Back in October, we posted about Paramount Pictures’ making available more than a hundred movies free to watch on Youtube. They call the project The Paramount Vault, a digital cinematic storehouse sorted into playlists of Classics, ComedyAction/Adventure, Drama, Horror, Westerns, Science Fiction, and Thrillers, containing such pictures as IronweedHamlet (above), Paris When It SizzlesKing CreoleDark CityFunny About Love, and Margot at the Wedding — all of which, unfortunately, you can only watch in the United States. (BTW, we have a big list of unrestricted films here.)

The geographical constraint still holds, at least for now, but the Paramount Vault people have kept at work filling it with movies. Most recently, they’ve added a selection of classic films originally put out by “B-movie” house Republic Pictures, the independent production and distribution company which specialized in crime pictures, Westerns, and other fast-moving genre pieces to which audiences of the mid-1930s to late 1950s thrilled. (As a cinema-history side note, Republic also financed and distributed Orson Welles’ Macbeth.) Paramount also provides playlists that will help you navigate their collection: ComedyScience Fiction – ClassicsAction/AdventureHorrorDramaWesterns – New Releases.

Paramount tells us they have even more in the works for their Vault, including, beginning in the new year, limited-engagement postings of their more recent films such as 2004’s The Machinist, the Dostoyevskian nightmare starring an emaciated Christian Bale, starting on January 1st. On January 15th, they plan to do a run of 1995’s Jade, the erotic thriller that William Friedkin, despite acknowledging it as a “disaster,” has also named as his favorite among all the films he’s directed. The era of the true B-movie may have long ended by the 1990s, but if any sentiment keeps more with the enthusiastic B-movie spirit than that, I haven’t heard it.

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Based in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities and culture. He’s at work on a book about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer, the video series The City in Cinema, the crowdfunded journalism project Where Is the City of the Future?, and the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Korea Blog. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.

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  • David Nothstine says:

    Awesome. And a chance to practice your French. I saw the trailers for Tarzan, mai oui.

  • Richard von Busack says:

    THanks for the tip-off. I couldn’t find the list of all 75 in this piece, and the link I used just showed 20…is there a master list? I take it the Welles’ Macbeth isn’t on it?

  • A On Tube says:

    great site that lets you watch free movie sites online. Their Latest
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  • Michael Ackerman says:

    Anyone know of a source / listing of closed caption films ? My mother in law is 91 and hard of hearing — can only watch tv or film with cc. Thanks.

  • Nacho Movies says:

    They are only available in DVD quality. Not Blu-ray.

  • @707spookyboo22 says:

    It is kind of nice to see this happen. I love watching movies and I don’t have a television in my room. I refuse to put one in. I just bring my tablet over, watch my movie and I’m done. No Russian roulette with the remote turning me into a zombie.

  • N.S. Johnson says:

    The Paramount list is totally unavailable. Why do you keep the listing up?

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