"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Aug 142014

Here’s the August titles for Sony’s manufacture-on-demand program:

tiger-makes“The Tiger Makes Out” (1967)
From director Arthur Hiller (Love Story) comes this zany comedy starring Eli Wallach (The Magnificent Seven) and Anne Jackson (A Woman Called Golda). Ben Harris (Wallach) is a frustrated mailman who realizes that the only way he could get a woman is to kidnap her. When Ben tries to abduct a beautiful young woman, he accidentally grabs Gloria (Jackson), a put-upon housewife whose husband resents her trying to further her education. However, Ben and Gloria soon realize they can help solve each other’s problems.

“East of Fifth Avenue” (1933)
This emotional melodrama set in a boarding house in 1930s New York tells the story of a group of struggling individuals dealing with health issues, financial struggles, love and loss. A pregnant showgirl (Dorothy Tree, The Asphalt Jungle) finds out the father (Wallace Ford, Freaks) has been married, while the man’s wife (Mary Carlisle, Dead Men Walk) falls for a struggling poet; an elderly couple plans to move to London, despite the wife’s health; and missing money causes strain throughout the house. “East of Fifth Avenue” is filled with romance, drama and intrigue.

“Cafe Hostess” (1940)
Jo (Ann Dvorak, Scarface, 1932) finds herself stuck employed at the infamous Club 46, working as a dancehall girl and rolling unsuspecting customers for their money with the help of piano player Eddie Morgan (Douglas Fowley, Singin’ in the Rain). When sailor Dan Walters (Preston Foster, The Informer) comes to the club, he falls for Jo, even though she tries to take his wallet. Dan attempts to get Jo out of the club to marry her, but Eddie has other plans, and only one of them is going to get what they want.

“The Big Boss” (1941)
Two brothers, separated after the death of their sheriff father, choose to grow up on different sides of the law. Bob Dugan (John Litel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) enforces the law first as a state senator, then as a governor, but loses track of his brother Frank after his disappearance into a life of crime. As Dugan moves up the political ladder, he is befriended by Jim Maloney (Otto Kruger, High Noon), a wealthy and powerful influence peddler who takes an interest in him, despite the fact that Bob is dedicated to his father’s code of upholding the law and not Maloney’s web of graft and bribes. But there’s more to Maloney than what appears, and Maloney’™s past could destroy Bob’s future.

“Abajo El Telon” (1955)
Cantinflas (Around the World in 80 Days) is the window washer for a famous actress (Christiane Martell, Adam and Eve, 1956). But when she finds that her jewel necklace has been stolen, Cantinflas is accused of the crime. Now he has 30 days to solve the crime and find out who the real thief is in this zany comedy. In Spanish with English subtitles.

“El Bombero Atomico” (1952)
Comic legend Cantinflas (Around the World in 80 Days) stars in this hilarious action-comedy. Agent 777 (Cantinflas), a policeman-turned-paperboy, gets a job as a fireman to take care of his visiting goddaughter. But when she is kidnapped, Agent 777 returns to police work to get her back. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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