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Wallace Beery's 1940s films with Marjorie Main released by Warner Archive

Wallace Beery's 1940s films with Marjorie Main released by Warner Archive
Wallace Beery, left, and Leo Carrillo in "Barnacle Bill" from 1941. (MGM / Getty Images)

Burly, graveled-voice character actor Wallace Beery is an acquired taste for contemporary audiences, but in the golden age of Hollywood he was one of the biggest stars at MGM, winning a lead actor Oscar as a washed-up boxer in the 1931 weepie "The Champ." But Beery also had a bad reputation at the studio: He was difficult on set and was especially thorny around child stars. Warner Archive has just released several of the popular films Beery made with Marjorie Main ("Ma and Pa Kettle"): 1941's "Barnacle Bill"; 1942's "Jackass Mail" and "The Bugle Sounds"; 1946's "Bad Bascomb"; and "Big Jack," released just days before he died at age 64 on April 15, 1949.

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