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Warner Brothers Acquires Rights to Films From the Samuel Goldwyn Library

Posted March 31, 2012 05:30 PM by Webmaster

Warner Bros.Warner Brothers announced that it has acquired the rights to some 70 titles from the Samuel Goldwyn Films library. The deal covers practically all of the films produced by Samuel Goldwyn, including films that have never before been released on the home video market.

Amongst the various titles Warner Brothers will have access to are William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), starring Fredric March, Dana Andrews and Myrna Loy, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Guys and Dolls (1955), starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra, Archie Mayo's The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938), starring Gary Cooper, Sigrid Gurie and Basil Rathbone, and Sam Wood's The Pride of the Yankees (1942), starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright and Babe Ruth.

Samuel Goldwyn Catalog:

THE ADVENTURES OF MARCO POLO
ARROWSMITH
THE AWAKENING
BALL OF FIRE
BARBARY COAST
BELOVED ENEMY
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
THE BISHOP'S WIFE
BULLDOG DRUMMOND
COME AND GET IT
CONDEMNED
THE COWBOY AND THE LADY
CYNARA
CYTHEREA
DARK ANGEL
DEAD END
THE DEVIL DANCER
THE DEVIL TO PAY!
DODSWORTH
EDGE OF DOOM
ENCHANTMENT
THE GOLDWYN FOLLIES
GUYS AND DOLLS
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
HIS SUPREME MOMENT
IN HOLLYWOOD WITH POTASH & PERLMUTTER
I WANT YOU
THE KID FROM BROOKLYN
THE KID FROM SPAIN
KID MILLIONS
THE LITTLE FOXES
THE MAGIC FLAME
THE MASQUERADER
MY FOOLISH HEART
NANA
THE NIGHT OF LOVE
ONE HEAVENLY NIGHT
OUR VERY OWN
PALMY DAYS
PARTNERS AGAIN, WITH POTASH & PERLMUTTER
POTASH AND PERLMUTTER
THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES
THE PRINCESS AND THE PIRATE
RAFFLES
RAFFLES (1930)
THE REAL GLORY
THE RESCUE
ROMAN SCANDALS
ROSEANNA MCCOY
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
SECRETS
A SONG IS BORN
SPLENDOR
STELLA DALLAS
STELLA DALLAS (1925)
STRIKE ME PINK
TARNISH
THESE THREE
THEY GOT ME COVERED
THEY SHALL HAVE MUSIC
A THIEF IN PARADISE
THIS IS HEAVEN
TWO LOVERS
THE UNHOLY GARDEN
UP IN ARMS
WE LIVE AGAIN
THE WEDDING NIGHT
THE WESTERNER
WHOOPEE!
THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH
WOMAN CHASES MAN
WONDER MAN
WUTHERING HEIGHTS


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News comments (56 comments)



grundy
  Mar 31, 2012
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Best Years of Our Lives! Finally!

I see some Bob Hope and Danny Kaye in there as well. Princess & the Pirate was a messy DVD, def needs remastered.

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James78
  Mar 31, 2012
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I would love to see the 1939 Wuthering Heights with Laurence Olivier on Blu-ray.

sperezmore
  Mar 31, 2012
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WUTHERING HEIGHTS 1939 for me.

vanscottie
  Mar 31, 2012
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An immense and unnecessay task to turn all those Blu when I can't see more than 5 or 6 worthy of the effort

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Schlagermeister
  Mar 31, 2012
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NANA This looks to be the only interesting one to me. I can't wait to pick it up on Blu-Ray, I think that it has only been released on the Laser Disc and VHS format, never on DVD.
Gunsnroses092789
  Mar 31, 2012
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William Wyler heaven!
rblum199
  Mar 31, 2012
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@vanscottie

Is that really the way to look at it? After all, even though you may not want all of those, there are people who would want them, and every addition to Blu-ray is a good thing. After all, that's money in Warner Bros. pockets - money that they can then turn around and use for other restorations and releases - maybe even some that you find more worthy.

William H Pratt
  Mar 31, 2012
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There are many there I'd love on BD

moviebuffed
  Mar 31, 2012
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The Little Foxes---Bette Davis--- very cool.
Eagles612
  Mar 31, 2012
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Any time table for these? 2013 for some of the earliest?
Peter McM
  Mar 31, 2012
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Would love to see Guys and Dolls get a proper blu-worthy restoration.

