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TODAY'S SPECIAL

Blonde From Brooklyn (1945)
Starring Robert Stanton and Lynn Merrick

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
The Blonde From Brooklyn is perky Susan Parker (Lynn Merrick), gainfully employed as a "jukebox singer", back in the days when jukebox patrons could request that their songs be performed live via telephone hookup. Teaming with showbiz-minded G.I. Dixon Harper (Robert Stanton), Susan passes herself off as a Southern belle in order to land a job singing radio commercials for a Dixiefied coffee company. The fun begins when Susan is mistaken for the heir to a Southern plantation, forcing her to keep up her "yew all"s and "sho' nuff"'s indefinitely. Director Del Lord (of Three Stooges fame) resurrects any number of old two-reel-comedy routines in this Columbia musical.
Director: Del Lord
Writer: Erna Lazarus

Stars: Bob Haymes, Lynn Merrick, Thurston Hall, Mary Treen, Hugh Beaumont, Leighton Noble, Gwen Verdon, Dick Winslow
Songs include:

Baby, Save Him for Me
Written by Robert Scherman
Played during the opening credits
Played on the jukebox and performed by Lynn Merrick

La Cucaracha
Played on the jukebox and performed by Lynn Merrick
Played by the nightclub band

There Goes That Song Again
Music by Jule Styne
Played when Susan arrives at the nightclub
Played by the band during the nightclub scene

Alabamy Bound
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Bud Green
Performed by Robert Stanton and Lynn Merrick

Comin' Around the Corner
Music by Robert Wilson
Lyrics by Mack Davis
Performed by Robert Stanton and Lynn Merrick

Just a Prayer Away
Music by David Kapp
Lyrics by Charles Tobias
Performed by Robert Stanton

Lost, a Wonderful Girl
Music by James F. Hanley
Lyrics by Benny Davis
Performed by Robert Stanton

(Yip Yip De Hootie) My Baby Said Yes
Written by Teddy Walters and Sid Robin
Performed by Robert Stanton and Lynn Merrick

This was the first film in which Bob Haymes, Dick's brother, appeared under the name Robert Stanton. The film also marked the screen debut of noted dancer-actress Gwen Verdon
This delightfully silly musical comedy is a breezy hour of good humored humbug and hogwash, filled with fiddle dee dee, memories of sprawling magnolia trees, mint julips and porch swings. All set in the music world of Manhattan, which is actually south of... Albany. Record store phone girl Lynn Merrick is fired from her job for flirting too much over the wires, and meets up with the charming Robert Stanton for an impromptu date. Their joking around about old southern customs is overheard by fake southern colonel Thurstan Hall who decides to utilize their singing talents by changing her blonde from Brooklyn background to turn her into a singing southern belle, and after achieving success, she discovers that her made up heiress is actually the beneficiary to a huge estate. What's a phony belle from across the east river to do?
Order this rarely-seen and hard-to-find classic today for the low price of $5.99.
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Taste The Blood Of Dracula (1970)

Stars: Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Gwen Watford

One of the more accomplished entries in Hammer's Dracula series (which would soon lapse into creative anemia during the 1970s), this fourth installment finds Christopher Lee in top form as the Count, who returns to menacing life after three middle-aged swingers decide to dabble in black magic to bolster their sagging sex lives. Dracula is reborn when the trio's blood-drinking rituals lead to the destruction of his devil-worshipping colleague Lord Courtley (Ralph Bates), whereupon the Count unleashes his deadly wrath on those responsible, even involving members of their families in his scheme of revenge, which culminates in a dramatic finale in a recently reconstructed cathedral. Fine direction from Hammer regular Peter Sasdy enlivens a middling script, and an early appearance from the lovely Linda Hayden (later to star in the eerie Blood on Satan's Claw) is a definite plus.

