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DRUM BEAT (1954) This action-packed widescreen Western wonder features a knock-out performance from Alan Ladd alongside a very young Charles Bronson in his screen debut. Ladd plays Johnny MacKay, an Indian “Fighter” who would rather wage peace. Sent to negotiate a peace with the Modoc tribe, MacKay’s unfinished business with a childhood sweetheart (Marisa Pavan) helps propel the renegade Modoc Captain Jack (Bronson) on the path to war. The war-tired MacKay soon gets new marching orders - capture Captain Jack, dead or alive. Directed by Delmer Daves. 16x9

THE BIG LAND (1957) This Reconstruction Era ranch saga finds Alan Ladd donning the war-weary visage he did so well, but this time as a cattleman trying to lead the oppressed to a new promised land - and a new railroad spur. Civil War vet Chad Morgan (Ladd) wants to put the way of the gun far behind him, but corrupt cattle buyers threaten to ruin his peaceful plans. Joining up with a rummy architect (Edmond O’Brien), a saloon singer (Virginia Mayo) and a group of settlers, Morgan heads out to build a new town and a new peace. But the forces of corruption may yet tip Chad Morgan back to the gun. Directed by Gordon Douglas. 16x9 Widescreen

THE DEEP SIX (1958) Alan Ladd plays a Quaker gunnery officer caught between his pacifist beliefs and the horrors of war in this all-star World War II action adventure classic. After refusing to fire on an unknown aircraft, Ladd’s naval officer finds his courage and loyalty questioned, even though his call gets proven correct. In order to redeem himself, he volunteers for a suicide mission to rescue a band of US pilots - a mission that nearly guarantees that this Quaker must kill. Co-starring William Bendix, Keenan Wynn, James Whitmore, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Joey Bishop and Ross Bagdasarian. Directed by Rudolph Maté. 16x9 Widescreen

GUNS OF THE TIMBERLAND (1960) Alan Ladd, Jeanne Crain, Gilbert Roland and Frankie Avalon star in this big screen adaptation of Louis L’Amour’s ranchers vs. loggers saga. Jim Hadley (Ladd) had a grant to clear cut the trees off the mountain near Deep Well, but the town’s ranchers, led by buckskinned beauty Laura Riley (Crain), beg to differ. They think the clear cutting will leave their ranches vulnerable to mudslides leaving the two forces … loggerheads. And armed to the teeth with guns and explosives. Also features Alana Ladd and Noah Beery, Jr. Directed by Robert D. Webb. 16x9 Widescreen

MEDICAL CENTER: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON (1973-74) Chad Everett and James Daly, as Chief of Surgery Joe Gannon and Chief of Staff Paul Lochner, continue their groundbreaking medical drama in its well-seasoned fifth year. As the country started to come of cynical age due to Watergate, urban blight and rampant inflation, Drs. Gannon and Lochner waged their healers’ war against the likes of hysterical paralysis, sudden infant death, gambling addiction, kidney transplants and seismic sensitive seizures. Parallel to these perils of the body, the show bravely confronts infidelity, intolerance, mid-life crisis, repressed homosexuality and returning Vietnam POWs. Aiding the doctors are special guest stars like Julie Harris, Stockard Channing, Jill Clayburgh, Celeste Holm, Meg Foster and Stefanie Powers. Noir Queen Audrey Totter is on hand to lend regular assistance as Nurse Wilcox. A 6-Disc, 24-Episode Collection.

Headed down to San Diego next week? So are we! Join us for two panels, two co-sponsored parties, and a hunt for promotional DVDs! Click here for our most up-to-date schedule information, and how to #FindWAC - because we want to meet YOU! Panels include:

Warner Archive presents Trailers From Hell Live - Saturday, July 26 1:00pm in Room 25ABC. Join us and the gurus of Joe Dante’s fabulous Trailers from Hell as we dissect classic cult, sci-fi and horror trailers followed by previews of some of our upcoming releases.

A Batman for All Seasons - Sunday, July 27 at noon in Room 7AB. We join respected producer/author Michael Uslan, producer James Tucker, producer/director Brandon Vietti and some surprise guests as we examine Batman iterations and oddities throughout history. Attendees will be privy to a very special announcement that will excite fans both “Young” and old.