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Mao
  Mar 31, 2012
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Where is anyone reading into this that these will see the light of day on Blu?

But, I guess that there's hope for some of these classics!

pointless
  Mar 31, 2012
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That's great news, but I don't see in this article where it says that Warner Brothers has announced that they intend to release any of these films on Blu-ray. Is that information mentioned in a press release?

I'm guessing that many of these may end up in their Archive Collection of VOD DVDs.

BluPix
  Mar 31, 2012
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LOL. At first I thought the article was referring to the contemporary distributor named Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Warner Bros.' acquisition of these Samuel Goldwyn-produced films should be very good news for fans of those pictures, given Warner's enthusiasm about making is enormous library widely available on various video formats including blu-ray. What's more is that, when it comes to such older classics, the technical quality of Warner's blu-rays is consistently among the strongest of all studios. So, no matter how many of these films actually make it to blu-ray, audiences should be in for a nice treat.
Billzeal
  Mar 31, 2012
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Many great films on this list. One of my
All time favorite films is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starring
The great Danny Kaye.
anthonyls
  Mar 31, 2012
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This is bad news indeed. Now Criterion won't have access to any of these... and WB will just sit on them. Very depressing.

dirtylemons
  Apr 01, 2012
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I would love to see 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' and 'Wuthering Heights' on Blu-ray someday.

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Blu-Velvet
  Apr 01, 2012
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Lots of fun films and several really great ones in that list. There are at least two or three dozen titles I'd like to get on Blu-ray, but with Warners' record the past year or so I think we'll be lucky to see a half-dozen major name star and Oscar winner/nominees make it to Blu. The rest will probably wind up on the Archive series of DVD-Rs, though at least we may start seeing them show up on TCM with some regularity. A few are already available on really nice DVDs, mostly in box sets. Still it would be great to see every one of those films get some video release (especially since a few of those listed are believed to be lost films!).

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meatee
  Apr 01, 2012
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I doubt the majority of these will get a Blu-ray release. More than likely most will be added to the Warner Archives collection (which, if you weren't aware, are titles that can be purchased only from wbshop.com, and are burned on-demand onto a DVD-R when your order it).

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Danielle Ni Dhighe
  Apr 01, 2012
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Waner Archives should add a Blu-ray service for films that do have HD masters.
partycomehere
  Apr 01, 2012
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WHOOPEE! I'm most excited at the possibility of an Eddie Cantor box set. Although, the best possible disc of his best, WHOOPEE, would be great by itself. Wouldn't a digital upgrade and Blu-Ray help?

gizmo85
  Apr 01, 2012
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Stella Dallas (1937)...Please!!!

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BluPat
  Apr 01, 2012
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Stella Dallas with Barbara Stanwyck is awesome. Hopefully we get some Blu-ray's out of some of these.

Sushisake
  Apr 01, 2012
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KID MILLIONS would be incredible!
Felipenor
  Apr 01, 2012
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Best news of the month! Can't wait to see Best years of our lives and Wutherinh Heights on digibook.
MoulinBlu
  Apr 01, 2012
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I agree, these will probably be limited to Warner Archives dvd-r's. I wouldn't get my hopes up for any BDs or even proper dvd releases.
corockymtnhi
  Apr 01, 2012
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I wonder why Goldwyn's last film, Porgy and Bess, is not on the list. It is full of great Gershwin music, even though the singing voices of the leads (Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge) were dubbed. Singing with their own voices were Sammy Davis Jr. and Pearl Bailey, who, as I recall from my only viewing in 1959, gave excellent performances.

The movie was filmed in Todd-AO, so it would be a natural for Blu-ray. I wonder if it's considered too un-PC to release on home video (like Disney's Song of the South).

