Instant Classics: June

Here are the classic movies new to Netflix Watch Instantly in June.

The Iron Mask (1929)
In this lavish sequel to The Three Musketeers, dashing D’Artagnan (Douglas Fairbanks) reunites comrades Athos (Leon Bary), Porthos (Tiny Sandford) and Aramis (Gino Corrado) to undertake the rescue of Louis XIV (William Bakewell), rightful king of France, who is locked away and forced to wear an iron mask. The musketeers must thwart the murderous machinations of Count De Rochefort (Ullrich Haupt) in Douglas Fairbanks’s silent-film swan song.

The Front Page (1931)
Veteran newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson (Pat O’Brien) is about to get married and start a new job. But when his boss, tough-talking editor Walter Burns (Adolphe Menjou), gets wind of a political angle in an upcoming execution, he calls back a reluctant Hildy for one last story. George E. Stone, Mary Brian, James Gordon and Mae Clarke co-star in the first film adaptation of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s humorous play.

Svengali (1931)
When songstress Trilby O’Farrell (Marian Marsh) meets fascinating hypnotist Svengali (John Barrymore), she leaves everyone behind to pursue a career on the concert circuit. But what she doesn’t realize is that she can perform only at the mind controller’s command. Eventually, the young woman suffers under such intense control. Luis Alberni plays Svengali’s sidekick, Gecko; Archie Mayo directs this atmospheric drama.

His Girl Friday (1940)
Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) is about to get hitched to dull insurance agent Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy) — that’s if her ex-husband, ruthless newspaper publisher Walter Burns (Cary Grant), doesn’t succeed in winning her back in this battle-of-the-sexes screwball comedy. Meanwhile, reporters salivating for the scoop on a local voting conspiracy is just a minor distraction as Burns pulls out all the stops for the woman he loves.

Our Town (1940)
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play covers the lives and events of two families in a woodsy New Hampshire village from the year 1900 through 1913. In this film adaptation, William Holden and Martha Scott reprise their roles from the Broadway production, playing teenagers who fall in love, marry and bear a child. Throughout, the film hammers home its message about the preciousness of time in people’s short lives.

In Old California (1942)
When dignified Boston pharmacist Tom Craig (John Wayne) heads out West to set up shop in California, he’s unaware that the Gold Rush is about to explode and change the state forever. The locals quickly take a disliking to the pharmacist and poison his meds, causing Craig to almost lose his business. When typhoid fever strikes the town, however, Craig gets a chance to prove his worth in this quirky Western that features Wayne in an unusual role.

Gung Ho! (1943)
With its thrilling battle sequences and high-voltage star power, this fact-based melodrama about the battalion that recaptured the Japanese-held Makin Island in World War II served as a powerful piece of morale-boosting propaganda upon release.

Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
In the first underwater adventure shot in CinemaScope, competing boat crews dive for valuable sponges off the coast of Key West, Florida. Soon, a feud arises between the Greek Petrakis family, led by Mike Petrakis (Gilbert Roland), and a WASP team of divers led by Thomas Rhys (Richard Boone). The feud only intensifies when the Petrakis son (Robert Wagner) falls for the Rhys daughter (Terry Moore).

Charade (1963)
Cary Grant stars as Peter, who may or may not be a flimflam man who aids the recently widowed Regina in her mission to recover a fortune hidden by her late husband. But three sinister crooks — who’ll stop at nothing — also covet the loot.

1 Comment

  1. Yay His Girl Friday! I love this because my New to Netflix thing never seems to be updated unless I go to another site!

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