Classic War Hero Movies

In today’s confusion about who is a War Hero and who is not, let’s go back to some classic Hollywood definitions of War Heroes and the movies that portrayed them. This week, MovieZoot.com features four such movies including 1989’s Casablanca Express with Glenn Ford, 1987’s Escape from Sobibor with Rutger Hauer, 1943’s Gung Ho! with Randolph Scott, and 1986’s The Last Days of Patton with George C. Scott.

Allow these historical and classic movies to again define the term “War Hero” in today’s context.

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Casablanca Express

Casablanca Express is the 1989 Sergio Martino War Drama starring Glenn Ford, Jason Connery and Donald Pleasence telling the story of Sir Winston Churchill’s infamous train trip to Casablanca in 1942 during the height of WWII, to meet with FDR and Joseph Stalin when the German’s knew the details of his travel plans and were planning an assassination, and America’s effort to thwart the Germans.

Escape from Sobibor

Escape from Sobibor is the 1987 Jack Gold historical War Drama starring Rutger Hauer and Alan Arkin telling the story of the infamous 1943 escape of 600 men from the German Death Camp of Sobibor with the most successful uprising by Jewish prisoners during WWII.

Gung Ho!

Gung Ho! is the 1943 black & white Ray Enright War Drama starring Randolph Scott based on the real-life story of the Makin Island raid led by Lieutenant Colonel Evans Carlson’s 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. The film uses stock footage of the time with Chet Huntley narrating the events leading up to the raid.

The Last Days of Patton

The Last Days of Patton is the 1986 Delbert Mann War-Hero sequel to the 1970 blockbuster Patton which stars George C. Scott and Eva Marie Saint as General George S. Patton and his wife during the last days of his life, where Patton was writing the official history of WWII, and despite monumental efforts by President Harry S. Truman to have him not die on German soil, the General dies of an embolism on December 21st, 1945.

The Holidays Can Be Murder!

Yes, the Holiday Season from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Day can be murder on one’s nerves. So this week on MovieZoot.com, we help you break out of the seasonal doldrums and release your dark fantasies with this week’s four murderous feature films including 1945’s And Then There Were None with Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston; 1995’s Death In Small Doses with Richard Thomas and Tess Harper; 1930’s Alfred Hitchcock Murder! with Herbert Marshall and Norah Baring; and 1956’s Alfred Hitchcock The Man Who Knew Too Much with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day.

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And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None is the 1945 Agatha Christie book-turned-murder-mystery-movie directed by René Clair and starring Barry Fitzgerald and Walter Huston where eight people, all total strangers to each other, are invited to a small isolated island off the coast of England for the weekend, and one-by-one, each day, a guest is found dead. It is up to the remaining survivors to figure out who is murdering the captive guests one-by-one, before all are lost!

Death in Small Doses

Death in Small Doses is a 1995 drama directed by Sondra Locke and starring Richard Thomas, Tess Harper, Shawn Elliott, Glynnis O’Connor, Gary Frank, Matthew Posey and Ann Hearn. It tells the story of a wife who mysteriously falls ill and dies and its later revealed that she died by arsenic poisoning. As the police investigation heats up, the woman’s husband becomes the prime suspect. A terrible family secret eventually breaks the case and reveals the true killer. Isn’t Thanksgiving the time when most family secrets are revealed?

Murder!

Murder! is the 1930 Alfred Hitchcock Mystery/thriller starring Herbert Marshall and Norah Baring and tells the story of a murdered actress and the many people in the traveling troupe with motive, opportunity and cause. A juror in the trial who believes another actress innocent, must vet the entire troupe to find the true killer! Classic, complicated Hitchcock in the early days!

The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much is the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart and Doris Day where a family traveling in Morocco,witnesses an assassination, setting their lives and safety in drastic and unsavory danger as their son is abducted by the assassins and they struggle to get him back – without the help of the police.

Autumn + Guy + Gal = Romance

Ahhh – the Fall Season is for falling in love.

The crisp air; the glorious colors; and the anticipation of snuggling up with a special someone in front of a cozy fire during the long cold winter ahead.

