Universal should hang their heads in shame that they have never issued a Murphy box set especially with the money his films made for the company in the Fifties.
On a brighter note a UK based company called Hollywood Classics does have worldwide rights (excluding the US) for several Murphy films including Destry, Column South, Hell Bent For Leather and Ride A Crooked Trail plus a whole truckload of wonderful Universal Westerns. They also have the DVD rights for Fiend Who Walked The West but no takers yet they have informed me.
I am hoping that Bounty in Austrailia will rectify some of the above in due course. Having said that if you folks out there in Fifties Western Land are not buying the darn things then even offshore sources will dry up. Perhaps thats why Universal gave up after their wonderful “Classic Western Round Up” sets a few years back.
You’re right, John. The best way to say we want more of these things is to buy the ones they do put out. I’m wondering if the numbers haven’t been good on the Westerns from Warner Archives — after a big start, they haven’t put out a cowboy picture in months (though the upcoming Three Godfathers double set is gonna be great).
Perhaps double features are the way for the Archive to go. I would love to see some of that Monogram/Allied Artists stuff put out as double features especially as some of them only clocked in at 70 minutes or so.
I’m thinking of titles like Cavalry Scout, Fort Osage, Wagons West, Son of Belle Starr, Cole Younger Gunfighter, Jack Slade, Return Of Jack Slade, Arrow In The Dust and so on. Its pretty slim pickings these days especially when
one considers the amount of Westerns on DVD the majors were releasing a few years back.