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Q: A 1946 movie entitled, "Home Sweet Homicide" ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: A 1946 movie entitled, "Home Sweet Homicide"
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: atlas007-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 16 Dec 2002 22:19 PST
Expires: 15 Jan 2003 22:19 PST
Question ID: 125845
A wonderful movie entitled "Home Sweet Homicide" starring Randolph
Scott, James Gleason and Peggy Ann Garner used be seen on TV in the
1950's.  It is not on DVD or VHS and I would like to know why not?  I
also would like to know how I can get a copy of the original script of
the movie?  Thank you.
Subject: Re: A 1946 movie entitled, "Home Sweet Homicide"
Answered By: rico-ga on 17 Dec 2002 06:53 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Atlas,

I'm going to assume that your question "It is not on DVD or VHS and I
would like to know why not?" is rhetorical, and that you're interested
in obtaining a copy of the movie.

"Home Sweet Homicide" was in fact commercially available on VHS at one
time, according to the site, which offers this

"Based on a novel by Craig Rice, Home Sweet Homicide is a delightful
blend of domestic comedy and murder mystery. Peggy Ann Garner, Dean
Stockwell and Connie Marshall play Dinah, Archie and April Carstairs,
the precocious offspring of widowed mystery writer Marian Carstairs
(Lynn Bari). When a real-life murder occurs, the kids join forces to
solve the crime over their mother's objections. It isn't that Dinah,
Archie and April are all that interested in serving the cause of
justice: it's simply that they want to play matchmaker for Marian and
handsome homicide lieutenant Bill Smith (Randolph Scott). The
revelation of the killer will come as no surprise to dyed-in-the-wool
mystery movie fans, but this shouldn't spoil the fun. Incidentally,
the actor billed as "John Shepard" is actually Shepperd Strudwick. ~
Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide"


...for further info. As you'll note, the movie is no longer available
for rental or purchase from Blockbuster.  But I found another
alternative. A site called Classic Movies recently added the movie
under "New additions" See...

... under the "New Additions" section. The movie is available for $12
on VHS or $16 on DVD plus s&h.  While I've haven't used Classic Movies
myself, I know my researcher colleague, pinkfreud, has and has been
pleased with their service.  Here's some information from pinkfreud on
"Classic Movies" that she noted to a customer searching for "Song of
the South."

"I have personally obtained films from this source, and was very
pleased with the service and the value. There is no fancy packaging
(the movies come in a plain box, without cover art,) but the video and
audio quality is as good as I have seen, considering that most of the
movies are quite old, and first-generation prints are often
unavailable. The site is now offering DVDs as well as VHS tapes. I
cannot vouch for the quality of the DVDs, since I have not yet ordered
a film from Classic in this format."

Here's a statement from Classic's home page:
"Offered for sale here are non-commercial releases of classic movies.
Sources vary, such companies as Cinema Classics, Hellfire Video,
Creepy Classics and more. Some classic movies are from 16mm film
transfers, broadcast TV, satellite networks. A few contain network
logos. Since these movies are not commercially available in any other
way, we viewers have to put up with a few imperfections to see them!
NOTE: I will not sell gray market copies of commercially available
classic movies. There are many classic movies available commercially;
please support their sale, so more classic movies we know and love can
be released."

As to obtaining a script of the movie, I've found three possible
sources.  The so-called "Movie Script Archive" at...

offers "Home, Sweet Homicide" for $14.75 plus s&h. 

Script City...

...also claims to offer it, for $14.99 plus s&h but notes a script
date of 1991.  This may be a typo, as I couldn't find another movie
with the same title, but I'd certainly verify that it's the script for
the 1946 movie before purchasing.

Finally, "P, D & C Movie Scripts" at...

also claims to offer the script. The link to their order form is
broken, and I'd suggest emailing them at In
all cases, I'd keep caveat emtor, in mind, as I've never ordered
scripts from any of these sources.

If anything above is not clear, please ask for clarification before
rating my answer, and I will be glad to provide further assistance if
I can.
Happy viewing! 


atlas007-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
The answer to my question is one which I've been searching for over
one year.  You have made life easy for me in this search.  I'll have
another for you very shortly.  I thank you so much for your assistance
in this.  I found you to be very thorough and complete with exact
details.  You are a blessing to me.  Again thanks and Merry Christmas.

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