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  1. Hell's Angels tonight at 9:30pm

    Prior to "Hell's Angels" Jean's acting skills consisted of some roles as an extra, a few short films with Laurel and Hardy and a small role with a couple of lines in "The Saturday Night Kid". She was only 18 when she became the leading lady in a blockbuster film of epic proportion. Considering everything I thought she did very well as Helen. She had little to no direction in how to act the part. James Whale who was hired as dialogue coach gave most of his attention to Ben Lyon and James Hall. I know this is very subjective but I thought Harlow looked gorgeous in the two strip technicolor sequence with that low cut gown.
  2. Hell's Angel's is getting a rare showing tonight on TCM. The flight scenes are awesome. And the film has a 2 strip technicolor sequence which is the only color footage ever taken of Jean Harlow. Don't miss this opportunity.
  3. Screen Teams

    Does anyone know what screen team holds the record number of films together? Without researching I would assume Laurel and Hardy.
  4. Screen Teams

    I don't know what criteria "loving the classics" was looking for when mentioning screen teams. How many films together would constitute a screen team? Eleanor Powell and Robert Taylor only starred together in two films. I thought of another one; Clark Gable and Myrna Loy. They co-starred in 6 films together.
  5. Screen Teams

    Jean and Clark, Ruby and Dick were already mentioned previously. However, no one has mentioned Laurel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers, Greta Garbo and John Gilbert.
  6. Question of the Day: Ruby Keeler

    Divorce in the Catholic faith today is a gray area. You can discuss it with 3 different priests and you will get three different responses. Even annulment procedures are less restrictive now than they were years ago. I assume life with Jolson was unbearable for Ruby. Adopting a child with him didn't make life any easier for her. I don't remember reading anyone who enjoyed Jolson's company. He was a cruel arrogant egomaniac. Alice Faye had to work with him in "Rose Of Washington Square" and she said it was the worst experience in her life. I'm glad Ruby got rid of him and found happiness with someone outside the film industry. I had to laugh about Spencer Tracy. He wouldn't divorce his wife because of his Catholic faith but otherwise found it perfectly acceptable to carry on affairs with Loretta Young, Joan Crawford and a 25 year affair with Katherine Hepburn until his death. Loretta Young is another one. She deemed herself a devout Catholic yet got pregnant by Clark Gable (a married man at that time) and concocted this huge lie about adopting a baby. She maintained this lie for decades. She also had her first marriage annulled and divorced her second husband after more than 25 years of marriage. Marlene Dietrich was one person who found her devout Catholicism to be hypocritical. Marlene once stated "whenever Loretta sins she builds another church. That's why there are so many churches in the Los Angles area". LOL.
  7. What has happen to AMC?

    I remember getting cable in the late 1980's when AMC and TNT were both showing old movies. At the time I was more interested in the MGM films TNT would show rather than AMC even though TNT would show commercials. I did tape some old films from AMC such as Paramount On Parade, King Of Jazz and Music Is Magic. I'm so sorry I didn't tape more of these gems from Paramount, Universal and Fox as they are rarely, if ever, shown anywhere. Currently I've been recording any TCM films that even remotely catch my interest as I don't want the same thing to happen again. You never know when TCM might change their format. I learned my lesson after AMC changed (for the worse).
  8. Excuse me for being naïve but I don't understand why or how this spam is getting on the boards. What kind of people are doing this and why? What is the purpose of it? It seems like we had a "spam'free" board for awhile and now it's returned. Can anyone tell me what's going on with this?
  9. May Schedule Is Up

    For me this is the best TCM monthly schedule in ages. My DVR will be running all month. Highlights include many of the B movies such as Blondie, Mexican Spitfire, Tarzan, Andy Hardy and Dr. Kildare. Also all six Thin Man films. Marlene Dietrich is star of the month and among the films TCM will show are the rarely shown Blue Angel, Morocco, Blonde Venus and Desire. Clara Bow actually makes an appearance as well when TCM shows her most famous film "It". Robert Montgomery gets a half day of films on 5/21 and Going Hollywood with Marion Davies and Bing Crosby airs the next day. So many fantastic choices this month. I only hope TCM doesn't cut any of these from their schedule as we come closer to May. It's happened before.
  10. May Schedule Is Up

    There were actually 28 films in the Blondie series running from 1938-1950. I'm ecstatic that TCM is finally playing them. I hope they'll eventually play all 28.
  11. Remembering Helen Chandler on her birthday

    Does anyone have access to a photo of Helen from the 1940's or 1950's? All the photos I've ever seen of her are from the early 1930's.
  12. R.I.P. John Mahoney (1940-2018)

    HI still watch Frasier on Hallmark channel. I loved John as Martin Crane. He brought an earthiness to the show. He was a good counterpart for his snobby pretentious sons. He will certainly be missed. Was he ever married? None of his notices or info ever talk about a wife or any family members (kids, siblings, etc.)
  13. I agree. No one will ever really know what happened. People like to keep conspiracies alive though. Look at Marilyn Monroe. All the conspiracies surrounding her death yet we'll really never know the actual story.
  14. Colin Clive

    Colin Live really appeared to have aged badly in the 7 years from his debut in Journey's End to History Is Made At Night. I saw a photo of him from the 1920's and he was quite a handsome man. BTW I just finished posting to the topic of Helen Chandler and remembered that they co starred in Christopher Strong. He played her father even though in real life he was only 6 years older than she.
  15. Remembering Helen Chandler on her birthday

    I liked Helen Chandler. It's a shame that her career never went very far or for very long. It's also a shame that all she's mainly known for is "Dracula". She had a fragile, feminine and very vulnerable beauty to her. I find her life to be very tragic.

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