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The Film Detective Expands Its Library with New Categories and Acquisitions


Rockport, Massachusetts, Aug. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Film Detective, a streaming service that restores classic films for today's cord cutters, announces a lineup of new titles including classic cartoons, young adult thrillers, and a slew of new documentaries. Just in time for "back to school," the film company revives a wave of films fit for high school dropouts and substitute teachers alike with the return of its Juvenile Jungle Playlist. The Film Detective also brings classic characters to its viewers with its new Cartoons Playlist, which hails the arrival of Popeye the Sailor and Betty Boop. Additionally, the service is refreshing its recent Pre-Code category, as well as adding five new documentaries.

Raging hormones, heavy drinking, and a knack for breaking the rules characterize the Juvenile Jungle films that will have you reminiscing about prom night and varsity football games. New to the playlist this year are Hot Rod Girl (1956) which follows a champion drag racer trying to defend his title, and Teenage Thunder (1957), about a rebellious teen who has a knack for racing hot-rods. Veteran titles include Girl Gang, a 1954 film about a group of girls who would rather rob banks than wave pom poms, and Anatomy of a Psycho (1961) which explores a teenage break with reality.

Geared towards a younger audience, September brings the premiere of The Film Detective's new Cartoons playlist. Available to stream starting the first of the month, the category contains nine episodes of beloved characters such as Popeye the Sailor, Superman, Betty Boop, and, coming next month, Felix the Cat.



The Film Detective doesn't stop there, offering several new documentaries for the history buffs. For those who seek a bit of action, Dealers in Death: Mayhem in America (1984) highlights the height of the crime era in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s. The late Christopher Lee narrates The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes (1985), which depicts the different ways the literary detective was portrayed throughout history in the media. Amos & Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy (1983), speaks to the criticism surrounding the once popular radio and television show that was eventually cancelled due to public outcry. On a lighter note, Burger Town (1997) is a mouthwatering look into the history of the burger while Marilyn Monroe (1986) takes an intimate look at the actress's life.

The Film Detective is now available for $3.99 per month or $34.99 per year on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and all iOS devices. The service is also available to stream for free, with ads, on all of the app platforms and online at The Film Detective is also offered on Sling TV to all current Sling Orange and/or Sling Blue subscribers through the Hollywood Extras package, and streams 24/7. 

About The Film Detective:

Founder Philip Elliott Hopkins has channeled his lifelong passion for classic films into The Film Detective, a leading purveyor of restoration and distribution of broadcast remastered programming, including feature films, television, foreign imports, and documentaries. Since launching in 2014, the Massachusetts-based company has distributed its extensive library of 3000+ hours on DVD and Blu-ray through such leading digital and television broadcast platforms as Turner Classic Movies, NBC, Bounce TV, Amazon, MeTV, PBS and more. In 2016, the Film Detective launched its OTT classic movies channel. Visit us online at


Melanie Albanesi
The Film Detective

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