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TODAY'S SPECIAL

Shamrock Hill (1949)
Starring Peggy Ryan and Ray McDonald

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
Though no longer employed by Universal in 1949, pert Peggy Ryan continued to show up in movie musicals for a variety of studios. Produced by up-and-coming Eagle Lion studios, Shamrock Hill features Ryan as feisty Irish-American colleen Eileen Rogan. The girl's steadfast belief in the existence of leprechauns comes in handy when land developer Ralph Judson (John Litel) evicts the residents of Shamrock Hill so that he can build a television station. The film concludes with a lighthearted courtroom sequence that owes more than a little to the finale of 20th Century-Fox's Miracle on 34th Street (1947). Naturally, Peggy Ryan is afforded several opportunities to sing and dance, usually in the company of personable leading man Ray McDonald.
Director: Arthur Dreifuss

Writers: Arthur Hoerl (screenplay), McElbert Moore (screenplay)

Stars: Peggy Ryan, Ray McDonald, Trudy Marshall, Rick Vallin, John Litel, Mary Gordon
Songs include:

A Fine, Fine Day
Written by Robert Bilder

Don't Take Your Troubles to Bed
Written by Robert Bilder

Do You Believe?
Written by Robert Bilder

Madcap Mood
Lyrics by George O. Walbridge
Music by Robert Bilder

The Leprechaun Song
Written by Robert Bilder

Peggy Ryan plays Eileen, a young lady from the Rogan clan. The family is as Irish as a four leaf clover. She is a lass with lots of heart and spends her days entertaining the younger children with songs and tall tales. The children play on abandoned property that they call Shamrock Hill. The Hill is coveted by a local businessman, Judson (John Litel), who wants to build a TV station on the property. Judson assigns his attorney, Matthews (Rick Vallin) to deal with Eileen and the children. Eileen's open heart charms Matthews and instead of scaring her off Shamrock Hill, he ends up helping her. Yes, it's all a bit of blarney. The story is simple, yet pleasing. The opening sequence made me smile, when me meet Grandma Rogan (Mary Gordon), and we learn she paints landscapes using only the color green. When I was a youngster there were plenty of shows and movies where the theme was, "a good heart is better than a fat wallet." That theme holds true for this film.
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Breakheart Pass (1975)

Stars: Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, Jill Ireland, Charles Durning, Sally Kirkland

Posing as a fugitive from justice, frontier undercover agent John Deakin (Charles Bronson) boards a train to go after a ruthless gang of outlaws. Ingredients essential to the action include an anti-military conspiracy involving gunrunners and Indians, a phony epidemic, and a down-and-dirty traintop fight between Deakin and Carlos (boxer-turned-actor Archie Moore). Breakheart Pass was adapted for the screen by Alistair MacLean from his own novel.
Breaking Glass (1980)

Stars: Phil Daniels, Hazel O'Connor, Jon Finch, Jonathan Pryce

This British rock musical tells a tale older than dirt -- the saga of the rise to fame of an eager young star, only to discover that fame is not all that it is cracked up to be. Hazel O'Connor is a young punk-rocker, singing her angry diatribes on the splintered stages on third-rate London venues. Soon enough, she meets up with a young, aspiring manager Phil Daniels, and she rises to the top. But success puts a damper on a burgeoning love relationship, and when Jon Finch arrives, playing a sleek and smooth record promoter, the duo's artistic independence is also compromised.

Breaking The Cycle (2002)

Stars: Carlos da Silva, Ryan White, Adam Cox

Breaking the Cycle is a love story between two roommates. Jason is a hedonist who spends his time trolling the Internet in order to engage in anonymous sex. His reserved roommate, Chad, has a crush on Jason, but the two are simply good friends. One day, a friend exposes Chad to the world of Internet chat rooms, and he begins to befriend Jason in cyberspace without either knowing it.
Arizona To Broadway (1933)

Stars: James Dunn, Joan Bennett, Herbert Mundin, Sammy Cohen, J. Carrol Naish, Walter Catlett, Theodore Von Eltz, Merna Kennedy

