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Man About Town (1939)
Starring Jack Benny and Dorothy Lamour

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
Jack Benny goes to London in this frothy musical. He plays a Broadway producer and while in London begins pining for the love of glamorous singer Dorothy Lamour. Unfortunately, she finds him unattractive. Wanting to make her jealous, Benny pursues a pair of women who are trying to make their neglectful husbands jealous by pursuing Benny. Their ploy works and creates all kinds of comical mayhem until Benny's butler steps into to save his boss from the husbands' wrath.
Director: Mark Sandrich

Writers: Zion Myers, Morrie Ryskind, Allan Scott

Stars: Jack Benny, Dorothy Lamour, Edward Arnold, Binnie Barnes, Monty Woolley, Isabel Jeans, Phil Harris, Betty Grable, E.E. Clive, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Merriel Abbott Dancers, Matty Malneck and His Orchestra, The Pina Troupe
Songs include:

THAT SENTIMENTAL SANDWICH
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Lyrics Frank Loesser
Performed by Dorothy Lamour and Phil Harris with Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson

FIDGETY JOE
Music by Matty Malneck
Lyrics Frank Loesser
Sung by Betty Grable and Phil Harris
Danced by Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Played by Matty Malneck's Orchestra

STRANGE ENCHANTMENT
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Lyrics Frank Loesser
Sung by Dorothy Lamour
Danced by the Merriel Abbott Dancers and Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson

DANCE OF THE SULTAN'S WIVES
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Danced by the Merriel Abbott Dancers

TUMBLING ROUTINE
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Performed by The Pina Troupe with Matty Malneck's Orchestra

LOVE IN BLOOM
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Played on the violin by Jack Benny

Originally, this film was to feature Betty Grable opposite Jack Benny in the role of Diana Wilson, but because of appendicitis, she had to be replaced by Dorothy Lamour. Betty recovered in time, however, to contribute a song with Phil Harris (to which Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson danced), "Fidgety Joe" (music by Matty Malneck, lyrics by Frank Loesser).
During the filming of "Man About Town", the government investigated Jack Benny because he unknowingly bought two bracelets from a jeweler that had been smuggled into the United States. During the investigation, Jack became so distraught that he had to halt filming his part for four days. Jack eventually had to pay an exorbitant fine to the government even though he did not know the bracelets had been smuggled.
The film's premiere was held at the Genesee Theatre in Jack Benny's hometown of Waukegan, Illinois. Benny also did his weekly NBC radio from the theatre before the screening. The day before the movie a parade was held in Benny's honor. A crowd estimated at 50,000 people lined the streets of Waukegan to see the stars of the film and the cast of his radio show. Other stars attending the premiere included Dorothy Lamour, George Raft, Binnie Barnes and Edward Arnold.
General Foods displayed posters for this film in all its Jello outlets.
For much of the '30s, Eddie Anderson had appeared in many films as either a brief extra or somewhat of a supporting character. Then, a few years back before this movie, he became a regular on Jack Benny's radio show as his butler Rochester. In many previous pictures, Anderson had been credited as his own name but because of his fame on the radio program being announced as his character by Don Wilson, he's credited as Rochester in the opening credits though as his own name as playing Rochester by the end credits. For the rest of the Paramount films, it's his character name he's credited as. It's also to the benefit of working for Benny that Eddie has more screen time than previously including performing a couple of dance spots. And as on radio, he and Jack have great chemistry on screen. They're usually the best part of this movie which also has Benny's other co-star from his radio show, Phil Harris, doing his own wisecracking and conducting his band and singing a tune as do also Betty Grable-pre-stardom-wise-and leading lady Dorothy Lamour.
Lavishly produced, beautifully mounted musical. The Merriel Abbott Dancers are wisely saved for a spectacular musical climax where they disport themselves in colorful costumes through the melodic "Strange Enchantment" (sung by Lamour), whilst Rochester shuffles up a storm in another standing-ovation solo spot. The pin-wheeling Merriel Abbotts then return for "Bluebirds in the Moonlight", whilst Benny encores with the Pina acrobats in a tangled routine of mishaps which Danny Kaye later reprised in Knock on Wood.
The Paramount gloss was never finer. And the Edith Head costumes are wonderfully slinky. Lamour never looked more glamorous.
Now, Dorothy Lamour...how can someone NOT like her? She's beautiful, exotic looking but at the same time very down-to-earth. She also possesses a beautiful contralto singing voice and has a great acting talent.
Order this rarely-seen and hard-to-find classic today for the low price of $5.99.
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Border Radio (1987)