This week, Moviezoot.com features four Classic Romances about falling in love with movies including Allen Dwan’s 1947 Calendar Girl with William Marshall and Jane Frazee; Charles Vidor’s 1944 Cover Girl with Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth; Gregory La Cava’s 1936 My Man Godfrey with William Powell and Carole Lombard; and John Cromwell’s 1934 Of Human Bondage with Leslie Howard and Bette Davis.

Yes, love is streaming free this week on Moviezoot.com!

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Calendar Girl

Calendar Girl is the 1947 black & white Allan Dwan musical romance starring Jane Frazee, William Marshall, Kenny Baker and Gail Patrick telling the story of two friends coming to NYC at the turn of the century (the 1900s) to seek their destinies, but are sidetracked by romance and the pursuit of true love, while still holding on to their secrets.

Cover Girl

Cover Girl is the 1944 Charles Vidor romantic comedy starring Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth telling the story of an ambitious stage performer who must choose between riches and romance when presented with alternative opportunities from her grandmother’s old flame.

My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey is the 1936 black & white Gregory La Cava romance comedy starring William Powell and Carole Lombard telling the story of sibling-rivalry, interclass struggles and the power of love staged during the great depression – this is a rags to riches story in more ways than one!

Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage is the 1934 black & white John Cromwell drama/romance starring Bette Davis and Leslie Howard along with Frances Dee, Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Alan Hale and Reginald Sheffield based on the 1915 novel of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham. This film tells the story of an English medical student who abandons his artistic aspirations when he falls for a callous and manipulative waitress. Despite her abuse he becomes completely obsessed with her as she storms in and out of his life. Whenever he seems ready to move on, she bursts back into his life in a seemingly inescapably cruel and vicious cycle. We all have people like this in our families – are they attending your holiday dinner?

Happy Horror-ween!

In today’s world, sometimes, even horror movies can be more calming than our daily reality. Not all the time – only sometimes.

But that’s not the case this week.

This week, we prepare for Halloween with MovieZoot.com featuring four thrilling Classic Hollywood Horror films including Wes Craven’s cryogenic horror/thriller Chiller; Michael Anderson’s memorable psycho-thriller Dominique is Dead; George Romero’s All-American classic thriller Night of the Living Dead; and John Carpenter’s remake of the eerie Sci-Fi horror thriller Village of the Damned.

Daily “fresh new hell” be damned, for this week, we’ve got some really scary classic horror movies for you!

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Chiller

Wes Craven’s Chiller is a 1985 horror film starring Michael Beck, Beatrice Straight and Paul Sorvino telling a story of Miles Creighton, a corporate executive who relied on cryogenics to preserve his failed life, unexpectedly begins to thaw due to a machinery malfunction and returns to life, but not fully whole. He proceeds to wreak havoc at his inherited business and only after a series of mysterious deaths is Miles implicated leading to some pretty horrific scenes and events. This is a pure sci-fi thriller that Craven is so well noted for.

Dominique is Dead

Dominique is Dead is the 1979 Michael Anderson psycho-horror thriller starring Cliff Robertson and Jean Simmons where an American stockbroker in England drives his wife to commit suicide – or so he thinks! But he soon learns, it’s not all in his head!

Night of the Living Dead

George A. Romero’s 1968 independent horror film Night of the Living Dead stars Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea and tells the ghoulish story of seven people trapped in a farmhouse in Western Pennsylvania that is attacked by a large and growing group of unnamed “living dead” monsters. Completed on a $114,000 budget, the film premiered October 1, 1968 and became a financial success, grossing $12 million domestically and $18 million internationally. It has been a horror cult classic ever since.

Village of the Damned

John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned is a 1995 science fiction-horror film starring the late Christopher Reeve and Kirstie Alley along with Linda Kozlowski, Mark Hamill and Michael Paré. This 1995 remake tells the story of a quiet coastal California town that is visited by some unknown life form, which leaves all the women of the village pregnant. Nine months later, the babies are born, and they all look normal, but it doesn’t take the “parents” long to realize that the kids are neither human nor are they humane.

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Behold the Acting Genius of Warren Oates

With much more depth and courage than just his Western films portrayed him, Warren Oates gives some amazing performances in these four featured MovieZoot.com movies that helped raise him to movie icon level and influenced many contemporary grind-house directors like Tarantino. This week, we proudly present Warren Oates as he nails his characters in 1978’s China 9 Liberty 37; 1974’s Cockfighter; 1973’s Dillinger; and 1966’s The Shooting.