The Dance Of Life (1929)

Stars: Hal Skelly, Nancy Carroll, Dorothy Revier

The Dance of Life was the first of three film versions of George Manker Watters and Arthur Hopkins' play Burlesque. Hal Skelly plays a burlesque comic who begins hitting the sauce when success goes to his head. Disgusted by his antics, Skelly's wife Nancy Carroll divorces him. But when Skelly hits the skids, Carroll returns to his side and helps him start all over again. The original Broadway production of Burlesque starred Barbara Stanwyck, who in 1929 didn't have the marquee value that Nancy Carroll did. The film was remade as Swing High, Swing Low in 1937 and When My Baby Smiles at Me in 1948.
Adventures Of Captain Marvel (1941)

Stars: Tom Tyler, Frank Coghlan Jr., William 'Billy' Benedict

The Adventures of Captain Marvel is a 12-episode Republic serial based on the comic book character of the same name. Young Billy Batson (Frank Coghlan Jr.) is part of a scientific expedition in a remote section of Siam. Trapped in an ancient tomb, Billy happens upon an ancient shaman acronymically named Shazam (each letter in his name stands for a famous Greek or Roman god). Because Billy has obeyed the warnings written on the sacred chamber, the old man rewards the boy with the ability to turn into superhero Captain Marvel (Tom Tyler). Billy can make the transformation only by uttering the word "Shazam!"--which explains why the script, for suspense purposes, contrives to have Billy bound and gagged at crucial moments. Young Batson finds that his alter ego comes in handy in determining the identity of "the Scorpion," a member of the expedition who plans to kill his colleagues after learning the secret hiding places of the components of a super-weapon called the Golden Scorpion. A well-above-average Republic entry, The Adventures of Captain Marvel is distinguished by the eye-popping stunt work of David Sharpe and by Captain Marvel's utterly convincing flying scenes, courtesy of special-effects maestros Howard and Theodore Lydecker.

Big Town (1946)

Stars: Phillip Reed, Hillary Brooke, Robert Lowery

The initial entry in the Pine-Thomas series based on the "Big Town" radio series finds Steve Wilson as a newly-hired managing editor brought on board to liven up "The Illustrated Press" newspaper. He runs into problems with two of the paper's star reporters, Lorelei Kilbourne and Pete Ryan, when his aggressive demands that they employ a yellow journalism type of reporting to build circulation, and they both resign to work for another newspaper. Wilson begins to realize that while his type of journalism does build circulation, it has also brought ruin and disgrace to some innocent victims. Lorelei and Pete are brought back by Wilson with his promise that "The Illustrated Press" will become a crusader against evil.
The Easiest Way (1931)

Stars: Constance Bennett, Adolphe Menjou, Robert Montgomery

In this melodrama that was considered utterly scandalous in its day, an impoverished, beautiful young ghetto girl quickly learns that she can get to Easy Street on her back. Her indecent journey begins when a scout discovers her working in a department store. He gets her signed up to a modeling agency where she soon becomes the mistress of the owner. He gives her plenty of money and a nice place to live. She tries to share the money with her family, but they strongly disapprove of the means by which she is "earning" it. The young model later falls in love with an Argentine tycoon who proposes, but is unable to marry her because he must hastily return to Buenos Aires to attend to personal matters. He asks that she wait for him. She wants to, but finds herself seduced by the lure of her other lover's money and so moves in with him. When the tycoon finally returns and finds out, he is utterly devastated and tragedy ensues for the girl.
The Lost Weekend (1945)

Stars: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry

Billy Wilder's searing portrait of an alcoholic features an Oscar-winning performance by Ray Milland as Don Birnam, a writer whose lust for booze consumes his career, his life, and his loves. The story begins as Don and his brother Wick (Philip Terry) are packing their bags in their New York apartment, preparing for a weekend in the country. Philip, aware of his brother's drinking problem, is keeping an eye of him, making sure he doesn't sneak a drink before the departure of their train. Arriving at the apartment is Don's girlfriend, Helen St. James (Jane Wyman), who has tickets to a Carnegie Hall concert that night. Don persuades Wick and Helen to go to the concert without him, hoping to find one of his well-hidden bottles of booze. But when Wick and Helen go to the concert, Don discovers that Wick has gotten rid of the liquor. Don has no money, so he can't visit the neighborhood bar -- that is, until the cleaning lady arrives to reveal money hidden in a sugar-bowl. Don grabs the cash and hits the street, heading off to Nat's Bar. Nat (Howard Da Silva), a bartender who has seen it all, is surprised to see Don. But when Don shows he can pay for his drinks, Nat reluctantly serves him, telling Don, "One's too many and a thousand's not enough." Soon Don plunges in an alcoholic haze, his boozing landing him in a harrowing drunk tank, presided over by the cynical attendant Bim (Frank Faylen).

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