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Here’s the copy from the e-mail:
Meet Warren William, “King of the pre-Codes,” whose acting epitomized the amoral scoundrel found in movies before the imposition of the Production Code. Michael Curtiz directs William alongside the great Walter Huston in the 1931 romantic naval drama THE WOMAN FROM MONTE CARLO; Errol Flynn makes his cinematic splash in his first substantial role playing alongside William in 1935’s crime caper DON’T BET ON BLONDES; and in 1936’s TIMES SQUARE PLAYBOY, an adaption of a George Cohan comedy, William shares the screen with Gene Lockhart whose sparkling comedic performance threatens to steal the whole picture. Crime, Romance, Comedy – only a few of the facets found in the acting jewels seen on display in the crown of the pre-Code King. 3 Disc Collection.
And the synopsis from their web page:
If 1930s Hollywood needed a man’s man who was at ease mixing a martini at a penthouse, the call could go out for Warren William. The star shows his range in three flicks that helped audiences forget the Depression. In The Woman from Monte Carlo, William plays a lieutenant who hides his commander’s wife in his stateroom. Courtroom thrills ensue. Then, insurance conman William has advice for New Yawk’s guys and dolls: Don’t Bet on Blondes. He tries to woo a fair-haired stage star he’s guaranteed won’t head for the altar from the arms of marriage-minded Errol Flynn. And William gets more laughs as the Times Square Playboy, whose bumpkin pal does not approve of the sophisticate he’s about to wed. Of these three brash and breezy Warner Bros. gems, you’ll heartily approve.
These titles feel like they were drawn out of a hat and if I was the one doing the picking I wouldn’t feel like a winner.
Okay, The Woman from Monte Carlo is a good draw–it’s only one of two Warren William films that I don’t consider lost that I’ve yet to see (Midnight Madonna is the other). That’s right, never seen it, so I’m a definite buyer for this set.
I’m scratching my head a little when Warner’s recognizes Warren William as “King of the Pre-Codes” and then includes one pre-code on a 3 movie disc. The tougher part for me is since I’ve never seen The Woman from Monte Carlo I can’t even tell you if it’s a representative choice, though I do have strong doubts.
There’s a lot of good here beginning with a very reasonable $24.95 price, but more importantly:
- 1) Warner Archives finally recognizes Warren William and did so with not one but three more films of his than I expect with any of their release announcements.
- 2) There are some very good titles available for a Volume 2 (and 3…)
- 3) If I haven’t seen The Woman From Monte Carlo, you probably haven’t seen it either. If I recall an email with Warren William biographer John Stangeland he did see it, but he had to go to some lengths to do so (correct me if I’m wrong, John). It’s just recently received enough votes (6) to be ranked on the IMDb (5.2/10).
- 4) Hey people can somewhat easily see Don’t Bet on Blondes and Times Square Playboy now, that is a good thing.
But if you’re like me I get the feeling you’re probably a little disappointed.
*The original title of this post was “Warner Archives releases The Warren William Collection … of middling films,” but I decided not to be that harsh. Hopefully after the initial disappointment passes I’ll concentrate more on those good points and perhaps think of a few more.