Classic Entertainment Triple Bills
In 2004 a series of DVDs started appearing in Poundland and other bargain shops around the UK. Produced by a company called Classic Entertainment, each disc had three complete films and generally sold for one pound (sometimes two or three pounds, depending on the retailer). Some of the movies were well-known public domain titles which had already been released numerous times on VHS and DVD, but many were previously unavailable in the UK.
Furthermore some of the prints used were surprisingly good - and even when they weren't, at 33p per movie, how could anyone complain?
The sporadic nature of the discs' distribution meant that keeping track of what was or wasn't available became very difficult, especially as there were about 70 discs in the series. This page is an ongoing project to document all these discs. If you can fill in any of the blanks, please send me details. I will also post any brief comments I receive on the quality and/or completeness of the various prints.
For each disc, I list the catalogue number (on the spine and rear of the sleeve), the overall title (in small print at the top of the front and rear sleeve) and the film titles as given, together with the name of the star (or occasionally director) promoted on the sleeve, and the year of original release. All the discs are PAL and Region 0 and have no chapter stops within the films. An alphabetical list of films and TV shows featured in this series of discs can be found here.
NB. Some of these triple bills have also appeared on a label called '23rd Century' but these would appear to be bootlegs taken from the Classic Entertainment discs.
(With thanks to Kevin Lyons, Onionboy, Controller 2957, Little Ern, Nev, Tony Pendrey, Steve Keki, Andrew Smith, The Hooded Claw and Sutekh for additional info; also the posters on this thread on the Fortean Times board.)
CE 001 - 3 John Wayne Classic Westerns Vol.1
Blue Steel (1934); Winds of the Wastelands (1936); The Trail Beyond (1934)
comments: "Blue Steel is about as good as 70-year-old B-westerns ever look. The print of Winds runs three minutes longer than some in circulation - probably mainly extra footage of the race. A line of ceefax-type dots at the top of the screen suggest a telly source. These prints are generally superior to versions on other discs with no appaling synthezer music. I gather that the trimmed versions with the synthesizer were used on cable television in the US." (FT board)
CE 002 - 3 John Wayne Classic Westerns Vol.2
Paradise Canyon (1935); The Dawn Rider (1935); The Desert Trail (1935)
CE 003 - 3 Tough Guys of the Silver Screen Vol.1
Call It Murder (Humphrey Bogart, 1934); Great Guy (Jimmy Cagney, 1936); The Lucky Texan (John Wayne, 1934)
comments: "The Call It Murder print is not a thing of beauty with some moments of lost sound and jumps." (FT board)
CE 004 - 3 Tough Guys of the Silver Screen Vol.2
Vengeance Valley (Burt Lancaster, 1951); The Big Trees (Kirk Douglas, 1952); The Man From Utah (John Wayne, 1934)
comments: "The colour print of Big Trees is in a reasonable state but the transfer a kind of pitch-waver on the soundtrack. This is very uncomfortable." (FT board)
CE 005 - 3 Leading Ladies of the Silver Screen Vol.1
Father's Little Dividend (Elizabeth Taylor, 1951); Nothing Sacred (Carole Lombard, 1937); Ghosts on the Loose (Ava Gardner, 1943)
comments: "The Nothing Sacred print is slightly hazy but for 1937 Technicolor not so bad. A few local bursts of scratching occur but mostly the picture does not look distressed at all." (FT board)
CE 006 - 3 Leading Ladies of the Silver Screen Vol.2
Human Bondage (Bette Davis, 1934); Behave Yourself (Shelley Winters, 1951); Home Town Story (Marilyn Monroe, 1951)
comments: "Behave Yourself is badly affected by vile pitch-waver on the music soundtrack.
