|Barnacle Bill 1957 N/R, 87 min.|
aka: All at Sea
Director: Charles Frend
Cast: Alec Guinness, Percy Herbert, Irene Browne, Harold Goodwin, Maurice Denham, Victor Maddern, Lionel Jeffries, Miles Malleson, Eric Pohlmann, Donald Pleasence, Allan Cuthbertson, Richard Wattis, George Rose, Mike Morgan, Harry Locke
Failing at his family's seafaring tradition because of seasickness, Captain William Horatio Ambrose (Alec Guinness) becomes landlocked and opens a seaside hotel and amusement park for sailors as his means to preserve the family's name. The resort is a huge success, but local citizens object to Ambrose's arcade games on the pier and attempt to destroy it. Fortunately for Ambrose, when his sailor friends come to his aid, a slapstick battle ensues, and Ambrose registers the pier as a cruise ship under a foreign flag. Now, his "ship" is no longer under the domain of land authorities, and the fun continues.
|The Beggar's Opera 1953 N/R, 94 min.|
Genre: Musical / Drama
Director: Peter Brook
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Stanley Holloway, George Devine, Mary Clare, Hugh Griffith, Athene Seyler, Dorothy Tutin, Margot Grahame, Yvonne Furneaux, George Rose, Edward Pryor, Daphne Anderson, Eric Pohlmann, Stuart Burge, Gerald Lawson
Based on John Gay's 18th-century opera, this is the story of highwayman Captain MacHeath (Laurence Olivier) who loves the beggar king Peachum's (George Devine) daughter Polly (Dorothy Tutin) but is also interested in Lucy (Daphne Anderson) who is the daughter of the corrupt constable Mr. Lockit (Stanley Holloway). When Polly and Lucy join forces, they manage to have MacHeath sent to prison and condemned to a hanging. While in prison, The Beggar (Hugh Griffith) entertains MacHeath with an opera featuring MacHeath as a hero, and soon after MacHeath is rescued from his death sentence.
|Brothers in Law 1957 N/R, 94 min.|
Director: Roy Boulting
Cast: Richard Attenborough, Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Jill Adams, Miles Malleson, Raymond Huntley, Eric Barker, Nicholas Parsons, Kynaston Reeves, John Le Mesurier, Irene Handl, Olive Sloane, Edith Sharpe, Leslie Phillips, George Rose
In this film, based on Henry Cecil's novel about problems in Britain's legal system, counsel Roger Thursby (Ian Carmichael) is new to the legal field and encounters more than one cantankerous judge. When he faces Judge Kendall Grimes (Miles Malleson), Roger learns how to take the law into his own hands and beat the system.
|The Devil's Disciple 1959 N/R, 82 min.|
Director: Guy Hamilton
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Janette Scott, Eva Le Gallienne, Harry Andrews, Basil Sydney, George Rose, Mervyn Johns, Neil McCallum
In this screen adaptation of the George Bernard Shaw play, Anthony Anderson (Burt Lancaster) is a minister during America's Revolutionary War who led colonists in an attempt to fool the British.
|The Flesh and the Fiends 1959 N/R, 87 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
aka: The Fiendish Ghouls
Director: John Gilling
Cast: Peter Cushing, June Laverick, Donald Pleasence, George Rose, Renee Houston, Dermot Walsh, Billie Whitelaw, John Cairney, Melvyn Hayes, June Powell, Andrew Faulds, Philip Leaver, George Woodbridge, Garard Green, Esma Cannon
Dr. Knox (Peter Cushing) requires cadavers for his research, and the corpse suppliers resort to killing the locals to provide the needed bodies. Things get sticky when the good doctor's girlfriend shows up as a specimen. A good tale, though some gory parts–a few of which have been deleted in the various rereleases.
|From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 1973 G, 105 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama / Comedy
aka: The Hideaways
Director: Fielder Cook
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Sally Prager, Johnny Doran, George Rose, Richard Mulligan, Georgann Johnson, Madeline Kahn, Linda Selman, Peter Turgeon, Donald Symington, Bruce Conover, Mike Hammett, Robert Packer, Josip Elic, John Coe
Based on E. L. Konigsburg's entertaining book, this is the story of Claudia (Sally Prager) and Jamie (Johnny Doran) who run away from home and hide in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
|Hamlet 1964 N/R, 199 min.|
Director: Bill Colleran, John Gielgud
Cast: Richard Burton, Hume Cronyn, Alfred Drake, Barnard Hughes, Eileen Herlie, William Redfield, John Cullum, John Gielgud, Frederick Young, Michael Ebert, George Rose, George Voskovec, Hugh Alexander, Dillon Evans, Linda Marsh
This version of Shakespeare's play was filmed with a process that made the dark story even darker during a live performance on Broadway. Richard Burton excels in his role of Prince Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. Soon after Hamlet's father is killed, his mother, Queen Gertrude (Eileen Herlie), marries her brother-in-law Claudius (Alfred Drake). When the ghost of Hamlet's father returns, he tells Hamlet that Claudius murdered him and demands that Hamlet seek revenge. Hamlet fakes madness to avoid suspicion, and before it is over, not only Claudius, but Gertrude, Hamlet's chief counselor Polonius (Hume Cronyn) and Polonius' daughter Ophelia (Linda Marsh)–who loves Hamlet– and Hamlet all lie dead. John Gielgud directed the Broadway production (and was also the voice of the Ghost); Bill Colleran directed the filming, using 15 cameras to catch all of the action.
