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    OTHER-LANGUAGE VERSIONS OF EARLY TALKIES

    Did anyone see the other day Laurel & Hardy's films in other languages? What are your impressions?
  2. I'd love to see "Souls at Sea" (1937). It might be available soon on demand like the 1938 "*Spawn of the North*" which I purchased recently. I watched recently France in "*The Silver Cord*" (1933) and I was completely impressed by her powerful performance as Eric Linden's fianc?e. In fact the three women featured in this film: Frances, Ms. Dunne and most of all, Laura Hope Crews as the very nasty, manipulative and domineering mum of McCrea and Linden and who has the showiest role of all, pretty much carry the whole picture.
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    I agree with you April, having not seen Miss Dunne's version, the 1941 film version of Back Street is superior than the 1961 glossy remake.
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    > {quote:title=MissGoddess wrote:}{quote} > Hola, Feo! > > I agree about book to movie adaptations, at least so long as it isn't a story I'm really, really partial to. You know what other James story this one reminds me of? "The Turn of the Screw" and I thought its screen version in Deborah Kerr's The Innocents was just as well done as The Lost Moment. Both have a similar, haunting attraction and I feel they captured the essence, at least, of the stories. And both feel more effective in black-in-white. > > Martin Gabel---his name was so familiar and then you say he was in Marnie? Was he "Mr Strutt"? Wow! I didn't know he ever was a director! That's remarkable because this movie is very professional and accomplished---he should have continued in that path, I must say. > > Here again is the YouTube link for any who are interested in seeing The Lost Moment: > > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mLtk9Njjfk Hi April, Yes he was Mr. Strutt. When I watched this film I searched Gabel on the net and realized that this was Gabel?s only directorial effort; a pity. He was also an Associate Producer in Hayward?s ?Smash-Up the Story of a Woman? (1946). And I agree about ?The Innocents?, a masterpiece.
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    I wrote this mini-opinion on "The Lost Moment", last year when I watched it; It may contain **mild spoilers**: But the film which made this weekend worthwhile was one I recorded off Cinecanal Classics: "The Lost Moment" (1947), an eerie, gothic atmospheric, mysterious film based upon a Henry James novel titled "The Aspern Papers". I have not read James' novel but the film is truly enthralling and absorbing, with an intriguing plot and very good performances. It is the kind of film that captures my attention completely making me forget the world. It is set in Venice where an American publisher arrives -disguised as writer- in order to obtain some mysterious letters that were written by a famous poet of the first half of the XIXth Century to a beauty of her day, Juliana Borderau, the daughter of famous painter, who is still living in the very same house in which she met the author and who is 105 years old. She lives with her young niece, Tina Borderau, who's deftly portrayed by Susan Hayward. Agnes Moorehead plays the 105 old legendary beauty and Robert Cummings the publisher. The film builds into a long awaited climax and is just fantastic in my humble opinion. I wasn't disappointed by the high expectations I had. The B&W cinematography and the camera work are very good. The story unfolds at a perfect pace and the yearning never stops until the end. The film has that definite melancholy quality I love. Agnes Moorehead is utterly believable as the very old woman, underneath lots of make-up. Her voice truly sounds like that of a very old lady. I loved this film and I feel it is quite irrelevant if it's faithful or not to its source or if it is a succesful adaptation of the novel to the screen (I read some comments regarding this matter on the net)-after all, I think it's almost an impossible task to translate a Henry James novel to the screen and please everybody-, because as a film, in its own right, it is a lost gem. It was the only film that was directed by Martin Gabel, who was also an actor and co-starred with Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery in Hitchcock's "Marnie" (1964). It will be definitely a film I will revisit many times
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    > {quote:title=MissGoddess wrote:}{quote} > > I have a bunch of DVDs I'm working through, and one of them I just have to quickly mention because I never even heard of it until a kind gentleman sent me a copy. It's called THE LOST MOMENT (1947) and it's based on Henry James' "The Aspern Papers", a story I'd read long ago but never realized it had been filmed, at least not this early. Susan Hayward stars and in spite of my occasional annoyance with Robert Cummings in other films, he was good here. > > At first I was curious how Susan would be in a period setting, I never saw her in one before and thought maybe she'd be too "contemporary" to fit well but I was wrong. At any rate, in 1947 she was bloomingly beautiful and her emotional intensity actually suited to the time and her character beautifully. It's a great part, she gets to play a rigidly uptight and severe young woman as well as a soft, dreamy eyed romantic. I won't give away the details, in case TCM gets wise to this little gem and shows it sometime. It's alternately eerie, suspenseful and romantic in the Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, Dragonwyck vein of the period. I sometimes think the early 40s was the "golden age" of this kind of eerie-romance film. > > Oh, and Agnes Moorehead appears in the movie, too, but I won't say who she plays. Part of the fun is figuring it out. > > More about the "Back Streets" later. I am glad you liked it April. It's been one of the biggest discoveries I made last year. Since I have the Citadel Press book "The Films of Susan Hayward" I always wondered about this eerie film and it did not disappoint me at all, on the very contrary. Director Martin Gabel made a very fine job and Susan Hayward is terrific.
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    I respect your opinion coopsgirl. You don't come off harsh at all just honest. I can't stand much of Brando. My wife, like you loathes Leslie Howard. Everyone's entitled to his/her own tastes
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    > {quote:title=MissGoddess wrote:}{quote} > Feo! I'm so glad you are hanging out here. I'm sorry for all the "technical glitches" > but how nice of you to keep trying. We've all found it necessary to muddle along in spite > of many glitches and interruptions but it's a fun group and a hopefully ever-growing one. > > I have to reply now to your wonderful post, too, but let me just say to all that this gentleman > knows his Pre-Codes stuff! I haven't seen half as many early 30s movies as he has. I usually > watch them just for sheer fun, I don't analyze them too much, just savor them. > > Today is Bobby Bobby Bobby Bobby Day on TCM!!!!!! Yippppyyyy!! Hide-Out is on right > now, one of my tippy top favorites. He's so naughty in this! It's a lot more fun than his usual > "playboy" stuff. I think of Cary Grant when I see him because both men moved smoothly > between action oriented movies and the ultimate in debonair sophistication. Not many > could do that. William Powell did to a lesser degree, but he was not ever a physical > man, really. He could be tough but more "smart tough" than running around being > chased by bad guys tough. I rather think Bobby would have been good in Alfred > Hitchcock movies. > Thanks for your kind words April, Pre-Codes and Eraly thirties are my weaknesses and if I hadn't the chance of talking with all my pals of the American Message Boards I belong to, I'd been talking to a wall here in Chile, 'cuz nobody cares...I'm looking forward to Bob Montgomery's "*Hide-Out*" which I have on tape. Thanks to you in the morning I enjoyed thoroughly "*Fugitive Lovers*" (1934) an unfairly underrated film in Maltin's Book. Well he also has little regard for "*Love Letters*" (1945) and I don't trust him anymore; I used to, but before I turned 30, afterwards I bought his Guide just for the data included, not the reviews. "*Morocco*" was the first Pre-Code of both Gary and Marlene I ever saw. I always felt that the object of desire in that film was intended to be Gary not Marlene. He's lusted and chased by Marlene, Eve Southern, Juliette Compton....Marlene and Gary had great chemistry together. In "*Desire*" they are fantastic, thanks too to Messers. Lubitsch and Borzage. "*Peter Ibbetson*". It was one of the most sought-after films -for me- before it was released on DVD and I had always read criticism towards Harding's portrayal, maybe that's why I found her performance all right. Sometimes when you've been warned too much about something, you expect the worse. BTW, I agree that Bob Montgomery would have been very good in a Hitchcock thriller. I can picture him in Joel McCrea's role in "*Foreign Correspondent*" perfectly. Or in "*The 39 Steps*" opposite Madeleine Carroll. At least he got to work under his direction in Hitchcock's only attemp at Screwball Comedy in "*Mr. and Mrs. Smith*" which I've enjoyed twice.
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    Re. Brook's Hairdo I agree. You have a point there. I think I also have "*Diary of a Lost Girl*" somewhere. I gotta watch that one.
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    > {quote:title=coopsgirl wrote:}{quote} > Neil Hamilton made a good supporting actor but not a leading one. He was a pretty good actor, but I could never see him as irreplaceable or anything like that. > > The one that really befuddles me is Wendell Corey. How he ever got a single role much less a 21 year career is beyond me. I havent seen him do a good job yet and unfortunately hes in quite a few movies with people I like. He had absolutely no charisma and very little acting ability. > > Some people are pretty good actors and can carve out a nice career for themselves (like Neil Hamilton) and the ones that have the best ability as well as that star quality (like Gary, Gable, Stanwyck, etc) can make it to the A list, but there is just no place in my book for the Wendell Coreys of the world. Hes not even bad in a fun to watch way hes bad in a way that makes me mad that he was cast in the film. Hi Coopsgirl, It's kind of uncanny you mentioning Wendell Corey, because I did not care much for him as an actor either and the other day I was impressed with his portrayal of Stanwyck's paramour in "*The Furies*" (1950) -slaps galore!. I think that at least in that film he did a fine job.
