Posted 20 April 2009 - 03:24 PM
I hope *Once a Lady* airs on TCM someday. I see it isn't available on dvd.
Posted 20 April 2009 - 03:14 PM
Posted 20 April 2009 - 07:41 AM
I too didn't really warm up to Chatterton until I watched *Frisco Jenny* about a month ago on TCM. She was just great, playing a woman who falls into ill repute and later must sacrifice herself for her child. I really enjoyed it because her performance was gritty and strong, as opposed to the sort of false, teary-eyed toughness many actresses put on for such a role. This may have more to do with William Wellman's direction than with Chatterton's choices, but the combination was incredibly good.
Posted 19 April 2009 - 09:25 PM
The colorized Fay Wray looks great! You did terrific work on that portrait!
Posted 19 April 2009 - 08:07 PM
*Once A Lady* (1931) stars Ruth Chatterton, Ivor Novello, Jill Esmond, Geoffrey Kerr, Bramwell Fletcher, Lillian Rich and Theodore von Eltz. I think this is the first performance by Ruth where I really and truly warmed to her for the very first time. Before this film I recognized she was a good actress but she was never someone I sought out as a favorite.
Here she plays a Russian woman in exile in Paris who marries an aristocratic Englishman when she gets pregnant with his baby out of wedlock. He brings her home to England to his stuffy relatives and their relationship quickly deteriorates, with the husband siding with the relatives on important matters instead of his wife. He goes into politics and feels she will be a detriment to his career, so he sends her back to Paris, telling her he will spend a few days with her to restore the marriage when he has no intention of doing so. At the last minute he backs away from his promise and she goes on the train alone, grief stricken.
There she meets an old lover, played well by Ivor Novello, and stays with him for a few days in Paris, not knowing that after they left the train prematurely that it crashed down a mountain and everyone was killed. She is assumed dead by the press and the world and her family.
But Ruth suddenly decides to leave Ivor and comes back to England and reappears in front of the shocked family. They STILL try to get rid of her so that the husband can have his precious political career! She agrees to a divorce but the family never reveals to the press that she is still alive. The husband marries again and Ruth goes back to Paris, leaving the child with her husband because she feels her daughter will have a better and more stable life with him.
Years pass and the daughter falls in love with a struggling architect. The father disapproves of the relationship and so she runs off with her sweetheart in defiance. They go to Paris and of course run into Ruth. Ruth knows almost immediately that this is her grown up daughter and tries to steer her onto the straight and narrow path.
I won't reveal the ending but it's nothing too original. However Ruth's performance in this film is exceptional and lifts the script up from ho hum to interesting. I really enjoyed it.
Posted 19 April 2009 - 07:16 PM
> I just want to say that though I don't have a collection to post, I _truly_ have enjoyed everyone's photos and posters.
> I feel very sad that everyone seems to have given up on the boards.
Love the pics...the toxic personality, not so much.
Posted 19 April 2009 - 03:52 PM
Thanks for posting.
Posted 19 April 2009 - 03:45 PM
Posted 19 April 2009 - 03:40 PM
I feel very sad that everyone seems to have given up on the boards.
Posted 19 April 2009 - 10:43 AM
Maureen O'Sullivan 1933, Stage Mother
Maureen O'Sullivan 1933, Stage Mother
Blondell and Tashman 1931, Millie
Doris Kenyon, Road to Singapore, 1931
Ten Cents a Dance, B Stanwyck
Grace Bradley, 1935 , Gilded Lily
This is probably my last pic post. Interest in adding pics has apparently fallen off here.
Posted 19 April 2009 - 09:22 AM
Thanks to you and everyone who's shared their pictures here!
I know how much time and effort's involved and I'm sorry things have gone this way.
I hope folks realize that your participation here is the only reason I'm re-renaming my Photobucket folders and restoring all my pictures here (and site-wide).
As a way of expressing my appreciation for all your contibutions I'm sending you a copy of all my 16,000+ movie pics.
Posted 19 April 2009 - 09:11 AM
That's fine because this was my _second_ and last attempt at a Pre-Code Gallery thread here.
Posted 02 April 2009 - 04:11 PM
Mdffyx, I'll keep in mind what you said about Jackie Cooper because I haven't seen much of his work. Hope Fox Movie Channel airs "The Bowery" again.
Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:59 PM
Thanks for posting these!
Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:33 PM
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