TOM THUMB
1958, Warner Bros., 98 min, USA, Dir: George Pal

In this charming Brothers Grimm musical fantasy, a woodcutter and his wife are magically granted their wish for a son – but the boy is the size of a thumb. Russ Tamblyn is at his acrobatic best in the title role, and there’s some top comedic talent lurking in supporting roles, with Peter Sellers and Terry-Thomas as a pair of thieves and Stan Freberg supplying the voice of an animated toy. Oscar winner for Best Special Effects.


THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM
1962, Warner Bros., 135 min, USA, Dir: Henry Levin, George Pal

This family fantasy favorite interweaves a fictional narrative about the storytelling brothers (played by Laurence Harvey and Karlheinz Böhm) with a trio of their fairy tales: “The Dancing Princess,” “The Cobbler and the Elves” and “The Singing Bone.” The star-studded cast includes Claire Bloom, Barbara Eden, Jim Backus and Russ Tamblyn (who reprises his TOM THUMB role). Originally presented in Cinerama, this feast for the eyes and ears was an Oscar nominee for Best Cinematography, Music and Art Direction, and a winner for Best Costume Design.


HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL!
1958, MGM/Cinema Associates, 85 min, USA, Dir: Jack Arnold

“Behind these ‘nice’ school walls – a teacher’s nightmare! A teen-age jungle!” More interested in studying marijuana than mathematics, tough new kid Tony Baker (Russ Tamblyn) makes a beeline for the wrong crowd in this fast-paced exploitation fave. The cast is as wild as the action, with memorable appearances from slumming Hollywood scions Charlie Chaplin, Jr. and John Drew Barrymore, recovering teenage werewolf Michael Landon and the immortal Mamie Van Doren as Tony’s hot-to-trot aunt. Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis sings the classic title song.


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