TCM Greatest Classic Films Announces Four New Collections
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. (WBHE) and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) are adding four new collections to their TCM Greatest Classic Films line, which spotlights Hollywood's most legendary actors and actresses in classic cinema.
Available April 1, the newest additions are: TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - John Wayne War, featuring the box office superstar and Academy Award® winner (Best Actor in a Leading Role; True Grit; 1970); TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Robert Mitchum, which includes Out of the Past, with Mitchum in one of his most famous roles; TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Henry Fonda, with a quartet of films from the Oscar®-winning leading man (Best Actor in a Leading Role; On Golden Pond; 1981); and TCM Greatest Classic Films: Wartime Musicals, starring James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis and others. Each collection features four classic films and is affordably priced at $27.92 SRP.
To build further momentum for these titles, WBHE has set the street date for the collections to coincide with the airing of one film from each collection on TCM. Additional promotional support will include on-air promotional spots on TCM and print advertising in TCM's Now Playing guide.
ABOUT THE COLLECTIONS
TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS: LEGENDS - JOHN WAYNE WAR
OPERATION PACIFIC (1951)
Meet the dive-for-glory torpedo devils of the USS Thunderfish as John Wayne commands a desperate World War II submarine mission deep into enemy territory. Patricia Neal and Ward Bond costar in writer-director George Waggner's wartime adventure.
THE SEA CHASE (1955)
Wayne as a German naval officer at the outbreak of World War II and Lana Turner as a woman forced into Nazi espionage are a formidable romantic team in this relentless high-seas adventure, which finds the British navy in hot pursuit of the Duke.
BLOOD ALLEY (1955)
William A. Wellman directs as Merchant Marine Capt. Tom Wilder (Wayne) pursues Red Chinese forces and braves dangerous waters to steer a boatload of refugees and a doctor's daughter (Lauren Bacall) along a 300-mile waterway to freedom's shores.
THE WINGS OF EAGLES (1957)
Wayne plays Commander Frank "Spig" Wead, a pioneer aviator, renowned screenwriter and man of war, in this compassionate biography. John Ford directs from a screenplay by Frank Fenton and William Wister Haines, while Ward Bond, Maureen O'Hara and Dan Dailey costar.
TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS: LEGENDS - ROBERT MITCHUM
OUT OF THE PAST (1947)
Robert Mitchum solidified his tough-guy persona in this film directed by Jacques Tourneur and written by Geoffrey Homes. Add Jane Greer as a beauty up to no good and Kirk Douglas as a mobster with a shark's grin and you have everything you want in a film noir.
ANGEL FACE (1952)
Frank (Mitchum) is a regular guy with a steady girl when he crosses paths with the lovely but deadly Diane (Jean Simmons). Betrayals, courtroom thrills and the fire of a woman both dangerous and alluring make this a film noir classic.
HOME FROM THE HILL (1960)
Mitchum plays Wade Hunnicutt, a big man casting a big shadow, and Vincente Minnelli directs this sprawling tale of an epic generational clash from Harriet Frank, Jr. and Irving Ravetch's script. George Peppard and George Hamilton appear in early-career roles.
THE SUNDOWNERS (1960)
Australian drovers Paddy (Mitchum) and Ida (Deborah Kerr) Carmody have freedom, adventure and love. But the devoted couple is suddenly at odds: Ida wants them to have a farm of their own, and Paddy finds settling down too much for his untethered spirit.
TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS: LEGENDS - HENRY FONDA
MISTER ROBERTS (1955)
Directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy from a script by Frank Nugent and Joshua Logan, this is the story of men fighting to survive not war's dangers but its indignities. Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney and William Powell bring unforgettable humor to this war saga.
THE WRONG MAN (1956)
Can a falsely accused man withstand the crushing weight of the justice system? Fonda plays a musician jailed for the crimes of a lookalike robber. Vera Miles is his distraught wife driven mad by the ordeal. Based on a true story and filmed at New York locations where the actual events happened.
ADVISE & CONSENT (1962)
The setting is familiar: a Senate subcommittee meets to confirm the president's controversial nominee for secretary of state. Let the backstage maneuverings begin. Henry Fonda, Walter Pidgeon and more star in this story of power, procedure and the body politic.
BATTLE OF THE BULGE (1965)
Five months after D-Day, most American soldiers think the German army is broken. The Germans think otherwise. To buy time to fill the skies with their invincible new jets, they launch one fast, furious offensive - epically recreated here in all its intensity.
TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS: WARTIME MUSICALS
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)
James Cagney dusts off his dancing shoes for his portrayal of song-and-dance man George M. Cohan. Follow Cohan's career from his boyhood days hoofing In the Family vaudeville act through his years as author, producer and star of Broadway hits.
THIS IS THE ARMY (1943)
Irving Berlin showed his love for his adopted country with the WWII stage show This Is the Army. This lively screen adaptation features George Murphy, Ronald Reagan and more in a tale of a father and son who put on one heckuva show before the son heads to war.
THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS (1943)
This breezy, behind-the-Hollywood-scenes story about young talents hoping for a big break glitters with specialty numbers featuring Golden Era greats. Highlights include Humphrey Bogart being out-tough-guyed and Bette Davis performing a witty, wry jitterbug.
HOLLYWOOD CANTEEEN (1944)
Built around a story involving a corporal who wins a date with winsome Joan Leslie, Hollywood Canteen is a salute to the WWII club for GIs. Real-life Canteen cofounders Bette Davis and John Garfield plus dozens more stars dazzle the troops and modern fans.