CineSavant Column

Tuesday January 29, 2019


We’re short of links and scoops around CineSavant this Tuesday, so I’ll try to squeak by with a nod to discs in the review hopper, and those expected soon.

Currently being frisbee’d around for review are Kino Lorber’s Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? with Ruth Gordon and Geraldine Page; Charly with Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom, El Paso with John Payne and Gail Russell; and The Group with (gasp) Candice Bergen, Joan Hackett, Elizabeth Hartman, Shirley Knight, Joanna Pettet, Jessica Walter& Kathleen Widdoes; Powerhouse Indicator’s The Wrong Box with Michael Caine, John Mills, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore and R.P.M. with Anthony Quinn; Severin’s Jack the Ripper (1959) with continental inserts and the color finale.

Continuing on, we have Twilight Time’s The Return of Frank James by Fritz Lang, Untamed with Susan Hayward and Yanks by John Schlesinger; The Warner Archive Collection’s Jock Mahoney action pix Tarzan’s Three Challenges and Tarzan Goes to India; Arrow Video’s Audition, Joseph H. Lewis’s My Name is Julia Ross & So Dark the Night and Chris Lee and Peter Cushing in Horror Express; and finally The Criterion’s Collection’s La Verité with Brigitte Bardot, directed by H.G. Clouzot.

Due in between now and March 1 are Der Hund von Baskerville (Flicker Alley), Berlin Alexanderplatz, To Sleep With Anger and Death in Venice (Criterion), Scream and Scream Again, Mad Dog and Glory and The Midnight Man, and from Twilight Time, the hard to beat poker hand of The Admirable Crichton, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter, Talk Radio and Bedazzled.

But wait — we do have one very good link from John McElwee’s Greenbriar Picture Shows for January 27, 2019… John spells out, with pictorial evidence, the nature of the Darryl Zanuck / J. Edgar Hoover spat regarding Samuel Fuller’s unsustainable affront to the image of G-Men in Fox’s sensational 1953 thriller Pickup on South Street. Good reading, and in John’s marvelous ‘Hollywoodese’ writing style, too. After so many years, I wonder if John THINKS in that syntax as well!

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson