announced the June 7th release of NIGHT FLIGHT (1933).
This pre-Code film, directed by Clarence Brown, hasn't been shown since 1942 due to legal issues.
Check out the cast: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Robert Montgomery, Helen Hayes, John Barrymore, and Lionel Barrymore. Wow!
Best of all, the film will have a regular pressed DVD release.
NIGHT FLIGHT will be screened at the TCM Festival in Hollywood this spring.
Lou Lumenick of the New York Post says that THE CONSTANT NYMPH (1943) will also be shown at the festival.
THE CONSTANT NYMPH, directed by Edmund Goulding, stars Charles Boyer, Joan Fontaine, Alexis Smith, and more great names. It's occasionally been shown in theaters over the years -- I was sorry not to be able to see it when the University of Southern California showed it a couple years ago as part of a festival honoring composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold -- but the film hasn't been seen on TV or video due to rights problems.
Lumenick speculates that perhaps THE CONSTANT NYMPH will soon be on DVD as well. That would be good news indeed. In the meantime, I've got a copy provided by a kind friend which I've been enjoying anticipating for some time now -- I think it's time to see it in the near future! I strongly suspect I'm going to love it.
Perhaps the news about NIGHT FLIGHT signals there will be hope for Clarence Brown's LETTY LYNTON (1932), which has similarly been tied up in legal issues for decades. LETTY LYNTON stars Joan Crawford and might possibly contain my favorite performance by Robert Montgomery.
It's truly wrong that the public is prevented from seeing a pre-Code classic which is now nearly 80 years old. My great hope is that LETTY will be restored and released -- and soon!