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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 (131 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 (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001HAGTW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,613 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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    327 of 333 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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    220 of 227 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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    328 of 342 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
    4.0 out of 5 stars Big selection- hard to find
    50 movies in one pack= wow. Too bad they are so hard to identify what movie is on what disc. You get a book listing the movie to the disc, but the writing on the discs is tiny. Read more
    Published 18 days ago by ALAN G. OLSEN
    2.0 out of 5 stars classics?
    We had never heard of most of the movies ... and it did not take long to figure out why. Well. You do get what you pay for. We just laughed it off.
    Published 1 month ago by Winky
    4.0 out of 5 stars Mixture of stars old and not-so-old
    This brings back some very old black and white shows as well as just some old ones. It is interesting to see how characters and the art has developed.
    Published 1 month ago by Noni
    5.0 out of 5 stars Old movies
    My wife and I love old movies. We lay in bed late Friday and Saturday nights and watch these old movies.
    Published 1 month ago by Thomas Ambs
    4.0 out of 5 stars Old Black and White movies that I watched as a child
    I used to watch all these old movies when I was very young. They were in black and white (my only tv was a 5 inch black and white) so all the movies I watched were that way. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by huntress (Robyn U.)
    4.0 out of 5 stars Old movies! Fun watching.
    Good old films. Some of them are just old with people you know and some are just average. Most are just fun to watch.
    Published 2 months ago by Ronald Gordon
    5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
    Published 2 months ago by dewey
    2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality as well as content.
    Not good viewing of most of these,and sound is off on a few. Many are the boring, dark, poor direction and acting of the early English attempt at film making and not a good... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by dennis
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories
    I enjoy a good mystery and boy are these good. This collection has mysteries of all kinds. Unfortunately most of the movies are black and white, but the movies are so good I say... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by beejay44
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great sellection!
    These are a lot of oldies for the money. If you like mysteries from the 40's, and 50's you'll love these.
    Published 2 months ago by SculpterDrach
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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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