More obscure films in APRIL from THIS NETWORK-THE BIG NIGHT-51- JOHN BARRYMORE JR- drama-TRACK OF THUNDER-67- TOMMY KIRK--THE WILD RACERS-68 -FABIAN-BLIND RAGE-78- action film.-DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN-69- horror.
Peplum fans may wish to tune in to Turner Classic Movies at 6:30 AM ET on Tuesday, April 9, for a showing of the rare 1961 Rhonda Fleming film THE REVOLT OF THE SLAVES. This film has not had any DVD release and only appeared on a budget cassette many years ago. The film's score is by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, and it too has not seen any release. Here is the film's trailer:
Turner Classic Movies is showing a little seen film called THREE at 10:00 AM ET on Tuesday April 9th. This 1969 British film was directed by James Salter and stars Charlotte Rampling, Robie Porter, and Sam Waterston. It’s about a female hitchhiker who creates tension between two friends touring France. The film has a score by Laurence Rosenthal. THREE is not available on DVD, but subscribers to Amazon’s PRIME service are able to stream it for free.
Curiously, if one checks the online TCM programming guide, rather than the earlier printed program guide, the credits for the film are listed as follows:
Dir: John J. Sughrue Cast: Antonio Fargas , Joseph Sirola , David Bailey .
There is a second 1969 film called THREE with that director and cast, but it has nothing to do with a female hitchhiker. Instead, that 52-minute film is a case history about three drug addicts, and was produced by the New York State Narcotic Addiction Control Commission.
From TCM ON APRIL 9, is CORKY-72-A not to often shown film on TV starring ROBERT BLAKE-Then on APRIL 11 TCM has JESSICA-61- which stars ANGIE DICKERSON AND MAURICE CHEVALIER.
CORKY had originally been scheduled to show on TCM last November, but that broadcast was cancelled for unknown reasons. Additional information on CORKY can be found in an October 6, 2012, posting in the Obscure Movies thread.
More obscure films from THIS this month are- CURLY AND HIS GANG-47-with Virginia Grey-TOO MANY CROOKS-58 with TERRY THOMAS-NO 1 OF THE SECRET SERVICE-77with RICHARD TODD-THE APE-40-with BORIS KARLOFF.
NUMBER ONE OF THE SECRET SERVICE is a real obscurity, which was barely released in the U.S. This British-made James Bond clone is both a spoof and an action film, with plenty of murder and mayhem, if this trailer is any indication. THIS TV will be showing the film on noon, Tuesday, April 15.
On Friday, 19 April, at 4 PM, THIS TV will be showing a rarely seen car racing movie called TRACK OF THUNDER. This 1967 film was one of many that were basically made for the Southern drive-in circuit. Starring Tommy Kirk and Ray Stricklyn, the movie was filmed in, and premiered in, Nashville. It has never been available in any video format.
On Tuesday, April 23rd, at 6 PM ET, THIS TV will be showing 1975's RETURN TO MACON COUNTY. This film is the sequel to the 1974 smash hit MACON COUNTY LINE, and boasts the first lead role for a young Nick Nolte. RETURN TO MACON COUNTY, which has a score by Robert O. Ragland, has not appeared on a Region 1 DVD.
On Friday, April 26th, at 6 PM ET, THIS TV will show one of Paul Newman's more obscure films--1984's HARRY & SON. The film, which had its Henry Mancini score released by Quartet in 2011, has never been on a Region 1 DVD.
On Saturday, 27 April, at 1:30 PM ET, THIS TV will show one of the rarest films of both Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine--BUNNY O'HARE. In this American International production, the two co-star as unlikely bank robbers. The film, which has a score by Billy Strange, has never been released on any home video format.
On early Sunday morning, April 28th, at 2 AM ET, THIS TV will be broadcasting the 1988 film WAR PARTY, about racial hostilities that break out during the reinactment of a battle between U.S. Cavalry and Blackfeet Indians. The film has never been on DVD.
THIS as always dig out obscure films for TV viewers , here are more in the upcoming weeks-ZAPPED-82-Lite comedy that is seldom seen on the tube these days-TWIST OF SAND-68- with-RICHARD JOHNSON AND HONOR BLACKMAN-barely ever on TV, more to come.