BIOPIC PREMIERED ON THIS DATE IN 1978

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American Hot Wax is a 1978 biopic film telling the story of Cleveland, Ohio DJ
Alan Freed (shown below), who was instrumental in introducing and popularizing 
rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s. Freed is credited with coining the term “rock ‘n’ roll”.The  
film starred Tim McIntire (above) as Freed, with Laraine Newman, Fran Drescher,  
and Jay Leno in supporting roles.The movie also featured performances by Chuck
Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Frankie Ford. The film was never officially released on 
VHS or DVD.

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Alan Freed

American_Hot_Wax album
The A&M soundtrack album reached #31 on the Billboard charts

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PREMIER OF KING KONG ON THIS DATE IN 1933

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King Kong opened at the 6,200 seat Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Crowds
lined up around the block on opening day and tickets were priced at 35 to 75 cents 
and, in its first four days, every one of its ten shows a day were sold out, setting 
an all  time attendance record for an indoor event. Over the four day period, the 
film grossed $89,931. In 1991 Kong was selected by the Library of Congress for 
preservation in the National Film Registry.

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DVD release, 2006

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CLASSIC MOVIE ON IWO JIMA MADE IN 1949

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1949 movie poster 

SANDS MOVIE 
On DVD ( 2000)

Iwo Jima Movie
The three survivors of six men who raised that historic flag on Mt. Suribachi, on the
island of Iwo Jima, are back in Marine uniforms as they make a Hollywood version
of the bloody invasion at Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 27, 1949. Here with sound
trucks in the background they watch the filming of a scene. The survivors are: left
to right, Ira H. Hayes of Babchule, Ariz.; John Bradley of Antigo, Wisc. and Rene
Gagnon of Manchester, N.H.. All three have small parts in the film, including a
recreation of the famous flag raising. The movie is “Sands of Iwo Jima”.  

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NEW TO DVD THIS WEEK

dragnet season 3

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A 25TH ANNIVERSARY NEW RELEASE

Goonies 25th ann
Just out this week, available in both DVD and Blu-ray.
The 1985 adventure-comedy flick was directed by
Richard Donner and filmed on- location in Astoria.

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