Warner Bros. just opened its vaults, offering 150 back-catalog films via download or special-order DVD. Each month, WarnerArchive.com will add more titles. In the meantime, here are five that excite us.
Private Lives (1931) As strange as it sounds, there haven’t been a lot of great movies made from Noël Coward’s witty plays. Here’s one of the better ones. Norma Shearer and Robert Montgomery do the verbal jousting.
Westbound (1959) Film savants love the antihero Westerns that director Budd Boetticher made with Randolph Scott. This one comes with the tagline ”Hellbound for vengeance for the flaming redhead who betrayed him!” Saddle up.
All Fall Down (1962) One of two early Warren Beatty films being de-mothballed (1966’s Kaleidoscope is the other), this follow-up to the star’s breakout, Splendor in the Grass, promises serious sparks with costar Eva Marie Saint.
Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971) If American Graffiti had heroin instead of ice cream sodas, it might look like this gritty pic about easy drugs and hard luck on L.A.’s Sunset Strip, from American Hot Wax director Floyd Mutrux.
Oxford Blues (1984) Okay, it’s no masterpiece…heck, it’s not even that good. But there’s comfy nostalgia in watching Rob Lowe as a blue-collar rower going head-to-head with a bunch of blue-blood Brits. Plus, Ally Sheedy.