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About MCannady1

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  • Birthday June 12

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    I enjoyed classic films as a child and now value many from the 30's through the 50's mostly. I love film noir especially and some Silent films.

    Favorite Actresses -

    Bette Davis
    Claudette Colbert
    Joan Blondell
    Barbara Stanwyck
    Joan Fontaine
    Joan Crawford
    Irene Dunne
    Olivia DeHavilland
    Gene Tierney
    Ingrid Bergman
    Joan Bennett
    Greer Garson
    Ann Harding
    Myrna Loy
    Loretta Young
    Ann Sheridan
    Ida Lupino
    Dorothy McGuire

    Favorite Actors -

    James Mason
    Tyrone Power
    Charles Boyer
    Ronald Colman
    Basil Rathbone
    Nigel Bruce
    Cary Grant
    Gary Cooper
    Paul Henreid
    Claude Rains
    Ray Milland
    Robert Mitchum
    Robert Cummings
    George Brent
    Lon Chaney, Jr.

    Film Favorites --

    All this and Heaven Too
    The Rains Came
    Odd Man Out
    To Each His Own
    Random Harvest
    The Life of Vergie Winters
    Ann Vickers
    O'Henry's Full House
    Peter Ibbetson
    Woman on the Run
    The Reckless Moment
    Woman in the Window
    Woman on the Beach

    Sudden Fear
    Female on the Beach
    The Razor's Edge
    Letter from an Unknown Woman
    Tomorrow is Forever
    Pride and Prejudice
    The Woman in Green
    Terror by Night
    Deep Valley
    On Dangerous Ground
    The Spiral Staircase
    Mrs. Miniver
    Now, Voyager
    Out of the Past
    King's Row
    Ministry of Fear
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    Jane Eyre
    The Secret Heart
    A Woman's Vengeance
    The Two Mrs. Carrolls
    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
    The Wolf Man

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  1. I Just Watched...

    Not sure if I didn't have one too many. Sorry I combined my Comment with a previous one about Fallen Angel. I was going to say that the cast was Outstanding and the acting was quite brilliant. Also, the background is quite impressive. Fallen Angel is high on my list of favorite Film Noirs.
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    I love Thelma's clever lines here and in other films. I too am glad that Mrs. Thorwald's remains anddismemberment was spoken little of. That is awful even about her head maybe buried in the garden! Yes, Thorwald was terrible, even bumping of the little dog in the basket. This film was effectively chilling without going too far in the descriptions of murder! I for one agree there.
  3. I Just Watched...

    I like it too. Years ago I watched it with my teen sons and re-watched again recently.
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    I have a lovely print of Frenchman's Creek as well from TV. The colors are lovely, and most of all, Joan Fontaine is gorgeous and appealing. Lady Dona (Joan Fontaine), convinces her husband to go to a party He reluctantly decides to attend, as it is thrown by Lord Rockingham (Basil Rathbone) He owes the lecherous Rockingham a great deal of money, so he allows him to make passes at his wife. She is repelled by his actions and leaves the party to return to their Cornwall estate. Lady Dona is kidnapped by a pirate as she explores the woods around their estate. When he delivers her to the handsome ship's captain Jean Aubrey, (Arturo de Cordova), the two flirt and fall in love. Joan is a natural born flirt and is beautifui to look at in the clothes of Restoration England. The sumptuous sets, gorgeous scenery, and engrossing story make this film intriguing to watch. The story takes a shocking turn involving Lord Rockingham, the menacing character who forced himself on Lady Dona earlier. He discovers the hideout of the pirate's ship and threatens Lady Dona. His body is discovered soon after he has fallen down the stairs, and the lovely Dona is not suspected. Her husband (Forbes), a good friend of Rockingham, is saddened and figures he had been drinking too much.. Also, Lady Dona finds that her new love is actually being captured. As she copes with these inevitable stumbling blocks in her life, she looks lovelier than ever. The film glides to its inevitable conclusion, as the saddened Lady Dona turns to her unexciting husband and her young children. Though Daphne DuMaurier's book is not as exciting as the superb Rebecca, it is also graced by the beautiful Joan Fontaine. I give it a 4 out of 5.
  5. I Just Watched...

