When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," he made them a promise — one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Disney comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Disney launches an all-out onslaught on Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Disney discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Extras: Deleted scene "Nanny Song," in which the Sherman Brothers composers perform a song that P.L. Travers is less than thrilled about. Blu-ray adds two more deleted scenes, "The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present" featurette, "Let's Go Fly a Kite" in which the cast and crew sing break out in a rousing, heartfelt tribute to composer Richard Sherman on the last day of filming. Vitals: Director: John Lee Hancock. Stars: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 125 min., Bio-Drama, Box office gross: $81.877 million, Disney.
Complete "The Wonder Years" set for release in 2014
StarVista Entertainment/Time Life will release "The Wonder Years: The Complete Series" to the home entertainment marketplace in 2014. The most requested TV series never to be released on DVD, which ran on ABC from 1988-1993, garnered multiple Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody, and was named by TV Guide as one of the "Top 20 Shows of the '80s" will make its very long-awaited debut in the second half of 2014.
StarVista/Time Life is planning a deluxe release of the "The Wonder Years," which starred Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Olivia d'Abo, Josh Saviano and Daniel Stern, and featured as a theme song Joe Cocker's unforgettable rendition of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends."
"The Wonder Years has long been the most requested TV show yet to be released on DVD, and we're thrilled to have the incredible opportunity to bring this iconic show to its many fans," Jeffrey Peisch, senior vce president, Entertainment Programming & Marketing for StarVista Entertainment/Time Life, said. "As we've done with many other classic TV shows, the series will be treated with the care and attention it fully deserves after all these years, with deluxe packaging, robust extras and a lot more. We're really big fans of the series, too."
As it did for "China Beach, "StarVista/Time Life is painstakingly securing the rights for virtually every song in "The Wonder Years. "From Cocker's theme song, to hundreds of other memorable and classic soul, rock and pop songs, including classics from The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and many others, StarVista /Time Life recognizes the necessity to release the series as it was initially broadcast, un-edited and untouched from original broadcast masters.
The Wonder Years was created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black in association with New World Television, which was acquired in 1997 by 21stCentury Fox (then News Corporation), the parent company of Twentieth Century Fox Television.
Consumers interested in receiving updates andinsider looks at exclusive content as well as placing pre-orders can visit WonderYearsDVDs.com
A half-Japanese, half-British outcast (Keanu Reeves) joins the 47 Ronin, a group of outcast samurai in feudal Japan, to seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors. Extras: TBA. Vitals: Director: Carl Rinsch. Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 118 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $38.297 million, Universal.
A weak comedy about a young woman with a fixation on all things Jane Austen who spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland in England, an eccentric resort where guests experience complete immersion in the Regency era. It's an interesting idea squandered with dumb sex jokes, slapstick shticks, and sloppy acting and directing. Extras: Commentary with director Jerusha Hess and producer Stephenie Meyer, cast Q&A. Vitals: Director: Jerusha Hess. Stars: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, Georgia King, Ricky Whittle, James Callis. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 90 min., Romantic Comedy, Box office gross: $2.144 million, Sony.
In a Flash, He'll Foil the Foe!
MARINE BOY: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (1966-67) Marine Boy returns for a second volume of classic 'American anime' adventures! Operating out of the Ocean Patrol Marine Headquarters, superscientist Dr. Mariner outfitts his stalwart son with all the aquatic accoutrements needed to keep the seas safe for all mankind. From Oxy-Gum and bulletproof wet suit, to flying subs and propeller shoes, Marine Boy has what it takes to face a variety of fearsome foes above and below the ocean's surface. Dive deep into this 3-Disc, 26-Episode Collection with villains like Skwid, Stormbrane, Count Shark, Professor Beelzebub and Captain Wraithand more who must learn to beware the boomerang of Marine Boy as he cruises the sea aboard the submarine P-1 alongside little Clicli, Professor Fumble, mermaid Neptina, dolphin best friend Splasher, and Ocean Patrol agents Bullton and Piper.
As the title song tells you, "he's a very special boy!"
Stone Face En Español!
FREE AND EASY/ESTRELLADOS BUSTER KEATON DUAL LANGUAGE DOUBLE FEATURE (1930) It's Buster's Talkie debut with a special "as you've never heard it before" bonus! Keaton skewers Hollywood itself with the tale of a wannabe starlet (Anita Page) that arrives in Tinseltown with some extra baggage – an over-protective mother (Trixie Friganza) and an even more over-protective gas station attendant (Keaton). A coterie of star cameos make an appearance, and co-starring Robert Montgomery who plays a "Latin lover," no less!
