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Mark Roth
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      06-04-2004
RAGGEDY ROSE (1926)
and THE NICKEL HOPPER (1926)

RAGGEDY ROSE starring Mabel Normand, Max Davidson, James Finlayson and
Anita Garvin. Written by Carl Harbuagh and Stan Laurel. Moe Ginsberg
(Davidson) is a junk dealer and Raggedy Rose (Mabel) has the
misfortune to work for him. While Ginsberg makes her sort through huge
heaps of old clothes, Rose dreams of becoming a lady. When she finally
meets the wealthy man of her dreams, it turns out he's already engaged
to Janice (Anita Garvin). But Rose won't give him up without a fight!
Normand and Davidson make a great team in this film and Finlayson is
hysterical as the harried butler who, by the end, is convinced he's
gone completely crazy! Original music score composed and performed by
Ben Model!

THE NICKEL-HOPPER starring Mabel Normand and Michael Visaroff. Written
by Frank Butler and Stan Laurel. Paddy (Mabel) and her mother do all
the work while her father (Visaroff) spends all his time loafing and
dodging the rent collector. To help support the family, Paddy has a
job as an instructor in a dance hall where she dances the night away
with all comers! With Oliver Hardy as a crazed drummer in a band,
Boris Karloff as a sleazy masher and James Finlayson as a nervous
neighbor! Original music score composed and performed by Ben Model!

As a bonus, this DVD also contains A DASH THROUGH THE CLOUDS, a 1912
Biograph short directed by Mack Sennett! Original music score composed
and performed by Ben Model!

SOUND RELEASES

QUICKSAND (1950)
and A STUDY IN PANIC (1954)

QUICKSAND starring Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney and Peter Lorre.
Directed by Irving Pichel. Rooney is Dan Brady, a garage mechanic.
Just a regular fellow trying to make a living. When he's short of cash
for a hot date, he doesn't see anything wrong in borrowing $20.00 from
his employer's till until payday. But when the bookkeeper shows up
early, he's got to replace the money fast! This minor crime escalates
into another and another - each progressively worse - starting Brady
down a slippery slope and into a figurative mire of quicksand from
which there is no escape! This is a terrific movie with elements of
film noir. Great performances by Rooney and Cagney and a nice
creepy/sleazy turn by Lorre! Watch for a very young Jack Elam in a
small role.

A STUDY IN PANIC starring Dick Powell. In this television drama from
STAR PERFORMANCE, Dick Powell portrays Fred Jordan, a wise guy
columnist for a big city newspaper. When he writes a smug column about
normal men who panic like animals during a fire, he receives a letter
from a maniac who promises to show him the true meaning of panic. The
deranged letter writer threatens to kill Jordan sometime within the
next 24 hours! A dark, superb example of film noir with plenty of
atmosphere, humor and intrigue!

HALF SHOT AT SUNRISE (1930)
and THE DENTIST (1932)

HALF SHOT AT SUNRISE starring Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey. Wheeler
and Woolsey are a couple of soldiers who are AWOL in Paris during
World War I. George McFarlane portrays the flirty Colonel Marshall who
is determined to catch them. This won't be so easy since boys manage
to change their ranks and identities at will. They even manage to
steal their own images from a photograph! There's plenty of lunacy and
wise cracks - even a Chaplinesque skating routine and an eccentric
fountain dance!

THE DENTIST starring W.C. Fields. Fields at his cantankerous best!
After creating mayhem at the golf course, Fields returns home to his
dental practice where he is tormented by his defiant daughter and some
of the nuttiest patients to ever rinse and spit!

Thanks for looking! For further information please visit
www.reelclassicdvd.com!

Mark
 
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