Not going to SDCC? Stay tuned to our social media channels all week long on Twitter,FacebookInstagram and Tumblr for our special brand of top-notch realtime reporting, which is usually when we’re waiting in a line for something and not stumbling around in the heat surrounded by the press of humanity. (We’re trying to make you feel better that you’re not down there with us.)

New York classic film fans! We’re co-presenting a rare screening of the musical I Love Melvin (1953) starring Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor at BAMcinématek next Tuesday, July 22. Critics Nick Pinkerton (Artforum) and Nicolas Rapold (The New York Times) will be on hand to introduce a double feature of journeyman auteur Don Weis’ work that also includes The Adventures of Hajji Baba (1954). And if that’s not enough to convince you to come out to the show, a few lucky patrons of the arts will win Warner Archive DVDs. See you there!

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th 2014

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I am slowly finishing up my collection of the “New Look” Tarzan movies available on MOD DVD from Warner Archive. Tarzan and the Jungle Boy was the last movie of the series with Mike Henry in the role, and indeed the last movie in the series that had started back in 1932 with Johnny Weissmuller. Producer Sy Weintraub moved the series to television with Ron Ely in the title role.

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I am slowly finishing up my collection of the “New Look” Tarzan movies available on MOD DVD from Warner Archive. Tarzan and the Jungle Boy was the last movie of the series with Mike Henry in the role, and indeed the last movie in the series that had started back in 1932 with Johnny Weissmuller. Producer Sy Weintraub moved the series to television with Ron Ely in the title role.

Posted on Saturday, July 12th 2014

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It's June in July

Warner Archive Podcast, July 8, 2014

Warner Archive Podcast
June in July - July 8, 2014

June Allyson is featured on four new DVDs including Secret Heart (1946), High Barbaree (1947), Too Young To Kiss (1951) and The Girl In White (1952). Then we make a quick emergency stop at Childrens Hospital Season 5 (2013) before settling into five Movies of the Week including Marriage Is Alive And Well (1980), Don’t Look Back: The Story Of Leroy “Satchel” Paige (1981), The Long Summer Of George Adams (1982), Our Family Honor (1985) and Where Are My Children? (1994).

All Podcasts also available on iTunes.

You can find new releases on disc at the Warner Archive Shop and/or streaming on Warner Archive Instant

Posted on Tuesday, July 8th 2014

Errol Flynn and the Boys...

Warner Archive Podcast, July 1, 2014

Errol Flynn and the Boys… 7/1/14

We start the conversation with three Errol Flynn films never before on DVD including Another Dawn (1937), Escape Me Never (1947) and The Warriors (1955). Then we fly over to Japan with their second-ever anime feature, Magic Boy (1960) along with Season 3 of Marine Boy (1967-68). Then it’s over to Africa USA with Daktari Season 3 (1967-68) before finishing up with three back-in-print films, The Yearling (1946), Cronenberg’s Crash (1996) and Dangerous Beauty (1997).

All Podcasts also available on iTunes.

You can find new releases on disc at the Warner Archive Shop and/or streaming on Warner Archive Instant

Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

ANOTHER DAWN (1937) William Dieterle pairs up-and-coming romantic devil Errol Flynn up with screen queen Kay Francis for a collision of honor and passion in Mesopotamia. Akin to the similarly themed Garbo vehicle, The Painted Veil (also a Somerset Maugham adaptation),Another Dawn places a bunch of stiff-upper-lips in an exotic locale where forbidden fires burn between the matrimonied and the footloose. American Julia Ashton (Francis), her heart shattered by the death of her aviator fiancé, agrees to marry the honorable Col. John Wister (Ian Hunter). Accompanying the colonel back to his desert base, Julia meets his best pal, Capt. Denny Roark (Flynn), and the frozen embers in her heart come roaring back to life. And so, what price, honor? What cost, happiness? One of Francis’ final films for Warner Bros. that’s full of sweeping action and swooning romance.