BONUS FEATURE: Free and Easy is now paired with its Spanish language version, Estrellados (1930) complete with English captions. Rarely seen since its initial overseas release, Estrellados is a prime example of the once customary practice of "parallel production" that helped Hollywood market their fare overseas during the silent-to-sound transition. It's a fully alternative version of the film, shot simultaneously with Free and Easy on the same sets but with Buster alongside a totally different Spanish speaking cast. ¡Viva la Comedia!
WB-ack in Print
BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940 (1940) Norman Taurog and MGM nabbed the unpartnered Fred Astaire and paired him with up terpsichorean titaness Eleanor Powell to end up with the most sublime piece of tap ever recorded on celluloid. Astaire plays ace hoofer Johnny Brett whose best pal King Shaw (George Murphy) accidentally hones in on Johnny's big break and gets to dance alongside Broadway star Clare Bennett (Powell). The film is iridescent with sparkling Cole Porter tunes including "Begin the Beguine's" moment of tap transcendence. Also includes featurette "Hollywood: Begin the Beguine" and the Our Gang short "The Big Premiere".
I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS (1951) Doris Day and Danny Thomas play Gus and Grace LeBoy Kahn in this affectionate, human and humane musical biopic about man behind the pop songs that defined a generation. "It Had to Be You," "Makin' Whoopee" and "Love Me or Leave Me" are among the 23 song Kahn cavalcade that depicts Kahn's meteoric rise to the top of the charts and his crashing fall, along with Wall Street, in 1929. Directed with the pitch-perfect precision from the great Michael Curtiz. Also includes a vintage short, The Screen Director and the Looney Tunes classic, Lovelorn Leghorn.
THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY (1982) Peter Weir's adventure romance, set against the Indonesian revolution of 1965, made a superstar out of Mel Gibson and brought the world's attention to the astonishing talent of Linda Hunt. Gibson plays Guy Hamilton, a rather sallow and shallow foreign correspondent covering the chaos while Hunt play his translator and guide, Billy Kwan. Kwan acts as a Virgil to Hamilton's Dante, leading him from the hell of journalistic indifference to compassion and his Beatrice, diplomatic attache Jill Bryant (Sigourney Weaver).
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP (1982) Robin Williams proved his brilliance extended beyond improvisation with his leading dramatic role in this adaptation of the beloved John Irving classic, "The World According to Garp." Williams plays T.S. Garp, novelist son of strident feminist Jenny Fields (Glenn Close), who must wrestle his way through a life full of gender politics, parenthood, adultery, tragedy and recovery as he searches for his place. John Lithgow's performance as Roberta Muldoon, a transgender NFL Pro, cemented his place as one of the character greats.
"Ender's Game" has so many things wrong with it I don't know where to begin: a weak story line, unlikable characters that aren't fleshed out and are one-dimensional cardboard figures (there's a weak-kneed genius who will save the world, the bully, the hard-nosed drill sergeant with a heart of gold, the leaders with ulterior motives, the understanding girlfriend, etc.), sloppy direction, a couple of top-name actors telephoning in their performances, and even a muddled message about the sanctity of life, whether human or alien. The plot: In the future, a hostile alien race called the Formics attacked the Earth but were repelled and, in preparation for another attack, years later, the International Military begin training the best young children to be the military leaders of the future. Among them is Ender Wiggin, a shy, but strategically brilliant wunderkind who is trained to be the military strategist to combat the Formics. As part of his training, he's enlisted to play a computer simulation — a game — that involves attacking the Formics and wiping them out. But all is not as it seems. Based on the award-winning bestseller by Orson Scott Card (who, one should note, caused quite a stir with some moviegoers because of his history of anti-gay outbursts and articles). Extras: Deleted/extended scenes, commentary with producers Gigi Pritzker and Bob Orci. Blu-ray adds · "Ender's World: The Making of Ender's Game" eight-part featurette. Vitals: Director: Gavin Hood. Stars: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 114 min., Action-Adventure, Box office gross: $60.119 million, Lionsgate.
