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Tough Guys

It’s easy to forget the legendary tough guys who didn’t need to hide behind superpowers, a super suit or super explosives. But we’ll bet you the badasses starring in this week’s MovieZoot Watchlist picks from our classic movie collection can match every Superman, Batman or Robocop, foiling villains by relying only on brains, brawn and the occasional weapon or two.

This week, watch some of the biggest toughest guys in the history of tough guy films with Marlon Brando in the 1961 western”One-Eyed Jacks,” Charles Bronson in the 1973 action-packed “Chino,” Bruce Lee in the 1971 classic “Fists of Fury” and John Wayne in the 1970 gun-blazing western adventure “Rio Lobo.”

While super powers or super suits could make things infinitely easier for these dudes, what makes them so endearing to audiences is that some of them could be any of us.

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“Chino”Filmed in 1973, true Western adventure and action abound with Charles Bronson as Chino Valdez, a horse breeder in New Mexico shunned by everyone for being half Native American. But his loner lifestyle shifts when he houses a young runaway and trains him in horse breeding. Meanwhile, a wealthy rancher named Maral, played by Marcel Bozzufi, tries to force Chino to leave town so he can claim his horses and break up the romance between Chino and his sister, played by Jill Ireland.

Fists of Fury

“FistsA 1972 classic, after his kung fu master is murdered, martial arts expert Bruce Lee vows vengeance. He discovers that a Japanese drug smuggling ring is behind it all and takes action with a Capitol A.

One-Eyed Jacks

“One-EyedMarlon Brando not only stars in this 1973 Western but directed the tale of intrigue and betrayal. Released from jail for a bank heist, his character, Rio, learns that his partner in crime, Dad Longworth—played by Karl Malden—has become a wealthy and influential lawman thanks to the loot they stole. Rio thirsts for revenge but bides his time, waiting for the right moment to strike.

Rio Lobo

“RioJohn Wayne is at his give ‘em hell best in the 1971 portrayal of Cord McNally. The last of his Civil War characterizations, he plays Cord McNally, a Union Army colonel who loses a gold shipment in a Confederate raid, during which a devoted young officer is also killed. After the end of the war, McNally bears no ill-will toward the leaders of the raid, Pierre Cordona (Jorge Rivero) and Tuscarora Phillips (Christopher Mitchum), who were acting as soldiers, but he still wants the two unknown men on the Union side who they say sold them the information about the gold shipments. A year later, McNally crosses paths with one of the men, now a deputy from Rio Lobo.

Real Badass Heroes in Action

Sometimes we just want to see some real Badass heroes in action. This week on, we are featuring four great actors playing real tough guys in their movie roles. Get lots of popcorn and settle yourself in for some real hard-core action films from our collection including 1978’s China9/Liberty37 starring Warren Oates and Fabio Testi; 1973’s Chino starring Charles Bronson and Marcel Bozzuffi; 1968’s Commandos starring Lee Van Cleef and Jack Kelly; and finally, 1980’s Cry of the Innocent starring Rod Taylor and Nigel Davenport. Ready? Action!

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China 9/Liberty 37

“ChinaChina 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.



“Chino”Charles Bronson plays the title role in Chino and Jill Ireland, Marcel Bozzuffi and Vincent Van Patten star in this 1973 Western Action Drama directed by John Sturges and Duilio Coletti about a half-breed loner and horse breeder living in the old west who takes in a young run-away boy looking for work and trying to find his own place in the world. Based on the 1967 best-selling book, The Valdez Horses by Lee Hoffman, Chino is an Italian-Spanish-French co-produced film shot in Spain, with an American actor playing a Mexican rancher. You may want to call this spaghetti western a ‘global western.’



“Commandos”Commandos is a 1968 Italian war drama directed by Armando Crispino and starring Lee Van Cleef and Jack Kelly. It tells the story of two Americans leading a band of seemingly Italian commandos on a World War II mission to secure a North African oasis. Not just a few complications arise as the storyline twists and turns, enhancing the soldier’s commitment to the original mission.


Cry of the Innocent

“CryCry of the Innocent is the 1980 Michael O’Herlihy suspenseful action drama starring Rod Taylor, Joanna Pettet and Nigel Davenport telling the tale of a former green beret now an insurance agent in Dublin whose family was accidentally killed as collateral damage by a greedy conglomerate looking to expand their riches, and the struggles he faces as he seeks his vengeance.

The Adventures and Misadventures of Journalists

Sometimes it seems as if reporters and journalists have the most interesting lives. Or is it that their stories are just told so well?
Come find out with us this week at where we examine the adventures and misadventures of four separate journalists and reporters with the likes of Christopher Walkin and Hywel Bennett in Deadline, Lee Remick and Jill Clayburgh in Hustling, Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday, and Van Johnson and Elizabeth Taylor in The Last Time I Saw Paris.

