Treasures from the Disney Vault - 3/29
TCM proudly presents another installment in our ongoing Treasures from the Disney Vault series, a showcase of classics from the Walt Disney Library. Once again, the celebrated film critic, historian and Disney expert Leonard Maltin serves as host. This month, we present a night of rare and magical classics that are all TCM premieres.
The Golden Touch (1935) is a "Silly Symphony" cartoon based on the Greek myth of King Midas and directed by Disney himself. When the greedy king wishes that everything he touches will turn to gold, an elf named Goldie grants his desires while warning that the "golden touch" could prove a "golden curse." The story was adapted by Albert Hurter, and voices are provided by Billy Bletcher.
Mickey's Trailer (1938) is a Mickey Mouse cartoon also featuring Donald Duck, Goofy and Pete, with the gang taking a disastrous road trip in a trailer. Ben Sharpsteen directed, and the voice talent includes Walt Disney as Mickey.
Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940) is the Donald Duck cartoon that introduced Donald's love interest, Daisy Duck. The plot has Donald introducing his new sweetheart to his nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, only to find that they, too, want to be objects of Daisy's affections. Jack King directed, with voices by Clarence Nash.
The Sword and the Rose (1953) is a feature based on Charles Major's 1898 novel When Knighthood Was in Flower, which tells the story of Mary Tudor, a younger sister of England's Henry VIII. In this British-American production, co-produced by Walt Disney and Perce Pearce, Glynis Johns stars as Mary, with James Robertson Justice as Henry VIII. Richard Todd plays Mary's true love, Charles Brandon, and Jean Mercure is the French king she is forced to marry. Ken Annakin directed.
Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue (1953) is another costume film, released in the same year as The Sword and the Rose and again filmed in Great Britain, produced by Disney and Pearce, and prominently featuring Richard Todd, Glynis Johns and James Robertson Justice. Todd stars as Rob Roy, the 18th-century Scottish warrior later played by Liam Neeson in a 1995 movie. Harold French directed.
In Search of the Castaways (1962), one of a series of six Disney movies starring Hayley Mills, casts the young star as a girl trying to arrange the rescue of her shipwrecked father (Jack Gwillim). The screenplay was adapted from the 1868 Jules Verne novel Captain Grant's Children, and the film was directed by Robert Stevenson, who also guided Mills through That Darn Cat! (1965). Co-starring in Castaways are Maurice Chevalier as a kindly professor who helps in the rescue mission, and George Sanders as the villain responsible for the father's disappearance.
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968) is a musical movie based on a memoir by Laura Bower Van Nuys, whose family hopes its brass band can perform during Grover Cleveland's 1888 presidential campaign. Lesley Ann Warren is the young heroine, and family members include Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, Janet Blair and Kurt Russell. John Davidson provides Warren's love interest, and you can catch Goldie Hawn in her film debut. Songs are by the talented Sherman Brothers, Richard and Robert.
The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) introduced Meredith Salenger in her first leading role as Natty, a Depression-era teen who takes a grueling trip across the U.S. in search of her father (Ray Wise). John Cusack and Lainie Kazan costar in the film, directed by Jeremy Kagan from a screenplay by Jeanne Rosenberg. Albert Wolsky's costumes received an Oscar® nomination, and Salenger won the Young Artists Award for Best Starring Performance by a Young Actress - Motion Picture.
by Roger Fristoe