Sleuths and spies, lookalikes and lowlifes – all in breathless situations over their heads – comprise a comedic and suspenseful four-title, 43-year-spanning March Twilight Time roster welcoming several all-time greats to the TT fold for the first time, including screen luminaries Jean Arthur, John Lithgow, Ray Milland, veteran directors Michael Anderson and Allan Dwan, esteemed screenwriter Harold Pinter, composer Louis Forbes, and a delicious double dose of the peerless Edward G. Robinson. A hardscrabble L.A. gumshoe investigating dirty political campaign tactics finds his “radical past” may trip up his case and, not incidentally, get himself killed in a clever blend of humor and thriller starring and co-produced by Richard Dreyfuss. Cold War-era West Berlin espionage becomes explosively hot when American operative George Segal is assigned to flush out an insidious neo-Nazi operation devoted to – shades of today’s hottest topic – surreptitiously influencing public opinion. Noir shadows cloud the wide-open Cinemascope-lensed Southwestern U.S. landscape when two desperate men and the conflicted sexy dame linking them, all tied by past criminality, make a run for the Mexican border with a suitcase full of ill-gotten loot. Finally, man-of-many-genres John Ford directs a comedy with tough twists and turns as a mild-mannered, small-town company clerk comes face-to-face with his doppelganger, a canny but vicious criminal gang kingpin, and the complications come fast and furiously as only a master filmmaker can deliver.
Premiering on hi-def Blu-ray March 19 are: The Big Fix (1978), starring Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Anspach, Bonnie Bedelia and John Lithgow, directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan, score by Bill Conti; The Quiller Memorandum (1966), starring George Segal, Alec Guinness, Max von Sydow and Senta Berger, directed by Michael Anderson, score by John Barry; The River’s Edge (1957), starring Ray Milland, Anthony Quinn, Debra Paget and Harry Carey Jr., directed by Allan Dwan, score by Louis Forbes; and The Whole Town’s Talking (1935), starring Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Wallace Ford and Edward Brophy, directed by John Ford, score by Mischa Bakaleinikoff and Louis Silvers. Details of each disc will follow in February.