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|Girl In Every Port, A (1952)
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Groucho Marx’s last leading role sees him deploying all his patented patter and double-talk as a Navy lifer out to save a pal from his “inherited” racehorse. Navy seaman Benny Linn (Marx) is flabbergasted when his pal, Navy seaman Tim Dunnovan (William Bendix), squanders his inheritance on Little Erin, a horse he’s never seen. Talking their put-upon superior into granting them five days leave in order to unswindle Dunnovan, Benny sets to shore with purpose and chicanery in mind. Tracking down the horse’s trainer (Gene Lockhart), the salts discover their seemingly lame horse has a secret twin – Little Shamrock – owned by lovely carhop Jane Sweet (Marie Wilson). In short order, we have fake Southern gentlemen, switched and double-switched equines, angry gangsters, stumbling saboteurs and one henpecked businessman (Don DeFore), who may just be Jane’s true love. In order to save the day, it’s time for Groucho to ride!
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|The Dick Cavett Show - Hollywood Greats
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Comedians, politicians and rock stars all graced The Dick Cavett Show stage, but the audience favorites were often the movie stars. And when the guests were greats like Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum and Orson Welles, Cavett often devoted the full 90 minutes to them. In the case of Katharine Hepburn, the interview went so well that it required two full 90 minute shows.
This 4-DVD set contains 12 episodes featuring:
Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Groucho Marx, Debbie Reynolds, Kirk Douglas, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlon Brando, Mel Brooks, Frank Capra, Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Mitchum, John Huston and Orson Welles.
Also contains a new Cavett interview conducted by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne.
Additional bonus material includes:
• Outtakes featuring Katharine Hepburn
• New episode introductions by Dick Cavett
• Original promos for The Dick Cavett Show
In an era that makes celebrities out of talent-free narcissists like Paris Hilton, it's nice to be reminded of a time when stars were bigger-than-life characters who were famous and beloved because they had actually accomplished something, and whose off-screen shenanigans were the stuff of legend rather than some glib report on Entertainment Tonight. The reminder comes in the form of Hollywood Greats, the latest offering from the vaults of Dick Cavett's 1970s TV talk show. This is a really impressive lineup: Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Robert Mitchum, Orson Welles, Groucho Marx, Kirk Douglas, Bette Davis, and others. And if some of them prove less than scintillating, on balance there's still more than enough on these four discs to satisfy even the most ardent star-gazers.
Of principal interest to many will be Cavett's interviews with people like Hepburn and Brando, who rarely ventured into TV land. The notoriously press-shy Hepburn, 66 at the time (1973), is seen checking out the studio and making picky remarks about the rug and furniture before agreeing to do the do right then and there, with no audience; she ends up holding forth for two entire shows (plus bonus material), revealing herself to be witty and sophisticated, as well outspoken, practical, and entirely in charge ("You keep interrupting," she chastens Cavett, "Just shut up..."). Brando, a year removed from The Godfather and Last Tango in Paris, agreed to appear only if he could discuss the plight of American Indians (several of whom are also on hand). Cavett, a sharp, self-effacing, well-prepared host, went along, little suspecting that the whole interview would be an exercise in teeth-pulling, with Brando refusing to discuss his career at all; his dismissal of his stage and screen work as "irrelevant" is laughably disingenuous, considering that were it not for his acting, he wouldn't have been invited on the show in the first place. On the other hand, Davis is grand, saucy, full of stories about Hollywood's Golden Age--everything one wants in a movie star. Astaire is charming, showing that even at age 71 he was a great dancer and good singer. Welles, the man who married Rita Hayworth, had dinner with the pre-Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, and made Citizen Kane, is worldly, erudite, expansive (in every sense--he's twice Cavett's size), and probably the most entertaining of the lot. And Hitchcock is marvelous, showing off his dry, peculiar wit and revealing several tricks of the trade (it took 78 edits to make the 45-second shower scene in Psycho). Bonus material includes several Cavett show promos and a new featurette with him and film historian Robert Osbourne. Scattered throughout the various interviews are clips from some great films, including Night of the Hunter, The Birds, Holiday Inn, a variety of Douglas' movies, and even an obscure Bette Davis item called Watch on the Rhine. --Sam Graham
- Dick Cavett's late-night talk show was a staple of 1960s and '70s pop culture, known for the charm and wit of its host as well as for the quality of its guests. This collection presents 12 episodes that showcase the glamorous parade of movie stars that visited Cavett's show, including Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Marlon Brando, Groucho Mar
|Story of Mankind
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Here is the most far-out courtroom thriller you'll ever see. The setting is outer space, the defendant is all of us and the issue is
whether we should be allowed to survive. Defending counsel, the Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman), says yes. Prosecuting counsel, the Devil (Vincent Price), says no. And each presents historical evidence in vignettes that feature Hedy Lamarr as Joan of Arc, Dennis Hopper as Napoleon, Harpo Marx as Isaac Newton, plus Groucho, Chico, Virginia Mayo, Peter Lorre, Charles Coburn, Agnes Moorehead - 25 stars in all! Produced, directed and co-written by Irwin Allen (The Poseidon Adventure), this uncommon curio is Colman's final film and the last time the three Marx Brothers appeared in the same movie.
