Greatest Classic Films Murder Mysteries DVD Greatest Classic Films Murder Mysteries DVDGreatest Classic Films Murder Mysteries contains four award-winning films starring some of the greatest actors of all time. Some high-living lowlifes want to get their sweaty hands on a bejeweled falcon in The Maltese Falcon . Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart ) wants to find out why – and who’ll take the fall for his partner’s murder. L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart ) takes on a blackmail case…and wears out his gumshoes trailing murderers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more in The Big Sleep (1946). Lauren Bacall joins Bogart under Howard Hawks’ brisk and atmospheric direction of an ace adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s novel. In Dial M For Murder , Alfred Hitchcock’s screen version of Frederick Knott’s stage hit casts Grace Kelly , Ray Milland and Robert Cummings as points of a romantic triangle. She loves another man; her husband plots her murder. But when he dials a Mayfair exchange to set the plot in motion, his right number gets the wrong answer! The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) is based on the novel by James M. Cain (Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce ), this quintessential film noir stars John Garfield and Lana Turner as illicit lovers who botch a first attempt to bump off her husband, pull it off and betray each other at trial. (2 DVD) approx. 7.2 hrs.

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Agatha Christie: Marple - The Classic Mysteries Collection Agatha Christie: Marple – The Classic Mysteries Collection

A selection of Agatha Christie’s Marple stories are collected on this release, with the elderly sleuth bringing various members of the criminal underclass to justice.

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Thin Man, The Thin Man, The (1934)
Filmed on what MGM considered a B-picture budget and schedule (14 days, which at Universal or Columbia would have been considered extravagant), The Thin Man proved to be sleeper, spawning a popular film, radio, and television series. Contrary to popular belief, the title does not refer to star William Powell, but to Edward Ellis, playing the mean-spirited inventor who sets the plot in motion. The chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy would be adroitly exploited by MGM in several subsequent films, including five additional Thin Man mysteries produced between 1936 and 1948.

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Notorious NotoriousAlfred Hitchcock’s Notorious. Ingrid Bergman plays Alicia Huberman, who goes to hell in a handbasket after her father, an accused WWII traitor, commits suicide. American secret agent Devlin (Cary Grant) is ordered to enlist the libidinous Alicia’s aid in trapping Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains), the head of a Brazilian neo-Nazi group. Openly contemptuous of Alicia despite her loyalty to the American cause, Devlin calmly instructs her to woo and wed Sebastian, so that that good guys will have an inside woman to monitor the Nazi chieftain’s activities. It is only after Alicia and Sebastian are married that Devlin admits to himself that he’s fallen in love with her. The MacGuffin in this case is a cache of uranium ore, hidden somewhere on Sebastian’s estate. Upon discovering that his wife is a spy, Sebastian balks at eliminating her until ordered to do so by his virago of a mother (Madame Konstantin). Tension mounts to a fever pitch as Devlin, a day late and several dollars short, strives to rescue Alicia from Sebastian’s homicidal designs. Notorious remains one of Hitchcock’s best espionage melodramas. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Spellbound (1945) Spellbound (1945) As Alfred Hitchcock’s classic psychothriller opens, the staff of a posh mental asylum eagerly awaits the arrival of the new director. When the man in question shows up, it turns out to be handsome psychiatrist John Ballantine (Gregory Peck). But something’s wrong, here: Ballantine seems much too young for so important a position; his answers to the staff’s questions are vague and detached; and he seems unusually distressed by the parallel marks, left by a fork, on a white tablecloth. Dr. Constance Peterson (Ingrid Bergman) comes to the conclusion that Ballantine is not the new director, but a profoundly disturbed amnesiac–and, possibly, the murderer of the real director. But is she correct in her inferences? Scriptwriters Angus MacPhail and Ben Hecht soon add to this the complication that Constance begins to fall in love with John. Director Hitchcock tapped surrealist artist Salvador Dali to design the visually arresting dream sequences in the film. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Edwardes leads deep into the tangled mindscape of Ballantine and proves that danger is very close indeed. To illustrate the psychological journey Ballantine undergoes, the film includes a captivating dream sequence designed by the legendary surrealist painter Salvador Dali. $19.95 $17.76 now at The Video Collection