While travelling through Arizona, carnival huckster Smiley Wells (James Dunn) makes the acquaintance of sweet small-town girl Lynn Martin (Joan Bennett). Upon learning that a gang of slick operators has swindled a huge sum of money from Lynn's mother, Smiley decides that money lost through larceny can be won back the same way. With the help of his fellow conmen Kingfish Miller (Herbert Mundin) and Morris Blitz (Sammy Cohen), our hero devises an elaborate "sting" to out-maneuver the crooks and recover Lynn's mom's dough. But it's essential to their scheme that Lynn can successfully pass herself off as a hard-boiled "street dame." Arizona to Broadway was remade in 1943 as Jitterbugs, with Laurel and Hardy and Vivian Blaine.
Breathing Lessons (1994)

Stars: James Garner, Joanne Woodward, Kathryn Erbe, Joyce Van Patten, Eileen Heckert, Paul Winfield, Henry Jones

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Breathless (1983)

Stars: Richard Gere, Valérie Kaprisky, Art Metrano, John P Ryan, William Tepper, Robert Dunn, Lisa Jane Persky

A botched attempt to remake Jean-Luc Godard's classic nouvelle vague entry, Á Bout de souffle, Breathless follows Jesse (Richard Gere), a fugitive wanted for the murder of a police officer. In the course of his flight from the law, he hitches up with a beautiful French college student (the stunning Valerie Kaprisky), and together the two attempt to escape to Mexico. From start to finish, Breathless places style over substance; the film is almost insufferably hip, although its hipness now seems more dated than a time capsule. More attention seems paid to wardrobe, set design and soundtrack than anything else, yet it lacks any of the stark visual impact the original managed to achieve. Gere is passable as the sociopathic killer (although he relies on shirtlessness to carry him through much of the film), but Kaprisky, though beautiful, demonstrates limited acting range.
Featured Films

Rogues' Regiment (1948)

Even when decked out in a Foreign Legion uniform, Dick Powell looked, talked and acted like an urban private eye. In Rogues' Regiment, American secret agent Whit Corbett (Dick Powell) joins the Legion in order to track down Nazi war criminal Carl Reicher (Stephen McNally) in French Indo-China. Hampering his search is a native uprising which consumes most of the film's running time. Vincent Price contributes an amusingly despicable supporting role as Mark Van Ratten, an erudite art collector who sidelines in gunrunning. Though Dick Powell doesn't get to sing (not that he really wanted to!), leading-lady Marta Toren offers two sultry nightclub numbers.

Max Ophüls was hoping to direct the film but was passed over in favour of Robert Florey. The film was first announced in November 1947 with writer-producer Robert Buckner saying he was inspired by stories of former Nazis enlisting in the French Foreign Legion. In particular he researched the disappearance of Martin Bormann. Edmond O'Brien was originally announced as star. It was made shortly after the production of another film about the French Foreign Legion, Outpost in Morocco. Burt Lancaster was sought for a supporting part. In March 1948 it was announced Universal signed Dick Powell to play the lead. Edmond O'Brien dropped out of the film to make a movie with Deanna Durbin. It was meant to be the 60th film directed by Robert Florey at Universal.  Dick Powell, Märta Torén, Vincent Price, Stephen McNally, Edgar Barrier, Carol Thurston, Philip Ahn

James Garner
"I'm a Spencer Tracy-type actor. His idea was to be on time, know your words, hit your marks and tell the truth. Most every actor tries to make it something it isn't looks for the easy way out. I don't think acting is that difficult if you can put yourself aside and do what the writer wrote."

Erik Aaes
Art Director

Gerald Drayson Adams
Screenwriter

Julie Adams
No matter what you do, you can act your heart out, but people will always say, "Oh, Julie Adams - Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)."

Buddy Adler
Producer

Luther Adler

John G. Adolfi
Director

Renee Adoree
[on her early circus life] There were so many children with the circus the management installed a teacher, and there were regular school hours, with rigid discipline. When a long move made us forego a day's lessons, we had a double study the next day.

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