CE 007 - 3 Classics of the Silver Screen Vol.1
His Private Secretary (John Wayne, 1933); His Girl Friday (Cary Grant, 1940); The Amazing Adventure (Cary Grant, 1936)
comments: "The Secretary print is not in good condition but the Friday one appears to be uncut and is very watchable." (FT board)
CE 008 - 3 Classics of the Silver Screen Vol.2
My Favourite Brunette (Bob Hope, 1947); Road to Hollywood (Bing Crosby, 1946); Suddenly (Frank Sinatra, 1954)
CE 009 - 3 Classics of the Silver Screen Vol.3
The Woman in Green (Basil Rathbone, 1944); Young and Innocent (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938); The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934)
comments: "The Man Who Knew Too Much print is rather tired-looking. The version on Carlton Silver Collection is much better, though it has some scratches. However this cheap version - obviously from a UK print - has a longer running time." (FT board)
CE 010 - 3 Classics of the Silver Screen Vol.4
A Farewell to Arms (Gary Cooper, 1932); The Groom Wore Spurs (Ginger Rogers, 1951); Indiscretion of an American Wife (Montgomery Clift, 1953)
CE 011 - 3 Classics of the Silver Screen Vol.5
Blood on the Sun (James Cagney, 1945); Lawless Frontier (John Wayne, 1934); Lawless Range (John Wayne, 1935)
comments: "Lawless Frontier runs about three minutes longer than that in John Wayne The Most Wanted collection but neither print is very good." (FT board)
CE 012 - 3 Classics of the Silver Screen Vol.6
Pot o' Gold (James Stewart, 1941); Something to Sing About (James Cagney, 1937); Riders of Destiny (John Wayne, 1933)
comments: "The Pot o'Gold print is adequate and the soundtrack mainly loud and clear. The Something to Sing About print is reasonably good - even the high notes of the loud female singer don't distort - and runs five minutes longer than the 82m on the sleeve." (FT board)
CE 013 - 3 Classics of the Silver Screen Vol.7
Our Town (William Holden, 1940); The Star Packer (John Wayne, 1934); Rocketship XM (Lloyd Bridges, 1950)
comments: "The print of Our Town is less dire than I had imagined from viewing just the start. What is bad is the soundtrack which is hissy and unpleasant. Rocketship X-M seems to be the authentic original version, without special effects which were added for its video release in 1976. It was pleasant to find that the print preserves the red tinting which was used for the scenes on Mars." (FT board)
CE 014 - 3 Classics of the Silver Screen Vol.8
Gung Ho! (Randolph Scott, 1943); West of the Divide (John Wayne, 1934); 'Neath the Arizona Skies (John Wayne, 1934)
CE 015 - 3 Classic Comedies of the Silver Screen
Flying Deuces (Laurel & Hardy, 1939); Africa Screams (Abbott & Costello, 1949); The Abbott and Costello Show (1952)
comments: "The third item is The Abbott & Costello Colgate Comedy Hour from 18th April 1954." (FT board)
CE 016 - 3 Classic Horrors of the Silver Screen Vol.1
Horror Hotel (Christopher Lee, 1960); The Terror (Jack Nicholson, 1963); The Corpse Vanishes (Bela Lugosi, 1942)
comments: "The colour print of The Terror is bearable but scanned and panned with some curious framing anomalies early on." (FT board)
CE 017 - 3 Classic Horrors of the Silver Screen Vol.2
A Bucket of Blood (Roger Corman, 1960); House on Haunted Hill (Vincent Price, 1958); The Ghoul (Boris Karloff, 1933)
