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
 

 
 

Leave Her To Heaven (1945)

Directed by John M. Stahl with vivid cinematography by Leon Shamroy, LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN, a 1945 film noir entry, features beautiful GENE TIERNEY at her most captivating.
by David McGee
 

 

 

BEYOND TOMORROW (1940)

In DEEP ROOTS THEATER: a charming holiday movie, BEYOND TOMORROW. Three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to earth as ghosts to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together. Plus: Pop...
by David McGee
 

 
 

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
 

 

 

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
 

 
 

Man of the Forest (1933)

Man attraction: Man of the Forest, a classic 1933 western starring Randolph Scott and Verna Hallie. Directed by Henry Hathaway, adapted from the Zane Grey novel. Selected short: Gus Visser and His Singing Duck (1925).
by David McGee
 

 

 

ROCK, ROCK, ROCK! (1956)

ROCK, ROCK, ROCK! Yes, it has Cirino & the Bowties but it also has CHUCK BERRY, LAVERN BAKER, THE FLAMINGOS and other '50s greats, plus TEDDY RANDAZZO and, in her first film, 13-year-old TUESDAY WELD
by David McGee
 

 
 

99 RIVER STREET (1953)

99 RIVER STREET is a forgotten gem of the film noir genre. Directed by PHIL KARLSON and starring JOHN PAYNE and EVELYN KEYES, it foreshadows Raging Bull.
by David McGee
 

 

 

THE TURNING POINT (1952)

WILLIAM DIETERLE directs this fine early '50s film noir starring WILLIAM HOLDEN, EDMOND O'BRIEN, ED BEGLEY and ALEXIS SMITH and L.A.'s Bunker Hill section. SHORT SUBJECT: DISNEY's 'TRICK OR TREAT.'
by David McGee
 

 
 

THE SMALL ONE (1978)

From Disney and director Don Bluth comes the 1978 animated gem, THE SMALL ONE, the simple, sweet story of an unnamed Judean boy has the unfortunate task of having to sell his best friend, a playful but petite donkey named Small...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Rocketship X-M

DEEP ROOTS THEATER: Now playiing--Rocketship X-M, a 1950 sci-fi opus starring Lloyd Bridges in a script by blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo that subtly proselytizes against the hazards of nuclear at a time when The Bomb w...
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LURED (1947)

LUCILLE BALL, GEORGE SANDERS, BORIS KARLOFF, GEORGE ZUCCO and CEDRIC HARDWICKE head a stellar ensemble cast in DOUGLAS SIRK's semi-comedic film noir gem from 1947.
by David McGee