What do you think about watching a film about a 77-year-old man wordlessly floundering around on a foundering boat for 106 minutes? Well if that man is Robert Redford, the director is young hotshot J.C. Chandor, and the film is "All Is Lost," then you're talking about an hour and a half of gripping, enthralling moviewatching. The plot: On a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container. His navigation equipment and radio are disabled and, without a motor, he works hard and cleverly to repair his boat and create a plan of action to save himself. But things get worse: he sails into a violent storm, which all but destroys the ship and his rations, and he's left to float aimlessly under an unrelenting sun, circling sharks and dwindling supplies. Now the ever-resourceful sailor finds himself staring his mortality in the face. Redford gives a tour-de-force performance — indeed, this 77-year-old can handle himself well on the open seas.Extras: Commentary with writer-director-producer J.C. Chandor and producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb; "Big Film, Small Film" featurette; four vignettes: "The Story," "The Filmmaker: J.C. Chandor," "The Actor: Robert Redford" and "The Sound of All Is Lost"; "Preparing for the Storm" featurette with storyboards, VFX Reel, pre-shooting and time-lapse footage. Vitals: Director: J.C. Chandor. Stars: Robert Redford. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 106 min., Drama, Box office gross: $2.871 million, Lionsgate.
From the Big Screen:
"All Is Lost," "The Best Man Holiday," "Ender's Game" "The Counselor" and "Austenland." For more information on these and other releases this week, see the Weekly Guide to Home Video Releases.
Sometimes a TV series arrives on the scene that just overturns your idea of what TV is all about by offering thought-provoking dramatic slices of life, alternate takes on reality, philosophical perambulations or just plain outrageous story-telling — shows that stand heads and tails above the run-of-the-mill fare that populates the tube (especially in today's "reality"-driven TV economy). We're thinking "The Twilight Zone," "I Spy," "All in the Family," "Twin Peaks," "Hill Street Blues," "The Cosby Show," "The Sopranos," "Breaking Bad" and the Swedish "Wallander." Add to that list the international hit French series "The Returned," which aired in its home country in 2012, then in Sweden, Belgium and the U.K., and began airing on Sundance in the U.S. in October ("The Returned" just won an International Emmy for Best Drama, and a second series is currently in production for airing in November of this year). The series is based on 2004's feature film "Les revenants," and follows the lives of the residents of an idyllic French alpine village whose world is turned upside down when a seemingly random collection of people who have been dead for several years (anywhere from 30 to four years in the past) inexplicably come back to life and try to integrate themselves into their former lives … not as rotting, flesh-eating zombies but as full-bodied humans who return as they were the day they died. Not only is there cognitive dissonance for the living and the now-living dead, but other weird things coincide with the returned: there's a gruesome attack on a waitress that bears a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past; there's recurring power outages; the water level of the town's reservoir mysteriously lowers, revealing the presence of dead animals and a church steeple; strange marks appear on the bodies of the living and the dead. Surprisingly, there's very little in the way of special effects; the show hinges on almost-existential human interactions and drama, the development of characters and characterizations, and a bizarre and involving story line. It's a gripping, stylish mix of real and surreal, an intimate portrait of people dealing with their guilt over the death of their loved ones and questions about our desire for eternal life. And add in an incredible music score/ soundscape by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai. Music Box Films has packaged the eight episodes of the first series in a beautifully-designed box with lush, soft graphics featuring a collector's booklet with an interview with director Fabrice Gobert and a critical essay by film critic Scott Tobias. Three-disc DVD, $29.95; two-disc Blu-ray, $34.95. Don't miss this.