comments: "The Ghoul does turn out to be a fully restored version by MGM." (FT board)
CE 018 - 3 Classic Horrors of the Silver Screen Vol.3
Little Shop of Horrors (Jack Nicholson, 1960); The Bat (Vincent Price, 1959); Bride of the Monster (Bela Lugosi, 1955)
comments: "Neither the print nor the soundtrack of Little Shop sound too healthy but somehow that seems appropriate. The Bat suffers from a form of ghosting - not multi-path double imaging but a sort of pixellated trail which follows any rapid moving character. The print also has synchronisation problems which get better or worse during the movie, without ever being solved. An unfortunate fault as the image itself is very clean and clear." (FT board)
CE 019 - 3 Classic Horrors of the Silver Screen Vol.4
Carnival of Souls (1962); The Ape Man (Bela Lugosi, 1943); Mesa of Lost Women (Jackie Coogan, 1952)
comments: "Carnival of Souls is a superior print to the other copy I own." (FT board)
CE 020 - 3 Classic Westerns of the Silver Screen Vol.1
Fighting Caravans (Gary Cooper, 1931); Randy Rides Alone (John Wayne, 1934); Man of the Frontier (Gene Autrey, 1936)
comments: "Randy Rides Alone, though far from a perfect print, is a great improvement on the dire one in The John Wayne Collection." (FT board)
CE 021 - 3 Classic Westerns of the Silver Screen Vol.2
Painted Desert (Clark Gable, 1931); Texas Terror (John Wayne, 1935); Hell Town (John Wayne, 1937)
CE 022 - 3 Classic Bela Lugosi Films of the Silver Screen
Invisible Ghost (1941); Scared to Death (1941); White Zombie (1932)
comments: "White Zombie is far from being a perfect print but it is not so bad." (FT board)
CE 023 - 3 Classic Sherlock Holmes films of the Silver Screen
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (Basil Rathbone, 1942); Terro r by Night (Basil Rathbone, 1946); Dressed to Kill (Basil Rathbone, 1946)
CE 024 - 3 Classic Dick Tracy Films of the Silver Screen
Dick Tracy's Dilemma (Ralph Byrd, 1947); Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (Ralph Byrd, 1947); Dick Tracy vs Cueball (Morgan Conway, 1946)
CE 025 - 3 Bulldog Drummond Films of the Silver Screen
Bulldog Drummond's Bride (John Howard, 1939); Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (John Howard, 1937); Bulldog Drummond Escapes (Ray Milland, 1937)
comments: "Slightly scratchy but perfectly watchable prints, with Bride better than the other two. NB. the films are in reverse chronological order." (MJS)
CE 026 - 4 Classic Episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies Vol.1
'Home for Christmas'; 'No Place Like Home'; 'Jed Rescues Pearl'; 'Back to Californay'
comments: "Four Christmas themed shows which first went out Xmas & New Year 1962-63." (FT board)
CE 027 - Krazy Kartoons
'The Wabbit Who Came to Supper'; 'Who's Who in the Zoo'; 'Wacky Wabbit'; 'Yankee Doodle Daffy'; 'Ali Baba Bound'; 'Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur'; 'All This and Rabbit Stew'; 'Porky's Garden'; 'A Coy Decoy'; 'The Daffy Duckaroo'; 'Case of the Missing Hare'; 'Porky's Preview'; 'The Ducktators'; 'Falling Hare'; 'The Timid Toreador'; 'Fresh Hare'
comments: "Now here is a real curio and one that might cause a few raised eyebrows, despite the U certificate. These Looney Tunes have fallen into the public domain for a reason - they were pulled by the studios in the sixties when their political incorrectness became an embarrassment." (FT board)