Wait Until Dark Wait Until Dark (1967)
Wait Until Dark is an innovative, highly entertaining and suspenseful thriller about a blind housewife, Susy Hendrix (Audrey Hepburn). Independent and resourceful, Susy is learning to cope with her blindness, which resulted from a recent accident. She is aided by her difficult, slightly unreliable young neighbor Gloria (Julie Herrod) with whom she has an exasperated but lovingly maternal relationship. Susy’s life is changed as she is terrorized by a group of criminals who believe she has hidden a baby doll used by them to smuggle heroin into the country. Unknown to Susy, her photographer husband Sam (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) took the doll as a favor for a woman he met on an international plane flight and unwittingly brought the doll to the couple’s New York apartment when the woman became afraid of the customs officials. Alone in her apartment and cut-off from the outside world, Susy must fight for her life against a gang of ruthless criminals, led by the violent, psychotic Roat (Alan Arkin). The tension builds as Roat, aided by his gang, impersonates police officers and friends of her husband in order to win Susy’s confidence, gaining access to her apartment to look for the doll. The climax of the film, a violent physical confrontation between Susie and Roat in her dark kitchen, is one of the most memorable and frightening scenes in screen history. All performances are outstanding, particularly those of Audrey Hepburn who plays a vulnerable, but self-reliant woman, and Alan Arkin, in perhaps his best role, as the ruthless, manipulative Roat. ~ Linda Rasmussen, All Movie Guide $19.95 $17.96 at The Video Collection

Charade (Criterion Collection) Charade (Criterion Collection) (1963)
Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn star in this stylish comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen, very much in a Hitchcock vein. Grant plays Peter Joshua, who meets Reggie Lampert (Hepburn) in Paris and later offers to help her when she discovers that her husband has been murdered. After the funeral, Reggie is summoned to the embassy and warned by agent/friend Bartholemew (Walter Matthau) that her late husband helped steal 250,000 dollars during the war and that the rest of the gang is after the money as well. When three of the men who attended her husband’s funeral begin to harass her, Reggie goes to Joshua for help, at which time Joshua confesses that his name is actually Alexander Dyle, the brother of a fourth accomplice in the gold theft. The three men from the funeral are revealed to be the three other accomplices in the crime, and though she knows next to nothing of the heist, Reggie is caught in a ring of suspense as she is followed by the shadowy trio, all after the money. Apparently, the only person she can trust is Joshua/Dyle — until Bartholomew tells Reggie that the fourth accomplice had no brother, and Joshua/Dyle reveals that he is, in fact, a crook named Adam Canfield. Now Reggie doesn’t know where to turn. The musical score by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini was nominated for an Academy Award. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide $39.95 $35.96 at The Video Collection

How to Steal a Million How to Steal a Million (1966)
In this elegant caper film, Audrey Hepburn stars as the daughter of a wealthy Parisian (Hugh Griffith), whose hobby is copying famous works of art. His replica of a famed Cellini sculpture is inadvertently displayed in an art museum, and he begins to worry that he’ll lose his reputation once the experts evaluate the statuette. Audrey decides to rob the museum, and hires a burglar (Peter O’Toole) for that purpose. But the burglar is really a detective, who has every intention of arresting Audrey and her father when the deed is done. All style and little substance, How to Steal a Million is consummately acted by the stars, but the film is stolen hands-down by a double take reaction from French comic actor Moustache.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide taking itself seriously, this amusing concoction rests in the capable hands of its handsome and witty stars. They both deliver: Audrey is fetching and Peter is dashing. The robbery–an amusing take on the elaborate jewelry heists is as intricate and amusing as it is unlikely. $14.95 $13.46 at The Video Collection

WB Horror Mysteries - 6 movies (3 DVD Set) WB Horror Mysteries – 6 movies (3 DVD Set)

Haunted houses. Sinister sanitariums. Murder, suspense…and laughter are unleashed in this 4-Disc, 8-Movie Collection of Horror Mysteries. It’s an electic mix of stars (Boris Karloff, Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith) in fast-paced, deftly-directed “B�-Movie gems, some adapted from noted mystery masters (including Mignon G. Eberhardt and Stuart Palmer) and all delivering thrills, chills and nostalgic fun. Whodunit? Crack open this Warner Bros. vault package and let the mystery solving begin!

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Rear Window (Collector''s Edition) Rear Window (Collector”s Edition)

If you love your suspense richly textured and multi-layered, you can’t do much better than master Alfred Hitchcock…

Starring: Grace KellyJames Stewart

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