ESCAPE ME NEVER (1947) Errol Flynn plays the keystone corner in a romantic quadrangle in this intercontinental romance about a pair of star-crossed composer siblings and the ladies in their lives. In turn-of-the-last-century Venice, Caryl Dubrok (Gig Young) aspires to be a composer and win the hand of English heiress Fenella Maclean (Eleanor Parker). Unfortunately, street waif Gemma (Ida Lupino) breaks up the pair when she declares to Fenella that she lives with the composer Dubrok. It turns out Caryl is not the only composing Dubrok and Gemma and her baby had moved in with Caryl’s more feckless and reckless rogue of a brother, Sebastian (Flynn). And so, Caryl, Sebastian, Gemma and babe set off on a Tyrolean quest to set matters straight. It’s a journey that takes the film from Venice to London, from light comedy to dark tragedy, all the while accompanied by Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s wonderful score. Newly Remastered

THE WARRIORS (1955) Allied Artists raised its ambitions by diving into historical epics, all while maintaining the lean efficiencies they learned while being the more humble Monogram. Errol Flynn stars as the famed ‘Black Prince’ Edward, battling upstart French nobles with the gall to rebel against his rule of Aquitaine in the midst of the 100 Years War. After a cherished noble lady (Joanne Dru) and her little brothers fall into the clutches of rebel ringleader Comte De Ville (an already captivating Peter Finch), Edward sets out to their rescue and into adventure. Shot on location in England’s Elstree Studios by Guy Green who paints the screen in high style with the costumes and castles available to him, The Warriors’ lean pace and unpretentious script plays out like the Medieval cousin to the great Monogram Westerns of an earlier epoch. 16x9 Widescreen, Newly Remastered

MAGIC BOY (1960) Magically-gifted boy Sasuke lives in peace, deep in the forest with his animal pals and his elder sister, Oyu. After their forest sanctuary is violated by a demon witch who devours one of Sasuke’s animal companions, he vows vengeance. Leaving the forest, the boy sets out to master his magical gifts by making a pilgrimage to the home of the wizard, Hakuunsai. While Sasuke learns the ways of magic, Yakusha, the demon witch, terrorizes the countryside, and Sasuke works to complete his training in time. Magic Boy aka Shunen Sarutobi Sasuke is a classic piece of anime history — the first full-length animated feature produced in Japan to reach the shores of the United States. With much of the original storyline left untouched and centering on pop culture staple hero Sarutobi Sasuke (think Bomba the Jungle Boy crossed with a ninja), Magic Boy is an enchanting precursor to decades of imported Japanese ani-magic. 16x9 Widescreen

MARINE BOY: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (1967-68) Marine Boy, the amazing aquatic hero of the American anime action classic, surfaces for a final volume of sea-faring sci-fi adventures! This 3-Disc, 26-Episode Collection rounds out Marine Boy’s excursions for the Ocean Patrol Marine Headquarters with a series of fantastic confrontations against fearsome foes side by side with some fabulous friends. Thanks to the inventions of his father, Dr. Mariner, Marine Boy is super-scuba geared up and ready for the full fathom fighting form with his propeller shoes and bulletproof wet suit, not to mention his boomerangs and Oxy-gum! So take a swim with Marine Boy, his dolphin Splasher, mermaid gal pal Neptina, hero-worshiping little Clicli and the stalwart crew of supersub P-1 as they go up against evil electronic brains, haunted island, ghost cruisers, mutant plankton swarms, militarized red dolphins, and attacking icebergs. It’s just another day under the sea for Marine Boy — brave and free!

Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd 2014

Garson and Gable - That's Great!

Warner Archive Podcast, June 3, 2014

Warner Archive Podcast episode:
Garson and Gable - That’s Great! - June 3, 2014

We have a great time discussing new DVDs of the third season of Dr. Kildare (1963-64), four films with Greer Garson including Desire Me (1947), The Law and the Lady (1951), Scandal at Scourie (1953) and Strange Lady in Town (1955) followed by two with Clark Gable at Paramount including Teacher’s Pet (1958) co-starring Doris Day and It Started in Naples (1960) co-starring Sophia Loren.

All Podcasts also available on iTunes.

You can find new releases on disc at the Warner Archive Shop and/or streaming on Warner Archive Instant

Posted on Thursday, June 5th 2014

Our Blushing Brides (1930) starring Joan Crawford - A trio of Depression-era shopgirls deals with big-city life and also yearns for Mr. Right (or Mr. Right Now!) in Our Blushing Brides, a film that joins earlier trendsetters Our Dancing Daughters and Our Modern Maidens to form the trilogy of Joan Crawford movies that define the passions and plights of jazz-baby youth. 