CE 028 - Popeye - 75th Anniversary
‘Popeye Meets Sindbad the Sailor’; ‘Popeye Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves’; ‘Fright to the Finish’; ‘Gopher Spinach’; ‘Assault and Flattery’; ‘Greek Mirthology’; ‘A Haul in One’; ‘Ancient Fistory’; ‘Alladin and His Wonderful Lamp’; ‘Big Bad Sindbad’; ‘Bride and Gloom’; ‘Cookin' with Gags’; ‘The Crystal Brawl’
comments: “Big Bad Sindbad is a re-edited version of Popeye Meets Sindbad. In Big Popeye's taking his nephews to a maritime museum where he tells them the story of what happened when he met Sindbad. There are some changes in dialogue, for example in Meets Sindbad tells his giant bird to sink Popeye's boat and ‘bring me the woman’ while in Big it becomes ‘bring me the girl.’ In Meets when Popeye is thumping Sindbad Olive Oyl tells him to use the twister punch, while in Big she tells him to give Sindbad the one-two.” (Hooded Claw)
CE 029 - 3 Classic Westerns of the Silver Screen Vol.3
McLintock! (John Wayne, 1963); Robin Hood of the Pecos (Roy Rogers, 1941); Public Cowboy No.1 (Gene Autrey [sic], 1937)
comments: "McLintock! is a two-hour colour and scope epic, shown here panned and scanned." (FT board)
CE 030 - 3 Classic Westerns of the Silver Screen Vol.4
Angel and the Badman (John Wayne, 1947); Cowboy and the Senorita (Roy Rogers, 1944); The Old Corral (Gene Autrey [sic], 1936)
CE 031 - 3 Classic Westerns of the Silver Screen Vol.5
Hurricane Express (John Wayne, 1933); Rage at Dawn (Randolph Scott, 1955); Young Bill Hickok (Roy Rogers, 1940)
CE 032 - 3 Classic Westerns of the Silver Screen Vol.6
Santa Fe Trail (Errol Flynn, 1940); Sagebrush Trail (John Wayne, 1933); Billy the Kid Returns (Roy Rogers, 1938)
CE 033 - 3 Classic Westerns of the Silver Screen Vol.7
Apache Rifles (Audie Murphy, 1964); Days of Jesse James (Roy Rogers, 1939); Riders of the Whistling Pines (Gene Autrey, 1949)
CE 034 - 3 Classic Westerns of the Silver Screen Vol.8
Abilene Town (Randolph Scott, 1946); Kansas Pacific (Sterling Hayden, 1953); Colorado (1940)
CE 035 - 3 Classic Crime Films of the Silver Screen
The Speckled Band (Raymond Massey, 1931); Silver Blaze aka Murder at the Baskervilles (Arthur Wontner, 1938); Blake of Scotland Yard (Ralph Byrd, 1936)
CE 036 - 3 Classic Comedies of the Silver Screen Vol.2
Jack and the Beanstalk (Abbott & Costello, 1952); Utopia (Laurel & Hardy, 1950); Spooks Run Wild (Bela Lugosi, 1941)
CE 037 - 3 Classic Horrors of the Silver Screen Vol.5
Creature from the Haunted Sea (Roger Corman, 1961); The Devil Bat (Bela Lugosi, 1940); The Vampire Bat (Lionel Atwill, 1933)
comments: "The print of Vampire Bat is not in great condition though it’s perfectly watchable. However, it only runs for sixty minutes rather than the normally listed 71." (MJS)
CE 038 - 3 Classic Horrors of the Silver Screen Vol.6
Dementia 13 (Francis Ford Coppola, 1963); Shock (Vincent Price, 1946); Black Dragons (Bela Lugosi, 1942)
CE 039 - 3 Classic Horrors of the Silver Screen Vol.7
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959); The Amazing Transparent Man (1960); Revolt of the Zombies (1936)
comments: "Leeches is a soft but largely unblemished image although the soundtrack is very muddy." (MJS)
CE 040 - 3 Classic Sci-Fi Films of the Silver Screen
Missile to the Moon (1959); Earth vs the Flying Saucers (1956); Planet Outlaws (Buster Crabbe 1953)
