Sunday, July 19, 2015

Natalie Wood, out of print

TCM is marking what would have been Natalie Wood's 77th birthday tomorrow with a whole bunch of her movies. I notice that there are a couple of them that I've blogged about before that seem to be out of print on DVD. At least, they're not available from the TCM Shop according to the daily schedule.

First, at 9:15 AM is The Star. Wood, who was about 13 at the time, plays the daughter of Bette Davis. Davis plays a washed-up actress who has lost her husband, custody of her daughter, and now her apartment, which leads her to go on a bender that lands her in jail and gets her rescued by former leading man Sterling Hayden, who had no desire to be a movie star.

A Cry in the Night is on at 1:00 PM. When I blogged about it back in 2013, I noted that it doesn't seem to have receieved a DVD release at all. (The IMDb page doesn't have a "Buy it at Amazon" link, which is generally the sign that a movie did get a DVD release at some point in the past.) Wood plays the daughter of a police officer. One evening while spending time with her boyfriend at Lovers' Lane, she gets kidnapped by mama's boy Raymond Burr. Dad Edmond O'Brien goes nuts.

Both movies are well worth seeing if you haven't seen either before.

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