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    John Gilbert in sound movies

    Saw the trailer for "Ninotchka" recently and couldn't help but think what a great role that would have been for Gilbert had he survived sound. Nothing against Melvyn Douglas, but John Gilbert he was not. So many good roles at M-G-M went to other actors when even one might have turned Gilbert's fortunes. I have always been a great fan of William Powell, but must say that Gilbert would have been perfect in either "Jewel Robbery" or "One Way Passage". For all sad words of tongue and pen. The saddest of these, "It might have been".
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    silent film crushes

    I'm sorry to be so long in replying, but there was a death in the family, a forty-eight hour bug and work to catch up on. Thanks, I did receive your PM. I also appreciated the tip regarding "Twelve Miles Out" being packaged as a Joan Crawford silent. I could have easily missed that as I would be more focused on John Gilbert releases. It's sad that the companies in control of these films seem uninterested in their re-releases. Too bad some film appreciation society couldn't get the rights and release on a limited basis, recognizing that this is as I said earlier, a niche market.
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    Paul Lukas

    It's hard to believe but I have never seen "The Lady Vanishes", but will certainly watch for it in the listings now.
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    silent film crushes

    gagman, I did have the chance to see "The Show" and was fascinated by Gilbert's willingness even then to play a less than lovable character. Renee Adoree had an almost childlike vulnerability and could break your heart when her character was treated so badly by Gilbert. "Twelve Miles Out" is almost equal to "The Cossacks" on my wishlist.
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    silent film crushes

    You can count on my vote and my viewing in regards to "The Cossacks". As a devoted Gilbert / Adoree fan, this is one on my wish list.
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    Paul Lukas

    With the discussion of Paul Lukas going on, I had to visit IMDB to refresh my memory of his work. It's pretty amazing how many movies he made and how few I've actually seen. Each one I did recognize contained a memorable performance and several unfamiliar titles look interesting. Seems like I say it a lot in my posts, but another actor who was somewhat unappreciated because of his consistently good work.
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    One of the BEST Movies!!

    Robert Young is another in that elite group of actors who were so consistently good that it led to them being somehow overlooked. "Father Knows Best" and "Marcus Welby" further damaged him in the minds of the audience. It's a movie like "The Enchanted Cottage" that reminds you just how good an actor he was. The director, King Vidor had the utmost respect for Young and considering the list of actors he had worked with, that's saying a lot.
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    Your favorite film noir actors?

    Regarding the comments that have been made about John Garfield: All that really matters is, we lost a very good actor far too soon.
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    Paul Lukas

    Funny that you should mention Paul Lukas and specifically, "Captured". I had the chance to see it recently on TCM and although not very impressed by the movie, I enjoyed Lukas tremendously. In what was a small part in terms of screen time, he gave the most interesting performance in the movie. And when the stars are Leslie Howard and Douglas Fairbanks Jr, that's saying a lot.
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    The Goddess

    I've always thought that acting the part of a charismatic person such as a film star had to be the hardest role in movies. How do you capture that intangible quality that makes someone a star ? I think you hit upon the major difference between the actresses. Not the matter of physical beauty, but warmth. I don't know what Kim Stanley, the person was like; but Kim Stanley in the role of "The Goddess" is too cold to have ever achieved stardom.
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    One Way Passage

    Saw TCM showing of "One Way Passage" Tuesday evening and was once again taken in by it. Even as I watch the movie, I know how hokey it would seem to many others, but I count it among my all time favorites. William Powell, Kay Francis, Aline MacMahon, Frank McHugh and a sadly forgotten actor, Warren Hymer make up the crack cast.
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    Your favorite film noir actors?

    There are many actors and actresses so consistently good that their performances were overlooked, but none so much as Robert Ryan. His performances in "On Dangerous Ground", "The Set-Up" and "Act of Violence" were Oscar worthy, but a Best Supporting Actor nomination for "Crossfire", was the only time he was recognized by the Academy. I have always wondered if his ability and willingness to play the "bad guy" had something to do with his failure to become a leading man.
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    Linda Darnell

    I said "Fallen Angel", but now that you mention "Nightmare Alley" it might have been interesting to see Linda Darnell in the Helen Walker role of Dr. Ritter.
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    Didn't win the Oscar, but should have!