Behold the acting genius of Warren Oates.

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China 9/Liberty 37

China 9/Liberty 37 is the 1978 Monte Hellman western drama starring Warren Oates, Fabio Testi and Jenny Agutter where a convicted criminal befriends a miner holding out from selling his land to the railroad that he was hired to kill. He falls in love with the miner’s wife and all hell breaks loose in this western tale of deceit, infidelity, friendship and love – but most of all – redemption.

Cockfighter

Cockfighter (also known as Born to Kill) is a 1974 action drama by director Monte Hellman, starring Warren Oates, Harry Dean Stanton and featuring Laurie Bird and Ed Begley, Jr., telling the story of a down-and-out southern cocksman who aspires to win the Cockfighter of the Year medal, and although facing a mountain of adversities, will not let go of his dream.

Dillinger

In this 1973 biography of crime and action, John Milius directs an all-star cast of Warren Oates, Michele Phillips, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Harry Dean Stanton, Geoffrey Lewis and John P. Ryan in the tale of the infamous American outlaw John Dillinger. Johnson plays the dedicated G-man Melvin Purvis, determined to bring down Public-Enemy-Number-One Dillinger and his gang of defiant bank robbers. Of the classic gangster thrillers of the ‘70’s, this is a ‘must see’ as Warren Oates nails-it as the irascible Dillinger.

The Shooting

Shot entirely in natural lighting on a budget of only $75K and a shooting schedule of only 3 weeks, The Shooting is a 1966 Western Drama directed by Monte Hellman and stars Warren Oates, Jack Nicholson, Will Hutchins and Millie Perkins. It tells the tale of a mysterious woman that manipulates two cowboys to help her in a revenge scheme. An interesting aside – filmed in 1965 and shown in film festivals (favorably) in 1966, The Shooting is one of co-star Jack Nicholson’s earlier films – several years prior to his popular breakout role of hard-drinking lawyer George Hanson in Easy Rider in 1969 for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.

CLASSIC MUSICALS: Song and Dance Icons

Sometimes you feel like you just have to sing or dance! And this week MovieZoot.com is featuring four musicals with both singing and dancing by amazing stars in some pretty well-noted classic films. Sit back and enjoy as we present Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming in 1949’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Jane Frazee and Kenny Baker in 1947’s Calendar Girl, Fred Astaire and Jane Powell in 1951’s Royal Wedding, and June Allyson, Judy Garland and Lena Horne in 1946’s Till the Clouds Roll By.

These four wonderful classic musicals are guaranteed to have your toes tapping in no time!

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is the 1949 black & white Tay Garnett musical comedy starring Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming and tells the story of a blacksmith who, thrown from his horse in Connecticut circa 1912, wakes up in Arthurian Briton where he helps Camelot’s King Arthur save his kingdom from the evil wizard Merlin. There are also some terrific performances by Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Rhonda Fleming and William Bendix.

Calendar Girl

Calendar Girl is the 1947 black and white Allen Dwan musical romance starring Jane Frazee, Kenny Baker and William Marshall and tells the story of two best friends from Boston who come to Greenwich Village in 1900, one to become a famous artist, the other to become a famous composer. The composer falls in love with the girl next door, but unfortunately, she is charmed by his friend who has secrets he is reluctant to share with her.

Royal Wedding

Love and royalty are in the air with 1951’s Royal Wedding that is another Stanley Donen directed RomCom Musical that stars Fred Astaire and Jane Powell. Astaire and Powell play an American sibling song-and-dance team in London in 1947 when all of England is in a tizzy over the impending nuptials of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Powell’s character falls for the dashing Lord John Brindale played by Peter Lawford while Astaire’s character is equally smitten with the elegant and lovely Anne Ashmond played by Sarah Churchill. This film features Astaire’s iconic scene of dancing across the ceiling of a hotel room.

Till The Clouds Roll By

Till the Clouds Roll By is the 1946 Richard Whorf and Vincent Minnelli musical comedy starring Robert Walker, Van Heflin, June Allyson, Lena Horne and Judy Garland telling the story of famed songwriter Jerome Kern’s charmed life leading up to his Broadway opening of “Show Boat.” Consisting of many musical numbers, the all-star cast includes a bevy of Hollywood talent including Kathryn Grayson, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore, among many others.

