Friday, November 15, 2013

New Booksteve Rarities Update

This month we have a spiffy new, updated site all together but here are a few recently added highlights.

Calvin Clements, Jr. was nominated in 1981 for an Edgar as author of the teleplay for this entertaining film featuring Kevin Dobson as Mike Hammer, hardened New York private investigator created by Mickey Spillane, loosely based upon Spillane's first novel: "I, The Jury," (the movie being a pilot for a television series that did not happen) and including characters who recur in the Hammer series, such as his Girl Friday, Velda (Cindy Pickett) and N.Y.P.D. Detective Captain Pat Chambers (Charles Hallahan).  

SON OF SINBAD (1950) in 3-D
Legendary pirate and adventurer Sinbad is in single-minded pursuit of two things: beautiful women and a substance called Greek Fire--an early version of gunpowder. Stars Dale Robertson, Sally Forest, Lili St. Cyr, Mari Blanchard and Vincent Price. This is the 3-D version with complimentary pair of glasses.

For fans of Colleen Moore and Little Orphan Annie, this is a rare silent gem. Little Orphant Annie is based on the story by James Whitcomb Riley, who appears as narrow for the story. It tells the tale of a child whose mother dies and she is sent to the orphanage at a young age. There, she develops a skill of telling wild tales to the other children which leads to some fantastic early special effects to bring the story to life. As she gets older and is forced to live with her mean uncle, the story elevates.

The sequel to the original 1958 Steve McQueen movie. A technician brings a frozen specimen of the original Blob back from the North Pole. When his wife accidentally defrosts the thing, it terrorizes the populace, including the local hippies, kittens, and bowlers. The only feature film ever directed by actor Larry Hagman, whose only previous efforts in the director's chair were three episodes of I DREAM OF JEANNIE.

All six Billy the Kid Westerns starring Bob Steele are complete in this two-disc set, BILLY THE KID IN TEXAS (1940), BILLY THE KID'S GUN JUSTICE (1940), BILLY THE KID'S RANGE WAR (1941), BILLY THE KID, OUTLAWED (1940), FIGHTING PALS (1941) and BILLY THE KID IN SANTA FE (1941). This is a two-disc set.

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES  (1981 Russian version)
You know the story... haunted curse and a death hound on the moors. This is the 1981 Russian version (with English subtitles) and may just be one of the very few faithful adaptations. Not available on DVD anywhere else.

This two-disc set contains all eight half-hour cartoons from 1966, the short-run animated series based on the classic horror movie of the same name. Also included are the TOM OF T.H.U.M.B. spy spoof cartoons.

This made-for-TV movie stars Loni Anderson in the role of blonde bombshell Thelma Todd who, in the 1930s, died a mysterious death. Credited as a consultant, the author of the book for which this movie was based on was on hand during filming to ensure the movie was as historically accurate as possible.

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