A little late but here are some highlights from this month's update on BOOKSTEVE RARITIES. Thousands of ultra-rare items on DVD but here's a few new ones just in time for the holiday.
HOLLYWOOD SCREEN TESTS (Volume One)
Yes, we plan to have a volume two next month. Here you get to see screen tests for Hollywood stars trying out for roles they never got and roles they did win. Candice Bergen, Mia Farrow auditions for Liesl in The Sound of Music, Patty Duke, Mia Farrow, Ann-Margaret, Raquel Welch and James Coburn cavort in a screen test for Our Man Flint, Sharon Tate, Albert Finney, Sean Connery’s 1957 screen test for The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Marlon Brando tests for Viva Zapata!, Dustin Hoffman, Rich Little, Adam West and Burt Ward (yes, Batman), Lyle Waggoner and Peter Deyell, Yvonne Craig, Angela Cartwright, Christopher Plummer, Andy Williams, Pat Boone, The Sound of Music screen tests, Mitzi Gaynor and other surprises.
ESPIONAGE IN TANGIERS (1965)
George Lazenby's first movie role. Spanish/Italian made European James Bond style spy thriller. When a professor's powerful invention, a molecular disintegration weapon is stolen, it's up to super cool agent 077 Mike Murphy to retrieve the dangerous tool and take care of the potential evildoers. Filled with fights, car chases, gadgetry and beautiful women, this spy adventure helped create an action/spy mini-genre craze in Europe in the mid 1960's along with the first three James Bond films.
KEN MAYNARD WESTERN CLASSICS
Seven classic Westerns starring Ken Maynard! Three DVD box set includes the following:
"The Fiddlin' Buckaroo" (1933)
"In Old Santa Fe" (1934)
"Lawless Riders" (1935)
"Western Frontier" (1935)
"Fighting Thru" (1930)
"The Trail Drive" (1933)
"Heir to Trouble" (1935) $15.00
THE FILMS OF MONTE BANKS (1923-24)
Four rare film shorts starring Monte Banks. THE COVERED SCHOONER (1923), WEDDING BELLS (1924), PAY OR MOVE (1924) and GOLF BUG (1924). Monte Banks was a silent scree comedian who has yet to make his name, overshadowed by such genius as Charlie Chaplin and Fatty Arbuckle. Here's your chance to watch four classics (92 minutes total).
LLOYD HAMILTON COMEDY SHORTS
Being one of numerous important comedians during the silent era whose popularity has turned into almost complete obscurity, Lloyd Hamilton has nevertheless earned a reputation as an original talent among film historians and enthusiasts. Here's your chance to watch five of his famous talkies. DON'T BE NERVOUS (1929), PRIZE PUPPIES (1930), DOUBLING IN THE QUICKIES (1932), FALSE IMPRESSIONS (1932) and POP'S PAL (1933)
JOE BESSER AND JOE DERITA COMEDY CLASSICS
All four comedy film shorts from 1946 to 1948 starring Joe DeRita, and all 10 Joe Besser solo film shorts from 1949 to 1956. If you love the Three Stooges, you'll love watching these digitally-remastered classics on DVD!
VINTAGE CHRISTMAS FILM SHORTS
A collection of ten film shorts with a nostalgic peek into the Yuletide pleasures of the early 1900s. Included on this disc is Edison's A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1910), A CHRISTMAS ACCIDENT (1912), A WINTER STRAW RIDE (1906), A TRAP FOR SANTA (1909), A HOLIDAY PAGEANT AT HOME (1901), SANTA CLAUS vs. CUPID (1915), SANTA CLAUS (1925), THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1905), THE ADVENTURE OF THE WRONG SANTA CLAUS (1914).