News in a nutshell: TCM announces new titles and the absence of Robert Osborne, getTV news, Fathom Events is ‘On the Waterfront,’ what’s new on DVD and Blu
The TCM Classic Film Festival is only a few weeks away and things are heating up. The network recent announced appearances from actresses Angela Lansbury and Rita Moreno, as well as Billy Dee Williams. All three will be introducing films: Lansbury will introduce The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Moreno The King and I (1956), and Williams will be there before Brian’s Song (1971). Two panels were announced exploring Hollywood canines – “Man’s Best Friend: Dogs in Film” – and “From Headlines to Ticket Lines” looking at journalism on-screen. The latter panel plays well alongside opening night film All the President’s Men (1976) which will be introduced by real-life counterpart Carl Bernstein and Spotlight director, Tom McCarthy, and screenwriter Josh Singer.
Some unfortunate news though for festival attendees: Host Robert Osborne will not be attending the festival due to health issues. He didn’t attend last year for similar reasons and hopefully he’s taking time for rest and recovery.
getTV recipients will want to tune in May 6th network premiere of the newly restored 1937 Cary Grant film When You’re in Love. This marks the first time the Grant and Grace Moore starring vehicle will be screened on network television. You can watch When You’re in Love May 6th at 8pm ET.
Fans of TCM’s pairup with Fathom Events will want to mark their calendars for April 24th and 27th when theaters around the US will screen Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront (1954). Screenings will take place at 2pm and 7pm on both days. You can purchase tickets and find screening locations at Fathom’s website.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Warner Archive: Warner Archive announced the release of the final installment in their long-running Forbidden Hollywood series. The tenth and final volume contains five pre-Code titles – W.S. Van Dyke’s Guilty Hands (1931), Warren William in The Mouthpiece and The Match King (both 1932), Secrets of the French Police (1932), and Barbara Stanwyck in Ever in My Heart (1933). Forbidden Hollywood: Volume 10 arrives April 19th.
Also new from Warner Archive – Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion (1941) arrives on Blu-ray. Four films from Robert Montgomery arrive: Piccadilly Jim (1936), The First Hundred Years and Yellow Jack (both 1938), and Haunted Honeymoon (1940). Eleanor Parker fans are getting two additional titles starring the actress, Valley of the Kings (1954) and The Seventh Sin (1957). Lost film The Man and the Moment (1929) is discovered and released, as well as a Bulldog Drummond double feature containing Bulldog Drummond (1929) and Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951). You can purchase all of these titles, manufactured on-demand, via the Warner Archive website.
Olive Films: Olive announced two titles arriving in June – 1947’s Appointment With Crime and Bob Hope’s I’ll Take Sweden (1965). You can purchase both on June 21st.
Kino: Kino has seven titles planned for DVD and Blu-ray throughout June. On June 14th you can snag Gold (1934) and The Magnetic Monster (1953). June 21st sees the release of two John Payne titles – 99 River Street (1953) and Hidden Fear (1957) – as well as Edmond O’Brien’s Shield for Murder (1954). And on June 28th you can get two new animation sets, Roland and Rattfink (1968) and Tijuana Toads (1969). 99 River Street and Magnetic Monster are Blu-ray releases only; the rest will see simultaneous DVD and Blu upgrades.