by Tony Dayoub
Some news for fans of the Gipper in honor of his centennial tomorrow. It's one of the few times this arch-conservative would make an appearance on this site (hey, he's the only president to ever serve as president of a labor union... surprising, eh?). But I've been watching a preview copy of the Brass Bancroft series for an upcoming review and enjoying it quite a lot. Maybe some of you readers will want to check this out in anticipation of said review.
From a press release:
Ronald Reagan is Brass Bancroft – Secret Service Agent
See a special streaming of the Ronald Reagan feature film favorite SECRET SERVICE OF THE AIR.
The Secret Service risked life and limb for Ronald Reagan when he served as the 40th President of the United States. Coincidentally, years earlier as an actor, Reagan played a stalwart Secret Service agent in pursuit of justice in 1939’s SECRET SERVICE OF THE AIR. This Sunday, February 6, on what would have been Reagan’s 100th birthday, the Warner Archive Collection (WAC) offers a special 2-day complimentary streaming of the movie. The stream will be live only from 12:00 a.m. PST on February 6 through Monday, February 7 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Available only to US residents on PC and Mac® computers with Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher (no other devices supported) at this link:
One of four fast-paced B-movies in which Reagan plays Lt. “Brass” Bancroft, SECRET SERVICE is part of the Warner Archive title, Brass Bancroft of the Secret Service Mysteries Collection that also includes CODE OF THE SECRET SERVICE, SMASHING THE MONEY RING and MURDER IN THE AIR: http://bit.ly/WAC_BrassBancroft
The Warner Archive Collection is also honoring Ronald Reagan with titles (listed below) that audiences might like to re-discover – titles that Reagan made with Warner Bros., the studio where he was under contract from the beginning of his screen career in 1937 until 1952.
The first two movies of those listed below have previously been unavailable. They reveal a range that more than makes the case for a re-assessment of "Dutch's" pre-political career.
STALLION ROAD (1947) This sentimental romantic drama for the horse-loving set was one of Ronald Reagan's favorite pictures. Reagan plays veterinarian Larry Hanrahan, an expert horse doc, who finds himself competing for the affections of a fellow equine aficionado (Alexis Smith)with his pal, a writer from the big city (played by Randolph Scott).
NIGHT UNTO NIGHT (1949) Ronald Reagan stars as a stricken scientist in this metaphysical melodrama alongside the enchanting Viveca Lindfors. Diagnosed with epilepsy, biochemist John Galen (Reagan) moves to the Everglades in Florida to work in shame and isolation. He moves into a house owned by a widow (Lindfors) who is haunted by the voice of her dead husband. Together, they are forced to confront the mysteries of faith and fate. Directed by Don Siegel.
Other Ronald Reagan films available exclusively through WAC:
ANGELS WASH THEIR FACES
THE BAD MAN
(A double-feature with non-Reagan film BAD MAN OF BRIMSTONE on a Wallace Beery double feature set)
JOHN LOVES MARY
LOVE IS ON THE AIR
(Reagan’s first film, double billed with the remake YOU CAN’T ESCAPE FOREVER)
SHE'S WORKING HER WAY THROUGH COLLEGE