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Ain't Misbehavin' (1955)
Starring Rory Calhoun and Piper Laurie

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
In this lively musical a chorine hooks a successful businessman and becomes the snob she thinks he expects her to be. This is a problem, because he fell in love with her because she was so earthy and fun. Now that she has become refined and aloof, he is bored. Fortunately, just as he is leaving, the plucky girl sees the error of her ways and marital bliss ensues.
Director: Edward Buzzell
Writers: Edward Buzzell, Robert Carson, Devery Freeman, Philip Rapp

Stars: Rory Calhoun, Piper Laurie, Jack Carson, Mamie Van Doren, Reginald Gardner, Barbara Britton, Dani Crayne, Carl Post, Roger Etienne, Harris Brown, George Givot, Peter Mamakos
Songs include:

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
Music by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks
Lyrics by Andy Razaf

A LITTLE LOVE CAN GO A LONG LONG WAY
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Sammy Fain

THE DIXIE MAMBO
Lyrics by Charles Henderson
Music by Sonny Burke

I LOVE THAT RICKEY TICKEY TICKEY
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Johnnie Scott

Back in the 1950's, Universal studios wasn't known for its lavish blockbusters and famous amusement park and backlot like it is today. It had been the home of Lugosi and Karloff, gave a song to sing to Deanna Durbin, and coughed up a lot of coin with their successful Ma and Pa Kettle films and Francis the Talking Mule series. They were making a splash with the colorful Ross Hunter produced soap operas, and with male stars like Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis, had the female audiences swooning. Rory Calhoun was another actor who had the ladies' hearts aflutter, and while normally cast in westerns or action films, here he puts on a tux, gets himself into the blue book, and becomes one of the wealthiest citizens of San Francisco who shocks everybody by coming home with a new bride, showgirl Piper Laurie, who intends to shock the staid society matrons and liven things up. Yes, the future bible quoting, knife wielding mother of a troubled teenage girl once wore tights, and after being leading lady to both Hudson and Curtis, got her chance to show her musical talents, singing and dancing and a feudin' and a fightin' with the snooty matrons on Nob Hill, but getting a touch of Pygmalion thanks to the hard drinking but classy Reginald Gardiner who intends to make her lady.
Studio press materials report that Robert Carson's Cosmopolitan magazine story Third Girl from the Right, which was also the working title of the film, was originally bought as a vehicle for Lucille Ball. Later writer Edward Buzzell bought the rights and sold a screenplay based on the story to Universal.
Lita Baron, Rory Calhoun's then wife, exited a role in the film because she did not have enough scenes with her husband.
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Dracula's Daughter (1936)

Stars: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill

It may be sacrilege to say so, but Dracula's Daughter is an immense improvement over the original 1931 Dracula, despite the absence of Bela Lugosi in the cast. Gloria Holden is first-rate as the title character, alias "Countess Marya Zaleska," who after stealing her father's body from the authorities with the help of her faithful hunchbacked assistant Sandor (Irving Pichel), sets fire to the corpse in hopes of obliterating the family curse of vampirism. Try as she might, though, the "Countess" is unable to resist the temptation to go for the jugular vein; in one of the kinkier plot developments, she seems to favor the blood of female victims. Lest anyone read anything into this, however, it is established that she is hopelessly in love with handsome scientist Jeffrey Garth (Otto Kruger), and by film's end she has kidnapped Garth's sweetheart Janet Blake (Marguerite Churchill), hoping to lure him to Transylvania where he will be forced to become her mate throughout Eternity. Edward Van Sloan returns in his Dracula role as tireless vampire hunter Van Helsing, who once again comes to the rescue with a generous supply of garlic necklaces, crucifixes and wooden stakes. Full of clever and often surprising little touches (few other films of the mid-1930s would kill off a comedy-relief character in the second reel!), Dracula's Daughter is among the best of the vintage Universal horror films.

Broadway Babies (1929)

Stars: Alice White, Marion Byron, Sally Eilers

The popularity of the Universal musical Broadway resulted in a whole slew of minor films with similar titles. In First National's Broadway Babies, the eponymous "babies," Delight Foster, Navarre King and Florine Chandler, are portrayed respectively by Alice White,Sally Eilers and Marion Byron. Like most chorus girls of the late 1920s, Delight hopes to marry a millionaire but settles instead for "hundredaire" Billy Buvanney (Charles Delaney). Alas, Delight is also attracted to charismatic bootlegger Perc Gessant (Fred Kohler Sr.), who involves the girl in his crooked activities. She tries to keep this a secret from Billy, but he finds out and threatens dire consequences for Perc. The latter decides to rub out Billy, a consequence averted when Perc is himself killed by one of his own henchmen. Several songs and plenty of bare female legs were the principal attractions of this formula backstage drama.
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

