'39 Steps' and 'Metropolis' among titles

Shoreline Entertainment has acquired licensing rights of the 2,000-title Worldvision Cinema library, which features a mix of genre and classics such as “The 39 Steps,” “His Girl Friday,” “The Outlaw” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Shoreline topper Morris Ruskin made the deal with Lee Sands during the recent Hong Kong film market and was able to close several license sales to territories before the mart ended. Ruskin said the library includes rights to about 500 action films.

Sands had assembled the library over the past 35 years.

Films include Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis,” Orson Welles’ “The Trial,” Michael Curtiz’s “Santa Fe Trail,” “Death Race 2000,” “BMX Bandits,” “Sister Streetfighter,” “Fists of Fear: Touch of Death,” Mario Bava’s “Blood and Black Lace” and Dario Argento’s “Creepers.” The library also includes features with Felix the Cat, Popeye and Asterix along with training videos from WWII and a Jacques Cousteau series.

Ruskin was co-producer of “Glengarry Glen Ross,” exec producer on “The Man From Elysian Fields” and producer of “Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing and Charm School.” He exec produced “The Signal,” “Weirdsville” and “Everything’s Gone Green.”

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