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  1. "Sexless" Jeanette MacDonald?

    Whoever thought Jeanette MacDonald didn't have sex appeal needs to be checked into an emergency room! Ernst Lubitsch used her to great advantage in her first film, THE LOVE PARADE. She was named the "Lingerie Queen" back in her early career..and her charms were very evident in a scene in LOVE ME TONIGHT when she and her doctor exchange notes about her health. She definitely scored as temptress NINA MARIA, the Spanish spy who charmed Warren Wiliams' Col. DeRougemont in no uncertain terms..i.e. "Have i EVER been "unapproachable to you, monsieur?!" She could burn up the screen, w/o a doubt. I think this "sexless" comment can be attributed to the fact that after she left Paramount and went to MGM, her characters (for the most part) were ladylike and genteel (while she had been very naughty during her Paramount and Fox days). The operetta format that worked so well for Jeanette and Nelson didn't have much room for "naughtiness" (well, except for Naughty Marietta!). Whatever it was, the public couldn't get enough of them. They were extremely popular in their day and their concert tours were highly anticipated and well attended. They were both happily married to their respective spouses until they died. The world is a poorer place because of their absence. They brought romance and beautiful music and entertained us royally! Noel Coward wrote in Bittersweet "Time may lie heavy between, but what has been, is past forgetting". Past forgetting, indeed!
  2. Dear TCM, Thanks so much for honoring Jeanette today, her birthday, and featuring so many of her films. It was especially lovely to see SMILIN' THRU, the 1941 MGM featur
  3. Greta Garbo

    Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos of Miss Garbo. They are wonderful..but that composite you created was absolutely smashing! Great work!
  4. *CANDIDS*

    Hi, Mongo, Thanks for that splendid candid of Jeanette and Clark Gable on the set of SAN FRANCISCO. You are right, Gable did not care for Jeanette and chewed garlic in the love scenes. However, he did respect her because she went "off picture", waiting for him to be available to play **** Norton in SAN FRANCISCO.
  5. Norma Shearer

    Shearer heaven: http://www.divasthesite.com
  6. *CANDIDS*

    Is that Ronald Colman in the back row?! Clara Bow in front and Doug Fairbanks, Sr. next to Ronnie? Message was edited by: erzbet
  7. QUESTION: Does TCM really respond to us?

    Yes! It may take a while but keep trying. I requested MAD ABOUT MEN (the sequel to the charming MIRANDA mermaid film with Glynnis Johns). It took about 3 months,..but TCM came through. Delighted me no end as I'd never seen it in 40 yrs of tv watching.
  8. *CANDIDS*

    Masterful portrait of Mr. Barrymore. Thank you, Mongo, for all these great pictures!
  9. SWEETHEARTS (MGM 1938) in Technicolor is on TCM USA tonight. Check your local listings! Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy star in this tuneful modern day dress musical with music by Victor Herbert. Cast also includes: Frank Morgan, Mischa Auer, Herman Bing, Florence Rice, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Reginald Gardner, George Barbier and a host of others. Out of this world color (MGM's first Technicolor film). Not on DVD, so fire up your Recorder or VHS machine.
  10. What a cute story! I've always liked the name Jeanette..has a graceful charm to it. Thanks for sharing. .
  11. Hi! Glad you enjoyed the Jeanette photos. Always a pleasure to meet another Jeanette fan. You're so right about SWEETHEARTS tonight! I just bought a DVD Recorder and have finally mastered its operation and can't wait to tape SWEETHEARTS! I've lost track of how many times I've seen it in the past 48 years but I do remember the time I first saw it on the wide screen (back in the 1960s). It was tremendous. Dazzling color and to see J and N in Technicolor was out of this world. Happy viewing tonite!
  12. Movie with the Song "Beautiful Ohio"

    Just a tiny portion of BEAUTIFUL OHIO was used as background music in SWEETHEARTS (MGM 1938).
  13. Ancient Times Tales

    Yes, I liked Clash of the Titans. The effects were well done (espec. the Harpies) but that metallic owl was just so blasted d u m b! Perseus wasn't bad but Andromeda left a lot to be desired. Enjoyed Maggie Smith and Burgess Meredith..but Olivier seemed to be sleepwalking thru his scenes.
  14. Your Favorite Romantic Movie Dance Scenes?

    Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy dancing at the MayDay fair in MAYTIME - supreme romance! Don Ameche and Gene Tierney waltzing to the strains of The Merry Widow Waltz in HEAVEN CAN WAIT..so beautiful and so touching. Ty Power and Linda Darnell dancing to EL SOMBRERO BLANCO in THE MARK OF ZORRO. What a wonderful couple they make! Fred and Ginger dancing the CARIOCA in Flying down to Rio.
  15. "Damn Good Actress"

    Thanks for the info, Catwoman915.

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