Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New on DVD: Tim Holt Western Classics Collection Vol. 4

Today started off on a happy note with the news that the Warner Archive has released another volume of Tim Holt's RKO "B" Westerns.

The Tim Holt Western Classics Collection Vol. 4 contains nine films, consisting of seven pre-WWII titles and two from the postwar era.

The movies in the set are WAGON TRAIN (1940), THE FARGO KID (1940), CYCLONE ON HORSEBACK (1941), RIDING THE WIND (1942), LAND OF THE OPEN RANGE (1942), THUNDERING HOOFS (1942), RED RIVER ROBIN HOOD (1942), OVERLAND TELEGRAPH (1951), and TRAIL GUIDE (1952).

If my review of Holt's credits is correct, all of his prewar Westerns are now on DVD, with the exception of SIX-GUN GOLD (1941), costarring Ray Whitley and Jan Clayton.

Holt's first three postwar films, THUNDER MOUNTAIN (1947), UNDER THE TONTO RIM (1947), and WILD HORSE MESA (1947), were all released on DVD by Lions Gate a few years ago as part of a Zane Grey line, so I'm not sure whether or not those titles are available for release by the Warner Archive.

The other titles still awaiting release are THE ARIZONA RANGER (1948), GUN SMUGGLERS (1948), DYNAMITE PASS (1950), PISTOL HARVEST (1951), and DESERT PASSAGE (1951). If anyone notices an unreleased title I've overlooked, please let me know and I'll update the list. Update: Thanks to reader Jay for adding another not-yet-released title, WESTERN HERITAGE (1948).

Including the Zane Grey films, that's ten titles yet to be released by the Warner Archive -- just enough to fill out another set! But that's a wish for another day; I'm absolutely thrilled by this latest release, as the previous three volumes continue to provide such great pleasure.

As I've said in more than one review, Westerns fans owe the Warner Archive a debt of gratitude for making these films available and for presenting them in such beautiful shape.

Here's a little more on the release from Toby at 50 Westerns From the 50s.

4 Comments:

Blogger barrylane said...

Have you been in touch with the Holt family? If not, that might be interesting personally and to present here. My belief is that they are in Oklahoma and available.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I've had slight contact with one of Tim's grandsons on Twitter; it's a good idea to try to develop that more in the future. I believe Toby of 50 Westerns has had more contact with the family. I hope they realize how much pleasure their father and grandfather has brought to so many of us.

Best wishes,
Laura

9:37 PM  
Blogger Jay Welch said...

I think the only one you're missing is Western Heritage(1948).

5:48 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for the great catch, Jay, I'll add that to the list!

Best wishes,
Laura

8:06 AM  

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