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    > {quote:title=JackFavell wrote:}{quote} > > > Feaito- I am so glad you are over here! Don't forget, Hedy was also a scientist and inventor with a strong mathematical mind. Poor thing. Trapped in Hollywood, forced to wear beautiful dresses and have her hair and makeup done, while starring opposite Clark Gable, John Garfield and Victor Mature..... > > Message was edited by: JackFavell Thanks Wendy. I read Lamarr's "Ecstasy and Me" and I enjoyed it. She was indeed a clever, skilled woman! Have you seen her in Experiment Perilous? _Good_ film!
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    > {quote:title=Bronxgirl48 wrote:}{quote} > feaito, I love reading your posts! They are so delicious, like candy. > > What do you think of Louise Brooks? Interestingly, her stated favorite actress was Margaret Sullavan, who actually to my mind LOOKS like Louise! (it's the mouth and eyes) > > Message was edited by: Bronxgirl48 Thanks Bronxgirl, I love Louise Brooks. My younger brother who also likes Classic Cinema, fell in love with her after seeing her photograph. Recently I watched Pabst's "Pandora's Box" and I was blown away by her performance, naturalness, beauty and the film in general. A Masterpiece. I fell under Miss Brook's spell. I also saw the documentary you mention. I've seen two other Brooks films: "Beggars of Life" and "The Show Off", both very good, especially the former. Louise Brooks always stands out because of the special quality she exudes. She doesn't seem to belong to the 1920s. She's atemporal! What is going on with these Boards? I cannot finish writing a post! The Post message does not work. Each time I try to post I have to copy paste what I've written to a Word document, then close the internet window open IE again, login and copy-paste what I've written.
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    > {quote:title=HollywoodGolightly wrote:}{quote} > > {quote:title=feaito wrote:}{quote} > > Wow!! Im amazed with all the clever insight, elaborate opinions and in-depth-analysis Ive read on this thread. I feel honored to be exchanging ideas with all of you ladies and gentlemen. > > > > I feel the honor should be ours, guapo! I love hearing how much you admire all of these lovely and very talented actresses from the Golden Age. You must have a hard time keeping up with all of the stuff that is available on the TCM feed for the U.S. and Canada, I think the last time I checked their LatAm feed had a lot of contemporary movies. I love watching a lot of the pre-codes, including some of the ones you mentioned, like The Barbarian, which I first watched on TCM. However the last few days I have been pretty busy attending Dewey's film noir festival and I'm going to have a lot of catching up in the coming weeks, because a lot of the stuff lately I have just been recording. > > Saludos!! > Holly Thanks Holly, Latin TCM's Lineup is very inferior than TCM USA's. Almost no Pre-Codes, no Silents and scarce films. There are mainly TV Series: Chips, A-Team, Dallas, Wonder Woman, etc. I was lucky enough to tape a lot stuff from TCM USA during my visits to the US, so I'm still watching that and I have over 1,600 films on DVD to see and revisit -I have bought and exchanged a lot! I wish I could attend Dewey's Noir Screenings. Well, at least two weeks ago I bought many Classic Noirs to watch
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    Wow!! I?m amazed with all the clever insight, elaborate opinions and in-depth-analysis I?ve read on this thread. I feel honored to be exchanging ideas with all of you ladies and gentlemen. Theresa, as for favorite actresses, crushes, most appealing females?..mmmm?.I must admit that for years I have stated everywhere that Hedy Lamarr was the most alluring, ravishing, sexy, sensuous beauty of them all?..sooo perfect?..Lamarrvellous! Who can top Hedy when she enters the stage in the Ziegfeld number in ?Ziegfeld Girl? (1941). Too beautiful to be true; too classy: too perfect; green eyes and black raven hair; full mouth, red lips; flawless bone structure: my perdition. Gene Tierney: another crush. In ?Son of Fury? she?s simply mesmerizing. Other crushes? Ava Gardner (the most beautiful animal in the world), Vivien Leigh (flawless), Grace Kelly, Linda Darnell, Virginia Grey, Leila Hyams, Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck ?especially in The Lady Eve-, Carole Lombard, Jean Arthur, Sophia Loren?.. In real life I have a weakness for women with ?important? noses or noses with personality?..how could I forget Italian beauty Marina Berti as the luscious slave in ?Quo Vadis???..better stop now Molo, I agree with all you said in relation with Misses Shearers and Harding?.Norma was not smart when she rejected ?Mrs. Miniver?; Wasn?t she? I also feel that ?Escape? is her best picture of the Post-Code Era. Take ?Marie Antoinette?, where her performance is quite uneven; in the first part where she plays young Antonia, her performance appears a bit forced and artificial, but towards the end as she grows older and she plays the ruined Queen, she?s sublime and very moving. I must admit though, that