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WHV Press Release: Myrna Loy/William Powell Collection


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#1 of 47 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 30 2007 - 03:41 AM

Something New and Different from Stars of
Warner Home Video’s Top-Selling Classic Series

TCM SPOTLIGHT:
MYRNA LOY/WILLIAM POWELL COLLECTION

Manhattan Melodrama ~ Evelyn Prentice ~ Double Wedding ~
I Love You Again ~ Love Crazy

THIN MAN DUO BACK WITH FIVE NEW CLASSIC COLLABORATIONS DEBUTING AUGUST 7



BURBANK, Calif., April 30, 2007 – Following the enormous success of 2005’s The Thin Man Collection, Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies join forces to highlight the great motion picture chemistry of Myrna Loy and William Powell with the August 7th DVD debut of five M-G-M classics: Manhattan Melodrama, Evelyn Prentice, Double Wedding, I Love You Again and Love Crazy. Extras include vintage shorts, classic cartoons and a radio show broadcast for Love Crazy. The films will be available only as a collection in a collectible digi-pak gift set and will sell for $49.92 SRP.

In just two years, The Thin Man Collection, featuring Powell and Loy’s star turns as Nick and Nora Charles, has sold nearly a million and a half units domestically and has become Warner Home Video’s # 1 selling classic series, surpassing previous record-holder, the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers titles.

Both Myrna Loy and William Powell had dozens of screen successes opposite other Hollywood immortals but it was the pairing of the two together that brought style, wit and warmth to the screen, created box-office magic and endeared them to generations of moviegoers.

Accompanying the new Loy and Powell teamings will be the first national release of all The Thin Man titles individually. After the Thin Man, Shadow of a Thin Man, Song of the Thin Man, The Thin Man Goes Home and Another Thin Man will also be available for $14.98 SRP.

About the Stars

1934’s Manhattan Melodrama marked the first time Powell and Loy starred together. The two went on to make a total of 14 movies and become one of the most popular screen teams in Hollywood history.

William Powell began his acting career on Broadway in 1912, ten years before moving to Hollywood to appear in scores of small parts in silent films. Unlike many silent screen actors, he had a fine voice and stage training, both of which resulted in his smooth transition to “talkies.” His Oscar®-nominated portrayal of detective Philo Vance in The Canary Murder Case made him a star in 1929, and five years later he became truly famous as detective Nick Charles in The Thin Man. The sparkling film which featured the irresistible Powell/Loy chemistry as husband and wife sleuths who solved murders with the aid of their wire-haired terrier, Asta, spawned a successful series of six Thin Man films.

After The Thin Man, Powell starred in The Great Ziegfeld, 1936’s Best Picture Oscar winner (also available on DVD from WHV) and that year received his second Academy Award® nomination for My Man Godfrey. Powell and Loy also reunited the same year for another teaming, along with Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow in the classic comedy “Libeled Lady” (also available on DVD from WHV). William Powell’s third Oscar nomination came for Life with Father (1947) and his last film role was one of his best, the beloved “Doc” in Mister Roberts (1955 - also available on DVD from WHV).

Myrna Loy, who began acting at the age of 15 when she appeared in local stage productions to help support her family, also had to wait until The Thin Man to earn screen legend status. She moved from stage to screen with the help of Mrs. Rudolph Valentino, who spotted her in a play at a Hollywood theatre. Like Powell, she made a successful transition into the sound era but was continually typecast as a vamp until she finally landed two plum roles in the MGM films, The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) followed by The Thin Man. Among her many memorable roles was that of Frederic March’s wife in 1946’s Best Picture Oscar winner, The Best Years of Our Lives.

About The Titles

Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
William Powell and Myrna Loy unveil their unique sparkle and rapport, sharing the screen in the first of their 14 non-cameo features. Rugged Clark Gable, in his only movie with urbane Powell, has first billing in this famed Oscar® winning (for Best Original Story) delight about childhood friends who end up on opposite sides of the law…and in love with the same woman. Gable’s character is a big-time gangster, and Powell a D.A. vying for Governorship. Adding to the cachet is the fact that real-life gangster (and reputed big-time Myrna Loy fan) John Dillinger was gunned down as he left a Chicago theater after seeing this movie.

Special Features:
· Comedy short Goofy Movies #2
· Classic cartoon The Old Pioneer
· Theatrical trailer
· Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)


Evelyn Prentice (1934)
Myrna Loy, known for her portrayals of the perfect wife, is all too fallible as Evelyn Prentice, starring with William Powell in their first film together after the phenomenal success of The Thin Man. This heady courtroom melodrama boasts a slick murder-mystery plot, New York-minute pacing and the screen debut of someone soon to join Powell and Loy in the pantheon of Hollywood stardom: Rosalind Russell.

