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I'll Reach For A Star (1937)
Starring Frances Langford and Phil Regan

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
In this musical an agent hawks a new singing star to irritate a wealthy socialite whom he managed to get on the radio. There the socialite found some success, but then she dumped her agent. As the radio network continues to search for new talent, music and mayhem ensue.  Originally released as The Hit Parade, it was retitled I'll Reach For A Star for re-release.
Director: Gus Meins
Writers: Bradford Ropes, Samuel Ornitz, Harry Ruskin

Stars: Frances Langford, Phil Regan, Max Terhune, Edward Brophy, Louise Henry, Pert Kelton, William Demarest, The Gentlemaniacs, The Tic Toc Girls, Duke Ellington, Molasses and January
Songs include:

Happy Days Are Here Again
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Performed by Carl Hoff & The Hit Parade Orchestra

I've Got to Be a Rug Cutter
Written by Duke Ellington
Performed by Ivie Anderson with Duke Ellington Orchestra

If It Wasn't for Pete
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Sammy White
Danced by Sammy White with chorus

The Glory Beyond
Music by Alberto Colombo
Danced by Frances Langford and Pert Kelton

I'll Reach for a Star
Music by Lou Handman
Lyrics by Walter Hirsch
Sung by Frances Langford

Sweet Heartache
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Phil Regan
Reprised by Frances Langford

Last Night I Dreamed of You
Music by Lou Handman
Lyrics by Walter Hirsch
Sung by Frances Langford

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald/Wiener Blut - Medley
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Eddy Duchin
played by Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra
Danced by Galante and Leonarda

Was It Rain?
Music by Lou Handman
Lyrics by Walter Hirsch
Sung by Frances Langford

Love Is Good for Anything That Ails You
Written by Cliff Friend and Matty Malneck
Performed by the Tic-Toc Girls, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra and Carl Hoff & The Hit Parade Orchestra with chorus

Sweet Heartache
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Phil Regan and Frances Langford

The production was budgeted at $500,000, which made it the most expensive Republic film until that time.
Republic took the film's title from the popular radio show Your Hit Parade, which ran from 1935 to 1959. A television version of the program, also titled Your Hit Parade, ran from 1950 through 1959, with a one-season revival in 1974. Republic made four other films with the "Hit Parade" format: The Hit Parade of 1941, The Hit Parade of 1943, The Hit Parade of 1947 and The Hit Parade of 1951.
The Gentlemaniacs (Dick Hakins, Sammy Wolf, Mousie Garner) who joined The Three Stooges' former mentor, Ted Healy, on stage after Healy split from them over "creative differences". They'd eventually split from him as well. Their act isn't too different from those Stooges as they stomp, yell, and blow smoke in each other faces as they sing gibberish on stage to some familiar tunes.
Also appearing here is Pert Kelton-the first Alice Kramden on "The Honeymooners" sketches when it was presented on Jackie Gleason's "Calvacade of Stars" on the Dumont network-doing some nice wisecracks.
Order this rarely-seen and hard-to-find classic today for the low price of $5.99.
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Stars: Joseph Cotten, Virginia Nicolson, Edgar Barrier

Posing as wealthy Cuban plantation owner Joseph Johnson, Augustus Billings is having an affair with married Clairette Dathis. Augustus is able to get away just before Clairette's husband, Leon Dathis, comes home. But Leon finds out about the affair. With Augustus' photograph in hand, Leon goes on a search for his wife's lover. The ensuing chase leads to one sight gag close call after another. Eventually, the real Joseph Johnson in Cuba gets unwittingly into the act.

Blue Steel (1934)

Stars: John Wayne, Eleanor Hunt, George 'Gabby' Hayes

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Stars: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman

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Blue Velvet (1986)

Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper

Director David Lynch crafted this hallucinogenic mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover sadomasochistic violence, corruption, drug abuse, crime and perversion. Kyle Maclachlan stars as Jeffrey Beaumont, a square-jawed young man who returns to his picture-perfect small town when his father suffers a stroke. Walking through a field near his home, Jeff discovers a severed human ear, which he immediately brings to the police. Their disinterest sparks Jeff's curiosity, and he is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that's being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and the ether-addicted Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper). The sociopathic Booth has kidnapped Dorothy's young son and is using the child as a bargaining chip to repeatedly beat, humiliate and rape Dorothy. Though he's drawn to the virginal, wholesome Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), Jeff is also aroused by Dorothy and in trying to aid her, he discovers his dark side. As the film nears its conclusion, our hero learns that many more indivduals are tacitly involved with Frank, including a suave, lip-synching singer, Ben (Dean Stockwell), who is minding the kidnapped boy. Director Lynch explored many similar themes of the "disease" lying just under the surface of the small town, all-American façade in his later television series Twin Peaks (1990-91).
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Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Mary Beth Hughes, Helene Reynolds

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Bluebeard's 8th Wife (1938)

Stars: Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Edward Everett Horton

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