Warner Archive Instant remembers classic film and television star James Garner this month with a showcase featuring a handful of the actor's films on the movie streaming service. Garner, who died on July 19, 2014, at the age of 86, was best known for his television roles on shows like "The Rockford Files" and "Maverick," but he was also a successful movie actor with a career that stretched back to 1956. He even earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his performance in "Murphy's Romance" (1985), and by the time of his death Garner had appeared in nearly fifty feature films, including "Cash McCall" (1960), "The Great Escape" (1963), and "The Americanization of Emily" (1964).
Warner Archive Instant is currently offering four Garner features as part of its streaming catalog. In the aviation drama, "Toward the Unknown" (1956), Garner makes his second screen appearance as part of the supporting cast, with William Holden in the lead role. Garner takes the lead in "36 Hours" (1965), a war drama costarring Eva Marie Saint and Rod Taylor. In the TV movie, "Promise" (1986), Garner stars as a man struggling to deal with his brother's mental illness. A second TV movie, "My Name is Bill W." (1989), features Garner with "Promise" costar James Woods in the story of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Other showcases currently on Warner Archive Instant include "Agatha Christie on Screen," "Remarkable Women," and a collection of features available for the first time in HD. Visit the Warner Archive Instant site for more information or a one month free trial of the service.
For more classic James Garner movies, try "The Children's Hour" (1961), "Support Your Local Sheriff!" (1969), "Marlowe" (1969), and "Support Your Local Gunfighter" (1971). "Move Over, Darling" (1963) is currently streaming on Netflix, along with "Twilight" (1998) and "The Rockford Files." Hulu also has "The Rockford Files" in its streaming catalog. Amazon Prime Instant Video currently offers "Support Your Local Gunfighter," with several other Garner films available for streaming for an additional fee.