Friday, December 5, 2008

Great Films Not on DVD

I am a huge fan of TCM, which has helped feed my film addiction over the past several years. I am also a bit addicted to IMDB and reading all of the trivia about different movies and movie stars. After watching a movie, I immediately check IMDB to see if its on dvd and I am frequently disappointed. Although there are many classic films on dvd already, there are still so many amazing films that aren't. I decided to check TCM's schedule for the month of December and compiled a short list of my favorite films that aren't on dvd.

Bachelor Mother (1939) Starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven
Airs December 6 and 23
After making sure a baby left on the steps of an orphanage is okay, shopgirl Polly Parrish (Rogers) is mistakenly thought to be its mother. Nobody believes her when she says she isn't the mother and comedy ensues involving the son of her boss. This excellent movie showcases Ginger's comedic non-dancing side and her ability to make great films without Fred's help. If you like it, try the 1956 remake Bundle of Joy starring Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. It airs December 14 and 24 on TCM.

Love With the Proper Stranger(1963) Starring Natalie Wood
and Steve McQueen
Airs December 17
When salesgirl Angie Rossini (Wood) finds out she's pregnant, she tracks down the man with whom she had a one night stand. Complications arise as the two try to solve the problem and fall in love. I won't say anymore except for the fact that this film is terrific and I have no idea why its not on dvd yet!

The Farmer's Daughter(1947) Starring Loretta Young
and Joseph Cotten
Airs December 23
Swedish farmgirl Katie Holstrom finds a job as a maid to a powerful congressman and his mother. When another congressman dies, Katie unexpectedly finds herself running for office and falling in love. This is one of Young's greatest films and she won an oscar for her role.

Honorable Mention: The Story of Three Loves, Summer and Smoke,
and The African Queen


C.K. Dexter Haven said...

My own personal wishlist: (this may be a double post...sorry!)

Vivacious Lady (1938)
Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
The Andy Hardy Series
Armored Car Robbery (1950)
Skyscraper Souls (1932)

Raquelle said...

It's a hell-yeah for Bachelor Mother. I absolutely LOVE that film and watch it every year around Christmas and New Year's. Why isn't it on DVD? There are plenty of fans and TCM shows it often enough!

Genevieve said...

Ooh I love Vivacious Lady...mainly because of Ginger Rogers, but its absolutely hilarious. I think if I put a list together of all the films I want of dvd, it would go on forever. I'll have to check out some of the other movies on your list.

Genevieve said...

Raquelle: I have no idea why Bachelor Mother isn't on dvd either!! Who doesn't love that movie?

Nicole said...

I love all of those movies, especially Love with the Proper Stranger. Every time that movie is on, I'm watching it. I wish TCM would release all three of them soon.

Genevieve said...

Nicole: Its nice to know that I'm not the only one that loves that movie! It just sucks me in every time its on.

Ginger Ingenue said...

I'm currently obsessed with BACHELOR MOTHER! I saw it about a year ago, and loved it, but just taped it off TCM the other night. :)

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