Very Little Substance Here…

Very Little Substance Here…

I thought it might be fun to update this old list, while I await the moment of inspiration that will bring my struggle with the (Canadian Government’s) SSHRC application grant  website to a close….

On the one hand, it’s just an exercise in idle whining/wishing–but it’s also offered as a bit of a rebuke to Roland Smith, who is resurrecting the Parc Theatre. Now don’t get me wrong–his plan is better than no plan (I can’t wait to see 49-up  on Friday night!), and I understand that not everyone cares about the same films that I do (i.e. a little of everything–but especially Hollywood’s Studio Age!) But still, the idea that DVDs have killed repertory theatres is ludicrous! People still love to see these films on the big screen–and IN PUBLIC. The local Fantasia Festival doesn’t seem to have suffered any, and besides–the number of films available on DVD (as a percentage of the total that exist) is miniscule!

To wit:
(first, the holdovers from the first entry–compiled two years ago)

Moonrise(1948)
The Miracle Woman(1931)
Love Letters (1945)
The Glass Key (1942)
Rope of Sand (1949)
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
Remember The Night (1940)
Strange Cargo (1940)
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
Four Daughters (1938)
The Fallen Sparrow(1943)
The Accused (1949)
Juarez (1939)
Three Strangers (1946)
The Clock (1945)
Three On a Match (1932)
Easy Living (1937)
Lover on the Dole (1941)
The Holly and the Ivy (1952)
They Won’t Forget (1937)
History is Made at Night (1937)
They Won’t Believe Me (1947)
Saturday’s Children (1940)

Now, what about:
(let’s do this a little more thematically this time–and I take it all back if any of these directors gets a retrospective at the Parc!!!!!!!!!–although, of course, I would still want the films on DVD):

William Dieterle:

  1. Salome (1953)
    … aka Salome: The Dance of the Seven Veils (USA)
  2. The Turning Point (1952)
  3. Boots Malone (1952)
  4. Red Mountain (1951)
  5. Peking Express (1951)
  6. Dark City (1950)
  7. September Affair (1950)
  8. Vulcano (1950)
    … aka Volcano (USA)
  9. Paid in Full (1950)
  10. Rope of Sand (1949)
  11. The Accused (1949)
  12. Duel in the Sun (1946) (uncredited)
  13. The Searching Wind (1946)
  14. This Love of Ours (1945)
  15. Love Letters (1945)
  16. Kismet (1944)
    … aka Oriental Dream (USA: reissue title (TV title))
  17. Tennessee Johnson (1942)
    … aka The Man on America’s Conscience (UK)
  18. Syncopation (1942)
  19. A Dispatch from Reuter’s (1940)
    … aka This Man Reuter (UK)
  20. Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940)
    … aka The Story of Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (UK)
  21. Juarez (1939)
  22. Another Dawn (1937)
  23. The Prince and the Pauper (1937) (uncredited)
  24. The Great O’Malley (1937)
  25. The White Angel (1936)
  26. The Story of Louis Pasteur (1935)
  27. Dr. Socrates (1935)
  28. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)
  29. The Secret Bride (1934)
    … aka Concealment
  30. The Firebird (1934)
  31. Madame DuBarry (1934)
  32. Dr. Monica (1934) (uncredited)
  33. Fog Over Frisco (1934)
  34. Fashions of 1934 (1934)
    … aka Fashion Follies (USA)
    … aka Fashions (USA: TV title)
  35. From Headquarters (1933)
  36. Female (1933) (uncredited)
  37. The Devil’s in Love (1933) (as Wilhelm Dieterle)
  38. Adorable (1933)
  39. Grand Slam (1933)
  40. Lawyer Man (1933)
  41. Scarlet Dawn (1932)
  42. Six Hours to Live (1932)
  43. The Crash (1932)
  44. Jewel Robbery (1932)
  45. Man Wanted (1932)
  46. Her Majesty, Love (1931)
  47. The Last Flight (1931)

Frank Borzage (perhaps the most shamefully mistreated auteur of all–and not only by the DVD companies):

  1. The Big Fisherman (1959)
  2. China Doll (1958)
  3. “Screen Directors Playhouse”
        – The Day I Met Caruso (1956) TV Episode
        – A Ticket for Thaddeus (1956) TV Episode
        – Day Is Done (1955) TV Episode

