July 2, 2018
Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Comedy, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray, Mickey Shaughnessy.
1957. Directed to the hilt with his own designer’s eye by Vincente Minnelli and boasting an Oscar-winning story and screenplay by George Wells, this cosmetically gorgeous old-school romantic comedy showed off — and for just about the only time — Gregory Peck’s gifts as a farceur, or, if you wish, flawless straight man to incessantly farcical goings-on.
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My Sister Eileen
Available via ScreenArchives.com
Twilight Time, Comedy, $29.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Betty Garrett, Bob Fosse, Tommy Rall.
1955. The central hook presents sister Ruth as an aspiring writer who makes an Ohio-to-Village journey along with slightly less worldly sis Eileen, who has smitten men falling all over her (jn other words, a role made for the 1955 Janet Leigh).
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Mike's Picks: 'Up in Smoke' and 'The Woman in the Window'
Up in Smoke Paramount, Comedy, $12.99 DVD, $16.99 Blu-ray, ‘R.’ Stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Stacy Keach, Tom Skerritt. 1978. For all its raggedness, Cheech & Chong’s screen debut has well enough that attention must be paid — which is…
Mike's Picks: 'Ruby Gentry' and 'Madigan'
Ruby Gentry Street 4/24/18 Kino Lorber, Drama, $19.95 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR. Stars Jennifer Jones, Charlton Heston, Karl Malden, Tom Tully. 1952. It’s been suggested that King Vidor was a greater director of individual scenes than sustained movies, and there…
Mike's Picks: 'No Down Payment' and 'Moonrise'
No Down Payment Available via ScreenArchives.com Twilight Time, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR. Stars Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter, Sheree North, Barbara Rush, Cameron Mitchell, Pat Hingle, Patricia Owens. 1957. A time-capsule movie that also captures the members of its…
Mike's Picks: 'The Awful Truth' and 'Singing Guns'
The Awful Truth Criterion, Comedy, $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR. Stars Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy. 1937. If anything, it’s Irene Dunne who owns the greatest of all screwball comedies — playing off a perfect supporting cast and displaying…