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Warner Archives titles now number over 400 different, but it took until this latest round of releases to finally add some Warren William titles to the mix!
And not the titles I would have expected.
Under 18 (1931), to the best of my knowledge, is the earliest talkie we’re going to be able to access Warren William in. A great showcase for Marian Marsh, it does have an extensive write-up on this site under the title You Hit Me a Little Low.
Beauty and the Boss (1932) reunites William with Marsh, expanding Warren William’s playboy role and casting Marsh as Mary Doran’s mousy replacement after WW decides to lay off women and get cracking at the office. Well, I think we know Marian Marsh is no plain jane. Also starring David Manners. I’ve yet to cover Beauty and the Boss on Warren-William.com, though I do have a DVD-R awaiting a more critical viewing.
That last line jumps to the main point and excuse me but I’m going to editorialize a little here.
Many of us have been hunting these titles forever, and quite likely we’ve come up with something which was more affordable than the $19.95 apiece that the Warner’s is asking on these. Now I’m going to have to put my money where my mouth is myself and upgrade my own copies, but I’m a big believer in paying up when a company finally comes through like this for us.
Without our support releases like this could always trickle to a halt and in the case of the Warner Archives I believe this is really a worthwhile spend. Sure, from a buyer’s perspective $19.95 is pretty ridiculous for the bare-bones releases being provided, but by the same token how many copies of Under 18 do you really think they’re going to sell?
I really feel that as their customers we have to make it worth their time if they’re to continue providing us with these titles as well as others which we may not be able to find so easily.
Did I run over and buy them before I put this post together? Well, no, and obviously since I have copies they’re not a top priority (as would be a title such as The Widow from Monte Carlo (1935) or another of the handful I still hunt), but they’re on the list and I’ll feel like a good citizen when I follow through and make my purchase.
Nothing wrong with waiting for a coupon … they do issue them every so often 😉
Thank you ,
I love WW and this information is welcomed.
I agree that this little trickle of a hopefully- incipient trend is well worth supporting, even though I too already have both titles. While WW does not exactly bestride the screen like a colossus in these films, he is very enjoyable in each, and ends up in different ways as a sort of more-benign foreshadowing of his soon-to-come Amoral Titan roles in Skyscraper Souls and Employees’ Entrance. I just placed my first Warner Archive order last week (for the Robert Benchley and Joe McDoakes shorts collections), but as soon as another payday rolls around, I absolutely will be ordering these, too. (If any blog readers who haven’t seen these films yet are on the fence about buying them, there is a nice 10-minute clip from Beauty and the Boss on YouTube.)
Jeffers, I’m so jealous of you–I really want that Robert Benchley set and am recovering from the shock of my family ignoring the fact that it was at the top of my Christmas list!
Some families (mine, too) just don’t understand what a Christmas list is for!
I should have mentioned above that the trailer for Under Eighteen (which has been yanked from YouTube) can still be viewed on the the TCM site.
Patricia Nolan-Hall says
I’m a little trepidatious as my first purchase from the Warner Archive (The Tall Target) is in my purse to be returned to the store. It did not play. My pain would be tenfold if Warren William refused to play with me!