This is director Frank Capra's classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. As the film opens, it's Christmas Eve, 1946, and George, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. High above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss Bailey's dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out. But first, Clarence is given a crash course on George's life, and the multitude of selfless acts he has performed: rescuing his younger brother from drowning, losing the hearing in his left ear in the process; enduring a beating rather than allow a grieving druggist (H.B. Warner) to deliver poison by mistake to an ailing child; foregoing college and a long-planned trip to Europe to keep the Bailey Building and Loan from letting its Depression-era customers down; and, most important, preventing town despot Potter (Lionel Barrymore) from taking over Bedford Mills and reducing its inhabitants to penury. Along the way, George has married his childhood sweetheart Mary (Donna Reed), who has stuck by him through thick and thin. But even the love of Mary and his children are insufficient when George, faced with an $8000 shortage in his books, becomes a likely candidate for prison thanks to the vengeful Potter. Bitterly, George declares that he wishes that he had never been born, and Clarence, hoping to teach George a lesson, shows him how different life would have been had he in fact never been born. After a nightmarish odyssey through a George Bailey-less Bedford Falls (now a glorified slum called Potterville), wherein none of his friends or family recognize him, George is made to realize how many lives he has touched, and helped, through his existence; and, just as Clarence had planned, George awakens to the fact that, despite all its deprivations, he has truly had a wonderful life. Capra's first production through his newly-formed Liberty Films, It's a Wonderful Life lost money in its original run, when it was percieved as a fairly downbeat view of small-town life.

Operation Cicero (1956)

Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Maria Riva, Peter Lorre

Germans hope to get secret information from a man whose code name is Cicero.
Big Jack (1949)

Stars: Wallace Beery, Richard Conte, Marjorie Main

Wallace Beery's final film was the curiously endearing "black comedy" Big Jack. Set in 1820, a time when "science was a crime and crime not yet a science," the film casts Beery and Marjorie Main as outlaws Big Jack Horner and Flapjack Kate. The two bandits rescue visionary young doctor Alexander Meade (Richard Conte), who is about to be hanged for body-snatching. Meade is a tireless campaigner for modern surgical methods, thus he is forced to steal cadavers for his experiments. Big Jack is only interested in having the doc operate on his injured leg, but pretty soon he too is captivated by Meade's idealism. The film's many subplots all come to a head when Meade must prove his surgical theories by performing a delicate operation. Throughout, the film displays a cheerful disregard for the "dignity" of the deceased. One lengthy sequence finds an unbilled Andy Clyde buried alive after being declared legally dead; he laughs uproariously about the misunderstanding, then promptly drinks himself to death! The punchline to this scene occurs when Clyde's widow finds his remains evenly distributed in several mason jars, whereupon she remarks, "Oh, paw, now they've gone and bottled ya!" Vanessa Brown provides the requisite love interest.
Three Days Of Rain (2002)

Stars: Penelope Allen, Erick Avari, Alimi Ballard

Writer/director Michael Meredith's ambitious first feature, Three Days of Rain, weaves together a large number of tales, loosely based on short stories by Anton Chekhov, and set in present-day Cleveland. Thunder (Michael Santoro) is a struggling tile-maker, an artisan whose leaky roof threatens to destroy his business and his life. Denis (Joey Bilow) is a mentally impaired railroad worker who finds his job in jeopardy when a co-worker, Jim (Chuck Cooper), questions his competence. Tess (Merle Kennedy) is a drug-addled young woman who performs sexual favors for a sleazy judge in order to visit the young daughter of whom she's lost custody. Waldo (Peter Falk) is an old rummy who repeatedly manipulates his caring son, Michael (Bill Stockton, who also produced the film), and then apologizes for doing so. Alex (Erick Avari of The Mummy) begins to question everything about his life after an encounter with a homeless veteran. A cab driver, John (Don Meredith), tells everyone who will listen about the recent death of his son. Through it all runs the commentary of a disc jockey (Lyle Lovett), who plays the smooth jazz that comprises the film's soundtrack. Three Days of Rain came to the attention of Wim Wenders through an editor on the project, Peter Przygodda, and Wenders, impressed with Meredith's work, became involved with the film. Three Days of Rain was shown in competition at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival. The film features cameos by Blythe Danner, Jason Patric, Max Perlich, Wayne Rogers (of M*A*S*H fame), and avant-garde filmmaker George Kuchar.

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