  4. Moonrise (1948)
  5. That’s My Man (1947)
    … aka King of the Race Track (USA: reissue title)
    … aka Will Tomorrow Ever Come? (UK)
  6. Magnificent Doll (1946)
  7. I’ve Always Loved You (1946)
    … aka Concerto (UK)
  8. The Spanish Main (1945)
  9. Till We Meet Again (1944)
  10. Seven Sweethearts (1942)
    … aka Tulip Time
  11. The Vanishing Virginian (1942)
  12. Smilin’ Through (1941)
  13. Billy the Kid (1941) (uncredited)
  14. Flight Command (1940)
  15. The Mortal Storm (1940)
  16. Strange Cargo (1940)
  17. I Take This Woman (1940) (uncredited)
  18. Disputed Passage (1939)
  19. The Shining Hour (1938)
  20. Three Comrades (1938)
  21. Mannequin (1937)
  22. Big City (1937)
    … aka Skyscraper Wilderness (USA: TV title)
  23. History Is Made at Night (1937)
  24. Green Light (1937)
  25. Hearts Divided (1936)
  26. Desire (1936)
    … aka The Pearl Necklace
  27. Shipmates Forever (1935)
  28. Stranded (1935)
  29. Living on Velvet (1935)
  30. Flirtation Walk (1934)
  31. Little Man, What Now? (1934)
  32. No Greater Glory (1934)
  33. Man’s Castle (1933)
  34. Secrets (1933)
  35. Young America (1932)
    … aka We Humans (UK)
  36. After Tomorrow (1932)
  37. Bad Girl (1931)
  38. Young as You Feel (1931)
  39. Doctors’ Wives (1931)
  40. Liliom (1930)
  41. Song o’ My Heart (1930)
  42. The River (1929)
  43. They Had to See Paris (1929)
  44. Lucky Star (1929)
  45. Street Angel (1928)
  46. Seventh Heaven (1927)
    … aka 7th Heaven

Dorothy Arzner (You’d think they would’ve done a box set by now, even if only to take advantage of a cynical marketing angle! But believe me–Arzner made some awesome movies!!!) :

  1. First Comes Courage (1943)
  2. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
  3. The Bride Wore Red (1937)
  4. The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937) (uncredited)
  5. Craig’s Wife (1936)
  6. Nana (1934)
    … aka Lady of the Boulevards (UK)
  7. Christopher Strong (1933)
  8. Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)
    … aka Merrily We Go to ____ (UK)
  9. Working Girls (1931)
  10. Honor Among Lovers (1931)
  11. Anybody’s Woman (1930)
  12. Paramount on Parade (1930)
  13. Sarah and Son (1930)
  14. Behind the Make-Up (1930) (uncredited)
  15. The Wild Party (1929)

Fritz Lang (okay–they’re doing alright by Fritz…but still–no Woman in the Window? no Beyond a Reasonable Doubt??????????? it’s not right….:

  1. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
  2. While the City Sleeps (1956)
  3. Moonfleet (1955)
  4. Human Desire (1954)
  5. American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950)
    … aka I Shall Return (UK)) 
  6. The Woman in the Window (1944)
  7. Ministry of Fear (1944)
  8. Moontide (1942) (uncredited)
  9. Confirm or Deny (1941) (uncredited)
  10. Man Hunt (1941)
  11. You and Me (1938)

Jean Negulesco:

  1. Lure of the Wilderness (1952)
  2. Lydia Bailey (1952)
  3. Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)
  4. Take Care of My Little Girl (1951)
  5. The Mudlark (1950)
  6. Under My Skin (1950)
  7. Three Came Home (1950)
  8. Britannia Mews (1949)
    … aka Affairs of Adelaide (USA)
    … aka The Forbidden Street (USA)
  9. Road House (1948)
  10. Deep Valley (1947)
  11. Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
  12. Three Strangers (1946)
  13. The Conspirators (1944)
  14. The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

Anatole Litvak:

  1. The Deep Blue Sea (1955)
  2. Un acte d’amour (1953)
    … aka Act of Love (USA)
    … aka Quelque part dans le monde
  3. This Above All (1942)
  4. Blues in the Night (1941)
  5. Out of the Fog (1941)
  6. All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
  7. ‘Til We Meet Again (1940) (uncredited)
  8. Castle on the Hudson (1940)
    … aka Years Without Days (UK)

  9. Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)
  10. The Sisters (1938)
  11. The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)
  12. Tovarich (1937)
  13. The Woman I Love (1937)
    … aka The Woman Between (UK)
  14. Mayerling (1936)

Ida Lupino (not to mention all of the cool films that she starred in that just can’t be found):

  1. Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951)
    … aka Mother of a Champion (USA)
  2. Outrage (1950/I)
  3. Never Fear (1949)
    … aka The Young Lovers
  4. Not Wanted (1949)

James Whale:

They Dare Not Love (1941)
Green Hell (1940)
Port of Seven Seas (1938)
Wives Under Suspicion (1938)
Sinners in Paradise (1938)
The Great Garrick (1937)
The Road Back (1937)
Show Boat (1936)
Remember Last Night? (1935)
One More River (1934)
By Candlelight (1933)
The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933)
Impatient Maiden (1932)
Journey’s End (1930)

you know I could go on forever (how could they have failed to release The Sea Wolf by now?????????)–but  grant forms don’t fill themselves…

good evening friends!
Dave

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