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Coming to Blu-ray on June 25th from the Warner Archive Collection!
New 2024 1080p HD master from 4K scan of original nitrate camera negative.

THE MAN I LOVE (1947)
BD-50
96 Minutes
B&W
16x9 1.37:1 with side mattes
DTS-HD MA 2.0
English SDH
Directed by Raoul Walsh

Special features: Classic WB cartoons “ROUGHLY SQUEAKING”, “SLICK HARE”. Includes the Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast: Ida Lupino, Robert Alda, Andrea King

Torch singer Petey Brown is beautiful and smart. The beautiful gets her in trouble. She’ll need all the smarts to get out of it in this bluesy, boozy noir salute to tough dames in tough times. On a holiday visit to her family in the waning days of World War II, Petey expects a merry Christmas. Instead, she gets a tangled web of mobsters, cheating wives, war-traumatized vets and the kind of love that grabs hold fast and goes wrong faster. Ida Lupino portrays Petey, scoring a triumph under the direction of Raoul Walsh, who helped put her on the road to stardom in the Bogart classic High Sierra. The Man I Love is also notable for its songbook of sophisticated standards and as one of the inspirations for Martin Scorsese’s “New York, New York”. This new Blu-ray presentation restores 6 minutes cut from the film and unseen for nearly seven decades. Now, newly remastered the film can finally be experienced as first shown in its original theatrical release.
 

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A fine film!
One of my faves! More Walsh, especially from WB in the 1940's, is always welcome. And with the recent releases of THE ROARING TWENTIES, THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT, GENTLEMAN JIM and now THE MAN I LOVE, plus the upcoming PURSUED from KIno, it's turning into a wave. Hooray!
 

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I attended a Zoom chat this afternoon for internet reviewers and podcasters of Warner Archive product that featured George Feltenstein as guest speaker. He was most enthusiastic about this release as the original film hasn't been seen intact since 1956 until this restoration which puts back in a song sequence missing for many decades. (See above description). He didn't offer any revelations of upcoming releases so there's no reason to ask about that, but rather he talked about the difficulties in negotiating what gets released each month as they're not his personal selections but determined by a committee of studio department heads based on many criteria.

Surprisingly, he was most surprised and thrilled by the overwhelming positive reaction to The Flash announcement on Facebook which resulted in many thousands of likes.
 

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"This new Blu-ray presentation restores 6 minutes cut from the film and unseen for nearly seven decades. Now, newly remastered the film can finally be experienced as first shown in its original theatrical release."

So the missing footage was a song sequence. I wonder why it was cut. I guess the most likely reason was to reduce the film running time when it played as part of a double feature but 6 minutes doesn't seem like much of a time savings. It wouldn't be a music rights issue as Warner Bros. owned the music it used in it's pictures at the time.

This is the first time that I have heard that this movie had been cut.

 
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So the missing footage was a song sequence. I wonder why it was cut. I guess the most likely reason was to reduce the film running time when it played as part of a double feature but 6 minutes doesn't seem like much of a time savings. It wouldn't be a music rights issue as Warner Bros. owned the music it used in it's pictures at the time.
In the latest The Extras podcast George Feltenstein explains that it was a music rights issue - the song is not a Warner property, as it's “Bill,” from the musical Show Boat by Jerome Kern. The section with the song was removed in 1956 when Warner sold off their film library to avoid the cost of a new music license for broadcast use. Feltenstein said that the sale documents included a list of all such non-Warner-owned music that was used in the films involved in the sale. Warner got their library back when they bought Turner in 1996, but in order to reinstate the song segment for the Archive release (from a fine grain they located, rather than the OCN used for the rest of the transfer) they had to re-license the song.
 

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In the latest The Extras podcast George Feltenstein explains that it was a music rights issue - the song is not a Warner property, as it's “Bill,” from the musical Show Boat by Jerome Kern. The section with the song was removed in 1956 when Warner sold off their film library to avoid the cost of a new music license for broadcast use. Feltenstein said that the sale documents included a list of all such non-Warner-owned music that was used in the films involved in the sale. Warner got their library back when they bought Turner in 1996, but in order to reinstate the song segment for the Archive release (from a fine grain they located, rather than the OCN used for the rest of the transfer) they had to re-license the song.
Thanks. This opens up another mystery. Is there a list of songs cut from Warner Bros. films sold to Associated Artist Productions (AAP) in the 1950's that have not been put back?

They didn't bother redoing the opening credits of "The Man I Love" and "Bill" is still listed in the song credits.

I didn't know that music rights issues went back all the way to when movies were first licensed to TV. I thought it began when TV shows and films were licensed for home video.
 
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