert Film Editor George Tomasini Original Music Bernard Herrmann Written by Maxwell Anderson and Angus MacPhail Produced and Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The Wrong Man sees Alfred Hitchcock at the end of
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Chance to Check Out Heston Directing Self in 'Man" Remake

Charlton Heston movies: ‘A Man for All Seasons’ remake, ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ (photo: Charlton Heston as Ben-Hur) (See previous post: “Charlton Heston: Moses Minus Staff Plus Chariot Equals Ben-Hur.”) I’ve yet to watch Irving Rapper’s melo Bad for Each Other (1954), co-starring the sultry Lizabeth Scott — always a good enough reason to check out any movie, regardless of plot or leading man. A major curiosity is the 1988 made-for-tv version of A Man for All Seasons, with Charlton Heston in the Oscar-winning Paul Scofield role (Sir Thomas More) and on Fred Zinnemann’s director’s chair. Vanessa Redgrave, who plays Thomas More’s wife in the TV movie (Wendy Hiller in the original) had a cameo as Anne Boleyn in the 1966 film. According to the IMDb, Robert Bolt, who wrote the Oscar-winning 1966 movie (and the original play), is credited for the 1988 version’s screenplay as well. Also of note,
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Bogart and the Stuff That Both Dreams and Nightmares Are Made Of

Humphrey Bogart movies: ‘The Maltese Falcon,’ ‘High Sierra’ (Image: Most famous Humphrey Bogart quote: ‘The stuff that dreams are made of’ from ‘The Maltese Falcon’) (See previous post: “Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall Movies.”) Besides 1948, 1941 was another great year for Humphrey Bogart — one also featuring a movie with the word “Sierra” in the title. Indeed, that was when Bogart became a major star thanks to Raoul Walsh’s High Sierra and John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon. In the former, Bogart plays an ex-con who falls in love with top-billed Ida Lupino — though both are outacted by ingénue-with-a-heart-of-tin Joan Leslie. In the latter, Bogart plays Dashiel Hammett’s private detective Sam Spade, trying to discover the fate of the titular object; along the way, he is outacted by just about every other cast member, from Mary Astor’s is-she-for-real dame-in-distress to Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee Sydney Greenstreet. John Huston
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Carson Interviews, Wilder Movies Tonight

Billy Wilder movies, Johnny Carson interviews tonight on TCM Billy Wilder is Turner Classic Movies’ Director of the Evening tonight, July 8, 2013. But before Wilder Evening begins, TCM will be presenting a series of brief interviews from The Tonight Show, back in the old Johnny Carson days — or rather, nights. The Carson interviewees this evening are Doris Day, Charlton Heston, Tony Curtis, Chevy Chase, and Steve Martin. (See also: Doris Day today.) (Photo: Billy Wilder.) As for Billy Wilder, TCM will be showing the following: Some Like It Hot (1959), The Fortune Cookie (1966), The Spirit of St. Louis (1958), and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Of course, all of those have been shown before and are widely available. Some Like It Hot vs. The Major and the Minor: Subversive and subversiver Some Like It Hot is perhaps Billy Wilder’s best-known film. This broad comedy featuring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis
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Review: "Mr. Lucky: The Complete Series" On DVD From Timeless Media Group

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By Harvey Chartrand

Mr. Lucky: The Complete Series is now available for the first time ever as a 4-dvd box set from Timeless Media Group… all 34 episodes, with a running time of about 840 minutes. Mr. Lucky– created by writer/director Blake Edwards (Peter Gunn) – ran for only one season (from 1959 to 1960), even though it was a hit with viewers.

This adventure/crime drama is a sort of Peter Gunn Lite, featuring a lush, organ-powered theme song by Henry Mancini (a bonus CD of Mr. Lucky’s soundtrack is included in the set), an assortment of shady characters aboard a floating casino, and competent acting by series regulars John Vivyan (as suave professional gambler Mr. Lucky), Ross Martin (as his sidekick and business partner Andamo), Pippa Scott (as Mr. Lucky’s girlfriend Maggie Shank-Rutherford) and Tom Brown (as Lieutenant Rovacs, Mr. Lucky’s
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Hollywood’s Al Capone