I think that Elizabeth Barrett Browning is one of her best dramatic performances along with her impersonation of Moonyean in ?Smilin? Through? I must say I?ve liked almost every film in which Ann Harding has appeared and have always found her performances subtle, smart and with a contemporary quality, even in such weepies as ?The Right to Romance?, ?East Lynne? and ?The Life of Vergie Winters?. My favorite roles of hers? ?The Animal Kingdom?, ?When Ladies Meet?, ?Peter Ibbetson? ?some critics say she wasn?t ethereal enough for the role, I found she was suited perfectly for it and I liked her pairing with Gary Cooper- ?Condemned?; I loved her in ?Double Harness? with Bill Powell. Even in lesser stuff like ?Devotion?, she rises above the material. The only real dud I?ve watched her in was ?Her Private Affair?, but it was a very early, stilted, stiff talkie. She?s superb in ?Love From a Stranger?, although the Alpha DVD print is dreadful. She?s also very fine as Fredric March?s wife and Gigi Perreau?s mother in ?The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit?, which stars my dear Jennifer Jones. Cinemaven, Myna Loy is another favorite actress of mine and besides, we share a birthday! Miss Loy had such a long career before being discovered and of course I first knew ?when I was a young lad- the perfect screen mother and wife .Only recently I met the tempting siren who was profusely featured in exotic roles of the ?20s an early ?30s. I think that after ?The Thin Man? and with the enforcement of the Code Loy?s persona changed?.if you compare her Nora Charles of that film with the Nora Charles of later entries of the series, you can realize she was ?sanitized? in a way. The couple lost certain magic, mischief and the chaotic nature of Nora?s relationship with Nick. Notwithstanding that I enjoy a lot her comedies of the late 30s and early 40s with Bill Powell (I Love You Again, Love Crazy et al). But, for a second we had a different Myrna in 1939 at Fox. I think we talked about this with Miss Lane at SSO, but in ?The Rains Came?, we see a different Myrna -than the MGM Myrna. She suddenly became sexier ?again-, she regained a certain alluring quality of a desirable liberated female, -not the perfect, proper wife at which she excelled. In the Fox film she looked so beautiful, so ?everything?; she was beautifully photographed, lit?.you should check that one if you haven?t seen it. Have you seen her in the very, very sexy ?The Barbarian? (1933). She?s simply great, fantastic! And what about ?Love Me Tonight?? My favorite all-time musical and one of my very favorite films in general; if her scenes hadn?t been cut and/or censored she could have easily walked away with the picture! I?ve read Jeanette MacDonald was jealous of the attention and focus on her mischievous and sex-starved Valentine. She even ended using a white dress ?for the costume party sequence- that was initially destined for Myrna. But in the end, nevertheless she stole the scene with that wondrous black dress, with her beautiful bare shoulders. Her moments in that Mamoulian masterpiece are priceless. She was a Pre-Code girl, for sure! And Jeanette too! The Jeanette MacDonald of Fox?s kinky 1930s comedies and of Paramount?s sexy bedroom Lubistch farces has nothing to do with the Jeanette of the MGM Era. I like both Jeanettes, but her Paramount screen persona was better and superior. Why Myrna and Jeanette became superstars at MGM where their personas were sanitized (after the Code) and tamed? American Society at the time did not want nothing ?it seems- with smart, sexy, sure of themselves women, who weren?t stereotyped bad girls or vamps, and thus could be punished. Irene Dunne?.mmmm?.she?s the actress who has starred in more films than any other actress which have been objects of remakes: ?My Fave Wife?, ?Anna and the King of Siam?, ?A Guy Named Joe?, ?Cimarron?, ?The Age of Innocence?, ?Love Affair?, ?Back Street?, ?Magnificent Obsession?, ?Show Boat??.the list is endless. I think Irene won with the passing of time. Her first roles at RKO did not take advantage of her talent (?Cimarron? ?I know, she was Oscar nominated for this one, but I think her performance was nothing special here- ?Bachelor Apartment?, ?Consolation Marriage?, etc). I feel that when she ventured with comedy in ?Theodora Goes Wild? her career took a new direction ?for good. Comedy gave her persona the mischievousness she needed and which helped her in the landmark roles in her career (in ?The Awful Truth?, ?My Favorite Wife?, ?Life With Father?, ?Love Affair?). She gained a freshness and human quality with time?.the opposite of Loretta, who lost freshness, spontaneity as the ?30s progressed?if you see Loretta in ?Zoo in Budapest? or ?Midnight Mary? and compare her with Loretta of ?The Bishop?s Wife?, you realize the difference. Another actress whose talent and appeal enthralls me is Maggie Sullavan, with that unique husky voice?.but I?m going to end it here. Well, I?ve rambled!! I?m exhausted! Off to bed! Please forgive my typos and mistakes in the language, but remember that I?m not a native speaker.

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