    As a silent movie fan I feel exactly the same way. The fact that we are watching and discussing these movies nearly a century later is proof of their appeal. In regard to the Academy, closer inspection of past winners is not always impressive. Some of the nominations are downright stunning and the omissions perplexing. Some were such consistently good performers that they were taken for granted and never recognized with even a nomination, but Gloria Swanson's "Norma Desmond" was a public relations dream. A comeback role for a movie legend. How did she not capture the Oscar ?
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    Linda Darnell

    No reason that I can think of. Both were still at Fox. I guess any role that Dana Andrews or Cornel Wilde played in a Linda Darnell movie could have been done by Tyrone Power, "Fallen Angel" for instance.
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    Linda Darnell

    It's too bad that she and Tyrone Power (the most beautiful screen team I have ever seen) who had teamed very early in her career never worked together again. I think they would have made an even more interesting couple in the post-war years.
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    Linda Darnell

    Just came upon this thread so I hope I'm not repeating anyone's message: Linda Darnell was one of the great beauties in the history of Hollywood, but I believe she was also one of the most underrated actresses of her era. Her performance in "A Letter to Three Wives" is a gem. She was a star, but I have always thought that her popularity was less than it could have been and shorter than it should have been.
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    Didn't win the Oscar, but should have!

    The fact that Colman was an Oscar winner and nominated for other films was not in dispute, I was simply pointing out that for these roles he was not nominated. His performances in "The Prisoner of Zenda" and "A Tale of Two Cities" are legendary, but were not recognized with even a nomination.
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    Didn't win the Oscar, but should have!

    Earlier, I suggested Ronald Colman for "A Tale of Two Cities", I just looked at his credits; "Clive of India", "The Prisoner of Zenda", "Lost Horizon", "If I were King" and "Random Harvest". He was nominated for "Random Harvest", the rest went unrecognized by the Academy.
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    Didn't win the Oscar, but should have!

    If it's any consolation, Gloria Swanson lost to Judy Holliday for "Born Yesterday" as did Bette Davis and Anne Baxter for "All About Eve". Whattayear !
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    Didn't win the Oscar, but should have!

    Ronald Colman as Sydney Carton in "A Tale of two Cities". As good as Colman was in every role, this was in my opinion, a flawless performance. It's extraordinary to me just how strong this performance still is over seventy years later. I know the story has been filmed since, but I don't envy the actor who had to follow in the role of Sydney Carton.
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    The Goddess

    I have always had a difficult time with the movie on a very shallow basis, Kim Stanley just wasn't movie star beautiful. I think she was a capable actress, in spite of the Foghorn Leghorn drawl in this movie, but she didn't have the "moves" for the role. Watch the films of Lana Turner or Marilyn Monroe and the way they looked, the way they moved. It's a special quality. It's what in the 1920's they called "IT".
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    *CANDIDS* 2

    These photos really drive home the point that there was something special about show business in the old days. Just look at Sinatra's expression in the photo with Bogart and Bacall. He's Frank Sinatra, for God sake, and he looks starstruck ! I think most of the people in show business during the thirties were aware of just how lucky they were to be working and making a good salary and during the forties, they seemed genuinely grateful toward the G.I.s for the sacrifices they were making. It just seems that the more mediocre the performers have become, the less in touch they are.
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    John Gilbert in sound movies

    From what I have read about Rod LaRocque, by the time sound came into the pictures he had become a free lance actor. There was no studio bearing the brunt of paying him a huge salary, especially after the Wall Street crash turned everything upside down economically.
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    1993 Anita Page Interview

    gagman, wasn't Anita Page the subject of the Hollywood axiom, "She could have gone further if she'd only gone further". I think she was the object of a boss's affection and did not respond to his offers. If that wasn't the case, then there's no explanation because she should have been a bigger star.

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