comments: "EvtFS is a great w/s print, almost perfect, but there's a few seconds of interference near to the start of the film. MttM is a poor but watchable print, worth a watch just to see the ridiculous rock monsters on the moon! Planet Outlaws [condensed from a Buck Rogers serial] looks like a several generations print, everything is too bright." (Onionboy) "Missile varies from reel to reel, some parts being crisp and barely scratched, others being very ragged and sometimes even out of focus." (MJS)
CE 041 - 3 Classics of the Silver Screen Vol.9
Gangster Story (Walter Matthau, 1960); Beat the Devil (Humphrey Bogart, 1953); British Intelligence (Boris Karloff, 1940)
comments: "British Intelligence is a little soft (VHS master, presumably) with occasionally crackles and speckles, but still looks great for a 65-year-old film." (MJS)
CE 042 - 3 Classics of the Silver Screen Vol.10
Road to Bali (Bob Hope & Bing Crosby, 1952); Basin Street Revue (Sarah Vaughan, 1956); Forbidden Music (Jimmy Durante, 1936)
CE 043 - 3 Classics of the Silver Screen Vol.11
Duel of the Champions (Alan Ladd, 1961); Trapped (Lloyd Bridges 1949); The Big Chance (Mickey Rooney, 1933)
CE 044 - 3 Leading Ladies of the Silver Screen Vol.3
The Bigamist (Joan Fontaine, 1953); Hell's House (Bette Davis, 1932); High Voltage (Carole Lombard, 1929)
CE 045 - 3 Leading Ladies of the Silver Screen Vol.4
Rain (Joan Crawford, 1932); The Racketeer (Carole Lombard, 1929); Shriek in the Night (Ginger Rogers, 1933)
comments: "All good prints,apart from The Racketeer which suffers a little on the soundtrack but is still watchable,and it is an early talkie!" (Nev)
CE 046 - 3 Boris Karloff Films of the Silver Screen
The Ape (1940); The Fatal Hour (1940); Doomed to Die (1940)
CE 047 - 3 Mickey Rooney Films of the Silver Screen
Quicksand (1950); My Outlaw Brother (1951); Mickey the Great (1946)
CE 048 - 3 Classic Racing Films of the Silver Screen
The Wild Ride (Jack Nicholson, 1960); The Fast and the Furious (John Ireland, 1954); The Big Wheel (Mickey Rooney, 1949)
CE 049 - 3 Classic Musicals of the Silver Screen Vol.1
Second Chorus (Fred Astaire, 1940); The Duke is Tops (Lena Horne, 1938); Private Buckaroo (Andrew [sic] Sisters, 1942)
CE 050 - 3 Classic Musicals of the Silver Screen Vol.2
Royal Wedding (Fred Astaire, 1951); The Fabulous Dorseys (The Dorsey Brothers, 1947); Black and Tan (Duke Ellington, 1929)
comments: "Black and Tan is a very rough print with a distorted soundtrack." (FT board)
CE 051 - 3 Classic Tarzan films of the Silver Screen
Tarzan and the Trappers (Gordon Scott, 1958); The New Adventures of Tarzan (Bruce Bennett, 1935); Tarzan the Fearless (Buster Crabbe, 1933)
CE 052 - 4 Classic Episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies Vol2
'The Clampetts Strike Oil'; 'Getting Settled'; 'Meanwhile Back at the Cabin'; 'The Servants'
CE 053 - 4 Classic Episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies Vol.3
'Jed's Dilemma'; 'Jed Saves Drysdale's Marriage'; 'Elly's Animals'; 'Jed Plays Solomon'
comments: "Picture quality is reasonable" (Onionboy)
CE 054 - 4 Classic Episodes of Sherlock Holmes Vol.1
'The Case of the Night Train Riddle'; 'The Case of Lady Beryl'; 'The Mother Hubbard Case'; 'The Case of the Gravestone Inscription'
comments: This is the Ronald Howard series from 19xx.
