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December 1968: The King Reclaims His Throne

Forty-five years ago this month, in a blazing return to relevancy, ELVIS appeared on NBC-TV as the sole star of what became known as his comeback special. See it all here.
by David McGee
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Free and Easy (1967)

DEEP ROOTS THEATER features a surf movie gem, FREE AND EASY, along with a BEATLES surfing cartoon; JOSEPH AHLMAN's 'Oceantics'; and GOOFY surfing in 'Hawaiian Holiday'
by David McGee
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Condemned To Live (1935)

From 1935, CONDEMNED TO LIVE, a film sympathetic to vampires, and as a short subject from 1954, the Famous Studios anti-smoking cartoon, 'NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTTS,' starring Buzzy and Katnip.
by David McGee
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No Down Payment (1957)

In 1957 director MARTIN RITT shattered the facade of bucolic suburban life in post-war America in his lost classic, NO DOWN PAYMENT. TONY RANDALL, JOANNE WOODWARD and PAT HINGLE lead an excellent cast. Plus two obscure Popeye-r...
by David McGee
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It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)

Often overlooked among holiday evergreens, IT HAPPENED ON 5TH AVENUE features CHARLES RUGGLES leading a fine cast in a tale of redemption filmed in New York City in 1947, when 5th Avenue was still a 2-way street. Plus 14 Disney...
by David McGee
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The Fiend Who Walked the West (1958)

ROBERT EVANS bid farewell to his acting career in THE FIEND WHO WALKED THE WEST in grand, over-the-top style. Also featured: the surviving footage from GOLD DIGGERS OF BROADWAY 1929.
by David McGee
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They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

Now showing: THEY MADE ME A CRIMINAL, the 1939 Busby Berkeley-directed drama of a boxer on the run starring JOHN GARFIELD, THE DEAD END KIDS, CLAUDE RAINS and the ill-fated GLORIA DICKSON. Also: More Busby Berkeley, plus GOOFY'...
by David McGee
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Salt of the Earth (1954)

In 1954 a group of blacklisted filmmakers made the first blacklisted film in American history, SALT OF THE EARTH. Centered on a strike by Mexican-American workers in New Mexico, it is ever more timely now.
by David McGee
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The Kid (1921)

Marking the 125th anniversary of CHARLIE CHAPLIN's birth, Deep Roots Theater presents his 1921 masterpiece, THE KID, starring Chaplin as the Tramp and 7-year-old JACKIE COOGAN as the Child.
by David McGee
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THE HITCH-HIKER (1953)

THE HITCH-HIKER (1953) was a most unusual noir: set in the desert, with an all-male cast directed by IDA LUPINO, whose legend looms large in film history. Based on the true story of spree-killer Billy Cook.
by David McGee
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The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

Remade and reimagined (even on a Gilligan's Island episode) many times, Irving Pichel's 1932 classic original of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME uses KING KONG sets and its stars, FAY WRAY and ROBERT ARMSTRONG. Plus: Betty Boop's "Minn...
by David McGee
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The Nevadan (1950)

A 1950 double-dip: United States Marshal Andrew Barclay (Randolph Scott) arranges the escape of outlaw Tom Tanner (Forrest Tucker) in order to locate the $250,000 in gold stolen by Tanner in stagecoach robbery. Plus BUGS BUNNY ...
by David McGee
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