Warner Bros. Home Entertainment already has some of the summer blockbusters on its release schedule — Mad Max: Fury Road (Sept. 1), San Andreas (Oct. 13) and more to follow — and these will bring in the bulk of the revenues, but the studio also takes the time, energy and resources to mine its extensive film library for unreleased treasures.
Two such promotions have been scheduled for back-to-back weeks during the month of August.
First up on Aug. 11 is a four-film promotion featuring silent era leading man John Gilbert in a quartet of his rare sound films. These are: John Gilbert’s first sound film, Redemption (1930, with Renée Adorée, Eleanor Boardman and Conrad Nagel), Way for a Sailor (1930, directed by Sam Wood and co-starring Wallace Berry and Lelia Hyams), Gentleman's Fate (1931, directed by Mervyn LeRoy and featuring Leila Hyams and Anita Page) and Phantom of Paris (also 1931, directed by John S. Robertson, also with Leila Hyams, plus Lewis Stone, C. Aubrey Smith and Jean Hersholt).
The following week, Aug. 18, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will turn its spotlight on Kay Francis with four of her film performance.
The selections include three from her the height of her “Queen of Warner Brothers” era … I Found Stella Parish (1935, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, with Ian Hunter and Paul Lukas) and The White Angel (1936, directed by William Dieterle … Kay Francis stars as Florence Nightingale, her co-stars include Ian Hunter, Donald Crisp and Nigel Bruce), Confession (1937, directed by Joe May, co-starring Ian Hunter, Basil Rathbone and Donald Crisp).and they are:
Also included in the mix is Feminine Touch (1941, directed by W.S. Van Dyke, she co-stars with Rosalind Russell, Don Ameche and Van Heflin).