A sophisticated supernatural Hollywood comedy whose influence continues to be felt, Here Comes Mr. Jordan stars the eminently versatile Robert Montgomery as a working-class boxer and amateur aviator whose plane crashes in a freak accident. He finds himself in heaven but is told, by a wry angel named Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), that his death was a clerical error, and that he can return to earth by entering the body of a corrupt (and about-to-be-murdered) banker—whose soul could use a transplant. Having inspired a sequel with Rita Hayworth and two remakes (the first starring Warren Beatty and the second Chris Rock), Alexander Hall’s effervescent Here Comes Mr. Jordan is comic perfection.Special Features:New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrackNew conversation between critic Michael Sragow and independent filmmaker Michael SchlesingerAudio interview from 1991 in which actor Elizabeth Montgomery discusses her father, actor Robert MontgomeryLux Radio Theatre adaptation of Here Comes Mr. Jordan from 1942 starring Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes, and James GleasonTrailerPLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith NehmeClick Images to Enlarge
Sunderland-born music hall star Ernest Lotinga was one of the most accomplished variety artists of the early 20th century, proving massively popular throughout the 1930s with his comic creation 'Josser' introduced to British audiences in a series of short films during the early part of the decade. Owing to the scarcity of archive material, the fast-talking, charismatic performer admired by T.S. Eliot as 'the greatest living British histrionic Artist' is now all but forgotten; however, this rare full-length feature, presented here in a brand-new digital transfer from original film elements, easily demonstrates why Lotinga's sparky and often irreverent humour was cherished by a generation. Charting the military escapades of serial bungler Tommy Josser, Josser in the Army sees the hapless hero in France during wartime, where he masquerades as a German general, unmasks a spy, gets captured and then makes a spectacular airborne escape! SPECIAL FEATURES  Image gallery  Archive Ernest Lotinga interview PDF
Made in 1930, this musical Middle Eastern adventure was the second comedy film starring former Great War entertainer Leslie Fuller – the 'rubber-faced comedian' who was at the height of his popularity in Britain during the 1930s. Featuring Fuller in the much-loved role of dim-witted Cockney Bill, and co-written by his erstwhile concert-party cohort Syd Courteney, the film is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. When their ship arrives in an Arabian port, the sailors are given shore leave – among them Bill Biggles, who has previously had little success with women. Visiting a sheik who has long been under obligation to him, Bill is welcomed at the palace, and the polygamous ruler, who has abducted a damsel, decides to absent himself and appoint Bill as his deputy. It seems Bill's luck is set to change dramatically – until the wives decide to go on strike! Special Features: Image gallery
Heading an international cast - including German 'krimi' veteran Heinz Drache - Dam Busters star Richard Todd reprises his role as insurance investigator Harry Sanders in this rare crime adventure based on Edgar Wallace's 1911 novel Sanders of the River. Made in 1964, Coast of Skeletons was the second Sanders adaptation produced and co-written by legendary B-movie mogul Harry Alan Towers, and is presented here in a new digital remaster in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Dispatched to investigate the loss of a diamond dredger off southern Africa's Skeleton Coast, Harry Sanders encounters A.J. Magnus, the ship's wealthy American owner. He soon realises that the ruthless Magnus' true interest lies in the diamonds and gold from the sunken ships insured by Sanders' firm... SPECIAL FEATURES  Image gallery  Promotional materials PDF
This delightfully mischievous comedy was among the first films made in Britain by Paris-born director Marcel Varnel, later noted for his collaborations with Will Hay, Arthur Askey and the Crazy Gang. It also marked the British screen debut of Dolly Haas, providing a typically androgynous role for the gamine German ingénue. Girls Will Be Boys is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer. The mere idea of a woman in his castle made the Duke of Bridgewater feel ill, but behind his misogyny lay a family scandal that had left him irascible, lonely, and heirless. Much was his rejoicing when a letter arrived from abroad beginning 'Dear Grandfather' and signed 'Pat Caverley' it seemed to signal that the Duke had an heir after all and the old man promptly ordered Grey, his secretary, to fetch the boy. Much to Grey's horror, however, 'Pat' turned out to be 'Patricia'! Undaunted, the impish Patricia cuts off her curls and dons trousers can she make everyone believe that she's a man..? SPECIAL FEATURES:  Image Gallery
Taking his son-in-law to one side for a quiet chat about marital strife, Sir Humphrey listens to the young man's tale of woe and offers reassurance that he is not the first to be baffled by the foibles of women – ably illustrating his point by recounting some rather sticky moments when he too was on the verge of giving up all hope of comprehending the feminine sex... A lavishly designed, witty and touching film featuring a magnificent cast, The Truth About Women stars Laurence Harvey as Sir Humphrey, with Julie Harris, Eva Gabor, Mai Zetterling and Diane Cilento among the women he has loved and lost. Directed by Oscar winner Muriel Box, featuring sumptuous cinematography by Otto Heller and costume design by Cecil Beaton, the film is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. SPECIAL FEATURES: Original theatrical trailer Image gallery Original pressbook PDF
A spectacular song‐and‐dance revue filmed in luminous early Technicolor—rediscovered and newly restored Made during the early years of the movie musical, this exuberant revue was one of the most extravagant, eclectic, and technically ambitious Hollywood productions of its day. Starring the bandleader PAUL WHITEMAN, then widely celebrated as the King of Jazz, the film drew from Broadway variety shows of the time to present a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts as the Rhythm Boys (featuring a young BING CROSBY), and orchestral numbers overseen by Whiteman himself (including a larger‐than‐life rendition of GEORGE GERSHWIN’s “Rhapsody in Blue”)—all lavishly staged by veteran theatre director JOHN MURRAY ANDERSON and beautifully shot in early Technicolor. Long available only in incomplete form, King of Jazz appears here newly restored to its original glory, offering a fascinating snapshot of the way mainstream American popular culture viewed itself at the dawn of the 1930s. Features: New 4K digital restoration by Universal Pictures, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New audio commentary featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, music and cultural critic Gene Seymour, and musician and bandleader Vince Giordano New introduction by Giddins New interview with musician and pianist Michael Feinstein Four new video essays by authors and archivists James Layton and David Pierce on the development and making of King of Jazz Deleted scenes and alternate opening‐title sequence All Americans, a 1929 short film featuring a version of the “Melting Pot” number that was restaged for the finale of King of Jazz I Know Everybody and Everybody’s Racket, a 1933 short film featuring Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra Two Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons from 1930, featuring music and animation from King of Jazz
Cody and Meg were inseparable. Two peas in a pod. Until... they weren't anymore. When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything - so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg's college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there's a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, and some secrets of his own. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can't open - until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend's death gets thrown into question. I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jorjeana Marie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/001795/bk_lili_001795_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wish I was Here features tales of passion and jealousy, lust and romance from the award-winning author of Red Dust Road. This fierce, funny, and compassionate collection explores every facet of that most overwhelming and complicated of human emotions: love. With winning directness, Jackie Kay captures her characters' greatest joys and greatest vulnerabilities, exposing the moments of tenderness, of shock, of bravery, and of stupidity that accompany the search for love, the discovery of love and, most of all, love's loss. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Bentinck, Forbes Masson, Cathleen McCarron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/001274/bk_howe_001274_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.