The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it.s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it.s the year that the headline is from. It.s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated last Spring on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I.ve been writing a regular monthly movie-related column since. Since there is no on-line version of The Globe, I post all of my articles here at We Are Movie Geeks. This month’s edition of The Globe takes place in 1947. The headline on the cover will scream “Al Capone Dead!” and there will be several articles about the famous gangster.
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DVD Playhouse--June 2011

DVD Playhouse June 2011

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Allen Gardner

Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion) Robert Aldrich’s 1955 reinvention of the film noir detective story is one of cinema’s great genre mash-ups: part hardboiled noir; part cold war paranoid thriller; and part science- fiction. Ralph Meeker plays Mickey Spillane’s fascist detective Mike Hammer as a narcissistic simian thug, a sadist who would rather smash a suspect’s fingers than make love to the bevvy of beautiful dames that cross his path. In fact, the only time you see a smile cross Meeker’s sneering mug is when he’s doling out pain, with a vengeance. When a terrified young woman (Cloris Leachman, film debut) literally crossed Hammer’s path one night, and later turns up dead, he vows to get to the bottom of her brutal demise. One of the most influential films ever made, and perhaps the most-cited film by the architects
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The Comancheros

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At a time when movie stars were truly larger-than-life and iconic, few stood taller and were more memorable than John Wayne. The Duke more or less played himself, the tall, laconic keeper of the moral code regardless of era or genre. He’s best remembered for his work in Westerns, ultimately earning his one Oscar for True Grit, a tribute to a career spent along the dusty trails of a bygone America.

Bit by bit, Wayne’s oeuvre is being preserved on DVD and now Blu-ray, with The Comancheros being the most recent offering. In time for the perfect Father’s Day gift, the deluxe package from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment offers up one of Wayne’s last big Westerns just as interest in the genre was beginning to wane. The movie is well regarded by many Western fans and Elmer Bernstein’s score has lived on, well beyond the film itself,
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Blu-Ray Review: Paul Newman, John Wayne Classics For Father’s Day

Chicago – Two of cinema’s most iconic actors appeared on Blu-ray new release shelves this week with excellent HD transfers and hours of special features for 50th Anniversary Editions of Paul Newman’s “The Hustler” and John Wayne’s “The Comancheros.” History has well-documented that the Newman is one of the best films from one of the form’s best actors. The Wayne film may have a more niche audience but they’re surely be satisfied with a very solid release.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

Packaged like hardcover books with photos and essays included in the actual packaging, the releases of “The Hustler” and “The Comancheros” are appealing before the disc has even been put in your machine. There’s not a lot of information in the books but they get you in the mood to watch the movie, not unlike leafing through a program before a play.

The Hustler was released
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Saddle up for The Comancheros on Blu-ray!

The John Wayne classic western The Comancheros has ridden to Blu-ray from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and M&C.s giving away three copies! Wayne is Capt. Jake Cutter, a Texas Ranger determined to crush a powerful outlaw gang that's selling guns to the Indians. Cutter is also trying to bring in gambler Paul Regret (Whitman), who's wanted for murder. Both missions get entangled when Cutter crosses paths with Regret unexpectedly, and the men form an unlikely friendship while Regret decides which side of the law he's really on. Co-starring Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff and Lee Marvin, The Comancheros is a rousing western, and the last film of director Michael Curtiz. Special features include audio commentary
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This Father.S Day, The Boys Are Back In Town

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Hustler and The Comancheros On Blu-ray For the First Time May 17th And Relive the Intense Vietnam Story Tigerland on Blu-ray For the First Time May 24th

Hold on to your hats and get ready for three action-packed films when The Hustler, The Comancheros and Tigerland come to Blu-ray for the first time from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Hustler andTHE Comancheros, the two classic films are available in special Blu-ray book packaging, including rare photos from the Fox archives and brand new special features.