With the emphasis this week on the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and their monumental take-over of pop music in 1964, it's also important to note some American contributions to the mid-60s revolution in rock 'n' roll: the birth of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the rise of Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground. So, music fans rejoice:
"Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — Fifty By Four" (2013) is a fabulous documentary that takes a look at the career of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, that group of singer-songwriters who helped usher in a new era of rock music in the late-1960s and 1970s with its emphasis on folk rock, vocal harmonies, confessional balladry, and political activism. David Crosby (who helped found The Byrds in 1964), Stephen Stills (from The Buffalo Springfield) and Graham Nash (of the Hollies), alongside occasional collaborator Neil Young (also late of Buffalo Springfield), refused to be labelled "a band," describing themselves as a loose collective of musical friends free from the inhibiting confines of the music business. This documentary follows the careers of the groups that each man played in before and after CSN&Y as well as their solo adventures … it's a journey of breakthroughs, breakdowns, break-ups and incredible music. Features archival and exclusive interviews, seldom-seen footage, classic and rare performances and contributions from those who worked closely with CSNY across the years, including Dallas Taylor, Greg Reeves, Danny Kortchmar, George Chocolate Perry, Joe Lala, Chad Cromwell, Calvin Fuzzy Samuels, Joe Vitale, The Albert Brothers, Bill Halverson, and many others. It's a great document of a bygone era in rock … Another important document in the history of rock 'n' roll is the "Lou Reed Tribute" (2014), a video tribute to one of the true legends of rock music, who died October 27, 2013. This genius maverick not only co-founded The Velvet Underground in 1964 — the band rock critic Lester Bangs inarguably claimed was the start of all new music — he also composed the lion's share of their near perfect catalogue. After the Velvet disbanded, he went on to establish a solo career that was as dynamic, controversial and genuinely enthralling as that of any rock performer before and since. This three-disc set features three separate films that pay tribute to New York's favorite son: "The Velvet Underground – Under Review," a 75-minute retrospective of the music and career of one of rock music's most influential groups; "Punk Revolution NYC: The Velvet Underground, The NY Dolls & The CBGBs Set" traces the entire history of New York's punk scene, showing how the Velvet were instrumental in shaping the city's unique brand of rock; and "The Sacred Triangle — Bowie, Iggy & Lou — 1971-1973," which tells the story of how these three musical pioneers influenced each other at the beginning of their solo careers, forming an association that made for some of the finest music in the 1970s. Both releases are must-haves from Chrome Dreams/MVD Entertainment.
And there's more to jog your rock, folk, hippie and psychedelic memories, by way of "Festival Express" (2003): In the summer of 1970, some of the era's biggest rock stars took to the rails for Festival Express, a multi-artist, multi-day, multi-city Canadian concert tour that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation. What made it unique was that it was portable; for five days, the bands and performers lived, slept, rehearsed and let loose aboard a customized train that traveled from Toronto, to Winnipeg, to Calgary, with each stop culminating in a mega-concert. "Festival Express" captures some of rock's most iconic artists in an extraordinary setting, during an incredible time in music history. These were some of Janis Joplin's final performances, as she would tragically die just three months later. The Band were at the height of their time together, and the Grateful Dead were in the midst of releasing future classics "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty." Also on board were the Buddy Guy Blues Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Ian & Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird, Mashmakhan and Sha Na Na. This is the Blu-ray debut of the concert documentary, which is pretty much a virtual video diary of the tour. Also available in a two-DVD set. Another must-have, from Shout! Factory.
There's a trio of great Blu-ray releases this week:
"Chicago: Diamond Edition" (2002), directed by Rob Marshall and starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs and Colm Feore, is the big-screen version of Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's musical take on the 1926 play "Chicago," based on the trial of real-life murderesses in corrupt Chicago during Prohibition. At a time when crimes of passion result in celebrity headlines, nightclub sensation Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) and spotlight seeking Roxie Hart (Zellweger) both find themselves sharing space on Chicago's famed Murderess Row. They also share Billy Flynn (Gere), the town's slickest lawyer with a talent for turning notorious defendants into local legends. But in Chicago, there's only room for one legend. Winner of six Academy Awards, "Chicago" is a dazzling spectacle, both on stage and the big screen. Remastered in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo. From Miramax/Lionsgate … "Rocky Heavyweight Collection Blu-ray" features all six knockout "Rocky" films including the first film with a stunning new master. $59.99 from Fox … Disney has on hand "The Jungle Book Diamond Edition" (1967), a restored and remastered edition of the film that features the voices of Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Bruce Reitherman, George Sanders, Sterling Halloway, J. Pat O'Malley, Louis Prima. Extras include introductions by Diane Disney Miller and Richard M. Sherman; an alternate ending: Mowgli and the hunter; more, in a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo.
Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the 12th year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life Extras: TBA. Vitals: Director: Steve McQueen. Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Garret Dillahunt. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 134 min., Drama, Box office gross: $45.850 million, Fox.
I Am the Law (1938)
In a town rife with corruption, law professor John Lindsay (Edward G. Robinson, Double Indemnity) is appointed special prosecutor to help clean up the city. Lindsay quickly realizes that not only does he have to deal with gangsters on the streets, but also in his own office, as friends of the mob work within his own department. It is up to Lindsay and his crew of college students to stand up to the mob and clean up the city.
