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22 Sep, 2014 By: Mike Clark

The Great Race (Blu-ray)

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Comedy, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk.
The best way to enjoy this onetime budget-buster about a farcical auto race back when cars were the new big thing is to take an “it is what it is” approach and appreciate its madcap audacity and director Blake Edwards’ lack of fear when it came to putting it on the slapstick line.
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Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Drama, $21.99 DVD, NR.
Stars Glenn Ford, Dorothy McGuire, Arthur Kennedy, John Hodiak, Juano Hernandez, Rafael Campos.
Modified from screenwriter Don Mankiewicz’s Harper Prize novel, Trial deals with a racially charged murder case in 1947 involving a Hispanic teenager, a white girl who dies in his presence at a beach where he was not supposed to be, and an attorney, played by Glenn Ford, who has never actually tried a case. Dorothy McGuire gives one of her best performances and Arthur Kennedy earned an Oscar nomination as a grade-‘A’ charlatan.
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