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Warner Archive ComicCon 2014 Schedule

Headed down to San Diego next week? So are we! Join us for two panels, two co-sponsored parties, and a hunt for free stuff!


If you’re down in San Diego, be sure to tune into TwitterFacebook and/or Tumblrto #FindWAC - because we want to meet YOU and give you all kinds of posters/DVDs/postcards we’ve collected as our way of thanking you for simply paying attention to what we’re doing. At different times throughout the convention, we’ll let you know where we are - and it’s up to you to find us!


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. Guests include Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence), Golden Globe Award-winning producer/writer Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt) and director/writer Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator).

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, writer/producer Greg Weisman 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.


Wednesday July 23 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM at Henry’s Pub
Enchantment Under The SDCC 2014 
The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog’s “Enchantment Under The SDCC” reader party is back for another year at Henry’s Pub in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. We’re going to be there giving away some swag along with Boom Studios and more. If you’re down in San Diego on preview night, we’d love to see you!

Thursday July 24 @ 8:00 PM at Dublin Square
Film/TV Podcast Meet-up! 
Come and meet a bunch of film/tv podcasters and fans in a ye ole Irish setting in the Gaslamp including WARNER ARCHIVE, BATTLESHIP PRETENSION, CRITERIONCAST, THE TELEVERSE, OUT NOW, SCREAMCAST and MORE THAN ONE LESSON. The later the night gets, the more bizarre the conversation — so come on down!

And we’re free on Friday and Saturday, so if you have an exclusive party or event you can always invite us - we promise not to mess up the carpet like last year. We swear.


Thursday July 24 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm in Room 25ABC 
Childrens Hospital Special Video Presentation and Q&A 

Adult Swim’s two-time Emmy-winning live-action comedy and star Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart)returns to Comic-Con for a fifth year of medically accurate fun. (Look for Season 5 on DVD!)

Friday, July 25 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm in Room 8
Your Opinions Sucks: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans

Face off with critics including Alonso Duralde (TheWrap), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) and editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and his editorial team with your “Personal Tomatometer Paddle” to dis/agree with them!

Friday, July 25 • 8:15pm - 9:15pm Room 6BCF
Worst Cartoons Ever!

For the 10th year, Jerry Beck (Cartoon Research) presents a new selection of the most terribly written, ugliest drawn, and unintentionally funniest animated films ever made!

You have a panel? If we have the time, send us an invite ‘cause we’d love to see what you’re doing…

Hope to see you all there!

Posted on Monday, July 21st 2014

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


Regarding that Young Justice rumor floating around, I have a few ideas on what it is. Best case scenario, we get an announcement about a YJ Direct-to-video movie directed by Brandon Vietti with a script by one of the YJ writers (likely not Weisman since he’s working on Star Wars Rebels). The…

Posted on Saturday, July 12th 2014

Reblogged from Here and There


Warner Archive Collection

Seriously guys.

ar·chive n

1. collection of documents: a collection of documents such as letters, official papers, photographs, or recorded material, kept for their historical interest

Did I put enough bold and italics to make the point?

Marketing people can be plumb loco when it comes to naming things!

Posted on Saturday, July 12th 2014

Reblogged from Now you see me


SECRET HEART (1946) This dark-edged drama details the complex web of emotions surrounding a widowed step-mother (Claudette Colbert) and her grieving teenage step-daughter (June Allyson). Lee (Colbert) weds an alcoholic widower musician father-of-two Larry Addams over over her aunt’s objections and her own feelings for Larry’s pal, Chris (Walter Pidgeon). After two years of attempting to bury his artistic ambitions and addictions for banking and responsibility, Larry is found dead, an apparent suicide. Lee shields his daughter Penny (Allyson) from the truth, but a decade later her father obsession steers her toward psychosis despite the best efforts of Dr. Rossiger (Lionel Barrymore). Returning to the scene of the original tragedy, Lee’s relationship with Chris re-ignites, only now Penny seems intent on him for himself. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard.

HIGH BARBAREE (1947) Forced to ditch his plane in the Pacific, World War II Naval airman Alec Brooke (Van Johnson) struggles to keep his fellow crewman Joe Moore (Cameron Mitchell) alive and both their spirits up. While thirst and desperation threaten to take over, Alec tells Joe about the childhood sweetheart (June Allyson) he lost, the woman of means he shouldn’t have wooed (Marilyn Maxwell) and his seafaring uncle’s (Thomas Mitchell) tales of a fabled island named High Barbaree. But it’s a fable that best become fact if the two men are going to survive. With Audrey Totter as the voice of Tokyo Rose. Directed by Jack Conway.

TOO YOUNG TO KISS (1951) Talented young pianist Cynthia Potter (June Allyson) is desperate for a big break — the kind of break impresario Eric Wainwright (Van Johnson) can deliver but Wainwright is currently only looking for child prodigies. So, what’s a girl to do but impersonate a child and get the kind of tutelage only Van Johnson can deliver? What could possibly go awry? Also stars Gig Young and Hans Conried. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard.

THE GIRL IN WHITE (1952) June Allyson plays Emily Dunning Barringer in this gripping biopic about the life of New York’s first hospital intern. At a time when the glass ceiling was thick, barred, and visibly accepted by women, Emily pounded her way through, thanks to her talent, the court of public opinion, and her service as the first female ambulance doctor to ride to the rescue. With Arthur Kennedy and Gary Merrill, and directed by John Sturges.


