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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The David Susskind Archive To Release Four Classic Programs On Home Video For The First Time


The David Susskind Archive announces four classic programs for release on home video for the first time

THE PAUL NEWMAN TRILOGY (DVD and Digital) [10/5]

THE POWER AND THE GLORY (DVD and Digital) [10/5]

HARVEY (DVD and Digital) [11/9]

THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY (DVD and Digital) [12/14]

Paul Newman - The Paul Newman Trilogy


Three early live TV performances starring Paul Newman as a college kid, a clothing manufacturer, and a cowardly soldier.

Produced by David Susskind for inclusion in various TV anthology series, these shows have not be seen since their original air dates in 1956-57. Featuring all star casts, headed by Paul Newman and starring Jack Lord, Nehemiah Persoff, Sydney Pollack, and Frank Campanella, each episode contains the original commercials and previews of future shows.

"Five In Judgment" has 2 hitch hiking college kids forced to seek shelter from a storm in a small town diner where they're falsely accused of committing murder. The diner customers and owner terrorize the boys in the belief they committed the murder, only to discover the horrible truth. "The Rag Jungle" has Newman working for his father as a clothing manufacturer. They run up against racketeers demanding protection money, Newman refuses to pay and after his father is attacked, he organizes other manufacturers to stand up against the gangsters. "The Army Game" portrays Newman as a spoiled mama's boy, a 9 letter man in college and a narcissist who doesn't want to be in the Army. His efforts to get a discharge anger his friends and barrack mates and it's not until he's attacked in the barracks that he's given his discharge.



The Power And The Glory


The Graham Greene novel that made the world gasp,the drama of a priest who somehow stumbled onto the road to martyrdom

In the 1930s, a cynical Catholic priest is sent to Mexico to preach in post-revolution Mexico: a cleric who risks his life by continuing to conduct the Catholic Mass in secret after the totalitarian government has outlawed the Catholic Church. In order to confer the Christian sacraments, the priest must have wine but his attempts to obtain wine will call attention to his clandestine activities.

Featuring an All star cast with multiple Oscar winners, the film was released theatrically in Europe and was nominated for an Emmy and DGA awards. The novel was recommended reading by Barack Obama in 2008. For fans of: As You Like It, Merchant of Venice, 21 Days, The Fugitive.






Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six-foot rabbit for a best friend, a man is thought to be insane

The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd, an endlessly pleasant and delightfully eccentric bachelor living in a small town that isn't aware that its newest citizen is a invisible, 6'3" white rabbit named "Harvey" that only he sees. After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for the family to heal.

Featuring an all-star cast (Art Carney, Larry Blyden, Fred Gwynne, Marion Lorne, Elizabeth Montgomery, Charlotte Rae, Jack Weston), the film master elements were provided by the Paley Center for Media. The Elwood P. Dowd character and imaginary rabbit are referenced in a variety of places: The Simpsons, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Field of Dreams, Shawshank Redemption, Farscape, Bob’s Burgers, and Scrubs. The novel won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize, instead of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. For fans of: The Honeymooners, Munsters, Bewitched, and Donnie Darko.





The Bridge Of San Luis Rey


A friar is tried by the Inquisition for questioning God's intentions when five die in the collapse of an Andean bridge.

In early 18th century Peru (1714), an old Inca rope bridge over a gorge in the Andes, collapses, plunging five travelers to their deaths. Brother Juniper, who was within minutes of being on the bridge himself, becomes obsessed with discovering how five people of differing class and circumstances came to be on the bridge at that moment. The Catholic friar wants to know if it was mere existential happenstance or part of God's cosmic plan. After researching the lives of the victims for five years and publishing his findings in a book, he is accused of heresy by the worldly Archbishop of Lima and put on trial for his life by the Inquisition.

Starring Judith Anderson (who received an Emmy nomination for her role) and Theodore Bikel, Hume Cronyn, Rita Gam, Viveca Lindfors, and Kurt Kaznar, the film originally aired as part of Dupont Show Of the Month which was watched by 47% of the available audience. The Bridge Of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder’s second novel, won a Pulitzer Prize and is #37 on the American Modern Library's list of “100 Best 20th Century Novels." For Fans of Our Town, and Hello Dolly. 



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