CE 055 - 4 Classic Episodes of Sherlock Holmes Vol.2
'The Case of Harry Crocker'; 'The Case of the Unlucky Gambler'; 'The Case of the Jolly Hangman'; 'The Case of the Christmas Pudding'
CE 056 - 4 Classic Episodes of Bonanza Vol.1
'The Gunman'; 'The Spanish Grant'; 'Blood on the Land'; 'The Stranger'
CE 057 - 4 Classic Episodes of Bonanza Vol.2
'Desert Justice'; 'Escape to the Ponderosa'; 'The Avenger'; 'San Francisco'
CE 058 - 4 Classic Episodes of Bonanza Vol.3
'Feet of Clay'; 'Bitter Water'; 'Dark Star'; 'Silent Thunder'
CE 059 - 4 Classic Episodes of The Lucy Show Vol.1
'Lucy and Paul Winchell'; 'Lucy and the Ring a Ding Ding'; 'Lucy Gets a Roommate'; 'Lucy and Carol in Palm Springs'
CE 060 - 4 Classic Episodes of The Lucy Show Vol.2
'Lucy and Pat Collins'; 'Lucy and the Monkey'; 'Lucy and Phil Silvers'; 'Lucy, the Baby Sitter'
CE 061 - 4 Classic Episodes of The Lucy Show Vol.3
'Lucy Flies to London'; 'Lucy Gets Trapped'; 'Lucy Gets Jack Benny's Account'; 'Little Old Lucy'
CE 062 - 4 Classic Episodes of The Lone Ranger Vol.1
'Enter the Lone Ranger'; 'The Lone Ranger Fights On'; 'The Lone Ranger's Triumph'; 'War Horse'
CE 063 - 4 Classic Episodes of The Lone Ranger Vol.2
'Pete and Pedro'; 'The Renegades'; 'High Heels'; 'Six Guns Legacy'
CE 064 - 4 Classic Episodes of The Lone Ranger Vol.3
'Finders Keepers'; ‘Rustlers’ Hideout’; ‘Old Joe’s Sister’; ‘Cannonball McKay’
CE 065 - 4 Classic Episodes of Flash Gordon
'The Claim Jumpers'; 'Akim the Terrible'; 'The Breath of Death'; 'Deadline at Noon'
CE 066 - 4 Classic Episodes of Dragnet Vol.1
'Big Porn'; 'Big Shoplift'; 'Car Thieves'; 'Doctor Slugged in Waiting Room'
CE 067 - 4 Classic Episodes of Dragnet Vol.2
'Drug Pushing Teenager'; 'Assault and Robbery'; 'Big Betty'; 'Big Number'
CE 068 - 4 Classic Episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show
'Never Name a Duck'; 'Bank Book 6565696'; 'Hustling the Hustler'; 'The Night the Roof Fell In'
CE 069 - 4 Classic Episodes of The Cisco Kid
'Confession for Money'; 'Freight Line Feud'; 'Buried Treasure'; 'Lost Identity'
CE 070 - The Classic Horror Box Set Vol.1
Contains CE 016, CE 017 and CE 018
CE 071 - The Classic Western Box Set Vol.1
Contains CE 001, CE 056 and CE 063
CE 072 - The Classic Sherlock Holmes Box Set Vol.1
Contains CE 023 and two discs of the Sherlock Holmes TV series, presumably CE 054 and CE 055
CE 073 - The Classic Beverly Hillbillies Box Set Vol.1
Contains CE 026, CE 052 and CE 053
CE 074 - The Classic Bonanza Box Set Vol.1
Presumably contains CE 056, CE 057 and CE 058
CE 075 - The Classic Sherlock Holmes Box Set Vol.2
Contains CE 035 and two discs of the Sherlock Holmes TV series
CE 076 - The Classic John Wayne Box Set Vol.1
CE 077 - The Classic John Wayne Box Set Vol.2
CE 078 - 3 John Wayne Classic Westerns Vol.3
McLintock! (1963); Lawless Frontier (1934); The Star Packer (1934)
CE 079 - 3 John Wayne Classic Westerns Vol.4
Angel and the Badman (1947); Hell Town (1937); Sagebrush Trail (1933)
CE 080 - 3 John Wayne Classic Westerns Vol.5
The Man from Utah (1934); Lawless Range (1935); Riders of Destiny (1933)
CE 081 - 3 John Wayne Classic Westerns Vol.6
Texas Terror (1935); West of the Divide (1934); Randy Rides Alone (1934)
CE 082 - The Classic Lone Ranger Box Set Vol.1