The Comancheros

John Wayne is Capt. Jake Cutter, a Texas Ranger determined to crush a powerful outlaw gang that’s selling guns to the Indians. Cutter is also trying to bring in gambler Paul Regret (Whitman), who’s wanted for murder. Both missions get entangled when Cutter crosses paths with Regret unexpectedly,
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Rare Movie Alert! "Fate Is The Hunter" On TCM Sunday January 2

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Fate is the Hunter, the tense 1964 drama about the investigation into a mysterious and disastrous crash of an airliner, will be shown on Turner Classic Movies on Sunday, January 2 at 10:00 Pm (Est). The movie, directed by Ralph Nelson, boasts a superb cast: Glenn Ford, Rod Taylor, Nancy Kwan, Jane Russell, Suzanne Pleshette, Nehemiah Persoff and Wally Cox. The movie has never been released on DVD.
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DVD Releases: 9/14/2010: Have a Fringe Feast in Amityville at Twilight

After a very quiet post-Labor Day weekend for new movies, where Resident Evil: Afterlife (review) was the only major film released widely (and owned the box office), this week's new horror DVD titles aren't aplenty either.

But we do have television shows from the recent season and re-releases of older titles all trying to chase the Blu(-ray) dollar.

Fringe: The Complete Second Season

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While "Fringe" is not strictly horror per se, the sense of fear and suspense that greets us week after week should qualify for some mention. They have enough quality freaks of the week and bloodshed to satisfy the fiends in us. This is the acting job that Leonard Nimoy is retiring from! "Fringe" stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown and Jasika Nicole.

Buy the Blu-ray set or the regular DVD box set.

The Twilight Zone: Season
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Three Clips from The Twilight Zone: Season One Blu-ray

As if you needed any other encouragement to pick up a copy of "The Twilight Zone" Season One on Blu-ray on Tuesday, September 14th, we've got three clips from the upcoming box set from Image Entertainment.

All new 1080p high-definition transfers have been created from the original camera negatives, as well as uncompressed Pcm audio, remastered from the original magnetic soundtracks. In addition, the set includes new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else, including the rarely seen, never-before-released unofficial pilot “The Time Element,” written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz – the episode that started a cultural phenomenon – presented in glorious high definition!

Also included are 19 new audio commentaries, 34 isolated music scores, 18 radio dramas, new and archival cast/crew and scholar interviews, a “Tales of Tomorrow” episode of “What You Need,” the original unaired pilot version of “Where Is Everybody?” along with Rod Serling’s network pitch,
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Twilight Zone: Season 1 on Hi-Def Blu-ray September 14th!

In 1959, a ground-breaking television series premiered - investigating the futuristic, the telepathic, the cryptic, and the metaphysical: The Twilight Zone. Every week, Rod Serling's masterwork of "fear noir" took viewers from the safety of their living rooms on amazing journeys of fantasy and imagination. On September 14th, Image Entertainment will release the complete first season of The Twilight Zone, fully remastered for Blu-ray&#8482.

All new 1080p high-definition transfers have been created from the original camera negatives, as well as uncompressed Pcm audio, remastered from the original magnetic soundtracks. In addition, the set includes new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else, including the rarely seen, never-before-released unofficial pilot "The Time Element," written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz - the episode that started a cultural phenomenon - presented in glorious high definition!

Also included are 19 new audio commentaries, 34 isolated music scores, 18 radio dramas, new and archival cast/crew and scholar interviews,
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Official Blu-ray Specs: The Twilight Zone: Season One

Now this is how we like capping off a work week! Pull up a chair, dear reader, as we have got the complete specs for "The Twilight Zone" Season One for you. I want to nest inside of this Blu-ray like Han Solo did a Tauntaun on planet Hoth. And the angels sing ...

From the Press Release

In 1959, a ground-breaking television series premiered – investigating the futuristic, the telepathic, the cryptic, and the metaphysical: The Twilight Zone. Every week, Rod Serling’s masterwork of “fear noir” took viewers from the safety of their living rooms on amazing journeys of fantasy and imagination. On September 14th, Image Entertainment will release the complete first season of The Twilight Zone, fully remastered for Blu-ray™.

All new 1080p high-definition transfers have been created from the original camera negatives, as well as uncompressed Pcm audio, remastered from the original magnetic soundtracks. In addition, the set includes
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War Movie Mondays: ‘Men In War’

Director Anthony Mann helmed this somewhat forgotten Korean War film which pits a small platoon of American soldiers against unseen North Korean snipers and combatants as U.N. forces are pushed further back across the 38th Parallel in September, 1950. The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 as communist insurgents attempted to overthrow the democratic government of the south. The Korean peninsula became divided by the victors after the end of World War II.