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“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.

His Girl Friday

“HisIn his classic 1940 black and white Romantic Comedy, His Girl Friday, director Howard Hawkes tells the story of a newspaper editor (Cary Grant) who uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter and ex-wife, (Rosalind Russell) from now marrying her new boyfriend (Ralph Bellamy). Great fun and great use of dialog over-looping creating a soundtrack that sounds more like real-life conversation than a recorded and rehearsed script.


“Hustling”Hustling is the 1975 Joseph Sargent drama starring Lee Remick, Jill Clayburgh, Monte Markham and Alex Rocco telling the story of a reporter for a New York City magazine decided to investigate the city’s prostitution industry to find out just who was making all the money. What she found out caused a firestorm of controversy – that many of the city’s richest and most powerful families and corporations benefited directly and indirectly from the illegal sex business.

The Last Time I Saw Paris

“TheThe Last Time I Saw Paris is the 1954 Richard Brooks drama / romance featuring an all-star cast with Van Johnson, Elizabeth Taylor, Walter Pidgeon, Donna Reed and Roger Moore in which a post-war soldier/journalist/wanna-be novelist in Paris journeys through heart-wrenching love and loss, rags to riches, and a final redemption that is sure a fill a few tissues!

“F” for “Four Fabulous Films”

This week, the letter “F” stands for the “Four Fabulous Films” as is featuring a random sampling from our collection of classic movies with a catch – today we present a Mystery, a Comedy, and Thriller, and a Drama – and there are numbers that start with the letter “F” within each of their titles.

Our Mystery – from 1932, The Sign of Four – stars Arthur Wontener and Ian Hunter; our Comedy – from 1935, Life Begins at Forty – stars Will Rogers and Richard Cromwell; our Thriller – from 1987, Blunt: The Forth Man – stars Anthony Hopkins and Ian Richardson; and our Drama – and from 1988, Five Corners – stars Jodie Foster and Tim Robbins.

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The Sign of Four

“TheThe Sign of Four is a 1932 black & white British Crime/Mystery film directed by Graham Cutts and staring Ian Hunter, Arthur Wontener, Ilsa Bevin, Graham Soutton and Miles Malleson in which a young woman needs Sherlock Holmes for protection when she’s tormented by an escaped killer. However, when the woman is abducted, Holmes and Watson must infiltrate the city’s criminal underworld to track down the young woman.

Life Begins at Forty

“LifeLife Begins at Forty is the black & white 1935 George Marshall comedy starring Will Rogers and Richard Cromwell telling the tale of a small-town American publisher of the local paper (Rogers) finds himself in opposition to the hard-nosed local banker on the return to town of a lad (Cromwell) jailed possibly wrongly for a theft from the bank. Life Begins at Forty is based on the non-fiction self-help book with the same title authored by Walter B. Pitkin.

Blunt: the Fourth Man

“Blunt:Blunt: The Fourth Man is the 1986 John Glenister British spy-thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Ian Richardson in which Anthony Blunt (Ian Richardson) is an eminent Cambridge-educated art historian who is also working as a spy for the Soviet Union. In love with double agent Guy Burgess (Anthony Hopkins), he helps Burgess get yet another treasonous British agent to safety in Moscow. When Burgess unexpectedly defects as well, the government becomes suspicious of Blunt, but investigators have trouble believing such a refined and aristocratic gentleman would ever betray his nation and his class.

Five Corners

“FiveIn 1988, Tony Bill directed the intriguingly offbeat crime drama Five Corners starring Jody Foster, Tim Robbins, Todd Graff and John Turturro telling the 24-hour tale of a disturbed neighborhood rapist, his victim with whom he is now in love with, and her two protectors – one of whom is an invalid, and one who is committed to the civil-rights movement and non-violence. These actors portray a wide range of emotions and perspectives begging the viewer’s empathy for each and every character’s plight.

April Fools Binge Watching

Here’s to enjoying a new twist on April Fools – binge watching! This week, for those movie buffs that are not college basketball fans, presents four featured collections for binge watchers including collections from TV the series Robin Hood, The Marx Brothers, The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Three Stooges.

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Robin Hood

“RobinPresenting 13 black & white episodes from Season 1 of 1955’s Lew Grade/Hannah Weinstein’s The Adventures of Robin Hood, British TV series starring Richard Greene and Alan Wheatley telling stories from the middle ages of the legendary hero’s quest for social justice and income equality.


