Frank Borzage’s back-to-back Kay Francis films of 1935, “Living on Velvet” and “Stranded,” may not be among his most fully realized works — “Velvet,” in particular, suffers from a clumsily imposed happy ending — but they make a lovely matched set. In both films, George Brent plays a typically disengaged Borzage hero — in “Living,” he’s distracted by grief, in “Stranded” by work — who is brought down to earth in one film, and elevated up to it in the other, by stronghearted women played by Kay Francis. In “Stranded,” she holds the perfect metaphorical job for a Borzage heroine: a Travelers Aid volunteer who directs lost souls to their proper destination.
Both films have been released by Warner Archive, along with Robert Florey’s 1933 period melodrama starring Francis, “The House on 56th Street.” All seem to be untouched television masters, littered with speckles and scratches, but at least they’re back in circulation. My New York Times review is here.