CHILDRENS HOSPITAL: SEASON FIVE (2013) Blake Downs dead? Childrens Hospital shut down?? Staff displaced to Japan??? It’s all true as the funniest, most medically inaccurate medical show of all time returns for its fantastic fifth season riding astride two earth shattering Emmy® awards (Outstanding Special Class — Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Program, 2012 & 2013) like the power-crazed, psychotic comedy behemoth it’s become. This season, thanks to a termite infestation, the staff get shipped to an army medical base in Osaka, Japan. Taking all chances and leaving no prisoners, Childrens Hospital continues to be profound, profane, insightful and silly while having one of the funniest ensembles ever assembled for filmed entertainment – and that’s no hyperbole! With Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer), and Jonathan Stern (NTSF:SD:SUV::) Lake Bell (In a World), Ron Huebel (The Descendants), Brian Huskey (Veep), Ken Marino (Party Down) and Henry Winkler (who originally jumped the shark – and landed here!)


MARRIAGE IS ALIVE AND WELL (1980) “Broadway” Joe Namath travels from the grid-iron to the cathode ray tube for this dramedic look at the state of American matrimony at the end of the disco era. Namath’s wedding photographer takes a look at a trio of his subject’s secrets to a successful marriage while his own marriage threatens to fall apart. Judd Hirsch and Melinda Dillon play a pair of rapturous, fractious Bohemians who remarry as often as they divorce, Deborah Baltzell plays an ex-live-in lover who finds the legal life constricting and Jack Albertson plays an elderly comic dead set on marrying a much younger bride over the objections of his son (Nicholas Pryor). Susan Sullivan also stars as the photog’s estranged spouse. Pilot for a proposed anthology series.

DON’T LOOK BACK: THE STORY OF LEROY “SATCHEL” PAIGE (1981) Louis Gossett, Jr. hits it out of the park in this TV biopic that belongs in the TV hall-of-fame as one of the greatest — and most important — American athletes of the 20th Century. Jackie Robinson may have broken the color line, but it was Leroy “Satchel” Paige’s lifelong battle that weakened its foundations to the point that it could be crossed. Paige’s journey to becoming the oldest rookie in Major League Baseball is a tale for the ages, told exceeding well in this TV film. Based on Paige’s autobiography, with Beverly Todd, Cleavon Little and Jim Davis.

THE LONG SUMMER OF GEORGE ADAMS (1982) The humanist antidote to Tennessee Williams’ stark piece of Southern Gothic, This Property is Condemned, covers similar territory, but to quite different effect. What’s the difference? This James Garner picture carries within it much of his signature pieces — an engaging anti-hero with foibles and failings, a world run by authorities whose judgments are questionable at best, and a deep sympathy for those on all sides of a conflict. George Adams (Garner) is a railroad man looking at the end of the line as diesel comes to replace steam, but whose main concern at present is how to schedule some canoodling time with his loving but distant wife (Joan Hackett). But life is not going to slow down for George and he’s going to need to make some changes, either by his own choosing or by the fates. Frequent cohort Stuart Margolin directs for Garner’s Cherokee Productions.

OUR FAMILY HONOR (1985) Eli Wallach stars in this cops and mobsters family saga which set up a subsequent TV series. Patrick McKay (Kenneth McMillan) and Vincent Danzig (Wallach) grew up together on the city streets, but those streets led them to two very different places. McKay became the patriarch of a police clan, Vincent the capo of a criminal concern. After one of McKay’s sons is killed in the line of duty the two families are on a deadly collision course with one major complication – Vincent’s son (Michael Woods) is involved with McKay’s recent academy grad granddaughter (Daphne Ashbrook). Also stars Michael Madsen and Ray Liotta.

WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN (1994) Marg Helgenberger stars in the TV movie based on the true story of a mother’s decades long quest to find her children, stolen from her by a corrupt system. Single mother Vanessa Myer moves to a Navy town in Georgia where she works two jobs to support her three children, while braving the gossip that comes with being a woman of experience. Thrown in jail on a technicality, she gets out discovering her children are gone — snatched up by a corrupt family judge and a criminal adoption agency. Also stars Chris Noth and Corbin Bernsen.


THE EDUCATION OF MOHAMMAD HUSSEIN (2013) There is an entire generation of American Muslim children who do not know a world before September 11, 2001. These children have never experienced a country which is largely unaware of, or neutral about, Islam. Instead, their faith is scrutinized and patriotism questioned, even before they can grasp these very adult concepts. The Education of Mohammad Hussein, directed by Academy Award® nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), takes the viewer inside a tightly knit Muslim community in the economically depressed Detroit-Hamtramck neighborhood, focusing on the children who attend a traditional Islamic school, Al-Ikhlas. The film captures a year where the kids and their neighborhood have an unwelcome visitor, notorious Koran-burning Florida preacher Terry Jones, who arrives to provoke them with hateful rhetoric and anti-Muslim demonstrations. The community’s reaction to this challenge lies at the heart of the film, which gives a quietly searing view of a post-9/11 America that is struggling to live up to its promise of tolerance and civil justice for all.

Posted on Tuesday, July 8th 2014

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