    I agree about this crazy devil worship film. I watched it recently, as a devout Joan Fontaine fan. In recent years I discovered Kay Walsh too. She was very appealing in several films. I enjoyed every film this gentle actress appeared in. I like her performance in Scrooge and the other films mentioned here. Also, I recently saw her as a sympathetic school principal in Now and Forever, with Janette Scott. She also co-starred with Margaret Lockwood and Sir Dirk Bogard in Cast a Dark Shadow. In this last one, she arrives at their home unexpectedly one evening, following car trouble. Her real reason for appearing there is soon readily apparent and just might save a life.... You are right about the Choreography of the costumes in The Devil's Own. IT is all bizarre, to say the least. However, everything ties in with still lovely Joan Fontaine becoming embroiled in another cult after recovering from another traumatic experience dealing with a similar type of experience... An unlikely assembly of devil worshippers follows. Ultimately, in the shocking denouement, Joan's character seems dwarfed from the gigantic figures surrounding her. The ending has to be seen to be believed.
  6. I Just Watched...

    I know what you mean. At the end he realizes that Bette's character was using him and speaks out about it.
  7. I Just Watched...

    I like George Brent The Spiral Staircase and others. He was a greatly underrated actor and one of my parents' favorites.
  8. I Just Watched...

    I AGREE. I THINK IT IS ABOUT THE BEST OF DIETRICH/VON STERNBERG COLLABORATIONS too. I give it a very high accolade too and had forgotten to say how the music and sets as well as a superb cast made this a marvelous and engrossing story.
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    I was really very interested in The Scarlet Empress which I had once taped from AMC. Marlene is brilliant as the dutiful daughter who marries the Grand Duke without meeting him, per her mother's plan to have her daughter marry into a royal family. In addition, the Duke's mother (Louise Dresser) is very controlling with her son and plots to have him marry this innocent girl who is not aware of his real nature. THe Duke's ambassador, (John Lodge), takes Sophia (Dietrich) and her mother to the court to meet the Grand Duke's mother (Louise Dresser) and her son, (Sam Jaffe). Along the way, we see that Sophia is falling for the ambassador, but promises to comply with both mothers' wishes and marry the Grand Duke Peter. Yes, Sam Jaffe is terrifying and pitiable, at the same time. She soon finds him extremely childish, cutting out paper dolls and ignoring much of his mother's advice regarding his upcoming marriage. He can soon be heard whispering that "he hates his wife". A shocking situation causes Sophia's heart to be broken by John Lodge and Peter's mother. By chance, she finds that he is having a secret affair with Peter's mother.. This causes Sophia to be transformed into a wanton woman who does not care for him or anyone else. (He does not know that she is aware of his secret rendezvous with the duchess and is puzzled by the "innocent" girl's behavior in retaliation). She refuses to see him as well. This is a highly underrated film and I agree that von Sternberg did a marvelous job on the sets, the cast, and all of the action. I have not seen the restored version from Criterion on DVD yet, but I am sure it is a sumptuous and entertaining masterpiece of the story I had seen several years ago.
  10. I Just Watched...

    I saw this on TV one time. I really liked Karen Morley and Anita Louise in their roles. Lovely Karen was very attractive and talented in every role. It was a classy murder mystery, and the handsome Ricardo Cortez solves the crime. My dad spoke of the story being on radio. He had enjoyed the building suspense and the ultimate denouement of the story. One can well picture the motive for the murder. A lot of action packed into a little over an hour.
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    I missed the first film, but really liked The Purchase Price. As always, Barbara Stanwyck saves her earky film that is not as good as her later ones. Her sincerity and earnest way of speaking gets the film's essence and main message across to viewers. Also, George Brent is enjoyable in most of his films. Here he has good chemistry with Stanwyck. I had not seen the film for awhile and had forgotten Anne Shirley's portrayal as the weird kid. But I did recall Barbara's song, which is unusual in her films. Though the lack of stunt doubles may have posed a problem in the film, it survived somehow. An interesting footnote is the fact that the book was very different from the film. It takes place during the Revolutionary War days and features a young woman who is being sold as a "Purchase Price" to a soldier. My mother had read the book some years ago and spoke of another story it contained. She said the soldier and the young woman had a falling out, and she resented him having charge of her. I can well imagine Stanwyck enacting that role as well! Anyway, I was going to see if I can locate the book online. It would be interestng to read, though a very different story.
  12. I Just Watched...

    One Way Passage is a very touching and well-acted film. I like all of the cast which is headed by the wonderful Kay Francis and William Powell. You will find it interesting and haunting. My rating is 9 out of 10.
  13. An American Tragedy Tonight!

    May be so, but on the other hand.... other things about Phillips Holmes. He was great in his films which spanned the 30's, During the War his plane was shot down. I love his performances with Nancy Carroll and in the '34 Great Expectations, etc. After seeing these and Confessions of a Co-ed with Sylvia Sidney, I became his fan.
  14. I Just Watched...

    Really good and suspenseful. Like all of the principal characters. Sally Gray is always lovely. I have a PAL copy from a European friend and re=watched last night. Very scary! Yes, I think Hitchcock would have done well there too.

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