Just a heads-up to my Warren William loving friends that Raquelle from Out of the Past ~ A Classic Film Blog has just posted a 10 question interview with John Stangeland, author of Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood. Just to tease you over there here’s Raquelle’s first question and a truncated version of John’s answer:
How did you first develop an interest in Warren William?
I’ve been watching classic Hollywood movies since I was a young kid in the early 70’s, but it wasn’t until 2004 that I encountered the essential Warren William. That summer, a friend gave me a tape of Skyscraper Souls, The Mouthpiece and Employees’ Entrance, and I was both completely baffled and utterly fascinated. I couldn’t believe I wasn’t aware of him, especially since I was such a long time Warner Brothers fan. I subsequently realized that I had seen him multiple times before …
Me too, John, me too–pretty much exactly in fact!
Two days previous to this interview Raquelle posted an insightful review of the book, which I thought offered a nice look at it from the non-obsessive’s viewpoint (ie: not me!): That review is also posted on Out of the Past.
The still up above, featuring Warren William second from the left, is intended as a little tribute to the Warner Archives release of the Warren William Collection which I wrote about in the previous post here. Left to right that photo shows the stars of The Woman from Monte Carlo: Walter Huston, William, Lil Dagover, and Robert Warwick.
And I absolutely promise that a newer in depth post is coming to this site soon. I’ve likely promised as such before but this time I can tell you I’m actually in the middle of writing it and it’s going to be a special one! Employees’ Entrance, mentioned above by John in his talk with Raquelle, is not only my favorite Warren William film, it is my favorite of all pre-code films. As such I’m going to give it a bit of the royal treatment with the plan of posting a general introductory review on my other site, Immortal Ephemera, and a more in-depth piece, likely with spoilers, here on Warren-William.com.
I don’t know how soon I’ll be posting it, but I will say that the plan is for it to be the next post on each of my sites. Talk to you then–