Bad Girls: Cinematic Ladies and the Art of the Tease

Aside from the obvious sexual innuendo, some of the greatest actresses in Hollywood have taken on controversial roles of the “Bad Girl” in films because the script’s characters have depth, grit, purpose and commitment. Here are four “bad girl” films where the actresses made cinematic history with their outstanding performances and helped push the movie industry to developing “meatier” roles for women. This week, MovieZoot.com proudly presents Brigitte Bardot in 1956’s Mademoiselle Striptease, Marlene Dietrich in 1931’s The Blue Angel, Karen Black in 1973’s The Pyx, and Sophia Loren in 1963’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Lean back and let these amazingly talented ladies entertain you.

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Mademoiselle Striptease

In Mademoiselle Striptease, the air is thick with innuendo, pratfalls and, of course, a strip-tease contest in this classic French sex-comedy. Originally titled Plucking the Daisy, this 1956 black & white comedy drama directed by Marc Allégret stars bombshell Brigitte Bardot in telling the story of a young girl – an aspiring writer – who side-steps some Parisian wolves as she unwittingly ignites hellfire in the minds of men from the Seine to the Sorbonne.

The Blue Angel

The Blue Angel is a 1931 Josef von Sternberg black & white musical drama starring Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron and Emil Jannings telling the story of an educator so smitten by a cabaret dancer that he loses everything in the name of love, eventually losing his very life! Eyes up boys – it’s dangerous down there!

The Pyx

The Pyx, with Karen Black and Christopher Plumber starring in this 1973 Harvey Hart horror crime thriller, is about a grizzly murder that puts an investigating detective in the middle of the occult surrounded by prostitution, drug addiction and conspiracy with all of her suspects mysteriously dropping like flies.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a 1963 comedy anthology film by Italian director Vittorio de Sica, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and consists of three hilarious short stories about couples in different parts of Italy. This film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1964 Academy Awards.

Tired of the Drama in the News?

Let go of North Korea and the NFL player’s protests; let go of the fires and floods and natural disasters; let go of the ratings wars, the fake media and the late-night twitter madness. Escape today’s stress by binge-watching some great comedies on MovieZoot.com with these hilarious film and television collections that will transport you to another world that is non-political, non-threatening and just downright funny! This week we are proud to present 8 episodes of The Three Stooges; 4 full-length films of The Marx Brothers; and 30 episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies.

Treat yourself and enjoy a few hours of fun-filled fantasy, and let the world take care of itself.

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The Three Stooges

The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy team active from 1928 until 1970, best known for their 190 Columbia short-subject films that have been airing on television regularly since 1958. These 8 episodes in this collection include Brideless Groom, Disorder in the Court, Malice in the Palace and 5 others.

The Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers were an American family comedy act that was successful in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in motion pictures from 1905 to 1949. These 4 movies in this collection include A Night in Casablanca, Animal Crackers, Horse Feathers and Room Service.

The Beverly Hillbillies

This series follows the Clampett family from the Ozarks to posh Beverly Hills after they strike oil and become millionaires. Banker Mr. Drysdale tries to keep them from foolishly spending their newfound wealth, and he also tries to “civilize” them – usually succeeding in making a fool of himself in the process. There are 30 episodes in our collection, including the first 2 seasons starting in 1962.

Influential Martial Arts Action Films

Martial Arts movies gained popularity in the 70s and 80s and continue to grow even today. Before Tarantino’s 2003 “Kill Bill” reached renowned iconic public success, many extremely talented and adept actors and action figures contributed to the surging fandom of the genre.

This week, MovieZoot.com presents four such influential movies that have had tremendous influence on Tarantino and the Martial Arts genre in general, including Jackie Chan’s 1977 36 Crazy Fists, Bruce Lee’s 1971 Fists of Fury, Sonny Chiba’s 1976 The Bodyguard, and Fred Williamson’s 1987 blaxploitation film Black Cobra.

Sit back, relax and stream some killer action movies with some truly amazing and gravity-defying action.

