Yes yes yes! Not only a Fields film, but a major one at that. Sold!Saturday's Facebook Announcement:
Coming in July!
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941) Starring W.C. Fields, Gloria Jean, Leon Errol & Margaret Dumont - Shot by Charles Van Enger (Night Monster) - Music by Frank Skinner (Harvey) - Screenplay by John T. Neville (The Devil Bat) and Prescott Chaplin (Flame of Barbary Coast) - Original Story by W.C. Fields - Directed by Edward F. Cline (The Bank Dick).
And what makes you so sure that there isn't a set coming? I know the Insider has said that Never Give A Sucker An Even Break and Alice In Wonderland are the only two W.C. Fields movies they were able to license from Universal, and another label (since confirmed to be Criterion by whoever is running Kino's FB page) got most of the rest (so I would expect there to be a decent chance we get a big set, although I would be surprised if it is this year, given that their New Year's drawing hinted at four other box sets). Certainly all releases I look forward to!I think Butch and Buddy made it to blu ray in the Abbott and Costello set. (IN THE NAVY)
Great seeing the Fields films coming out. I kinda wish they would have done sets...maybe the Paramount era and one for the Universal era. It will be expensive to buy them as singles and most of them are between 60-75 minutes.
For me, the four Universals are essential:
Of the Paramount era, the essentials (for me) are:
IT'S A GIFT
THE MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE
YOU'RE TELLING ME!
THE OLD FASHIONED WAY
Of course, I'd take all his films if available.
Great film. I saw this when it came out in the late 60's. It was originally released by Grove Press. They distributed "I am Curious Yellow" which grossed 20 million & Barney Rosset bought the rights to a bunch of other controversial films and opened a theater on 11th Street & University Place, which is where I saw "The Queen".Coming to DVD and Blu-ray June 2nd from Kino Classics!
The Queen (1968)
Directed by Frank Simon
"The mother of all drag documentaries." - The New York Times
More than 40 years before RuPaul's Drag Race, this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant introduced audiences to the world of competitive drag. The film takes us backstage to kiki with the contestants as they rehearse, throw shade, and transform into their drag personas for the big event. Organized by pioneering LGBTQ+ icon and activist Jack Doroshow (better known by his stage persona Flawless Sabrina), the competition boasted a star-studded panel of judges including Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, and Terry Southern. But perhaps the most memorable moment occurs after the crowning ceremony: an epic diatribe by Crystal LaBeija, who would go on to form the influential House of LaBeija, prominently featured in Paris Is Burning (1990). A vibrant piece of queer history, The Queen can now be seen in full resplendence thanks to a new restoration from the original camera negatives.
• Audio commentary by artist and producer Zackary Drucker and journalist and author Diana Tourjée
• Outtake footage
• Theatrical trailers (original and re-release)
• Interview with producer Si Litvinoff, by Shade Rupe
• The Queen: After Party Outtakes, with Jack Doroshow, by Joe E. Jeffreys
• Flawless Sabrina: Icon/Muse, a short documentary by Michelle Handelman
• Irma Vep: The Last Breath, a short film by Michelle Handelman, featuring Flawless Sabrina
• Queens at Heart, a 1967 short documentary on drag culture
• Post-screening Q&A footage with Flawless Sabrina and Zackary Drucker
• Booklet essay by Joe E. Jeffreys (Blu-ray only)
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Gloria Jean didn't quite get the type of films or roles that Durbin did, but was very good in the ones she did appear in and was very talented.I very much liked Gloria Jean in her first vehicle, "The Under-Pup" (1939). It's a very nicely photographed film (Hal Mohr, I believe), and would make a lovely Blu-ray, with its appealing visuals and 'summer camp' backdrop. Jean didn't quite have the innate, natural charm of Durbin, but she had a pleasantly reserved sincerity, which put her in good step. But, I suspect this film is another of those Universals that's on a rather distant back-burner, alongside the enjoyable Peggy Ryan / Donald O'Connor stuff.
But I'm glad we'll get "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break." Been a Fields fan for a long, long time.
'Isadora' is up for preorder on Kino's website, and has a listed run time of 140 mins.Fantastic news! Quite possibly Vanessa Redgrave's greatest performance. But which version is Kino releasing? The original 177 minute Roadshow version? Karel Reisz's 153 minute director's cut? The 131 minute general release version? Hopefully, the first.
That last line has almost prophetically been foreshadowed with most every post & announcement after yours, @Bert Greene. LOLI very much liked Gloria Jean in her first vehicle, "The Under-Pup" (1939). It's a very nicely photographed film (Hal Mohr, I believe), and would make a lovely Blu-ray, with its appealing visuals and 'summer camp' backdrop. Jean didn't quite have the innate, natural charm of Durbin, but she had a pleasantly reserved sincerity, which put her in good step. But, I suspect this film is another of those Universals that's on a rather distant back-burner, alongside the enjoyable Peggy Ryan / Donald O'Connor stuff.