Posted on Monday, April 28th 2014

Alex in Wonderland (1970) directed by Paul Mazursky and starring Donald Sutherland - this is from a surreal scene bringing the Vietnam War to Hollywood Blvd.
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This is a still from the great Alex in Wonderland!
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Actors play victims of a bombing on Hollywood Boulevard as startled residents watch from the side, 1970

Alex in Wonderland (1970) directed by Paul Mazursky and starring Donald Sutherland - this is from a surreal scene bringing the Vietnam War to Hollywood Blvd.

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This is a still from the great Alex in Wonderland!

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Actors play victims of a bombing on Hollywood Boulevard as startled residents watch from the side, 1970

Posted on Wednesday, April 9th 2014

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Scott Eyman on John Wayne

Warner Archive Podcast

The Warner Archive Podcast team chats with author Scott Eyman about his new book John Wayne: The Life and Legend - a must have for any John Wayne or classic film fan! We go deep into what made this man a legend that still rings loudly many years after his passing…

All Podcasts also available on iTunes.

You can find new releases on disc at the Warner Archive Shop and/or streaming on Warner Archive Instant

Posted on Thursday, April 3rd 2014

Norma's Got Class

Warner Archive Podcast , April Fools Edition

No foolin’ today as we discuss the previously overlooked sitcom, The Class (2006-07) and two releases starring Norma Shearer: an early talkie, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929) and her final appearance in Her Cardboard Lover (1942). And we highlight Big Jim McLain (1952) with John Wayne, Americathon (1979) and the Our Gang shorts (1938-40) - all new to Instant!

All Podcasts also available on iTunes.

You can find new releases on disc at the Warner Archive Shop and/or streaming on Warner Archive Instant

Posted on Tuesday, April 1st 2014

Starring James Fox, Mick Jagger, Richard Dix, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathleen Quinlan & Kurt Russell

It’s Our Birthday!
Five years ago this week, a bouncing baby home video program was born into the world weighing in at 300 DVDs. Growing larger each year with all kinds of new releases, Warner Archive is now almost 2000 releases strong! Thanks to everyone for hanging with us, and don’t forget to check out our latest smash birthday deal in our online store!

Performance Rox the Blu-ray Disc
PERFORMANCE (1970) Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s genre-and-reality blending slice of surreal cinema remains as startling and surprising now as it did nearly 45 years ago. When a local legbreaker (James Fox) takes it on the lam in London after being a poor cog in the criminal-corporate enterprise machine, he ends down the rabbit-hole, hiding out in the Bohemian boarding house run by ex-rock superstar Turner (Mick Jagger). While Turner and his gal pal share the affections of a mysterious French androgyne, they suck rough boy Chas into their world — a world where “everything is permitted.” Now available in a striking High Definition Blu-ray Disc edition, the hidden glories, mystery, grime and grit of Performancehave never been more apparent. Nor has the arresting soundtrack popped so clear.

Quintuple Dix
THE PUBLIC DEFENDER(1931) Millionaire playboy Pike Winslow (Richard Dix) has a secret — a secret identity that is! Eight years before Bruce Wayne would don the cowl, two years before Doc Savage would crush crime alongside Ham and Monk, and just as Lamont Cranston walked in the doors of the Cobalt Club, the Reckoner (aka ex-military intelligence officer and idle man-about-town, Pike Winslow) battled the banksters behind the looting of Depression-era America. Aided by his amazing two assistants, the ratiocinating Professor (Boris Karloff) and the acrobatic mug Doc (Paul Hurst), the Reckoner deployed split-second timing and careful planning in his quest to bring vengeance on the guilty. But with the girl he loves lying at the center of the case, the Reckoner’s timing may just be fatally off… Based on George Goodchild’s “The Splendid Crime”.

HIS GREATEST GAMBLE (1933) Richard Dix plays a professional gambler and bon vivant who lives the high life on the down low thanks to snatching his daughter from her mother with the best of intentions. When the gambler plays a losing hand landing a life-stretch in jail, it’s back to momma for beloved Alice (Edith Fellows/Dorothy Wilson). While the gambler Eden serves his time, Alice has her soul crushed thanks to her controlling mother. And so Eden makes a break — not for vengeance, but for love. Also stars Bruce Cabot.

