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DVD Discovery: Man of Conquest

I’m a sucker for any vintage movie I know little about. That’s why I perked up when I noticed that Olive Films is releasing Republic Pictures’ 1939 movie Man of Conquest on DVD and Blu-ray today. Richard Dix stars as Sam Houston in this ambitious production from the quintessential B-movie factory, which was on in its fourth year of existence. It was Republic’s most expensive production to date and even warranted sending its stars to Houston, Texas for a gala premiere. But the production was fraught with problems. The script was in development for several years and filming went over-budget, almost unheard-of for this most efficient of movie studios. The finished film doesn’t...

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