100. BORNEO (1937-USA). Produced by MARTIN JOHNSON. With MARTIN and OSA JOHNSON. Narrated by LOWELL THOMAS. Comic Commentary by LEW LEHR. The final film by explorer and popular naturalist Martin Johnson, who, with his wife Osa, made some extraordinary documentaries between 1912 and 1937, recording their journeys to Africa, Asia and the South SeasÑ”through the dark, mysterious byways of the unknown world.” This exciting exploration of Borneo, “Island of the Impossible,” includes many unusual sights never before shown to movie audiences. Travel with the fearless Johnsons through awesome, almost impenetrable jungles; down treacherous, maze-like rivers; and into the land of the headhuntersÑ”The Wild Men of Borneo!” See unbelievably strange jungle creatures, including proboscis monkeys, flying snakes, and tree-climbing fish! Experience the couple’s narrow escape from a crazed tribe of headhunters! Thrill to the marathon battle between natives and a 300-pound orangutanÑan amazingly agile monster who swings from tree to tree and frustrates his would-be captors for three days! Lowell Thomas’ narration, though often smugly condescending toward Borneo’s inhabitants, does provide a wealth of background information. An educational and artistic documentary, which proves once again that truth is indeed stranger (and more suspenseful) than fiction. 76 minutes. Recommended. Adventure Documentary
10. BREAKFAST IN HOLLYWOOD (1946) With TOM BRENEMAN, BONITA GRANVILLE, EDDIE RYAN, BEULAH BONDI, BILLIE BURKE, ZASU PITTS, HEDDA HOPPER, SPIKE JONES, NAT “KING” COLE, ANDY RUSSELL many more. 91 minutes. Music
1. STAN WITHOUT OLLIE: VOLUME IV. CRAZY COMEDY SHORTS STARRING THE INIMITABLE STAN LAUREL AND THE BIZARRE JIMMIE FINLAYSON. ITÕS A TOSSUP AS TO WHO IS FUNNIER! SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY OLIVER HARDY! 1. HALF A MAN (1925). WITH STAN LAUREL, BLANCHE PAYSON. TITLES BY TAY GARNETT. STAN LAUREL IS A VERY NAIVE “CHILD Of NATURE,” WHO, LEAVING HOME TO SEEK HIS FORTUNE, IS WARNED TO BEWARE Of WOMEN. NATURALLY, HE FINDS HIMSELF ON A BOAT FILLED WITH FEMALES-ALL WITH DESIGNS ON HIM! SHIPWRECKED ON A DESERT ISLE, STAN IS ARÂDENTLY PURSUED BY THE MAN-HUNGRY WOMEN, AND, FACED WITH A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH, HE’S READY TO CHOOSE THE FATTER! 2. YES, YES, NANETTE (1925). WITH JIMMIE FINLAYSON, “BABE” (OLIVER) HARDY. PRODUCED BY HAL ROACH. DIRECTED BY STAN LAUREL AND CLARENCE HENNECKE. HERE’S A RARITY: A FILM CO-DIRECTED BY STAN LAUREL, WITH FUTURE PARTNER OLIVER HARDY SUPPORTING JIMMIE FINLAYSONÑTHE GIFTED COMEDIAN WHO WOULD LATER SUPPORT THEM! NANETTE OUTRAGES HER FAMILY BY BRINGING HOME THE MAN Of HER DREAMSÑBALD-HEADED, BEADY-EYED, SAUCER-EARED FINLAYSON. HIS TOUPEE GETS STUCK ON CHEWING GUM, THEN IS STOLEN BY THE DOG. TO MAKE MAILERS WORSE, JIMMIE MUST FACE THE WRATH Of NANETTE’S FORMER SWEETHEART-THE FORMIDABLE “BABE” HARDY! 3. SAVE THE SHIP (1925). WITH STAN LAUREL. LAUREL, HIS WIFE AND IRRITATING IN-LAWS SHARE A UNIQUE VACATION RETREAT: A TENT ON A BARGE IN THE MIDDLE Of THE OCEAN. ATTEMPTING TO FISH, STAN SUCCEEDS IN HOOKING HIS TROUSERS, BEING POKED BY A SWORDFISH, AND CATCHING FLYING FISHÑWHICH ACTUALLY FLY AWAY. AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, THE BARGE EXPLODES AND THE TWO Of THEM END UP ON A SINKING BOAT! SAVE THE SHIPÑBUT FIRST SAVE YOURSELF FRONT GOING OVER- BOARD WITH LAUGHTER! SILENT FILMS WITH MUSIC SCORE, CORRECT PROJECTION SPEED. 64 MINUTES TOTAL. ÒSILENT COMEDIESÓ
Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, a sweet English nun and a cynical American ambulance driver fall in love on the Italian front during World War I and will stop at nothing to be together, even when separated by combat and another man’s destructive jealousy.
