Santa’s Surprise is the 1947 Seymore Kneitel animated Holiday comedy short starring the voices of Jack Mercer and Mae Questel and tells the story of fie children from around the world that follow Santa home on Christmas eve and decide to give him some extra help around the workshop. Little Audrey first appeared in this movie where she was the most prominent member of a multicultural child cast working to clean Santa’s workshop while he was asleep, and she was briefly seen in the January 1948 Popeye cartoon Olive Oyl for President.
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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is the 1964 Nicholas Webster Holiday sci-fi comedy starring John Call, Leonard Hicks and Bill McCutcheon with a surprise cameo by the then 8-year old Pia Zadora! And with a title like this – I don’t think I need to tell you the plot!
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A Christmas Without Snow is the 1980 Holiday drama by John Corty starring Michael Learned and John Houseman, telling the story of a recent divorcée attempting to start her life anew by moving to San Francisco and is having difficulty with the choirmaster at her new church. Faced with his unrelenting pursuit of perfectionism, she is tempted once again to run away from her problems.
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Warhead (aka – Prisoner in the Middle, Mission Overkill, Nuclear Threat, and Sabra Command) is a 1977 John O’Connor cold-war adventure starring David Janssen, Karin Dor, Christopher Stone and Art Metrano. The movie tells the story of a missing nuclear warhead in the Middle East and the bloody pursuit of the terrorists that threaten the delicate peace in the desert. Janssen’s character remains cool and composed throughout the movie – just as you remembered him playing the lead in television’s The Fugitive franchise from the same era. Late 70’s cool with rugged sex-appeal!
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Gold is a 1974 Peter R. Hunt adventure starring the suave and debonair Roger Moore, famous for the James Bond franchise. Along with Moore, Gold stars Susannah York, Ray Milland, Bradford Dillman and Sir John Gielgud and tells the story of a greedy gold miner in South Africa risking the lives of his men to feed his hunger for the precious metal. And of course there is romance –Roger Moore doesn’t make a film without a forbidden and dangerous romance! Be sure to get a load of this one!
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Concrete Cowboys is the 1979 Burt Kennedy adventure starring Tom Selleck and Jerry Reed as two Montana cowboys who head to Nashville on a lark to start a detective agency, but the lark becomes serious when they score a case with a kidnapped singer! Yes Selleck dons his signature moustache and playful, but sexy character honed in his earlier years as television’s well-known Magnum PI. This movie is also known as Highway Action, Ramblin’ Man and Nashville Detective. But just look at how high those blue jeans are worn! Whew!
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Captain Kidd is the 1945 black & white Rowland V. Lee pirate-adventure starring Charles Laughton as Captain Kidd opposite his protégé-turned-nemesis Randolph Scott who plays Adam Mercy – the condemned but cultured ultimate-hero who eventually serves the swashbuckler’s head up to the king. Great fun and full of 1699-era man-candy for the ladies..!
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The Inspector General is a 1949 Henry Koster musical comedy starring Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, Gene Lockhart and Barbara Bates. In this farce, a snake-oil salesman that is too honest for his own good gets fired and wanders into a strange town where he is mistaken for a diplomat and must keep up the charade of refinement through numerous attempts to assassinate him by the town’s people – until the real Inspector General arrives! Assuming a false identity always has it’s perils but one’s true colors always reveal themselves!
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There Goes the Bride is a 1980 Terry Marcel comedy starring Tommy Smothers and Twiggy Lawson where a nervous ad executive creates havoc on his daughter’s wedding day with his obsession over an imaginary dream-girl flapper from the Roaring 20’s that he keeps seeing everywhere but cannot catch. Hey – fantasy always kicks in when reality becomes too much – right? This fun-for-all comedy is sure to please.
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Life Begins at 40 is a 1935 black & white George Marshall comedy starring Will Rogers, Rochelle Hudson, Richard Cromwell and Jane Darwell where a newsman bests a hard-nosed banker and clears a youth framed for bank robbery. This movie, along with other Will Rogers vehicles were generally set in small-town America, where residents all know each other, and picnics, hog-callings, and hayrides are the order of the day. The bucolic settings evoke nostalgia for an idealized time or place that never really existed. Kinda’ like the falsely sentimental olden days when America used to be great!
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