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Well this Film Forum Essential Pre-Code Series is certainly doing wonders for Warren William around the web! At the bottom of this post is a list of a several recent articles centered on Warren William and the Film Forum’s Series.
First though I wanted to mention to Netflix Instant subscribers that you can now see Warren William’s final movie, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947) through Instant. Though Bel Ami had a VHS release I don’t believe it’s ever made it to DVD and a few years ago when I was tracking down every possible Warren William recording it turned out to be one of the last I found!
Warren’s part isn’t big, he’s handed off the cad baton to George Sanders, but it’s a big kick to see him interact with both Sanders and Ann Dvorak who had played his wife 15 years earlier in Three on a Match (1932). Based on the Guy De Maupassant novel Bel-Ami, this film adaptation would be worth watching even if Warren William was nowhere to be found. It’s one of a handful of titles I’m very glad my WW-mania pointed me towards, even if I was initially disappointed due to William’s lack of time in it.
Leading off the Film Forum related linking is this piece from Jaime N. Christley, whose tweet actually alerted me to the existence of Bel Ami on Netflix. See Christley’s article Essential Pre-Code on Slant Magazine.
Up next is the man who led me, and surely many others, to Warren William in the first place when his face adorned a couple of VHS cases back in the 90’s, Skyscraper Souls (1932) and Employees’ Entrance (1933)*. Leonard Maltin covers the Pre-Code Series in Revisting Pre-Code Hollywood on Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy.
*Three on a Match too, but I was more captivated by Ann Dvorak than straitlaced Warren in that one!
Warren William, pre-code predator, at Film Forum is by Chris Vognar at The Dallas Morning News
Essential Pre-Code at Film Forum: Week One is by Brynn White at AltScreen.
Warren William: As Titan of Industry, King of Pre-Code is by J. Hoberman at The Village Voice
Finally, this one says it’s from eight months ago, but a link from somewhere led me to it tonight:
Warren William: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? by Imogen Smith on The Chiseler