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  1. You're thinking of the 1944 film "Since You Went Away" with Claudette Colbert, Joseph Cotten, Jennifer Jones, Robert Walker, Shirley Temple and Monty Woolley as the irascible lodger.
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    Patricia Morison dies at 103

    Aw, that's so sad. I enjoy seeing video clips of her performances on Classic Arts Showcase.
  3. I saw it and enjoyed it very much. Though I've never been a Sacha Baron Cohen fan, he was delightful as the villain. The visual effects were wonderful. I am surprised that the film wasn't a bigger hit.
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    2017 Noteworthy Films

    I'd like to recommend Lucky, which stars Harry Dean Stanton as a 90-something loner living in a small Arizona desert town. It's an episodic story centering on Lucky's wanderings around town and his interactions with the various characters who populate the town. I know, that doesn't sound like riveting cinema. But it's a wonderful film that will stay with you for a long time.
  5. Interesting! That seems a bit like overkill to me as Miss Pickford was only a shade taller than five feet. But maybe men were shorter then, too.
  6. I've wondered about that actress, too. You can't help but notice her. She reminds me of a brunette Dinah Shore. I am not sure that she was African-American, though.
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    Singin' With No Pain

    My vote goes to Meet Me in St. Louis. Wonderful songs, most of which became hits. Great performances by the cast (with the possible exception of the somewhat wooden Lucille Bremer, but I happen to like her). Charming story, beautiful costumes and sets, sensitive direction and Judy Garland at her best. The production was troubled, with many delays and other problems, but you'd never know it from what's on the screen.
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    Any suggestions for Nazi movies?

    "Hitler's Children" with Tim Holt and Bonita Granville.
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    anyone recognize? movie title?

    I wonder if the boy is John Drew Barrymore? The girl might be Diana Barrymore, John Sr.'s daughter by his second wife, Blanche Oelrichs. Diana was born in 1921 and John Drew was born in 1932, so the ages are about right.
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    anyone recognize? movie title?

    I don't recognize the boy, but the woman looks very much like Dolores Costello Barrymore.
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    *CANDIDS* 2

    Last night I was lying awake trying to remember the actor who played the crippled boy in Leave Her to Heaven. All I could remember was "Darryl." I was going to Google it today, but then forgot. Your post popped up today to answer my question. Thank you, Joe! I'm glad to hear that Mr. Hickman is still with us.
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    *CANDIDS* 2

    How interesting! I knew that Gable was under pressure by the studio to make his relationship with Lombard legal and that the divorce from Ria was expensive. Supposedly MGM advanced him money for the divorce as a bonus for agreeing to play Rhett Butler. But I hadn't heard those details about how cheap he was. I believe it absolutely, though, because people who are born poor but fight their way to the top are often like that. Thanks, Princess of Tap! And yes, we mature women can be beautiful, too.
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    *CANDIDS* 2

    It's true, Princess, Ria Langham Gable was not movie-star beautiful. She had a matronly look but was far from homely. She must have been a striking beauty in her younger years. I was thinking of including her in my original post but gave her a break because I'm an older woman myself. And it's also absolutely true that Gable would only marry women who were financially independent. I think he must have been really insecure about money after having struggled so hard to get to the top. Here's Ria: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/news-photo/515421632#clark-gable-and-wife-at-trocadero-cafe-picture-id515421632
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    *CANDIDS* 2

    Gable only married beautiful women (except his first wife) and when single was only seen in public with willowy model types. But he had a reputation of not being very choosy about the women he had casual flings with in private, and there were many. Script girls, sales clerks - he didn't care.
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    *CANDIDS* 2

    I must say you have a point there. Carole Lombard used to joke that Gable was a "lousy lay."

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