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|Groucho Marx in the Mikado
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For the legendary comic actor Groucho Marx, playing the role of Ko-Ko in The Mikado "fulfilled a lifelong ambition." The Mikado was Groucho's favorite among the works of his beloved Gilbert and Sullivan, and the 1960 Bell Telephone Hour production was adapted for television and directed by Martyn Green, a man Groucho revered as an authority on interpreting the role of Ko-Ko. The strong supporting cast features distinguished veterans like Helen Traubel, Stanley Holloway, Robert Rounseville, and Dennis King, as well as young artists like the lovely soprano Barbara Meister as Yum-Yum and Groucho's 13-year-old daughter, Melinda, as Peep-Bo. Special features [46 minutes] include audio interviews with Dick Cavett, Melinda Marx, and Barbara Meister; Martyn Green in excerpts from H.M.S. Pinafore (Bell Telephone Hour, 1963, in color), cast bios, the commercials from the original telecast, and more!
- The Pirates of Penzance
- Gilbert & Sullivan - H.M.S. Pinafore / Trial By Jury - David Hobson, Anthony Warlow, Colette Mann, Tiffany Speight, John Bolton Wood, Richard Alexander, Opera Australia, State Theatre, The Arts Centre Melbourne
- Yeoman of the Guard
- Gilbert & Sullivan - The Mikado / Donkin, Saks, Stratford Festival
- The Mikado (Original Cast Recording)
- The Marx Brothers Collection (A Night at The Opera/A Day at The Races/A Night in Casablanca/Room Service/At the Circus/Go West/The Big Store)
- Double Dynamite
- Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado
- The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection (The Cocoanuts / Animal Crackers / Monkey Business / Horse Feathers / Duck Soup) [Blu-ray]
- Gilbert & Sullivan's Greatest Hits
|A Night in Casablanca
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Marx Brothers comedy has them ferret out Nazi spies in a Casablanca hotel.
A Night in Casablanca may not qualify as a Marx Brothers classic, but it's certainly the best of their latter-day comedies. "This picture is funnier than all but a handful of their earlier ones," wrote the usually cantankerous Pauline Kael, and she's right. The Big Store would have been the final Marx movie, but that disappointment, and an attractive new deal with United Artists, prompted the Marx trio to bring freshly anarchic energy to this post-war spoof of wartime intrigue, prompting Warner Bros. (producers of Casablanca) to threaten legal action over the title, to which Groucho responded, "I am sure that the average movie fan could learn in time to distinguish between Ingrid Bergman and Harpo." As it happens, Night bears only passing resemblance to the Bergman/Bogart classic, with Groucho playing the new manager of a hotel in Casablanca, where several previous managers have been murdered while a scheming villain (Marx regular Sig Rumann) plots to steal the hotel's cache of Nazi treasure. Chico and Harpo are up to their usual antics (including piano and harp interludes, respectively), and they all give Rumann the runaround in the film's funniest and most perfectly choreographed scene. The brothers made their final film together with Love Happy three years later, but as any fan will tell you, A Night in Casablanca was the last Marx comedy that mattered. --Jeff Shannon
- Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.
|The Steve Allen Show - Volume 4
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black and white- Enjoy 2 classic kinescope episodes of The Steve Allen Show. Episode 1- September 21, 1958- In this special episode, Steve introduces the fall NBC lineup of TV shows. See cameos of many famous celebrities including Bob Cummings, Lee Marvin, Gene Barry, Patty McCormack, Milton Berle, George Gobel, Peter Lawford, George Nader, Ed Wynn, and many more. Episode 2- March 10, 1957. Steve's guests include Martha Raye and Fernando Lamas. On hand are the usual zanies, Don Knotts, Tom Poston, and Louis Nye.
|Groucho Marx TV Classic: 3-Disc Collector's Set
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This special 3-disc set (3 discs in a regular amaray DVD case) includes the best of Groucho Marx! See Groucho in 16 episodes of the 1950s game show You Bet Your Life, 2 episodes of The Hollywood Palace, a rare episode of the lost game show Anybody Can Play and much more!
|Inside the Marx Brothers
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INSIDE THE MARX BROTHERS is a funny and fascinating look at the personal and professional lives of Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, and Gummo Marx, featuring classic clips from such Marx Brothers favorites as "Animal Crackers," "Monkey Business," "Duck Soup," "A Night at the Opera," and "A Day at the Races."
Also included are rare newsreels, TV clips, home movies, and interviews with Groucho, Chico, Groucho’s son, Arthur, and "Room Service" co-star, Ann Miller. Rarer still are scenes from Harpo’s 1925 silent film, "Too Many Kisses" and, at long last, an actual sound clip of Harpo’s voice! Whether you’ve just discovered these delightful comics or you’re a lifelong fan, you’ll love INSIDE THE MARX BROTHERS.
As a special bonus, you’ll also get the Four Marx Brothers in the rare, complete, uncut sequence from the 1931 Paramount promotional film "The House That Shadows Built," and the complete "Person to Person" interview between Groucho and Edward R. Murrow from 1954!
|The Dinah Shore Show
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Black and White - Enjoy two classic Dinah Shore show episodes. Episode 1 - Dinah's guests include funnyman Carl Reiner, Groucho Marx, and dancer Gwen Verdon. Episode 2 - For Dinah's 1961 New Years Eve program she has guests George Burns, Ginger Rogers, and Nat King Cole. Plenty of music and laughs on these rare kinescopes.
|The Golden Age of Comedy
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This is classic, live comedy-timeless performances from the original kings and queens of comedy. And Time Life handpicked a memorable array of some of the greatest comedy routines that played to millions of households in the '50s and '60-all on this one, incredible collection. The Golden Age of Comedy chronicles the nostalgic days of life television that included comedy sketches, vaudeville and ad-libbing family entertainment.
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