Rings Around the World (1966)
Hosted by Academy Award® winner Don Ameche (1985, Best Supporting Actor, Cocoon) and featuring the greatest circus performers of its time, RINGS AROUND THE WORLD introduces the viewer to the talented individuals who make up the traveling troupes that entertain millions around the world. From trapeze artists to tightrope walkers to tamers of lions and tigers, this film directed by Gilbert Cates (I Never Sang for My Father) shows you the drama, the excitement and the wonder each performer brings to the big top every night.
The Slingshot (1993)
Based on the autobiographical novel by Roland Schutt, THE SLINGSHOT is an endearing coming-of-age drama. Set in 1920s Stockholm, a 12-year-old boy endures the hardships of an unhappy family life by shutting himself away with his inventions . . . one of which is a super slingshot.
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
At the height of the Chinese Civil War, American missionary Megan Davis (Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity) arrives in Shanghai to marry another missionary, Robert Strike (Gavin Gordon, The Bride of Frankenstein). As soon as she arrives, however, the couple must save a group of orphans from a fire. Injured and separated from her fiancé, Megan is rescued and taken to the home of General Yen (Nils Asther, Our Dancing Daughters). While Megan and the general grow closer, one of the general’s concubines seems to be secretly working for Yen’s enemies. Directed by the legendary Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life), THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN is a provocative romantic drama.
The Crimson Blade (1964)
In the middle of the English Civil War, a group of rebels led by the traitorous Colonel Judd (Lionel Jeffries, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and his loyal sidekick, Captain Sylvester (Oliver Reed, Gladiator), capture King Charles I. A group of locals loyal to the King, led by The Scarlet Blade (Jack Hedley, For Your Eyes Only) and Judd’s own daughter, Claire (June Thorburn, Tom Thumb), work together to rescue Charles and restore him to the throne.
Movie queen Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce) gives a terrific performance in this chiller from pioneer horror movie producer William Castle (House on Haunted Hill). Crawford plays Lucy Harbin, a woman who goes berserk when she finds her husband in bed with another woman. With her three-year-old daughter accidentally witnessing the grisly act, Lucy axes the couple to death then spends twenty years in a mental institution for the double murder. After she is released, she moves in with her brother (Leif Erickson, On the Waterfront), his wife and her own daughter (Diane Baker, The Silence of the Lambs), now twenty-three. Her nightmare is over…or is it? When a series of ax murders suddenly starts occurring in the neighborhood, police think Lucy has reverted to her old ways. The truth is finally revealed in a rousing, blood-chilling finale.
Cash on Demand (1962)
It’s December 23rd at the City and Colonial Bank, and the staff is preparing for their annual Christmas party. Harry Fordyce (Peter Cushing, Star Wars), the fastidious and exacting bank manager, welcomes in the bank’s insurance company detective, Hepburn (Andre Morell, The Bridge on the River Kwai), to check out the security. It turns out, however, that Hepburn is not working for the bank, but robbing it, and he is holding Fordyce’s family hostage. The bank employees become suspicious, but Fordyce, worrying about his family, does not want them to react in this taut and compelling thriller.
The Lady in Question (1940)
Andre Morestan (Brian Aherne, Juarez) is the owner of a bicycle shop in Paris, serving jury duty for the first time. When Natalie Roguin (Rita Hayworth, Gilda), a homeless girl accused of murder, is found innocent, Andre feels sorry and invites her into his home. Andre’s son, Pierre (Glenn Ford, 3:10 to Yuma, 1957), immediately becomes smitten with Natalie and starts committing small crimes to aid in the couple’s engagement, causing Andre to wonder if Natalie isn’t all that innocent in the first place.
The Miracle Woman (1931)
Florence Fallon (Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity) is the daughter of a preacher who is about to give his last sermon, but passes away before he gets a chance. Florence stands up in front of the congregation and attacks them, accusing them of not being appreciative of her father and revealing that she has lost her faith. Bob Hornsby (Sam Hardy, King Kong, 1933), a con man, talks Florence into working an angle with him, having Florence perform fake miracles for money. She profits from the racket, but when she meets a blind man (David Manners, Dracula), the two fall in love and she begins to regain her faith. But Bob has plans for Florence, whether she likes it or not. From legendary director Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life) comes this potent romantic drama.
The First Time (1952)
Expectant parents Joe (Robert Cummings, Dial M for Murder) and Betsey Bennet (Barbara Hale, TV’s “Perry Mason”) are looking forward to their first baby. But when the little boy arrives, the Bennets are not prepared for the lack of sleep, the nonexistent social life, and the overwhelming cost of raising a child in this very funny comedy that all parents will relate to.