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    TCM now lists With Byrd at the South Pole(1930) in the William Haines filmography. Haines was a big star in the 1920s and 30s, famously teamed with the likes of Marion Davies, Mary Pickford, Joan Crawford, Anita Page, Eleanor Boardman, Lon Chaney, Jack Benny, etc. The documentary film has a real-life meteorologist named William C. Haines in it. NOT THE SAME GUY!

    No, it was willy nilly.

    That's a dilly.

    Also odd.... and I just noticed.... my number of posts dropped by about 5,000....

    William C. Haines was a real-life scientist. There's also a cowboy actor named William Haynes whose films occasionally show up in Haines' filmography.
  6. Don't forget Marion Davies' Peg o' My Heart on TCM Saturday the 17th at 6:30 AM Eastern Time. This was the first film that had a significant write-in campaign for an Oscar. William Randolph Randolph Hearst launched a best actress campaign for Marion Davies, but there were only three nominees that year and she didn't make the cut. The next year, there was a big write-in campaign for Bette Davis in Of Human Bondage, but she did not make the cut. The next year a write-in campaign WON an Oscar for Hal Mohr's cinematography and the Academy banned write-ins!
  7. A Wrinkle in Time

    It has a 3.4 rating on IMDb making it the worst film of the year. Total stink bomb by all accounts.
  8. On Dangerous Ground 1917

    My 9th Kickstarter project completed and ready to mail out.
  9. Dorothy Malone (1925-2018)

    Yup. You are right. This was the worst. Name after name of people I'd never heard of.
  10. Dorothy Malone (1925-2018)

    Dorothy Malone won an Oscar and still didn't get mentioned during the In Memoriam segment on Oscar night. Badly done!
  11. The original production of The Fantasticks in 1960 starred Jerry Orbach, Rita Gardner, and Kenneth Nelson. It was a piece of perfection in its simplicity, and the soundtrack on record, tape, CD has sold millions of copies. There was a terrible NBC production in 1964 and and an even worse film in 1995 that could not capture the simple perfection of this piece of gossamer. And to think Harvey Schmidt could not read or write music!
  12. Oscars the Academy Should Take Back

    To each his own. I just didn't like anything about the film except for Andre Holland in the last part of the film.
  13. Oscars the Academy Should Take Back

    It also features a terrific and Oscar-nominated performance by Bessie Love and was a huge box-office hit.
  14. Oscars the Academy Should Take Back

    The copy of East Lynne (1931) I've seen is missing the final reel (although the complete film apparently survives at UCLA). It's a good film, based on an old-fashioned play. Ann Harding is terrific as Isabella. The 1925 silent version survives, starring Alma Rubens in the same role. To my knowledge East Lynne is the only Oscar-nominated best film that's never been released on VHS, DVD, BLU etc. As for Cimarron, it's a sprawling film that utilized "sound" in location shooting in new ways, so it was a technical "marvel" for 1931. I like the film except for Richard Dix' hammy performance. As for best film of the year I would say it was close between Cimarron and The Front Page with Skippy, East Lynne, and Trader Horn, being the other nominees. Skippy seems an odd choice.
  15. Oscars the Academy Should Take Back

    LOL..... Cimarron may not have been the best film of the year but at least it's a decent film. Moonlight, on the other hand, has nothing going for it. Uninteresting story, badly acted, badly directed, hideously bad narrative structure, unappealing characters, etc.
  16. Oscars the Academy Should Take Back

    Anything over last year's Moonlight. Worst best film winner of all time.....
  17. Oscar Write-ins

