Newly remastered, television series and classics are all included in this weeks new releases.
THAT CERTAIN WOMAN (1933) Bette Davis plays Mary Donnell – married at 15, widowed, then left by her second husband to raise their baby alone. This was Davis’ first film with Henry Fonda and Edmund Goulding – the director who made her a star. This is 30’s melodrama, so get your handkerchiefs ready!
JIMMY THE GENT (1934), James Cagney stars as a crooked PI who searches for lost heirs to fortunes. Bette Davis is the girl who leaves him for a “better” man. But when Cagney discovers that his rival is a fraud, he must prove to Davis that her new beau is a faux – and win her back. Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca).
After civilization is destroyed by a moon-cracking runaway comet, THUNDARR THE BARBARIAN (1980-82) and his companions, Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel, journey from village to village, using their wit, wisdom, strength and skill to spread peace and justice across the land. This is the complete animated series presented in a 4-Disc Collection showcasing the work of comic book and animation notables including Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Steve Gerber, and Mark Evanier.
NIGHT COURT: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON (1986) details the continuing night-shift adventures of a NYC courtroom. This season, Roz Russell (Marsha Warfield) joins the cast, with Judge Harry Stone (Harry Anderson) getting replaced on the bench by former public defender Christine Sullivan (Markie Post). John Larroquette won his 3rd of 4 Emmys this season, playing the lascivious DA, Dan Fielding.
What’s better than Bette Davis in a film? How about two Bette Davises in a film produced by Bette Davis? In A STOLEN LIFE (1946), twins Kate and Pat go boating and only one of them returns. The surviving sister grabs her chance to live the life she’s always wanted – by taking her sister’s identity…and her husband (Glenn Ford).
A THUNDER OF DRUMS (1961) follows Capt. Stephen Maddocks (Richard Boone) as he tries to tame the West from renegade Indians with an undermanned army and no hope of promotion. Stand-out performances by a notable cast, including Charles Bronson, Richard Chamberlain, Slim Pickens and 50s guitar legend, Duane Eddy.
THE JUDGE STEPS OUT (1949) Tom Bailey (Alexander Knox) had it all – including a stressful job as a judge and a selfish and greedy family. When a sudden illness forces him off the train somewhere between Boston and DC, he discovers a new life and a second chance at love. Also starring Ann Sothern.