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Fun Size Review: The Red Lily (1924)

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Fun Size Review: The Red Lily (1924)

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Ramon Novarro and Enid Bennett– both best remembered for their unabashedly heroic roles– take a dip into some very dark waters with this Parisian drama. It’s all about an innocent young couple who are separated and slip into lives of crime, degradation, depression and hatred. If it sounds depressing, it is. However, it is also skillfully made (the gloom and decay are gloriously shot and the…

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Posted on Thursday, August 28th 2014

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Employee’s Entrace (1933)

"Directed by Roy Del Ruth from a screenplay by Robert Presnell (based on a play by David Boehm), as a dictatorial department-store manager, whose utter ruthlessness in his public as well as his private life elicited both admiration and contempt from his colleagues. Stopping at nothing to get what he wants, be it promotion at double the salary, or another man’s wife, he eventually gets his much-deserved comeuppance and the spectacle was joyful to behold. Equally joyful was William’s vivace performance, with good work too from Loretta Young as the married woman he falls for, and Alice White as a blonde flirt. Also cast were Wallace Ford, Albert Gran, Allen Jenkins, Marjorie Gateson, Hale Hamilton and Ruth Donnelly. Lucien Hubbard supervised.”

- From The Warner Bros. Story by Clive Hirschhorn

It tells you something about how enjoyable a film is when even the dyspeptic Clive “I hate everything” Hirschhorn can’t find it in himself to say a bad word about it. Employee Entrance’s main attraction is Warren William, usually cast as a suave, debonair man of the world full of easy charm and sang-froid, playing against type as Kurt Anderson, a filnty-hearted small-time tyrant (the scale of his tyrannical ambition is underscored by a cutaway to a bust of Napoleon on his shelf). Loretta Young is absolutely adorable, and Alice White is fantastic as Polly Dale, an ambitious and morally flexible blonde whose charms are employed by Anderson to keep his assistant manager off his back.

Employee’s Entrance would have been a fun watch as a by-the-books studio system programme filler, but an excellent, often very funny screenplay and the considerable talents of veteran director Roy Del Ruth (On Moonlight Bay (1951), Du Barry was a Lady (1943), Broadway Rhythm (1944)) gives the project oodles of energy and somehow imbues the squabbling of a department store board of directors with something like the grandeur and moral gravity of an Elizabethan tragedy. 

Employee’s Entrance is exclusively available from Warner Archive as part of their Forbidden Hollywood Collection: Volume 7. Also included are pre-code crackers The Hatchet Man (1932, starring Edward G. Robinson as a Chinese (!) assassin) Skyscraper Souls (1932, also featuring Warren William) and Ex-Lady (1933, with Bette Davis). 

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Posted on Wednesday, August 20th 2014

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Young Justice S1 Interview

Warner Archive Podcast, August 14, 2014

Young Justice - Season 1 Interview

The Warner Archive Podcast welcomes Brandon Vietti, Greg Weisman, Jason Spisak and Stephanie Lemelin for a behind-the-scenes conversation about Young Justice Season 1 now on Blu-ray

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, August 14th 2014

OUT OF THE PAST (1947) Blu-ray Disc - This quintessential Film Noir finally comes to high definition in a crisp and clear presentation of the contrasting shadows Jeff Bailey must stumble through in this saga of seduction and salvation. Based upon the novel “Build my Gallows High” by Geoffrey Homes, director Jacques Tourneur, in collaboration with cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca and a superb all-star cast, succeeded in making the defining film of a genre they weren’t even aware they were working in. Robert Mitchum leads as ex-PI Jeff Bailey, desperate to escape the past he still yearns for. When a stranger arrives in town, the shadows of that past and the misdeeds he committed there pull Bailey back to the femme fatale (Jane Greer) that left him broken and betrayed. Kirk Douglas’ genial gangster nearly steals the show from the magnetic Mitchum. Special Features: Commentary by Film Historian James Ursini.

Posted on Tuesday, August 12th 2014

Classic Flicks, Private Dicks & Teen Sidekicks

Warner Archive Podcast, August 12, 2014

Warner Archive Podcast

Classic Flicks, Private Dicks & Teen Sidekicks - August 12, 2014

Jacques Tourneur’s noir masterpiece Out of the Past (1947) starring Robert Mitchum and DC Animation’s Young Justice: Season One (2011-12) lead the pack this week with sparkling new Blu-ray discs. Then we follow those up with six new DVDs from producer Samuel Goldwyn including Raffles Double Feature (1930 & 1939) starring Ronald Colman followed by David Niven, They Shall Have Music (1939) with Jascha Heifetz, the silent The Winning Of Barbara Worth (1926) and The Adventures Of Marco Polo (1938) both starring Gary Cooper, Sinclair Lewis’ Arrowsmith (1931) and the heart-breaking romance Enchantment (1948).

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, August 12th 2014

"A Batman for All Seasons" San Diego Comic-Con Panel 2014

Miss our SDCC panel? Check it out! - As Bat-Mite so eloquently states to the extra-dimensional Comic-Con bat-fans, “There is no one correct kind of Batman.”

In this panel, we are joined by respected producer/author Michael Uslan (The Boy Who Loved Batman), producer James Tucker (Batman: The Brave and the Bold), producer/director Brandon Vietti (Young Justice), producer Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels), Warner Archive Podcast hosts Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti, and animator Darrel McNeil as we explored  ”other” Batman iterations and oddities throughout history - from early films like “Public Defender" and the Filmation Batman cartoons to new versions of the character (Young Justice, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Beware the Batman) the off-kilter takes (like the cult favorite “roast” of Legends of the Super Heroes) and new media (motion comics like Batman: Black and White, Batgirl: Year One & Batman Adventures: Mad Love). And watch all the way through as there’s  a special Blu-ray announcement that will excite fans both “Young” and old.

Posted on Monday, August 11th 2014