Nancy Harrison (Russell) stands trial for the murder of her lover. Prominent defense attorney John Prentice (Powell) has one chance to save her from the chair: find the unknown society woman who shared the womanizing victim’s attentions…and may have pulled the trigger herself. What the workaholic attorney doesn’t know is that the woman he’s hunting is his own neglected wife (Loy).

Special Features:
· Comedy short Goofy Movies #3
· Classic cartoon Discontented Canary
· Theatrical trailer
· Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

Double Wedding (1937)
Domineering big sister Margit Agnew likes to be in total control, even over her sister Irene’s love life. Having planned all the details of Irene’s wedding to milquetoast fiancé Waldo, she is appalled to learn that Irene has plans of her own, which don’t include marrying Waldo. Instead, Irene’s intentions are to wed beret-wearing bohemian Charlie Lodge, who lives in a trailer and cares nothing about money. Can Margit save her sister from an altered state? Well, since Myrna Loy plays Margit and William Powell plays Charlie, film fans just might guess who ends up bride and groom.

Special Features:
· Musical short Dancing on the Ceiling
· Classic cartoon The Hound and the Rabbit
· Theatrical trailer
· Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

I Love You Again (1940)
W.S. Van Dyke II, director of four of the six Thin Man films, helms the capricious fun in this romantic comedy. Boring, prosperous Larry Wilson (Powell) receives a blow to the head while he’s on a cruise, and totally forgets who he is. When he comes to, he realizes he’s really con man George Carey, who’s been suffering from amnesia for nine years. Not one to pass up a swindle, Carey decides to continue to pose as the wealthy Wilson, clean out his bank account and skip town. Along the way, he’ll need to use his sly charm on his wife Kay (Loy), who’s tired of the staid Larry she’s been living with and wants a divorce. Complications ensue, of course, especially when Kay begins to warm to this new side of her old spouse. And, not surprisingly, the two find that love may indeed be better the second time around.

Special Features:
· Crime Doesn’t Pay Series short Jackpot
· Classic cartoon Tom Turkey and His Harmonica Humdingers
· Theatrical trailer
· Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)

Love Crazy (1941)
Myrna Loy joins Powell for a certifiably loony romp that showcases both stars at their madcap best. They play Susan and Steve Ireland, a happily married couple who let a series of complications during their 4th anniversary celebration put the kibosh on their wedded bliss. Susan files for divorce, and Steve opts to halt the proceedings by feigning insanity, even if it means playing ‘horsie’ with a gardener’s rake or posing in drag as his own sister. If you’re looking for screw loose screwball comedy, this is it.

Special Features:
· Classic cartoon The Alley Cat
· Audio-only bonus: Screen Directors Guild Playhouse Radio Broadcast
· Theatrical trailer
· Subtitles: English & Français (feature film only)



TCM SPOTLIGHT: MYRNA LOY/WILLIAM POWELL COLLECTION
Street date: August 7, 2007
$49.92 SRP Five Disc Collection
All Films Are Not Rated; All Films are B&W

Double Wedding
Run Time: 87 minutes
Evelyn Prentice
Run Time: 78 minutes
I Love You Again
Run Time: 99 minutes
Love Crazy
Run Time: 99 minutes
Manhattan Melodrama
Run Time: 93 minutes

 

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#2 of 47 OFFLINE   Mark VH

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Posted April 30 2007 - 04:32 AM

AWESOME. This and Film Noir Collection v4 in the span of two weeks? Must budget accordingly.

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Posted April 30 2007 - 04:38 AM

this is awesome news. i knew that they'd be announcing this set or either, crawford vol 2, harlow, or mickey & judy. i love dvd debuts.
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Posted April 30 2007 - 04:40 AM

summer for dvds is going to be very expensive: film noir 4, this set, popeye, woody woodpecker, mgm film noir, esther williams, and dream factory musicals vol 2.
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Posted April 30 2007 - 04:54 AM

Man, I wish HD was a big enough market for Warner to put this out on one of those formats. But I'm bagging this anyway.
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Posted April 30 2007 - 04:59 AM

Fabulous news!!!! Posted Image What a great summer is in store for classic movie fans!
I love all the films in this collection and LOVE CRAZY is indeed hilarious. Another must-have set - thank you Warners!
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Posted April 30 2007 - 05:05 AM

Also, re-reading the press release, it looks like Warners is really pushing the TCM brand these days, with the Spotlight sets including Kate Hepburn and Esther Williams. I could be reading this wrong, but it seems to me that the brand is carrying a lot of weight with the target audience for this stuff, which is just awesome.