|The Littlest Angel 1969 TV, 80 min.|
Director: Joe Layton
Cast: Johnny Whitaker, Fred Gwynne, Cab Calloway, E.G. Marshall, John McGiver, Tony Randall, George Rose, Connie Stevens, James Coco, Mary Jo Catlett, Lu Leonard
Based on a story by Charles Tazewell Michael, a shepherd boy, Michael (Johnny Whitaker), arrives in Heaven on his eighth birthday. Patience (Fred Gwynne) is given the task of helping the boy adjust. A nice story about the meaning of giving at Christmas, as Michael must find a gift for God's baby boy, Jesus. Made for TV.
|The Long Arm 1956 N/R, 96 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery
aka: The Third Key
Director: Charles Frend
Cast: Jack Hawkins, Dorothy Alison, Michael Brooke, John Stratton, Geoffrey Keen, Sam Kydd, Glyn Houston, Richard Leech, Newton Blick, Sydney Tafler, Ralph Truman, Ian Bannen, Peter Burton, George Rose
Dedicated Scotland Yard Superintendent Tom Halliday (Jack Hawkins), along with his young assistant Sergeant Ward (John Stratton), works to solve a string of robberies involving safes, all of which were made by the same manufacturer. The investigation leads to a night watchman (Richard Leech), and Halliday sets the trap that will ensnare the elusive crook and bring an end to the safe crackings.
|A New Leaf 1971 G, 102 min.|
Director: Elaine May
Cast: Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jack Weston, George Rose, William Redfield, James Coco, Graham Jarvis, Doris Roberts, Rose Arrick, Renee Taylor
Once-wealthy Henry Graham (Walter Matthau) plans to regain financial status by marrying heiress Henrietta Lowell (Elaine May) and then killing her. Plans change when he turns over a new leaf and becomes a loving spouse. 3 User Reviews
|Funny Film||kangaroo 03/24/2013 |
| Great film, very funny and heartwarming. Saw it years ago, and wish I could get it on DVD.|
|GREAT MOVIE||DICKIE 12/22/2010 |
| ONE OF HIS BEST.|
|Anonymous 08/16/2007 |
| I loved this movie and wish it were on DVD so I could purchase it!|
|The Pirates of Penzance 1983 G, 112 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Musical / Romance
Director: Wilford Leach, Joshua White
Cast: Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose, Rex Smith, Tony Azito, David Hatton, Louise Gold, Teresa Codling, Nancy Wood, Tilly Vosburgh, Zoot Money, Peppi Borza, Preston Lockwood, Romolo Bruni
From Gilbert and Sullivan's light opera, this musical is adapted to film in an upbeat performance about an apprentice pirate, Frederic (Rex Smith), who, on his 21st birthday, would like to change his life style and become a respected citizen. When the Pirate King (Kevin Kline) tells Frederick that, because his birthday was on a Leap Year, he will not be 21 for awhile, and he must rejoin the crew. Meanwhile, Frederic has met and fallen for Mabel (Linda Ronstadt), and the next target for the pirates is Mabel's father, Major General Stanley (George Rose). 1 User Review
|The Best Gilbert and Sullivan on Film||1fatts 03/07/2007 |
| One of the problems in presenting a "classic" is that the reverence that everyone brings to the project ends up as stodginess, heaviness and "the weight of the bard" on the shoulders of the audience.|
What a pleasant surprise this movie was. While this is technically not more than a filming of the prize-winning Joseph Papp stage production, it is a very good, very professional filming. It is funny, bright. The singing is wonderful; everyone is playing for laughs, and you have the sense that if Gilbert and Sullivan had seen this production, they would have have said: "Of course. That's exactly what it should be!" Everyone hams it up and has a wonderful time: Kevin Kline, George Rose, Tony Azito (who won a drama critics award, I believe, for his stage work).
The work is so successful that it is doubley galling that the production is available only on VHS and very hard to find at that. BE WARNED: the DVD version that is available is a filming of the stage production (which did not include Angela Lansbury, no matter what the publicity says) which serves to demonstrate how much better filmed the VHS version was.
There is an online petition (serioiusly) to try to encourage the DVD release of the rare VHS, but who knows what will come of that. Get the VHS, if that is all you can find. . . or rent it, if you have to.
It is a rollicking couple of hours.
|1. Barnacle Bill (1957)|
aka: All at Sea
2. The Beggar's Opera (1953)
3. Brothers in Law (1957)
4. The Devil's Disciple (1959)
5. The Flesh and the Fiends (1959)
aka: The Fiendish Ghouls
aka: Psycho Killers
6. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973)
aka: The Hideaways
7. Hamlet (1964)
8. The Littlest Angel (1969)
9. The Long Arm (1956)
aka: The Third Key
10. A New Leaf (1971)
11. The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
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