Wednesday, April 08, 2009

The Warner Archive

Head on over to TCM's Movie Morlocks blog to get my take on the three Warner Archive films I bought: Leo McCarey's 1942 propaganda-comedy Once Upon a Honeymoon (see above), Jacques Tourneur’s 1955 ‘Scope Western Wichita, and Budd Boetticher’s 1958 Westbound.



Blogger Michael J. Anderson said...

Always one step ahead of me Sweeney. I have a deep yen to see "Wichita"; I even recently searched for its availability. "Once Upon on a Honeymoon" is strong McCarey, though not quite among his best, namely "Ruggles of Red Gap," "Make Way for Tomorrow," "The Awful Truth," even "Rally Round the Flag, Boys!" (I think Wood overvalues it slightly).

Speaking of Sweeney's presence on the avant-garde, I did purchase "Me and My Gal" this morning. I hope I won't rue this decision.

P.S. Lisa and I are coming down to see "Wichita" sometime soon.

6:01 PM  
Blogger R. Emmet Sweeney said...

You're welcome anytime. Bring booze. And if you don't like "Me and My Gal", blame Manny Farber, not me.

In my informal rankings, I have "Once Upon a Honeymoon" in the second tier, along with "Rally" and "Duck Soup". I have "Bells of St. Mary's" and "Love Story" in the first with the others you mentioned.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Michael J. Anderson said...

Shockingly, I forget about "Love Affair," which is in the first rank, I agree. Also, "Bells of St. Mary's" is so much better than I expected. Ultimately, I would probably endorse your informal ranking.

10:21 AM  

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