Warner Archive Collection July 15 Releases: A Lot of Ladds and More!


A Ladd Quartet

DRUM BEAT (1954) This action-packed widescreen Western wonder features a knock-out performance from Alan Ladd alongside a very young Charles Bronson in his screen debut. Ladd plays Johnny MacKay, an Indian “Fighter” who would rather wage peace. Sent to negotiate a peace with the Medoc tribe, MacKay’s unfinished business with a childhood sweetheart (Marisa
Pavan) helps propel the renegade Medoc Captain Jack (Bronson) on the path to war. The war-tired MacKay soon gets new marching orders – capture Captain Jack, dead or alive. Directed by Delmer Daves. 16×9 Widescreen.

THE BIG LAND (1957) This Reconstruction Era ranch saga finds Alan Ladd donning the war-weary visage he did so well, but this time as a cattleman trying to lead the oppressed to a new promised land – and a new railroad spur. Civil War vet Chad Morgan (Ladd) wants to put the way of the gun far behind him, but corrupt cattle buyers threaten to ruin his peaceful plans.
Joining up with a rummy architect (Edmond O’Brien), a saloon singer (Virginia Mayo) and a group of settlers, Morgan heads out to build a new town and a new peace. But the forces of corruption may yet tip Chad Morgan back to the gun. Directed by Gordon Douglas. 16×9 Widescreen.

THE DEEP SIX (1958) Alan Ladd plays a Quaker gunnery officer caught between his pacifist beliefs and the horrors of war in this all-star World War II action adventure classic. After refusing to fire on an unknown aircraft, Ladd¹s naval officer finds his courage and loyalty questioned, even though his call gets proven correct. In order to redeem himself, he volunteers for a suicide mission to rescue a band of US pilots – a mission that nearly guarantees that this Quaker must kill. Co-starring William Bendix, Keenan Wynn, James Whitmore, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Joey Bishop and Ross Bagdasarian. Directed by Rudolph Maté. 16×9 Widescreen.

GUNS OF THE TIMBERLAND (1960) Alan Ladd, Jeanne Crain, Gilbert Roland and Frankie Avalon star in this big screen adaptation of Louis Lamour’s ranchers vs. loggers saga. Jim Hadley (Ladd) had a grant to clear cut the trees off the mountain near Deep Well, but the town¹s ranchers, led by buckskinned beauty Laura Riley (Crain), beg to differ. They think the clear cutting will leave their ranches vulnerable to mudslides leaving the two forces are at… loggerheads. And armed to the teeth with guns and explosives. Also features Alana Ladd and Noah Beery, Jr. Directed by Robert D. Webb. 16×9 Widescreen

Medicine, Practiced at the Edge of Science!

MEDICAL CENTER: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON (1973-74) Chad Everett and James Daly, as Chief of Surgery Joe Gannon and Chief of Staff Paul Lochner, continue their groundbreaking medical drama in its well-seasoned fifth year. As the country started to come of cynical age due to Watergate, urban blight and rampant inflation, Drs. Gannon and Lochner waged their healers¹ war against the likes of hysterical paralysis, sudden infant death, gambling addiction, kidney transplants and seismic sensitive seizures. Parallel to these perils of the body, the show bravely confronts infidelity, intolerance, mid-life crisis, repressed homosexuality and returning Vietnam POWs. Aiding the doctors are special guest stars like Julie Harris, Stockard Channing, Jill Clayburgh, Celeste Holm, Meg Foster and Stefanie Powers. Noir Queen Audrey Totter is on hand to lend regular assistance as Nurse Wilcox. A six-Disc, 24-episode collection.
NOTE: These DVDs are Manufactured on Demand (MOD); to order, fans must visit The Warner Archive Collection, WB Shop.com, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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