986. THE HEAD (1959-Germany). With Horst Frank, Michel Simon. This outrageously creepy horror film is sure to scare you totally out of your wits. It rates right up there with any classic chiller you can name. The scenario charts the plight and curious destiny of one Dr. Abel, a brilliant scientist who has recently completed an experiment in which he kept the severed head of a dog alive for four months. This has been accomplished via his invention of a special concoction known as Serum-Z. Dr. Ood, Abel’s new assistant (played with blood-curdling intensity by Horst Frank), suggests that it may be possible to do the same with the head of a human being. Abel would never consent to such a mad endeavor. Ood (whose name might as well be “Odd”) has other ideas. He is a pasty-faced psycho/genius with a dour demeanor, hidden lusts and a diabolical scheme up his sleeve. His opportunity to kindle mayhem arises when Abel proposes a procedure in which his weak heart will be replaced by the healthy one of a dying man. Ood wrests control of the operation, resulting in the strangest of fates for Abel. This is just the beginning of Ood’s reign of madness. Another of his schemes is a real humdinger. It concerns the grafting of the head of Abel’s pretty but physically deformed nurse onto the perfectly proportioned body of an exotic dancer. Dubbed in English. 91 minutes. Horror
2809. I’LL SELL MY LIFE (1941-usA). With MICHAEL WHALEN, ROSE HOBART, STANLEY FIELDS, JOAN WOODBURY, ROSCOE ATES. Two seemingly unrelated incidents open this thoroughly unique and fascinating murder mystery/thriller. First, a woman named Ruth Parmalee exits a car in front of the Club Sirocco, a posh nightspot. She is approached by another woman, who pumps four bullets into her. Next, a classified ad is placed in a newspaper called “The Friend In Need.” It is the oddest ad, and it reads: “I’ll buy your life. If you are interested apply Thursday, Alhambra Arms. Ask for A. Darnell.” Mordecai Breen is the good- hearted editor and publisher of the sheet, and he takes a personal inierest in the ad. He quickly learns that it was meant for female applicants only. One of them is a damsel-in-distress who calls herself Mary Jones. She is willing to sell her life for $20,000, explaining that she wants the money for her brother. He is a man with an unusual predicament-an artist who has lost his eyesight! She is “hired” for the job, and is summarily told that she is practically dead! By now several questions are begging to be answered. Who is “A. Darnell?” Who is “Mary Jones” and why is she so eager to be hired? Why was the ad placed? Will the successful applicant really be selling away her earthly existence? How will Breen fit into the scenario? Finally, how will the murder which opened the story relate to all of the above? 5ome of the answers are fairly simple and quickly revealed, others take more time in being explained. They are a bit more complex, and very shocking! 72 minutes. Crime Mystery Suspense
2760. COLONEL EFFINGHAM’S RAID (1945-USA). With CHARLES COBURN, JOAN BENNETT, WILLIAM EYTHE, ALLYN JOSLYN, ELIZABETH PATTERSON, DONALD MEEK, FRANK CRAVEN, CORA WITHERSPOON. Charles Coburn was expert at playing superficially stuffy corporate types and world’s richest men who beneath their bluster have hearts of gold. He is never better as W. Seaborn Effingham, a just-retired United States Army colonel who returns to his roots in an otherwise average town in Georgia. The colonel is bothered by what he perceives as a lack of awareness among the local citizenry of the town’s past. “A community’s history is its family tree,” he declares, as he offers his services to the local newspaper as a columnist. Colonel Effingham becomes especially outraged when it is announced that the hypocrites at city hall have decided to rename a town square after a crooked politician, and he expresses his feelings in his column. Next, the fat cats in the community conspire to rebuild the local courthouse, a project that will allow them to profit financially. Even though he is no longer on active duty, Colonel Effingham quickfy finds that his battles are not yet over as he takes on the pompous politicians and their cronies. What follows is an altogether entertaining and keenly perceptive comedy that offers food for thought regarding civic pride and responsibility. 71 minutes Comedy