DVD News #408: Samuel Fuller Collection (1943 – 1960).

There’s so much written about Samuel Fuller (above, with John Ford). My suggestion is just watch his films — they’ll tell you about all you need to know — and maybe read his autobiography A Third Face. Watching his movies is a little easier thanks to a cool little set coming later this month from Critics’ Choice and Mill Creek. He didn’t direct all these films, but his fingerprints are on ’em for sure.

Power Of The Press (1943)
Directed by Lew Landers
Story by Samuel Fuller
Starring Guy Kibbee, Gloria Dickson, Lee Tracy, Otto Kruger, Victor Jory
A corrupt New York newspaperman murders his partner over his pro-war stance. A small town journalist gets to the bottom of things.

Scandal Sheet (1951)
Directed by Phil Karlson
Based on the novel The Dark Page by Samuel Fuller
Starring Broderick Crawford, Donna Reed, John Derek, Rosemary DeCamp, Henry Morgan, James Millican
A newspaperman tries to bury a murder story since, uh, he’s the murderer!

The Crimson Kimono (1959)
Written & Directed by Samuel Fuller
Starring James Shigeta, Glenn Corbett, Victoria Shaw, Anna Lee
Two cops — Korean War veterans and friends — wind up in a love triangle with a witness to the murder of a stripper. Into this sordid tale, Fuller deftly weaves a message of racial tolerance. One of his best.

Underworld, USA (1960)
Produced, Written & Directed by Samuel Fuller
Starring Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn, Beatrice Kay
A young man infiltrates the mob to get the mobsters who murdered his father.

I’m really looking forward to this. Highly recommended if you don’t have ’em elsewhere.


Filed under 1951, 1959, 1960, Broderick Crawford, Columbia, Critics' Choice Collection, DVD/Blu-ray News, Harry Morgan, John Ford, Mill Creek, Phil Karlson, Sam Fuller

7 responses to “DVD News #408: Samuel Fuller Collection (1943 – 1960).

  1. Walter

    Toby, any movie or tv show with Sam Fuller’s name on it is worth watching in my opinion. Sam Fuller’s movies are brave, honest, and shockingly entertaining. Fuller was in the truth business and let the chips fall where they may. This Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart wearer was a one of a kind moviemaker. He was the real deal, right down to the bone.

    The following is a classic scene from Jean-Luc Godard’s PIERROT LE FU(1965), where Sam Fuller describes what a movie is.

    Jean-Luc Godard R.I.P.


  2. john k

    Walter……great quote from you…how very true and as always
    a wonderful link.
    Years ago when we were all much younger we went through
    a phase with these Godard films with ALPHAVILLE a firm
    These Mill Creek/Critic’s Choice sets make for great value.


    • I really dig Alphaville.

      With these MC/CC sets, I appreciate the space savings as much as the cost savings. Storage is becoming a real problem, but I’m dead set on physical media instead of the streaming thing.


      • Walter

        Toby, I know the feeling about storage space becoming a problem, but I can think of worse things to contend with. Anyway, I’m still pro physical media and always will be.


    • Walter

      John K, yes, the early phase of Jean-Luc Godard movies from 1959-65, ALPHAVILLE(1965) is a good one of a kind movie.

      In these days of high inflation, I appreciate Mill Creek/Critic’s Choice.


  3. gcwe1

    There is a documentary on the Criterion Channel made in 1994 called TIGRERO A FILM THAT WAS NEVER MADE.It was to have been made about 1956 and John Wayne Ava Gardener and Tyrone Power were to star in it but never got off the ground due to insurance companies unwilling to take the risk.Has anyone seen this documentary?


    • Walter

      Graham, Yes, I first viewed TIGRERO A FILM THAT WAS NEVER MADE(filmed 1993, released 1994) during the 1990’s on a vhs tape, which I rented from Home Film Festival. I enjoyed it and it was interesting and entertaining. Sam Fuller was a spry 81 year-old and an energetic cigar chomping storyteller.


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