Warner Bros. Archives – Social Conscious Films, Musicals, Comedies, Thrillers, Nightmarea and a Pride of Kats

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SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS REMASTERED FILMS, MUSICAL COMEDIES, THRILLERS, NIGHTMARES AND A PRIDE OF KATS

 

 

NIGHT MUST FALL (1937) REMASTERED Robert Montgomery’s break out performance is but the central highlight in this classic suspense thriller set amidst the villages of the British countryside. When invalid Mrs. Bramson (Dame May Whitty in an Academy Award® nominated performance) hires the charming Danny (Montgomery) as her personal attendant, her niece Olivia (Rosalind Russell) suspects something sinister may be lurking behind that sweet, dreamy smile. And then a headless corpse is discovered in the swamp! Adapted from the smash play by Emlyn Williams, this film proved Montgomery had the chops to deliver star-turn performances and netted him a Best Actor Academy Award® nomination.

VITAPHONE CAVALCADE OF MUSICAL COMEDY SHORTS (1926-1939) You demanded it and we deliver – just in time for the holidays! The perfect gift for the collector or connoisseur in your life, this sweeping 6 DVD set brings you 11 hours of the best Depression era Big Bands, Vaudeville vets, and crack comics at the height of their powers. The set includes two discs of early three-strip Technicolor shorts. Check out this product display page for a complete list of contents.

SWAT KATS: THE RADICAL SQUADRON COMPLETE SERIES COLLECTION (1993) BINGO! Chance Furlong and Jake Clawson appear to be ordinary junkyard auto mechanics until trouble occurs in Megakat City. In a flash they fly their high-tech Turbokat toward danger as T-Bone and Razor: the Swat Kats. They take on any kind of menace from undead sorcerers to alien lobster warlords. The hardware-heavy action never stops in this animated fan-favorite from Hanna-Barbera Studios that’s fur-flying fun! 5-Discs, 26-Episodes.

INSIDE THE WALLS OF FOLSOM PRISON (1951) REMASTERED Shot by a documentary crew inside the actual prison, this searing piece of social justice cinema features real prisoners and guards performing alongside the actors. INSIDE THE WALLS OF FOLSOM PRISON stands tall alongside other classic examples of the storied Warner Bros. line of social conscience films like CAGED, EACH DAWN I DIE and I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG.

THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL (1959) REMASTERED Nuclear doomsday has come. Ralph (Harry Belafonte, in his screen debut) is sure he is the last person alive. Then a woman (Inger Stevens) appears and the two form a cautious friendship that’s threatened when a third survivor (Mel Ferrer) arrives. There are no external monsters to battle in this urban apocalypse landscape. Instead, the monsters – fear, intolerance, jealousy – lurk within the human heart. This suspenseful and unsettling movie is loaded with stunning vistas of an unpopulated New York City.

GIRL OF THE NIGHT (1960) REMASTERED “An Exciting Step Forward into a New Realm of Adult Motion Pictures!” ads exclaimed, and they weren’t kidding. The sympathetic portrait of a young girl (Anne Francis) raised in a loveless home who drifts into a life of prostitution was rare subject matter for the time. Based on Dr. Harold Greenwald’s academic work, The Call Girl: A Social and Psychoanalytical Study, this is a fascinating curio, and a reminder of an era that was just coming to grips with the sordid side of reality.

THE WINDOW (1949) REMASTERED Nine-year-old Tommy Woodry has a history of making things up, but he insists he really saw this: a murder in his own apartment building! No one believes Tommy’s story. No one except the killers. The Window is a minor gem of film noir, and Bobby Driscoll, playing perhaps the genre’s youngest protagonist, received deserved accolades portrayal of the imperiled boy. Based on a story by Cornell Woolrich (Rear Window).

GOOD-BYE, MY LADY (1956) REMASTERED From the beloved boy and his dog novel by James (The Biscuit Eater) Street, this film boasts a legendary director (William A. Wellman), an authentic Southern-bayou location and a superb cast that includes Academy Award® winners Walter Brennan and Sidney Poitier, plus Phil Harris and young Brandon de Wilde (Shane Hud). But perhaps the biggest star in the entire all-star cast is Lady herself, a rare African Basenji, a dog that laughs and cries, but never barks!

WALLACE BEERY DOUBLE FEATURE Wallace Beery is THE BAD MAN OF BRIMSTONE (1937), a notorious robber who secretly helps a young lawman who doesn’t know the outlaw is his father. In THE BAD MAN (1941), Beery plays a bandito gang leader who makes things right for a gutsy rancher (Ronald Reagan) who once saved his life. Both of these films have been restored to their original sepia presentation – never-before-seen in a non-theatrical release.

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES! The next five REMASTERED Warner Bros. classics are as pertinent today as they were in the ’30s. Featuring some of Warner Bros. biggest studio stars of the day, these coarse, gritty, mostly pre-Code melodramas are ripe for rediscovery.

ALIAS THE DOCTOR (1932) Michael Curtiz directs this tale of two brothers and the ultimate sacrifice one makes for the memory of the other. Studious Karl takes the fall and goes to prison for his foster brother’s careless mistake while they both attend medical school. But when Stephan later dies, Karl is forced to adopt his dead brother’s identity in order to save a life and finds that he is not yet done making sacrifices.

BLONDIE JOHNSON (1933) Blondie watches her mother die because she can’t afford healthcare and vows that she’ll never be poor again. The Depression-era waif uses her smarts instead of sex appeal to rise through the ranks of the underworld. Starring Joan Blondell in a departure from her usual roles as powder puff and male arm candy.

FROM HEADQUARTERS (1933) A swift-paced, pre-Code police procedural, FROM HEADQUARTERS takes us through every fingerprint, toxicology screening, ballistics report, data-card tabulation and use of invisible ink in order to determine who killed playboy ne’er-do-well Gordon Bates. Starring George Brent and Eugene Pallette. Directed by William Dieterle.

HEAT LIGHTNING (1934) This suspenseful pre-Noir crime drama is set against the formidable heat of the Mojave Desert. Sisters Olga and Myra run a gas station/lunch counter in the middle of the nowhere but their quiet world gets turned upside down when Myra falls for a cad and Olga’s old beau shows up, fleeing a murder rap. Starring Glenda Farrell, of the Warner Archive Collection treats THE ADVENTUROUS BLONDE and SUSAN SLEPT HERE.

BLACK FURY (1935) Based on the true story of coal miners, racketeers and union politics – BLACK FURY is every bit as socially relevant today as it was back then. Joe Radek is a hardworking coal miner who gets used up and thrown away by union-busting racketeers in this brutal and heroic tale. This Michael Curtiz film was so incendiary it was even banned in Pennsylvania, where it was set.

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