NY Classic Movies Examiner Cliff Aliperti—a man who, surprisingly enough, is not ashamed to admit that he follows this blog on Facebook even at great risk to his professional reputation—has an article up on the latest additions to the Warner Archives, including some films that are personal favorites of mine.
The one that I would really like to own is Colorado Territory (1949), a first-rate oater starring Joel McCrea and Virginia Mayo that director Raoul Walsh conceived as an in-the-saddle remake of 1941’s High Sierra (Colorado, with a screenplay by Edmund H. North and John Twist, is based on W.R. Burnett’s novel). TCM runs this one now and then, but the last time it was shown I didn’t have the DVD recorder and it seems like I’ve seen some of the channel’s offerings at least three times before
pops up in the rotation. I think this was one of the titles being offered over at Amazon.com for an arm and a leg, and if they drop the price down to what they’re asking now for some of these films ($17.99) I might consider it—though in all honesty I should wait until my cache of VHS tapes have been released from Dad’s storage shed; I know it’s in there ‘cause I took inventory as to what I had before they were sealed in the tomb. Colorado
The same goes for 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1933)—another Warner favorite, this time starring Spencer Tracy as a tough-guy gangster sent to the slammer and Bette Davis as the moll who loves him (the only time these two worked together). It’s also on the VHS list, but if I could get a really good recording from TCM it would be great. (The remake of this movie—Castle on the Hudson , with John Garfield and Ann Sheridan—has already been released by the Archives and while I suppose I could have waited, I’m not sorry I bought it.)
Other upcoming titles include Crime School (1938), with Bogie and the Dead End Kids (I’m considering it); Bordertown (1935) with Paul Muni and Bette Davis; Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) with Edward G. Robinson and The Male Animal (1942) with Henry Fonda—this one was on Saturday night but it’s a really good comedy and one of the few Fonda comedies I like. For those of you not into comedy, there’s always From Hell It Came (1957)—just in case those people who revel over films with walking tree stumps feel underrepresented.