Kanopy’s Paramount Films

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Kanopy is one of the best things to happen to streaming.

The free service now offers more than 30,000 films and TV shows through participating local libraries and higher education campuses worldwide.

And if you’re looking to binge on classic films over the Labor Day weekend, where better to start than with Kanopy’s recently added Paramount Pictures collection.

Kanopy’s library boasts more than 80 Paramount titles, including:

Wings (1927) – Winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture, Wings stars Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Richard Arlen as World War I pilots fighting both the Germans and for the heart of Clara Bow. Gary Cooper makes a memorable early appearance as Cadet White:

The Buccaneer (1938) – Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, The Buccaneer stars Frederic March as Jean Lafitte, based on the true-life pirate’s involvement in the War of 1812;

Flying Tigers (1942) – John Wayne is Captain Jim Gordon in this early WWII movie about the famous P-40 Flying Group who fought the Japanese in defense of China’s freedom;

Indiscreet (1958) – Cary Grant is a debonair diplomat who pretends to be married in order to remain single. Ingrid Bergman is a married actress who wouldn’t mind a fling with an already-hitched Cary Grant. You can also watch it in its entirety below:

Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962) – Sydney Lumet directs Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical account of his dysfunctional family. The stellar cast includes Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Dean Stockwell and Jeanne Barr;

Play It Again, Sam (1972) – In a film he didn’t direct, Woody Allen is a film critic looking to reenter the dating scene after his wife leaves him. An imaginary Humphrey Bogart (Jerry Lacy) offers advice. Also starring Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts;

Ironweed (1987) – Based on the William Kennedy novel, Jack Nicholson plays an itinerant alcoholic who, having deserted his family decades earlier after having accidentally killed his infant son, returns to his hometown of Albany, New York. Both Nicholson and Meryl Streep received Oscar nominations. Below, Streep sings with encouragement from bartender Fred Gwynne;

Hamlet (1990) – Mel Gibson is Shakespeare’s vacillating Danish prince, with a cast including Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham Carter, Stephen Dillane and Nathaniel Parker.

You can watch Kanopy’s catalog online, or via Roku, iOSAndroid and Amazon Fire apps.

To see if your library participates, visit Kanopy’s help center. If it doesn’t, you can submit a request for its inclusion.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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