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Forbidden Hollywood Collection, Volume Three

Posted in DVD with tags , , , , , , , on February 24, 2009 by leclisse

Fresh from the TCM archives is a third installment in the Forbidden Hollywood Collection.  This time, the set includes five films from the vaults of Warner Brothers and one from MGM.  They are all directed by the often overlooked William Wellman, who excelled in an exquisitely gritty realism.  The list of films in this volume are as follows:

Other Men’s Women (1931), starring Mary Astor, James Cagney and Joan Blondell (both in supporting roles).
The Purchase Price (1932), starring Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent.
Frisco Jenny (1932), starring Ruth Chatterton.
Wild Boys of the Road (1933), starring Frankie Darro and Edwin Phillips.
Heroes for Sale (1933), starring Richard Barthelmess and Loretta Young.
Midnight Mary (1933), starring Loretta Young and Franchot Tone.

It doesn’t look like this set is even for sale yet on the TCM web site, so details on the special features will be forthcoming.  I have not seen any of these films yet, so I am eagerly anticipating this release.  Based on the excellence of the previous two volumes, I have no doubt that this one will be just as fine.  The cover even features a coy Joan Blondell: