Long ago, Paramount Pictures boasted their releases with the phrase, “If it’s a Paramount Picture, it’s the best show in town.”
Now, the studio has finally reached the “digital peak.”
Select Paramount features on YouTube… for free!
Recently, Paramount launched its own YouTube channel, titled “The Paramount Vault.” According to film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, the studio launched this service earlier this year, with various full-length feature films and short clips from vintage (mostly made after 1948) and modern Paramount films.
What full-length features are available on Paramount’s YouTube service for free?
One of many “crown jewels” in Paramount’s free, ad-supported YouTube streaming service is the 1944 Preston Sturges comedy, “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek*,” featuring Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton.
Other selected films on the studio’s YouTube platform include the 1946 Hal Wallis film noir flick, “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers*” (featuring Barbara Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas and Van Heflin) and cult features, including George Pal’s 1955 science fiction fantasy thriller, “Conquest of Space.”
What else is on there?
In addition to vintage Paramount features on the studio’s YouTube service, select films that the studio acquired (in later years) are also featured.
These include films from the libraries of National Telefilm Associates (“The Devil and Miss Jones” from 1941, originally released by RKO Radio Pictures) and Republic Pictures. Paramount inherited the Republic/NTA holdings, as part of parent company Viacom’s acquisition of Spelling Entertainment in 1999.
There are also independent features on the channel presented by Paramount, including the 2014 documentary “Turtle Power: The Definitive History of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and the 1999 indie comedy-mystery feature, “Where’s Marlowe?”
Why you should look to “The Paramount Vault:”
If there’s nothing on TV, or if there’s not a good (or even obscure) classic/cult film to watch, then Paramount’s newest streaming venture might be the place for you. Here’s hoping that they will add more classics to their streaming service in the near future. There’s something for everyone on there!
NOTE: *”The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” and “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” are several Paramount pre-48 features that the studio did not sell to MCA in the late 1950’s for television syndication (and re-issue rights). The majority of the pre-1948 Paramount sound films are with Universal Studios (which was acquired by MCA in 1962, and has been incorporated into Universal’s library since then).
In addition to the the Republic/NTA holdings (minus Paramount’s past television programs, which have been under the control of CBS since 2006), most features consist of Paramount films made after 1948.
A WORD OF WARNING: Several films on Paramount’s YouTube channel (notably “The Fighting Kentuckian” and “Where’s Marlowe?”) are available to subscribers of YouTube or Google, since the studio enabled ratings settings on select features. If you have a Google or YouTube account, you can override those settings to watch those films.
The Paramount Vault: Paramount Pictures’ official YouTube streaming service (Not to be confused with the studio’s other YouTube account, “Paramount Movies,” which consists of clips and modern/vintage post-48 Paramount movie trailers).
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