The Marx Brothers

“ThePresenting 30 of 1962’s black & white Season 1 of the long running hit television show, The Beverly Hillbillies starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas and Max Baer, Jr. telling the tale of a family of country bumpkins strike it rich when oil is discovered on their property in Bug Tussle, Tennessee and move to Beverly Hills.


The Beverly Hillbillies


The Three Stooges

“ThePresenting eight of the black & white American Vaudeville comedy movie shorts from 1936 to 1949 of The Three Stooges – Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard and Curly Howard, with their spoofs on American society told with a complete lack of decorum, acceptable behavior or manners!

Villainous Creatures Wreaking Havoc on Humanity

Flora and Fauna – Plants and Animals – are crafty villains in this week’s features exploring four villainous creatures wreaking havoc on humanity in The Day of the Triffids with Nicole Maurey and Howard Keel, The Little Shop of Horrors with Jack Nicholson and Jonathan Haze, Kong Island with Brad Harris and Esmeraldo Barros, and Virus with Chuck Connors and Glenn Ford. Let the fun begin!

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The Day of the Triffids

“TheThe Day of the Triffids is a 1963 Steve Sekely sci-fi horror film starring Nicole Maurey, Howard Keel and Janette Scott, and tells the story of a meteor shower that blinded most of the people on earth, and has also spawned giant intelligent plants that think, walk and try to take over the planet.

The Little Shop of Horrors

“TheThis 1960 black & white Roger Corman film, The Little Shop of Horrors, is an American black comedy horror film starring Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph and Jack Nicholson is a wildly popular cult farce about an inadequate florist’s assistant who cultivates a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood.

Kong Island

“KongKong Island is not about King Kong or even shot on an Island. Kong Island is the 1968 Roberto Mauro sci-fi drama adventure starring Brad Harris, Esmeraldo Barros, Marc Lawrence and Adriana Alben telling a story based in Kenya where a mad scientist is experimenting with radio transmitters implanted in the brains of gorillas to control their minds and behaviors. Our hero (Harris) leads a team to rescue an abducted girlfriend from the wild jungle and the mind-controlled apes.


“Virus”Virus is Kinji Fukasaku’s 1980 sci-fi horror Japanese film starring Chuck Connors, Glenn Ford Olivia Hussy and George Kennedy telling the story of cold-war germ warfare that leads to the threat of escalated global nuclear doomsday and a desperate hope to re-populate the world in the aftermath.

Leading Actors Playing Outcasts

Outcasts! We’ve all felt like a third wheel, a red-headed step-child, the geek in the corner, or that guy (or gal) that just doesn’t fit in with the crowd. This week, takes a look at leading actors playing outcasts that just do not fit into society and we do so with the movies of Kris Kristofferson in Convoy, Jean-Paul Belmondo in Breathless, Jeff Daniels in Paper Man, and Mr. New York himself, Frank Sinatra in The Man with the Golden Arm. Each of these award-winning and highly successful leading actors delivers an exceptional performance in their respective movies as humanely believable Outcasts!

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“Convoy”Convoy is the 1978 Sam Peckinpah 70’s pop-drama starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali McGraw, Ernest Borgnine and Burt Young telling the story of a handsome young trucker whom ultimately fakes his death to avoid prosecution as a bevy of organized truckers are pitted against dirty cops with chase scenes, bar fights and plenty of ‘good-buddy’ CB radio chatter.


“Breathless”Breathless is 1960 Jean-Luc Godard drama/romance starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger and Henri-Jaques Huet where a young criminal commits murder and hides out in Paris while seducing his protector that eventually betrays him – but not without remorse.

Paper Man

“PaperPaper Man is the 2009 comedy action drama film directed by Keiran and Michele Mulroney starring Jeff Daniels, Lisa Kudrow, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds. It tells the story of a failed novelist clinging to his childhood imaginary superhero friend as he very slowly and tediously learns the art of ‘adulting.’

The Man with the Golden Arm

“TheThe Man With The Golden Arm is the award-winning 1955 Otto Preminger drama starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker and Darren McGavin telling a heart-wrenching tale of a newly-released ex-con musician struggles in his run-down neighborhood and with his deceitful wife that weigh heavily on his recovery and rehabilitation. He’s just one suicide away from peace – but who’s?

Classic Black & White Movies

This week, has added 4 awesome classic black & white movies into our film vault of free-streaming and mobile-friendly movies. The recently acquired films are 1952’s western romance The Bushwhackers with Dorothy Malone and John Ireland, 1947’s musical romance Calendar Girl with Jane Frazee and Kenny Baker, 1946’s drama/mystery The Chase with Robert Cummings and Michele Morgan, and 1959’s ever-puzzling crime/drama Compulsion with Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman and Orson Welles. All of these films – and many more – can be seen now or anytime on any fixed or mobile device at

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The Bushwhackers

“TheThe Bushwhackers is the 1952 black & white Rodney Amateau western starring Dorothy Malone and John Ireland telling the story of a Confederate war veteran trying to swear-off firearms when he gets caught up in greedy, pre-railroad land-grabs in Missouri. His passivity yields to violence out of necessity.