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JMK
  Apr 01, 2012
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Porgy and Bess hasn't ever been available (even for most theatrical screenings) due to issues with the Gershwin Estate.

dmarvin
  Apr 01, 2012
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I have no doubt several of these will wind up on BD, most notably The Best Years of Our Lives, Pride of the Yankees and Guys & Dolls. Major digibook potential here.
Felipenor
  Apr 01, 2012
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corockymtnhi, I wish Porgy and Bess was on that list too.

thephantomcat
  Apr 01, 2012
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Guys and Dolls has me all tingley. Luck be a lady tonight! Luck be a lady tonight! Luck if you ever were a lady to begin with, luck be a lady tonight!
wordsmith
  Apr 01, 2012
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There are several that I'd love to see get a well-deserved Blu-ray release, including "The Best Years of Our Lives," and the Christmas favorite, "The Bishop's Wife."

lordmorpheus72
  Apr 01, 2012
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Pride of the Yankees.. nice! "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth"

benbess
  Apr 01, 2012
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Danny Kaye!
atcolomb
  Apr 01, 2012
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I hope when they do release "Best Years" they can include some extras that was done with the special edition laserdisc and the first dvd release by HBO home video. Did see it on one of the HD channels and it did look great.

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DetroitSquirreL
  Apr 01, 2012
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Oh I love 'Pride of the Yankees' its my fav film of all time.....Please come to BD as the last 2 DVD releases are crap!!!

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repete66211
  Apr 01, 2012
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The Best Years of Our Lives and Dodsworth are both excellent movies. I'd love to see them on Blu-ray.

classicfan1224
  Apr 02, 2012
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Wuthering Heights, Stella Dallas, and Walter Mitty for me, and if I had to guess, Wuthering Heights might be the best bet for a Blu-ray release (I'm hoping), but you never know what those studio knuckleheads have on their minds.

johnny
  Apr 02, 2012
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Many here I would like on Blu-ray,"The Little Foxes" is a Great Pic with Bette Davis at Her most Evil!!!
Biggiesized
  Apr 02, 2012
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The Bishop's Wife and Wuthering Heights!

Oh noes!

fdm
  Apr 02, 2012
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Gosh those will make great additions to the Warner Archives.
Towergrove
  Apr 02, 2012
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The articles about this story posted from Variety and others state Many of these also will be Bluray releases. The interview with the Warner rep also states so.

CobraComander
  Apr 02, 2012
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Great to see some Bob Hope and Danny Kaye titles included!
jaaguir
  Apr 02, 2012
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This is a disgrace. Warner doesn't licence their titles to anybody, and they're getting skimpy on releasing such old movies themselves. I don't count on seeimg much of these in a long time.
moverob
  Apr 02, 2012
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This is VERY exciting news for people like me who LOVE the Goldwyn classics. I hope to see these titles start coming out on BD very soon...

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rkolinski
  Apr 02, 2012
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The Best Years of Our Lives has been on my BD wish list since I started collecting films on BD; I consider it to be one of the "BEST" American film ever made!

lady32
  Apr 02, 2012
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Hoping that Wuthering Heights and The Little Foxes comes out on BD. I have a feeling most of these titles will go on sale for Warner Archive, which I'll still buy.
richmurphy
  Apr 02, 2012
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I presume the Gershwin estate approved the dreadful revision of PORGY AND BESS now playing on Broadway. While the Otto Preminger film version has its flaws, it is a work of genius compared to the mess now on stage in New York. I hope Warner Brothers (or someone) can convince the estate to release the film onto Blu-Ray.

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pro-bassoonist
  Apr 02, 2012
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@Towergrove: Actually, the official announcement does not specify at all what titles will be available on what format. The only special mention is that they are made available for distribution on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital/VOD. It will be up to Warner to determine what gets released when and on what format.

A small but important clarification

Pro-B
coachlynn
  Apr 02, 2012
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Wow! Wuthering Heights, Danny Kaye classics, and more! Great news!
Monteharp
  Apr 03, 2012
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Wonder Man...!
Walter Mitty...!
The Kid from Brooklyn...!
Wuthering Heights..., Great News at last!!!

ShellOilJunior
  Apr 03, 2012
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The Best Years of Our Lives is crying out for a blu-ray release!

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Jamison
  Apr 03, 2012
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Great, so now Warner Bastards can screw up even more movies on blu-ray.
redunbeck
  Apr 03, 2012
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Boy oh boy, I just can't wait to trade in my MGM DVD of Best Years so I can replace it with a cheap POS Archive DVD-R!!!!!!! Thank you Warner!!!!!!!
uther
  Apr 03, 2012
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I guess Guys and Dolls & Wuthering Heights will make it BD, not sure about the rest.
Jose Maria
  Apr 04, 2012
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The best years of our lives: one of the best films EVER. I can not wait.

and

The little foxes
The real glory
Dodsworth
Ball of fire


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