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TODAY'S SPECIAL

The Desert Hawk (1950)
Starring Yvonne De Carlo and Richard Greene

Beautiful color print and will play in all DVD players.
The Desert Hawk deserves to be seen on the basis of its cast alone. No more believable than any of Universal's other sword-and-sand epics, this one stars Yvonne de Carlo as Princess Scheherazade and Richard Greene as Omar, aka the Desert Hawk. By day a humble blacksmith, the Desert Hawk spends his evenings battling against the oppressive regime of Prince Murad (George Macready). One of the Hawk's tactics is to trick Scheherazade into marriage, so that he can enlist the aid of the army commanded by the Princess' father. Murad retaliates by kidnapping Scheherazade, leading to an exciting climactic rescue. Never mind all that: the real fun in Desert Hawk is spotting the celebrities-to-be in the supporting cast. Playing the villainous Captain Ras is none other than Rock Hudson, while the Desert Hawk's loyal companions Aladdin and Sinbad are played, respectively, by Jackie Gleason and Joe Besser--and surprise, Joe is heavier than Jackie!
Director: Frederick De Cordova
Writers: Aubrey Wisberg, Gerald Drayson Adams (story and screenplay)

Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Richard Greene, Jackie Gleason, George Macready, Rock Hudson, Carl Esmond, Joe Besser
Universal bought the story in January 1950. The film was envisioned as a vehicle for Yvonne de Carlo. Douglas Fairbanks Jr was sought for the male lead. The role eventually went to Richard Greene, returning to Hollywood after two years in Britain. Jackie Gleason signed to play a comic support role. Universal contract player Rock Hudson, who had just impressed in Winchester 73, was also cast.
Besser gives a genuinely impressive performance, with some dramatic ability. I was especially impressed by one scene in which Besser as Sinbad is put into a torture device (a vertical form of the rack), and stretched unmercifully.
Yvonne's 3 handmaidens were all beautiful, but one in particular, Anne Cramer, looked very much like her. Anne must have been a fascinating person. Later, she attained a PhD in film technology,, and another in literature. She was employed through the years in various aspects of motion picture production, then switched to psychoanalysis in her retirement years.
The ending is especially interesting, where Yvonne and Omar meet after the big battle in 'The Palace of 1000 Pleasures', with Omar in chains, is interesting. Yvonne holds all the cards at this time, and heaps psychological vengeance on Omar, telling that he may be whipped with 100 lashes, or put on the rack.. Then, she rapidly changes her overt attitude, to bring him some very good news. During this time, Omar makes some general comments about women: "Be she wench or princess, a woman is only a woman, and always needs a master". But "A man should never argue with a woman". I would say the second quote is the more true.
Order this rarely-seen and hard-to-find classic today for the low price of $5.99.
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Beauty For Sale (1933)

Stars: Madge Evans, Alice Brady, Otto Kruger

The beauty-parlor craze of the early 1930s was given a good going-over in MGM's Beauty for Sale. Madge Evans, Florine McKinney and Una Merkel star as Letty, Jane and Carol, three employees of a swank Manhattan beauty salon. While Carol wisecracks her way through life, Letty takes things more seriously -- too seriously, in fact, when it comes to matters of the heart. She falls in love with wealthy Mr. Sherwood (Otto Kruger), who unfortunately is already married to Mrs. Sherwood (Alice Brady). Surprisingly, Letty is permitted a happy ending, which is more than can be said for the equally romantically reckless Jane. Based on a novel by Faith Baldwin, the film boasts some exceptional "glamour" photography by James Wong Howe. In a reversal of the usual chronology, Beauty for Sale hit the screens after a "B"-movie variation of the same basic material, 1932's Beauty Parlor.
The Mill On The Floss (1936)

Stars: Frank Lawton, Victoria Hopper, Griffith Jones

It's a tossup as to which George Eliot novel has most often been adapted to the screen, though it appears that Mill on the Floss has nosed out Silas Marner. Set in early 19th century England, the story focuses on the long-standing rivalry between two Lincolnshire families. The animosity stems from the refusal of mill owner Mr. Tulliver (Sam Livesey) to relinquish his water rights to demonic solicitor Mr. Wakem (Felix Aylmer). Caught in the legal crossfire is Tulliver's daughter Maggie (Geraldine Fitzgerald), in love with Wakem's good-hearted (albeit physically challenged) son Philip (Frank Lawton). When Maggie's good name is compromised by scandal, it is Philip who champions her cause, allowing them both a brief respite of happiness before the inevitable tragic denoument, in which the Floss River itself becomes a "character".
333 Montgomery (1960)

Stars: DeForest Kelley, Steve Peck, Richard Shannon

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Beauty For The Asking (1939)

Stars: Lucille Ball, Patric Knowles, Donald Woods

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Because You're Mine (1952)

Stars: Mario Lanza, Doretta Morrow, James Whitmore

Golden-throated Mario Lanza stars in Because You're Mine. Lanza plays opera singer Renaldo Rossano, who is drafted into the army. Much to the displeasure of topkick Sgt. Batterson (James Whitmore), Renaldo is given celebrity treatment even while in uniform. Even more problematic is the romance between Renaldo and Batterson's sister, Bridget (Doretta Morrow, fresh from her Broadway success as Tuptim in The King and I). Wait till you see the "dueling tenors" scene between Whitmore and Lanza! For the benefit of those not operatically inclined, Because You're Mine features a gratuitous dance solo by Bobby Van.

Oh, Daddy! (1935)

Stars: Leslie Henson, Frances Day, Robertson Hare

Leslie Henson stars as Lord Pye, a pompous member in good standing of his local Purity League. Lord Pye would not be so complacently puritanical if he knew that his stepdaughter Benita (Frances Day), whom he has never met, is a saucy cabaret dancer. Briefly stranded in London when he misses his train, His Lordship wanders into the very nitery where his stepdaughter is performing. Still unaware of Benita's identity, he loosens up and begins outrageously (but harmlessly) flirting with the girl. Meanwhile, the new Lady Pye (Marie Lohr), Benita's mother, shows up in London unannounced to visit her daughter. Oh Daddy, indeed!
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Charlton Heston

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Thelma Todd

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