The North embraced Chinese communism, while the south became democratic. The U.S. was the first major power to send in an expeditionary force to help its South Korean allies stem the communist invasion. Within a few short months, the U.N. forces were fighting with their backs against the sea and it looked like the war was about to be lost.

Men in War‘ (1957) was originally conceived as a World War II story set during the D-Day invasion.
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'Fievel Goes West'

Full of high and low comedy, virtuosity and good spirits, ''An American Tail: Fievel Goes West'' well deserves the sobriquet ''family film''; there really is something here for everyone in the family.

Directors Phil Nibbelink and Simon Wells have, along with a large band of gifted animation talents, produced a feature that emphasizes speed, motion, bright colors, shifts of perspective, and eye-popping computer graphics all served up in a stylish rush. Boxoffice prospects look exceptionally good.

The feature finds the title mouse, Fievel Mousekewitz, still living in the Bronx with his family of Russian-Jewish immigrants. A mass attack by cats drives the family underground (in a super rapids ride through the sewers) where they and a swarm of other, similarly harried mice are persuaded by a ticket-bearing, spiel-speaking mouse to head out west for a new settlement. The assembled mice agree, not knowing that the mouse is a puppet front for the evil feline Cat R. Waul, who together with his spider aide, T.R. Chula, and a gang of cats, plans to use these immigrants as the basis of a regular voluntary food supply.

There is also a subplot featuring Fievel's cat buddy, the tubby Tiger, and that fat cat's girlfriend, the saloon-singing Miss Kitty. They, together with Fievel and a broken-down old western hound named Wylie Burp, triumph over the cats in the climactic showdown.

However, the movie is less about its story than its technique, which is a delightfully relentless, zooming onslaught. Fievel goes from one trouble spot to another, from traps by alley cats to falls from moving trains to capture by a buzzard to being bottled up by the spider. And when Fievel gets a rest, its Tiger's turn for misadventure.

These episodes unwind in the densest concentration of computer graphics effects ever marshalled for a major feature release, and angles and perspectives spin vertiginously and continuously, the dazzle compounded by the flamboyantly bright coloring.

However, the animators have not neglected their character work, and the individuals are portrayed in elastic eloquence, with faces and whole bodies undergoing comically expressive transformations. The bulbous Tiger goes through some particularly circular transformations while the villainous Cat R. Waul (who seems based on the Fox in ''Pinocchio'') is all calculating angles.

The three main songs are bouncy and appropriate, though not as memorable as the original's ''Somewhere Out There, '' which gets a short reprise from Fievel's older sister Tanya, whose singing aspirations form part of the plot's engine. The theme from ''Rawhide'' gets a short and amusing (for grownups) run-through. James Horner's score is a nice western pastiche, from Copeland to hoedown.

The voices are all well-done, with John Cleese doing a drolly supercilious turn as Cat R. Waul and Jon Lovitz a chip-on-the-right-shoulder T.R. Chula. As the voice of Wylie Burp, James Stewart was an extremely effective choice, and his denouement benediction provides a perfect closing sentiment. Dom DeLuise (Tiger), Phillip Glasser (Fievel), Nehemiah Persoff (Poppa Mousekewitz) and Erica Yohn (Mama Mousekewitz) all return from the original, while Amy Irving performs for Miss Kitty and Cathy Cavadini is perfectly on key and off as Tanya.

AN AMERICAN TAIL: FIEVEL GOES WEST

UNIVERSAL

Steven Spielberg Presents

Producers Steven Spielberg, Robert Watts

Directors Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells

Story Charles Swenson

Screenplay Flint Dille

Created by David Kirschner

Original songs James Horner, Will Jennings

Music James Horner

Casting Nancy Nayor, C.S.A., Valerie McCaffrey

Art director Neil Ross

Supervising animators Nancy Beiman, Kristof Serrand, Rob Stevenhagen

Special effects supervisor Scott Santoro

Supervising editor Nick Fletcher

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Voices:

Fievel Phillip Glasser

Cat R. Waul John Cleese

Wylie James Stewart

Tiger Dom DeLuise

Papa Nehemiah Persoff

Chula Jon Lovitz

Miss Kitty Amy Irving

Tanya Cathy Cavadini

Mama Erica Yohn

Running time -- 75 minutes

MPAA Rating: G

(c) The Hollywood Reporter

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