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Feature - Golden age Hollywood films come to the UK for the first time

By midlandsmovies, Aug 1 2016 06:16PM

Golden age Hollywood films come to the UK for the first time

Midlands fans of classic movies are in for a treat this month as six films from a bygone era are released from the Universal Pictures/Hollywood Classics stable.

Starring a wealth of screen legends including Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds and Spencer Tracy, the films come to DVD for the very first time in the UK and are due for release on 8th August 2016.

From comedy, drama, action, romance and musicals, each movie is a forgotten gem from the period with a long-lasting legacy which also mix big name celebrities and solid support in overlooked motion pictures.

First up, The Purple Mask (1955) is set in Napoleonic France with Some Like It Hot’s Tony Curtis roped into a kidnap plot in a rollicking tale that also feature’s Britain’s own Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote).

Sign of the Pagan (1954) stars swaggering Jack Palace (of 1991’s City Slickers https://t.co/oPYt6iWsgK ) as Attila the Hun who meets his match in Jeff Chandler who plays a Roman Centurion. Betrayals abound as they fall in love with the same woman in this historical epic – the kind of which influenced 2016’s Hail! Caesar from the Coens.

Next, the young Russian composer Rimsky‐Korsakov is the subject of 1947’s Song of Scheherazade as he falls for an exotic Spanish dancer which inspires his greatest work. Fact and fiction combine in this romantic drama which also stars Hollywood icon Yvonne De Carlo – also seen in The Ten Commandments.

Film legend George Scott stars in the elementary They Might be Giants (1971) as a widowed judge who loses his wife and his grip on reality to believe he is in fact Sherlock Holmes. This romantic mystery is directed by Anthony Harvey (editor on Dr. Strangelove) and stars Joanne Woodward as a psychiatrist who becomes Scott’s very own Dr. Watson.

Screen starlet Debbie Reynolds (Singin’ in the Rain) stars as a woman juggling the attentions of two men in This Happy Feeling (1958) as her boss and an up-and-coming actor attempt to woo her. John Saxon (seen also in The Godfather) won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Male Newcomer for his performance as the younger suitor.

And finally, Howard Hughes-produced Sky Devils (1932) is a comedy caper showcasing Spencer Tracy as a workshy airman who, along with his sidekick, attempts to dodge strict sergeants and distracting damsels as they become accidental war heroes.

You can grab these DVDs from http://www.simplyhe.com and Midlands Movies will also be soon offering one lucky reader a chance to win all the films on DVD courtesy of Simply Media.

In a special Hollywood classic competition we will be launching later in the month, the prize winner will get to enjoy each of these timeless movies as a definitive collection of rediscovered masterpieces.

Watch this space!

Midlands Movies Mike

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