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Warren William for Star of the Month!!!


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I don't have a lot of fancy rhymes ready, so feel free to join in, but let me give a shout out to those who sponsored this in THE MATCH KING thread, I just had to shout it from the rooftops (or start a thread for it anyway!) :)

 

One of my absolute main men of cinema, he did tons of pre-codes (so that's a winner!), plus most of his work was with Warner Bros, so that should be a good go! So many great films he appeared in, and it would be cool to have a night of his Lone Wolf flicks from Columbia too!

 

SOTM? Lonnnnnnnnng overdue I say!

 

Totally dig me some Warren William! Who's in?

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Would be ok with me. Are so many deserving people who never have been chosen SOTM. I get tired of the same stars over and over. Give some lesser stars the spotlight once in awhile (how about Ann Harding and Mary Astor as well. Long overdue.......)

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I like the idea. If you read Mick LaSalle's "Dangerous Men," his follow-up to "Complicated Women" looking at the men of pre-Code, he sort of rehabilitates Warren William just as much as he did Kay Francis in his earlier book. He not only played smarmy types, but was the screen's first Perry Mason.

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I'd love to see Warren William as Star of the Month, but I'd love to see a new designation for him - COM (Cad Of the Month). He was wonderful! I especially enjoyed him in Skyscraper Souls (1932) and Employee's Entrance (1933). I wouldn't be hurt at all of they didn't show his nine Lone Wolf movies.

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http://www.amazon.com/Warren-William-Magnificent-Scoundrel-Hollywood/dp/0786448784/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

 

I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts about Warren. I totally agree with you. If you weren't aware of it, there is a recently published biography of Warren, "Warren William: Magnficent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood" by John Strangeland. It's a great book that I would highly recommend!

 

Edited by: KittyPackard on Jan 16, 2011 12:30 AM

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Even allowing for the fact that Hollywood was still finding its way, searching for a tone and style, in the early days of the sound film, 1928-1934, William is the most pompous, mannered actor I have ever seen. Quite ludicrous in everything he did. He obviously couldn't make the distinction between the stage and screen, and paid the price by quickly becoming obsolete.

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> {quote:title=ArchieCarstairs wrote:}{quote}

> William made seven feature films in 1932 and five features and one short in 1933. You could practically do a whole day of just the Pre-Code period. (And another day of the Perry Mason and Lone Wolf series...)

> Oh, yes. Warren William is DUE for the love.

 

Love this post, Arch!!! I agree, it would be awesome!!!

 

And I love the suggestion made elsewhere in the thread that he could be COTM!!! :) Perfect!!!

 

Warren William rocks the house!

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