Stars: Chris D., Chris Shearer, Dave Alvin

In this semi-improvised look at life along the edges of L.A.'s rock scene, Chris D. (real name Chris Desjardins, leader of the L.A. punk band The Flesh Eaters) plays Jeff, a singer/songwriter who has suddenly gone missing. Two of his friends, bandmate Dean (John Doe, from the group X) and faithful roadie Chris (Chris Shearer), seem anxious to get in touch with him, and with good reason: Jeff and his band were stiffed by a club owner on payment for a recent gig, so they broke into the club's safe and took off with the loot. Now Jeff and the money have vanished, and Dean and Chris are torn between their concern for their friend's safety and their need to get their hands on the cash. Meanwhile, Jeff wanders aimlessly in Mexico, seemingly content after cutting himself off from the turmoil of his life in Los Angeles. Border Radio features members of several important California punk and roots bands in significant roles, including Dave Alvin of The Blasters and Texacala Jones of Tex and the Horseheads; Green on Red are shown playing a club date and The Lazy Cowgirls are featured on the soundtrack. Co-directors Allison Anders, Dean Lent, and Kurt Voss were UCLA film students who met while working on the crew of Wim Wenders's Paris, Texas; Anders went on to make several notable features, including Gas Food Lodging and Grace of My Heart.

Border River (1954)

Stars: Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo, Pedro Armend├íriz

Border River stars Joel McCrea as idealistic Confederate major Clete Mattson and Yvonne DeCarlo as saloon owner Carmelita Carlas. With the South facing defeat, Mattson desperately tries to save his army by stealing $2,000,000 in Union gold. He then heads to a raucous border town on the Rio Grande, hoping to make a munitions deal with Mexican general Calleja (Pedro Armendariz). But first, Mattson must contend with Calleja's double-crossing German military advisor Baron Von Holden (Ivan Triesault), not to mention Calleja's tempestuous sweetheart Carmelita, who is likewise not to be trusted. Alfonso Bedoya engagingly goes through one of his "We don't got to show you any stinkin' badges" characterizations as Calleja's aide-de-camp.

Border Romance (1929)

Stars: Armida, Don Terry, Marjorie Kane

A well-staged battle between two wild horses became the centerpiece in this early musical Western starring diminutive Mexican actress Armida. She plays the owner of a hacienda who takes in a fugitive (Don Terry) from the Mexican authorities. Terry, of course, is completely innocent in the charge of horse stealing and gets a chance to clear his good name when Armida's ranch becomes a target for the real rustlers. Produced by the penny-pinching Lester F. Scott, Jr., Border Romance came complete with a sentimental theme song written by Will Jason and Val Burton. Scott, however, wanted his money's worth and the theme, according to the New York Times was "heard on the sands of the desert, in adobe huts, at fiestas, during horse raids and after every meal!"

Freighters Of Destiny (1931)


Border Vigilantes (1941)

Stars: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Andy Clyde

Border Vigilantes was the 34th entry in the "Hopalong Cassidy" western series, with 32 more still on the way. William Boyd stars once more as black-clad champion of justice Hopalong Cassidy, while Andy Clyde and Russell Hayden tag along as California Carson and Lucky Jenkins. This time our heroes ride into a town bedevilled by outlaw raids, despite the existence of a local vigilante committee. Sensing that something's wrong with this set-up, Hoppy does a bit of digging and discovers that the outlaw chieftan is actually the head of the vigilantes (talk about conflict of interests!) The strong supporting cast includes Frances Gifford, Victor Jory, Morris Ankrum, and former cowboy stars Tom Tyler and Hal Taliaferro (aka Wally Wales). With Border Vigilantes, the series' assistant director Derwin Abrahams was promoted to the director's chair, with splendid results.

Heaven On Earth (1931)

Stars: Lew Ayres, Anita Louise, Harry Beresford

While on a riverboat traveling on the Mississippi River, Ayres finds out that his father is an impostor and that man actually killed his real father.

James Garner

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Edie Adams
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Ernie Adams

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