ACE OF ACES (1933) This intriguing take on the WWI flying ace genre sees Dix playing an avowed pacifist who gets the four feathers treatment from his gal (Elizabeth Allen) so he signs up for a stint in the wild blue. By the time the frill has wised up to the horrors of war, thanks to a stint as a volunteer nurse, the pacifist has become a bloodthirsty killer of the sky devoted only to personal glory. Aeronautical bard John Monk Saunders (WingsThe Dawn Patrol) pens the script, while Merian Cooper (King Kong) executive produces. Ralph Bellamy co-stars.

RENO (1939) Reno is the history of the biggest little city in America, as lived by the lawyer that put it on the easy divorce map. Bill Shayne started out on the up and up, defending the little guy against the mining corporations, but when the veins ran out, Shayne slides into casino shyster Bill Shear, every wannabe divorcee’s favorite fellow. Gail Patrick (Women in Bondage) gives a gun blazing star turn as Shayne’s favorite girl. Also stars Anita Louise, directed by John Farrow.

MEN AGAINST THE SKY (1940) Melancholy and adventure intertwine in this tale of an alcoholic aviator barred from the air. Phil Mercedes (Dix) lost his reputation and his license, but not the love of his younger sister (Wendy Barrie). When Kay falls for her aeronautical engineer boss (Kent Taylor) at the experimental airplane factory, Phil finds he still has something to contribute to the sky.

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SEARCH FOR THE GODS(1975) Kurt Russell and Stephen McHattie (Watchmen) star in this pilot that blends the best of ’70s popular non-fiction paperback fodder into an adventurous and intriguing mix that presages the ’80s neo-pulp revival. McHattie plays Vietnam vet and Cantabridgian scion Willie Longfellow, currently on walkabout across the American Southwest questing for a Yaqui way of knowledge. Before you can shout “von Daniken!” into a credulous crowd of reincarnated Atlanteans, Willie finds a shaman, a fragment of an otherworldly medallion, an unscrupulous international art collector and a beer-swilling cynical soldier of mis-fortune Shan Mullins (Russell). Russell’s performance carries the seed of Big Trouble in Little China’s Jack Burton, albeit buried in Kurt’s then still-boyish Disney veneer.

DEATH AMONG FRIENDS (1975) Canadian stage queen Kate Reid stars as lady detective “Mrs. R,” whose hausfrau demeanor hides an incisive and perceptive mind. Mrs. R and her aide-de-camp Officer Manny Reyes (A Martinez) gets dispatched to the home of rogue international financier Ham Russell Buckner (Martin Balsam) after the how-did-they-do-it murder of one of Buckner’s business partners. There’s no shortage of folk that wish the financier foul across the globe thanks to his methods of acquiring money, but unfortunately for Mrs. R, the only folk to be found at Buckner’s manse are the last who would wish the sugar daddy dead. Also stars John Anderson, Jack Cassidy, Lynda Day George and Paul Henreid in one of his last appearances.

THE CHILDREN NOBODY WANTED (1981) A very young Michelle Pfeiffer and Fred Lehne star in this TV biopic about Tom Butterfield who, at age 19 in 1959, became the youngest foster parent in Missouri. While a college freshman, Tom volunteers at an adult mental asylum and encounters the then-curious practice of dumping abandoned children in any institution. Taking a young boy out of the dangerous asylum and into his care, Tom stumbles into his life’s work and ends up as a catalyst for sweeping changes to child care laws across the nation. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the POV college sweetie who gets swept in Tom’s creation of the Butterfield Ranch for Children.

CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT (1985) Kathleen Quinlan (Lifeguard) stars in this based-on-fact drama about Lois Lee, who started working with teen prostitutes as a sociology student, and eventually founded the non-profit “Children of the Night’, dedicated to rescuing children. Unflinching in its portrayal of the brutality inflicted upon the teens, this TV movie is remarkably frank for its time. Features Pat Benatar’s “Hell is for Children” as its apropos theme.

35mm of Noir at The Egyptian Theatre in LA:
American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation present the 16th annual Noir City: Hollywood — an astounding line-up of jaded gumshoes, femmes fatale and menacing heavies in gloriously gritty black and white running March 21 – April 6. Of note to Warner Archive Fans:WHAT: Southside 1-1000 (1950) (with the Foundation’s new 35mm print) and Roadblock(1951) Double down on your Noir with these two re-discoveries! 
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: Sat. March 29, 2014 — 7:30pm

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Posted on Tuesday, March 25th 2014