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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Jul 012014
 

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

Drive a Crooked Road (1957)alibi-for-murder
Eddie Shannon (Mickey Rooney, “The Black Stallion”) is a top-flight mechanic and budding racecar driver who is socially inept. When the beautiful Barbara (Dianne Foster, “The Kentuckian”) enters his life, he experiences his first chance at love. But Barbara has other plans, wanting him to help Steve (Kevin McCarthy, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” 1956) and Harold (Jack Kelly, “Forbidden Planet”) by driving a getaway car in a bank robbery. What looks like a simple business proposition is not as easy as it seems, however, leading Eddie to fend for his life.

Alibi for Murder (1935)
Radio reporter Perry Travis (William Gargan, “The Bells of St. Mary’s”) finagles his way into the home of wealthy industrialist and scientist John J. Foster to get an exclusive interview with him. Before Perry can get the interview, however, Foster is found dead from an apparent suicide. Perry goes on the air and suggests that Foster’s death might be murder, leading to new secrets coming out about Foster. Perry also finds a new love interest in Foster’s assistant (Marguerite Churchill, “The Big Trail”) that soon leaves both of them in danger in this clever whodunit.

Canal Zone (1942)
“Hardtack” Hamilton (Chester Morris, “The Big House”) runs a U.S. Army training ground for bomber pilots near the Panama Canal, but he hasnâ’t had a pilot like Harley Ames (John Hubbard, “The Mummy’s Tomb”), a reckless but qualified flyer who makes life hard for Hamilton. Ames causes trouble when he makes a move on Hamilton’s woman, Susan (Harriet Hilliard, TV’s “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet”), and then gets into an accident, killing a pilot. Can Ames redeem himself with Hamilton and the squadron?

Confessions of a Pop Performer (1975)
Timothy Lea (Robin Askwith, “onfessions of a Window Cleaner”) is back with another series of erotic hijinks and wacky comedy. This time, Timothy lands a new gig as the drummer in a pop band. As the band works its way up the charts, Timothy finds himself surrounded by lovely ladies wanting to know the drummer better. Will Timothy finally find success, or will it all go down the tubes?

The Disappearance of Vonnie (1994)
Ann Jillian (“Mr. Mom”) is Corrine Kaczmarek, a woman who suspects foul play when her sister disappears after she walks away from her marriage to Ron (Joe Penny, TV’s “Riptide”). Corrine suspects Ron of murder. But with no body and no murder weapon, Corinne has an uphill battle to prove her suspicions true. This leads to a search for any kind of evidence that would bring Ron down.

Extraction (2013)
Mercy Callo (Jon Foo) is a U.S. Black Ops team member on a classified mission in a maximum security Chechen prison. The objective? Extract the world’s most notorious terrorist arms dealer, who’s a threat to thousands of lives. The problem? The team’s commanders, Colonel Quentin Harding (Danny Glover) and Kyle Black (Sean Astin), are literally left in the dark back at HQ when the operation goes awry. Stranded as his team’s sole survivor, Callo must finish the mission, fight his way out of the prison and keep his high-value asset alive – a task made all the more challenging by the fact that the assset is the terrorist who murdered his family.

The Stork Pays Off (1941)
Deak Foster (Victor Jory, “Gone with the Wind”) runs a racket where he and his henchmen muscle failing businesses that owe money and take them over. But when the gang takes over the Storks Club — a nursery they mistakenly believe to be a nightclub — they rrealize they have taken on more than they bargained for. In the process, Deak falls for Irene (Rochelle Hudson, “Rebel Without a Cause”), the Storks’ Clubâ’s former owner who continues to run the nursery. But a rival gang member wants to take over some of Deak’s businesses, causing Deak and the gang to think quick.

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