I really can’t figure out how these specific titles were selected, but I’m not going to complain about the opportunity for us to get our hands on a little more Warren William. New to the Warner Archives collection of Made to Order DVD’s are Counter-Espionage (1942) and Passport to Suez (1943), two of Warren William’s later turns as The Lone Wolf.
I don’t know if the other seven Warren William as The Lone Wolf titles are coming soon or not, but we’re probably lucky to have these as they’re two of the titles Warner is releasing as part of their deal with Sony Pictures’ “Screen Classics by Request” series.
Here’s the scoop on the two new titles direct from the Warner Archives’ website:
America’s entry into World War II affected almost everybody, including retired jewel thief Michael Lanyard, aka The Lone Wolf! After numerous light-hearted adventures, this thrilling entry dials down the comedy somewhat as Lanyard – along with his faithful valet, Jamison – finds himself in bomb-ravaged London, having to track down Nazi agents as well clear himself for yet another crime he didn’t commit. The incomparable Warren William and Eric Blore are as delightful as ever, while the dumb cop roles are taken over by Thurston Hall and Fred Kelsey. Also on hand are Hillary Brooke, Forrest Tucker, Billy Bevan and a young Lloyd Bridges, all under the sturdy direction of the renowned Edward Dmytryk (The Caine Mutiny). Newly remastered.
Passport to Suez (1943)
In his ninth and last appearance as retired jewel thief Michael Lanyard—aka The Lone Wolf—the peerless Warren William again finds himself overseas helping to battle the Third Reich. This time, he and loyal valet Jamison (the priceless Eric Blore) arrive in Egypt, where Lanyard is promptly blackmailed into stealing vital documents that the Nazis need. How he gets out of this mess makes for a terrific combination of action, suspense and humor, with the bonus of a pre-Detour Ann Savage as the femme fatale. The cast also includes such beloved character actors as Sheldon Leonard, Lloyd Bridges, Gavin Muir, Jay Novello and Sig Arno, plus it’s the very first American film directed by the illustrious Andre DeToth (House of Wax). Newly remastered.
Each of the new Lone Wolf DVD’s retails on the Warner Archives site for $19.95 – Here’s a(n affiliate) link to a coupon I see their currently offering:
Hey gang, it’s two more Warren William titles than were available yesterday!