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Video Review: Oldies But Goodies

(Mae West stars in the 1934 film 'Belle of the Ninties.'  Credit: Paramount Pictures.)

(Mae West stars in the 1934 film ‘Belle of the Ninties.’ Credit: Paramount Pictures.)

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By Bob Nelson    

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — You may be an ‘old-timer’ whose followed the movie business from the old days at home or in theaters. However, such films come to us today packaged in convenient, private containers.

One such video collection comes to us today available under the title: Universal Rarities: Films of the 1930’s.

The New York Times reminds us it’s a new boxed set of four features, but originally produced by Paramount Pictures. One of them, Mae West’s Belle of The Nineties, from 1934.

There were other gems, all from that period, all packaged as Paramount gems, but currently released as a convenient package of Universal properties.

There’s also a feature from 1954: Joan Crawford’s infamously bizarre western titled: Johnny Guitar, never available on DVD, until now.

Critics insist: “Lovers of high art and high camp should love it.” Joan Crawford featured as a pistol-packing saloon owner in a Freudian frontier town persecuted by a lynch mob.

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