Get ready for high adventure, action lovers.
Twilight Time is putting up their October titles for preorder today at 4PM ET/1PM PT, and they are an adventurous lot — Captain From Castile, The Pirates of Blood River, Play Dirty and Wild Bill.
Here are the titles:
A gorgeous, top-drawer Twentieth Century Fox spectacular, Captain from Castile (1947) – adapted from Samuel Shellabarger’s best-selling novel – offers Tyrone Power as a Castilian caballero, first a victim of the Spanish Inquisition, then a member of the Mexican expedition of Hernán Cortez (Cesar Romero). Along the way, he helps an Aztec slave (Jay Silverheels) and rescues a lively barmaid (Jean Peters) from the depredations of a cruel Inquisitor (John Sutton). Directed by veteran Henry King, and featuring a masterpiece of a score by the great Alfred Newman.
Hammer Studios goes quasi-historical with The Pirates of Blood River (1962), with Kerwin Mathews starring as a Huguenot outcast taken up by a bloody band of pirates led by the elegant Frenchman, Captain LaRoche, incarnated by the great Christopher Lee. Oliver Reed, Glenn Corbett, Michael Ripper, and Peter Arne co-star; other Hammer regulars include director John Gilling and cinematographer Arthur Grant.
A superb cast topped by Michael Caine, Nigel Green, and Harry Andrews highlights classic director André De Toth’s last film, Play Dirty (1968), a combat film set in North Africa during World War II. The “heroes” here are vile, unsympathetic loners operating outside the mainstream military, in a narrative that plays both ends against the middle. Shot by Edward Scaife (The Dirty Dozen), and featuring a score from the sensational Michel Legrand.
The sublime writer-director Walter Hill’s Wild Bill (1995) focuses on the last days of mythic gunfighter, Wild Bill Hickok (Jeff Bridges), consorting in Deadwood with Calamity Jane (Ellen Barkin), observed by a longtime friend (John Hurt), and haunted by the ghosts of his past, from an old flame (Diane Lane) to a young man (David Arquette) who announces his intention to kill Bill.