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Mystery Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection (2004)

Frank Sinatra , Arthur Wontner  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Arthur Wontner, Basil Rathbone
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 3728 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001HAGTW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Titles include:
  • Bulldog Drummond's Revenge starring John Howard
  • Bulldog Drummond Escapes starring Ray Milland
  • Bulldog Drummond in Africa starring John Howard
  • Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police starring John Howard
  • Bulldog Drummond Comes Back starring John Barrymore
  • Bulldog Drummond's Peril starring John Howard
  • Dick Tracy, Detective starring Morgan Conway
  • Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome starring Boris Karloff
  • Dick Tracy vs. Cueball starring Morgan Conway
  • The Shadow Strikes starring Rod Laroque
  • The Shadow: International Crime starring Rod Laroque
  • Mr. Moto's Last Warning starring Peter Lorre
  • The Mysterious Mr. Wong starring Bela Lugosi
  • Mr. Wong, Detective starring Boris Karloff
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four starring Arthur Wontner
  • The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes starring Arthur Wontner
  • Sherlock Holmes: Murder at the Baskervilles starring Arthur Wontner
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Woman in Green starring Basil Rathbone
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet starring Reginald Owen
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon starring Basil Rathbone
  • Sherlock Holmes: Terror By Night starring Basil Rathbone
  • Sherlock Holmes: Dressed to Kill starring Basil Rathbone
  • Nancy Drew, Reporter starring Bonita Granville
  • The Kennel Murder Case starring William Powell
  • The Death Kiss starring David Manners
  • Suddenly starring Frank Sinatra
  • Impact starring Brian Donlevy
  • He Walked By Night starring Richard Basehart
  • Quicksand starring Mickey Rooney
  • Eyes in the Night starring Donna Reed
  • The Man on the Eiffel Tower starring Burgess Meredith
  • Topper Returns starring Roland Young
  • The Green Glove starring Glenn Ford
  • The Second Woman starring Robert Young
  • Fog Island starring George Zucco
  • They Made Me a Criminal starring John Garfield
  • Jigsaw starring Franchot Tone
  • Algiers starring starring Charles Boyer
  • Murder With Pictures starring Lew Ayres
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  • Product Description

    Get an instant library of some of the greatest mystery classics ever to come out of Hollywood on twelve double-sided DVDs. Never has such a comprehensive collection of great classic mystery features been assembled in one exciting package - all for an amazingly low price!

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    342 of 348 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars What a collection! What a price! May 7, 2004
    I stumbled upon this DVD collection in the local Borders Bookstore and immediatley bought it. I am an afficionado of old movies, having grown up with many of them and I especially like the old war, mystery and sci-fi films. So, great was my excitement when I saw this fabulous collection. I couldn't believe the price and I wondered about the quality of the prints used and the DVD production. However, for the price I decided to take a chance and I have NOT been disappointed! This is one fabulous set with great films. The quality is excellent. I do not see how Treeline Films, the manufacturer, can do it. I realize most, if not all, of the films are in the public domain, but the process of recording 50 movies on 12 DVDs of this quality at this price is unbelievable. Many of these films have been on other DVDs and sets for much more!
    These are not some obscure cheapies with unknown actors. They range from second features or 'B' films from the old double feature days in theaters, some of which were better than the first feature, to classic 'A' movies, such as "Suddenly" with Frank Sinatra, "Scarlet Street" with Edward G. Robinson (I watch anything he is in) and "He Walked By Night" with Richard Basehart, not to mention Glenn Ford, Mickey Rooney, Brian Donlevy, William Powell, and, well, the list goes on.
    Then there are the great Bulldog Drummond films and the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes features. Rathbone was always THE Sherlock Holmes to me until the advent of Jeremy Brett but he still holds a place near the top.
    My only complaint about this set is it has only one of the Topper films, but, how can I really complain? Thank you Treeline Films! Please bring on more of the same! On a scale of 1 to 10 I give this set a 20!
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    226 of 233 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars On a 1 to 10 scale, this collection is rated: 6.3 March 30, 2007
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Based on current polling numbers at a film resource website, the 50 titles in MYSTERY CLASSICS received an average rating (on a 1 to 10 scale) of 6.3.

    Not factored in are such considerations as audio/video transfer quality and condition of original footage. An outstanding mix of actors and titles make this collection very attractive for all fans of early cinema. Recommended.

    Below is program list, including individual movie ratings, years of release and main actors--

    (5.9) Bulldog Drummond's Revenge (1937) - John Barrymore/John Howard

    (5.7) Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937) - Ray Milland/Guy Standing

    (5.9) Bulldog Drummond In Africa (1938) - John Howard/Anthony Quinn (in a minor role)

    (6.4) Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939) - John Howard/Heather Angel

    (5.6) Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937) - John Barrymore/John Howard

    (6.0) Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938) - John Barrymore/John Howard

    (5.5) Dick Tracy(, Detective) - Morgan Conway/Anne Jeffreys

    (6.1) Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947) - Boris Karloff/Ralph Byrd

    (6.0) Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946) - Morgan Conway/Anne Jeffreys

    (5.3) The Shadow Strikes (1937) - Rod La Roque/Agnes Anderson

    (6.1) International Crime ("The Shadow") (1938) - Rod La Roque/Astrid Allwyn

    (6.4) Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939) - Peter Lorre/John Carradine

    (4.6) The Mysterious Mr. Wong (1934) - Bela Lugosi/Wallace Ford

    (5.9) Mr. Wong, Detective (1938) - Boris Karloff/Grant Withers

    (6.0) The Sign Of Four ("Sherlock Holmes") (1932) - Arthur Wontner/Ian Hunter

    (6.1) The Triumph Of Sherlock Holmes (1935) - Arthur Wontner/Ian Fleming (as Dr. Watson)

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    331 of 345 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Deal... June 24, 2004
    These "50 Movie Packs" are a "Deal". 50 movies on 12 double sided DVDs for a lot less than $1
    each. Some of these same movies are being sold in retail stores for between $5 to $15 each.
    As to the movie quality, "your mileage will vary". Some are good, most are watchable and there
    are a few stinkers {"The Sign Of Four"}. These are NOT classics, like the "Maltese Falcon" is
    a classic. They are classics, just because they are old (and marketing by TreeLine).
    These are black & white "B Movies" from the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s.
    TreeLine Films does a good job of transferring them to DVD. They appear to have found films in
    the best condition to do the transfers from. However it appears TreeLine did NOT do any
    post-processing to the DVDs; to clean up past imperfections. The Historical Purists, will be
    glad to know all the scratches in the films, lighting problems and audio aberrations have been
    faithfully preserved, intact. There is only one option, "Scene Selection". The movies are
    only broken into four separate scenes. It barely beats "Fast Forward". But, adding options
    and doing post-processing clean up would have added to the overhead of production and resulted
    in a lessening of "The Deal".
    "A Picture" movie stars are sprinkled throughout all these movies. Remember, from the 30s to
    early 50s, the Movie Studios ruled. For this period (before TV) outside of the movies, your
    evening entertainment options were; going out to a nightclub/bar or staying home to listen to
    the radio, read a book or watch the grass grow from your porch. The studios cranked out a lot
    of pictures during this period.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    I'm 84 and can't remember most of the actors
    Published 21 days ago by Robert E. Daniels
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 22 days ago by William Allen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift
    Yes we love all the old classics. My hubby is a mystery fan of the older buy it now.
    Published 2 months ago by MaryM
    1.0 out of 5 stars Quality of discs makes them unwatchable
    I wanted to watch these old movies. Unfortunately. The disks arrived in such poor condition that they are full of skips and stop-motion freezes. The Mr. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by OV
    3.0 out of 5 stars wrong DVD in sleeve
    We love watching the old classics. This collection has some very good old movies...Mr. Moto, Dick Tracy, The Shadow & one of my favorites, Topper Returns. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Carol Schoenborn
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Old Mysteries
    Love this pack. It has old Bulldog Drummond and Sherlock Holmes movies. Some are very old and not good printers, but it is very hard to get these old movies and I enjoy them.
    Published 2 months ago by Okoboji Swimmer
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure Trove of Mystery
    This collection of films is a definite winner. It has so many great film it's hard to decide which one to watch! Read more
    Published 2 months ago by camilla
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great value
    If you love old mystery movies purchase this if for nothing the value. 30s and 40s classic movies which you cant seem to find anywhere else are included in this set. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Scotty Blades
    5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
    got this for my dad who is a lover of horror and mysteries. He loved all of them they were perfect
    Published 3 months ago by natgc
    4.0 out of 5 stars Nice package of 50 movies
    I've only watched about four of these movies so far but I have enjoyed watching them. The quality of picture and sound do vary but all four were very watchable. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Jerry M. Hoffman
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    Bulldog Drummond's Revenge
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    He Walked By Night
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    Bulldog Drummond Comes Back
    Eyes in the Night
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