Three Gems from Signal One Entertainment

In Features by Samuel Love

From Signal One Entertainment comes three more jewels in their catalogue-crown, with an unforgettable anthology, a sweeping romance, and an exciting Western joining their series of hidden and underappreciated gems. 

Firstly, a dozen of the Golden Age’s top stars join forces with five famed directors to present the best stories of American short story writer O.Henry in O. Henry’s Full House. Up next, three hopeful American women visiting Rome wish for their perfect man by throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain, and work to seal their fate with men they meet in Three Coins in the Fountain. Lastly, a former Confederate officer and a Mexican try to prevent a former Confederate colonel from selling stolen rifles to renegade Apaches in Rio Conchos

These three forgotten classics look and sound absolutely divine on Signal One Entertainment’s new Blu-rays, each packaged in Dual Format Editions with DVDs. Each of the films offer joyous, old-fashioned Hollywood charm and hark back to a simpler – and more glamorous – time for cinema. Each of the films feel like a warm Sunday afternoon hug, and it’s lovely to see these three films given new life on the Blu-ray format.

O. Henry’s Full House

Celebrate the collaboration of one of America’s great storytellers and some of Hollywood’s brightest talent in this collection of five unforgettable O. Henry tales. Charles Laughton and Marilyn Monroe light up the screen in The Cop and the Anthem, a hilarious tale about a hobo looking to spend the cold night in a warm jail, while Dale Robertson and Richard Widmark go head-to-head in the murder mystery of The Clarion Call. The Last Leaf stars Anne Baxter and Jean Peters in a touching story about hope in the face of despair, and Fred Allen and Oscar Levant discover the perils inherent in kidnapping a ten-year-old terror in The Ransom of Red Chief, which was directed by Howard Hawks! The heartwarming finale to the collection is delivered with grace by Jeanne Crain and Farley Granger in The Gift of the Magi, a story about selflessness and love on Christmas morning. 

Directed by Henry Hathaway, Howard Hawks, Henry King, Henry Koster, and Jean Negulesco.

Available now on Blu-ray

Three Coins in the Fountain

Three hopeful American secretaries visiting Italy — newcomer Maria (Maggie McNamara), romance-seeking Anita (Jean Peters) and the more mature Frances (Dorothy McGuire) — fling their coins into Rome’s Trevi Fountain, each making a wish. Soon, Maria is pursued by a dashing prince (Louis Jourdan), Anita finds herself involved with a forbidden coworker (Rossano Brazzi), and Frances receives a surprising proposal from her boss (Clifton Webb). All three women vow to one day return to Rome. 

Directed by Jean Negulesco.

Available now on Blu-ray

Rio Conchos

When a shipment of repeating rifles is stolen from the U.S. Cavalry, Capt. Haven (Stuart Whitman) and Sgt. Franklyn are sent to recover them and enlist the aid of an alcoholic former confederate and Indian hater, James Lassiter (Richard Boone) and a Mexican murderer, Rodriguez (Tony Franciosa). Lassiter, who owns one of the rifles, says it came from his embittered former commander Col. Pardee, while an Apache woman informant reveals that Pardee intends to sell the stolen arms to her people. 

Directed by Gordon Douglas.

Available April 04 2022 on Blu-ray