    Hal Mohr actually won an Oscar for best cinematography for A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) as a write-in candidate against the three films officially nominated: Barbary Coast, Les Miserables, and The Crusades. The year before, Bette Davis had been a heavy write-in candidate for for best actress in Of Human Bondage. The three official candidates were Claudette Colbert, the winner for It Happened One Night, Norma Shearer for The Barretts of Wimpole Street, and Grace Moore for One Night of Love. The year before that, Marion Davies had been a strong write-in candidate for best actress in Peg o' My Heart. The official candidates were Katharine Hepburn, the winner for Morning Glory, Diana Wynyard for Cavalcade, and May Robson for Lady for a Day. As a result of these write-ins The Academy banned write-ins after Hal Mohr's outright win. As a result of the strong write-in campaigns for Bette Davis and Marion Davies, the Academy upped the number of acting nominations from three to five (although the the 9th awards that saw Davis win for Dangerous actually had six best actress nominees because of a tie).
  18. This One is for the Unnominated!

    Two supporting performances that come to mind, both in films that flopped, that were outstanding. Elaine Stritch as the acerbic mother in September Beatrice Arthur as the acerbic Vera in Mame
  19. This One is for the Unnominated!

    Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar Marion Davies in Peg o' My Heart (although she was a write-in candidate) Ann Sheridan in Kings Row Judy Davis in My Brilliant Career "To Sir with Love" as best song Debbie Reynolds in Mother Deborah Kerr in Black Narcissus Barbra Streisand in Yentl (actress and director)
  20. "TCM Film Vault" listed anywhere?

    Don't be fooled. There is no vault. TCM's "library" is an ever-changing list of films for which it has licensing agreements. Generally these agreements cover much of what used to be in the MGM library, but that never was inclusive, and specific agreements for "new" film versions (restorations, etc.) are necessary. The library generally includes films from MGM, Warners, RKO (it was bought by Warners years ago) and also includes some public domain films. This is why Paramount and Fox films are relatively rare on TCM. A licensing agreement generally runs between 5-7 years for airing on TCM only. A licensing agreement can be made with an individual or a corporate entity to include one or a number of films. Once the agreement date has been passed, the film cannot be shown again on TCM. Silent films can be tricky. Although many silent films are in the public domain (all films dated 1922 or before), the copyrighted music score is not included and must be licensed. For example, I have licensing agreements with TCM for several of my restorations projects where I have commissioned a new score and own the rights. Therefore TCM can air the Marion Davies films, Enchantment with score by Donald Sosin and The Bride's Play with score by Ben Model. Ben produced his own restoration of Davies' When Knighthood Was in Flower and has his own licensing agreement with TCM.

    So many started in silent films. And yet so many people still think that silent films and talkies were two totally different mediums and that there was no cross-over.
  22. Here are some Oscar winning actors/actresses who worked in silent films: Joan Crawford Norma Shearer Marie Dressler Janet Gaynor Mary Pickford Loretta Young Claudette Colbert Clark Gable Gary Cooper Ronald Colman Emil Jannings George Arliss Wallace Beery Victor McLaglen Lionel Barrymore Charles Laughton John Wayne Ray Milland Alice Brady Ethel Barrymore Mary Astor Donald Crisp Joseph Schildkraut Walter Brennan Edmund Gwenn
  23. Oscar nominated actors/actresses who worked in silent films: Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies (write-in), Betty Compson, Bessie Love, Nancy Carroll, Corinne Griffith, Ruth Chatterton, May Robson, Carole Lombard, Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, Gladys George, Barbara Stanwyck, Marjorie Rambeau, Gladys Cooper, Elsa Lanchester, Paulette Goddard, Sara Allgood, Edith Evans, May Whitty, Billie Burke, Louise Dresser, Jeanne Eagels, Lynn Fontanne. Charlie Chaplin, Richard Barthlemess, William Powell, Richard Dix, Chester Morris, Adolphe Menjou, Mickey Rooney, Walter Pidgeon, George Bancroft, Lew Ayres, Clifton Webb, Erich von Stroheim, Louis Calhern, H.B. Warner, Harry Carey, Albert Bassermann, Frank Morgan, Sessue Hayakawa, Ed Wynn, Alfred Lunt, Jack Oakie.

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