Foolishly, I assumed nothing would ever expire from Warner Archive Instant – after all, they only carry Warner and Warner-owned titles. Well, titles disappear. Even the sun goes down, heroes eventually die, horoscopes often lie, etc.
Here’s a set of 9 Warner Archive Instant titles living on borrowed time. See them now or be prepared to wait forever. Or… some shorter quantity of time.
9) Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Fritz Lang, 1956)
Nihilism on the cheap: Lang’s final “f**k you” to Hollywood.
8) Blessed Event (Roy Del Ruth, 1932)
Lee Tracy in his archetypal role – perhaps one of the archetypal roles of the pre-Code period.
6) Gentleman Jim (Raoul Walsh, 1942)
Walsh directed Errol Flynn in eight pictures between 1941 and 1948. Most are good, some are great, and Gentleman Jim is the very best one. Swagger for days.
5) The Legend of Lylah Clare (Robert Aldrich, 1968)
“sinewy, life-marred exactness” – Manny Farber on James Cagney
3) The Show (Tod Browning, 1927)
2) Across to Singapore (William Nigh, 1928)
1) Five Star Final (Mervyn LeRoy, 1931)