Warner Archive Review: George Cukor’s ‘Our Betters’

The funniest aspect of Our Betters is its title. Released in February 1933, the RKO Pre-Code film is a straightforward adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s play of the same name. It centers on a group of British aristocrats and the American heiress who takes advantage of their surprisingly loose morals. These people are all supposed… Read More Warner Archive Review: George Cukor’s ‘Our Betters’

Warner Archive Review: Joan Fontaine in ‘The Man Who Found Himself’

The star of The Man Who Found Himself, a 1937 RKO B-movie directed by Lew Landers, is supposed to be John Beal, an actor whose career stretched from 1933 to 1993. But as anyone with eyes can see, the real star of this little forgotten melodrama-with-a-capital-M is 19-year-old Joan Fontaine in her first starring role.… Read More Warner Archive Review: Joan Fontaine in ‘The Man Who Found Himself’

Warner Archive Review: Mary Pickford’s ‘Coquette’

While the Warner Archive Collection’s Blu-ray releases get most of the attention these days, the label has still found plenty of rare movies to release on DVD only, even in its 10th year of existence. One release that surprisingly flew under the radar is the first ever DVD release of Coquette, Mary Pickford’s first talkie… Read More Warner Archive Review: Mary Pickford’s ‘Coquette’

Warner Archive Review: ‘Soldiers Three’ with Stewart Granger and Walter Pigeon

The ultimate adventure movie based on a Rudyard Kipling story is George Stevens’ Gunga Din, made by RKO in 1939 and starring Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as a trio of British soldiers on misadventures in India. A near perfect film and blockbuster at the time of its release, it seems obvious… Read More Warner Archive Review: ‘Soldiers Three’ with Stewart Granger and Walter Pigeon