I ordered STARS IN MY CROWN and AMBUSH from the St. Patrick’s Day sale, and they arrived this week…I think AMBUSH is hands down the best cover the Archive has done, a beautiful sepia still of Robert Taylor on location.
I wasn’t familiar with Marguerite Roberts and looked her up — a number of nice credits including THE BRIBE (which I’ll see for the second time at the Noir City Festival in Hollywood next month) and TRUE GRIT.
I really like AMBUSH and was particularly impressed with how authentic Robert Taylor and John McIntire were as scouts.
The five titles for $50 really is even a better deal. I just ordered 10 titles for $100, so it’s not limited to just 5 films. The $10 price with no shipping fee is quite a bargain because their usual price is $19.95 and other retail sellers like amazon charge even more.
I just wanted to notify all to be on the lookout for the following Universal release. I found a “Classic Western Collection” of 4 previously released Universal-owned westerns in the $5 bin at Wal-Mart yesterday. The 2-disc set contains “Albuquerque” (1948, Ray Enright) with Randolph Scott, “Whispering Smith” (1948, Leslie Fenton) starring Alan Ladd, “The Duel at Silver Creek” (1952, Don Siegel) with Audie Murphy and “War Arrow” (1953, George Sherman) featuring Jeff Chandler and Maureen O’Hara.
A pretty good deal for $5.
Audie Murphy fans should also keep an eye out for the “Classic War Collection” from Universal. It contains Murphy’s “To Hell and Back” along with “Wake Island”, “Battle Hymn” and “Gray Lady Down”. I found this for 5 bucks as well at Wal-Mart.
I’ll be going to Wal-Mart a little later this afternoon. Thanks for the tip.
I noticed in the Warner Archive one of my favorite pre-coders, Heat Lightning, and it’s a sort of roadshow Painted Desert, minus Leslie Howard’s suffocating self pity. There’s an awful lot of unapologetic sex (off screen) in this one. It’s a fine showcase for Aline McMahon, as a self-exiled ex-moll who’s running a gas station in the Mohave.
Also in the WAC collection: For anybody who hasn’t ever seen it, I can’t praise Beast Of The City highly enough. It’s just loaded with noir touches and moments that point to both Dirty Harry and The Wild Bunch (“Let’s go!”). It also has Jean Harlow demonstrating the proper way to do a hootchie-kootchie dance