Calendar Girl

“CalendarCalendar 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 1900’s) to seek their destinies but are sidetracked by romance and the pursuit of true love, while still holding on to their secrets.


The Chase

“TheThe Chase is the 1946 Arthur Ripley black & white romance/drama starring Robert Cummings, Michele Morgan Steve Cochran and Lloyd Corrigan telling the story of an unemployed veteran gaining employment as a chauffeur after returning a lost wallet, but his shady new employer’s wife wants to escape. But wait – that’s just the beginning!



“Compulsion”Compulsion is the 1959 black & white Richard Fleischer crime drama starring Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman and Orson Wells exploring the ‘perfect crime’ of a pre-meditated murder accidentally gone wrong, and the clever manipulation of the American legal system – illuminating and exposing the Leopold/Loeb case of the time.

Classic Hollywood Musicals

This week, with a nod to La La Land’s almost-Oscar-win last Sunday, is featuring just four of our star-studded, song-and–dance films from our large collection of Classic Hollywood Musicals that and includes Black Tights with Cyd Charisse, Royal Wedding with Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, The Blue Angel with Marlene Dietrich, and Till the Clouds Roll By with June Allyson and Judy Garland. Join us in kicking up our heels and cutting the rug, and keep on dancing…

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Black Tights

“BlackBlack Tights is the 1961 Terence Young black and white anthology of four independent stories performed in the form of ballet, all choreographed by the infamous and renowned Roland Petit starring Cyd Charisse, Moira Shearer, Zizi Jeanmarie, Roland Petit and Maurice Chevalier. The performances include La croqueuse de diamants -a romantic comedy, Cyrano de Bergerac – a tragic romantic story, Deuil en 24 heures – a black comedy, and Carmen – a tragic romance.

Royal Wedding

“RoyalRoyal Wedding is the 1951 Stanley Donen romantic/comedy musical starring Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford and Sara Churchill telling the story of an American brother and sister dance team in London in 1947 during the height of the royal wedding of Elizabeth and Prince Phillip when the siblings find loves of their own!

The Blue Angel

“TheThe Blue Angel is the 1931 black and white Josef von Sternberg dramatic musical starring Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, Kurt Gerron and Rosa Valetti telling the story of a strict educator who falls hopelessly in love with a beautiful cabaret dancer and ruins his life chasing that which he cannot hold. Blue Angel, the first major German sound film, brought Dietrich international fame and introduced her signature song, “Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It)”.

Till the Clouds Roll By

“TillTill 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.

Classic Mystery Films

Welcome to the black & white classics of “Who done it?”

This week, explores the world of mystery with just four outstanding Sherlock Holmes selections from our classic, free-streaming movie cache – Murder at the Baskervilles, The Sign of Four, The Woman in Green, and for you binge-watchers – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes TV series from the 50’s. We hope you enjoy these classic mystery mind games – we sure do! Again and again!

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Murder at the Baskervilles

“MurderMurder at the Baskervilles is the 1937 Thomas Bentley black & white Sherlock Holmes mystery starring Arthur Wontener, Ian Flemming (not 007), Lyn Harding and John Turnbull telling the tale of Holmes’ vacation-gone-wrong involving some very shady characters and the attempt to “fix” the outcome of the world-famous Barchester Cup horse race.


The Sign of Four

“TheThe Sign of Four is the 1932 Graham Cutts black & white Sherlock Holmes mystery starring Ian Hunter, Arthur Wontener, Ilsa Bevin and Graham Soutton and tells the tale of Jonathan Small, a convicted criminal parlaying hidden treasure information for his release, the betrayal of the agreement, and the vengeance he seeks on the family of the double-crosser.


The Woman in Green

“TheThe Woman in Green is the original black & white version of the 1945 Roy William Neill mystery starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and Hillary Brooke telling the tale of baffling murders of women who have had their fingers severed. This is a wild tale of deception, mutilation and murder that has Holmes and Watson stretching their collective powers of reasoning and evaluating opportunity and motive!


The Sherlock Holmes 1954-55 TV Series

“TheThe first American television series of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes adventures aired in syndication in the fall of 1954 through 1955. The 39 half-hour mostly original stories were produced by Sheldon Reynolds, filmed in France by Guild Films, and starred Ronald Howard (son of Leslie Howard) as Sherlock Holmes, Howard Marion Crawford as Watson, and Archie Duncan as Inspector Lestrade.