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36 Crazy Fists – with Jackie Chan

“36 Crazy Fists” is a 1977 Martial Arts/Action/Drama film directed by Chi-Hwa Chen, billed as staring Jackie Chan (but he is nowhere to be seen in the movie – he was the fight choreographer and stunt man!), and actually stars Siu-Hung Leung, Michelle Yim and Lau Chan. 36 Crazy Fists tells the story of a man struggling to learn Kung Fu to avenge the death of his father who was murdered by Manchurian gangsters. Lots of stellar martial arts action, and wonderful set-ups for humor, but somehow the punch lines never seem to hit home. Maybe it was lost in translation? Or editing … but still a great martial arts period piece!

Fists of Fury – with Bruce Lee

“Fists of Fury,” also known as “The Big Boss,” is a 1971 Martial Arts / Action / Drama film written and directed by Wei Lo staring the infamous Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, and Yong-Chieh Han, and tells the story of how a young martial arts master, committed to non-violence, reluctantly but masterfully pits his inner warrior against the criminal forces behind the disappearance of his cousins. This was Bruce Lee’s first major film, however it was written for James Tien. When the film’s original director, Ng Kar-seung, was replaced by Lo, Lee was given the leading role instead. Lee’s strong performance overshadowed Tien, already a star in Hong Kong, and made Bruce Lee famous across Asia – and soon – the world.

The Bodyguard – with Sonny Chiba

“The Bodyguard” (aka Karate Kiba) is a 1976 Martial Arts/Action/Crime thriller directed by Ryuichi Takamori and Simon Nuchterm staring Shin’ichi (Sonny) Chiba, Jiro Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi and Aaron Banks, and tells the tale of a karate master and anti-drug vigilante who returns to his home in Japan, where he announces his intention to wipe out the nation’s drug industry and offers protection for those who inform on the drug-traffickers. Interestingly, Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” movie paid homage to this film when Samuel L. Jackson’s character quoted Ezekiel 25:17 from the bible, as did Chiba’s character in this film (with minor edits, of course)!

Black Cobra – with Fred Williamson

“Black Cobra” is the 1987 Stelvio Massi and Umberto Lenzi Italian blaxploitation action/thriller/martial arts film starring Fred Williamson and Eva Gimaldi where a detective protects a murder witness from a vicious gang of evil bikers. This is the first of a series of four Cobra character film sequels following the exploits of career detective Robert “Bob” Malone played by Williamson.

Classic Dystopian Tales

Hollywood has been in the business of telling chilling tales for decades, real or imagined, that show parts of the world in chaos, men and women living in an out-of-order environment, where anarchy abounds, and sometimes forces a civilization to behave insanely inhumane to each other.

This week, MovieZoot.com presents four dystopian tales from our classic movie archives – one based on fantasy, and the other three based on documented history: Here is 1975’s A Boy and His Dog with Don Johnson; 1987’s Deadline with Christopher Walken; 1985’s Hitler’s SS: Portrait in Evil; and 1960’s Two Women with Sophia Loren.

Each brilliant, each poignant, and each worth seeing again.

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A Boy and His Dog

A Boy and His Dog is the L. Q. Jones 1975 Sci-Fi Dramedy starring Don Johnson, Jason Robards and Suzanne Benton in which a doomed teenager, foraging the post-apocalyptical desert of 2024, is seduced by a girl from the underground for some other-worldly purposes.

Deadline

Deadline, also released under the name “Witness in the War Zone,” is a 1987 Nathanael Gutman war drama starring Christopher Walken, Hywel Bennett, Marita Marschall and Arnon Zadok telling the story of an ace reporter assigned in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war of 1983 when he is duped, set-up and uncovers a murderous plot to kill hundreds of civilians. Walken performs this role flawlessly.

Hitler’s SS: Portrait in Evil

Hitler’s SS: Portrait in Evil is the 1985 Jim Goddard war drama starring John Shea, Bill Nighy, Lucy Gutteridge, Carroll Baker, Jose Ferrer and Tony Randall telling the story of two brothers who grow up in the Great Depression of the Weimar Republic, witness the coming to power of the NSDAP (Nazi Party) and the establishment of the Third Reich.

Two Women

Two Women is a 1960 Italian war drama directed by Vittorio De Sica and stars Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Eleonora Brown. Two Women tells the poignant story of a devout mother and daughter who, when forced to leave Rome under attack by the Allied forces, fall for the same man and are attacked and assaulted by soldiers. They struggle to overcome the tragedy that changes them both forever. Ms. Loren won an Academy Award for her magnificent performance.