I was looking through the line-up of TCM's: Summer Under the Stars praying for the day that I can afford to get pay-tv (or as you Americans call it cable) as it is really expensive in Australia. And lo and behold, my favourite Precode actor and coincidentally my 'Actor of the Month', Warren William has a special day allocated to him. It it not until the 30th but I am just giving all those Warren fans and those who are new to him, a heads up on the line-up for the day. TCM certainly pack a lot of Warren in one day, here is the list:
6:00am – Bedside (1934)
7:15am – First Hundred Years (1938)8:30am – Wives Under Suspicion (1938)
9:45am – The Mouthpiece (1932)11:15am – Skyscraper Souls (1932)
1:00pm – Three on a Match (1932)2:15pm – The Match King (1932)
3:45pm – The Mind Reader (1933)5:00pm – Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
6:45pm – Times Square Playboy (1936)8:00pm – Lady for a Day (1933)
9:45pm – Cleopatra (1934)11:45pm – Employees’ Entrance (1933)
1:15am – Case of the Howling Dog (1934)2:45am – Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939)
4:00am – Arsene Lupin Returns (1938)
This is one great day of movies and I need to bribe an Austar user to let me stay at their home and take command of their television for a day. There are some great movies on this list, some of which I will be reviewing over the coming month, but here is a list of my top 5 recommendations:
1) As it is probably my favourite Precode film ever - Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) is my top pick. With a great cast, cute plot and catchy songs its an absolute must-watch.
2) Taking a total change from Warren's almost comedic role in Gold-Diggers, he plays a ruthless department store boss in 'Employees Entrance' (1933). Note: the great performances of Precode lovelies Alice White and Loretta Young.
3) I have been dying to see, 'Mind Reader' (1933) with Warren as a cunning con-man playing a clairvoyant. I have read some great reviews of it and the stills look amazing.
4) Another film cementing Warren as a negative, unscrupulous character, 'Match King' (1932) looks like an entertaining film. With assists by the beautiful Lilli Daminta, Glenda Farrell and Claire Dodd how could you go wrong.
5) The final recommendation was between 'Cleopatra' (1934) and 'Lady for a Day' (1933). They are both great films, if you have time to watch both go for it, but 'Lady for a Day' has to triumph as one of the early Frank Capra films and a nominee for Best Picture.
I am soo excited that an actor, who is often forgotten, is being recognised amongst some of the greatest performers of film history. For more information, TCM has got a great website promoting Summer Under the Stars with a fabulous Warren William page. To access it, click here.
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