Also, very cool to see that these will be in a digipak - I prefer that to slimcases. Should go online for $35 or so.

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Posted April 30 2007 - 05:12 AM

I still would like to know what the TCM Spotlight banner is all about. With heavy promotion on TCM, these sets can sell a lot.
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Posted April 30 2007 - 05:23 AM

Looks to be a great set.

A bit off topic, but does anyone know if the William Powell / Philo Vance films are all in the public domain? I see KENNEL often in PD sets. But the other three, not so much.

I found all 4 on Ebay in a set, appearing to be from 16mm transfers. Not a bad set, but I was hoping that someone still had the rights to the others, and would get around to restoring them, and releasing them in proper versions.

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Posted April 30 2007 - 05:50 AM

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I still would like to know what the TCM Spotlight banner is all about. With heavy promotion on TCM, these sets can sell a lot.
Well, so far it seems to be about digipacks and films that are unavailable outside of the box set collection. All of their announced box sets for 2007 that were not branded as "TCM Spotlight" were in slimcases with the individual titles available separately. I don't know if any extra effort will be put into promotion of the "Spotlight" collections, but Warner has promoted just about all of their recent classic film collections via TCM.

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Posted April 30 2007 - 06:18 AM

Speaking of this great duo, I'm hoping that Unviersal releases Mr. Powell's 1947 comedy The Senator Was Indiscreet, since it was directed by the great playwright George S. Kaufman, and.......

has a great cameo by a certain actress as the Senator's wife!

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Posted April 30 2007 - 07:25 AM

I've been waiting for this set all year! Can't wait for this. I will for sure buy this. The only movie from the set I haven't seen is Manhattan Melodrama!

I can't wait to watch Love Crazy!
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Posted April 30 2007 - 07:56 AM

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Posted April 30 2007 - 08:11 AM

THE SENATOR WAS INDISCREET (which is a superb satire and the only film ever directed by George S. Kaufman) is owned by Lionsgate via their Republic holdings.
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Posted April 30 2007 - 08:50 AM

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I've been waiting for this set all year! Can't wait for this. I will for sure buy this. The only movie from the set I haven't seen is Manhattan Melodrama!

I can't wait to watch Love Crazy!

Now you can take Love Crazy and Dangerous When Wet off your list Posted Image
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Posted April 30 2007 - 09:12 AM

Bummer I just realized that Libeled Lady isn't in the set. I put off buying that one hoping it would be re-released in this collection.
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Posted April 30 2007 - 10:08 AM

Great News! I Love Myrna Loy and William Powell. This set will be wonderful, I cannot wait. No audio commentaries upsets me though.
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Posted April 30 2007 - 11:28 AM

Hell yes!!!!!!

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Posted April 30 2007 - 11:30 AM

I enjoy Double Wedding so much, IMO it is indeed a forgotten little gem and I am happy more people will see it. Even though I have seen all of these films and I have them either on VHS or laser disc, I am definitely buying this set.

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Posted April 30 2007 - 11:32 AM

Wonderful news!! I couldn't be happier. These films have delighted me for years and I look forward to seeing them and the bonus features that are included. These films have a different feel than the Thin Man films, but work well due to the stars' chemistry and good supporting casts. Many thanks to Warners for continuing to exploit their classic catalog. At 1.5 million units sold of THIN MAN, the market is certainly there.

My personal preference is for slimcases as opposed to digipacks, but if the latter allows for a lower price point and if the discs don't overlap each other I can live with it.

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A bit off topic, but does anyone know if the William Powell / Philo Vance films are all in the public domain? I see KENNEL often in PD sets. But the other three, not so much.

Jon, the other three are Paramount productions. Word in collecting circles is that Hugh Hefner has donated a chunk of change to have these restored. What this means for an eventual DVD release I have no idea, but Hef's generosity benefited the Sherlock Holmes series which were ultimately released by MPI.

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THE SENATOR WAS INDISCREET (which is a superb satire and the only film ever directed by George S. Kaufman) is owned by Lionsgate via their Republic holdings.

Which means we'll probably never see it Posted Image This is a terrific film and one that makes me laugh out loud repeatedly every time I see it.

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