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    Norma Shearer and her family

    I really like ESCAPE (1940). I think she's very effective playing off Nazimova as Robert Taylor's mother. To me, that was her last good film. The stuff from '42 (WE WERE DANCING and HER CARDBOARD LOVER) was fairly routine by MGM standards. If she had done THE GAY SISTERS, she might have ended up signing a new contract with Warners. I am sure she could have continued to make films, even if her career was in decline. She easily could have gone on till the war ended. I don't think her over-dramatic style would have meshed with post-war realism.
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    Double Feature

    I enjoyed reading the information. *** THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES (another Oscar nomination for Charles Coburn) Next: THE GIRL FROM JONES BEACH
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    KLUTE
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    Norma Shearer and her family

    She was owed one more film at the end of her contract, and MGM was going to loan her out to Warners for THE GAY SISTERS. She decided not to do it and retired. The part in that movie went to Barbara Stanwyck. Maybe one reason she didn't want to go to Warners was because she was afraid they wouldn't know how to light her properly, like MGM did. Unless it was an ego thing. She had never been loaned out before (because Thalberg prevented it).
  5. Agree. The word "bombshell" conjures up images of Jean Harlow, Rita Hayworth or Marilyn Monroe. Not Hedy Lamarr.
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    MOVIE SCRAMBLE

    THE FLORENTINE DAGGER Next: HTE INTGAM EASSNO
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    Norma Shearer and her family

    Great post. I thought the problem with her eyes (was it a lazy eye?) had corrected itself. They look much better in the films she made during the late 30s and early 40s. But maybe it's what you say, MGM was just lighting/photographing her better.
  8. Given your screen name, shouldn't OZ rank higher on your list?
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    The first actor/actress that comes to mind..

    Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams Next: often acted with her husband on screen
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    IF YOU COULD ONLY COOK
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    TCM schedules

    May 21, 2018: 6:00 a.m. Untamed (1929) 7:30 a.m. Private Lives (1931) 9:00 a.m. But the Flesh Is Weak (1932) 10:30 a.m. Made on Broadway (1933) 11:45 a.m. When Ladies Meet (1933) 1:15 p.m. Hide-Out (1934) 2:45 p.m. Trouble for Two (1936) 4:15 a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) 6:00 p.m. Night Must Fall (1937) THE FOUR FREEDOMS 8:00 p.m. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 10:30 p.m. Casablanca (1942) 1:30 a.m. Deadline U.S.A. (1952) 3:15 a.m. Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
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    A to Z of Characters

    Farmer, Frances -- played by Jessica Lange in FRANCES
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    NAME A YEAR, NAME A MOVIE, NAME THE ACTOR/TRESS

    MR. HOBBS TAKES A VACATION
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    THE GREAT GARRICK
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    Double Feature

    LOOK WHO'S TALKING Next: GREASE (John Travolta again)

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