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Alpha Video Distributors

Overview
Works: 1,219 works in 1,558 publications in 1 language and 20,896 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Comedy films  Silent films  Juvenile works  Children's films  Animated films  Horror films  Film noir 
Roles: Distributor, Publisher, prn, fds
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Alpha Video Distributors
Salt of the earth by H. J Biberman( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A semidocumentary of the year-long strike by Mexican-American zinc miners in New Mexico focussing on the role of women in the strike
Of human bondage by John Cromwell( Visual )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the ill-fated romance between a well-to-do club-footed medical student and a vulgar waitress
Meet John Doe by Frank Capra( Visual )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To further his presidential aspirations, oil tycoon D.B. Norton buys a newspaper, renames it, and tells managing editor Connell to downsize. After being fired, cheeky reporter Ann Mitchell retaliates in her final story by creating John Doe, who writes a "Letter to the Editor," describing his disgust at the state of the world, capped by a threat to commit suicide on New Year's Eve in protest. John Doe's story causes an instant media sensation, so Ann finds a bum to "play" him. She selects former minor league ballplayer turned hobo Long John Willoughby, who goes along with the scheme. Soon he's making motivational speeches on the radio, and becoming a popular national figure, while corporate misbehavior, consumerism, and the attempted subversion of the resultant popular movement follow. Can Willoughby become the figure of integrity and principle he had only pretended to be? Even if it means sacrificing himself so that the real John Doe's can be saved?
Scarlet Street by Fritz Lang( Visual )

4 editions published between 1945 and 2004 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chris Cross, 25 years a cashier, has a gold watch and little else. One rainy night, he rescues the delectable Kitty from her abusive boyfriend Johnny. Smitten, amateur painter Chris lets Kitty think he's a wealthy artist. At Johnny's urging, Kitty lets Chris establish her in an apartment (with his shrewish wife's money). There, Chris paints masterpieces; but Johnny sells them under Kitty's name, with disastrous and ironic results
The phantom of the opera by Rupert Julian( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A melodrama about a strange man who lives in the catacombs below the Paris Opera House and his love affair with an opera starlet whom he tutors
The kennel murder case by Michael Curtiz( Visual )

3 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Philo Vance mystery with the customary sealed room puzzle. A competitor in a Long Island dog show is found dead, and Vance is hot on the trail of the killer
The General by Buster Keaton( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rejected by the Confederate army, and taken for a coward by his beloved, young Johnny Gray is given a chance to redeem himself when he wages a one-man war against Yankee spies who have stolen his locomotive
Der Student von Prag = The student of Prague by Stellan Rye( Visual )

4 editions published in 2004 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classic story of a young student who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for a life of debauchery. The film combines the Faust legend with a doppelgänger, or double, motif. "Although he is known as the finest fencer in Prague, Balduin bemoans his lot in life. In the depths of his despair, the poor university student is accosted by the mysterious Scapinelli, who makes him a deal that seems too good to be true: in exchange for his choice of Balduin's meager possessions, Scapinelli offers the staggering sum of 600,000 gold pieces. Agreeing to the terms, Balduin watches in amazement as Scapinelli approaches the mirror and summons Balduin's reflection from it, walking away with the blank-faced doppleganger in tow. Balduin senses he's made a terrible mistake, but begins to enjoy his new life as a wealthy socialite, finding love with a young countess. The hefty price of his bargain becomes clear, though, as his reflection begins to interfere with his newfound happiness in a most sinister way"--Container
Cyrano de Bergerac by Michael Gordon( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cyrano de Bergerac is a 17th century French soldier-poet and swordsman who loves his cousin Roxane, but believes she will never love him because of his enormous nose. He courts and wins her, not for himself, but for his inexperienced and prosaic friend, Christian, who dies in battle. Years later, as Cyrano himself is dying, he confesses his love to Roxane, who suddenly realizes that it was Cyrano's words she had heard from Christian, and Cyrano that she had always loved
Detour by Edgar G Ulmer( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hitchhiking nightclub performer runs into trouble with a mysterious death and a blackmailing woman
The hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quasimodo ventures from his tower to attend the festival of fools. The crowd turns cruel and rejects him because he is ugly. The gypsy Esmeralda rescues him and he finds himself battling to save the people and the city he loves -- while reminding us to see people as they are rather than as they appear
Life with father by Michael Curtiz( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trials and tribulations of a stern but lovable father and his family in New York City in the 1880's
Nothing sacred by William A Wellman( Visual )

2 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman diagnosed with "radium poisoning" is given a last fling in New York City for two weeks, but it all turns into a publicity hoax
Beat the devil by John Huston( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An offbeat tale of adventure and suspense involving the passengers on a steamer who attempt to outfox each other for illegal control of a parcel of land believed to be rich with uranium deposits
Topper( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Banker Cosmo Topper and his wife live quiet lives until two of Topper's stockholders, the Kirbys, drive off the road and suddenly find they've become ghosts! Their first mission is to move in with the Toppers and loosen them up, making the Topper household anything but quiet
Howard Hawk's His girl Friday by Howard Hawks( Visual )

5 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A remake of "The Front Page," this is the story of a conniving newspaper editor who does not want to let his ex-wife retire from reporting just to marry someone else. He tricks her into covering the hottest story in town, the execution of a murderer
Algiers by John Cromwell( Visual )

2 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A criminal eludes capture in the Casbah section of Algiers until he is lured out of hiding by a beautiful woman
Robert Whitlow's The trial by Orson Welles( Visual )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drame philosophique adapté du roman de Franz Kafka. Le jeune commis de banque, Joseph K, est réveillé un matin par des policiers qui l'arrêtent sans qu'il sache de quoi on l'accuse. On le laisse aller à son travail. Traversant un labyrinthe de corridors, Joseph K rencontre un magistrat qui refuse de l'informer de son crime. Cherchant l'aide d'un avocat alité par la maladie, l'accusé se laisse séduire par la maîtresse de ce dernier, une nymphomane attirée vers les hommes condamnés. Joseph K sera finalement conduit à un terrain d'exécution sans jamais apprendre ce dont il est coupable. Avec Anthony Perkins, Orson Wells, Romy Schneider, Jeanne Moreau, Akim Tamiroff, Madeleine Robinson
The woman in green by Roy William Neill( Visual )

2 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hypnotism, blackmail and fiendish murders lead Holmes and Watson straight to the evil Professor Moriarty and his lovely accomplice
Two women by Alberto Moravia( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeking escape from city bombing, an Italian mother and daughter travel war-torn Italy during World War II trying to survive near-starvation, rape by wandering soldiers and other horrors of war
 
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