Mike’s Picks: ‘No Down Payment’ and ‘Moonrise’

No Down Payment

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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 large cast at interesting career junctures, No Down Payment, based on a John McPartland novel, is rather undiscovered on a lesser but respectable level and holds up remarkably well.
Extras: Thanks to the kind of nugget that Julie Kirgo always seems to come up with in her Twilight Time liner notes, we learn that David Bowie was apparently a fan of this movie.
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Criterion, Drama, $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Dane Clark, Gail Russell, Ethel Barrymore, Allyn Joslyn, Rex Ingram, Lloyd Bridges.
1948. Frank Borzage’s Moonrise marks a milestone of sorts, albeit one that’s beyond arcane, as the first movie from Republic Pictures to appear under the Criterion banner. The ending is too rose-colored for my taste, but I’m still with most of the rest, thanks primarily to Gail Russell, the photographic mood and resonant individual shots.
Extras: Includes interviews with Borzage biographer Herve Dumont and film historian Peter Cowie.
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