Mike’s Picks: ‘Footlight Parade’ and ‘Wild in the Country’

Footlight Parade

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Musical, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell
1933.
Footlight Parade was 1933’s third Busby Berkeley extravaganza released by Warner Bros. in a seven-month period, but this one had a surprise. Of all people, given his screen-gangster resumé, here was James Cagney headlining a cast of Berkeley musical regulars — and not faking it.
Extras: A featurette carries over from the old DVD.
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Wild in the Country

Available via ScreenArchives.com
Twilight Time, Drama, $29.95 Blu-ray, NR.
 
Stars Elvis Presley, Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld, Millie Perkins.
1961.
A major crossroad in Elvis Presley’s movie career, Wild in the Country is kind of a mishmash that works (when it does) from a combination of Elvis earnestness and certain entertaining conventions we expect from an Elvis movie.
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